The Cannon Falls Bears and Red Wing Aces are the two host teams for the upcoming Region 5C preliminary and finals tournaments. The Bears will host five games of the preliminary tournament this Saturday and Sunday at John Burch Park, which determines the four teams that will join the top-four seeds in the eight-team, Region 5C Finals tournament. Cannon Falls will then be the site for all first-round, semi-final and consolation quarterfinal games on August 7-8.
The Bears themselves earned the No. 4 seed and will not have to play in the preliminary tournament. They will face whoever wins the preliminary tournament and gets the No. 5 seed on Saturday at 1 p.m. Should Cannon Falls win, they would face the winner of top seed Wanamingo and the worst of the two teams who come out of the preliminary consolation bracket on Sunday at 4 p.m.
Red Wing is the No. 2 seed and will host the consolation quarterfinals of the preliminary bracket along with the consolation semifinals, finals and championship finals of the finals bracket. All the first-round games of the preliminary bracket will be played at the high-seed on Wednesday, July 28.
Three teams move on to the Class C state tournament: the champion gets the highest seed of the three, followed by the runner-up and then the third-place team. The Class C state tournament is in Chaska, Waconia and Hamburg at the end of August and into early September, with a more concrete schedule yet to come.
Below are the Region 5C Preliminary and Finals Brackets.