The State Boys’ Basketball Tournament is scheduled for March 22-25 at various venues in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Quarterfinals will be played at Williams Arena on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis and at Target Center in downtown Minneapolis. All championship rounds will be played at Target Center and all consolation rounds and third-place games will be played at Concordia University in St. Paul. Here is a look at the tournament:
TV: Championship semifinals and championship games in both classes will be televised by 45TV.
Webcast: all 16 quarterfinal games will be available live on PrepSpotlight.tv free of charge.
The Quarterfinal Match-ups
Red Lake vs. Minneapolis North Community: These teams met in late December with Minneapolis North Community winning 78-70. Red Lake is making its fourth consecutive and ninth overall tournament appearance. The Warriors took fourth place in 2016. The defending champions from Minneapolis North Community are appearing for the second consecutive and 21st time overall. In addition to winning the 2016 title, the Polars were champions in 1980, 1995, 1996, 1997 and 2003.
Springfield vs. Nevis: This marks the fourth overall appearance for the Springfield Tigers, who won a championship the last time they played in the tournament in 2011. After a one-year hiatus, Nevis returns to tournament play for a second time.
Lake Park-Audubon vs. Goodhue: The Raiders of Lake Park-Audubon are making their second consecutive and overall tournament appearance. They lost to the Goodhue Wildcats in the quarterfinals last year. It is the fourth overall and second consecutive appearance for Goodhue, the 2016 runner-up.
North Woods vs. Central Minnesota Christian: This game marks the tournament debut of the North Woods Grizzlies. They face last year’s third-place team from Central Minnesota Christian. The Bluejays are making their third consecutive and third overall appearance.
Lake City vs. Minnehaha Academy: The Tigers of Lake City are making their first appearance in the tournament since 1990, when they won a championship. They also won titles in 1978 and 1979. This is Lake City’s seventh overall appearance. Minnehaha Academy is also making its first return appearance since claiming a championship in 2013. The Redhawks are competing in the tournament for the fifth time overall.
Jackson County Central vs. Annandale: The 2016 runner-up Huskies of Jackson County Central are making their second consecutive and second overall tournament appearance under this name. Jackson made one additional appearance in 1987. Annandale returns to the tournament for its fifth consecutive and sixth overall appearance. The Cardinals took fourth place last year.
New Richland-H-E-G vs. St. Cloud Cathedral: The Panthers of New Richland-H-E-G are making their first-ever appearance in the state tournament. St. Cloud Cathedral is back in the tournament for the first time since 2000, marking the Crusaders’ third overall appearance.
Breckenridge vs. Crosby-Ironton: After a one-year hiatus, Breckenridge returns to tournament play for the eighth time overall. The Cowboys won a championship in 1940. Crosby-Ironton is making its 21st overall appearance. It is the first time the Rangers have played in the tournament since 2010.
Big Lake vs. DeLaSalle: Big Lake is making its tournament debut. The five-time defending champions from DeLaSalle are making their sixth consecutive and 22nd overall appearance. The Islanders are in the hunt for their 11th title. In addition to the past five years, DeLaSalle also won in 1985, 1988, 1998, 1999, and 2006.
Columbia Heights vs. Fergus Falls: Columbia Heights returns for its third appearance, but first since 2011. The Fergus Falls Otters are making their second consecutive appearance and their 10th overall. They are looking to improve on last year’s runner-up showing.
Grand Rapids vs. Marshall: The Grand Rapids Thunderhawks return for their 13h appearance but first since 2013. The Tigers of Marshall return to the tournament to make their 11th appearance. Their last appearance was in 2014 and they won their only championship in 1963.
Chaska vs. Champlin Park: Chaska returns for its seventh appearance, but first since 2004. The Hawks also won their only championship in 2004. Champlin Park is making its third appearance as a single school. The Rebels made one additional appearance as a co-op with Groves Academy of St. Louis Park in 2015.
Wayzata vs. Lakeville North: The Wayzata Trojans return to tournament action for the first time since 1959. This is their third appearance overall and they also claimed their only title in 1959. Lakeville North is making its sixth consecutive and seventh overall appearance. The Panthers, who placed second in 2016, are looking for their second title. They won their first in 2014.
Andover vs. Maple Grove: These teams met in the regular-season finale with Maple Grove winning 66-41. The Andover Huskies are making their fifth appearance, but first since 2013. Maple Grove returns for its second consecutive appearance and fifth overall. The Crimson fell in the quarterfinals last year.
Cretin-Derham Hall vs. Apple Valley: This game is a rematch of a mid-December game which Apple Valley won 71-59. The Cretin-Derham Hall Raiders are making their 10th appearance, but first since 2014. The Raiders are looking for their third championship; they won previously in 1991 and 1993. The Apple Valley Eagles, who placed third last year, return for their third consecutive appearance and their ninth overall. They are also looking for their third title, having won previously in 2013 and 2015.