Column: MVL bumped up to Class AA
When the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) reclassified schools on Thursday for competitive sections, there was some movement of schools geographically.
But one of the schools that saw the biggest change not only in their section but also in their class was Minnesota Valley Lutheran.
MVL was bumped up from Class A to Class AA because of enrollment in boys’ and girl’ basketball, baseball and boys’ and girls’ tennis (with New Ulm High School).
By a total of two students.
The change is for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years.
And perhaps the biggest change for the Chargers comes in boys’ and girls’ basketball where they have been moved from a very competitive Section 2A to a very competitive Section 2AA that now includes Waseca.
The Bluejays, who finished second in the Class AAA state tournament this year, were dropped down to Section 2AA for the next two years.
“We came out of a tough (2A) section, too, but Waseca is the best team in that section,” MVL Activities Director and head boys’ basketball coach Craig Morgan said.
Morgan said that he had already put some AA teams in his nonconference schedule for the future because of the time when they would be moved up.
“I did think that it would happen — we do have some Class A teams where we are finishing off a home-and-away cycle. And we will also look at proximity from each school. Why drive an hour to play an AA team when there is an A team that is pretty competitive and within 20 or 30 miles of us?”
As far as baseball, Morgan said that Section 2A is one of the toughest ones in the state.
“We moved up to AA before in baseball and we went to the state tournament when Jeff Schoenherr was coaching.”
This current realignment runs for two years.
Will MVL possibly drop back to Class A when they realign in two years?
“We will be a solid AA school for a while,” he said.
Morgan did say that when he knew that MVL was to be moved up to AA, he was happy that they did not get moved west.
“We do not have any long trips, I was glad we were in 2AA because then our tournaments will be only a half hour to 40 minutes away.”
To view the new competitive sections for all schools, you can go to MSHSL.org, scroll down to competitive sections and click on that link to find your school.
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