Tom's tips: Soccer fans have lots to cheer for this week

Tom's tips: Soccer fans have lots to cheer for this week

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Tom's tips: Soccer fans have lots to cheer for this week

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Soccer fans should look forward to this week.

The Section 8A playoffs are in full swing with a number of area teams expected to make deep playoff runs.

At stake is a berth in the state tournament.

In Section 8A, the boys’ and girls’ semifinals are Tuesday at high seeds. The Section 8A finals are Thursday at St. Cloud State’s Husky Stadium, with the boys playing at 5:30 p.m. and the girls at 7:30 p.m.

In the boys’ competition, Sartell is the top seed in the South Sub-Section. St. Cloud Apollo is second and St. Cloud Cathedral is third. All three are capable of winning the section, though the team to beat seems to be Hillcrest Lutheran/Pelican Rapids, the top seed in the north and unbeaten.

In the girls’ bracket, Cathedral has the top seed, Sartell is second and Little Falls is third. All have had good seasons. The north’s top seed is Alexandria and that’s probably the team to beat.

A quick look at a short week because of the teacher association meetings:

Tuesday

* Central Lakes Conference cross country championships, 3 p.m. at Forestview Middle School, Brainerd.

It’s the last regular-season meet of the year and a biggie with all-conference honors at stake. Apollo, Tech, Sartell, Sauk Rapids and Rocori compete.

* Granite Ridge Conference cross country championships, 4 p.m. at Albany High School.

St. Cloud Cathedral’s your favorite in boys and girls, but Albany will do well. Milaca, Foley and Becker also run.

Wednesday

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

The Bulldogs can wrap up their second straight Granite Ridge title with a win. Little Falls has a great power running game led by Jalen Wuchko. Becker has numerous weapons and should be a factor in the state Class 4A playoffs.

* Upsala/Swanville at Royalton football, 7 p.m.

This has turned into a classic Prairie Conference matchup the past decade and this year should be no different. Both teams are having strong seasons and each seems to bring out the best in the other.

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