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The Quad Community Press invited local athletes by email through their coaches to comment on the unprecedented loss of an entire season due to the pandemic along with what they did while still hoping to compete, and how they handled distance learning. Here are some reactions:

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Any hopes for salvaging part of the high school spring sports season were dashed last Thursday, when the Minnesota State High School League canceled all activities and athletics for the rest of the school year, in response to an an executive order issued by Gov. Tim Walz.

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Turning on the football field lights in a tribute to sidelined spring sports is an idea that’s catching on around the nation.

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The worldwide outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) might eventually wreak such havoc in the U.S. that the first blow — having to go without sports for a while — might eventually be seen as just a minor footnote.

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Grace Squires has a signature move on uneven parallel bars that’s served her well all season, but the White Bear Lake sophomore was not able to hit it at the state gymnastics meet Saturday evening.

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White Bear Lake turned back Woodbury 4-1 in the first round of Section 4AA on Thursday evening. Billy Rose, Sam Newpower and Triston Johnson scored for the Bears (17-8-1) in first period and Lleyton Roed capped the scoring in the third. Goalie Tyler Steffens made 19 saves, with Luke Danielso…

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Nick Kastner and Matt Sloan will represent White Bear Lake in the state wrestling tournament after placing first and second their respective weights at Section 4AAA on Saturday in Stillwater.

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Ben Dardis made 56 saves to help Mahtomedi pull out a 3-2 win over Hill-Murray on Saturday at St. Croix Rec Center. Dardis stopped all 18 Pioneer shots in the third period after the Zephyrs tied the score on Nikolai Dulak’s second goal of the game, 21 seconds into the period, and Adam Johnso…

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White Bear Lake defeated Woodbury 57-46 on Friday evening at Woodbury, with Ella Janicki netting 15 points, Julia Juelich with 13 and Niveah Hughes with 11. The Bears are 7-8 with five wins in the last seven games. Woodbury is 6-9.

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White Bear Lake trailed until the final 21 seconds but pulled out a 68-65 win over Mahtomedi, led by freshman Jack Janicki and junior Will Forsythe, at home Saturday evening.

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The Mahtomedi gymnasts placed first in the Minnesota Girls Gymnastics Officials Association meet Saturday at Park Center, their first time grabbing top laurels at this annual meet.

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White Bear Lake scored the last three goals of the game and beat Forest Lake 5-1 on Saturday evening on the Rangers ice.

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White Bear Lake stayed undefeated with a 4-2 win over Park of Cottage Grove at home Saturday. The Bears (8-0-1), now ranked No. 3, outshot the winless Wolfpack 48-18, but Park goalie Conner Nelson made 41 saves. The Bears led by only 3-2 until Sam Newpower scored on a power play with 1:05 le…

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The No. 5 ranked Centennial Cougars turned back Champlin Park 61-53 on Friday evening. The Cougars (7-1) were paced by Jodi Anderson with 14 points. Jenna Guyer added 12, Camille Cummings nine, and Hannah Herzig eight. Maye Fitzpatrick netted 10 and Miyah Dubose nine for the Rebels (2-5).

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Mahtomedi’s No. 4 ranked hockey team traveled to Hermantown to face the top-ranked squad Saturday and the Hawks showed why they are No. 1. Hermantown drilled four goals in the first period and defeated the Zephyrs 9-2. The Zepyhys got on the board in the third period with goals by Nikolai Du…

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The Mahtomedi Zephyrs gave undefeated Tartan a battle on Friday evening, losing 51-48 at home. Cal Greene tallied 15 for the Zephyrs (3-3). Cole Chapman added nine points and Luke Ricker eight. Leading Tartan (6-0) were Langston Binns with 13 points and Dorian Singer with 12.

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Mounds View boys basketball, coming off three seasons with a combined record of 25-57, heads into the Christmas break unbeaten.

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Six players scored for Mahtomedi as the Zephyrs cruised to a 6-0 win at Northfield on Thursday evening. The goals were scored by Ryan Berglund (power play), Nikolai Dulak, Ethan Peterson, Max Pieper (power play), Dylan Duckson, and Adam Johnson in that order. Peterson and Berglund also made …