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Pelican Rapids remains unbeaten

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MINNEAPOLIS — Another victory for undefeated Pelican Rapids. Another struggle for leading scorer Tydan Storrusten to remain on the floor.

Four fouls sent Storrusten to the bench midway through the second half of Friday's semifinal game, the same place he spent much of the first half in Wednesday Class AA high school boys basketball quarterfinal game. The difference? He scored 21 points before sitting down, including the first nine Vikings' points in the second half, to provide a sizable advantage.

Leading 38-25 after Storrusten's surge, the Vikings went on to rout Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 78-50 and advanced to tonight's Class AA championship game. The top-ranked and undefeated Vikings (32-0) face No. 3 St. Bernard's (28-3) at 2 p.m. at Target Center.

Storrusten, a senior guard, has scored more than 2,000 points and dished out more than 700 assists in his career. He led the Vikings with 12 points and two assists at halftime.

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With Storrusten sitting down, teammate Eric Shulstad, who has eclipsed the 1,700-point mark in his career and holds the school rebounding record, took control. He connected on three consecutive field goals to make it 44-29. Then Jan-Erik Lindberg knocked down a

3-pointer and Brian Guler made a basket to give Pelican Rapids a 20-point lead.

Storrusten fouled out with less than three minutes remaining and a game-high 27 points.

Signs of trouble for Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted were evident in the first half. The Lakers made 12 turnovers, seven coming on Pelican Rapids steals. The Lakers trailed 29-21 at halftime.

Pelican Rapids is playing in its first state championship game since the 1984 team took home the hardware 25 years ago.

Class A

Two-time defending champion Ellsworth is back in the Class A state title game again after a 62-53 victory over Ada-Borup in the semifinals Friday.

Adam Van Der Stoep scored 22 points and Trevor Gruis had 19 points and 15 rebounds for Ellsworth (29-3). It will play Granada-Huntley-East Chain, which is making its first championship game appearance, in the final on Saturday.

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Yuri Johnson scored 16 points and Blake Bueng had 11 to lead Ada-Borup (26-5), which fell behind early thanks to 23 percent shooting in the first half.

Ellsworth hit six 3-pointers and made 11 more free throws with 14 more attempts to hold off Ada-Borup.

• Taylor Nawrocki had 21 points and 14 rebounds and Tim Garry added 21 point and 11 boards to lead Granada-Huntley-East Chain to a 60-46 victory over Chisholm in the Class 1A boys state basketball semifinals on Friday.

The game was tied at halftime, but the Mustangs (28-0) shot 74 percent in the second half to blow the game open. They will face Ellsworth in the championship game on Saturday.

Taylor Skoglund had 20 points, seven rebounds and four steals for Chisholm (30-2). But he was the only Bluestreak in double figures and didn’t have the wingman to help against the tandem of Nawrocki and Garry.

GHEC, ranked No. 1 in the state Class A poll, will be the first title game for the Mustangs in their second state appearance.

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