6/8/2017 0 Comments
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!