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The Bemidji football team spent part of this week working out in the snow but the elements will not be a factor Friday when the Lumberjacks take on Mankato West at the Metrodome in the state Class 4-A semifinals. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Bemidji football team faces Mankato West for berth in state title game

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For some state tournaments the Minnesota State High School League officials have the coaches rank the top four teams and draw their opponents out of a hat.

By doing that the officials hope to delay the matchup between the top two teams in the state until the championship game.

The practice is not followed with the football playoffs, however. If the ranking system was governing the football tournament Bemidji and Mankato West would not be playing Friday.

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Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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