Posted On: 12/1/17 11:00 AM

Every year, there are those who say that Hopkins is a shoo-in for the Class AAAA title. I was never one of those. Neither is Hopkins coach Brian Cosgriff, by the way. Back in 2011-2012-2013 it was of course a lot harder to make the case, though Cos always made it, every year, that even Hopkins has to practice hard and play hard and work hard and play smart in order to win it all.

Now, after Minnetonka in 2016 and Elk River in 2017 pulled off their big upsets of Hopkins in the state final, it’s easier to make the case. Hopkins is going to have to practice hard and play hard and work hard and play smart in order to win. And, if Hopkins fails to optimize its obvious gifts, there will be teams waiting in the wings to repeat what Minnetonka and Elk River have done.

But, bottom line: If you want to win a Class AAAA title, you still have to go through Hopkins to get there. So, yes, Hopkins is #1. But the next 6 teams all have the potential to be the next Minnetonka or Elk River, though it’s also true that they have

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