In the final of a four part girls basketball section preview, the eight Class A sections will be examined. Some have already started and others are about to begin.
In Section 1, the Spring Grove Lions are the top seed in the East Subsection and the defending section champion Goodhue Wildcats are the West’s top seed. Goodhue will play a hot Bethlehem Academy in the subsection final that’s won ten striaght. It should be a interesting final four.
Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart and St. Clair are the top subsection seeds in Section 2. But look out for a couple of New Ulm schools that are in the running, Cathedral and Minnesota Valley Lutheran.
Going to Section 3, The Minneota Vikings are red hot, winning 24 straight games. Also in the hunt are Fulda, Wabasso, and MACCRAY.
In Section 4, the top seeded Maranatha Mustangs made history last year when they became the first team from the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association to win a state girls basketball title. They have been the number one Class A team most of the season and will have to get by the second seeded West Lutheran Warriors. A sleeper team to watch is the third seeded Prairie Seeds Academy Lycans, despite a losing record of 11-15.
The top subsection seeds in Section 5 are Upsala and Isle. Will Upsula go up up and away to Minneapolis or will Isle or second seeded Pine River-Backus bring them down?
Section 6 could be a three team race with the top seeded Ada Borup Cougars and Parkers Prairie Panthers. One team that could challenge the Panthers is the Hancock Owls. This section could be a horserace.
In Section 7, the Barnum Bombers and the Mountain Iron-Buhl Rangers. But barnum faces tough competition from unbeaten Northwoods.
The final section to be examined is Section 8. There are four talented teams that could make the five hour journey to Minneapolis. Win-E-Mac, Stephen-Argyle, Warren-Alvarado-Oslo and Clearbrook-Gonvick. It looks like the best of the Class A sections and a tough one to call.
There you have a preview of the 32 girls basketball sections. Who knows what will happen on the road to the Twin Cities.