Before the semifinals game could take place, the Minnesota State High School League canceled the

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Before the semifinals game could take place, the Minnesota State High School League canceled the rest of the tournament.

Fast forward almost a year later, and the Bluejays finally returned to the court as a team with winter sports set to make their debut this month.

‘We ended unexpectedly last year, so it’s a big deal for us to get back and be able to play again,’ senior Gabriela Rodriguez said.

The Bluejays did lose a few key pieces from last year’s state tournament team, but return some starters that gained valuable experience during the run to state.

‘It really boosted our confidence and made us believe what we can truly do, what we’re truly about. It gave us a lot of confidence,’ said senior Jaden Hiller.

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Minnesota high school sports abruptly canceled, ‘devastating’ those involved

From Henning in the north to Blooming Prairie in the south, the high school basketball state tournament dreams of 60 Minnesota teams abruptly ended Friday morning amid the growing COVID-19 pandemic.

The girls’ basketball state tournament, with two days left of tournament play, was called off with 12 teams still in the running for titles. Instead, no state champions will be determined in the four classes.

Boys’ basketball section finals, including 16 games scheduled for Friday night, and next week’s four-class state tournament also were canceled. Sixteen teams already had won their sections, celebrating afterward in the belief they would play in Minneapolis starting next Wednesday.

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MSHSL ready to start winter sports ASAP; Practices could begin Dec. 21 pending governor’s order

Waseca made it to the semifinals of the Class AA girls basketball tournament last season before the season abruptly ended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Minnesota State High School League is ready to get the winter seasons started as soon as it receives the go-ahead from state government.

High-school wrestling will be allowed to have 32 competitions on 16 dates once the Minnesota State High School League gets the approval to start the season.

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MANKATO ‘ The Minnesota State High School League is ready to begin winter sports as soon as possible. Now, it’s up to state leaders to give the thumbs-up.

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