Big Nine with Five Teams in Top Ten Softball Rankings
The Big NIne Conference is without a doubt one of the best in the state in fastpitch softball. The first rankings after games have been played was released Thursday and no less than five Big Nine teams are ranked in the top ten in Class 3A. Defending State Champion Winona is #1, Faribault #4, Mankato West #5, Mankato East #6 and Northfield #10.
Faribault is in Section 2 and man is it loaded. Mankato West, Mankato East, #2 ranked Waconia, New Ulm (received votes) all join the Falcons in what has to be the toughest section in Class 3A.
Complete rankings are listed below
1. Winona 2. Waconia 2. North Branch 4. Faribault 5. Mankato West 6. Mankato East 7. Hermantown 7. Rocori 9. Hill-Murray 10. Totino-Grace 10. Northfield 10. Chisago Lakes Others receiving votes: Academy of Holy Angels, Cloquet, Visitation, Benilde St. Margaret's School, Detroit Lakes, Delano, New Ulm, Orono, and Becker.
1. Prior Lake 2. Buffalo 3. Forest Lake 4. Park 5. Chanhassen 6. Maple Grove 7. Eastview 8. New Prague 9. Farmington 10. Stillwater Area
Others receiving votes: Coon Rapids, Burnsville, Centennial, Lakeville South, North, Eagan, Blaine, Minnetonka, Anoka, Bloomington Jefferson, East Ridge, Edina, Brainerd.
- Maple Lake
- Pipestone Area
- Park Rapids Area
- Rochester Lourdes
- St. Peter
- Others receiving votes: Tracy-Milroy-Balaton, Thief River Falls, Morris Area/ Chokio Alberta, Jordan, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, Pierz, Rush City, St. Agnes, Fairmont.
- New York Mills
- Sleepy Eye Saint Mary's
- NCE/UH Titans
- Pine River-Backus
- Kimball Area
- Edgerton/SW MN Christian