St. Thomas Academy joining Section 3AA hockey
Several other teams shuffle sections in MSHSL realignment
When the Minnesota State High School League released its section conference alignment for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons, many hockey fans were curious where St. Thomas Academy would land.
The Cadets, who have won the state championship in Class A for the past three years, will make the move to Class AA for the 2013-14 school year and several area schools will get the chance to welcome them to the playoffs.
St. Thomas Academy will join the 10-team Section 3AA boys bracket in 2014 with Apple Valley, Eagan, Eastview and Rosemount.
Eastview won the section title earlier this year, while Eagan won it the previous two seasons.
The Burnsville soccer girls team will move from Section 2AA to 3AA with the other District 196 teams in 2013-14. The boys team already played in Section 3AA.
The Blaze boys hockey team remains in Section 2AA, but the opposition will change. Two co-op schools will join the bracket including a south-central Minnesota group of schools from New Ulm, Springfield and Sleepy Eye, along with a co-op for Le-Sueur-Henderson/St. Peter/Cleveland/Tri-City United.
Bloomington Kennedy will move to Class A leaving a nine-team Section 2AA
The Blaze golf teams will also move from Section 2AAA to Section 3AAA in 2014.
Eastview gymnastics is moving from Section 2AA to Section 3AA. Eagan boys swimming is leaving Section 3AA and joining Section 2AA. In girls swimming, Eastview going from Section 2AA to Section 3AA.
Farmington is also joining Section 3-6A for football with the District 196 schools. To make room for Farmington, Prior Lake is moving to Section 6-6A. East Ridge and Totino-Grace also moved up to 6A, while Minneapolis North High School, Minneapolis South and Brainerd moved down to 5A.