MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The football season is over and the trophies for seven state champions are now resting quietly in their school’s cases.
We’re now transitioning to winter, which means a move to basketball courts, hockey arenas and wrestling mats. It also means a lot cold bus rides coming for teenage kids, busy weekends with tournaments and some of the best action around the state coming for the holiday season.READ MORE: A Look At Some Of The Deadliest US School Shootings, Including At Red Lake H.S. In Minn.
One of our featured events this weekend is a basketball tournament being hosted by a charter school with four teams that otherwise wouldn’t be on the basketball landscape. There are also other good basketball match-ups and a slew of good games on the boys hockey landscape.
Here’s our top weekend match-ups.
Friday Boys Basketball: Community of Peace (0-3) vs. FAIR (1-1) (at Minnesota Transitions)
Minnesota Transitions Charter School in Minneapolis is hosting a four-team tournament Friday night featuring four teams that aren’t well known in the high school basketball landscape. It’s a chance to see if the hard work in practice has paid off, and it’s our featured event for WCCO-TV’s High School Sports Rally.
In the first match-up, Community of Peace out of St. Paul will be looking for its first win of the season as it faces Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Resource (FAIR), which is off to a 1-1 start. Community of Peace’s three losses came to West Lutheran (63-43), St. Paul Humboldt (70-36) and St. Paul Harding (64-29). The team is led in scoring by Marquez Perry’s 13.3 points per game. FAIR lost its opener to St. Paul Washington 86-60 before getting its first win over Carlton, 87-62.
Friday Hope Academy (0-0) vs. Minneapolis College Prep (1-0) (at Minnesota Transitions)READ MORE: Holiday Weekend Travel Expected To Be Highest Since 2019
Hope Academy is opening its regular season Friday night against Minneapolis College Prep at Minnesota Transitions after going 7-19 last season. Minneapolis College Prep won its first game of the season 107-22 over Learning for Leadership. In that game, Eric Racine scored 32 points and Deangelo Spring added 24.
Friday Boys Basketball: Totino-Grace (1-0) at Robbinsdale Armstrong (2-0)
After going 21-6 last year and falling short of the Class 4A State Tournament, Armstrong is ready to have a big year. The Falcons are ranked No. 6 in the class and host Totino-Grace Friday night. Armstrong is 2-0 on the season after easy wins over rival Cooper and Andover. The Falcons are led by Jubie Alada’s 15.5 points per game and Sean Burns scores more than 13 per game. The Eagles are led by James Streeter, who scored 20 points in their opening 69-67 win over Spring Lake Park.
Friday Boys Hockey: Blake (1-2) at Duluth Marshall (3-0)
A pair of top 15 teams in Class A square off in northern Minnesota Friday as Duluth Marshall hosts Blake in non-conference action. The Hilltoppers are a perennial state tournament team and are currently ranked No. 3 in Class A. They’re off to a 3-0 start with wins over Roseville, Breck and Proctor. Blake is 1-2 on the season, but just earned its first victory after losses against Delano and Thief River Falls to open the year.
Saturday Boys Hockey: St. Thomas Academy (1-0) at Holy Angels (2-1)
A pair of private schools and hockey rivals meet in Richfield Saturday as Holy Angels hosts St. Thomas Academy in non-conference action. The Cadets are 1-0 and ranked No. 5 in Class AA after a 6-2 in over Rosemount to open the season. The Stars are 2-1 on the year with wins over Providence Academy and Tartan, but are coming off a 6-0 loss to Cretin-Derham Hall. Holy Angels is not ranked, but is always a tough squad to beat. It’s a program that has been in a rut lately, coming of a 10-14-2 season last year.MORE NEWS: Ettinger Wins Dem Nod For Hagedorn's 1st District Seat; Finstad Leads GOP
Tune into WCCO-TV’s High School Sports Rally at about 10:20 p.m. Friday as Mike Max, Frank Vascellaro and David McCoy will have all the action covered.