Eastview’s Madison Guebert fought through Hopkins players in last spring’s state tournament. The Lightning will play in the St. Olaf Holiday Hoops Classic on Dec. 27-29. Photo: JEFF WHEELER • firstname.lastname@example.org
The Dick's Sporting Goods Holiday Classic is becoming the best tournament in the Twin Cities and annual host Hopkins enters its tournament unbeaten.
The Royals are favored to repeat as champions with senior Nia Coffey leading the way. But the talented lineup of teams, including several of Class 4A's top 10, could make for some upsets.
Teams: Eastview, Lakeville North, Northfield, Eagan, Owatonna, Stewartville, Holy Family, Mayer Lutheran
Players to watch: Eastview sophomore Madison Guebert is among the better players in the state and continues to improve each week. Eagan freshman Tamira McLemore is another underclassman playing older than she is.
Teams: Roseville, North St. Paul, Spring Lake Park, Andover, Burnsville, St. Anthony, Eau Claire Regis (Wis.), Chanhassen
Player to watch: Roseville's Jacqlyn Poss has led the Raiders to a fast start. She averaged 19 points and eight rebounds per game last season.
Teams: Apple Valley, Chaska, Providence Academy, White Bear Lake, Rochester Marshall, Rochester Century, Rochester Lourdes, Rochester Mayo
Players to watch: Providence Academy has much of its championship team back, led by seniors Taylor Finley and Leah Szabla.