The Duluth East boys' hockey team was snubbed from a state tournament appearance by the same team in back-to-back seasons. Their focus heading into the section playoffs is to make sure that doesn't happen this year.
Despite the roster turnover, the Greenway boys hockey team wants to make sure they are once again in the mix when it comes playoff time. They've seen their past two seasons end against Hermantown, the two-time defending Class A state champions, but they've remained competitive.
The Grand Rapids boys hockey team finished last season with a state championship title, while the boys out of Greenway were just one win away from a birth at the state tournament. The hockey culture in that area also trickles over to the girls program where the co-op of Grand Rapids/Greenway is the only Northland team ranked in Class AA.
The week before Christmas tragedy struck the Eveleth-Gilbert Area girls hockey team. They lost a teammate and friend, however, they've faced their adversity head on and this season is all about playing for Kirja.
A new era began for the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys' hockey team with the addition of former Duluth Denfeld head coach Kevin Smalley. Leaving his alma mater wasn't an easy decision, but he said his competitiveness is what led him to try something new.
Four out of the last five seasons for the Ely football team have resulted in state tournament appearances. In fact, they hadn't lost a regular season game since October of 2014 until last Friday when South Ridge snapped their streak earning a 38-14 victory.