Small Moves Make Big Impact Across Section 1 Realignments
Section 1 will look a little different across many many sports in Southeast Minnesota. The biggest impact may come from Class A and AA basketball, with some other schools moving from one section to another, and some reclassifying from Class A or AA or even AAA to AA.
Looking at Basketball, defending Section 1 Class A Champion Goodhue will be making the move to Class AA beginning in 2019-2020 season. The boys will also be in class AA.
With Goodhue making its way to Class AA in boys and girls basketball, Byron is back up to Class AAA in Section 1. Joining the likes of Albert Lea, Austin, Faribault, Kasson-Mantorville, Red Wing, Simley (another new Section 1 team) and Winona.
In football, Section 1 will look a little bit different. Kingsland and Southland are now in Class 9man, as Cleveland made the jump back to Section 2, but now is classified as Class A. Lyle-Pacelli is now in Section 3, 9-man.
Randolph is back in Section 1 in Class A Football. Class A will now have seven teams as they lost both Kingsland and Southland.
Dover-Eyota is out of Class AAA, and now find themselves in Class AA. No other teams in Section 2 made a move, so now that section has 8 teams. Class AAA will look a little different in Section 1, as there are only 6 teams. Pine Island, Plainview-Elgin-Millville, Rochester Lourdes, Stewartville Waseca and Zumbrota-Mazeppa round out the section. Byron made the move up to AAAA football in Section 1 and out of Class AAA.
In baseball and softball, Fillmore Central/Lanesboro is back in Class A, and Lewiston-Altura made the switch to Class AA. Byron again will move up to Class AAA, as Goodhue makes the move to Class AA as well. Goodhue softball remains in Class A and will compete in Section 4.
You can see the full list of the Competitive Sections HERE.