Section 8A Preview
Postseason play is right around the corner. With sections set to start in less than two weeks, PrepDig is breaking down each section with teams and players to watch. Section 8 has five 20-plus win teams and while there aren’t…
Postseason play is right around the corner. With sections set to start in less than two weeks, PrepDig is breaking down each section with teams and players to watch.
Section 8 has five 20-plus win teams and while there aren’t any that rank even in the top-15 in the QRF metrics, there are a plenty of quality clubs.
Stephen-Argyle is the reigning section champion and looks like one of the contenders again this time around.
Favorite: Sacred Heart
The Eagles earned the No. 1 seed in the West subsection thanks to a 24-win regular season. Jessica Remer is one of the top outside hitters in the state and leads a strong attack.
Sacred Heart beat Stephen-Aryle earlier in the season and has just two losses – both coming to section opponent Badger/Greenbush-Middle River.
Up Next: Stephen-Argyle, Badger/Greenbush-Middle River
Stephen-Argyle earned the No. 2 seed in the section with a 21-6 regular season record and after getting to state last season, looks capable of doing it again. The Storm lost to Sacred Heart in its regular season matchup and split with B/G-MR in two bouts. With a veteran-laden group (11 upperclassmen) and a solid out-of-conference schedule, the Storm should feel good heading into postseason play.
B/G-MR will likely earn the No. 3 seed in the west subsection but should feel pretty good about its chances going into postseason play. The Gators have wins over Sacred Heart and Stephen-Argyle – the top two seeds – and while they lost to both clubs in a late-season tournament, they’ve proven they can beat top-notch competition. Carly Mekash is a player to watch.
In the Hunt: Fosston, Ada-Borup/Norman County West, Fertile-Beltrami
Fosston is the heavy favorite to get through the east subsection to the section final round. The Greyhounds do have losses to both Sacred Heart and Stephen-Argyle but basically beat the rest of the section teams they could potentially see in the playoffs.
Ada-Borup and Fertile-Beltrami would both be top-three seeds in the east subsection but are relegated to the No.4/5 matchup in a very tough west subsection. Both teams have several impressive wins on the resume. Fertile-Beltrami beat A-B/NCW earlier in the season.