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Area girls begin basketball playoffs

The Section 8A girls basketball tournament begins Tuesday and in the East Sub-Section play-in games No. 7 Cass Lake-Bena will host No. 10 Laporte and No. 9 Blackduck will visit No. 8 Mahnomen.

The Section 8A girls basketball tournament begins Tuesday and in the East Sub-Section play-in games No. 7 Cass Lake-Bena will host No. 10 Laporte and No. 9 Blackduck will visit No. 8 Mahnomen.

Clearbrook-Gonvick earned the top seed in the East Sub-Section and will take a 21-5 record into its playoff opener. The Bears will tangle with the Blackduck-Mahnomen winner 6 p.m. Thursday at Bagley in the tournament quarterfinals.

Thursday's late game at Bagley will match No. 4 Red Lake against No. 5 Lake of the Woods.

Bemidji State University will also host two games on Thursday. At 6 p.m. second-seeded Red Lake County Central will take on the Cass Lake-Bena-Laporte winner and at 7:45 p.m. No. 3 Kelliher-Northome will battle No. 6 Fosston.

The East Sub-Section 8A tournament moves to the REA in Thief River Falls for the semifinals on Saturday and the sub-section final on March 6.

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The East and West champions will battle for the Section 8A crown 7 p.m. on March 9 at the REA.

Win-E-Mac is the top seed in the West Sub-Section and Stephen-Argyle is seeded second.

Clearbrook-Gonvick enters the post-season with an eight-game winning streak and last week defeated Laporte 56-20 and Lake of the Woods 58-43.

Kelliher-Northome will bring a 12-10 record into the tournament while Red Lake is 10-9.

Cass Lake-Bena, which lost 50-39 last week in its regular season finale, is 8-18. Laporte is 1-21 and last week lost 56-20 to Clearbrook-Gonvick and 52-39 to Verndale.

Blackduck will bring a 3-19 record into its play-in game against Mahnomen. In its final regular season game the Drakes dropped a 70-39 decision at Fosston.

Bagley will begin its Section 8-2A tournament Thursday and the No.6 ranked Flyers will take a 12-14 record into their game at No. 3 Pequot Lakes.

If Bagley wins Tuesday it will face either No. 2 Crookston or No. 7 Park Rapids 8 p.m. Saturday at either BSU or Bemidji High School.

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In its final game of the regular season Bagley dropped a 61-44 decision at East Grand Forks.

Boys basketball

Cass Lake-Bena will take a 23-3 record and the top seed into the East Sub-Section 8A tournament and will open its run at a state tournament appearance 6 p.m. March 8 in the quarterfinals.

The Panthers closed the year with Saturday's 76-36 win over Sacred Heart and that victory extended CL-B's winning streak to 10 games.

Also last week the Panthers dumped Goodridge-Grygla 67-57, Kelliher-Northome 97-77 and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 76-46.

Against Goodridge-Grygla CL-B trailed 29-23 at the break but by making a few adjustments during the break and a few more baskets in the second half the Panthers gained the lead.

Caleb Fisher had 19 points, Dakotah Brunelle 15 and Cody Wind 13.

The game against K-N also was Parent's Night and the win secured the conference championship.

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"We came out aggressive and looked to run right away," said CL-B coach Brian Michaelson. "Driving to the basket and working the ball low, we didn't take many shots too far away from the basket in the first half."

Those tactics paved the way to a 53-42 lead at the break and in the second stanza Cass Lake-Bena was able to work its pressure defense. The result was several transition baskets.

Jake Ellis paced the offense with 26 points. Jordan Collins contributed 18, Brunelle 16, Fisher 13 and Andrew Johnson 12.

K-N is 13-10 after downing Nevis 62-59 but losing to CL-B. The Mustangs end their regular season Tuesday against Laporte (2-13).

Red Lake improved to 16-9 Saturday with an 84-63 victory over BGMR. The Warriors end their year Tuesday at home against Blackduck (14-10). The Drakes also will head to Remer Friday.

Bagley is 18-6 is riding an eight-game winning streak after last week's 85-53 win at WHA. The Flyers host Roseau Tuesday and end the year Friday at EGF.

Wrestling

Blackduck-Cass Lake-Bena and Fosston-Bagley will be represented at the state wrestling tournament. The Bears advanced a pair of athletes, Crag Brodeur at 195 and Alex Goodwin at heavyweight.

Both wrestlers finished second in the Section 8A meet.

Brodeur dropped a 13-7 decision to Christopher Zimmer of WHAN in his championship bout while Goodwin was pinned in 44 seconds by Alex Yeager of BGMR.

BCLB's Andrew Nissen was fourth at 106 and Tanner Templin fourth at 182. Nissen dropped his third-place match 17-6 to Wyatt Becker of BGMR while Templin was pinned in 2:26 by Jacob Galbrecht of Frazee in the battle for third.

Blake Olson will be Fosston-Bagley's state representative. The 170-pounder finished second, losing 6-0 to Forrest Drury of Park Rapids in the title match.

Ben Marx finished third at 120 for the Greyhounds. Finishing fourth were Wyatt Nordskog at 152, Devin Hagen at 195, Luke Juve at 220 and heavyweight Josh Albright.

Garrett Sander was sixth at 132.

Hockey

Bagley-Fosston saw its season end Feb. 21 when it lost 3-1 to Red Lake Falls in the opening round of the Section 8A playoffs

The Flyers were seeded 10th and Red Lake Falls seventh.

Top-seeded Thief River Falls advanced to Thursday's championship game by downing Park Rapids 5-0 on Saturday.

The other semifinal was played Monday when No. 2 East Grand Forks faced No. 3 Warroad.

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