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MSHSL Realignment Process Results in Few Changes for Pequot Lakes Activities

posted May 31, 2019, 8:01 AM by Brenda Williams
In early April, the MSHSL released the classifications for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons. This is a time of great anticipation for AD’s and coaches as we finally get the official word if we will move up or down a class and/or switch sections. Given our location in the state, Pequot Lakes (PLHS) is located on the boundaries of traditional sections. We are one of the southwestern most schools in section 7, we are one of the most southeastern schools in section 8 and we are on the northern edge of sections 5 and 6. Simply put, we are one of the schools that is easy to move if the MSHSL needs to balance various sections. Historically, we have seen a lot of change in terms of switching sections.

This year’s new alignment did not result in a lot of changes for PLHS. There were no changes for any of our activities in terms of class. We did not move up or down a class based on enrollment. Starting next fall, out of the 28 MSHSL activities we offer, five of those will compete in a different section. Here are those changes:

*Baseball is moving from 8AA to 7AA.
*Cross Country (boys and girls) are moving from 8A to 7A.
*Golf (boys and girls) are moving from 8AA to 6AA.

Other than the obvious change that we will compete against different teams in the section tournament, there are other differences as well. The dates, sites, and procedures of each section are unique. You may have noticed that some of our activities play their section finals in the same place and usually on the corresponding date each year: football at the Fargodome, basketball at UMD, and track at Fergus Falls. Each section can set the dates, seeding procedures and awards for each of its activities so when we move from one to the other it can create some confusion. Some sections may choose to play on Wednesdays while others may avoid Wednesdays. Some use high seed as home site for one, two or three games; some sections use neutral sites. Sections may choose to play games on consecutive days and others spread the tournament out over a longer period.

So for those of you that follow baseball, cross country, and golf, if you hear someone utter the phrase “last year we did it this way,” they are exactly right. That was last year and in a new section it will be somewhat different.

Speaking of sections, here are the dates of section play for our current spring activities:

SOFTBALL (8AA) May 21 High Seed, 23 at Frazee, 28 and 30 at Park Rapids
BASEBALL (8AA) May 28 High Seed, 30 at Perham, June 4 and 6 at Perham
BOYS and GIRLS GOLF (8AA) Subs May 29 at Headwaters CG, Sections June 3-4 at Bemidji T/C
BOYS and GIRLS TRACK and FIELD (6A) Subs at Pillager May 23, Sections at Fergus Falls May 30

See you at the games!

-- Marc Helmrichs, Activities Director