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Posted On: 03/25/21 5:04 PM

The first team to qualify for the State Tournament? The Hayfield Vikings!  More tickets will be punched tonight. Here is Minnesota Playoff Central.

Playoff Central.  Ethan Slaathaug Ethan Slaathaug 6'3" | SG Hayfield | 2021 State MN will become the first player to hit the cover of Playoff Central twice this year after he led his team to state scoring a nice round 40 points against Southland.   The Vikings needed nearly all 40 as well beating the Rebels 78-72. Sophomore guard Isaac Matti Isaac Matti 6'1" | SG Hayfield | 2023 State MN had 23 in support.  

Upset City.   There were few true upsets last night but two seed Glencoe-Silver Lake knocked off Jordan 92-81.  One of the state’s top juniors (and top football prospects) Mitchel Jaskowiak Mitchel Jaskowiak 6'4" | PF Glencoe-Silver Lake | 2022 State MN scored 36 points attacking the Jordan frontcourt relentlessly.  This is a player that recently had a 45 point, 15 rebound game against Rockford and he will likely finish his career well above 1,500 career points.  What’s next for GSL? Waseca. 

The Big Stage.   There are 14 games tonight that are state tournament qualifiers.  Here are your top six games to keep an eye on:

  1. Champlin Park vs Park Center
  2. Richfield vs South St. Paul
  3. Cooper vs Wayzata
  4. Hibbing vs Princeton
  5. Austin vs Byron
  6. Chaska vs Shakopee

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