We have every last score we’re gonna get before the state tournament starts in less than 72 hours. I hope you’re as excited as I am over here! There were a ton of surprises, upsets, high scores, and interesting tidbits that happened over the 2 weekends of sections, lets take a look at all the action:
Section 1A: The southeast class A section returned two champions to the top for the second straight year with Lake City capturing kick and Zumbrota taking jazz. St. Charles, Dover, and Wabasha kept it really tight in the top 4 kick qualifiers and a newcomer, Houston, will be joining the jazz mix for the first time in team history. St. Charles was the only school in this group to double qualify.
Section 2A: The new-look 2A section crowned two new champions with PACT Charter winning kick, and Rockford debuting with a jazz win. Randolph took the only other kick spot and this will be their first trip to state in school history. PACT was the only team to qualify in both, making them newcomers to the state field in both kick and jazz. Concordia Academy jumped up and took a tight final place in jazz, going to 3 tiebreakers with Mayer Lutheran to round out the jazz field.
Section 3A: Yellow Medicine East showed us it’s not over until its over, taking back the top ranks from a tough Montevideo team who settled for second this time but was thrilled to be getting back to state none the less. Lac Qui Parle edged usual state-goer BOLD for the third kick spot. In the jazz side of things, the leaders took the top 3 with YME, TMB, and RCW getting expected spots.
Section 4A: Up-north teams took on Aitkin at home and there were certainly a few surprises. Duluth Marshall reclaimed the top jazz spot, but Frazee jumped up on Aitkin and took 2nd while defending section champ took 3rd. Oddly both 2nd and 3rd place teams had more total points than DM, so I’m thinking this one was close and anything could happen at state. In kick, Aitkin established a clear lead, with Pelican Rapids and Frazee looking strong and rounding out the top 3.
Section 1AA: Cannon Falls continued its strong AA debut with a section championship in kick and Simley continued it’s long history at the top with a jazz win. Academy of Holy Angels had a great day, double qualifying in kick and jazz. Austin and South St. Paul round out the qualifying field here.
Section 2AA: Benilde and Totino Grace continue their epic season-long battle for the jazz crown, this time with TG taking home the gold. This one will be one to watch come state finals time. Totino continues to impress in the kick category as well, taking an impressive score to 1st place. Fridley managed to hold off the competition in both kick and jazz for another year of double qualification.
Section 3AA: Mound Westonka is having a banner year with a double win in kick and jazz over strong teams from Holy Family and Marshall who took 2nd in their respective fields. Newcomer Belle Plaine came in from a few places back to take 3rd in kick while Orono will be returning to the jazz field with a new coach and a renewed energy after a multi-year absence.
Section 4AA: This one was all Sartell as the Sabers keep their eye on the state prize with a double blue at sections. St. Cloud Cathedral is looking good this year as well, their solid performances good enough to double qualify along with Sauk Rapids Rice. Sauk managed to keep all challengers at bay, but especially a strong ROCORI team who will be staying home this year.
Section 1AAA: Eastview made a splash with their new “Man in the Mirror” kick dance that took all 1s and a section championship at the super section meet. The lightning also won the jazz division handily, with Lakeville South double qualifying and finishing 2nd in jazz and 3rd in kick. Prior Lake will make it 2 years in a row with a jazz performance, edging Burnsville completely out of a state berth in either kick or jazz. Faribault’s return to AAA was also marked by a strong 2nd place kick finish, rounding out this qualifying field.
Section 2AAA: The ultra-competitive west metro section will have Wayzata as it’s jazz champion heading into state with Maple Grove keeping it tight in second. Chaska held on for 3rd over a long list of top names who didn’t qualify but may be state finals worthy if they had. In kick, Chaska took a solid win in it’s return to AAA, while powerhouse Eden Prairie pulled together a nice 2nd place. Wayzata got off to a slow start this year in kick, but in the end took the 3rd spot in the kick division.
Section 3AAA: Spring Lake Park finally emerged from their rather off-the-radar existence this year to win the jazz title in fine fashion over a surging Forest Lake team who settled for second in jazz, but a kick championship. Henry Sibley took a second in kick behind FLake and rounded out the jazz field in 3rd.
Section 4AAA: St. Cloud Tech proved this is their year with a double championship in a loaded section. Defending champ and state medalist Brainerd slid down to 2nd but did hold off a tough jazz field to still qualify in 3rd on that side of things. Blaine got the final kick spot and a clean 2nd in jazz, making it a solid year for their squad as well heading into state.
High Scores From Sections:
Class A Jazz: 1. Frazee (70.3) 2. Aitkin (69.7) 3. Duluth Marshall (69.4)
Class A Kick: 1. Aitkin (83) 2. Pelican Rapids (71.9) 3. Yellow Medicine East (71.7)
Class AA Jazz: 1. Totino Grace (85) 2. Benilde (84.6) 3. Sartell (80.4)
Class AA Kick: 1. Totino Grace (87.1) 2. Sartell (86.4) 3. Cannon Falls (82.7)
Class AAA Jazz: 1. Wayzata (93.4) 2. Maple Grove (91.8) 3. Eastview (91.6)
Class AAA Kick: 1. Eastview (92.6) 2. Chaska (91.3) 3. Eden Prairie (91)