The 2013-14 high school sports season winds down Saturday with championship games in boys and girls lacrosse and baseball. Here's a preview of the final day's action.
Head down Highway 5 to Chanhassen High School for a lacrosse championship doubleheader. Following the girls consolation and third place games, the championship has a familiar ring as the Eden Prairie Eagles battle the Blake Bears at 5 PM. The Bears are going for their fifth straight championship against a team they have played in seven of the eight years the sport has been sanctioned by the Minnesota State High School League.
Win or lose, Eden Prairie lacrosse fans can stick around for the 7 PM boys final as they take on the Rosemount Irish. The top seeded Irish are in their first trip to state. Can they end a successful season with a state title?
Over at Target Field in downtown Minneapolis, championship action takes place in the state baseball tournament. Leading off the day's festivities at noon will be a "Battle of the News" for the Class A title as the New Life Academy Eagles face the unbeaten New York Mills Eagles. What's new? There will be a new state champion since New Life dethroned the defending champion BOLD Warriors in an eight inning semifinal game.
The Class AA championship at 3 PM should be a dandy as two teams with identical 25-1 records the St. Cloud Cathedral Crusaders and the Fairmont Cardinals take the field. It's been a big year for Cathedral head coach Bob Karn, who was one of two coaches to reach 700 career wins. The other was Brainerd's Lowell Scearcy. Can Karn help lead the top seeded Crusaders to cool off the hot Cardinals?
Wrapping up the day's tripleheader will be the Class AAA title game featuring the defending champion Mounds View Mustangs and the Eden Prairie Eagles. It could be your last chance to see the Mustangs top player Sam Hentges before he heads for Arkansas next season. Can he lead Mounds View to their second consecutive title? As for Eden Prairie, they ended a surprising season for the Lakeville South Cougars with a resounding 10 run win. It could be a big night for the southwest metro school as they play in their third championship game of the day (they're also playing in the lacrosse finals in Chanhassen).
So there's your line up. It should be an interesting final day of high school sports competition before fall sports practice begins in August. Will the weather hold up?