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New-look state tournaments envisioned for Minnesota high school hockey, basketball

A plan discussed by Minnesota State High School League leaders would hold hockey championships on April 3 and basketball finals on April 9-10.


January 20, 2021

Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

Fewer fans than usual could be seen in the stands for the opening tipoff between Hopkins and Stillwater on March 12, 2020, one of the last games played before the pandemic shut down high school sports.

Familiar but not the same, Minnesota high school winter sports state tournaments are taking shape, bringing hope to those seeking glory and those starved for a bit of normalcy as well.

Among the plans coming into view Tuesday during a Minnesota State High School League virtual meeting of its executive board members: Two-week state tournaments for boys' and girls' basketball and girls' hockey. Quarterfinal basketball games played in high school gyms. Crowning four hockey champions - boys and girls - on one day, and eight basketball champions on back-to-back days.

Details also were discussed for other winter sports tournaments, with all of the plans hinging on navigating through the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. Regular season games began just last week.


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