Prep tournaments provide holiday-break activities

 

Holiday tournaments

RAHS girls basketball

Location: Roseville Area High School

Dates: Dec. 28-30

Game times: 2:45 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 8 p.m. each day

Participating teams: Roseville, Robbinsdale Cooper, Andover, Eden Prairie, Apple Valley, Centennial, Lakeville South, Woodbury

 

RAHS boys basketball

Location: Bethel University, Arden Hills

Dates: Dec. 27-28

Times: Dec. 27, 6 p.m., 7:45 p.m.; Dec. 28, 2:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m.

Participating teams: Roseville, Bloomington Jefferson, St. Paul Central, Minnetonka

 

RAHS boys hockey

Location: Mars Lakeview Arena, Duluth

Dates: Dec. 27-29

Times: Dec. 27-28, 1 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 5:45 p.m., 8 p.m.; Dec. 29, 8:30 a.m., 1:45 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 3:30 p.m.

Participating teams: Roseville, Delano, Cloquet/Esko/Carlton, Hermantown, Bemidji, St. Francis, Brainerd, Duluth Marshall

 

RAHS girls hockey

Location: Doug Woog/Wakota Arena, South St. Paul

Dates: Dec. 29-31

Times: 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m. each day

Participating teams: Roseville, Hill-Murray, Bloomington Jefferson, Mounds View, Elk River/Zimmerman, Blake, South St. Paul, Hibbing/Chisholm

 

Concordia Academy boys basketball

Location: St. Cloud Cathedral High School

Dates: Dec. 27-29

Times: Dec. 27, 2 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m.; Dec. 28-29, TBA

Participating teams: Concordia Academy, Braham, Litchfield, Mandan (North Dakota), Melrose, Pierz, Watertown-Mayer, St. Cloud Cathedral

 

Concordia Academy girls basketball

Location: Upsala High School

Dates: Dec. 27-28

Times: TBA

Participating teams: Concordia Academy, Upsala, Melrose, McGregor

 

Legacy Christian Academy/Concordia Academy boys hockey

Location: Silver Bay and Two Harbors

Dates: Dec. 28-30

Times: TBA

Participating teams: Legacy Christian Academy/Concordia Academy, Ely/Northeast Range, North Shore, Moose Lake Area, Mora/Milaca, Red Lake Falls, Redwood Valley, Rice Lake (Wisconsin)

School might be closed until after New Year’s Day but a lot of the Roseville Review-area high school athletic teams aren’t taking next week off. The time between Christmas and Jan. 1 is loaded with prep holiday tournaments.

Basketball and hockey dominate the tournament landscape and the Roseville Area High School and Concordia Academy squads are getting in on the fun. Here’s a look at where the Raiders and Beacons are headed and who they’ll face.

 

RAHS

Three of the four Roseville teams in action over the holiday break are playing in tournaments not all that far from campus. A fourth team has some driving to do to get to its tournament destination.

The Raiders’ boys basketball team is headed to Arden Hills to play in a tournament at Bethel University. This is the second-straight year at Bethel for Roseville, which went 0-2 with losses to Totino-Grace and Minnetonka in last year’s event.

Minnetonka also returns to Bethel this year and is joined by St. Paul Central and Bloomington Jefferson. Day one, on Dec. 27, features Central against Minnetonka at 6 p.m. and Roseville taking on Jefferson at 7:45 p.m.

The next day, the first-day losing teams play for third place at 2:30 p.m. and the winners meet for the championship at 7:45 p.m.

The Roseville girls basketball holiday tournament has reached its sixth year. The Raiders and seven other teams kick off the three-day event on Dec. 28.

Playing in this year’s tournament are Robbinsdale Cooper, Andover, Apple Valley, Centennial and Lakeville South, all of whom also played in last year’s event. New to the lineup this season are Eden Prairie and Woodbury.

First-round match-ups are as follows: Cooper vs. Andover at 2:45 p.m., Centennial vs. Lakeville South at 4:30 p.m., Eden Prairie against defending champion Apple Valley at 6:15 p.m. and Woodbury against Roseville at 8 p.m.

The Woodbury-Roseville tilt is doubly important because it also counts in the Suburban East Conference standings.

The tournament continues with the same game times on Dec. 29 and 30.

For those who follow the Roseville girls hockey program at all, it should be easy to figure out where that squad is spending its holiday break. For the 21st consecutive year, the Raiders are playing in the Kaposia Classic at South St. Paul’s Doug Woog/Wakota Arena. Roseville has appeared in every Kaposia Classic since its inception in 1996.

Roseville’s most recent championship in the Kaposia Classic came in 2008. To have any shot at the title this year, Roseville must take care of Blake in the first round on Dec. 29. Blake is the No. 1-ranked team in the state in Class A and the two-time defending Kaposia champion.

Other first-round games have Hill-Murray playing Bloomington Jefferson/Kennedy, Mounds View squaring off against Elk River/Zimmerman and Hibbing/Chisholm facing the host Packers.

Game times for all three days of the tournament are 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. The championship game is set for Dec. 31 at 7 p.m.

Roseville’s boys hockey team has the longest tournament commute of any of the Raiders squads. This is the second year in a row that Roseville is headed to Duluth for the Duluth Marshall tournament. Last year, Roseville went 2-1 and finished third.

The Raiders open the tournament on Dec. 27 at 5:45 p.m. against St. Francis. Other teams in the tournament include Delano, Cloquet/Esko/Carlton, Hermantown, Bemidji, Brainerd and the host Hilltoppers. Hermantown is the defending champion.

The tournament continues with four games on Dec. 28 and four more on Dec. 29. The championship game is Dec. 29 at 3:30 p.m.

 

Concordia Academy

All three Beacons teams are headed out of the metro area for their holiday frivolity.

The boys basketball team first played in the Crusader Classic hosted by St. Cloud Cathedral High School in 2005 and is set to play in that event for the 12th consecutive year. Concordia’s lone tournament championship came in 2007 when it beat Litchfield, Milaca and Sauk Rapids-Rice on consecutive days to claim the title. The Beacons have also finished second twice.

For the first time, Concordia opens the tournament against the host team. St. Cloud Cathedral and the Beacons play the last game on the first day of  the tournament at 7:15 p.m. on Dec. 27.

Also participating in the tournament are Braham, Litchfield, Melrose, Mandan (North Dakota), Pierz and Watertown-Mayer. The event runs through Dec. 29.

Concordia Academy’s girls basketball team will likely travel through St. Cloud to get to its tournament over the holiday break. The Beacons are playing in a four-team, two-day tournament at Upsala High School, which is about 35 miles northwest of St. Cloud.

The Upsala tournament runs Dec. 27-28 and includes the host Cardinals, Concordia Academy, Melrose and McGregor.

The Legacy Christian Academy boys hockey cooperative team that includes players from Concordia Academy is once again headed north to play in the North Shore holiday tournament in Two Harbors and Silver Bay. The north shore has been the holiday destination of the team for eight years.

The three-day, eight-team tournament runs Dec. 28-30 and includes Ely/Northeast Range, Moose Lake Area, Mora/Milaca, Red Lake Falls, Redwood Valley, Rice Lake (Wisconsin), the Legacy Christian co-op and North Shore, which is a co-op team between Silver Bay and Two Harbors.

Legacy Christian finished fourth last year and its lone championship in the North Shore tournament came in 2012 when it beat Moose Lake, North Shore and Ely to claim the title.

 

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

 

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