Thursday at 11:30 a.m. on the Bemidji State University diamond the Morris VFW will take the first step toward a state title when it tangles with defending state champ Bemidji in the second round of the state meet. Morris enters the tournament as the District 5 champion. Bemidji is the District 9 champion.
The state tournament will open 9 a.m. Thursday when Winona battles RanView at BSU and Elk River takes on Perham at the Prep North field.
At 2 p.m. Grand Rapids will meet Little Falls and Eagan will play the Winona-RanView winner at 4:30 p.m.
Thursday's action will climax with a 7 p.m. game between Luverne and the Elk River-Perham winner.