MI-B gets top seed; Grizzlies No. 2 in 7A

After missing two games due to COVID-19, Mountain Iron-Buhl went 4-0 on the season and earned the No. 1 seed for the Section 7 9-Man playoffs, which start Tuesday.

Garnering the top seed means the Rangers will have a bye on Tuesday and will open tournament play with a section semi final home game on Nov. 21 at 2 p.m.

In Section 7AAA, Virginia got the No. 4 seed and will face No. 5 Proctor. Where and when the game will be played have yet to be determined, Activities Director Josh Lamppa said.

Battling for the right to play Mountain Iron-Buhl will be No. 4 seed Bigfork (3-2) and No. 5 Ely (3-2). The Timberwolves will travel to Bigfork on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. tilt.

On the other side of the bracket, Cherry (3-1) earned the No. 2 seed and will host No. 7 Northeast Range (0-6) at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the MI-B field. No. 6 Cook County (1-5), meanwhile, will go on the road to face No. 3 Silver Bay (3-2) at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The other semifinal on Nov. 21 will feature the Northeast Range/Cherry winner vs. the Silver Bay/Cook County winner, also at 2 p.m.

The Section 7 9-Man championship will be played in Esko at 1 p.m. on Nov. 27.

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SECTION 7A

Deer River (4-1) grabbed the No. 1 seed and will host No. 8 Chisholm (0-5) at 6 p.m. North Woods (3-1) earned the No. 2 seed and will host No. 7 East Central (0-3) at the Mesabi East field at 5 p.m.

All quarterfinal games will be played Tuesday.

Other games included No. 5 Barnum (2-3) at No. 4 Braham (2-2) and No. 6 Carlton-Wrenshall (3-2) at No. 3 Hinckley-Finlayson (3-2).

The semi finals are set for 2 p.m. Nov. 21 and the championship is set for Nov. 27 at the Mesabi East Sports Complex.

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The Section 7AA and 7AAA playoff brackets were not complete as this edition went to press.

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In Section 7AAA, Virginia secured the No. 4 seed with a 3-3 record, according to Minnesota-Scores.net. Meanwhile, Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin went 1-5 in the regular season and will be the No. 6 seed.

Virginia Activities Director Josh Lamppa said Virginia will face No. 5 seed Proctor (1-5), but it was unclear when and where that game would take place.

Aitkin (5-1) is Section 7AAA’s No. 1 seed; Two Harbors (4-2) is No. 2; and Esko (3-3) is No. 3.

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According to Minnesota-Scores.net, Mesabi East is the top seed in Section 7AA with a 2-3 record, while International (3-3) Falls is No. 2. Crosby-Ironton is the No. 3 seed with a 1-5 record. Eveleth-Gilbert was not seeded after being impacted by the coronavirus and having to cancel their last game and the postseason. In addition to E-G, 7AA teams Moose Lake/Willow River and Royalton also had their seasons ended early due to the coronavirus.

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