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ST. PAUL — Duluth East had been here before. For the fourth time since the Greyhounds won their third high school boys hockey state championship 20 years ago, East left the ice following the title game with the runner-up trophy. Top-ranked Minnetonka held on for a 5-2 victory in the Class AA state tournament final Saturday night before 18,194 fans at Xcel Energy Center.
ST. PAUL—In the movie "D2: The Mighty Ducks," fictional character Russ Tyler uncorked his knucklepuck to beat Team Iceland. Frederick Paine doesn't have a name for the shot he used to beat Edina in the Class AA semifinals Friday night, March 9, but the Duluth East junior defenseman was just as successful with it as the Greyhounds defeated the Hornets 4-2 at the Minnesota high school boys hockey state tournament at Xcel Energy Center.
ST. PAUL — The dynasty may not be over, but it's on hiatus this year. Hermantown's run of eight consecutive Class A state championship appearances came to an end Friday afternoon when fourth-seeded Alexandria Area upset the No. 1 Hawks 6-1 in a high school state tournament semifinal before 11,905 at Xcel Energy Center.
ST. PAUL — Duluth East entered its Class AA high school boys hockey quarterfinal Thursday with a decided advantage in state tournament experience. That won't be the case in today's semifinal. Senior forward Garrett Worth scored three goals and senior goaltender Parker Kleive posted a 28-save shutout in the Greyhounds' 5-0 victory over tournament debutante St. Michael-Albertville on Thursday at Xcel Energy Center.
MINNEAPOLIS—The Philadelphia Eagles aren't the Atlanta Falcons. They aren't the Minnesota Vikings or Buffalo Bills, either. What the Eagles are is Super Bowl LII champions.
DULUTH—Aileen Geving's first curling experience likely paralleled that of any 10-year-old girl dragged along to join in her father's extracurricular activities. She showed up at the Duluth Curling Club 20 years ago with few expectations of enjoyment. "It was something that my parents pushed me into, but I fell in love with it after trying it," she said. "The first time my dad wanted me to go down and try it, I thought, 'This is his thing and not mine and I have no interest in this.' When I tried it, apparently I cried when we had to leave because I liked it so much."
DULUTH—Perhaps no American Olympic athlete experienced as much vitriol as John Shuster faced the past two Winter Games. Every four years the curling skip was the subject of cruel Twitter memes and GIFs, with #JohnShustersucks trending online. One could say the general public threw stones at the stone-thrower. Even USA Curling turned its back on the one-time prodigy by not including him in the original High Performance Program (HPP) following the 2014 Games.
MINNEAPOLIS — In the NFL, often times teams are only as good as their backup quarterback. The Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings each found that out Sunday, Oct. 15. The Packers lost Aaron Rodgers to a broken collarbone and subsequently lost 23-10 to the Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Odds are the Packers' game plan didn't revolve around Brett Hundley taking snaps behind center. Vikings fans can relate. Ever since Teddy Bridgewater shredded a knee and Sam Bradford tweaked his, fans have endured the likes of Shaun Hill and Case Keenum filling in.