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Submitted Photo Minnesota State University, Mankato men's basketball team junior Stephen Kirschbaum (left), freshman Travis Meinders (right) and assistant coach Corey Christopher (center) stand on the floor of the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass., ahead of the NCAA Division II Elite Eight basketball tournament in late March.

Local athletes enjoy MSU's Elite 8 experience

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MANKATO -- When Travis Meinders decided to join the Minnesota State University, Mankato men's basketball team after a storied career at Worthington High School, he knew the Mavericks had the potential to have some great success.


However, he didn't necessarily expect that the team would already have arguably its best season ever during his freshman season.

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