Notebook: Advance tickets to be sold for Eagles’ TCO game

Eastview senior Steven Crowl scores during the 2019 state Class 4A boys basketball tournament. Crowl announced this week he has committed to play for the University of Wisconsin.

Apple Valley High School will hold a presale Friday, Sept. 20, for tickets for its homecoming football game Sept. 27 at TCO Performance Center in Eagan.

This is the second year the Minnesota Vikings have held high school football games at their training facility. Last year Eagan accepted an invitation to have its homecoming game there. On Sept. 27 Apple Valley will play host to Chaska for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Fans are being encouraged to buy tickets in advance because there is no guarantee they will be available the day of the game.

Students will be able to purchase tickets at the Apple Valley High School store during all three lunch periods Sept. 20. Each student may purchase one ticket, and they can’t buy tickets for anybody except themselves.

Tickets go on sale to the public from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 20 in the AVHS stadium ticket booth.

Prices are $7 for adults and seniors, and $5 for students. Parking is free.

A second day of ticket sales could take place Monday, Sept. 23, depending on availability. If tickets remain on game day, they will be sold at TCO Performance Center.

The school also will have a fan bus available to students. Cost to ride is $5, which can be paid on Fee Pay beginning Sept. 20.

Eagle Invitational volleyball

The Eagle Invitational volleyball tournament is typically the state’s strongest regular-season tournament, and that won’t change this year.

The top seven teams in the state Class 3A rankings – Eagan, Northfield, Wayzata, Lakeville North, Lakeville South, Shakopee and East Ridge – have committed to play in the tournament, which starts at 5 p.m. Friday at Apple Valley High School. Moorhead, ranked ninth in Class 3A, and Marshall, ranked fourth in Class 2A, also will be in the field.

Eagan has won the Eagle Invitational the last two years and is favored again this season. The Wildcats won their first 11 matches despite going without their top player, junior Kennedi Orr, in nine of them. Orr returned to the lineup this week after playing for Team USA in the world Under-18 championships. The U.S. won the championship and Orr was named the tournament’s top setter.

“We have great teams in the tournament, so there will be a lot of competitive volleyball this weekend,” said Heather LaChapelle, coach of host team Apple Valley.

Matches run through Saturday afternoon, with the championship match scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

Crowl will be a Badger

The pipeline from Minnesota to Madison remains open.

Eastview High School senior Steven Crowl has verbally committed to play basketball at the University of Wisconsin, he announced on Twitter on Tuesday. Crowl, a 6-foot-10 forward, averaged more than 19 points a game for a Lightning team that reached the 2019 state Class 4A tournament.

He will join an already large Minnesota contingent at Wisconsin that includes two former South Suburban Conference players – forward Nathan Reuvers and guard/forward Tyler Wahl, both of Lakeville North. Reuvers is entering his junior season at Wisconsin and Wahl will be a freshman.

Crowl played AAU basketball for DI Minnesota, a program that counts Reuvers, Wahl and former Lakeville South player Shae Mitchell among its alumni. Matthew Hurt of Rochester John Marshall, the top-ranked player in the class of 2019 who eventually signed with Duke, also is a former DI Minnesota player.


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