This week in preps: Winter state tournament season begins

  • Updated: February 10, 2013 - 9:06 PM

THIS WEEK IN PREPS

If the weather reports are accurate -- and so far this winter they have been spot-on -- participants in the state alpine and Nordic ski racing meet, which kicks off the winter state tournament season this week at Giants Ridge in Biwabik, will be able to focus on the reason they made the trek up north: skiing.

Too often in recent years weather issues have complicated the meet. With the recent snowstorm leaving a fresh coating of snow and temperature predictions in the mid-20s, expect competition of the highest quality.

In Wednesday's Alpine meet, Eden Prairie's Jack Post looks to defend his 2012 title against challengers Jack McNeill of Blake, Michael Murray of Bloomington Jefferson and teammate Bjorn Halverson. On the girls' side, the biggest challenge to Hermantown senior Megan Danelski's second consecutive title could be her younger sister Madison.

In Thursday's Nordic meet, there is a definite North vs. South feel on the girls' side, where Ely's Amy Bianco and Duluth East's Anna Kubek will try to hold off some of the metro's best in Roseville's Niki Reker, Irondale's Mattie Watts and Wayzata's Alayna Sonneysn. Hopkins senior Harris Dirnberger has been the No. 1-ranked boy for most of the season but will be challenged by Roseville's Lucas Mason and Eden Prairie's Tom Bye.

In other action this week:

GIRLS' HOCKEY

Section finals: Sixteen sections -- eight in Class 2A, eight in 1A -- will crown champions. The biggest battle will take place Friday at Parade Ice Gardens, where the Section 6, 2A final likely will feature two-time defending state champ Minnetonka against No. 1-ranked Benilde-St. Margaret's in a game that would be better suited as a state tournament championship.

BOYS' HOCKEY

Saturday: Blaine (No. 8, 2A) at Minnetonka (No, 4, 2A), 7 p.m. The Skippers play host to the metro area's hottest team in Blaine, which has won 11 in a row, scoring nearly seven goals a game in the process.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Tuesday: Centennial (No. 9, 4A) at Minnetonka (No. 6, 4A), 7 p.m.; Roseville (No. 4, 4A) at Park of Cottage Grove, 7:15 p.m.

Friday: Bloomington Kennedy (No. 1, 4A) at Eastview (No. 3, 4A), 7 p.m. Kennedy won the first meeting in its home gym. Winning again, in a hostile environment without injured point guard Kenisha Bell, is a much more difficult assignment.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Tuesday: DeLaSalle (No. 1, 3A) at Blake (No. 3, 3A), 7:30 p.m. The top-ranked Islanders have not been seriously challenged since their only loss -- to a team from Kansas in the Timberwolves Shootout on. Jan. 5. Blake should at least give them a game. Also Tuesday: Hopkins (No. 3, 4A) at Edina, 7 p.m.; Tartan (No. 7, 4A) at Henry Sibley, 7 p.m.

JIM PAULSEN

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

New England 5:30 PM
Seattle
Miami 44 3rd Qtr
Boston 31
LA Lakers 1:00 PM
New York
Arizona 0 2nd Prd 18:11
Montreal 2
St. Louis 1 2nd Prd 15:14
Washington 1
Nashville 0 1st Prd 19:38
Pittsburgh 0
Minnesota 2:00 PM
Vancouver
Miami-Florida 51 2nd Half 5:00
Florida State 51
Oakland 82 2nd Half 6:29
Youngstown St 66
Cincinnati 29 2nd Half 16:17
East Carolina 22
Michigan 24 2nd Half 19:33
Michigan State 29
Marist 3 1st Half 18:30
Canisius 3
Fordham 1 1st Half 18:05
Dayton 2
Manhattan 4 1st Half 17:25
Monmouth 3
Quinnipiac 5 1st Half 18:31
Niagara 2
Utah 1:30 PM
USC
Connecticut 2:00 PM
Houston
California 2:00 PM
Washington
North Dakota St 2:00 PM
Western Ill
Penn State 62 2nd Half 0:54
(22) Rutgers 70
(14) Texas 27 2nd Half 17:27
TCU 30
Coll of Charleston 27 2nd Half 17:08
Towson 47
Cornell 31 2nd Half 17:24
Yale 26
Xavier 31 2nd Half 17:18
Providence 34
Drexel 42 2nd Half 15:27
UNC-Wilmington 33
Stony Brook 30 2nd Half 17:05
New Hampshire 22
Maine 27 2nd Half 14:28
Albany 24
Miami-Florida 34 2nd Half 17:21
Pittsburgh 45
(21) Georgia 31 2nd Half
(10) Kentucky 38
Arizona 46 2nd Half 13:10
Colorado 50
Wake Forest 30 2nd Half 19:31
(4) Notre Dame 47
Loyola-Chicago 26 2nd Half 19:49
Illinois State 40
(24) Oklahoma 1:00 PM
West Virginia
Binghamton 1:00 PM
UMass Lowell
Monmouth 1:00 PM
Fairfield
St Johns 0 1st Half 20:00
Seton Hall 0
Delaware 0 1st Half 19:41
Hofstra 0
Vermont 0 1st Half 19:24
Hartford 0
William & Mary 0 1st Half 19:28
Northeastern 2
Boston College 2 1st Half 17:50
(16) North Carolina 5
Virginia 2 1st Half 17:28
Clemson 6
(2) Connecticut 8 1st Half 15:45
Temple 8
Arkansas 4 1st Half 16:00
Alabama 6
Virginia Tech 4 1st Half 17:38
Georgia Tech 5
Kansas 9 1st Half 17:28
(3) Baylor 2
Canisius 0 1st Half 19:11
Rider 0
Quinnipiac 9 1st Half 16:47
Saint Peters 2
Butler 0 1st Half 18:17
Creighton 2
Wichita State 0 1st Half 18:35
Drake 3
Evansville 5 1st Half 17:26
Indiana State 5
(18) Miss State 2:00 PM
(6) Tennessee
Villanova 2:00 PM
DePaul
Georgetown 2:00 PM
Marquette
North Texas 2:00 PM
Rice
Auburn 2:00 PM
(12) Texas A&M
(11) Arizona State 2:00 PM
Utah
Missouri State 2:00 PM
Northern Iowa
Michigan 2:00 PM
(15) Nebraska
Minnesota 2:00 PM
Northwestern
Wisconsin 2:00 PM
Illinois
Bradley 2:05 PM
Southern Ill
Florida 3:00 PM
Vanderbilt
(20) Iowa 3:00 PM
(5) Maryland
(1) South Carolina 3:30 PM
Ole Miss

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Who wins the Super Bowl?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close