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NLS, Redwood girls in section finals

New London-Spicer and Redwood Valley will each play in its section championship today with a chance to earn a berth in the state tournament.

NLS (28-1) meets Osakis (21-7) at 9 p.m. in the Section 6AA championship at St. Cloud State University.

Redwood Valley (19-8) faces Pipestone (20-5) at 8 pm. at Montevideo.

NLS is seeking its 14th state trip, the last coming in 2004.

Redwood Valley has never been to a state tournament. Redwood Falls went four times, the last in 1979.

Blaine (25-3-1) and Eden Prairie (26-3) will meet at 6 p.m. in the Class AA semifinal round at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Both teams are coached by Willmar graduates. Lee Smith (1984) is in his 16th season coaching the Eagles; Dave Aus a 1987 graduate has the Bengals in the state tournament a fourth straight year.