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Spring high school sports season winds down

The spring season state high school tournaments began this week and will conclude the 2011-12 sports season.

Boys tennis started Tuesday at the Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis and both boys and girls lacrosse began on the same date at Chanhassen.

The softball state tournament began yesterday in North Mankato and concludes today.

The track meets began today and conclude tomorrow.

The state golf meets are Tuesday and Wednesday and baseball concludes June 18 at Target Field with three championship games.

Hastings, Park Center and New Life Academy are the defending state softball champions. Unranked New Life is the only returning defender and a five-time champ. The final softball rankings had Cherry at No. 1 in A, Pipestone in AA and Maple Grove in AAA. Only Cherry and Maple Grove made it. Cherry and Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg are the only unbeaten teams and they met in the first round.

Four ranked teams made it in Class A, five in AA and four in AAA. Cherry in A, Cloquet in AA and Forest Lake in AAA represent Section 7.