After the 2020-2021 season proved to have some challenges with the fall sports season in 2020 not having a full state tournament schedule, along with adjustments made for the winter and spring season, the MSHSL is preparing for a full run of fall state tournaments.

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According to a news release from the MSHSL, this past Thursday the MSHSL Board of Directors learned that "planning is continuing for a return to traditional formats and familiar venues."

In preparation of upcoming state tournaments for the fall, League Staff provided updates that included a look at what is projected during winter state tournaments as well.

“I am thrilled to see the work done by League Staff in preparing for the full return to our fall state tournaments,” said Troy Stein, the Activities Director at Edina High School and vice president of the League’s Board of Directors. “In addition, we are excited to see the added classes in soccer, volleyball and cross country, and our ability to keep them at their distinguished venues.”

Previews Of Upcoming Fall State Tournaments

Girls Tennis --- A two-class, four-day bracketed event is scheduled for Oct. 26-29. Class AA will be played at the Baseline Tennis Center on the University of Minnesota campus and Class A will be at the Reed-Sweatt Tennis Center in south Minneapolis.

Boys and Girls Soccer --- A third classification had previously been added for the event that will take place over two weeks. The quarterfinals will be held at six different sites on Oct. 26-28. The semifinals will be held at U.S. Bank Stadium on Nov. 3-4 and six championship games will be played on Nov. 6. Third-place games will be played Nov. 4-5 at the West St. Paul Regional Athletics Center.

Boys and Girls Cross Country --- A third classification had been previously approved to this activity as well. Here is the tentative schedule for Saturday, Nov. 6 at St. Olaf College in Northfield: Class AAA boys, 9:30 a.m.; Class AAA girls, 10:30 a.m.; Awards, 11:15 a.m.; Class A boys, noon; Class A girls, 1 p.m.; Awards, 1:45 p.m.; Class AA boys, 2:30 p.m.; Class AA girls, 3:30 p.m.; Awards, 4:15 p.m.

Volleyball --- The addition of a fourth classification had been approved for the tournament that will be held Nov. 10-13 at the Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul. This event has been extended to four days and feature all championship and third place contests on Saturday, November 13.[EM3]

Girls Swimming and Diving --- The traditional two-class meet will be held Nov. 18-20 at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center on the University of Minnesota campus.

Adapted Soccer --- The two-classification tournament is scheduled for Nov. 19-20 at Stillwater High School.

Football --- This remains a seven-classification event. The quarterfinals will be played at various Minnesota sites from Nov. 11-13. The 14-game semifinal round is scheduled for Nov. 18-20 at U.S. Bank Stadium. The two-day Prep Bowl Championships are scheduled for Nov. 26-27 at U.S. Bank Stadium.

You can get the full details of the Board of Directors bimonthly meeting here.