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By Jake Kachinske
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Cards' state wait ends

Cromwell-Wright returns to state dance after 23 years


March 22, 2019

Photos by Dan Saletel / Pine Knot Sports

The Cromwell-Wright Cardinals celebrate winning the Section 5A championship game Friday night in Crosby over Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa. The win ends a 23-year drought for the team in state competition.

CROSBY-The last time Cromwell-Wright sent a boys basketball team to the state tournament, there was just one champion crowned. The next year, boys basketball would move to the four-class format as we know it today. That 1996 boys state tourney was the final year of a two-year experiment that mixed small schools with large schools that resulted in one champion in the end. Both years, Minneapolis North would come away winners of the "Sweet Sixteen" tournament format.

Although Minneapolis North has made several trips back to the big dance - winning some more titles along the way - the feeling...

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