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BOYS BASKETBALL: Brainerd to host Section 8-3A final

BRAINERD -- Brainerd High School will host the Section 8-3A boys basketball title game between Bemidji and Sartell-St. Stephen at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14.

The top-seeded Lumberjacks reached the section final by defeating fourth-seeded St. Cloud Apollo 57-47 Friday night in Moorhead.

Bemidji (22-4) will play in its first section championship game since 2012 against the second-seeded Sabres (20-8), who defeated third-seeded Alexandria 55-50 Friday in the semifinals. The Lumberjacks won the only regular-season meeting between the teams 60-54 on Feb. 9 in Sartell.

Bemidji is seeking its first state tournament berth since 1985.