The top two seeds have been eliminated but there should be plenty of action and excitement as the surprising eighth seeded Holy Angels Stars take on the third seeded Blake Bears in the Section 4AA championship game on Friday, June 6 at 1 PM at Palm Field in St. Anthony Village.
The game was originally scheduled for 5 PM Thursday, June 5 at Midway Stadium in St. Paul but Blake has their graduation that night so the game had to be switched to the following day.
The Stars, seeded eighth, have been the surprise of the tournament. They opened the tournament with a 7-1 win over St. Paul Central and advanced to double elimination play against the top seeded and top ranked team in Class AA the St. Anthony Village Huskies. Holy Angels came up short against St. Anthony Village 2-1, sending them to the losers bracket. But the Stars started to shine bright as they trounced St. Paul Academy 14-1 and ended second seeded DeLaSalle's season. They would head to Fort Snelling to face fourth seeded Minnehaha Academy and eliminated the Redhawks 8-4, setting up a rematch with the top seeded Huskies. Holy Angels spoiled a successful St. Anthony Village season with a 7-5 win in 10 innings.
As for the third seeded Bears, they have been a very hot team since losing to Breck on May 10. Blake has won 10 straight games, including a stretch of four consecutive shutouts where they have outscored their opponents 22-0. Two of their wins came against St. Anthony Village, including a 7-6 win in the semifinals. They also beat DeLaSalle 3-2.
Should Holy Angels win on Friday, there will be a second game since both teams will have one loss. If Blake wins, they will head to the state tournament June 12 at Dick Putz Field in St. Cloud.
Can the Stars continue their improbable run against the hot Bears or will Blake fans look forward to a big upcoming week with the girls lacrosse team going for a sixth consecutive state title and the baseball team on a quest to bring a trophy home to Hopkins? Take the afternoon off work and drive to St. Anthony Village. There could be plenty of drama on Friday.