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Prep report: Mirage, Hilltoppers ready for Section 7A finale

Esko's Makoi Perich set a school record with 50 points in a win over Cloquet.

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VIRGINIA — Proctor/Hermantown and Duluth Marshall are lined for another duel for a place in the Class A state girls hockey tournament, scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Iron Trail Motors Events Center.

The Mirage (18-7-1) won last year's final 6-0 in Proctor en route to a state championship, but in their only meeting of the 2021-22 season, the Mirage held off the Hilltoppers (17-7) for a 2-1 home victory. Marshall couldn't find an equalizer after Ilsa Lindaman made it a one-goal game 35 seconds into the third period.

Izy Fairchild, a sophomore, has 26 goals this season for the Mirage in 23 games, including the opening goal of the Marshall game. The game-winning goal came from second-leading goalscorer and leading point-getter Nya Sieger (17-24—41), a junior.

Senior and state-championship winning goaltender Abby Pajari has a .944 save percentage and 1.30 goals-against average in 26 appearances.

Lindaman, a sophomore, has 30 goals and 52 points in 23 games for the Hilltoppers, who also got double-digit scoring from Nina Thorson (15 goals), Meredith Boettcher (13), Annika Lindgren (12) and Danica Mark (10).

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Freshman Rae Anderson has gotten a majority of the work in goal, posting a .904 save percentage and 2.04 GAA.

The winner will join Luverne in the Class A field for the tournament starting Feb. 23.

BOYS HOCKEY

Rock Ridge 4, Hibbing/Chisholm 0

Ian Kangas blanked the Bluejackets on 34 shots at the Eveleth Hippodrome as the Wolverines netted a third straight victory. Kasey Lamppa and Karson Intihar had a goal and assist apiece for Rock Ridge (13-10-1).

Duluth East 3, St. Cloud 1

Henry Murray broke a 1-1 tie with his goal with 5:29 to play and Makoto Sudoh added an empty-netter as East finished the regular season 7-17-1.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Duluth East 58, Cloquet 49

Ashlynne Guenther's 33-point night lifted the Greyhounds to a tightly-contested victory over the Lumberjacks at Cloquet Middle School. Guenther was the lone member of the team to reach double figures in scoring.

Cloquet was led by Maddie Young who finished the contest with 17 points. Macie Majerle poured in 10 off the bench.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Esko 93, Cloquet 68

Esko's Makoi Perich set a single-game school record, racking up 50 points without the benefit of a three-pointer.

The Eskomos blew the game wide open in the second half, posting a 56-36 margin after starting the second half up 37-32.

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Northwestern 81, Hurley 63

The Tigers prevailed in a matchup of state-ranked teams and likely conference champions.

Monte Mayberry had 28 points and Cole Lahti 18 for Northwestern (18-3 and No. 8 in Division 3). Eli Talsma scored 25 for Hurley (17-3 and No. 7 in Division 5).

Duluth Marshall 78, Duluth Denfeld 75

Jasper Timm scored a game-high 22 points as the Hilltoppers (10-9) prevailed in a closely-fought crosstown showdown. Jon Bongiovanni scored 18 for the Hunters (3-18).

PREP SCOREBOARD
BOYS BASKETBALL
Duluth Marshall 78, Duluth Denfeld 75
Barnum 75, Floodwood 40
Eveleth-Gilbert 62, Virginia 52
Northwestern 81, Hurley 63
Menomonie 79, Superior 64
Cherry 75, Cromwell-Wright 44
Nashwauk-Keewatin 74, Littlefork-Big Falls 54
Hermantown 68, Grand Rapids 63
Esko 93, Cloquet 68

GIRLS BASKETBALL
Duluth East 58, Cloquet 49
South Ridge 77, East Central 30
Hurley 53, Solon Springs 47
Northwestern 54, Cameron 36
Proctor 79, Mesabi East 46
Duluth Denfeld 40, Silver Bay 36

BOYS HOCKEY
Forest Lake 7, Duluth Marshall 4
Hermantown 3, Grand Rapids 2 (OT)
Proctor 7, Moose Lake Area 1
Rock Ridge 4, Hibbing/Chisholm 0
International Falls 7, North Shore 2
Duluth East 3, St. Cloud 1
Greenway 4, Park Rapids 2
Division 1 Regional Final
Superior 4, Tomah/Sparta 0

WRESTLING
Division 2 Sectional Semifinal
Amery 78, Northwestern 3

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