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Boys' top games: Unbeaten and top-ranked Blake renews longstanding rivalry with Breck

By Loren Nelson, SportsEngine, 09/17/19, 2:30PM CDT

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Sept. 18: The Bears and Mustangs, both small-school programs, meet in a matchup of perennial Class 1A state title contenders.

Defending Class 1A state champion Blake, which is undefeated entering the week, prepares to renew its rivalry against rival Breck. Photo by Carter Jones, SportsEngine

Defending Class 1A state champion Blake, which is undefeated entering the week, prepares to renew its rivalry against rival Breck. Photo by Carter Jones, SportsEngine

We task our reporters with identifying several intriguing games throughout the state to assemble our Top Games of the Week. The matchups are presented in no particular order, and when there are additional games we want to highlight, we’ll include them with brief notes.






Other games to keep an eye on

Brainerd vs. Bemidji, 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21. No. 9-1A Bemidji (5-1-0, 2-0-0) features a top scoring threat in Ethan Mock (11 goals) and one of the state’s best defenses (one goal allowed) against Paul Bunyan-area rival Brainerd (4-1-0, 3-1-0), which got a pair of goals from Jack Thorkelson on Sept. 12 in a key Central Lakes Conference victory over Willmar.

Totino-Grace vs. Champlin Park, 5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19. Steevie Lamarre (nine goals) leads No. 3-1A Totino-Grace (4-2-0, 2-2-0) against Northwest Suburban Conference rival Champlin Park (3-2-0, 3-2-0).


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