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Caledonia, R-P looking for state championships

Caledonia, R-P looking for state championships


Caledonia coach Josh Diersen either very happy or upset with the way his team is defending Maple River in the state semis at the Target Center. PHOTO: Andrew Link / ALinkPhoto on Twitter

R-P (30-1) ranked No. 1 in Class A,
Caledonia (28-4) ranked second in 2A

Southeastern Minnesota is looking to bring home two state championships today.

The top-ranked Rushford-Peterson High School boys basketball team (30-1) is in the Class A title game for the second consecutive year and plays No. 3 Maranatha Christian Academy at 11 a.m. at the Target Center. Read the preview here.

Caledonia's Kyle Sorenson reacts after hitting a 3-pointer in the first half of the state semifinal against Maple River on Friday, March 13, 2015, at the Target Center in Minneapolis. PHOTO: Andrew Link / @ALinkPhoto on InstagramAt 1 p.m. in Class 2A, second-ranked Caledonia (28-4) is looking for its first state title since 1997. Josh Diersen, who is now the coach, was a player on the team during that season – the Warriors’ only state title.

Caledonia may have caught a break, as well, since its opponent, unranked Melrose (28-5), upset the No. 1-ranked St. Croix Lutheran (29-3) on Friday, 55-40. Melrose is a balanced-scoring team led by Tyler Braegelmann (12.2 points) and Drake Meyer (10.23).

In Caledonia’s semifinal, Maple River never stood a chance. The Warriors got up 19-2 and held on for a 74-58 win.

Owen King had 18 points, three steals and three assists for Caledonia, which was up 40-19 at halftime. Teammate Kyle Sorenson had 17 points, nine rebounds and a pair of blocks. Cole Lampert added 13 points, three assists and three steals.

The Warriors, which shot 25-for-47 from the field (53.2 percent) held Maple River to 36.7-percent shooting (18-49).

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