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Woodbury gains No. 4 seed in state tourney, will face Eden Prairie

Woodbury's Diallo Powell hoists the Section 4AAAA trophy while Royals teammates celebrate their win Wednesday over Stillwater, which sends Woodbury to state. Bulletin photo by Mike Longaecker

The Woodbury Royals on Saturday learned their quarterfinal opponent in the state 4A basketball tournament will be Section 2AAAA champion Eden Prairie.

The No. 4-seeded Royals will face the No. 5-seeded Eagles at noon Wednesday, March 20, at Target Center. Woodbury enters the game with a 25-4 record after topping Stillwater in the Section 4AAAA title game. Eden Prairie (21-8) gained a state berth after defeating section opponent Bloomington Jefferson.

The winner of the quarterfinal match faces either No. 1-seed Apple Valley (28-1) or its opponent, unseeded Brainerd (28-1) on Thursday, March 20, at 6 p.m.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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