An Unsung Option for the Local Sports Fanatic

Dec 4, 2012 at 8:25 am

In St. Cloud your sports viewing options are boundless.

A short drive down I-94 can put you into the range of Minnesota's myriad professional sports franchises. Even closer to home the local collegiate programs are some of the most competitive in their leagues and divisions. But at times the cost of the pro sports in Minneapolis can be prohibitive, and the collegiate teams do spend half of their seasons competing on the road.

Do not despair. There is a third, and perhaps best, option to catch sporting events in a cost-effective and consistent way. The answer: local high school athletics. It won't cost you much to get in the door, and someone is always playing just a short drive away.

St. Cloud and greater Central Minnesota in the winter months is home to some of the most competitive hockey, basketball and wrestling squads in the state. We at the Metro Sports Commission bring you over 100 of these contests each calendar year on the radio, but there are even more you can get out and see each week in person.

I'll show my work.

Take in a girl’s basketball game at St. Cloud Tech High School and you will see a squad that features one of the best forward tandems in the state. Six-foot junior Kaila Burroughs has been named a player to watch by breakdownsportsusa.com and is listed among the top 40 juniors in Minnesota. Opposite her in the Tiger's starting line-up will be senior Anne Soenneker. The 6'2 post player drew interest from Division I schools to play basketball, before settling on a full ride scholarship to South Dakota School of Mines.

Need more proof of the excitement potential of local high school sports?

Less than two miles away from Tech High School, you can walk in the gym at St. Cloud Cathedral High where the low post presence is a big story for the boys basketball team as well. A seven-foot, that’s right SEVEN-FOOT, senior, Conor Voss will lead the Crusaders on the court this year. But the towering Voss, who has committed to play Division I basketball at Columbia University, is not the only thing to watch with this team. They have a new coach and will look for production from a handful of new names after graduating key seniors. My tip, keep an eye on guard Brindley Theisen. The sophomore played valuable learning minutes as a freshman last year, and he could make an impact for Cathedral while being a fun player to watch.

This is just a scratch on the surface as we haven't even discussed a Tech wrestling squad that's already featured two champs at an early season meet, a St. Cloud Cathedral boy’s hockey team ranked in the top 5 to start the season, or the other storylines going on in the suburbs and beyond. The competition is out there to see. They are just waiting for you to show up and cheer them on.

So why not grab your seat cushion, those bleachers can be hard, head out to the gym or rink, and catch some affordable, highly competitive, sports entertainment. Oh, and by all means, if you see a guy in a headset talking into a funky looking box, stop by and say hello.

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