The Bengals wrestled to very lofty results with both state qualifiers placing among the best in the state. Sophomore Malik Stewart lost his section final rematch in the 120-pound state championship to St. Michael-Albertville’s Michael McKee.
Andover (18-10-3) bounced back from a loss in its first state girls hockey tournament game, a 4-2 loss to No. 3 seed Eden Prairie, with a pair of satisfying wins to lift the Class AA state consolation bracket trophy.
When the Elk River-Zimmerman skaters were receiving their second-place medals after their 3-1 loss to Andover in the section finals, Andover coach Melissa Sailor fixed a compassionate gaze on one of them as she skated across the rink – her sister Mandy Sailor, Elk senior defenseman.
Andover senior Maddie McKeefry moved up 19 places with a stellar classic race to close out her Nordic ski career for the Huskies with a 29th place finish in the state Nordic ski meet at Giant’s Ridge in Biwabik Feb. 13.