After examining the eight Class AA sections, here's a look at the eight Class A sections.
Leading off with Section 2, the Les Larson led Breck Mustangs have the number one seed but there are four other contenders that could keep the Breck buses in their Golden Valley garages. The Orono Spartans are seeded second, followed by the third seeded Bloomington Kennedy Eagles. It's their first year in Class A after many years in AA so can they be the surprise team in the section? What about the fourth seeded Delano Tigers or the fifth seeded Blake Bears? Head out to the Parade Ice Garden in Minneapolis. It looks like plenty of drama in Section 2.
Going north to Section 7, where the top seeded Hermantown Hawks are ranked second in Class A and with defending champion St. Thomas Academy now playing in Class AA, it could be the year for the Duluth suburb. First they have to contend with the second seeded Duluth Marshall Hilltoppers and the third seeded Duluth Denfeld Hunters. Fourth seeded Virginia/Mountain Iron-Buhl is also in the hunt. Another exciting section to watch.
THE REST OF THE FIELD
In Section 1, the top seeded New Prague Trojans hope to head to St. Paul for the first time but there is a roadblock in their path in the hot second seeded Mankato West Scarlets. The Scarlets haven't lost a game since January 4 when they lost to who else, New Prague. There's a possible rematch in the works for the section final.
Who's the only unbeaten Class A team in Minnesota? It's the top seed in section 3, the Luverne Cardinals. But they're not ranked in the top five because they haven't played a lot of quality opponents. They will have to beat quality teams such as the second ranked Willmar Cardinals and the third seeded Mew Ulm Eagles to prove that they can play in the same league with the Brecks and Hermantowns.
It could be a two team race in Section 4, now that St. Thomas Academy has moved on. The top seeded Totino-Grace Eagles and the second seeded Mahtomedi Zephyrs. Can Mark Loahr guide the Eagles to another trip to St. Paul?
It's a wide open field in Section 5 with the Chisago Lakes Wildcats the top seed. But can they hold off the hot third seeded Spring Lake Park Panthers who have won six straight games? There's also the second seed Princeton Tigers.
Another section that's wide open is Section 6. The St. Cloud Cathedral Crusaders are the top seed, followed by the second seeded Alexandria Cardnials, the third seeded St. Cloud Apollo Eagles and the fourth seeded Sauk Rapids-Rice Storm. The section final could be a Granite City Showdown.
and the final section to be examined is Section 8, where the top seed is the East Grand Forks Green Wave. EGF has won 14 straight games and like their female counterparts battling this week at the X. they can bring a lot of green to the same colored arena seats. st they have to battle the second seeded Warroad Warriors.
The Road to St. Paul should have interesting battles leading to state.