Prep tournaments provide holiday-break activities


Review-area holiday tournaments

Hill-Murray boys hockey

Schwan Cup – Gold Division

Location: Ridder Arena, Super Rink

Dates: Dec. 29-31

Times: Dec. 29-30, 12 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 31, 12 p.m., 12 p.m., 12:30 p.m., 6 p.m.

Participating teams: Hill-Murray, St. Thomas Academy, Wayzata, Centennial, Minnetonka, Eden Prairie, Edina, Burnsville


Hill-Murray girls hockey

Kaposia Classic

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


Hill-Murray boys basketball

Fergus Falls tournament

Location: Fergus Falls High School

Dates: Dec. 29-30

Times: Dec. 29, 6 p.m., 8 p.m.; Dec. 30, 4 p.m., 8 p.m.

Participating teams: Hill-Murray, Fergus Falls, Fargo South (N.D.), Hawley


Hill-Murray girls basketball

Hill-Murray holiday tournament

Location: Hill-Murray School

Dates: Dec. 28-30

Times: Dec. 28, 3 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8:15 p.m.; Dec. 29-30, 2 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m.

Participating teams: Hill-Murray, Mahtomedi, Mounds View, Henry Sibley, Wayzata, Forest Lake, Holy Angels, Park-Cottage Grove


North/Tartan girls hockey

Schwan Cup – Silver Division

Location: Super Rink, Ridder Arena

Dates: Dec. 26-28

Times: Dec. 26-27, 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 8 p.m.; Dec. 28, 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. (Championship at Ridder Arena)


North boys basketball

Hutton Winter Classic

Location: Hutton Arena, Hamline University

Dates: Dec. 21-22

Times: Varied

Participating teams: North, Cristo Rey Jesuit, Minneapolis Henry, Breck, Wayzata, Orono


Tartan boys basketball

Tartan holiday tournament

Location: Tartan High School

Dates: Dec. 27-29

Times: 2:45 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 8 p.m.

Participating teams: Tartan, Forest Lake, Cristo Rey Jesuit, Carmel Catholic (Ill.), Spring Lake Park, St. Paul Como Park, Rogers, Chisago Lakes


Tartan girls basketball

St. Anthony Village tournament

Location: St. Anthony Village High School

Dates: Dec. 27-29

Times: 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Participating teams: Tartan, St. Anthony Village, St. Croix Prep, Richfield

School might be closed until after New Year’s Day, but many of the local high school athletic teams aren’t taking next week off. The time between Christmas and January 1 is chock-full of prep holiday tournaments.

Basketball and hockey dominate the tournament landscape and most of the teams in action from Hill-Murray, North and Tartan are playing in events in the metro area. One exception is the Hill-Murray boys basketball team, which ventures to Fergus Falls for a two-day tournament.

Here’s a look at where each team is headed and who they’ll face.


Hill-Murray boys hockey

It’s another trip to Ridder Arena for the Pioneers as they again play in the premier in-season tournament. Hill-Murray is one of seven ranked teams in the Schwan Cup Gold Division.

The tournament runs Dec. 29-31 with all of the games on the first two days at Ridder Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota. On day three, only the championship game is at Ridder. The other three games that day take place at the Super Rink in Blaine.

Hill-Murray, ranked 12th in last week’s Class AA Let’s Play Hockey rankings, is joined by No. 1 Eden Prairie, fifth-ranked St. Thomas Academy, No. 7 Edina, No. 8 Minnetonka, 10th-ranked Centennial and No. 14 and defending state champion Wayzata. Burnsville, which landed just outside last week’s top 20, is the eighth team in the draw.

The Pioneers open up against Eden Prairie on Dec. 29 at 5 p.m. The other first-round match-ups feature St. Thomas Academy against Wayzata at noon, Centennial taking on Minnetonka  at 2:30 p.m. and Edina facing Burnsville at 7:30 p.m.

Hill-Murray will face either Edina or Burnsville in round two on Dec. 30.

The championship game is Dec. 31 at 6 p.m.


Hill-Murray girls hockey

The Pioneers girls hockey team is also in action late in the week at the Kaposia Classic, held Dec. 29-31 at Doug Woog/Wakota Arena in South St. Paul. This is the 21st year of the tournament and the sixth year in a row Hill-Murray has participated.

Hill-Murray has finished third the past two seasons after losing to two-time defending champion Blake in the semifinals both years. The Pioneers’ lone championship in the Kaposia Classic came in 2013, they were second to Warroad in 2012 and took fifth in 2011.

The Pioneers play the first game of the tournament at 1 p.m. on Dec. 29 against Bloomington Jefferson/Kennedy. Day two will have Hill-Murray playing either Mounds View or Elk River at 1 p.m. or 5 p.m.

Also playing in this year’s event are Blake, Roseville, South St. Paul and Hibbing/Chisholm. 

The championship game is Dec. 31 at 7 p.m.


Hill-Murray boys basketball

The Pioneers are the lone Review-area team heading outside the metro for a holiday tournament. Hill-Murray is one of four teams playing in the Fergus Falls tournament.

The host, the Otters, welcome Hawley, Fargo South from North Dakota and Hill-Murray on Dec. 29 and 30. 

The Pioneers face Fergus Falls at 8 p.m. on Dec. 29 and Fargo South at 4 p.m. on Dec. 30.


Hill-Murray girls basketball

The eight teams in the Hill-Murray girls basketball tournament represent four different conferences, so there’s a decent chance some teams will face familiar foes during the three-day event that runs Dec. 28-30.

The host Pioneers, Mahtomedi and Henry Sibley hail from the Metro East; Mounds View, Forest Lake and Park-Cottage Grove reside in the Suburban East; Wayzata is from the Lake; and Holy Angels plays in the Tri-Metro.

First-round games feature Mahtomedi vs. Mounds View at 3 p.m., Henry Sibley against Wayzata at 4:45 p.m., Forest Lake taking on Holy Angels at 6:30 p.m. and Hill-Murray tangling with Park-Cottage Grove at 8:15 p.m.

Game times are an hour earlier for the second and third days of the tournament and the championship tilt is Dec. 30 at 7:15 p.m. Wayzata is the defending champion and Hill-Murray last claimed the title in 2010.


North boys basketball

The Polars didn’t feel like waiting until after Christmas, so they’re playing in a pre-break tournament at Hamline University in St. Paul. Hamline used to host a tournament in between Christmas and New Year’s but changed it up last season.

The tournament doesn’t feature bracket play, but instead has teams playing random opponents for two days. North faces Wayzata at 7:45 p.m. on Dec. 21 and Cristo Rey Jesuit at 8:30 on Dec. 22. Other participating teams include Minneapolis Henry, Breck and Orono.


North/Tartan girls hockey

North/Tartan wastes little time getting its tournament going. The Schwan Cup starts the day after Christmas.

North/Tartan, playing in the Silver Division, faces Anoka at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 26 at the Super Rink in Blaine. The second round, on Dec. 27, has North/Tartan playing either Rogers or Cloquet/Esko/Carlton at either 3 p.m. or 8 p.m. 

Also playing in the Schwan Cup Silver Division are Irondale, Moose Lake, Andover and Holy Family/Waconia.

The championship game is Dec. 28 at 5:30 p.m. at Ridder Arena.


Tartan boys basketball

The Titans are once again hosting an eight-team, three-day tournament on Dec. 27-29. Games start at 2:45 p.m. each day and should run through about 10 p.m.

Joining Tartan is Chisago Lakes, Cristo Rey Jesuit, Forest Lake, Rogers, St. Paul Como Park and Spring Lake Park from Minnesota and Carmel Catholic from Illinois.

The Titans’ first game is at 8 p.m. on Dec 27 against Chisago Lakes. Tartan then faces either Como Park or Rogers at either 4:30 or 8 p.m. on Dec. 28. 

The championship game is Dec. 29 at 8 p.m.


Tartan girls basketball

After spending the last four years playing at tournaments outstate, the Titans are back in the metro area for the holiday break. Tartan is one of four teams playing in a tournament hosted by St. Anthony Village.

The three-day event is a four-team round-robin format tournament. Instead of bracket play, each team plays the other three and the championship goes to the team with the best record.

Tartan faces St. Croix Prep on Dec. 27 at 5:30 p.m., Richfield on Dec. 28 at 7:30 p.m. and the host Huskies on Dec. 29 at 7:30 p.m.



Some teams have games scheduled for over the break but aren’t participating in tournaments.

The North High boys hockey team is playing a single non-conference game at noon in Owatonna on Dec. 31. The Polars’ wrestling team is hosting a six-team dual event starting at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 29. 

Tartan’s wrestling team is taking part in a tournament at Grand Rapids High School on Dec. 30 at 11 a.m.


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


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