Meredith Haakenson (pictured above), a Michigan commit, will face off with Minneapolis Washburn on Saturday. (Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine)
Class 2A, Section 5 has been dominated by Centennial since 2009, with the defending state champion owning six of the eight titles — including the last three. However, after two consecutive section championship losses to the Cougars, Maple Grove hopes to have turned the page.
The Crimson haven’t broken through to the state tournament, but early on, it looks like this might be the year they do so. Maple Grove faces an test this week at Minneapolis Washburn, a game that could be a good indicator of the team’s future success.
The Crimson, who defeated Centennial on Tuesday, have gone 25-11-3 in the past two years, and they’re off to a 7-0 start. Much of that success is thanks to Meredith Haakenson, a Michigan recruit who has been named to the first-team Class 2A all-state squad every season since her freshman year. Haakenson, now a senior, has one more shot at leading the Crimson (6-0, 4-0), ranked No. 2 in the Class 2A coaches’ poll from a week ago, to a historic season.
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