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Head coaches Gary Nelson, left, of MACCRAY and Cory Larson of Dawson-Boyd chat on the Blackjacks' bench as their respective teams warm up prior to the Section 3A-North championship game at Southwest Minnesota State.

MACCRAY triumphs in 3A; will face Hills-Beaver Creek for state trip

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MARSHALL -- The MACCRAY Wolverines moved to within one win of the state tournament by defeating Dawson-Boyd 74-49 on Saturday afternoon in the Section 3A-North championship game at Southwest Minnesota State University.

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Seth Hinrichs poured in 27 points and yanked down 17 rebounds for the Wolverines (25-3).

In the 3A-South final, Hills-Beaver Creek ended Ellsworth's run of five straight 3A championships. The Patriots (23-6) overcame 34 points by the Panthers' Casey Schilling to win 76-62. Hills-Beaver Creek had lost twice to top-seed Ellsworth (24-5) in the regular season.

The 3A championship is set 5 p.m. Thursday in Marshall.

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Rand Middleton

Covers Willmar and area high schools and Ridgewater College, plus amateur baseball, stock car racing and fitness events in summer. Writes weekly column since 1980. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 

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