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Class 1A: Defending state champ Hayfield two games away from repeat

By David La Vaque, 03/23/22, 3:30PM CDT


Hayfield's experience pays off against Russell-Tyler-Ruthton.

Hayfield's Isaac Matti takes on Russell-Tyler-Ruthton defenders Adam Wichmann (14) and Darrick Baartman to score two of his 15 points. Matti also had 10 assists and eight rebounds in the Vikings' 66-49 victory. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

Already wary of defending state champion Hayfield’s edge in experience, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton suffered further as the hot Vikings made six of their first seven shots from the field.

Hayfield’s early lead propelled its 66-49 victory in Wednesday’s first Class 1A boys basketball state tournament quarterfinal at Williams Arena.

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