Pelican Rapids is ranked second in the Breakdown poll, St. Peter is third in Class AA. These are two teams expected to compete for the wide-open Class AA championship.
The Saints have one of the best front courts in the state of Minnesota but inexperienced guard play. The Vikings have an elite Minnesota point guard in Ryan Bruggeman but need to replace two all conference front court players. Something has to give.
Peter Kruize vs Tucker Forsgren: With Kollin Bartlett likely out Kruize will have to handle a big share of the scoring load. Defending him from that production will likely be Forsgren, an experienced 6-foot-5 big who has been fortunate to learn under the guidance of previous Viking bigs. If Forsgren can slow Kruize down than the Saints may really struggle.
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Why Pelican Rapids will win:
Our Prediction: Pelican Rapids