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    Got It, Shot It, Made It: 'The Shot We'll Remember Forever'

    The scene was set and everyone knew who was going to take the shot. In Fridayandapos;s Class 1A boys basketball state semifinals at Target Center, North Woods trailed Ada-Borup 55-54 with 30 seconds to play. North Woods senior Cade Goggleye then missed a three-point shot, committed a foul and missed another three-pointer.

    With four seconds left, the Grizzlies called a timeout. They had the ball, inbounding from behind the Ada-Borup basket and everyone knew who was going to take the shot.

    Goggleye. From the right corner. Three-pointer. Pandemonium. Grizzlies win 57-55.

    Two years ago, in the state quarterfinals at Williams Arena, Goggleye hit a half-court bomb at the buzzer to beat Central Minnesota Christian 54-51. This time, everyone knew who was going to take the shot.

    andquot;I thought we defended it very well. The kid made a tough shot,andquot; said Ada-Borup coach Trevor Stewart.

    North Woods coach Will Kleppe said, andquot;When it came down to it, we had the ball in the hands of the man who we wanted to have it. He put up the shot that weandapos;ll remember forever.andquot;

    If not for Cadeandapos;s last-second heroics, the Grizzlies wouldnandapos;t be playing in their third consecutive state championship game Saturday afternoon. Their opponent, Henning, advanced with a 67-34 win over Spring Grove. Both are going after their first state title.

    Mason Miller, who led Ada-Borup with 20 points, gave credit to Goggleye (who scored 18).

    'That was an amazing shot. Just an incredible shot,' he said. 'We played outstanding in the second half and it just comes down to dumb luck sometimes.'

    Goggleye, first saying 'I have no words for it,' described things this way: 'Before the play began I told myself I was going to make it if I got it. I got it, shot it, made it.'

    Tournament Tidbits

    --Ada-Borup junior Verdis Barber made history last spring during track season when he was the last athlete to ever compete for the Panthers of Norman County West High School. The high school, located in Halstad in northwest Minnesota, closed its doors when the 2017-18 school year ended. Most of the students in grades six through 12 now attend Ada-Borup. Barber's historic designation came in the preliminaries of the Class 1A state track meet, where he ran a leg on the 4x100-meter relay team for the then-Ada-Borup-NCW cooperative squad. He and Ada-Borup students Brady Borgen, Vitor Vac Bitu Alves and Zach Pelzman did not advance to the finals.

    --A number of head coaches in the 1A boys state tournament have sons on their teams, including: Spring Grove: Wade Grinde and son Caden; Ada-Borup: Trevor Stewart and son Tommy; and North Woods: Will Kleppe and son Davis.

    --Spring Grove senior Ethan Matzke lost a tooth during Friday's game, which led to a quick search of the court before it was located. Ethan is not a hockey player, but it was a fake tooth.

    --When DeLaSalle and Waseca meet in Saturday's Class 3A championship game, history ' recent and extremely past ' will be part of the story. DeLaSalle is trying to win the title for the seventh time in eight years. The last time Waseca won it all, and the only time, was in 1918.

    Boys State Basketball Tournament

    Friday's Class 1A semifinals
    Noon: Henning 67, Spring Grove 34
    North Woods 57, Ada-Borup 55

    Saturday's championship game
    11 a.m.: Henning vs. North Woods

    Friday's Class 2A semifinals
    Minnehaha Academy 82, Lake City 52
    Minneapolis North 62, Perham 46

    Saturday's championship game
    1 p.m.: Minnehaha Academy vs. Minneapolis North

    Class 3A
    Saturday's championship game
    5 p.m.: DeLaSalle vs. Waseca

    Class 4A
    Saturday's championship game
    8 p.m.: Lakeville North vs. Hopkins

    --Championship games televised by KSTC Channel 45 and webcast for free by prep45.com.

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