Before football teams hit the field Friday night, there are 16 squads left in seven classes across the state who all have a shot at the state tournament. By the end of the night, that number will get cut in half. This is the week that pretty much every kid who grows up playing football dreams about.
It’s that time of year. Playoff season.
She’s one of the best at making her teammates better. Megan Pekarek holds her school’s volleyball assists record. It’s one of many reasons she was our Aspire Athlete of the Week.
It’s hard to believe the final week of the regular season is here, but that means it won’t be long before some players are handing over their pads after season-ending losses. This is the last chance for many teams to gain some momentum before the start of the postseason. It’s also a week where some teams can clinch a conference championship.
It’s a huge week for many teams around the state in high school football. It still feels like things just got started, but the reality is there are just two weeks left in the regular season. Conference championships and seeds for the section playoffs are at stake for a lot of teams.
There is no better time for a high school football fan than between late September and early October. It’s when the conference favorites emerge and when all the hard work in offseason starts to show.
As hard as it is to believe, we are now at the midway point of the season. It’s that time of the year where a team’s identity is established, it’s a matter of executing the game plan and knowing what the team across from you will do.
In a matter of months, the city of Osseo could open a gun store and indoor shooting range in the middle of town. It’s being discussed among city leaders right now, and many feel it could bring a lot of new business to Osseo.
More than 9,000 customers in suburbs northwest of Minneapolis lost power for a few hours Wednesday evening, according to Xcel Energy. The 9,100 customers affected were in Osseo, Brooklyn Park, Champlin, Coon Rapids and Maple Grove. The power went out around 5:30 p.m. and came back around 9:45 p.m.
Friday night’s High School Sports Rally features the Boys State Basketball Tournament, with Park Center and Osseo as the game of the night.
Unless you’re one of the few teams to end a season with a state championship, there’s nothing like the feeling of winning a section title and earning that coveted trip to state.
If you missed High School Sports Rally Friday night, we’ve got you covered. In the videos below you’ll find our featured basketball game — Osseo vs. Maple Grove –, loads of winter sports highlights, a profile on Elk River hockey coach Gordie Roberts, and an answer to the question: What did Vikings stars Adrian Peterson and Christian Ponder do in their high school sports careers?
The Osseo Orioles feature Bridge Tusler. He is the kind of football player that makes those Friday night lights seem brighter.
When football teams gathered for the first football practices of the season back in August, everyone had dreams of getting to the state playoffs and playing for a championship in the Metrodome. Friday night, 42 teams will realize that goal of winning a section title and moving on to the state tournament.
It’s the fall season’s version of March Madness. The State Girls Tennis Tournament and State Soccer Tournaments are this week, and the football section playoffs are getting underway across the state.