Posted On: 10/21/19 10:02 AM

It isn’t often that the team that isn’t the favorite in its respective section doesn’t ultimately win it. But upsets at the high school level certainly can happen. Here are teams from each section that could surprise.

Section 1A: Grand Meadow

Favorite: Rushford-Peterson

Rushford-Peterson and Hayfield will likely head into the year with high expectations as both teams were contenders last season and return significant players. But watch out for Grand Meadow. The Superlarks may have the best player in the section in junior forward Colt Landers and a solid core of returners including Ethan Lane, Ethan Gilbert and John Baldus.

Section 2A: Nicollet 

Favorite: BOLD/WEM

Section 2A is loaded again with four top-10 caliber teams and maybe seven or eight that could crank out 20 wins. BOLD and WEM are top-five teams with state title aspirations but watch out for Nicollett as a team that could pick them off in sections. The Raiders have a terrific point guard in Riley Hulke, who can dominate a game in a way few others in Class A can. Shane Stevenson is a mismatch problem up front and could be a double-double guy.

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