2016-17 Section 4AA Preview

This is the 15th preview in my 2016-2017 season preview series.  In this preview, a look at section 4AA. For a list of all the season previews and how they are generated, click here.

Section 4AA (18 teams)
Defending Champion: St. Croix Lutheran (State 3rd Place)

Predicted Seeding
  1. Minnehaha  
  2. New Life Academy 
  3. St. Croix Lutheran
  4. Minneapolis Roosevelt  
  5. St. Paul Washington 
  6. St. Paul Academy    
  7. St. Croix Prep  
  8. Math and Science 
  9. St. Paul Prep   
  10. St. Agnes 
  11. Trinity
  12. St. Paul Humboldt
  13. Charter Stars
  14. Concordia Academy
  15. Mounds Park Academy   
  16. AFSA
  17. Hmong Academy 
  18. Hiawatha Collegiate
The double-digit portion of this section is going to be weak.  Once again the divisional format of the TCAC will cause havoc with the seedings but I decided to reward Math and Science and St. Paul Prep as division winners.  Charter Stars get the tough end of the stick by being in the top division of the TCAC.  Minnehaha is the clear favorite with all their star power returning.  New Life and St. Croix Lutheran have significant losses but will still be very solid.  Those 3 teams will play a round robin against each other during the season.  The city teams will be battle tested enough to fit into the next slots.  Then 1 more group of teams all in the same range before dropping off to the double digit seeds.

Sleeper: St. Paul Washington.  Curtis Bell is a high scoring wing that could carry the Eagles a long way.

Section Winner: Minnehaha Academy. The rest of the section dropped off and they remain basically the same.  Too much Suggs and Bickham here.

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