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The Ponies' Aidan Anderson scored three times, including the game-winner in the fourth quarter.
After falling behind 2-0, the Storm rattled off 11 goals to finish the first half with a commanding lead over the Red Knights.
Cat Smetana hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning to push the Ponies past the Raptors in a Suburban East Conference matchup.
The Skippers had seven goals in the second half to run away with a victory over the Eagles.
Nick Argento allowed just one run and struck out nine batters, helping the Trojans secure a 4-1 win over Minnetonka
The Warriors used an 18-goal first half to build a comfortable lead over the Stealth on Friday.
Ben Mickett scored twice for the Lakers in the victory.
The Falcons flew to their first win of the season with six players scoring two goals apiece.
The Storm capitalized in extra innings to beat the Raiders 1-0.
Gentry Academy and Dodge County had atypical success in reaching the title game in their first state tournament appearance.
Notes, quotes and anecdotes from the last day of the girls' state hockey tournament.
The back-and-forth game featured a wild third period with the teams scoring four goals in 99 seconds.
Little Falls and Dodge County offer examples of kids forming deep bonds starting when they were old enough to skate.
Eden Prairie, Lakeville South and Maple Grove each have two players listed among those who excelled in Class 2A quarterfinals.
Boys' basketball story lines: Minnehaha Academy chasing fifth title in as many state tournament trips
After a one-year hiatus caused by the pandemic, the boys open theirhigh school basketball state tournament Wednesday with 16 quarterfinals games across four classes.
The quarterfinals aren't seeded 1 through 5 with three random selections like in the past. They are broken down into two groups (North and South), with each being seeded 1 through 4.
Junior defenseman George Moore scored midway through the third period and gave his Flyers the winning goal.
The Irish's 52-44 victory was the program's first in a state tournament since 1990.
The Royals opened their pursuit of another title with a convincing 76-44 victory.
Brody Lamb, the state's scoring leader, led his team to a 7-3 victory over a No. 1 seed playing mostly with junior varsity players.
Kennedy Sanders scored 31 points to lead the Hawks in the battle of unbeaten teams.
Minnetonka is headed to the Class 2A state tournament for the third consecutive season after knocking off Holy Family Catholic 4-1 on Saturday.
Hunter Newhouse scored twice for the Skippers, sending them to next week's Class 2A, Section 2 championship game.
The Stars' Cara Sajevic scored the game-winner late in the third period against South St. Paul to complete a hat trick and send the program to the state tournament in its first year of varsity competition.
The Hawks led by 22 points at the half over the Falcons and didn't let go of the lead in the second.
The Red Knights scored first, took a 2-1 lead into the third period and got a pair of insurance goals 1 minute, 34 seconds apart
The Cougars, led by Tanner Ludtke's two goals, remained undefeated as they beat the Crimson.
Dylan Godbout led the Pioneers to a 7-3 rout of the Cadets, including a five-goal second period.
Freshmen Myah Krueger and Brooke Nelson each scored for the Ponies on senior day, showing how important the team's underclassmen are to success this season.
Kyle Kukkonen, the state's No. 2 points producer with 55 this year, powered the Crimson past the rival Huskies.
Sophie Hart scored 13 of her 15 points in the second half to help the Tigers remain unbeaten this season.
After just scoring two points in the opening half, Mallory Heyer went off for 16 points to help her Hawks rally back to beat the Trojans.
For the second time in nine days, the Knights were stung by a two-goal third period from the Hornets.
The Skippers' Hunter Newhouse had a rebound goal with less than a second on the game clock to tie the game at 3 in the third period.
Five Redhawks, led by Chet Holmgren who had a game-high 19 points, scored in double digits.
Behind Tre Holloman's strong effort, the Raiders beat previously unbeaten Mounds View, avenging an early loss
The Cougars had 14 points at the half but clawed back 49 points to get the three-point victory over the Crimson.
Donnavin Hinsz tied the game at the free throw line and went on to hit the game-winner.
Steve Persian, who helped lead the Mustangs to their last two state titles, left the program along with "the majority of the staff,'' he said in a text.
In addition to Francesca Vascellaro's performance, the Stars got big outings from Kassandra Caron and Grace Massaquoi who had 21 and 19 points, respectively.
Bradley Cimperman's three-pointer with seconds left in Friday's game gave the Royals the win after they surrendered a second-half lead as big as 12 points.
Taylor Woodson scored 21 points for the Royals, and teammates Amaya Battle and Maya Nnaji added 20 points apiece.
The Greyhounds got a game-high 22 points from Noah Paulson and Mattie Thompson chipped in 21 points.
Avery Chesek clinched the victory for the Lightning 28 seconds into the overtime period.
Carter Batchelder's two goals led Eden Prairie to the victory Tuesday night.
Eastview toppled Shakopee 60-51 at home, led by 17 points from Zach Spann.
Do-it-all junior Alonzo Dodd of South St. Paul turned Friday's game vs. Mahtomedi into a rout.
Hunter Newhouse scored twice, including a shorthanded goal with 7:04 remaining in the third periodas Minnetonka held off Duluth East 4-2
Champlin Park holds off challenger from Totino-Grace to stay unbeaten
Como Park, featuring Ronnie Porter who had a game-high 30 points, extended its St. Paul Conference winning streak to 67 games
Richfield,No. 5 in the Minnesota Basketball News' Class 3A ranking, defeated No. 4-3A DeLaSalle, 81-74
The Cougars have won six of the past seven meetings between the two teams across the past five seasons.
At 5-10, 195-pounds, the burly Robby Kuchinski-Helgeson is adept at swatting pucks in the net from just in front of the crease, and did so for the Flyers again on Saturday in a victory at Mound Westonka.
The Stars took down Warroad 3-1 on Friday night at TCO Sports Garden in Vadnais Heights.
A pair of Ponies notched their first career varsity goals to help lift their team to a 3-2 victory.
Providence Academy madea late bucket and a free throw in the final minute of the second half to seal the victory
The fourth-ranked Sabers, who held the No. 7 Cougars to 51 points, have yet to surrender more than 58 points in a game this season.
Four Bears, led by Gabe Ganz who had 17 points, posted double-digit scoring totals in the victory
Lauren Zawoyski's goal just 15 seconds after the Skippers tied the game at 2-2 gave the Hornets the lead for good.
The Crimson, unbeaten this season, have scored seven or more goals in each of their contests to date.
Ava Stinnet's goal came early in the third period. Chloe Boreen and Lorelai VanGuilder also scored for the Pioneers.
Defending Class 2A state champion Andover, the top-ranked team in the Class 2A coaches' poll, continues to dominate early this season.
The Ponies' Alexis Pratt scored 23 points and directed the team's effective pressing attack in a 77-60 victory over the Raiders.
Ki'ani Lockett led the Skippers with a game-high 24 points while teammate Desiree Ware chipped in 16 points.
Thirteen Cougars skaters recorded at least one point against the Irish, led by Cam Boche who had two goals.
Tanner Brouwer and Jackson Hallum both recorded hat tricks for the Cadets in the first period. The duo combined for 10 total points in their team's victory over the Packers.
Senior defenseman Jack Peart, the Thunderhawks' leading scorer a season ago, tallied the game-winning goal in the third period.
Sydney Boyle scored just 28 seconds into Friday's matchup to get the Wildcats going, and teammate Dani Burgen took control from there with four goals to best the Spartans.
Hopkins was led by 25 points from junior Maya Nnaji and 18 from freshman guard Liv McGill as the Royals led by 39 points at halftime and cruised to another lopsided victory.
The Buccaneers made some key free throws along with important defensive stops to take the lead over the Crusaders late in the game and finish with a win.
Zach Reim and Bailey McGraw each scored two goals, helping the Stars defeat the Mustangs in their season opener.
Chaska's Spencer Goetz shined in a long-awaited season opener.
The Packers' Sarah Wincentsen scored the first two goals of the game, helping her team defeat the Zephyrs.
Kobe Kirk powered the Mustangs to victory with 20 points, including a game-high four three-pointers.
Parking lots replaced locker rooms for changing gear and livestreaming replaced going to the games for many fans as more than 400 teams finally got to play Thursday.