That league got a little stronger this season, returning to a full 10-team field. Minnesota Valley Lutheran had some success in the Southern Minnesota before moving to the Gopher Valley, but the Chargers are back. Martin County West also jumps from the Gopher Valley to the Southern Minnesota as the only Class AA school in the league.
The winner of the Southern Minnesota will be a strong contender to get to the state playoffs and challenge for the championship.
Whatever happens, it's going to be fun to watch. It always is.
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