|State Boys’ Basketball Tournament
DeLaSalle to defend title as top seed;
Four teams making first appearances
The coaches have selected the top seeds in all four classes for the third time — Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in Class A, Annandale in Class AA, DeLaSalle of Minneapolis in Class AAA, and Hopkins in Class AAAA.
DeLaSalle is also the only school returning to defend its 2013 title. If the Islanders win it would be their third consecutive and eighth overall title.
Four teams are making first appearances: Park Christian of Moorhead, Fond du Lac Ojibwe of Cloquet, and Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City in Class A, and St. Paul Academy and Summit School in Class AA.
This is the 18th year of the four-class format and the 11th year that all games are being played in Minneapolis. This year and the next four years the boys' basketball tournament will precede the girls' basketball tournament because Target Center is hosting the National Collegiate Hockey Conference Frozen Faceoff tournament.
The 2014 State Boys' Basketball Tournament starts Wednesday, March 12. Quarterfinal games will be played at Target Center on Wednesday, March 12, and at Williams Arena on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis on both Wednesday and Thursday, March 12 and 13. Semifinals will be played at Target Center on Thursday March 13 and Friday March 14. The championship games of all four classes will be played at Target Center on Saturday March 15. Third-place games will be played on Saturday at Concordia University in St. Paul.
Class A Quarterfinal Schedule — Thursday, March 13
11:00 a.m. — Park Christian vs. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Williams Arena, U of M
1:00 p.m. — Fond du Lac Ojibwe vs. Canby at Williams Arena, U of M
3:00 p.m. — Red Lake vs. Maranatha Christian Academy at Williams Arena, U of M
5:00 p.m. — Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City vs. Rushford-Peterson at Williams Arena, U of M
Class AA Quarterfinal Schedule — Wednesday, March 12
6:00 p.m. — New London-Spicer vs. Annandale at Target Center
8:00 p.m. — St. Paul Academy and Summit School vs. Caledonia at Target Center
6:00 p.m. — East Grand Forks vs. Esko at Williams Arena, U of M
8:00 p.m. — St. Peter vs. Fairmont at Williams Arena, U of M
Class AAA Quarterfinals Schedule — Wednesday, March 12
10:00 a.m. — St. Paul Central vs. DeLaSalle at Williams Arena, U of M
12:00 p.m. — Marshall vs. Orono at Williams Arena, U of M
2:00 p.m. — Alexandria vs. Austin at Williams Arena, U of M
4:00 p.m. — Cloquet vs. Holy Family Catholic at Williams Arena, U of M
Class AAAA Quarterfinals Schedule — Wednesday, March 12
10:00 a.m. — Tartan vs. Hopkins at Target Center
12:00 p.m. — Shakopee vs. Osseo at Target Center
2:00 p.m. — Buffalo vs. Lakeville North at Target Center
4:00 p.m. — St. Francis vs. Cretin-Derham Hall at Target Center
Television and Webcast Coverage
All semifinal and championship games will be televised live by KSTC-TV, Channel 45, and also streamed live at Prep45.com for a fee of $4.97 per day. Live statistics of all games will also be displayed on the League website (www.MSHSL.org).
Tickets will be available at Target Center and Williams Arena. Quarterfinal tickets cost $14.00 for adults and $9.00 for students. Quarterfinal wristbands, which are good at both venues on Wednesday only, are $19.00 for adults and $12.00 for students. Semifinal and championship tickets will be available at Target Center and are $14.00 for adults and $9.00 for students per session. Third-place tickets will be available at Concordia University and are $10.00 for adults and $7.00 for students.
A visit to any participating Wells Fargo metro location can yield you a $2 discount coupon for students 13 and younger. The discount coupons are also available for the Girls' Basketball Tournament.
|State Adapted Floor Hockey Tournament
Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka seeks fourth straight PI title; North Suburban defends CI championship
The Robins of Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka return as the three-time defending champions in the PI Division when the 2014 State Adapted Floor Hockey Tournament opens this Friday, March 14. The Robins, who are the top seed in the North Division, have a perfect 13-0 record.
The Cougars of North Suburban return as the defending champions in the CI Division. They are the No. 1 seed in the North Division and boast a record of 11-0-1.
The tournament, which is held at Bloomington Jefferson High School, runs through Saturday, March 15.
PI Division Quarterfinals
Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka (13-0) vs. Minneapolis South (4-6-1): 5 p.m. on Friday, March 14, in Gym B.
Rochester (9-4) vs. Anoka-Hennepin (7-3-1): 5 p.m. on Friday, March 14, in Gym A.
Brainerd/Pillager (7-2-1) vs. South Suburban (6-8): 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 14, in Gym B.
Dakota United (12-1) vs. Wayzata/Minnetonka (5-6): 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 14, in Gym A.
Consolation semifinals will be played at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 15, to be followed by the 12:15 p.m. consolation championship.
The championship semifinals will be played at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, followed by the third-place game at 2:15 p.m. The championship game will begin at 2:30 p.m.
CI Division Quarterfinal Highlights
North Suburban (11-0-1) vs. Owatonna (5-4): 5 p.m. on Friday, March 14 in Gym C.
Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville (8-1) vs. Maple Grove (9-2): 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 14 in Gym C.
Anoka-Hennepin (10-1-1) vs. Dakota United (7-2): 8 p.m. on Friday, March 14, in Gym B.
New Prague/TCU/LSH/Belle Plaine/Jordan (9-0) vs. South Suburban (4-5): 8 p.m. on Friday, March 14 in Gym A.
The consolation semifinals will be played Saturday, March 15, at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., followed by the consolation championship at 1:45 p.m.
The championship semifinals will be played at noon. The third-place game is set for 3:30 p.m. and the championship at 4 p.m.
Some Special Rules
Some of the rules for adapted floor hockey are different and some of the athletes may wheel themselves around the floor, but sticks and pucks are still the tools of the game. The intensity of the competition and the thrill of participation are identical to that witnessed in recent weeks on the ice rinks of Xcel Energy Center, Ridder Arena, and Mariucci Arena traversed by non-disabled athletes. These athletes just happen to have a physical, mental, or other health impairment.
Adapted floor hockey is one of four team sports the Minnesota State High School League sponsors for athletes with disabilities. Adapted soccer is conducted in the fall and adapted bowling (individual competition also) and adapted softball are conducted in the spring. Competition is conducted in two divisions: one for athletes with physical or health impairments and commonly called PI; and the other for athletes with cognitive impairments or mental handicaps and known as CI.
As one can imagine and as the name of the activity implies, some rules have been adapted to accommodate the athletes with disabilities. For example, a gymnasium the size of a basketball court is the arena of play and the puck can be played off the walls or bleachers. The puck itself is hollow plastic, as are the sticks used by the players.
Teams consist of six players — a center who can move the full length of the floor; two forwards who must stay within the offensive zone and cannot cross the centerline; two defensive players who must stay within the opponent’s offensive zone and cannot cross the centerline; and a goalkeeper. In the PI Division, every team with a full complement of players must field a minimum of two wheelchair players.
A game consists of three periods — the first two periods of 15 minutes of running time and a third period of 15 minutes of stop time. If necessary, five-minute running time periods of "sudden victory" are played until a winner is determined.
The puck may be moved the best way for each participant. In other words, the ability of the athlete dictates whether feet or sticks can be used.
Intentional trapping of the puck beneath a wheelchair is prohibited. Running is prohibited. On the other hand, there are no restrictions on the speed of wheelchair players.
|East Grand Forks And Hermantown: Pride All Around
|Posted by John Millea(email@example.com)- Updated 3/8/2014 4:37:22 PM
|Bruce Plante, who Friday had joked about not being able to go out in public if Hermantown lost in the Class 1A boys hockey state championship game for the fifth year in a row, delivered a strong postgame message Saturday. The message came after the second-seeded Hawks indeed lost the title game for the fifth consecutive year, a 7-3 defeat to top-seeded East Grand Forks at Xcel Energy Center.
But the message was resounding.
“I’m totally and completely OK because our kids played so hard, the best they could,” said Plante (pictured), who has been coaching for 25 years. “This was kind of a rebuilt team and they went this far. You have to be proud of what they’ve done. I love them to death because they gave everything they had. We ran into a better team.”
East Grand Forks won behind an attack that was balanced as well as relentless. The Green Wave’s goals came from seven players: Dixon Bowen, Eddie Eades, Jace Pesch, Grant Loven, Reed Corbid, Cale Mack and Tanner Tweten.
“It just doesnt seem to be our deal,” said Plante, whose team lost to Breck in the 2010 title game and to St. Thomas Academy the previous three years.
“It feels a lot better losing to East Grand than anybody else we’ve lost to, I’ll tell you that,” Plante said. “They’re the same kind of program we are.”
East Grand Forks was making its ninth trip to state and played in its second championship game. In 1999 the Green Wave lost to Benilde-St. Margaret’s 4-2 in the 1A final.
This time, the Green Wave defeated Orono 5-1 and St. Cloud Cathedral 2-1 in reaching Saturday’s game. Hermantown led 1-0 after the first period on a goal by Scott Wasbotten and appeared to be in control. But things changed in the second period, when East Grand Forks scored five times and outshot the Hawks 15-6.
“After the first period we came into the locker room and we knew it was going to be a tough period,” said Green Wave junior defender Tye Ausmus. “It was the state championship game. Nothing is given to you. We were quiet, just got ready for the second, we went out there and did our thing and had a really good period.”
East Grand Forks coach Tyler Palmiscno said, 'There will never be a team from the East side better than this team. This senior class set this goal five or six years ago. And they worked for it. It’s special.”
Plante said he will take some time in deciding if he will continue coaching.
“That’s to be decided down the road a little bit. Maybe somebody can get them through the last game, I don’t know. It gets to be a pretty big sack of rocks on your back after a while. It gets heavy.”
CLASS 2A/ EDINA REPEATS AS STATE CHAMP
Edina won its ninth state championship, rolling to an 8-2 victory over Lakeville North. The No.1 seed in Class 2A, the Hornets were charged by a fast, physical and deep roster and stellar goaltending.
Though it was Edina’s high-flying offense that took over the title game, coach Curt Giles said his team was focused on defense.
“We’ve been preaching all year long that we need to commit to defense against teams deep and talented like Lakeville North,” he said. “When you’re committed to defense, the goals will come.”
Edina played like a team without any weaknesses in three tournament games at Xcel Energy Center, though, according to senior Tyler Nanne, this was a team that had its downs this season, particularly on one night in January.
“We got our butts kicked against Hill-Murray and our coaches skated us hard after the game when we got back to our rink,” he said. “It’s exactly what we needed, we deserved it. Without this coaching staff, we would be nothing.”
Casey Dornbach got the scoring going early for Edina, benefitting from precision passing from Garret Wait and Tyler Nanne. Lakeville North junior forward Max Johnson tied the score later in the first period, only to have Edina’s Ben Foley respond seconds later with a power-play score. Johnson scored the only other goal for the Panthers in the game.
Miguel Fidler scored the next two goals for Edina, followed by one by Parker Mismash. Kiefer Bellows scored the next two Edina goals and the celebrating began. Senior forward Cullen Munson capped the game off with a score of his own.
Consistent success like that of Edina’s requires strong leadership. Bellows, a sophomore, credited his older teammates with steadying the ship.
“The seniors settled our emotions down and led us all year long,” he said. “They have been here before and knew what to expect.”
Giles called this Edina squad “one of the best teams in the school’s history,” citing his belief that they committed to a true team concept. “Anybody on any night could step up for us,” he said. “We’ve had some high-end, talented kids come through here the past 15 years and on this team everyone was involved in our success.”
1A third-place game/ New Prague 5, St. Cloud Catheral 2: Austin Killian scored twice for the Trojans.
1A fifth-place game/ Totino-Grace 4, Luverne 3 (two overtimes): Joey Brey scored two goals for the Eagles, including the game-winner in the second overtime.
2A third-place game/ Eagan 6, Eden Prairie 4: A last-minute goal by Nick Wolff, plus an empty-netter by Wolff, carried the Wildcats past the Eagles.
2A fifth-place game/ Roseau 3, Duluth East 2: Alex Strand scored twice for the Rams, including the game-winner in the third period.
Class 1A/ Daniel Bailey, William Hammer, Zach Fritz, St. Cloud Cathedral; Ben Henderson, Totino-Grace; Gunnar Olson, Luverne; Austin Isaacson, New Prague; Nate Pionk, Zach Kramer, Hermantown; Colton Poolman, Tye Ausmus, Tanner Tweten, Josh Weber, Hermantown.
Class 2A/ Nick Wolff, Andrew Lindgren, Eagan; Alex Strand, Zach Yon, Roseau; Phil Beaulieu, Duluth East; Luc Snuggerud, Eden Prairie; Jack Poehling, Nick Poehling, Lakeville North; Miquel Fidler, Dylan Malmquist, Tyler Nanne, Andrew Rohkohl, Edina.
--Ryan Clark, a former Fargo Forum sports reporter who has covered the state hockey tournament in the past, is now working in Florida at the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. On Saturday morning he was at a Florida Panthers practice, and people with the NHL team asked him if it was possible to watch the Minnesota state hockey tournament. He directed them to the prep45.com webcast.
--Written on a whiteboard in the East Grand Forks locker room: “All In – Together.”
--Total tournament attendance was 119,178 ... the second-largest total in last six years.
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