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Prep report: Lightning advances to 7AA semifinals

Grand Rapids/Greenway will host Elk River/Zimmerman on Saturday.

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GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Rapids/Greenway saw off a challenge from an underdog Duluth Northern Stars squad to advance in the Section 7AA girls hockey tournament via a 4-2 victory on Thursday at IRA Civic Center.

Grace Karakas put the Northern Stars (6-19) into a surprise lead 2:20 into the game, but Kylie DeBay evened it up about four minutes later. Mercury Bischoff gave the Lightning their first lead at 11:58 of the first period, but it remained a one-goal game until late in the second period and within two goals until Bischoff's second of the game, into an empty net, with 3:31 to play.

Makenzie Cole made 15 saves for Grand Rapids/Greenway (18-8), which will host Elk River/Zimmerman on Saturday (a 2-1 double-overtime winner over Anoka) in a section semifinal in Grand Rapids.

BOYS HOCKEY

Duluth Denfeld 3, Duluth Marshall 2

The Hunters scored three goals in quick succession late in the second period to take control of the game at Essentia Duluth Heritage Center.

Kaden Postal, Andy Larson and Whittaker Heart tallied for Denfeld, which concludes its regular season at 17-8.

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Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 5, Superior 2

Joey Antonutti scored twice as the Lumberjacks won in Lake Superior Conference play at Northwoods Credit Union Arena.

Dayne Painovich had a goal and an assist, while goaltender Kyle Abrahamson made 22 saves for C-E-C (7-15-2).

Carson Gotelaere and Carter Kalin scored for the Spartans, who complete their regular season at 7-16-1.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Cloquet 84, Hibbing 78 (OT)

The Lumberjacks outscored the Bluejackets 10-4 in overtime to collect the Lake Superior Conference victory in Cloquet despite 27 points from Hibbing's Ayden McDonald.

Hibbing won the first matchup this season between the teams 82-60 in December.

Greenway 71, Nashwauk-Keewatin 66

In Nashwauk, Mathias MacKnight scored 26 points and Westin Smith 23 points with six treys as Greenway edged their neighbors and spoiled a big night for Nashwauk-Keewatin's Gaige Waldvogel, who scored his 1,000th career point as part of a 15-point effort.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Pequot Lakes 71, Esko 54

A 27-point game for the Patriots' Maci Martini tipped the balance of a key Section 7AA game in Esko.

The Eskomos (15-7) got 18 points from Jayden Karppinen.

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PREP SCOREBOARD
BOYS BASKETBALL
Proctor 76, Eveleth-Gilbert 64
Northwestern 77, Spooner 59
Greenway 71, Nashwauk-Keewatin 66
Cloquet 84, Hibbing 78 (OT)
North Woods 82, Fond du Lac Ojibwe 40
Tartan 57, Duluth East 54
Mesabi East 76, Silver Bay 59

GIRLS BASKETBALL
South Ridge 97, Wrenshall 26
Pequot Lakes 71, Esko 54
Cromwell-Wright 78, Barnum 45
Grand Rapids 73, Hermantown 38

BOYS HOCKEY
Champlin Park 8, Duluth East 3

Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 5, Superior 2

Duluth Denfeld 3, Duluth Marshall 2
Proctor 5, North Shore 1

GIRLS HOCKEY

Section 7AA Semifinal
Grand Rapids/Greenway 4, Duluth 2

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