|State Boys’ Hockey Tournament
East Grand Forks, Edina voted top seeds
In the eighth year of seeding the qualified teams, East Grand Forks was chosen No. 1 in Class A and Edina was chosen No. 1 in Class AA for the 2014 State Boys' Hockey Tournament.
The East Grand Forks Green Wave qualified for the second consecutive and ninth overall time. They are seeking their first state title. The Hornets of Edina are making their 25th trip to the tournament and are the defending Class AA champions. They are seeking their ninth state title.
All but three qualifying teams have past tournament experience. Luverne and New Prague are making first appearances in Class A and Stillwater Area is making its first appearance in Class AA.
Class A teams will play their quarterfinal games on Wednesday, March 5, and Class AA teams will follow suit on Thursday, March 6. Both classes will continue with championship semifinals on Friday, March 7, and then third-place and championship games on Saturday, March 8. Consolation semifinals for Class A are scheduled Thursday, March 6, with Class AA following suit on Friday, March 7, and both consolation championship games on Saturday, March 8. All 2014 State Boys' Hockey Tournament championship-round and third-place games in both classes will be played at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. All consolation rounds for both classes will be played at Mariucci Arena on the University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus.
Class A Quarterfinals
3A Luverne (27-0-1) vs. (No. 2 Seed) 7A Hermantown (22-4-2): Luverne, which includes students from Adrian, is making its debut appearance. The Hawks of Hermantown are making their fifth consecutive and 11th overall appearance. They finished as runners-up the past four years. Hermantown won one previous title in 2007.
5A Chisago Lakes Area, Lindstrom (20-8-0) vs. (No. 3 Seed) 1A New Prague (21-4-3): Chisago Lakes Area is making its second appearance, but first since 1995. The Trojans from New Prague are first-time qualifiers.
2A Orono (19-8-1) vs. (No. 1 Seed) 8A East Grand Forks (25-2-1): The Spartans of Orono are making their eighth tournament appearance. Their last appearance came in 2007. The Green Wave of East Grand Forks are making their second consecutive and ninth overall appearance. East Grand Forks, which placed fourth in 2013, is still searching for its elusive first title.
(No. 5 Seed) 4A Totino-Grace, Fridley (17-10-1) vs. (No. 4 Seed) 6A St. Cloud Cathedral (20-7-1): The Eagles of Totino-Grace return for their fifth appearance but first since 2005. The Eagles are looking for their second championship. They won their previous title in 2002. This is the sixth appearance for the Crusaders of St. Cloud Cathedral whose last appearance was in 2009.
Class AA Quarterfinals
8AA Roseau (20-7-1) vs. (No. 2 Seed) 1AA Lakeville North (23-4-1): The Rams of Roseau are making their 34th appearance and have seven previous titles. The Panthers of Lakeville North seek their first title in their fifth appearance.
5AA Centennial, Circle Pines (16-10-2) vs. (No. 3 Seed) 6AA Eden Prairie (17-8-3): The Cougars of Centennial are making their second consecutive and third overall appearance. Their first was in 2004 when they won the title and established a record of not allowing a single goal, a mark that can be tied but never broken. The Eagles of Eden Prairie are making their seventh tournament appearance and they won titles in 2009 and 2011.
4AA Stillwater Area (16-10-2) vs. (No. 1 Seed) 2AA Edina (22-4-1): The Ponies of Stillwater Area are making their inaugural tournament appearance. The defending champion Edina Hornets are returning for their eighth consecutive and 25th overall appearance. They are in the hunt for their ninth title. In addition to last year, they won previously in 1969, 1971, 1982, 1984, 1988, 1997 (In 1974, 1978 and 1979 Edina East also won titles).
(No. 5 Seed) 3AA Eagan (18-9-1) vs. (No. 4 Seed) 7AA Duluth East (21-6-1): The Wildcats of Eagan are making their fourth appearance and have yet to win a title. The Greyhounds of Duluth East, the 2013 third-place finishers, are making their sixth consecutive and 21st overall appearance. They seek a fourth title, having previously won in 1960, 1995 and 1998.
Tickets and Special Promotions
All Class AA championship sessions are reserved seating only. Any unsold tickets allocated to participating schools go on sale one hour before each two-game session. All Class A sessions and consolation games for both classes are general admission seating. Adult tickets are $17.00 for championship sessions and $12.00 for consolation sessions. Student tickets are $11.00 for championship sessions and $8.00 for consolation sessions.
A visit to any participating Wells Fargo metro location can yield you a $2 discount coupon for students 13 and younger for Class A games. The discount coupons are also available for the Girls' and Boys' Basketball Tournaments.
Television and Web Streaming
KSTC-TV, Channel 45 will televise all championship-round games live. For specific cable channel coverage, visit www.KSTC45.com. All of the televised games will also be streamed live at Prep45.com for a fee of $4.97 per day. Fans may also follow all games live statistically by clicking on links at the League website — www.MSHSL.org.
|State Wrestling Tournament
All four teams, eighteen individuals return to defend titles|
All four of the 2013 team champions return to defend their respective titles: Jackson County Central in Class A; Kasson-Mantorville in Class AA; and Apple Valley and St. Michael-Albertville, who were co-champions in Class AAA. Jackson County Central is looking for its fifth consecutive title and Apple Valley is working toward its ninth. Kasson-Mantorville and Michael-Albertville are both hoping to claim their second.
Three teams are making their first appearances: Minneota/Lincoln HI in Class A; and Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus and Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle Valley/Montevideo in Class AA. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Apple Valley returns for its 32nd consecutive and 33rd overall appearance.
In the individual competition, 18 champions return for more gold medals — six in Class AAA, five in Class AA, and seven in Class A.
The 2014 State Wrestling Tournament opens Thursday, February 27, and runs through Saturday, March 1, at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The three-day format features all of the team dual competition on Thursday, followed by exclusive individual competition Friday and Saturday.
This is the sixth year that the teams have been seeded. The 24 coaches of the section champions logged onto a special page of the League Web site and each coach ranked the other teams one through seven. The highest and lowest rankings for each team were discarded, leaving five rankings for each team. From those rankings, the top five teams were seeded. In conference calls with all eight head coaches of each class and gender, League Associate Director Craig Perry announced the top five seeds. A blind draw established the opponent for the top three seeded teams. Numbers four and five compete against each other automatically
Class A Team Highlights
Six teams that competed in the 2013 tournament, including the four-time defending champions from Jackson County Central (Section 2), return to this year's field. The Huskies are the No. 5-seeded team this year. Jackson County Central is making its fifth consecutive and sixth overall appearance under this name. In addition to the past four years, the Huskies also claimed top honors in 2008. Jackson County Central, as a co-op with Southwest Star Concept of Okabena, made four additional appearances between 1998 and 2007 and won titles in 1999 and 2000. Jackson also made three appearances as a co-op with Heron Lake-Okabena-Lakefield between 1993 and 1997.
The other returning teams are Frazee (Section 8), Pierz (Section 7), Chatfield (Section 1), Sibley East of Arlington (Section 4), and Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (Section 5).
The Frazee Hornets are making their second consecutive and 21st overall appearance. They are seeded No. 2 this year and are hoping to improve on last year's runner-up showing. The Hornets are in the hunt for their fifth title; they won previously in 1992, 1999, 2002, and 2011.
The unseeded Pierz Pioneers, who lost in the consolation semifinals last year, are making their fourth consecutive and 11th overall appearance. If they win it would be their third championship; they won previous back-to-back titles in 2004 and 2005.
Chatfield, Sibley East, and Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City all return for their second consecutive appearances. The No. 3-seeded Chatfield Gophers are making their fourth overall appearance and placed third in 2013. The unseeded Wolverines of Sibley East return for their fifth overall appearance and are looking to improve on last year's fourth-place finish. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, which took consolation honors last year, is making its ninth overall appearance. The Falcons enter the tournament as the top seed and are hoping for their second championship. They won their one previous title in 2007.
The other teams in the Class A field are Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale (Section 6) and Minneota/Lincoln HI (Section 3). The Raiders of Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale are making their fifth appearance, but first since 2002. The Vikings of Minneota/Lincoln HI are making their first appearance under this name. Minneota made five additional appearances between 1996 and 2012.
The 9 a.m. Thursday Class A seeded quarterfinal pairings and the team records followed by the final rankings of The Guillotine wrestling publication are: Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale (18-2 No. 12) vs. No. 2 Frazee (18-1 No. 2); Pierz (25-1 No. 7) vs. No. 3 Chatfield (24-1 No. 4); Sibley East (22-8 No. 6) vs. No. 1 Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (23-1 No. 1); No. 5 Jackson County Central (22-4 No. 5) vs. No. 4 Minneota/Lincoln HI (22-3 No. 3).
Class AA Team Highlights
The KoMets of Kasson-Mantorville (Section 1) return as the defending champions. This is the fifth consecutive and eighth overall appearance for the KoMets, who are the No. 5 seed this year. If they win it would be their second title.
Three other teams also return from the 2013 field: Foley (Section 6); Simley of Inver Grove Heights (Section 4); and Totino-Grace of Fridley (Section 5).
The Foley Falcons are the No. 2 seed this year and are looking to improve on last year's third-place showing. This is their seventh consecutive and 21st overall appearance and they won previous titles in 1989, 1993 and 1994.
The top-seeded Spartans of Simley, who placed second last year, return for their seventh consecutive and 20th overall appearance. If they win it would be their 10th championship. They won three consecutive titles between 1987 and 1989 and they won again in 1992. Simley also won five consecutive championships between 2008 and 2012.
The Eagles of Totino-Grace, who are making their second consecutive and 12th overall appearance, lost in the consolation semifinals last year. They enter this year's tournament as the No. 4 seed.
Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus (Section 8), Milaca/Faith Christian (Section 7), Scott West, which includes students from Belle Plaine, Jordan, and Holy Family Academy (Section 2), and Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle Valley/Montevideo (Section 3), are the other teams competing in the Class AA field. The unseeded co-ops of Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus and Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle Valley/Montevideo are both making their first appearances this year.
The Panthers of Scott West, who are the No. 3 seed this year, return after a one-year absence to make their 14th appearance. The unseeded Wolves of Milaca/Faith Christian also return after a one-year hiatus. They are making their 11th appearance this year.
The 11 a.m. Thursday Class AA seeded quarterfinal pairings and the team records followed by the final rankings of The Guillotine wrestling publication are: Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus (18-4 No. 11) vs. No. 2 Foley (25-3 No. 2); Milaca/Faith Christian (23-9 No. 10) vs. No. 3 Scott West (21-2 No. 3); Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle Valley/Montevideo (28-4 No. 8) vs. No. 1 Simley (23-3 No. 1); No. 5 Kasson-Mantorville (22-6 No. 5) vs. No. 4 Totino-Grace (16-4 No. 4).
Class AAA Team Highlights
There were co-champions in Class AAA last year and both Apple Valley (Section 3) and St. Michael-Albertville (Section 7) return to defend their titles. Apple Valley returns as an eight-time defending champion. The Eagles, who are the top seed, are making their 32nd consecutive and 33rd overall tournament appearance. In addition to the past eight years, they also won team championships in 1983, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004.
The No. 2-seeded Knights of St. Michael-Albertville are returning for their 16th consecutive and 24th overall appearance. If they win it would be their eighth title. In addition to last year, they also won in 1996, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.
Three other teams also return from the 2013 qualifying field. Moorhead (Section 8), which is not seeded this year, is making its second consecutive and ninth overall appearance. The Spuds took consolation honors in 2013. Prior Lake (Section 2) also returns. The Lakers, who are the No. 3 seed this year, are making their fourth consecutive and sixth overall appearance. They're hoping to improve on last year's third-place showing. The final returning team is Willmar (Section 6). The Cardinals, seeded No. 5 this year, placed sixth in 2013. They are making their third consecutive and fifth overall appearance.
The other teams competing in Class AAA are: Tartan of Oakdale (Section 4); Maple Grove (Section 5); and Hastings (Section 1). The Tartan Titans return to tournament action for the first time since 2008. They are not seeded this year and are making their second appearance. Maple Grove is making its second appearance, but first since 2010. The Crimson are also unseeded this year. The Hastings Raiders, who come in as the No. 4 seed, return to action after a one-year absence. They are making their 12th appearance overall and are looking for their second title. They won their one previous championship in 1996.
The 9 a.m. Thursday Class AAA seeded quarterfinal pairings and the team records followed by the final rankings of The Guillotine wrestling publication are: Moorhead (20-3 No. 12) vs. No. 2 St. Michael-Albertville (23-3 No. 2); Tartan (21-10 unranked) vs. No. 3 Prior Lake (24-8 No. 3); Maple Grove (19-14 unranked) vs. No. 1 Apple Valley (29-0 No. 1); No. 5 Willmar (19-3 No. 7) vs. No. 4 Hastings (26-8 No. 6).
The Schedule and Ticket Information
This year's schedule features the team tournament running all day on Thursday, February 28. The action starts with the Class A and Class AAA quarterfinals at 9 a.m. They will be followed by the Class AA team quarterfinals at 11 a.m., which will be run simultaneously with the Class A and Class AAA consolation semifinals.
At 1 p.m. on Thursday, all three classes will wrestle in the team championship semifinals and Class AA will also have its consolation semifinals. The consolation and third-place team matches for all three classes will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday evening, followed by the team championship matches for all three classes at 7 p.m.
On Friday, February 28, the Class A individual first round begins at 9 a.m. The Class AA individual first round starts at 11 a.m., followed by the Class AAA individual first round at 1 p.m. On Friday evening, the Class A individual championship quarterfinals begin at 4:30 p.m. The Class AA and Class AAA individual championship quarterfinals will follow at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., respectively. The evening session will conclude with all wrestlebacks at 7:30 p.m.
On Saturday there will be five rounds of competition. The first starts at 9:30 a.m. and will consist of all individual consolation quarterfinals. The second round will start approximately at 10:45 a.m. and will entail all individual championship semifinals. Round Three begins approximately at 12:45 p.m. and will encompass all individual consolation semifinals. At approximately 4:30 p.m., all individual fifth- and third-place matches will begin. The day will end with all individual championships beginning at approximately 7 p.m. Awards will then follow the final round.
Other than the first matches of each session, all subsequent rounds will start immediately following the conclusion of the previous competition in that session. Thus, most of the start times are approximate. Fans should bear that schedule in mind in planning their arrival at Xcel Energy Center.
Ticket prices are $14 per adult and $9 per student for each session. Daily passes are available for $26 for adults and $17 for students. Season passes, good for the entire tournament, are available to adults for $78 and to students for $51.
Prep45.com Web Streaming
The championship semifinals and championship matches of the team and individual competition for all classes will be streamed live by Prep45.com are available for a $4.97 daily fee.
|State Boys’ Swimming and Diving Meet
St. Thomas Academy, Eden Prairie, two individuals to defend titles
St. Thomas Academy of Mendota Heights in Class A and Eden Prairie in Class AA are each looking for their consecutive team titles this year.
St. Thomas Academy won one individual event last year and in the process outdistanced the runners-up from Monticello by more than 70 points. This year the Cadets have qualifiers in every event except 1-meter diving.
The Eden Prairie Eagles are returning competitors to every event except the 100-yard breaststroke. The Eagles won five events in 2013, and when their points were tallied they outscored Edina by 107 points.
In Class A, one individual champion and teams representing all three relay champions return from the 2013 meet. There is also one individual returning champion in Class AA, and all three relay-winning teams will attempt to defend those titles. Overall, this year's meet features 652 athletes representing 90 teams.
Following are some highlights of the 2014 State Boys' Swimming and Diving Meet that will be conducted Thursday, February 27, through Saturday, March 1, at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.
200-Yard Medley Relay
Class A — Five teams that earned medals at the 2013 meet are returning this year. Breck/Blake, the five-time defending champion, is the highest returning qualifier. The other teams are: St. Thomas Academy, with this year's best qualifying time of 1:38.57, runner-up; Sartell-St. Stephen, third; Simley of Inver Grove Heights, sixth; and Spring Lake Park, eighth.
Class AA — Six relay teams from the 2013 field, including the defending champions from Eden Prairie, return. The others are: Edina, runner-up; Minnetonka, third; Hastings, fourth; Maple Grove, fifth; and East Ridge of Woodbury, sixth. Prior Lake has the fastest qualifying time of 1:35.57.
200-Yard Freestyle Relay
Class A — The three-time defending champions from Monticello lead the field of seven returning teams. The other medal-winning entries are: Sartell-St. Stephen, runner-up; St. Thomas Academy, third; Grand Rapids, fourth; Austin, fifth; Dassel-Cokato/Litchfield, sixth; and Breck/Blake, eighth. St. Thomas Academy has the best qualifying time of 1:28.94.
Class AA — Seven medal-winning teams return to this year's meet, led by two-time defending champion Eden Prairie. The other returning teams are: Edina, runner-up; Rosemount, third; St. Michael-Albertville, fifth; Lakeville South, sixth; and Eagan, seventh. Minnetonka owns the fastest qualifying time of 1:26.95.
400-Yard Freestyle Relay
Class A — Five of the 2013 medal-winning teams return: three-time defending champion Monticello; St. Thomas Academy, runner-up; Austin, fifth; Faribault, sixth; and Breck/Blake, seventh. St. Thomas Academy owns the best qualifying time of 3:14.27.
Class AA — Edina, which won this event last year, returns in search of more gold. Five additional medal-winning teams from 2013 also return: Minnetonka, which has this year's fastest qualifying time of 3:10.42, runner-up; Mounds View, third; Hastings, fourth; Lakeville South, fifth; and St. Michael-Albertville, seventh.
Schedule and Ticket Information
This year's state meet will start on Thursday, February 27, and run through Saturday, March 1. All events will take place at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
The Class A one-meter diving preliminaries, the first five of eight dives for the state meet, will begin at noon on Thursday, followed by the Class AA diving preliminaries at 6:00 p.m. The Class A swimming preliminaries begin at noon on Friday, followed by the Class AA swimming preliminaries at 6 p.m. The Class A championship finals of all events begin at noon on Saturday, followed by the Class AA finals at 6 p.m.
Tickets will be available at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. Prices are $5.00 for both students and adults for the diving preliminaries, and $8.00 for both students and adults for the swimming preliminaries and for the swimming and diving finals.
Prep45.com Web Streaming
The finals of both classes on Saturday will be webcast live. The webcasts are available at www.Prep45.com and there is a $4.97 daily fee.
|East Grand Forks And Hermantown: Pride All Around
|Posted by John Millea(firstname.lastname@example.org)- Updated 3/8/2014 4:37:22 PM
|Bruce Plante, who Friday had joked about not being able to go out in public if Hermantown lost in the Class 1A boys hockey state championship game for the fifth year in a row, delivered a strong postgame message Saturday. The message came after the second-seeded Hawks indeed lost the title game for the fifth consecutive year, a 7-3 defeat to top-seeded East Grand Forks at Xcel Energy Center.
But the message was resounding.
“I’m totally and completely OK because our kids played so hard, the best they could,” said Plante (pictured), who has been coaching for 25 years. “This was kind of a rebuilt team and they went this far. You have to be proud of what they’ve done. I love them to death because they gave everything they had. We ran into a better team.”
East Grand Forks won behind an attack that was balanced as well as relentless. The Green Wave’s goals came from seven players: Dixon Bowen, Eddie Eades, Jace Pesch, Grant Loven, Reed Corbid, Cale Mack and Tanner Tweten.
“It just doesnt seem to be our deal,” said Plante, whose team lost to Breck in the 2010 title game and to St. Thomas Academy the previous three years.
“It feels a lot better losing to East Grand than anybody else we’ve lost to, I’ll tell you that,” Plante said. “They’re the same kind of program we are.”
East Grand Forks was making its ninth trip to state and played in its second championship game. In 1999 the Green Wave lost to Benilde-St. Margaret’s 4-2 in the 1A final.
This time, the Green Wave defeated Orono 5-1 and St. Cloud Cathedral 2-1 in reaching Saturday’s game. Hermantown led 1-0 after the first period on a goal by Scott Wasbotten and appeared to be in control. But things changed in the second period, when East Grand Forks scored five times and outshot the Hawks 15-6.
“After the first period we came into the locker room and we knew it was going to be a tough period,” said Green Wave junior defender Tye Ausmus. “It was the state championship game. Nothing is given to you. We were quiet, just got ready for the second, we went out there and did our thing and had a really good period.”
East Grand Forks coach Tyler Palmiscno said, 'There will never be a team from the East side better than this team. This senior class set this goal five or six years ago. And they worked for it. It’s special.”
Plante said he will take some time in deciding if he will continue coaching.
“That’s to be decided down the road a little bit. Maybe somebody can get them through the last game, I don’t know. It gets to be a pretty big sack of rocks on your back after a while. It gets heavy.”
CLASS 2A/ EDINA REPEATS AS STATE CHAMP
Edina won its ninth state championship, rolling to an 8-2 victory over Lakeville North. The No.1 seed in Class 2A, the Hornets were charged by a fast, physical and deep roster and stellar goaltending.
Though it was Edina’s high-flying offense that took over the title game, coach Curt Giles said his team was focused on defense.
“We’ve been preaching all year long that we need to commit to defense against teams deep and talented like Lakeville North,” he said. “When you’re committed to defense, the goals will come.”
Edina played like a team without any weaknesses in three tournament games at Xcel Energy Center, though, according to senior Tyler Nanne, this was a team that had its downs this season, particularly on one night in January.
“We got our butts kicked against Hill-Murray and our coaches skated us hard after the game when we got back to our rink,” he said. “It’s exactly what we needed, we deserved it. Without this coaching staff, we would be nothing.”
Casey Dornbach got the scoring going early for Edina, benefitting from precision passing from Garret Wait and Tyler Nanne. Lakeville North junior forward Max Johnson tied the score later in the first period, only to have Edina’s Ben Foley respond seconds later with a power-play score. Johnson scored the only other goal for the Panthers in the game.
Miguel Fidler scored the next two goals for Edina, followed by one by Parker Mismash. Kiefer Bellows scored the next two Edina goals and the celebrating began. Senior forward Cullen Munson capped the game off with a score of his own.
Consistent success like that of Edina’s requires strong leadership. Bellows, a sophomore, credited his older teammates with steadying the ship.
“The seniors settled our emotions down and led us all year long,” he said. “They have been here before and knew what to expect.”
Giles called this Edina squad “one of the best teams in the school’s history,” citing his belief that they committed to a true team concept. “Anybody on any night could step up for us,” he said. “We’ve had some high-end, talented kids come through here the past 15 years and on this team everyone was involved in our success.”
1A third-place game/ New Prague 5, St. Cloud Catheral 2: Austin Killian scored twice for the Trojans.
1A fifth-place game/ Totino-Grace 4, Luverne 3 (two overtimes): Joey Brey scored two goals for the Eagles, including the game-winner in the second overtime.
2A third-place game/ Eagan 6, Eden Prairie 4: A last-minute goal by Nick Wolff, plus an empty-netter by Wolff, carried the Wildcats past the Eagles.
2A fifth-place game/ Roseau 3, Duluth East 2: Alex Strand scored twice for the Rams, including the game-winner in the third period.
Class 1A/ Daniel Bailey, William Hammer, Zach Fritz, St. Cloud Cathedral; Ben Henderson, Totino-Grace; Gunnar Olson, Luverne; Austin Isaacson, New Prague; Nate Pionk, Zach Kramer, Hermantown; Colton Poolman, Tye Ausmus, Tanner Tweten, Josh Weber, Hermantown.
Class 2A/ Nick Wolff, Andrew Lindgren, Eagan; Alex Strand, Zach Yon, Roseau; Phil Beaulieu, Duluth East; Luc Snuggerud, Eden Prairie; Jack Poehling, Nick Poehling, Lakeville North; Miquel Fidler, Dylan Malmquist, Tyler Nanne, Andrew Rohkohl, Edina.
--Ryan Clark, a former Fargo Forum sports reporter who has covered the state hockey tournament in the past, is now working in Florida at the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. On Saturday morning he was at a Florida Panthers practice, and people with the NHL team asked him if it was possible to watch the Minnesota state hockey tournament. He directed them to the prep45.com webcast.
--Written on a whiteboard in the East Grand Forks locker room: “All In – Together.”
--Total tournament attendance was 119,178 ... the second-largest total in last six years.
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