The Maple Lake Lakers rattled off three wins last week to end the regular season, avoiding a multi-way tie for second and securing the number two seed in the upcoming league playoffs outright. The North Star League playoffs run from Wednesday, July 26, with the start of the eighth seed playoff, to Sunday, August 13, with the championship. All games, except for the eighth seed playoffs, will be in Dassel this year. Two wins qualifies a team for state while two losses ends their season. Maple Lake will play the seventh-seeded Loretto Larks at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 3, for the first round. Win or lose they will play either Howard Lake or Delano in the second round.
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