2017 FALL SPORTS CALENDAR

Monday is the first day of practice for most high school fall sports in Minnesota. Here are some key dates:

Football

Aug. 31-Sept. 1: First game for most teams

Oct. 18: Final regular-season games for most teams

Oct. 24: First day of playoffs except Class 6A

Oct. 27: Opening round of Class 6A playoffs

Nov. 2-4: Section championship games

Nov. 9-11: State quarterfinals, various sites

Nov. 16-18: State semifinals, U.S. Bank Stadium

Nov. 24-25: Prep Bowl, U.S. Bank Stadium

Volleyball

Aug. 24: First allowed date for matches

Oct. 24: First date of section playoffs

Nov. 2-4: Section finals

Nov. 9-11: State tournament, Xcel Energy Center

Soccer

Aug. 24: First allowed date for games

Oct. 10-12: First dates of section playoffs

Oct. 18-20: Section finals

Oct. 25: State quarterfinals, various sites

Oct. 31-Nov. 1: State semifinals, U.S. Bank Stadium

Nov. 3: Championship games, U.S. Bank Stadium

Girls’ tennis

Aug. 17: First allowed date for matches

Oct. 2-6: First week of section tournaments

Oct. 24-27: State tournament, Baseline Tennis Center (2A) and Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center (1A)

Girls’ swimming

Aug. 24: First allowed date for meets

Nov. 8-11: Section meets

Nov. 16-18: State meet, University of Minnesota Aquatic Center

Cross-country

Aug. 24: First allowed date for meets

Oct. 25-27: Section meets

Nov. 4: State meet, St. Olaf College in Northfield

Adapted soccer

Aug. 28: Official start of practice

Sept. 7: First allowed date for games

Nov. 17-18: State tournament, Stillwater High School

UPCOMING STAR TRIBUNE COVERAGE

Opening day live blog: High school teams begin practice Monday. Look for photos, social media and more at startribune.com/preps. Aug. 28-31: Football preview week;  Sept. 5-6: Fall sports previews