After a section playoffs that saw several upsets, the 2014 Minnesota state high school tournament has almost gone entirely for the favorites. Almost.
7 of the 8 teams seeded 1-4, including the top 4 in Class A, won in the quarterfinals. It's a far cry from a couple years ago when all four were upset in AA. Only Class AA fifth seed Eagan went against the grain, shutting out Duluth East 3-0 Thursday night. The Wildcats' reward is a date Friday night with top-seed Edina.
The rest of Friday's match-ups with the winners advancing to Saturday's State Tournament championship games.
Friday Semifinal Schedule (All Games At Xcel Energy Center)
11am- #2 Hermantown (7A) vs. #3 New Prague (1A) [Wednesday Recaps]
1pm- #1 East Grand Forks (8A) vs. #4 St. Cloud Cathedral (6A)
Jim Erickson and Ben Clymer are on the Class A call with Tori Holt between the benches.
6pm- #2 Lakeville North (1AA) vs. #3 Eden Prairie (6AA) [Thursday Recaps]
8pm- #1 Edina (2AA) vs. #5 Eagan (3AA) [Thursday Recaps]
Gary Thorne and Lou Nanne have the Class AA call.