Posted On: 11/28/17 2:30 PM

I’m accustomed to readers disagreeing with my opinions. But, this one seemed unusually sure of himself. Thief River Falls, he said, was not going to win Section 8AAA as I had predicted. And, he made a pretty good argument in favor of his point of view. Thief, he said, is no longer in Section 8AAA. They moved down to Section 8AA in the most recent MSHSL redistricting.

Well, it was hard to disagree with his reasoning and, so, I’ve decided that he is right. Thief is not going to win Section 8AAA. But, who is?

1. Sartell-St. Stephen (18-11 last year, lost to Alexandria 44-26 in section final)

Pretty simple. Sartell-SS had the 2nd best record in the section last year, and finished 2nd in the playoffs. And, they’ve got as much talent returning as anybody else. OK, 3 starters return. (Sauk Rapids has 4 but from a 7-20 team.) So SSS is the sssafe choiccce. But, seriously, Sartell returns senior guards Addy DeMaine, Megan Sieben and Lexi Winter, who scored 37 ppg among them. But, who will score inside? That is why we don’t have anybody from Section 8 in our top 25 statewide.

2. Fergus Falls (14-13, lost

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