The Sauk Centre Mainstreeters are enjoying a four-year run of state girls basketball tournament berths, making them one of the familiar names in Class 2A.
At 6 p.m. Wednesday at Williams Arena, they play one of the newcomers, or at least someone who hasn’t been to this party in nearly 30 years.
Minneapolis Washburn is the relative unknown in the eight-team field that was determined Friday night. The Millers won the Section 4-2A championship by beating Minnehaha Academy, a team Sauk Centre has some knowledge of, having lost to the Redhawks in the state semifinals two years ago.
Washburn is 22-7. The Millers are coached by Tylor Coley and have six seniors. Washburn has a 6-foot-3 junior named Chase Coley.
The Millers played one team from Central Minnesota this season, Becker, beating the Bulldogs 71-51 on Dec. 7.
They play an experienced Sauk Centre team that is participating in its seventh state tournament, including three straight in volleyball. The Mainstreeters (28-2) were state runners-up last season and are missing Kali Peschel from the 2012 squad. She’s now playing in the Big Ten for the Iowa Hawkeyes.
This season’s squad is experienced and balanced. They are led up front by Macy Weller and Brianna VonWahlde, but have a strong perimeter game led by Jena Klaphake, Elizabeth Ellens and Jordan Gamradt. There’s also a good bench with Sydney Zenzen, Ali Peterson and Madison Moritz.
The Mainstreeters are in the same bracket with New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva and Pelican Rapids.
If Sauk Centre wins, it’ll play one of those two in the state semifinals at 8 p.m. Friday at Target Center.
The final is 2 p.m. Saturday.
The Mainstreeters would like another crack at that, too.