The next few days are going to be exciting ones for South High sports fans as the school sends teams to state tournaments in three sports: rugby, ultimate frisbee and tennis.
The rugby tournament is the first up, with the first game scheduled for Friday, June 2, at 6:15 p.m. The South High Boys Rugby Club will be playing number two seed, East Metro, at the National Sports Center in Blaine. Win or lose, they will play again tomorrow morning, and win or lose, they will play a third game after that.
Next up is the state Ultimate Frisbee tournament. South is sending teams to compete in two divisions: open (which is mostly boys, but girls are also allowed) and girls. Approximately 30 teams will be competing in the two divisions. The South club has taken third place in the open division at state each of the past two years.
The tournament is being held at the Polo Fields at Maple Plain. The Star Tribune features a nice article on the South club in its sports section today, with quotes from players and a description of how ultimate frisbee is played. For a schedule and directions, see www.mnultimate.org/juniors/.
In tennis, the South boys tennis team advanced to the state tournament, claiming the 5AA championship after defeating Osseo High School 5-2. The team match will be played Tuesday, June 6, at noon at the Northwest Athletic Club on 98th Street in Bloomington. Sophomore Nelson Iginla, the 5AA singles champ, will compete individually on Thursday, June 8. Also competing in the doubles category that day are two teams: senior Eamonn McLain and eighth-grader Forest Olivier, and senior James Gleckner and junior Nick Chrastil. Olivier is a Seward student who made his first appearance in the state tournament as a seventh grader last year. For information on the tournament, go to www.mshsl.org.
The team is coached by South alums Jesse Morgan and Danny Kantar. Notably, the team has a 3.77 GPA.