Girls hockey opens season

Holy Angles girls' hockey opens the 2019-20 season at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 against North St. Paul/Tartan at the Richfield Ice Arena.

Bloomington Jefferson girls’ hockey lifts the lid on the new season with a road trip to the northwestern part of the state Friday and Saturday, Nov. 7-8.

The Jaguars face Moorhead at 7 p.m. on Friday before traveling to Fergus Falls for a 4 p.m. puck drop on Saturday. Jefferson’s home opener at the recently renovated Bloomington Ice Garden is set for 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15 against North St. Paul/Tartan. Jefferson will look to improve on a semifinal appearance in the Section 6AA semifinals and went 13-12-2 last season.

Xcel Energy Center

Will Host Volleyball

Minnetonka and Wayzata are on opposite sides of the bracket for the State Class AAA Girls Volleyball Tournament this week at St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center.

Wayzata is in the lower bracket as the second seed and will play Elk River in the first round at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7. Also in the lower bracket, No. 3 Lakeville North will play North St. Paul at 11.

Minnetonka, the fourth seed, is in the upper bracket and will play Moorhead in a first-round game at 9 a.m. on the 7th. Also at 9, top-seeded Eagan will play St. Louis Park.

Semifinal matches are set for Saturday, Nov. 9, at 9 and 11 a.m., with the finals at 5 p.m. the same day.

Wayzata won the 2019 Lake Conference championship and topped St. Michael-Albertville in the Section 5AAA title match. Minnetonka went five games Nov. 2 in beating Chaska for the Section 2AAA title.

Football Playoffs

Enter Final Eight

Only eight teams remain in the state Class 6A football playoffs, which continue with games Thursday, Nov. 7, and Friday, Nov. 8.

In games on the 7th, Champlin Park will play Rosemount at Park Center High School and Lakeville North will play Shakopee at Stillwater High School in 7 p.m. games.

At 7 p.m. on the 8th, Lakeville South will challenge Mounds View at Eden Prairie’s Aerie Stadium and Centennial will face Wayzata at Chanhassen High School.

Wayzata and Lakeville South go into this week’s games with 10-0 records, while Champlin Park, which drew a bye in the opening round of the playoffs, is 9-0.

Eden Prairie and Edina both bowed out of playoff contention with one-point losses in the round of 16. Eden Prairie lost to Rosemount 18-17 and Edina was eliminated 21-20 by Centennial.

Wayzata, led by quarterback Thomas Schmidt, running back Christian Vasser and a strong defense, is looking for the fourth big-school football title in school history.

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