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East Grand Forks bantams are stars of the north

The Bantam A team takes first place at the Grand Rapids Star of the North AA tournament

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East Grand Forks’ Bantam A team hoisting the Star of the North first-place trophy.
Sydney Wolf / The Rink Live

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. -- Grand Rapids’ annual Star of the North tournament contains a mix of teams from all over Minnesota and North Dakota. With multiple top-ranked teams competing throughout the Jan. 14-16 weekend tournament, winning is no easy task.

East Grand Forks typically competes in the Bantam "A" category, but decided to challenge themselves this weekend and compete with "AA" teams. The team had a tough schedule, but won four out of five games (one overtime loss to Prior Lake) and took home the first-place trophy after a 5-2 win over the Fargo Freeze.

The team has a lot of returners from last year when they won the Class A state title, making them a tough opponent for any team. East Grand Forks is currently ranked first in Bantam A.

After the championship victory, youth hockey reporter Sydney Wolf talked with coach Donnie Riendau and player Cooper Hills about the team's dynamics and their tournament experience.

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Sydney Wolf is a reporter for The Rink Live, primarily covering youth and high school hockey. She joined the team in November of 2021 and graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in Mass Communications and a minor in Writing and Rhetoric Studies.
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