The state tournament brackets for each class have been updated on the Hub. Below is a brief look at the teams taking the top seeds in each bracket for the tournaments, which begin Thursday at four locations across the state.
First two rounds at Mini Met in Jordan
Parkers Prairie: The Panthers (23-2) are out to prove they're worthy of the No. 1 ranking in the coach's poll and the top seed in the Class 1A field when they kick off the tournament quarterfinals against Pillager (15-10) Thursday at 10 a.m. Parkers Prairie is making its second straight consecutive state tournament appearance as a No. 1 seed, and this time it is ready to redeem last year's 4-2 championship loss to Springfield.
Legacy Christian Academy: The No. 2 seed Lions (19-4) attempt to walk away with a No. 1 attached to their name as they look to win a state title. Legacy Christian, a No. 4 seed in last year's state tournament, saw its championship dreams dashed by an 4-3 upset loss to fifth-seeded Hinckley-Finlayson in the quarterfinals. This year, the 12-senior lineup will face seventh-seeded Ely at 3 p.m. Thursday with a mission to make a much longer postseason run.
Martin Luther/GHEC-Truman received the No. 3 seed in the state tournament, while Red Rock and Fosston round out the remaining seeded teams.
First two rounds at Dick Putz Field in St. Cloud
Minnehaha Academy: The defending state champions make their fourth state tournament appearance in five years as the top seed in the Class 2A bracket. The biggest threat to the Redhawks (23-2) repeating could be Belle Plain. The Tigers are the second seed in the tournament, but are the top team in the coaches' Class 2A poll. The No. 2-ranked Redhawks open the tournament against eighth-seeded Warroad (19-6) Thursday at 10 a.m.
Belle Plain: The Tigers are appearing in their second consecutive state tournament, which is a do-over attempt. Belle Plaine (20-2) lost to rival Minnehaha Academy 5-1 in last year's state championship, and it surely would like another shot to reverse the outcome this season. The Tigers play seventh-seeded New London-Spicer (18-5) in the quarterfinals on Thursday at 3 p.m.
Pierz is the third seed, Maple Lake the fourth and Rochester Lourdes is the fifth.
First two rounds at Siebert Field, University of Minnesota
Waconia: The Wildcats roll into the state tournament with a a perfect 23-0 record under their belts and the No. 1 seed in the bracket. Waconia is ending a long dry spell, reaching the state tournament this season for the first time since appearances in 2003 and 2004. The Wildcats come out of the gates against No. 8 seed Mahtomedi (14-10) on Thursday at 10 a.m.
St. Cloud Tech: These Tigers also bear a perfect record, with 24 wins, and the No. 2 seed could be on course to collide with Waconia in a cage match for the title. The Wildcats and the Tigers are eerily similar -- even beyond their mascots: St. Cloud Tech last made a trip to state in 1997. The Tigers face No. 7 seed Hibbing (17-8) Thursday at 3 p.m.
Third-seeded Alexandria, fourth-seeded Red Wing and fifth-seeded Marshall complete the top half of the bracket.
First two rounds at CHS Field, St. Paul
Wayzata: Last year's state champions look to defend the title as the top seed. Wayzata (17-6) takes on Lake Conference rival and No. 8 seed Eden Prairie (16-9) Thursday at 10 a.m. in the state quarterfinals. The Trojans defeated the Eagles twice in the regular season 3-0 and 4-2.
Forest Lake: The Rangers (18-6) captured the No. 2 seed at state tournament and already have defeated Wayzata this season, topping the Trojans 4-2 in the regular season. Forest Lake has the chance to continue their five-game winning streak with a win in the quarterfinals against No. 7 seed Maple Grove (17-8) Thursday at 3 p.m.
Champlin Park nabbed the No. 3 seed, while Lakeville North is No. 4 and Burnsville No. 5.
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