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Posted On: 10/21/17 6:45 PM

Duluth Marshall was one of the best stories in all of Minnesota girls basketball last year. Here was a team that was on an 11-year losing streak, 84 straight games without a single win in the Lake Superior Conference. 11 years! 84 games! And, so, what did they do? They went 5-2 in the conference, good for 2nd place, 17-6 overall.

Marshall, you may not be aware, is a private school, formerly known as Duluth Cathedral. And it has to be said that Marshall’s new success goes to some degree to the larger weakness of girl’s basketball in Duluth. Duluth East used to be a power, with 10 state tournament trips over the years, including one as recently as 2012 when the Greyhounds went 22-6. You might recall an incredible group of 6-footers at East since then, at least one of whom, Hannah Johnson, has gone on to a nice career at Bethel. They had won 8, then 10 games as sophomores and juniors, and seemed poised for a big breakthrough in 2015, when the Duluth athletic administration hired Joaquim Harris as their coach. Parents at Marshall roll their eyes about this, because they had been totally unhappy about Harris’

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