Eastview Boys Basketball to State: Wednesday, March 20th at Target Center –
Congratulations to the Eastview Varsity Boys Basketball Team who qualified for the State Tournament for the first time since 2012 and fourth time in school history with their 82-64 win over Burnsville last Thursday! The boys will play the #3 seed at State, East Ridge, in the State Quarterfinals at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20th at Target Center. Fan Buses will be leaving at 2:00 p.m. and are scheduled to be returning to EVHS by 6:30 p.m. or so if all goes as scheduled. As a result of the game time there will be an early release/exempt absence process. Please see below for the details.
HERE IS THE PLAN FOR STUDENTS ATTENDING THE TOURNAMENT AS SPECTATORS: Advance Sale tickets will be available for purchase before and after school and during lunch on Monday and Tuesday and before school on Wednesday. Tickets are general admission and will also be available at Target Center, but purchasing them in advance will save you some potential long lines. Anyone riding a fan bus is encouraged to buy their game ticket in advance as the ticket windows can’t handle that much demand at one time. Cost of tickets for state tournament games is $16 for adults and $10 for students.
PERMISSION TO ATTEND FORM/FAN BUS SIGN-UP: We will offer fan buses that will depart EVHS at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday and return after the game (approximately 6:30 p.m.) Expected return time is 6:30, but please note this is an estimate and is NOT a guarantee given game lengths, travel etc.
The cost of the fan bus is $5 per person. Due to this entire event taking place during a very busy afternoon rush hour time frame, limited and expensive parking during a work day in downtown Minneapolis and the safety of driving, riding a fan bus is strongly encouraged for all students planning on attending. Students interested in riding a fan bus must sign-up using the online Fee Pay system. Signing up online for the Fan Bus at https://district196.feepay.com/ will also serve as your permission to attend form and NO OTHER PERMISSION SLIP IS NEEDED! Simply sign your child up online and they will be exempt for the last part of 7th hour on Wednesday (released from class at 2:00) to attend the game. DUE TO LIMITED BUS AVAILABILITY AT THIS TIME FAN BUSES WILL BE FIRST COME FIRST SERVE. The latest possible deadline for registering for the fan bus will be 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19th as long as space is still available. This timeline is needed to order buses, arrange chaperones and arrange bus parking permits. Everyone who rides the bus to the game is also required to ride it home.
PERMISSION SLIP TO ATTEND for those NOT riding a fan bus: Select the following link: Boys-Basketball-Permission-Slip-20191
This process is ONLY needed for student’s planning to attend the game, but NOT riding a Fan Bus. A hard copy of the required permission slip for these students is also available at the Attendance Office. Students not riding a bus need to turn in their signed, printed out copy permission slip to the Attendance Office or Designated Tables in the Commons on Wednesday morning prior to 7:30 a.m. With a signed permission slip students will be dismissed for the last part of 7th hour on Wednesday (released from class at 2:00) to attend the game. In addition, for students not riding a fan bus, the absence will be considered EXEMPT and not count towards the maximum absence policy only if they return their ticket stub and permit to leave form to the Attendance Office prior to 7:30 a.m. Thursday. If the permission form is returned to the Attendance Office following the tournament, it will NOT be accepted. NO PHONE CALLS WILL BE ACCEPTED AS PERMISSION FROM PARENTS FOR AN EXEMPT ABSENCE. Students are responsible for all missed classwork.
SEMIS AND FINALS: With a win Wednesday the team will earn a trip to the State Semifinals at Target Center on Thursday, March 21st at approximately 8:00 p.m. vs. the winner of the #2 Hopkins and Cambridge-Isanti game. The State Championship will be played Saturday evening at approximately 8:00 p.m. at Target Center. The 3rd place game is at 4:00 p.m. at Concordia-St. Paul. Here is a link to the complete bracket: https://www.mshsl.org/mshsl/showXMLbrackets.asp?tournid=2962&bracket=8037
CONSOLATION: With a loss on Wednesday the team will play in the Consolation Semis at Concordia-St. Paul University on Thursday, March 21st at approximately 12:00 p.m. vs. the loser of the #2 Hopkins and Cambridge-Isanti game. The Consolation Final will be played Friday evening at approximately 6:00 p.m. at Concordia-St. Paul. There is not an official release process or fan bus for these games so students wishing to attend would need to do so through the normal parent notification process to the attendance office to excuse their student.
WEBCAST AND TV COVERAGE: If you are unable to attend, but would like to tune in, here are those details: The Quarterfinals on Wednesday will be available FREE on video webcast at http://www.prepspotlight.tv. The Championship Semifinals and Finals will be on Channel 45 TV and available for FREE online at www.prep45.com.