The postseason has started for one Minnesota high school sport at girls tennis section team playoffs started this week.
Section 1AA looks to be especially competitive, featuring four of the top 10 teams in this week’s state Class AA rankings. Fifth-ranked Rochester Mayo is the top seed in the section. No. 2 seed Lakeville South, which is ranked ninth in the state, was to play Farmington in a first-round match Wednesday, with the winner facing Rochester John Marshall in the second round. If South wins its first two matches it could face seventh-ranked Rochester Century in the semifinals.
Tenth-ranked Lakeville North is the fourth seed in Section 1AA and defeated Red Wing 6-1 in a first-round match Wednesday. The Panthers are scheduled to play host to Owatonna in the quarterfinals Thursday.
Semifinal and championship matches in the Section 1AA team tourney will be Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Life Time Fitness in Lakeville.
Defending Class AA champion Edina is the top seed in the Section 6AA tournament that started this week. Other teams in the section include eighth-ranked Eastview, along with Burnsville and Apple Valley. Burnsville has been as high as eighth in the state rankings this season.
The Section 6AA semifinal and championship matches also will be at Life Time Fitness in Lakeville on Oct. 8.
Woodbury is the top seed in the Section 3AA team tourney that was scheduled to start Tuesday but has been disrupted by bad weather. Eagan, the seventh seed, is to fact 10th-seeded Rosemount or 15th-seeded St. Paul Humboldt in the first round.
Individual section competition will follow the team tournaments, leading to the state Class AA tourney Oct. 22-25 at the University of Minnesota Baseline Tennis Center. Eastview sophomore Karin Young is ranked second in Class AA singles behind defending state champion Nicole Copeland of Edina.
October Classic volleyball
Apple Valley and Burnsville are two of the 11 teams in the field for the October Classic, the last of three annual regular-season volleyball tournaments held at Apple Valley High School.
Also in the field are Benilde-St. Margaret’s, Coon Rapids, Grand Meadow, Kingsland, Legacy Christian Academy, Minneapolis Southwest, Minneapolis Patrick Henry, Winona and Zumbrota-Mazeppa.
First-round action is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. Friday, with the championship match Saturday at approximately 2 p.m.
Locals on Iowa Wild
Several players who starred in high school hockey in Dakota County will play a few hours down the highway for the Minnesota Wild’s top minor league affiliate.
Forwards Tyler Sheehy and J.T. Brown, and defenseman Jack Sadek, are on the roster for the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League.
Sheehy and Sadek were teammates at the University of Minnesota. In high school, Sheehy played at Burnsville and Sadek was a member of Lakeville North’s undefeated state championship team in 2014-15. Both signed amateur tryout contracts with the Wild late in the 2018-19 season, after they completed their eligibility at Minnesota, and were assigned to Iowa.
Sadek had four goals, 14 assists and 57 blocked shots in his senior year at Minnesota.
Sheehy, a two-year captain at Minnesota, was Big Ten Conference Player of the Year in 2016-17. As a senior, he led the Gophers in assists with 29 and was second on the team with 41 points.
Brown returned to Iowa this week after clearing waivers. He is in the final year of a two-year contract with the Wild. A Burnsville native and 2008 graduate of Rosemount High School, Brown played for the University of Minnesota Duluth’s 2008 NCAA champions.
Last season Brown had eight points in 56 games with Minnesota and six points in six games with Iowa.
The Iowa Wild’s season opener is 7 p.m. Friday against the Rockford Ice Hogs at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.