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Posted On: 03/18/17 1:15 AM

Orono has finally made it to a final, and Winona is back for the 2nd straight time. Orono entered the 2015 tournament seeded #1 but lost to Marshall in a semi-final upset 55-48 after trailing 35-20 at the half. Then, last year they were rated #1 in the state but lost to Hutchinson in the section final. Well, they’ve avenged themselves upon Hutch in this year’s section final 66-62. Now, they’ve gotten past the semi-final bugaboo. Now, the final…

Where they will meet an experienced Winona team that now has won 4 of 5 state tournament games over 2 years, and like Orono has avenged its loss. Holy Angels beat Winona 51-43 in last year’s final, but Winona returned the favor 58-43 on Thursday. Winona also avenged their only 2 losses to AAA teams when they beat Northfield 59-40 for the Section 1AA title. They had lost to Northfield by 18 earlier and also to Kasso-Mantorville by 21, but Northfield beat KM in the section semi so the Northfield win wiped that one out, too.

Neither team has revenge to play for any more. So what? If you can’t get up for a state final, what are you living for?

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