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Prep report: Raiders, Bluejackets claim upset wins

Superior's postseason run has extended to within one game of the boys hockey state tournament in Wisconsin.

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VIRGINIA — Hibbing/Chisholm lost 4-0 last week when it played Rock Ridge at the Eveleth Hippodrome in its regular season finale, but the Bluejackets' fortunes changed dramatically when the teams met at Rock Ridge's other home.

Sixth-seeded Hibbing/Chisholm scored the first three goals and held on for a 4-2 upset victory over No. 3 Rock Ridge on Wednesday in a Section 7A boys hockey quarterfinal at Iron Trail Motors Event Center.

Beau Frider, Peyton Taylor and Christian Dickson staked Hibbing/Chisholm (13-13) to the sizable lead. The Wolverines pulled one goal back in the last minute of the second period, but Broden Fawcett had a third-period insurance goal.

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The Bluejackets advance to face Duluth Denfeld in a Section 7A semifinal on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Amsoil Arena. Rock Ridge finishes its inaugural season 14-11-1.

Denfeld rolled to a 9-2 win over International Falls at Essentia Duluth Heritage Center. Both Cooper McCure and Shane Redenbaugh had a hat trick plus two assists. Connor McClure notched four assists and Whittaker Heart three.

Greenway 5, Proctor 3

The Raiders took the initiative early, outshooting the host Rails 17-9 and 15-8 in the first two periods to grab a berth in the Section 7A semifinals with a victory at St. Luke's Sports and Event Center.

Carter Cline and Ezra Carlson's goals gave Greenway the edge for good in the second period. Carson Pavlowich and Kennan Reyelts scored power-play goals for the Rails, but they could not find an equalizing goal in the last 7 1/2 minutes before Coleman Groshong's empty-netter locked it up for Greenway (13-11).

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The fifth-seeded Raiders will play Hermantown in a Section 7A semifinal on Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Amsoil Arena. Proctor finishes 16-9-1.

The Hawks dismissed North Shore 13-0 at Hermantown Arena. Dominic Thomas, Max Plante, Sam Swenson and Wyatt Carlson scored two goals apiece.

Grand Rapids 6, Duluth East 1

Easton Young had two power-play goals in the second period to go with two assists earlier in the game as Grand Rapids advanced from a Section 7AA quarterfinal at the IRA Civic Center in Grand Rapids on Wednesday.

The Greyhounds' Thomas Gunderson scored first, 4:50 in, but the Thunderhawks scored the last six unanswered. Rapids scored all three of its second-period goals on the power play with help from two major penalties and a minor in the frame.

Garrett Drotts added a goal and two assists for the Thunderhawks (19-6-1), who advance to a 7AA semifinal at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Amsoil Arena vs. third-seeded Blaine, which rallied to defeat Coon Rapids 6-4.

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On the other side of the bracket, Kyle Law and Cooper Conway scored two goals apiece and Cayden Casey had a goal and five assists as top seed Andover eliminated Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 7-0. The Huskies will face Forest Lake in Saturday's 5:30 p.m. game.

Superior 4, Chippewa Falls 3

The Spartans' Cinderella run through the WIAA Division 1 boys hockey tournament continued as first-period goals from Carter Pettit and Trevor Anderson set the seventh-seeded visitors toward a victory over the sixth-seeded Cardinals on their home ice.

The Cardinals closed within a goal three times, but Carter Kalin and Lucas Williams helped the Spartans (10-16-1) stay on top throughout.

Trevor Soderlund made 21 saves for Superior, which will face the No. 1 team in Wisconsin Division 1, Hudson, on Friday in a sectional final in Chippewa Falls.

  • The tournament trail ended for the Spartans' girls hockey team on Wednesday in a 7-5 loss to Hayward in the second round of the sectional tournament.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Esko 79, Crosby-Ironton 56

Sophomore Koi Perich's 27-point night helped power Esko to a win over Section 7AA foe Crosby-Ironton, Wednesday at Esko High School. The Eskomos remain the only undefeated team within Section 7AA with a record of 8-0 and 17-3 overall for the season.

Moose Lake/Willow River 92, Cloquet 80

The Rebels' Phillip Sheetz had a huge night, making six 3-pointers and scoring 32 points, including the 1,000th of his career. ML-WR led 47-34 at halftime and held on to its lead.

Caleb Hanson scored 31 and Conner Barney 26 for the Lumberjacks.

Solon Springs’ Kyra Latvala (11) gets off a shot in the middle of the Winter defense
Solon Springs’ Kyra Latvala (11) gets off a shot in the middle of the Winter defense in the first half of the opening round playoff game in Solon Springs’ on Wednesday evening, Feb. 23, 2022.
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GIRLS BASKETBALL

Solon Springs 61, Winter 53

It was a big night for Kyra Latvala and her teammates as the Eagles eliminated Winter from the WIAA Division 5 girls basketball tournament on Wednesday.

Latvala, who scored 26 points, reached 1,000 for her career in the contest.

The seventh-seeded Eagles trailed 24-22 at the half but pulled away down the stretch. Bailey Monson added 15 points for Solon (15-8), which travels to No. 2 Hurley for a regional semifinal on Friday night. The 15th win marks a school record for victories in a season.

Hailey Cross led 10th-seeded Winter with 16 points.

PREP SCOREBOARD

BOYS BASKETBALL

Duluth East 55, Grand Rapids 47

Mountain Iron-Buhl 100, Cromwell-Wright 58

Moose Lake-Willow River 92, Cloquet 80

Esko 79, Crosby-Ironton 56

Hibbing 82, Virginia 58

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Cook County 60, Duluth Denfeld 50

Mountain Iron-Buhl 85, Cromwell-Wright 38

Duluth East 59, Hermantown 48

WIAA Division 5 Regionals

Solon Springs 61, Winter 53

BOYS HOCKEY

Section 7AA Quarterfinals

Grand Rapids 6, Duluth East 1

Andover 7, Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 0

Section 7A Quarterfinals

Hibbing/Chisholm 4, Rock Ridge 2

Greenway 5, Proctor 3

Duluth Denfeld 9, International Falls 2

Hermantown 13, North Shore 0

WIAA Section Semifinals

Superior 4, Chippewa Falls 3

GIRLS HOCKEY

WIAA Sectional Second Round

Hayward 7, Superior 5

MSHSL State Tournament

Proctor-Hermantown 6, Albert Lea 2

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