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Duluth Marshall Plans to Move to Class AA for Boys' Hockey

Eyewitness Sports
December 17, 2014 11:03 PM

Duluth, Minn. - The Duluth Marshall boys' hockey team is headed to Class AA, starting next season.

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Duluth Marshall Athletic Director Kevin Snyder says every year, the Minnesota State High School League asks schools what sports they plan to sponsor and then places them in classes based on enrollment, but schools can choose to play a level up and that is what Duluth Marshall will do for boys' hockey. They will begin Class AA play in 2015-16.

Snyder says the idea to opt out of Class A and move to Class AA has been discussed for a few months. Both Snyder and Head Coach Brendan Flaherty tell Eyewitness Sports that they're excited and that this will provide players with a great opportunity. Flaherty says this will be a new era for Duluth Marshall hockey and he feels the Hilltoppers will be competitive in Class AA.

Snyder says Duluth Marshall's enrollment for the high school - or - upper school is 245. It is believed Duluth Marshall would be the smallest school - enrollment wise - in Class AA.

Geographically, it makes sense that Duluth Marshall would be in Section 7AA with Duluth East, Cloquet-Esko-Carlton and Grand Rapids, but that isn't definite. Flaherty says he can't imagine the Hilltoppers wouldn't be in Section 7AA, but they are still awaiting official word.


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