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!
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