Take a few deep breaths, make sure your gas tank is full and pack a lunch ... and a dinner and maybe some snacks. This is the single busiest week of the year when you look at all the action taking place around the state in spring sports.
There are section tournaments in baseball, girls golf and boys golf as well as state tournaments for girls and boys lacrosse, boys tennis, softball and state girls and boys track. In other words, if you can’t find an event to attend this week you’re not looking very hard.
Section tournaments can be found on baseball diamonds and golf courses all over the state. State lacrosse tourney games will be played at Chanhassen High School, boys tennis at the University of Minnesota Baseline Tennis Center (Class 2A) and Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in south Minneapolis (Class 1A), all three classes of softball will be played at Caswell Park in North Mankato and the two-class state track meet will be held at Hamline University’s Klas Field in St. Paul.
The weather is always a factor, but so far the forecast for this week looks excellent. I always have an umbrella in my car, but hopefully we won’t need any such equipment this week. The biggest issue for me when the schedule is so packed with big events is trying to figure out where to be.
I sat down Sunday evening with a calendar, the tournament schedules, a Minnesota highway map and an Ouija Board and tried to come up with a tentative plan. At this early point in the week, this is what I came up with…
Monday: Baseball. Tuesday: Tennis and lacrosse. Wednesday: Tennis and lacrosse. Thursday: Softball, tennis and lacrosse. Friday: Track and softball. Saturday: Track.
My driving plan looks something like this: Minneapolis to Chanhassen to Minneapolis to Chanhassen to Mankato to Chanhassen to St. Paul to Mankato to St. Paul. I think.
I’ll be posting frequent updates and photos throughout the week on Twitter (follow @MSHSLjohn), with photo galleries and tidbits going up on the MSHSL Facebook page.
Honk when you see me driving by!
BY THE NUMBERS *Schools/teams John has visited: 597 *Miles John has driven: 7,846
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State Lacrosse Pairings Are Set6/2/2012
The coaches of the teams involved in the girls and boys state lacrosse tournaments completed the electronic seeding procedure Saturday morning, finalizing the pairings for the state tournaments.
Boys semifinals will be held Tuesday and girls semifinals will be played Wednesday, with third-place and championship games on Thursday. All games will be held at Chanhassen High School.
The top seeds are the Eastview boys and Eden Prairie girls. Here are the tournament schedules...
Boys Lacrosse State Tournament Tuesday’s Semifinals 6 p.m.: #1 seed Eastview (14-1) vs. #4 seed Edina (7-9-1) 8 p.m.: #2 seed Totino-Grace (13-3) vs. #3 seed Eden Prairie (14-2) Thursday’s Games Third-place game at 6 p.m. Championship game at 8 p.m.
Girls Lacrosse State Tournament Wednesday’s Semifinals 6 p.m.: #1 seed Eden Prairie (16-0) vs. #4 seed Apple Valley (13-4) 8 p.m.: #2 seed Blake (14-2) vs. #3 seed Stillwater (14-2) Thursday’s Games Third-place game at 2 or 4 p.m. Championship game at 2 or 4 p.m.
Field Is Finalized For State Softball Tournament6/2/2012
The brackets are set for the state softball tournament, which will be held Thursday and Friday at Caswell Park in North Mankato. Congrats to all the teams who qualified.
Here are the quarterfinal matchups…
Class 1A Eden Valley-Watkins (16-7) vs. Blooming Prairie (20-3) Red Lake Falls (22-4) vs. New Ulm Cathedral (20-4) Cherry (23-0) vs. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (24-0) Sebeka (21-4) vs. New Life Academy (16-7)
Class 2A New Ulm (20-2) vs. Kasson-Mantorville (23-2) Albany (19-1) vs. Maple River (18-7) Hawley (16-3) vs. St. Anthony Village (22-3) Mound Westonka (16-9) vs. Cloquet (13-9)
Class 3A Stillwater (18-8) vs. Farmington (17-4) Bloomington Jefferson (17-2) vs. Mankato East (24-3) Big Lake (14-7) vs. Maple Grove (22-2) Forest Lake (23-1) vs. Orono (23-1)
Boys State Tennis Tournament Is Ready To Roll6/2/2012
In a week packed with state tournaments, boys tennis will be contested at two sites in Minneapolis. The Class 2A competition will be held at the University of Minnesota Baseline Tennis Center and 2A will take place at Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in south Minneapolis.
Team competiton will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, with singles and doubles matches taking place Thursday and Friday.
Here are the team brackets…
Class 1A Quarterfinals Breck vs. Duluth Marshall Blake vs. Thief River Falls Mound Westonka vs. Fergus Falls Rochester Lourdes vs. Luverne
Class 2A Quarterfinals Eden Prairie vs. Wayzata Rochester Mayo vs. Eagan Maple Grove vs. Elk River Mahtomedi vs. St. Cloud Tech
Adapted Softball Dynasties Add More Championship Hardware6/2/2012
Two teams that have become very familiar with state championships added to their trophy cases Saturday by winning titles in the adapted softball state tournament at Coon Rapids High School.
In the PI division, Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka won its fourth straight state title with a 9-2 win over Mounds View/Irondale/Roseville. And in the CI division, Anoka-Hennepin captured its third consecutive state champinship with a 7-2 victory over Dakota United.
Here are the All-Tournament Teams …
PI Division: Chris Reichel, South Suburban; Grayson Nicolay, Dakota United; Josh Heim, Steven Fletcher, Wayzata/Minnetonka; Erik Santa, Corey Gieske, Anoka-Hennepin; Natanael Bernard, Mark Braun, Devian Thompson, Mounds View/Irondale/Roseville; Jordan Klein, Andy Madson, Charlie Wittmer, Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka.
CI Division: Andy Brown, Osseo; Bruce Matusovic, Mounds View/Irondale/Roseville; Amanda Henderson, Lucas Coy, South Washington County; Michael Dedeker, Tyler VanDerWerf, Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville; Quintin Nicolay, Ricky Arends, Joe Sandey, Dakota United; Troy Couch, Zach Theroux, Tyler Korkowski, Anoka-Hennepin.
Photos from the tournament can be viewed at the MSHSL Facebook page.