The Northfield Raiders girls basketball team finished last season second in the state in Class 3A and open this year #3 according to the Minnesota Basketball News.  Waseca is #9 in 3A and has an impressive win over a very good Stewartville team already on their resume.  Stewartville is #3 in Class 2A.  Grand Meadow and Goodhue are #7 and #8 in Class 1A where the State Champions in volleyball Minneota top the rankings.  In Class 4A perennial power Hopkins sits atop the poll. Defending Champ Eastview is #3, Farmington #9 and Prior Lake #10.

Last year's State Champions were:  Class 1A Lyle/Pacelli, Class 2A Sauk Centre (Byron represented Section 1), Class 3A Robbinsdale Cooper and 4A Eastview (defeated Hopkins 68-63)

Below are the complete rankings.

Class 1A

  1. Minneota
  2. Mountain Iron-Buhl
  3. Heritage Christian
  4. Menagha
  5. Ada-Borup/Norman County West
  6. Pelican Rapids
  7. Grand Meadow
  8. Goodhue
  9. Lac qui Parle Valley
  10. Southwest Minnesota Christian

Class 2A

  1. Roseau
  2. Sauk Centre
  3. Stewartville
  4. Minnehaha Academy
  5. Eden Valley-Watkins
  6. Rush City
  7. Proctor
  8. Holy Family Catholic
  9. Maranatha Christian
  10. Esko

Class 3A

  1. DeLaSalle
  2. Alexandria
  3. Northfield
  4. Simley
  5. Willmar
  6. St. Paul Como Park
  7. Robbinsdale Cooper
  8. New Ulm
  9. Waseca
  10. Waconia

Class 4A

  1. Hopkins
  2. Wayzata
  3. Eastview
  4. Roseville
  5. Centennial
  6. St. Michael- Albertville
  7. Stillwater
  8. Forest Lake
  9. Farmington
  10. Prior Lake
Northfield Raiders Section 1AAA 2018 Champions. Photo by Jim Wellbrock