Who: High School and Middle School Ultimate players of all skill levels
What: Middle and High School girls pickup! Come out to meet and play some casual and fun Ultimate with other middle and high school girls. Bring your friends and teammates and a white and dark shirt.
When: Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm starting 6/29/17
Where: Lake Nakomis Fields. There is on street parking and you can park in the lot directly across from the fields at
4955 West Lake Nokomis Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN, 55417 (see map below).
6/8/2017 0 Comments
Great River Stars and Apple Valley Eagles face off for D1 title in rematch of 2016 championship
Tonight, at the Benilde-St. Margaret school stadium, Great River and Apple Valley will face off in the championship game of the Minnesota High School State Tournament of 2017. The game is an exact rematch of last year's championship game, evidence of each team's strength and the hotly competitive relationship between them. They met twice in the regular season this year: Great River came away with a decisive victory in the first game, winning 15-1, and at their second meeting Great River was able to get away with an 11-9 win.
The rest of the regular season went well for Great River: the last time they lost to in-state competition was at Hopkins Hustle 2015, to Hopkins in a semifinal game. Tonight they seek their third straight title and to put themselves among the most dominant programs in Minnesota history.
Apple Valley has also had a great year: they remained at the top of the South Metro conference, fending off newcomer Eagan and taking home the title for the third year in a row. They were able to take care of business this weekend at state, eliminating strong programs like Cathedral and Edina to make it to the final round.
Last year's championship game, held at Hamline University's Klas Field, showed strong competition from both sides. The first half was incredibly close, with both sides getting at least one break, and great offensive flow on each side. It wasn't until the second half that Great River was really able to break away, getting a string of points that led them to a 13-7 win. This years contest will likely be equally exciting, as both teams are coming in with plenty of momentum. Be there by 8:10 to see the girls play and 6:15 to catch Edina and Hopkins play for the boys D1 title!
The women’s division of the Minnesota State High School League State Tournament has 21 teams across two divisions this year, and while this number is dwarfed by the number of open teams in the state (67), the Girl’s Division has grown steadily in both the level of competition and number of teams.
The Great River Stars have maintained their lead in both conference and state standings this season, leading four other East Metro Conference teams in Division I. They lead Pool A followed by Mounds View, Hopkins and Eden Prairie. At the top of Pool B is Minneapolis South Squall, who have maintained a second place ranking in the state, with Cooper (Northwest Metro Champion), Edina (West Metro Champion), and Cretin-Derham Hall rounding out the rest of the pool. Pool C is a tight one, lead by Apple Valley, then Cathedral. St. Louis Park and Open World Learning Community are ranked 11th and 12th respectively, which should lead to an exciting game. Pool D has Armstrong in the lead followed by Eagan, St. Paul Central and Roseville. The Division II pool has 6 teams including Como Park, a wildcard for Division I, most likely vying for first place in the division against Minneapolis Southwest. The competition in all divisions is tight and there is bound to be some upsets and competitive play to round out this already intense season.
The state tournament will be held at the National Sports Center in Blaine this weekend (June 3th and 4th) and the Division I championship game will be held on June 8th at Benilde St. Margaret's stadium in St. Louis Park. Much has changed since the last round of rankings was released on May 20th, so this tournament bound to be an exciting weekend to watch and support some fantastic girls ultimate!
Stay tuned to this page for updates on women in the Minnesota youth ultimate scene as well as info on GUPI's latest projects!