Section 3AAAA (8 teams)
Defending Champion: Apple Valley
- Apple Valley
- Henry Sibley
Sleeper: Rosemount. The Loehr twins give the Irish an inside dimension not seen elsewhere in this section. If they can get enough guard play, they could be dangerous here.
Section Winner: Apple Valley. Too much Tre Jones here. But this isn't the juggernaut Eagles team of years past. A rivalry game vs Eastview is always tough especially for the 3rd time in a season with a state trip at stake.
3 South Suburban teams battle 4 teams from the Big 9 and New Prague (Wright County) in this section. Lakeville North is once again on the early list of possible state champions. Rochester John Marshall is in that next group of teams in class AAAA. They remain the main roadblock. Lakeville North has been kryponite to JM by beating them in the last 4 section finals. The dynamite matchup of star sophomore Michael Hurt vs Wisconsin commit Nate Reuvers makes this likely section final in Rochester a must see event. Don't sleep on Lakeville South here as they can score it with anybody. New Prague will not be an easy out either with Zach Hanson anchoring the frontline. Farmington with a new coach and a youth movement is rebuilding so I see a 1st round exit there.