Basketball

The Waseca sixth-grade boys basketball team defeated Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 44-38 in the championship game. (Submitted Photo)

The Bluejay boys sixth-grade basketball team won the Pacesetter Minnesota state tournament after defeating Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 44-38 in the championship game on Sunday at Maple Grove Middle School.

Waseca was able to reach the championship game after they put up wins against Moose Lake-Willow River 46-25 and Sartell-St. Stephen 42-25. Following this finals win, Waseca has now qualified for the Pacesetter Great Five-State Championships.

This tournament is held for sixth-grade boys and will take place between Friday, June 21 and Sunday, June 23. The beginning of the tournament will take place at Maple Grove and will finish up at the Target Center.

Eight regional Pacesetter tournaments took place with over 650 schools and community teams between grades fourth through ninth. The region champions play in the Pacesetter state tournaments and then the teams with only one loss during regional play are invited to compete in the Minnesota Invitational Tournament.

Girls Basketball

The Janesville-Waldorf Pemberton fifth-grade girls basketball squad took second place in its Pacesetter Minnesota state tournament at Maple Grove Middle School on Sunday.

JWP chalked up wins against Virginia 20-10 and Minnewaska Area 18-10 before they fell in the finals against Crosby-Ironton 31-26.

The girls still qualified for the Pacesetter Great Five state Championships June 21-23. Like the boys tournament, it starts in Maple Grove and ends at the Target Center.

Reach Sports reporter Shafin Khan at 507-835-4283.

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