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The Mariners lost their first game of the season 39-15 to the Bigfork Huskies. They are at Littlefork-Big Falls tomorrow afternoon for the fifth game of this season. Then they host Mountain Iron-Buhl for homecoming and travel to Cook to play North Woods.

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The Big North Conference has divided itself into three tiers. At the top you have North Woods, Bigfork, and Mountain Iron-Buhl. Following them is Silver Bay, Northeast Range, Littlefork-Big Falls, Southridge, and Cherry.

North Woods has all but wrapped up the conference title with wins of 50-42 and 38-29 over Bigfork and Mountain Iron-Buhl. Bigfork has a 34-29 win over Mountain Iron-Buhl. North Woods had to score the final 16 points of the contest at Mountain Iron-Buhl for the victory. It means these three teams are pretty evenly matched.

Northeast Range has won three in a row since their opening season loss to the Mariners, but they have yet to take on any of the big three.

Section 7 has North Woods, Bigfork, and Mountain Iron-Buhl battling it out for a berth in the state tournament in what should make for some great games. In Section 5, McGregor, Floodwood, and Silver Bay are all at 3-1 -- the only winning records in the section. The latest computer rankings have McGregor at 17, Silver Bay at 18, and Floodwood at 22. North Woods is No. 4 and Bigfork is at 14.

Mariner Volleyball

The Mariner volleyball team defeated both Carlton and Wrenshall 3-0 to up their conference record to 3-1.Next up for them is Ely, Barnum and Cromwell.     

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