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Hockey: Storm boys headed to Iron Range Conference

North Shore's Mason Meyer (24) tries to keep the puck away from Hermantown's Blake Biondi during the Storm's season-ending loss in the Section 7A tournament. (News-Chronicle file)

The North Shore Storm were accepted to the Iron Range Conference (IRC).

IRC schools recently voted to allow the Storm boys varsity hockey team to join the conference, according to Two Harbors High School Athletic Director Scott Ross. The team has been playing as an independent since the teams from William Kelley High School in Silver Bay and Two Harbors combined for the 2012-13 season.

Other schools competing in the IRC include Grand Rapids, Virginia/Mountain Iron-Buhl, Hibbing-Chisholm, International Falls and Eveleth Gilbert. North Shore was already scheduling four of the five current IRC schools in the past, but team was not eligible for conference titles and players could not earn all-conference honors.

Since combining, the only season-ending title the Storm were eligible for was the Section 7A championship, which state power Hermantown has won since moving to Section 7 in 2012-13.

The Storm girls program will remain independent because IRC schools have only three other girls teams — not enough to form a conference.

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb has been a reporter for the Pine Journal since October 2018. He previously worked as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle from 2015-2018. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. 

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