Wednesday's prep report: East boys advance in 7AAAA

Will Van Scoy pumped in 23 points to lead Duluth East past Anoka 80-60 in a Section 7AAAA boys basketball quarterfinal Wednesday, the host Greyhounds’ 10th consecutive victory.

Three other East players — Mattie Thompson, Noah Paulson and Noah Winesett — scored in double figures.

The Greyhounds advance to play Andover in a semifinal at 3 p.m. Saturday in Elk River.

Hermantown 87, North Branch 72

Peter Soumis scored 30 points and Kaden Kucza added 22 as the host Hawks won the 7AAA quarterfinal.

Trevor Johnson totaled 29 points and nine 3-pointers for the Vikings.


Hibbing 72, Cloquet 60

The host Bluejackets eliminated the Lumberjacks behind Ayden McDonald’s 23 points and four 3-pointers.

Adam Schneider led Cloquet with 27 points.

Hibbing and Hermantown will tangle Friday evening in a semifinal just two weeks after Hibbing won the regular-season matchup in overtime.

Grand Rapids 57, Chisago Lakes 50

John Sutherland recorded 29 points as the host Thunderhawks held off the Wildcats in a 7AAA quarterfinal.

Fond du Lac Ojibwe 92, Chisholm 77

Jordan Brown poured in 40 points and nailed 10 3-pointers, while teammate Connor Barney added 23 in the Ogichidaag’s 7A first-round win in Cloquet.

Jude Sundquist (39) and Bryce Warner (24) combined for 63 points for the Bluestreaks.

North Woods 93, Cook County 77

Darius Goggleye led five Grizzlies in double figures with 22 points in a 7A first-round game in Cook.

The Vikings’ Pete Sutton lit up North Woods’ defense for 45 points in the loss.


Carlton 69, South Ridge 66

The visiting Bulldogs came back from a nine-point halftime deficit to knock off the Panthers in the 7A first-round game.

Cherry 75, Silver Bay 64

Isaac Asuma scored 21 points and the Tigers ousted the Mariners in a 7A first-round game in Iron.

MIB 73, Northland 60

Asher Zubich’s 34 points paced the host Rangers to the 7A first-round win.


Wicklund hired at Denfeld

Joe Wicklund, who guided Duluth Marshall to a Class AA state title last June, has been hired as the head coach at Duluth Denfeld, Wicklund confirmed Wednesday.

Both teams qualified for the state tournament a year ago, with the Hunters’ appearance in the Class AAA field being the school’s first in 65 years.

The Hilltoppers went 26-1 last season, avenging their lone defeat by rallying for three runs in the seventh inning to beat Minnehaha Academy 4-2 in the state championship game.

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