On this episode Logan and Bill are joined by David Lavaque of the Star Tribune. We figure out the recipe for a potential upset in every A & AA girls tournament matchups. They also dive deep into the rules, problems, and potential solutions for the transfer trend taking over high school sports. Later we are joined by Lakeville North Girls Hockey Coach Buck Kochevar to discuss his team, season, and snowy trip to the X!
TWIN CITIES, MN (February 22, 2023) – Game Time Media is excited to announce their coverage of all games of both the Boys & Girls Section 2AAAA Basketball Tournaments, providing free live streams of all 14 games via gametimemn.com!
Starting with the tip-off of the Girls Section 2AAAA Tournament on March 1, the madness begins as Chaska, Chanhassen, Eden Prairie, Edina, Minnetonka, Prior Lake, Shakopee, and Waconia High Schools will all compete for a trip to the State Tournament.
Section 2AAAA features some of the top high school talent in the State, including the likes of 5th ranked Minnetonka, 10th ranked Shakopee, and number 11 Edina on the boys side, along with a stacked field in the girls tournament that features favorites and No. 1 ranked Chaska, No. 8 Eden Prairie, No. 11 Minnetonka, and No. 16 ranked Prior Lake, all according to the latest coaches poll entering the week.
All games will be available for streaming at gametimemn.com and via Game Time Media’s streaming platforms at EP-Eagles Live, Lakers Live, and Sabers Live while Eden Prairie, Prior Lake, and Shakopee are in action. All games are available for free thanks to Game Time Media’s devoted group of local sponsors in the Metro.
Brackets will be released following the conclusion of the regular season and coaches seeding meetings, but the dates are as follows:
Girls Section 2AAAA Quarterfinals: Wednesday, March 1
Girls Section 2AAAA Semifinals: Saturday, March 4
Girls Section 2AAAA Final: Friday, March 10
Boys Section 2AAAA Quarterfinals: Wednesday, March 8
Boys Section 2AAAA Semifinals: Saturday, March 11
Boys Section 2AAAA Final: Friday, March 17
Follow @GameTimeMN on Twitter for the latest updates and schedule announcements as the Section Tournaments get underway.
About Game Time Media
Game Time Media is the Twin Cities’ premier prep streaming service, providing professional live stream broadcasts of high school sporting events. Game Time Media is the streaming home for Eden Prairie, Farmington, Prior Lake, Lakeville North, Lakeville South, and Shakopee High Schools as well as the home of the “TC Game Time Podcast,” a weekly show covering prep sports in the Twin Cities as a whole. Aside from providing top-notch coverage and live streaming of prep sports, they provide streaming services for a wide-range of one-off events on and off the field. Learn more at gametimemn.com.
Starting in boys hoops (3:19), they discuss key results on the hardwood including an upset win as Maple Grove went down on the road, a battle of top juniors in the State, and a Park Center vs Totino-Grace rematch before they talk about the Buffalo Bison putting themselves on the map with a pair of top-10 victories as their “Game Time Deep Dive” team of the week.
Moving to the ice (24:03), they discuss the surprises of the first week of Girls Hockey Section playoffs, including Apple Valley’s stunning first-round exit, a six overtime thriller in Blaine, and Thursday night’s Section 1AA Final between Lakeville North and Northfield coming up on Panthers Live! In boys hockey, they debate who has the most at stake in the regular season’s final week, including STA & Cretin jockeying for position in a competitive Section 3AA, casting lots for the Section 1AA No. 2 seed, & Chanhassen looking to regain confidence down the stretch.
On episode 68 of the podcast, the guys shake their Metro bias and talk about plenty of interesting teams in the Southern portion of the State. Guest Dylan Boettcher of Mankato Adapted Floor Hockey then joins the show to talk about the growth and energy surrounding the seldom discussed sport seeking to make hockey more inclusive for everyone!
Matt, Logan, & Bill start the show by breaking down the girls hockey Section playoffs that open up this week (1:47), beginning with favorites to advance to “the X,” locks in each Section, a collision course in 4AA between Hill-Murray and Gentry, and Owatonna’s chances to bust up the all-Metro monopoly in 1AA. Next on the boys side of the ice (9:32), they take on the next “Game Time deep dive,” as they spotlight Rochester-Mayo, who are coming off a big win over Lakeville North next week. The guys discuss standout players and the Spartans’ chances to knock off favorites Lakeville South in the postseason in 1AA. Also discussed is Minnetonka separating themselves as State title favorites in Class AA, and other results of interest from the past week.
In boys hoops (32:40), they talk about a shocking loss by Hopkins & reflect on the career of one of the greatest Minnesota High school hoopers in history, who recently has his number hung in the rafters of his alma mater last week.
Interview with Dylan Boettcher starts at (39:19)
Before Tony joins the show to talk hockey, Matt, Logan, and Bill break down a busy week in high school hoops (3:12), starting with the first “Game Time Deep Dive,” as they take a deeper examination into Bloomington-Jefferson Boys Basketball, who have struggled this year despite featuring the top junior in the State, electric guard Daniel Freitag. Also discussed is Park Center’s unbeaten run to start the year, Mahtomedi’s winning streak in Class 3A, and the possibility of two of the top teams in the State meeting in a Section Final this year. They also discuss what they see as a two-horse race for the “Mr. Basketball” award at the season’s midpoint.
The interview with Tony Scott starts at (37:45) with topics discussed including boys & girls hockey! On the boys side of the ice, they talk Wayzata’s recent skid, a suprise omission on the NHL Central Scouting list, the possibility of a Chan vs Tonka Section Final in 2AA, and a big week in the Section 1AA seedings, among other topics. On the girls side, they discuss Owatonna’s big upset of Lakeville South, Hill-Murray’s ascent, and more.