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Mattison Johnson (left) and John Larrabee (center) lead a group of Bluejacket distance runners on a workout.

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Eli Erickson works on his sprinting form in front of the high school Monday. Softball started last Monday, and both girls and boys golf started Monday. Boys tennis starts on March 25.

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There might be snow on the ground, but Hibbing and the surrounding high schools have started spring sports practice for the 2019 season. From left, Hayden Westerberg works on his swing, hitting off of a tee at the Lincoln Gymnasium.

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HIBBING — At the end of January, Hibbing High School wrestler Kya Rybachek injured her hamstring, which officially ended her season.

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HIBBING — Don Kuusinen laughs as he tells the story about the time somebody asked him when he was going to retire from officiating wrestling.

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. — The Hibbing Community College women’s basketball team culminated a tremendous season by claiming the consolation championship at the NJCAA Division III Women’s Basketball National Tournament on Saturday in Bethlehem, Pa.

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DULUTH — From the opening tip-off, Friday’s Section 7A boys’ basketball championship game was never in question as the North Woods Grizzlies dominated Lakeview Christian Academy 78-39 and will make their third straight appearance at the state tournament.

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ST. PAUL — Mountain Iron-Buhl seniors Macy Savela, Madisen Overbye and Allie Negen responded with a combined 51 points Friday to help the Rangers pick up a hard-fought 69-68 consolation semifinal victory over BOLD Friday at the Class A State Girls’ Basketball Tournament.

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ST. PAUL — Six Hibbing High School girls basketball senior saw their careers come to an end at Gangelhoff Center on the campus of Concordia University Friday,

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COOK — Fresh off their win over No. 4 Deer River, the top-seeded North Woods boys’ basketball team now focuses their attention on No. 3 Lakeview Christian Academy and a berth in the state tournament.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Unseeded Mountain Iron-Buhl trailed No. 2 Goodhue by 13 points with about 11 minutes to go, but the underdog Rangers had no intention of giving up.

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DULUTH — It may not have been exactly how they wanted things to work out, but the No. 1 North Woods boys’ basketball team took care of business Wednesday night and took down No. 4 Deer River, 61-46, to move on to Friday’s Section 7A championship.

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CAMBRIDGE — It was 12 years ago, but Doug Schmitz remembers it as if it happened only yesterday.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Being the No. 1 seed, it could have been easy for the DeLaSalle High School girls basketball team to overlook No. 8 Hibbing.

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MOUNTAIN IRON — The Rangers girls’ basketball team took a little time to celebrate last Thursday’s Section 7A championship — they’re ninth straight — but they are now fully focused on the challenge ahead.

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HIBBING — The last time the Hibbing High School girls basketball team advanced to state was 2007.

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PROCTOR — A whirlwind weekend for the No. 3 Virginia boys’ basketball team meant moving Saturday’s neutral-site game against No. 2 Proctor to Monday night on the Rail’s home turf.

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DULUTH — After a loss to Hermantown in the Section 7A Tournament, Skylar Rhodes thought his hockey-playing days were over.

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DULUTH — The Nashwauk-Keewatin High School boys basketball had been a fairly consistent scoring team during the season, but that part of the game left them at a bad time.

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ST. PAUL — Ben Troumbly scored 23 seconds into overtime to send the Greenway boys hockey team to the Class A state title game as the Raiders defeated Mahtomedi 3-2 Friday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

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NASHWAUK — If the Nashwauk-Keewatin High School boys basketball team wants to advance to the semifinals of the Section 7A Tournament, there’s one obstacle in their way — Cook County.

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DULUTH — There’s always a concern going into any game, but Hibbing High School boys basketball coach Joel McDonald was a little more worried about Duluth Denfeld.

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HIBBING — Over the past couple of seasons, the Section 7AAA boys basketball playoffs have been unpredictable.

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DULUTH — Mountain Iron-Buhl came out with an intensity that Cromwell-Wright just couldn’t match Thursday en route to winning their ninth straight Section 7A championship at UMD.

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ST. PAUL — The Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin High School boys hockey team didn’t have a great start to the State Class A Tournament, but the Raiders were strong enough to persevere, getting a 6-4 win over Delano Wednesday.

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HIBBING — In two games against Grand Rapids this season, the Hibbing High School girls basketball team is 0-2, losing both games by four points.

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NASHWAUK — The Nashwauk-Keewatin High School boys basketball team wanted to get its inside game going immediately in its Section 7A Boys Basketball Tournament opener Wednesday night against Wrenshall.

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DULUTH – Mountain Iron-Buhl broke open an extremely tight ball game with about five minutes left as they made it 45-39 on Macy Savela’s driving layup.

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COLERAINE — When Donte Lawson slapped a rebound into the net to give the Greenway High School boys hockey team a two-overtime victory over Hermantown last week, it ended a long string of Section 7A titles that had been amassed by the Hawks.

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CHERRY — If the Cherry High School girls basketball team wants to take a trip to the state tournament, there’s one obstacle in their way — Mountain Iron-Buhl.

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HIBBING — Last year, the Hibbing HIgh School boys basketball team had the No. 2 seed in the 7AAA Tournament, but North Branch came to town and beat the Bluejackets by three.

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DULUTH —For the second year in a row, the Virginia girls’ basketball team has been ousted from the 7AA tournament by top-seeded Proctor, as the Devils fell Saturday at UMD, 62-48.

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DULUTH — Trailing by two points at the half in Saturday’s Section 7AAA Girls Basketball Tournament semifinal game against Princeton, the Hibbing High School girls basketball team did not panic.

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