Posted On: 03/4/20 8:06 AM

The greatest tournament in high school sports kicks off on this Wednesday. Eight teams will vie for one state championship in the Class 1A Tournament. We decided to take a look at each of the eight teams in this year's field and look at how each team could finish the weekend as state champions.

Mankato East (Section 1A Champion)

Opening-round matchup: Quarterfinal vs. St. Cloud Cathedral/March 4, 11 a.m.

Record: 14-13-1

State Tournament Appearances: 3

Record vs. State Tournament Teams: 1-1

Player to Watch: Layten Liffrig (two assists in section final

Why they win: As a team barely scratching the above-.500 surface, it's tough to make the case for the Cougars. However, things have been weird in the 1A tournament in recent years. Who says Mankato East can't be the bracket buster of this year's state tournament?


Delano (Section 2A Champion)

Opening-round matchup: Quarterfinal vs. Mahtomedi/March 4, 8 p.m.

Record: 22-6-0

State Tournament Appearances: 3

Record vs. State Tournament Teams: 2-1

Player to Watch: Adam Brown (39 points)-regular season

Why they win: They've played teams tough this year, including St. Cloud Cathedral. This looks like a team which wants to build off a fifth-place finish in 2019.


Hutchinson (Section 3A Champion)

Opening-round matchup:

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