Section Tournaments Confirmed For Current Fall Sports; State Tournaments Remain TBD

Section tournament plans and protocols for soccer, cross country, girls swimming & diving, and girls tennis were announced by the Minnesota State High School League board of directors on Monday, though state tournaments for all sports remain “to be determined”.

All information for the section tournaments was shared in separate PDF forms released by the MSHSL.

Girls and boys soccer will be given a two-week window from Oct. 12-24 to complete section tournament games, with the individual sections determining hosting. Seeking to stay within board guidance of just two games per week, sections with over 16 teams–including Section 8A, home of the Bemidji boys and girls teams–would need to have play-in or pre-round of 16 games take place in the week prior.

Girls swimming & diving section meets would be held the week of Oct. 19. Only a maximum of four teams have been permitted at a given site, meaning that section meets would be multi-site and in a timed finals format. Each team has also been permitted four entries per event, including diving, as well as a maximum of 22 swimmers. Spectators are still not permitted if the event is held on a school site.

For girls tennis, section tournaments will run from Oct. 5-17 and will be in a team format only. Two matches are permitted for each week on outdoor courts only with high seeds hosting and both a championship and consolation tournament included.

Somewhat similar to girls swimming & diving, girls and boys cross country will have either a multi-site or multi-session section meet the week of Oct. 12 with a maximum of four teams allowed on one course at a time. The individual sections will determine the grouping arrangements for the teams racing, as well as if the event would be over multiple days at the same site. Girls and boys teams are permitted to run on the same course on the same day, though not at the same time. Teams will be limited to six runners with the top five scoring toward the final results.

For all sports, any advancement beyond the section tournaments remains to be determined with no timetable on when such a decision will be made.

Outdoor events remain limited to a maximum of 250 spectators or 25% of the venue’s capacity.

Stay tuned to for further details on upcoming Lumberjack Radio Network postseason broadcasts.