It's that time of year again.
March: One last winter snowstorm, state tournaments, the growing hopes of warmer weather and a meaningful contest between a Pequot Lakes basketball team and a Crosby-Ironton basketball team.
Chris Ortman missed all the fun last season.
That wasn't the case this season.
The Pierz Pioneers' sophomore was coming off a state tournament appearance as an eighth-grader only to have his freshman year derailed with an elbow injury.
Emily Miron is lucky No. 8.
And by the time the junior is done she'll likely be No. 2.
Miron surpassed the 1,000-point career scoring milestone Feb. 23 in the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines' 57-19 victory over Park Rapids.
Two questions surrounded the Little Falls Flyers' and Pierz Pioneers' state team wrestling quarterfinal matches.
How improved are the Flyers since Feb. 4 and how much better is this year's Pierz team compared to last year's squad.
Jordan Chouanard will have to earn his final prep wrestling goal.
The Aitkin senior enters the Class 1A state individual tournament Friday and Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul with a 35-1 record and as the No. 2-ranked 152-pounder.
Marlee Moore was quick to give the assist to Bethany Cressman.
With the defensive eyes locked on Cressman, Moore exploded for 31 points in the Lake Region Christian Hornets' 61-44 victory over Fourth Baptist Feb. 17.