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Unbeaten Panthers begin drive for state

Cass Lake-Bena will begin its quest for a state baseball tournament berth 5 p.m. today when it hosts either Red Lake or Walker-Hackensack-Akeley in second-round action of the East Sub-Section 8A tournament.

WHA, ranked eighth, and Red Lake, which is ranked ninth, will square off at Cass Lake earlier today and that survivor will tangle with the top-seeded Panthers who enter the post-season with a 21-0 record.

In today's other East Sub-Section 8A preliminary game, seventh-seeded Bagley will battle No. 10 Laporte in Fosston. That winner will face No. 2 Fosston in lower-bracket action.

Also today at Blackduck, the fourth-seeded Drakes will host No. 5 Nevis.

Today's other game pits No. 6 Kelliher-Northome at No. 3 Lake of the Woods.

Today's winners will head to Bemidji State University Thursday for the sub-section semifinals and final with games set for noon, 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. The teams that qualify for the sub-section title game will advance to the section semifinals which will be played at BSU on June 8. The Section 8A title game is set for 4 p.m. June 10 at BSU.

East Sub-Section 8A

Tournament Schedule

Today's Games

Game 1: No. 8 WHA vs. No. 9 Red Lake, at Cass Lake

Game 2: No. 10 Laporte vs. No. 7 Bagley, at Fosston

Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. No. 1 Cass Lake-Bena, 5 p.m.

Game 4: No. 5 Nevis at No. 4 Blackduck, 5 p.m.

Game 5: No. 6 Kelliher-Northome at No. 3 Lake of the Woods, 5 p.m.

Game 6: Game 2 winner vs. No. 2 Fosston at Fosston, 5 p.m.

Thursday's Games at BSU

Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, noon

Game 8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 2:30 p.m.

Game 9: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 5 p.m.

NOTE: Both teams playing in Game 9 advance to Section 8A semifinals vs. West winner and runnerup.

Section 8A Semifinals

June 10 at BSU

Game 1: East champion vs. West runnerup, 1 p.m.

Game 2: West champion vs. East runnerup, 2:30 p.m.

Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 4 p.m.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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