Tom's tips: True-team swim sectionals on tap

Tom's tips: True-team swim sectionals on tap


Tom's tips: True-team swim sectionals on tap


Section true-team championships will be determined Saturday in boys swimming and diving.

For programs, it’s an opportunity to test overall depth.

The area is host to two sectional meets.

In Section 8-2A, St. Cloud Tech has a bunch of big schools coming to its pool at 10 a.m. Saturday. Big Lake, Brainerd, Buffalo, Elk River, Moorhead, Rogers, St. Michael-Albertville and Zimmerman compete. Tech’s off to a 2-0 start in dual meets and has a good team.

In Section 3A, Sauk Rapids is host to a number of area schools at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. St. Cloud Apollo, Dassel-Cokato, Hutchinson, Montevideo, Monticello, Rocori and Willmar compete.

Sartell’s the favorite. The Sabres are ranked fifth in the state in Class A.

Sauk Centre/Melrose, another strong area program, competes in Section 5A, where the true-team sectional is in Detroit Lakes.

All involved are attempting to qualify for the state true-team championships Jan. 24 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.

A quick look at the rest of the week:


St. Cloud Tech at Sauk Rapids boys basketball, 7:30 p.m.

No two teams in the Central Lakes Conference have more young, talented athletes than these two. The Storm (3-3 Central Lakes, 6-7 overall), if they haven’t turned the corner, are about to after not winning a game last season. Tech (5-2, 5-7) went into the weekend leading the conference, but also having lost four straight.

Albany at Sartell boys basketball, 7:30 p.m.

Another good metro game. These two are Section 8-4A contenders, with both seeking at least top-four seeds.

Rocori at Tech wrestling, 6 p.m.

Both teams have their best squads in recent years and this should be competitive. Both are capable of top-three finishes in the conference.


Apollo vs. Sauk Rapids boys hockey, 7:15 p.m. at Sports Arena East.

Apollo (8-2-2) is one of the top contenders in Section 6A and Sauk Rapids (6-7-1) has proven to be scrappy enough to play with anyone. The Storm also want to show they are better than the 5-0 defeat they suffered to the Eagles at the Granite City Showcase.


Sauk Rapids at Tech girls basketball, 7:30 p.m.

Sauk Rapids (2-1, 3-5) is seeing its girls program turn a corner, too. Tech (3-2, 4-8) is a close match.

This is the opinion of Times prep sports coordinator Tom Elliott. Contact him at 259-3661 or at Follow him on Facebook or on Twitter @sctimestom.


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