This is the week. If ever there was a time to get out and catch a high school game, that time is at hand.

The Twins are on the road all week, at Houston and at the Chicago White Sox. So is the Minnesota United, which doesn’t return to the National Sports Center until May 14.

The Vikings’ draft is over, as are the seasons for Wild and the Timberwolves. The Lynx and Saints have yet to begin.

To top it all off, the current weather forecast (emphasis on “current,” of course) for the upcoming week looks dazzling, with sunshine and temps near 70 through Saturday.

There are no more excuses. Get out, see a high school event this week. You just may find it suits you. If not, hey, at least it’s time spent outside.

If you’re not sure where to go, here are a few ideas:


Monday: Prior Lake (No. 6, 4A) at Lakeville North, 4:30 p.m.; Chanhassen (No. 7, 4A) at Chaska, 7 p.m.

Tuesday: Minnehaha Academy (No. 2, 2A) at Providence Academy, 7 p.m.

Wednesday: Cretin-Derham Hall (No. 2, 4A) at Forest Lake, 4:30 p.m.

Friday: Burnsville at Eastview (No. 10, 4A), 4:30 p.m.

Boys’ lacrosse

Tuesday: Eden Prairie (No. 1) at Edina (No. 2), 7:30 p.m.; Mahtomedi (No. 3) at Simley, 7 p.m.

Thursday: Prior Lake (No. 8) at Lakeville North (No. 10), 7:30 p.m.; Blake at Bloomington Jefferson (No. 5), 6 p.m.

Girls’ lacrosse

Monday: Champlin Park at Maple Grove, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday: Eden Prairie (No. 1) at Edina, 5:30 p.m.; Breck (No. 8) at Blake (No. 4), 6 p.m.


Monday: Spring Lake Park at Anoka (No. 1, 4A), 4:30 p.m.; Hastings at North St. Paul, 4:15 p.m.; Park of Cottage Grove at Forest Lake, 4:15 p.m.

Wednesday: Chaska at Bloomington Jefferson (No. 2, 4A), 4:30 p.m.

Thursday: Buffalo at Chanhassen (No. 4, 4A), 7 p.m.

Boys’ tennis

Saturday: Edina Invitational. The field for this yearly must-see tournament is often better than the state tournament, and this year is no exception. All eight teams are ranked among the top 10 in their classes, highlighted by both No. 1s, Blake (1A) and Shakopee (2A). The rest of the teams are East Ridge, Lakeville South, Minnetonka, Mounds View, Wayzata and the host Hornets. Quarterfinals begin at 8:30 a.m. at various sites, with the finals beginning at about 2:30 p.m. at the Edina Community Center.

Track and Field

Friday: Wayzata Trojan Relays. Both the boys’ and the girls’ teams from some of the metro’s top programs, including Minnetonka, Mounds View, Prior Lake and Wayzata, 3 p.m.