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Thursday, December 9, 2021

MSHSL approves winter section and state tournaments

At Thursday’s meeting, the Minnesota State High School League Board of Directors approved formats for winter sports sectional and state tournaments.

Those formats are:

Boys and Girls Basketball: Section tournaments will begin March 15-16, with section championship games taking place around March 25-26. The state tournament will begin March 30 and 31, with quarterfinal games being played as regional matchups by section, rather than by seed, with games spread over 32 sites – 16 for girls, 16 for boys. The semifinals and championships will be played at Target Center from April 6-10.

Boys and Girls Hockey: Section tournaments will begin around March 15-16, with the state tournaments scheduled to begin March 26-27. The state tournaments will be played simultaneously at the Xcel Energy Center with girls quarterfinals March 26-27, boys quarterfinals March 30-31, girls semifinals April 1, boys semifinals April 2 and all championship games April 3.

Wrestling: Section team tournaments will be held March 9-13, with the top two teams in each section advancing to a two-section “super regional” round, which will be held March 13 and narrow the state tournament field to four teams. Individual section tournaments will begin March 16, with the top four individuals in each weight class advancing to a two-section “super regional” round, which will be held March 20 to narrow the field to eight individuals per weight class. A three-day state tournament will be held March 25-27 at a site to be determined, with each class having its own day of the tournament.

Gymnastics: The section gymnastics meet is scheduled for March 20 and will be held at Jackson. The top team, the top three all-around gymnasts and the top three gymnasts who are not all-around competitors advance to the state meet. The Class A state meet will be held March 26 at Champlin Park High School.

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