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Posted On: 07/26/17 1:00 AM

Years from now, we may look back on 2017 as the year when North Tartan really began to gain some separation from other Minnesota clubs. It won the 11th, 10th and 9th grade classes at the AAU. It took 4th, 5th and 7th places among the 8th graders despite splitting up its talent 3 ways. OK, the Fury is hanging tough in D1 commitments—Tartan has 7 as of today, the Fury has 5. Among high (BCS) D1s, it’s 3-to-1.

Now, it’s true that one could make too much of this. Years from now, we may look back on 2017 as the year when we thought that Tartan really began to gain some separation, but then it didn't quite happen. Who knows? The fact is that the Fury has come into Tartan’s backyard at the Meltdown and had a pretty good tournament. By my count, at the end of pool play Fury was 21-7 while Tartan was 23-9. And, Tartan did not get a win in the top division, the Maya Moore. Then, #4-rated Fury 2018 Elite demolished #3 Metro Stars Wiese 63-40 in the bracket. OK, it was only for 9th place, but a 23-point win beats a sharp stick in

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