Notebook: Jones sets schedule for official visits

Baylor, Kentucky, Kansas, Duke on itinerary

Apple Valley High School boys basketball star Tyus Jones made an unofficial visit to the University of Minnesota on Tuesday and set a schedule for official visits to four other colleges he is considering.

On Tuesday, he announced on his Twitter account (@Tyusjones06) that he would make official visits to Baylor (Aug. 30-Sept. 1), Kentucky (Sept. 27-29), Kansas (Oct. 18-20) and Duke (Oct. 25-27). Student-athletes are allowed a maximum of five official visits, meaning Jones could add one to his schedule. He also is considering Michigan State and Ohio State.

Jones was not expected to include Minnesota on his list of official visits because he’s already a fairly frequent visitor to the campus. But he told the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Wednesday he would consider taking his remaining official visit at Minnesota.

Unless he commits before taking all of his visits, it appears unlikely he will announce a decision much before Nov. 13, the start of the early National Letter of Intent signing period for basketball.

Another South Suburban Conference player, Lakeville North guard J.P. Macura, also has visited Minnesota. The Gophers are the first Big Ten team to offer him a scholarship, but he has attracted interest from a number of other Division I programs, including Butler, Purdue, Iowa State, Kansas State, Florida State, Boston College and Xavier.

Season openers

High school soccer and volleyball teams can play their first matches Thursday, Aug. 22. Defending state boys Class AA soccer champion Eastview will be in action that day with a 7 p.m. match at Roseville. Perennial boys soccer power Apple Valley plays Owatonna at 7 p.m. at Johnny Cake Ridge Stadium. Farmington will play host to Rosemount in a 5 p.m. non-conference game between teams that will be conference rivals beginning in fall 2014, when Farmington is scheduled to join the South Suburban.

Eastview’s girls soccer team, a state tournament qualifier the last two years, takes on Cretin-Derham Hall at 7 p.m. at home.

Defending Class AAA volleyball champion Lakeville North plays at defending Class A champion Bethlehem Academy in Faribault at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27.

Town ball playoffs

Eagan and Savage are among the 16 teams still alive in the state Class B men’s amateur baseball tournament. Both will be in Super Section tournaments this weekend.

Eagan and Savage emerged from a regional tourney that included the other two members of the Cannon Valley League – Burnsville and Lakeville.

The Eagan Bandits, who have a number of former Eagan High School players, go to a Super Section tournament in Austin beginning Friday. The Bandits will play the Austin Greyhounds at 6 p.m., followed by Dundas vs. Duluth at 8:30. Two of those four teams will advance to the state tournament. Super Section tournaments are double-elimination.

The Savage Outlaws, who have a heavy concentration of Burnsville High School alumni on their roster, will play Red Wing at 8:30 p.m. Friday in a Super Section tourney in Marshall. Cold Spring and Mankato are the other two teams playing in Marshall, which will send two teams to state.

Other Super Section tournaments will be in Moorhead and Victoria. The state tournament begins Aug. 24 with games to be played in Howard Lake, Maple Lake and Delano. Victoria was the 2012 Class B champion but did not reach the Super Section phase of the playoffs this year.