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State tournament brackets set

03/05/2011, 10:34am CST
By Tim Kolehmainen, Breakdown Sports USA

St. Thomas Academy, Eden Prairie earn top seeds in Class 1A, 2A

There are plenty of old favorites in this year’s tournament, with defending champions from Edina in Class AA and Breck in Class A teaming for numerous appearances -- and titles.  But there are also unfamiliar faces, programs that have been to St. Paul before, but aren’t nearly as frequent guests such as Eagan and Thief River Falls.

Class A action begins the four-day celebration at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.  Second-seeded Hermantown (23-3-2) plays Alexandria (12-15-1) at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 9, followed by No. 3 Rochester Lourdes (24-3-1) against Hibbing/Chisholm (17-9-2). 

The evening session kicks off at 6 p.m. with No. 1 St. Thomas Academy (22-6-0) taking on New Ulm (21-4-2), followed by two-time defending champion and No. 4 Breck (20-8-0) against Thief River Falls (19-8-1).

The Class AA tournament opens the next morning (Thursday, March 10)  at 11 a.m. with defending champion and No. 2 Edina (18-7-2) against Blaine (20-4-4).  At 1 p.m., No. 3 Duluth East (22-5-0) faces White Bear Lake (21-5-2). 

In the evening, top-seeded Eden Prairie (21-5-2) gets its tournament underway against Lakeville North (13-14-1) at 6 p.m.  The 8 p.m. game features No. 4 Eagan (17-6-2) and Moorhead (18-7-2) squaring off.

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