Spring playoffs have arrived

Spring is the shortest of the three high school sports seasons so it shouldn’t be any surprise that the post-season has already arrived. Section team competition in boys tennis and fastpitch softball start this week and a couple of Roseville-area teams are involved


Boys tennis


The Roseville Area High School boys tennis team is among the 13 teams competing in Section 4AA for a berth in the state tournament. The section tournament starts on May 17.

The Raiders had four victories entering the final week of the regular season. They beat Coon Rapids and Fridley in a Saturday tournament in mid-April and also knocked off Suburban East Conference foes Park-Cottage Grove and Woodbury.

Cretin-Derham Hall is the defending Section 4AA champion but is no longer a member of the section. The Raiders shifted to Section 3AA for at least the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

The favorite in Section 4AA is probably Mounds View, the defending Class AA state champion. The Mustangs were ranked No. 4 in Class AA last week and at the time had lost only to top-ranked East Ridge (twice) and ninth-ranked Wayzata.

The first three rounds are played at the higher seeded team in each match. The championship final takes place May 25 at the Baseline Tennis Center on the University of Minnesota campus.

The section individual tournament follows the team competition. Section titles in singles and doubles will be up for grabs on May 26 and 31 at Baseline Tennis Center.




The first three rounds of the Section 4AA fastpitch softball tournament take place this week. Concordia Academy is among the 14 teams in 4AA.

The section tournament begins on May 19 with a single-elimination round and continues with the first two rounds of double-elimination play on May 21 at Central Park in Ramsey. 

The Beacons headed into last weekend with a losing record (7-8) but a bit of momentum. Concordia had won four of five games, including two in its tournament on May 6-7. The Beacons opened the tournament with a 16-2 win over Minneapolis Roosevelt and, after a loss to Cloquet in the semifinals, beat St. Croix Lutheran 10-6 to take third place.

Concordia beat St. Croix Lutheran again on May 12, this time in a Tri-Metro Conference game. 

The Beacons closed out the week by playing in a tournament hosted by Benilde-St. Margaret’s on May 14, past the deadline for this edition of the Review. 

On the schedule this week is a non-conference game against Minneapolis Roosevelt on May 17 and then the first round of the post-season on May 19.

The Section 4AA tournament looks like it could be anybody’s to win. St. Agnes is the only team in the section to appear in the state rankings last week, landing just outside the top 10 in Class AA. Concordia Academy drilled the Aggies 12-4 on May 4.

As of May 12, only two teams had records above .500.

The 4AA playoffs continue next week with games on May 24 and 26. The section final is scheduled for May 31 at 5 p.m. at the University of Northwestern in Roseville.


Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.






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