Tom's tips: Prep sports schedule picks up big time

Tom's tips: Prep sports schedule picks up big time


Tom's tips: Prep sports schedule picks up big time


Had a good weekend? Great. It’s pretty much the last break for a long while for prep athletes.

Everything picks up this week, with lots of activities to choose from.

A quick look:


* St. Cloud Tech at Sartell girls soccer, 5 p.m.

Tech (0-2-1) is off to a slow start, but has played a tough schedule, tying Monticello (1-1 OT) and falling to Blake (6-1) and St. Michael-Albertville (5-0). Sartell (0-1) opened with a 2-0 loss to Alexandria and is being led by new head coach Cassie Raehsler.

* Rocori at Sauk Rapids volleyball, 7 p.m.

The Spartans (4-1) have started quickly, with only a 2-1 loss to Sauk Centre in the championship of the Albany Early Bird. Sauk Rapids (0-1) fell 3-0 to Sartell but should be competitive.

* St. John’s Prep vs. St. Cloud Cathedral boys soccer, 7 p.m. at St. Cloud State.

These are usually intense matches. Both teams are young. The Johnnies got handled by Totino-Grace (7-1) and White Bear Lake (7-0), two large Twin Cities schools. Cathedral is off to a 2-0-1 start.


* Sauk Rapids Invitational cross country meet, 4:30 p.m.

It’s a big metro meet, with Eden Valley-Watkins/Kimball, Sartell and all the St. Clouds – Cathedral, Christian, Apollo and Tech — competing with the hosts.

* Alexandria at Sartell girls swimming, 6 p.m.

Sartell (1-0) took second in the state in Class A last fall. Alexandria (0-2) has a strong program.


* Moorhead at Apollo football, 7 p.m.

The Eagles play a difficult Spuds team in a non-divisional matchup of Central Lakes Conference foes.

* Milaca at Foley football, 7 p.m.

The Granite Ridge Conference opener and a tussle of bordering school districts, Foley is expecting to be tough. Milaca is young.

* Little Falls at Albany football, 7 p.m.

Another Granite Ridge Conference matchup that features contrasting styles with the Flyers’ passing schemes going against Albany’s vaunted ground game.


* Apollo Invitational girls tennis tournament, 9 a.m.

Buffalo, Hibbing, Hill-Murray, Princeton and Sartell compete along with the hosts, who are officially Apollo/Cathedral/Sauk Rapids.

* St. John’s Prep at Apollo boys soccer, 1 p.m.

Apollo has a dynamic duo of brothers Khalid Gelani and Ali Gelani. They are ninth-graders and they are a pair to watch.


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