This is the 21st preview in my 2015-2016 season preview series. We continue our look at class AAAA with a look at section 3AAAA. For a list of all the season previews and how they are generated, click here.
Section 3AAAA (8 teams)
Defending Champion: Apple Valley (defending state champion)
New teams in the subsection
- Burnsville (2AAAA)
- Hastings (1AAAA)
Teams that left the subsection
- Cretin-Derham Hall (4AAAA)
- East Ridge (4AAAA)
- Apple Valley
- Henry Sibley
The 1 major competitor to Apple Valley for the section title (Cretin-Derham Hall) got moved to section 4. I don t have any other team in the section picked above 5th in their league. Most of this falls according to South Suburban finish. Park clearly takes the 8 spot. Eagan and Sibley fight for 6th. Rosemount and Hastings battle for the last home game thanks to the South Suburban vs Metro East debate. Eastview gets the 2 seed over Burnsville based on higher conference finish.
Sleeper: None. The rest of the section is way down so there s nobody of note to pick here.
Section Winner: Park of Cottage Grove. OK, maybe not. With everybody back and the rest of the section down, there s no reason to believe that Apple Valley won t steamroll through this section with the possible exception of a rivalry matchup vs Eastview staying close. It would not surprise me to see an Apple Valley game in this section go the stall route.