Posted On: 03/18/20 2:45 PM

Who met expectations?  Exceeded Expectations?  And who made Big Nine All Conference (with the Prep Hoops twist)? Find out now in the Big Nine Conference Review.

The Final Standings (with the NHR Prediction)

  1. Mankato East (1)
  2. Rochester Mayo (3)
  3. Austin (2)
  4. Rochester Century (4)
  5. Owatonna (10)
  6. Albert Lea (11)
  7. Winona (8)
  8. Rochester JM (6)
  9. Northfield (5)
  10. Mankato West (7)
  11. Faribault (9)
  12. Red Wing (12)

 

The Review

At the Top - Mankato East was perfect in league play earning the crown.  Mayo and Austin flip-flopped in our expectations because of Austin’s loss to Albert Lea. Century was as steady as expected.

The Surprise - That’s Owatonna.  The sophomore class (Evan DushekEvanDushek6'6" | PFOwatonna | 2022StateMN, Brayden Williams, Ty Creger) combined with a nice coaching job from Coach Josh Williams leading to a much better year than anticipated.  Then you have Albert Lea improving by ten games this season!

What Happened?  JM sunk a bit more than expected because they lost Lincoln MeisterLincolnMeister6'9" | CRochester JM | 2020StateMN to injury which is quite understandable.  Northfield’s defensive struggle was a big surprise leading to their 8-19 record, and I definitely thought Mankato West was going to take a bigger step forward than they did (improving

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