The state's smaller schools, including a packed field in Class 2A, play at Target Center today in the first day of boys' semifinals. Classes 1A and 2A play today; 3A and 4A are scheduled for Thursday. (The Class 4A girls' semifinals, featuring Hopkins' try for a state-record winning streak, begin at 7 p.m.)

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Today's schedule. (Tap on link for score updates and postgame report)

1A:
Hancock 65, Sleepy Eye St. Mary's 53

Hancock overcame a halftime deficit in a 65-53 victory against Sleepy Eye St. Mary's in the first Class 1A semifinal Wednesday at the Target Center.

The Owls (19-5) advance to play in the championship game at 10 a.m. Saturday. They previously won a state title in 1997.

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Hayfield 79, Badger-Greenbush-Middle River 53

Senior Ethan Slaathaug scored 34 points — 20 in the first half — to spark Hayfield to a 79-53 victory over Badger/Greenbush-Middle River in a Class 1A semifinalon Wednesday at Target Center.

The Vikings (20-4), making their first tournament appearance since 2013, advanced to a state championship game for the first time since 2001.

Leading by nine early in the second half, the Vikings used a 13-0 run to open a 22-point lead with 11 minutes left.

Kobey Dallager scored 14 to lead the Gators (20-4).

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2A:

Caledonia 60, Minneapolis North 55

Caledonia and Minneapolis North are accustomed to butting heads on the football field. The physicality moved to the hardwood Wednesday.

Caledonia used nine- and 10-point runs in the first half,then held off a late charging Minneapolis North for a 60-55 victory in aClass 2A semifinal Wednesdayat Target Center.

The Warriorsadvanced to the finals for the fourth time, having won the title in 1997.

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Waseca 72, Fergus Falls 58

The Bluejays' dynamic trio — Ryan Dufault, Andrew Morgan and Kyreese Willingham — combined for 58 points as No. 1-ranked Waseca (22-1) cruised past Fergus Falls 72-58 in the semifinals of the Class 2A Minnesota boys' basketball state tournament Wednesday at Target Center.

In the first half they combined for all but three ofthe Bluejays' 44 points.

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