Blaine led top-seed St. Francis early in the Section 7AAAA semifinal but a combination of making shots under pressure and generating turnovers at the right time helped the Saints earn a 68-54 win and a spot in the finals.
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.
While Cambridge-Isanti dominated the Section 7AA gymnastics meet with a 142.900 score, a few area gymnasts qualified for the state meet. Andover junior Sarah Miller earned a place at the state meet in three events: balance beam, vault and floor exercise. Miller won the section title on beam with a score of 9.400, 0.050 ahead of runner-up Hannah Haight of Cambridge
PACT Charter School can add state tournament entrant to its list of accomplishments after the Ramsey charter school’s dance team qualified for the Class A state dance tournament. The Pantherettes are one of five Class A programs to make it to state in both jazz and kick.
Top seed Andover held true to form, reaching the Feb. 13 championship game in Duluth against No. 2 seed Elk River/Zimmerman.
This issue went to press before that game was played. Look for results in the Feb. 21 edition.