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Beginning a diet of state high school tournaments

February 5, 2018

With the Super Bowl over, its time to get back to reality. With so much to distract the average sports fan in recent weeks, it might come as a surprise that weve already reached the beginning of the high school winter sports postseason.

Both Alpine and Nordic skiing will hold their section meets to determine state meet qualifiers. Come Saturday, well know who will be competing for medals at next weeks state meet in Biwabik. For a knowledgeable breakdown of the Nordic ski racing section meets, there is no better place to look than Bruce Adelsmans Skinnyski.com, which does a terrific job covering Minnesotas cross-country skiing scene.

Girls hockey section playoffs also get underway. In Class 2A, keep an eye on Section 6, where No. 1-ranked Edina and No. 2-ranked Blake have earned the top seeds. Both are defending state champs (Blake competed in Class 1A until this year) and met only two weeks ago, with Edina winning 5-2.

Section 5 is nearly as intriguing, with three teams ranked among the top eight: No. 3 Centennial, No. 4 Maple Grove and No. 8 Blaine. All three compete in the tough Northwest Suburban Conference. Centennial gets the slight nod, having posted a 3-0-1 record against the other two during the season.

Upcoming state tournaments:

Feb. 14-15: Alpine and Nordic skiing, Giants Ridge in Biwabik

Feb. 16-17: Dance team, Target Center

Feb. 21-24: Girls hockey, Xcel Energy Center

Feb. 23-24: Gymnastics, U of M Maturi Pavilion

March 1-3: Boys swimming and diving, U of M Freeman Aquatic Center

March 1-3: Wrestling, Xcel Energy Center

March 7-10: Boys hockey at Xcel Energy Center

March 13-17: Girls basketball, Target Center and Williams Arena

March 16-17: Adapted floor hockey, Bloomington Jefferson High School

March 21-24: Boys basketball, Target Center and Williams Arena.

Top games this week:

Boys basketball

Saturday: DeLaSalle at Cretin-Derham Hall, 7 p.m.

Girls basketball

Friday: DeLaSalle at Holy Angels, 7 p.m.

Boys hockey

Saturday: Edina at Minnetonka, 3 p.m.