All three champions from last year have returned to the Minnesota state high school baseball tournament to defend their titles. BOLD in Class 1A, Kasson-Mantorville in Class 2A and Mounds View in Class 3A each qualified again this season. The tournament begins Thursday, with Class 1A games in Chaska and Jordan, Class 2A games in St. Cloud and Class 3A games in St. Paul and Minneapolis.
Madison McKeever scored 27 points and Korbyn Ross added 17 to lead Win-E-Mac past defending-champion Minneota, 61-53, in the Class 1A championship. The Patriots (31-2) were up 47-32 with 12:21 left in the game when the Vikings (32-2) pulled within 52-50 with three minutes left.
East Grand Forks didn’t let a slow start get in the way of a school first. Grant Loven had a goal and three assists as the Green Wave beat Hermantown 7-3 in the Class 1A Boys Hockey Championship on Saturday.
Mahnomen started fast and never looked back Saturday en route to its second straight state title. Quarterback Tom Pavek rushed for 179 yards and two scores and caught a touchdown pass to lead the Indians past Dawson-Boyd 46-13 in the Class 1A Championship game — the school’s eighth championship overall.
Dominic Nibbelink scored 18 of his 29 points in the final 10 minutes to lead Southwest Minnesota Christian over Maranatha Christian Academy 81-73 Saturday in the Class A state title game.
Hermantown will play St. Thomas Academy in the Class 1A championship for the third straight year.
Jesse Kieper scored 25 points and Dillon Schultz added 17 to lead Springfield to the boys’ Class 1A title Saturday.
Madison Lee scored 14 points, including a pair of key 3-pointers in the second half, to lead Maranatha Christian Academy to a 59-52 win over Nicollet in the girls’ basketball 1A state final Saturday at the Target Center.
Warroad exploded for five goals in the third period, the go-ahead score coming from Kayla Gardner, lifting the Warriors past South St. Paul 5-1 for their second straight Class 1A girl’s hockey state championship.