The most notable change to the Champlin Park playoff format will come in the football postseason, when Totino-Grace enters Class 6A for the first time.
The Eagles were placed in Section 5 with Champlin Park, replacing Brainerd in the eight-team field.
Totino-Grace won its ninth state championship with its Class 5A title this past fall.
Another change that will come into affect immediately next year also pits a recent state tournament regular – albeit a controversial one – into Champlin Park’s playoff.
Prairie Seeds Academy, which won the Class A boys soccer tournament in 2010 and was runner-up in 2011 before being disqualified from the 2012 tournament will join the Champlin Park boys soccer team in the Section 5AA tournament beginning next year.
The Lycans replace Centennial.
The winter-season changes start with the basketball playoffs, as Wayzata will replace Coon Rapids in both the boys and girls Class 4A, Section 5 tournaments. In addition, Robbinsdale Cooper was added to the girls tournament in exchange for Roseville.
Roseville is also out of the Section 5AA gymnastics field. Rogers will replace this year’s Class AA state champions in the meet.
In hockey, the Section 5AA boys and girls tournaments are undergoing one slight alteration, as Irondale takes Rogers place in both.
There are also a number of changes taking place for the spring season.
In the baseball playoffs, Mounds View will replace Robbinsdale Cooper. Mounds View will also enter the Section in softball, taking Blaine’s spot in the tournament.
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