Key area events

Aug. 23-30:

Girls Soccer

PACT at Columbia Heights

Friday, Aug. 23

Columbia Heights welcomes in PACT for its season opener in the first of four home contests to kick off the Hylanders’ season.

Girls Tennis

Spring Lake Park at Coon Rapids

Tuesday, Aug. 27

An early season matchup features Spring Lake Park making the short trek to Coon Rapids in Northwest Suburban Conference play.

Boys/Girls Soccer

Blaine at Anoka

Tuesday, Aug. 27

It’s a key early NWSC doubleheader at Goodrich Field as Blaine visits Anoka. The boys open the evening, with Anoka having edged the Blaine boys 2-1 in the 2018 regular season before the Bengals went on to reach the Section 7AA finals. The Bengal and Tornado girls close the evening. The teams have met in the postseason the past four years and split 1-0 clashes a year ago.

Volleyball

Anoka at St. Francis

Tuesday, Aug. 27

Two of the top programs in Section 7AAA get their seasons underway as Anoka heads to St. Francis. Anoka went 19-10 and St. Francis went 18-9 last fall.

Cross-Country

ABC meet at Anoka

Thursday, Aug. 29

A telltale sign of fall getting underway takes place at Anoka in the ABC meet, featuring the host Tornadoes, Andover, Blaine, Coon Rapids and Champlin Park.

Girls Swimming and Diving

Coon Rapids at Blaine

Thursday, Aug. 29

Northdale pool co-hosts Coon Rapids and Blaine square off in an early season conference meet.

Football

Bemidji at Andover

Thursday, Aug. 29

Andover, which went 5-6 a year ago and made a fourth straight trip to the Section 7-5A finals, will face a strong test to open the year as it hosts Bemidji. The Lumberjacks went 10-2 last fall, reaching the Class 5A state semifinals.

Football

Anoka at White Bear Lake

Thursday, Aug. 29

Anoka, coming off of a 1-8 season, hits the road to open 2019 at White Bear Lake, which went 4-5 last year.

Football

Coon Rapids at St. Thomas Academy

Thursday, Aug. 29

There will be no easing into the season for Coon Rapids either, as the Cardinals encounter one of the top programs in the state at St. Thomas Academy. The Cadets went 12-1 in 2018, with its only loss coming in the Class 5A state championship.

Football

St. Francis at St. Cloud Apollo

Friday, Aug. 30

St. Francis had a drama-packed 2018, with five of its games decided by 4 points or less in a 5-4 campaign. The Saints head north to begin 2019 at St. Cloud Apollo, which was 5-5 last fall.

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