Prep Report: Warroad Wins State Championship Rematch – Duluth News Tribune

On Saturday, a rematch of the 2022 preseason Class A Girls State Hockey Championship game went to the defending champions when Warroad’s Kaiya Sandy scored an overtime winner to defeat Proctor/Hermantown at St. Luke’s Sports and Event Center in Proctor by 3: 2 to hit.

2021 champion and 2022 runner-up Mirage took the lead twice on Saturday, first when Reese Heitzman gave her team the lead just 59 seconds into the game. Kate Johnson scored for Warroad less than two minutes later, but Heitzman hit again on a power play in the second period to put Proctor/Hermantown back ahead.

Kate Johnson scored her second game for the Warriors when she tied it at 8:13 of the third period and eventually sent it into overtime.

Neelan McLeod amassed 45 saves for the Mirage while Kate Stephens made 17 stops for Warroad.

Warroad's Kate Johnson scores a goal
Warroad forward Kate Johnson (16) sends the puck toward an eventual goal during the first period of the Warriors’ game against Proctor/Hermantown on Saturday at St. Luke’s Sports and Event Center in Proctor. The goal, at 14:08 in the first third, equalized the game with 1.

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Duluth Marshall 2, Breck 1 (OT)

Nina Thorson was the hero of overtime for the Hilltoppers at Mars Lakeview Arena on Saturday.

It took Annie Bachand just 63 seconds in the first period to put Duluth Marshall in front, but the visiting Mustangs clinched a late goal from Katie Theissen, leveling with 2:23 left.

Marshall (1-1) used an overtime power play to build a 7-2 shooting advantage in overtime before making the breakthrough.

Duluth 3, Roseville/Mahtomedi 2 (OT)

The Northern Stars made an exciting debut for head coach Ali Randall when Karyssa Clough scored an extra attacking goal in the closing minutes to send the goal into overtime and Lydia Saxin bagged the overtime winner with a backhand in front.

Anoka 2, Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 1 (OT)

Emily Litchke scored with just 39 seconds left in regulation to level the game for the Lumberjacks, but the host’s Tornados won in overtime from Ella Hennes.

Araya Kiminski made 21 saves for the Lumberjacks.

Rock Ridge 8, Princeton 1

Natalie Bergman had a hat trick plus two assists as the Wolverines rolled down the road to victory. Mayme Scott scored two goals and two assists.

Grand Rapids rolled to a comfortable win at Saturday’s Section 7A meeting in Hibbing, amassing 419 points, more than 100 more than runner-up Hibbing.

The Thunderhawks swimmers won all but three of the 12 events, including all three relays. Sophie Verke was a doubles winner in the 100-yard butterfly (1:00.41, a pool and section record) and the 100-yard backstroke (59.25). Hannah Rauzi provided the 100 free (55.17) and 100 chest (59.25). Verke and Rauzi were each involved in two victorious seasons.

Hibbing’s Geli Stenson set a pool record by winning the 200 Free in 1:57.42 and then winning the 500 in 5:28.30.

At the Section 7AA meeting, Duluth East was sixth out of eight teams. Senior Shea Bradley finished third in the 100 Free in 55.15 and had a fifth place finish in the 500 Free (25.52).

Kasson-Mantorville 3, Grand Rapids 2

Grand Rapids finished the Class AAA volleyball season in fourth place for the second straight season after Kasson-Mantorville defeated the Thunderhawks in the third-place playoff at Xcel 25-18 25-19 26-28 22-25-15 : 11 had survived energy center on Saturday.

Kyra Giffen ended her career with a performance of 21 kills, while Braya LaPlant and Kate Jamtgaard each added nine. LaPlant had 41 assists while Jamtgaard had nine block assists and one block solo. Defensively, five Thunderhawks players had at least 10 digs, led by Lindsey Racine’s 35. LaPlant added 22 and Giffen added 19.

The Thunderhawks finish the season 26-6.

Warroad players celebrate after a goal
Warroad forward Kate Johnson (16) receives a hug from teammate Talya Hendrickson (13) after scoring a goal for the Warriors, taking 14:08 in the first period of the Warriors’ game against Proctor/Hermantown on Saturday at the St. Luke’s Sports and Events Center in Proctor. The goal ended the game with 1.

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Reese Heitzman makes a play on a loose puck
Proctor/Hermantown senior forward Reese Heitzman (21) moves her stick toward a loose puck near Warroad’s net before settling on a power play goal at 3:35 in the second period of the Mirage game against Warroad on Saturday at St. Luke’s Sports Joins and Events Center in Proctor. The goal was Heitzman’s second of the game and gave the Mirage a 2-1 lead. Warroad would win the game 3-2 in overtime.

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Proctor/Hermantown players celebrate after a goal
Members of Proctor/Hermantown Mirage hug and celebrate after senior forward Reese Heitzman scored a power play goal with 3:35 left in the second period of their game against Warroad Saturday at St. Luke’s Sports and Event Center in Proctor. The goal gave the Mirage a 2-1 lead. Warroad would win the game 3-2 in overtime.

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