Spartan Boys to Face Hill-Murray in Playoffs

The Simley boys basketball team is the sixth seed in the Class 4AAA tournament, which begins Friday.

The Simley High boys basketball team goes into the post-season as the sixth seed in the Section 4AAA tournament.

The Spartans, 7-19 overall, open section play by visiting Classic Suburban Conference rival Hill-Murray at 7 p.m. Friday in Maplewood.

The teams played twice during the regular season, with Hill-Murray winning 65-61 on Jan. 19 in Inver Grove Heights and 85-60 on Feb. 21 in Maplewood.

Hill-Murray enters the post-season as the section’s third seed with a 16-10 overall record.

In Classic Suburban play, Hill-Murray finished fourth in the conference standing with a 10-6 record, four games behind first-place Tartan. Simley was eighth with a 2-14 mark.

In other Section 4AAA games Friday night, top-seeded St. Paul Johnson hosts eighth-seeded South St. Paul, number-four St. Paul Highland Park hosts number-five St. Paul Central and second-seeded St. Thomas Academy hosts St Paul Harding.

The winner of Simley’s game with Hill-Murray will face the St. Thomas Academy-St. Paul Harding winner at 6 p.m. March 13 at St. Paul Washington.

For the complete Class 4AAA playoff bracket, click here.


The top-seeded Simley girls basketball team had its season cut short Saturday when it was upset by fourth-seeded St. Paul Highland Park, 56-42, in the Sectional 4AAA semifinals.

The Spartans finished the season 22-6 overall and 10-4 in the Classic Suburban Conference. They entered the post-season ninth in the state Class 3A rankings.

In Saturday’s game in Inver Grove Heights, Simley fell behind early and trailed 28-17 at halftime, 28-17.

The Spartans reached the semifinals by defeating St. Paul Harding, 78-22, in their first-round game Feb. 29.

St. Paul Highland Park will face second-seeded Hill-Murray on Thursday for the section championship and a trip to the state tournament.

For the complete Class 4AAA playoff bracket, click here.


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