League Preview

Posted On: 11/16/17 5:00 PM

There were some very good basketball teams in the Metro East Conference last winter – the Mahtomedi Zephyrs at 22-4 were definitely the best – and that isn't all that surprising when you start digging through the rosters. No less than five of the eight teams boast one or more players rated in the top 10 of their class with a couple more lurking nearby. With all of that talent on hand, it's going to be an interesting season and picking the order of finish is not easy. Here's our best guess with last year's conference record in parentheses.

1. Mahtomedi (13-1)

Mahtomedi lost just once in conference play in 2016-17 and only four times overall. One of those losses was in the section 4AAA semifinals to De la Salle, however, an outcome that undoubtedly still stings. That marked the departure by graduation of Maria Gustafson, Samantha Hogan and Maggie Freking, who averaged 22 points per game. For most teams, that would be a big problem. For Mahtomedi, not so much. After all, the Zephyrs have the services of Emma Grothaus. The 6'3" stretch 4 had a dominant summer for North Tartan, earning national accolades and a spot in

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