As has been the case for the past few years, Section 1AA could again go through Lakeville. Lakeville South earned the No. 1 seed in the bracket ahead of crosstown rival Lakeville North, but the Panthers have beaten South to get to state in each of the last two years. Rochester Century, the champions of the Big 9 Conference, earned the No. 3 seed.
With the release of the bracket, the entire field sectional playoff field has now been set. A handful of first-round games began Saturday night, but the vast majority of play gets underway Tuesday, Feb. 21 around the state.
The complete Section 1AA bracket can be found here.
Defending section champion Rochester Lourdes claimed the top seed in the Section 1A playoffs in the bracket released Sunday afternoon. The Eagles could face a test from No. 2 New Prague, No. 3 Northfield, No. 4 Red Wing and others in the race to the X.
The complete Section 1A bracket can be found here.
The annual showdown in Section 4AA between Hill-Murray and White Bear Lake could again be on tap as the two schools picked up the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, respectively, in the seeding released Sunday afternoon. No. 3 Roseville, No. 4 Mounds View, No. 5 Stillwater Area and other Suburban East Conference and Classic Suburban Conference teams could put a dent in that plan, however.
The complete Section 4AA bracket can be found here.
The defending state Class A champion, St. Thomas Academy, received the top seed in Section 4A. The Cadets will kick off their bid to repeat as state champions with a quarterfinal match-up against the winner of the No. 8 Spring Lake Park/No. 9 Henry Sibley first-round game. The Cadets will face a tough field that also includes No. 2 Totino-Grace, No. 3 Mahtomedi and No. 4 South St. Paul.
The complete Section 4A bracket can be found here.
Maple Grove earned the top seed in the recently released Section 5AA seedings, leading fellow Northwest Suburban Conference rivals No. 2 Blaine and No. 3 Centennial. The Crimson are trying to break Blaine's stranglehold on the section, as the Bengals have won the last six section titles.
The complete Section 5AA bracket can be found here.
After finishing third in the state last winter, Eagan and its senior-laden lineup had its eyes set on a state title this season. The regular season now over, the Wildcats earned the No. 1 seed in Section 3AA and a path to state as the favorite.
Other home seeds include No. 2 Apple Valley, No. 3 Cretin-Derham Hall and No. 4 Eastview.
The complete Section 3AA bracket can be found here.
The gauntlet has been set. The Section 6AA seedings have been released Sunday morning, setting up what is arguably the toughest path to the state tournament. Minnetonka earned the No. 1 seed, followed by Eden Prairie, Benilde-St. Margaret's and Wayzata. Three of the top four seeds play in the Lake Conference, where they meet twice a winter in the regular season.
Hopkins, the fourth member of the Lake Conference in Section 6AA, is the No. 5 seed while Holy Family earned the No. 6 seed in its first season at the Class AA level.
The complete Section 6AA bracket can be found here.
As expected, three-time defending Section 2A champion Breck earned the top seed in the bracket announced Sunday morning. The Mustangs, who won state titles in 2009 and 2010 under coach Les Larson, face the winner of the Richfield/Providence Academy first-round game in the quarterfinals. The entire tournament will be played at the Parade Ice Garden in Minneapolis.
Delano/Rockford grabbed the No. 2 seed, while Blake is the No. 3 seed. Both also face the winner of first-round, play-in games.
The complete Section 2A bracket can be found here.
Defending Section 2AA champion Edina claimed the No. 1 seed in the section bracket released Sunday morning. The Hornets will face Bloomington Kennedy in the quarterfinals Thursday night at Braemer Arena.
Burnsville earned the No. 2 seed as anticipated, but the log-jam for the next two home seeds was intense. Joe Pankratz's Prior Lake club took the No. 3 seed over his alma mater, No. 4 Bloomington Jefferson. Chanhassen is the No. 5 seed and Holy Angels the No. 6 in the very deep section.
The complete Section 2AA bracket can be found here.
Thursday's Seeding Results
Unbeaten and top-ranked Hermantown earned the No. 1 seed in the Section 5A playoffs in the bracket released Thursday morning. It was an expected honor for the Hawks, who have one regular season game remaining before starting playoffs.
Rogers grabbed the No. 2 seed over St. Cloud Cathedral, the Royals' prospects buoyed after beating the Crusaders head-to-head Tuesday night in Rogers. All three await their quarterfinal opponent, which will be decided in first-round games Tuesday night, Feb. 21.
The complete Section 5A bracket can be found here.
Wednesday's Seeding Results
Top-ranked Duluth East earned the top seed in Section 7AA on Wednesday, and the three-way race for the section's No. 2 seed went to Andover.
Andover, Elk River and Grand Rapids all could have made a convincing argument for section's second seed. The Huskies, who beat Elk River twice during the regular season, earned the right to avoid the high-powered Greyhounds until a potential section championship showdown.
Of course, if the seeds hold, Andover would first have to get past Grand Rapids, which climbed as high No. 6 in the state rankings just before the holiday tournament season.
The complete Section 7AA bracket can be found here.
New Ulm, the two-time defending champion in Section 3A, earned the No. 1 seed in the section for the upcoming playoffs as the first wave of the state's 16 brackets were released on Wednesday.
The complete Section 3A bracket can be found here.
Moorhead, ranked No. 8 in Class 2A in the Hub's latest state rankings, earned the No. 1 seed for the upcoming Section 8AA playoffs.
The defending section champion Spuds (18-5-0) open the playoffs on Tuesday, Feb. 21 with a quarterfinal game against the winner of Saturday's play-in matchup between No. 8 Monticello and No. 9 Becker/Big Lake.
Bemidji, which lost twice to Moorhead in overtime in the regular season, earned the section's No. 2 seed.
The complete Section 8AA bracket can be found here.
Little Falls, which was stunned by St. Cloud Apollo in the Section 6A quarterfinals in one of the biggest playoff upsets in state history last season, again earned the No. 1 seed in Section 6A as several of the state's 16 playoff brackets were set on Wednesday.
The Flyers will play the winner of Feb. 18 play-in game between No. 9 Morris-Benson and No. 8 Prairie Centre on Tuesday, Feb. 21, in Little Falls.
The complete Section 6A bracket can be found here.
Duluth Marshall, No. 5 in the Hub's latest state Class 1A rankings, is the top seed in Section 7A, with Hibbing No. 2, International Falls No. 3 and Duluth Denfeld No. 4.
The complete Section 7A bracket can be found here.
Thief River Falls, which went unbeaten in Section 8A play, earned the top seed and will face the winner of a play-in game between No. 8 Lake of the Woods and No. 9 Kittson Central in the quarterfinals.
The Prowlers (18-4-2) capped their perfect run through Section 8A play on Tuesday night by defeating host East Grand Forks 3-1.
Thief River Falls is ranked No. 4 in Class 1A. No. 2 seed East Grand Forks is No. 9.
The complete Section 8A bracket can be found here.