STATE MINNESOT SEMI-FINALS AT US BANKING STADIUM
CLASS 6A: EDEN PRERIE (10-1) VS. MAPLE GROVE (10-1), 19:00 THURSDAY
Both teams have dominated in their own way so far. Eden Prairie’s defense edged ahead of the Eagles with no more than 10 points in three playoff games. But it’s hard to imagine that Crimson doesn’t score. So the question is whether Eden Prairie is lagging behind. Our choice: Maple Grove 27, Eden Prairie 17
CLASS 6A: LAKEVILLE-SOUTH (11-0) VS. ST. MICHAEL ALBERTVILLE, 7:00 pm, FRIDAY.
Hats off to St. Michael-Albertville for being lonely no-no. 1 seed in class 6A to get to US Bank Stadium. He did this by rallying with a 28-7 deficit against Centennial and then knocking out Wayzata in what was seen as an upset. Do the Knights have any magic left? It will take a long time to defeat the Cougars, which seemed to have been destined for the state championship for two years. Our choice: Lakeville South 38, St Michael Albertville 19
CLASS 5A: MAHTOMEDI (9-2) VS. ROBBINSDALE COOPER (9-2) 14:00, FRIDAY.
Robbinsdale Cooper defeated Spring Lake Park 35-7. Zephyrs lost to Spring Lake Park with the same score. The transient properties suggest that Robbinsdale Cooper should be the top favorite in this game. But after this defeat, Makhtomedi looked like a different team – one that can keep the distance thanks to the balance on both sides of the ball. Our choice: Makhtomedy 24, Robbinsdale Cooper 20
WISCONSIN CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES AT RANDALL CAMP IN MADISON
SECTION 4: ELLSWORT (12-0) VS. CATHOLIC MEMORIAL (13: 0), 19:00 THURSDAY
Catholic Memorial has been the favorite to win this game all season, and many believed the team could hit well above that weight class. But the same is true for Ellsworth, who has won 22 straight games with the best in the state and has dominated this entire playoff streak. The fact that Panthers can be so good but still play an outsider makes them dangerous. Our choice: Ellsworth 34, Catholic Memorial 28
SECTION 3: RICE LAKE (11-2) VS. PEVAKI (10-2), 10:00 FRIDAY
When Rice Lake manages to finish above 0.500 at Big Rivers, which is the smallest school and makes the playoffs, other Division III teams should be on the lookout. Warriors can run at whoever they want and are blessed with senior receiver and defender Alex Belongia, who has full possession on both sides of the ball with 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He will definitely change the rules of the game. Our choice: Rice Lake 30, Pewaukee 17
– Jace Frederick