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State champions:2 starring The Ellsworth Panthers, Ellsworth beats Minnesota Transitions Charter, 81-63, to win second straight Class A state title

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Entering the state tournament, Ellsworth head coach Markus Okeson told his team defense would win the Panthers a championship.


Nothing could have been more true.

The Panthers held a high-scoring Minnesota Transitions Charter team well below its average in an 81-63 victory Saturday to earn Ellsworth its second consecutive Class A boys' basketball championship.

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