Posted On: 03/29/17 11:30 AM

1. Goodhue 28-4 last year, #1, favorite to repeat in Section 1A, favorite to win a 3-peat as state champion

OK, here’s the funny thing. Goodhue brings back a little more than 30 ppg from last year’s scoring averages. Just in Section 1A, Lyle/Pacelli returns 67 ppg and Hayfield 53. And, yet, here they are, the Goodhue Tigers, ranked #1 and favored to repeat all the way along the 2018 post-season. How can this be? Well, because Sydney Lodermeier and Emily Benrud are the best pair of defensive guards in the state.

Find the best pair of offensive guards in the state in Class A. Maybe that’s Taya and Teanna Hakamaki of Cromwell. Or, K’Lynn Lewis and Adiya Sandifer of St. Agnes. Or, Emma Schmidt and Anna Rinke. Or, Kelsea and Maci Lund. Or, whomever. If it’s a big enough game, I guarantee you that Lodermeier and Benrud will outscore them. Not over the course of the year. But in a head-to-head matchup in a big game. Section final. State tournament. Lodermeier and Benrud outplay anybody, and Goodhue wins.

2. Hayfield 23-6, #19 in Class AA

3. Lyle/Austin Pacelli 22-7, #10 in Class A

This can’t happen, really. The top

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