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.
Anoka-Ramsey Community College mens basketball earned a trip to nationals for only the second time in program history. The No. 4 (MCAC South Division) seeded Golden Rams (23-8) upset three higher ranked teams to win the MCAC/Region XIII Tournament on its home court in Coon Rapids.
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.