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Posted On: 05/19/17 1:00 PM

The AAU State Tournament gathers momentum Saturday with games all day—from 8 a.m. to 7:40 p.m.—at Jefferson and Kennedy. After the first couple of hours, we’re into the 2nd round of play, meaning that the matchups we highlight here are dependent on earlier results. If we miss on the results of the earlier games, then the matchups change later on.

8 a.m.—2018 D2--#16 Rise 11th Purple vs. #29 Central Lakes Thunder, Kennedy 1

This is a 1st round game, by the way, guaranteed to happen, pretty much, and it should be a good game to get the blood flowing. Central Lakes Thunder sandbagged the Prelims to get the #29 and last seed in D2, and for what? To sneak up on the unsuspecting Rise, maybe? Well, no, probably not. They forfeited their games at the Prelims but paid their fees and here they are, still standing. And, I doubt that the Rise are fooled. But, they’ll have their hands full. Central Lakes brings an imposing front line of Sophie Sowada, Olivia Lane and Jami Nelson, but the Rise probably has the edge in the backcourt with Grace Amacher, Madi Heiderscheidt and Sarah Ibarra. We’ve picked CLT to go all the

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