Ken Lien: Section Tournament Predictions

Updated: 02/27/2014 5:06 PM By: Ken Lien

The boy's high school sectional tournament runs through March 7.
The boy's high school sectional tournament runs through March 7.
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The basketball regular season is over and the intensity of postseason play begins. The "win or go home" concept sinks in fast, especially with high school seniors. While the 1 vs 8 and 2 vs 7 matchups are often blowouts, the 3 vs 6 and 4 vs 5 games can be very interesting.

As I've always said, come tournament time, the ball gets bigger and the rims get smaller! Many teams will play tight, afraid not to make mistakes and the lower seed teams are loose as a goose and ready to prove they're more worthy than given credit for.

The emotions and results are wide-ranging from crushing losses and upsets to the utopia of teams getting hot, resulting in tournament victories and great excitement in schools and communities.

Given this, I'll take a stab with a few predictions of who will emerge from each section:
Class A: Section 1: Rushford Peterson; Section 2: Mountain Lake Area; Section 3: SW Minnesota Christian; Section 4: Mpls. North; Section 5: B-B-E; Section 6: Battle Lake; Section 7: Ely; Section 8: Fertile-Beltrami

Class AA: Section 1: Caledonia; Section 2: Waseca; Section 3: Fairmont; Section 4: New Life Academy; Section 5: St. Cloud Cathedral; Section 6: Melrose; Section 7: Esko; Section 8: Crosby-Ironton

Class AAA: Section 1: Austin; Section 2: Marshall; Section 3: DeLaSalle; Section 4: St. Paul Johnson; Section 5: Orono; Section 6: Holy Family Catholic; Section 7: Cloquet; Section 8: Sartell-St. Stephens

Class AAAA: Section 1: Lakeville North; Section 2: Bloomington Kennedy; Section 3: Apple Valley; Section 4: Mounds View; Section 5: Osseo; Section 6: Hopkins; Section 7: St. Francis; Section 8: St.  Cloud Tech

Check back soon for my state tournament predictions and comments.