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Bayside chatter: March 21

Steve Gow

for the Lake County News-Chronicle

The unranked North Shore Storm 12U B girls’ hockey team returned home from the state tournament with a third place trophy. They opened play against No.10 Eagan and came back from a 4-2 deficit to prevail by a score of 5-4. Next up was No.1 ranked Farmington. Four second-period goals by Farmington were too much for the girls to overcome as they fell 5-1. The third place game saw them taking on No.3 Burnsville. The Storm led 1-0 after one and was tied at one after two. Two third-period goals brought home the bronze with a 3-1 victory. Congratulations to the girls on a job well done.

State champions were crowned in the various youth hockey classes last weekend. In bantams the winners were Grand Rapids in AA, Highland/Central in A and Wayzata Navy in B. In peewees it was Edina in AA, Highland/Central in A and White Bear Lake in B. Girls action saw Osseo/Maple Grove Gold in 14U A and Edina in 14U B come out as the winners. In 12U it was Roseau in A and Farmington in B

Esko became the first Northland team to win a boys’ state basketball title since Chisholm did the job in 1991 with a class A title. Esko won the AA title with a 60-41 win over Annandale. Lakeville North won its first title in AAAA, DeLaSalle repeated in AAA and Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa won its second title in A.

Mountain Iron-Buhl in A and Esko in AA will represent the Northland in the girls’ state basketball tournament this week. The top seeds are Eastvieww in AAAA, Park Center in AAA, New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva in AA and Minneota in A. New Richland is the lone remaining unbeaten team and returns to defend its title along with Minneota. MIB is seeded third. This will be the team’s fourth straight trip to state. Esko is unseeded.

The winners of the 19th annual Silver Cup who will get their names engraved on the Cup are Josh Klemmer, Deven VanHouse, Cory Nelson, Nate Bauck, Mason DeRoiser, Caleb Dilley, Tanner Ketola, Dave Dilley, Rebecca Dilley, George Napper and goaltender Casey Geissler. The Gold team beat the Green 6-3 in the semis and the Red 5-3 in the finals. Caleb Dilley had two goals for the winners in the title game and Earl Nikula had two in a losing cause.

The Wisconsin Inter-scholastic Athletic Association is thinking about changing the rules as to how it classifies high school teams via enrollment. Publib schools would use their normal enrollment, private schools would have theirs multiplied by 1.65. The measure will be decided in a vote on April 16. I hope Minnesota is watching and likes the idea.

This weekend ends the winter sports season for high school athletes in Minnesota. Softball players began practice with their coaches on March 10 and baseball players started on March 17. Track athletes start next week. Now we just have to get rid of winter.

By 2020, there will be 120 ice rinks in Minnesota looking at a shortage of Freon22. The substance is used in making ice, but will be phased out. Rinks will be looking at a very expensive conversion process. In Lake County, however, there is no problem because a little pre-planning saw the conversion take place when the arena floors were redone.

Fifty years ago, I first became involved with the game of hockey, which I have come to love, as the manager of the 1963-64 Silver Bay bantam team. The next season that group of 8th and 9th graders became the first Mariner varsity team.