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Mitchell to host boys state junior varsity hockey

Eight of the area's best junior varsity boys hockey teams in South Dakota will converge on Mitchell this weekend for the South Dakota Amateur Hockey Association's state tournament at the Mitchell Activities Center.

Eight of the area's best junior varsity boys hockey teams in South Dakota will converge on Mitchell this weekend for the South Dakota Amateur Hockey Association's state tournament at the Mitchell Activities Center.

The tournament runs from Friday to Sunday on the Toshiba Rink at the arena. Play starts with the four quarterfinals on Friday at 1 p.m., followed by games every two hours. The semifinals will take place at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday and the championship game will take place at 3 p.m.

Mitchell's JV team, which finished the season 12-11-3, narrowly missed qualifying for the state tournament, taking ninth place in the SDAHA league play and falling short of making the eight-team field.

Admission is $10 per day, with $5 for students and $25 for families, while weekend passes are available, as well. Games will also be available online through the Mitchell Marlins live stream page on YouTube.

A very competitive tournament is expected at the top, with Rushmore bringing in the state's top team at 24-2 on the season. They led the league with 48 points and 163 goals, averaging 6.26 goals per game. Sioux Falls has two JV teams and Sioux Falls 1 finished the year at 22-3-1, scoring 161 goals. Those two squads are the top-two seeds for the tournament.

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Yankton and Fremont, Nebraska, both scored 40 points and are the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds, respectively. Brookings and Sioux Falls 2 are also in the tournament, as well.

The tournament's opening ceremonies will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Sherman Center on the campus of Dakota Wesleyan University. About 150 players are expected to be on hand for the tournament.

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