Of the eight teams remaining in Minnesota Class A Girls Basketball, a quarter are from the Northland.
Esko was ousted in the first round of the tournament last year.
Winter prep sports are winding down. In fact, only Boys and Girls Basketball are left to play State Tournaments in Minnesota. This week, the boys hit the floor at Williams Arena and the Target Center.
When you talk State Basketball and Mountain Iron-Buhl High School, you're normally talking girls hoops. However, MI–B's boys are State-bound this year for the first time since 2005.
It was a heroes reception, as Hermantown welcomed back its State Championship hockey team.
Once Hermantown ended its streak of State Championship losses, the question was inevitable. No, not whether or not Hermantown will move up to Class AA, but whether or not Hermantown Head Coach Bruce Plante would make like Peyton Manning and retire a winner.
High school hockey season in Minnesota isn't officially over until Mr. Hockey is named. The 2016 award went to Blaine forward and UMD commit Riley Tufte.
In Minnesota, March Madness starts with the Boys' State High School Hockey Tournament.
Great players can fumble under the pressure of a big stage and Thursday night Duluth East was on one. Taking the ice against grand rapids for the section finals and it's win or go home.
Silver Bay and Northland came out on top Thursday night and will face off in the Section 7A quarter-finals.
Hermantown moved back in to Section 7A for hockey in 2014. The Hawks will play in their third straight 7A championship game Wednesday, seeking their third straight title and seventh straight trip to the MSHSL Boys State Hockey Tournament.
Saturday eight teams went in, four teams came out and are headed to the finals.
In two previous trips to the Girls Class A State Hockey Tournament, Proctor-Hermantown was 0–2 at the Xcel Energy Center. The Mirage will get at least two more skates at the home of the Minnesota Wild after Proctor-Hermantown beat New Prague Wednesday.
Girls hockey playoffs in Minnesota wrap up this week as the MSHSL State Tournament starts Wednesday with Class A quarterfinals. For the second time in three years, Proctor-Hermantown is the Sec. 7 champ.
Tuesday's High School Hockey Playoff Schedule
The Wild and interim coach John Torchetti won't be at the Xcel Energy Center for more than a week because Girls State Hockey moves in, starting February 17th.
Across the bridge prep hockey is coming to an end for the boys in Superior playing their last game tonight against Duluth East.
Proctor–Hermantown and Hibbing–Chisholm will face off out on the ice for the 7A championship. If this sounds like déjà vu it's because this is the fourth straight year these two have met in the finals.
The no. 1 seeded Proctor–Hermantown ladies took the ice for the first time this post–season after earning themselves a first round bye and they showed moose lake why they had earned that number one seed.
Every hockey team needs a leader out on the ice. Someone who can handle pressure when things get tough, lucky for Denfeld they've found that in one of their seniors and they aren't the only one's taking notice.