About the only letter missing from the name Zumbrota-Mazeppa Cougars is V.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots would like to keep it that way, and in the process add an L to the southern Minnesota team when they square off at 8 p.m.
Kelly Pearson could always produce copious amounts of points.
The Staples-Motley Cardinals junior just didn't have to.
The three-year varsity player led the Cardinals in scoring last season with 340 points (11.3 per game).
Ben Newman sees the world a little differently.
He plays hockey a little differently, too.
The junior center for the Little Falls Flyers boys hockey team became the 18th member of the Flyers' 100 career point club this season.
It's time for the rubber match.
For the third straight season the Section 8-2A championship will belong to either the Pequot Lakes Patriots or Hawley Nuggets. Those teams will battle once again for the chance to advance to the 2A state tournament 7 p.m.
On paper, it doesn't look good.
The Little Falls Flyers hope to make things look better on the ice when they face the defending Class 1A state champions St. Thomas Academy at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the state tournament.
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.