It has been six years since Buffalo went on its memorable state championship run.
Not since 1991 has Brainerd even sniffed a state tournament berth.
Both teams will take the next step in breaking those droughts at 6 p.m.
A repeat of last year's Section 8-4A No. 8 at No. 1 game was squashed quickly Wednesday.
The top-seeded Brainerd Warriors weren't about to upset one of their largest crowds in years as they eliminated No.
The game that never was will finally be.
Twice, the Staples-Motley Cardinals and Sauk Centre Mainstreeters were scheduled to meet during the regular season. Twice that game was called because of weather.
The Brainerd Warriors know seedings don't mean much.
Especially after last year's Section 8-4A tournament when Brainerd, the No. 8 seed, shocked top-seeded Buffalo 69-67 in two overtimes in the quarterfinals.
This season, the Warriors own the No.
Teresa Moenkedick doesn't seek the spotlight, it just finds her.
The senior point guard led the Verndale Pirates to their best season in years. Verndale won the Park Region Conference and earned the No. 2 seed in the West Subsection 5-1A playoffs.
Even with more than 150 career wins, one win eluded Brad Meyer.
Meyer, a senior from Pierz, picked up that one win Feb. 23 as he became a Section 7-1A individual champion with a 1-0 decision over Holdingford's Kyle Gerads.