Three Northland Teams Sent Off to State

By KBJR News 1

March 8, 2011 Updated Mar 8, 2011 at 7:55 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Three Northland hockey teams are off to the Minnesota State Tournament.

The Hermantown community got the chance to see off their Hawks Tuesday morning at an all-school pep rally.

The team presented the school with its Section 5A championship trophy, and students brushed up on what they call the "Hawk Dance."

Then, Tuesday afternoon, Duluth East students celebrated the Greyhounds Section 7AA title.

That was won in dramatic fashion with an overtime win last week against Grand Rapids.

One thing's for sure, students and adults, everyone is excited for state.

"When state hockey comes around, the school basically shuts down the last half of the week," Duluth East senior Zack Farmer said. "It's a great time for everyone. Anyone that can go should go."

"They're all pumped up and excited about it, which gets me pumped up and excited about it," Hermantown head coach Bruce Plante said. "It's so fun to see that kids excited to have this opportunity."

Hermantown and Hibbing will play their quarterfinal games on Wednesday, while Duluth East has to wait until Thursday to hit the ice.

Posted by Zach Schneider