The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Board of Directors approved plans for winter sports state tournaments at their virtually-held meeting on Thursday, Feb. 4.
While plans for the state tournaments are still tentative and will look different due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, it will be the first high school postseason tournaments since last year for Minnesota's high school athletes. The five-weeks of winter competitions will begin starting March 10 and continue through April 10 and include limits on spectators. The exact details for the tournaments are still being worked out.
“The board unanimously approved moving forward with postseason tournaments and directed the staff to proceed with organizing tournaments in a context that is safe, adheres to the governor’s executive orders, and follows the guidelines set forth by the Minnesota Department of Health,” said Board President Blaine Novak, superintendent of schools in New York Mills.
“The League is thrilled that students will have the opportunity to have a culminating state tournament experience,” said Erich Martens, Executive Director of the Minnesota State High School League. “Providing a championship event in every activity is part of Minnesota’s rich tradition of co-curricular opportunities. Safety is, and needs to continue to be, a focus as the League and its partners continue to work on these projected postseason concepts. We are strongly encouraged that we will be back together in a state tournament environment. These are incredibly special experiences and we are looking forward to celebrating with the participants and our member schools.”
More information on tournaments can be found on the League’s website at www.mshsl.org.
Tentative Tournament Details
Girls and Boys Basketball
• Quarterfinals will be held March 30-31 at various regional sites for 32 games (split 16 each for girls and boys).
• Semifinals will be held April 6-8 at Target Center.
• Final championship games will be held April 9-10 at Target Center.
• The competition will be held at Edina High School on March 12 for Jazz and March 13 for High Kick.
• It will be a single-day event for each category with a single dance per day. Each day will start with Class AAA.
• The competitions will be held March 25-27 at high schools yet to be determined.
• Each class will have its own day of competition.
• The state tournament format at the final venue will feature four qualifying teams that advance from team state preliminaries, held regionally, on March 13.
• In the individual tournament, eight qualifiers in each weight class will advance to the final venue.
• Quarterfinals will be held March 26-27 at the Xcel Energy Center.
• Semifinals will be held April 1 at the Xcel Energy Center followed by two championship games on April 3.
• Quarterfinals will be held March 30-31.
• Semifinals will be held April 2 followed by two championship games on April 3 at the Xcel Energy Center.
• The competition will be held at Giants Ridge Golf and Ski Resort on March 12 with two sessions. Eighty-skiers in each gender will compete.
• Alpine skiing will be held at Giants Ridge Golf and Ski Resort on March 10.
• Boys swimming and diving is a three-day event scheduled at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center on the University of Minnesota campus March 18 – 20.
• Gymnastics is a two-day event scheduled for March 26 – 27 at Champlin Park High School.