Section 1 teams are the same as last year. They include Albert Lea Area, Austin, Faribault, Farmington, Northfield, Owatonna, Rochester Century, Rochester Mayo, Rochester John Marshall, and Winona/Winona Cotter. This section has seen no changes in the head coaching positions from the 2018-2019 season. Last season saw second-seeded Northfield defeat Owatonna in the section final with an impressive final score of 36-22. It would seem that Northfield and Owatonna will battle for the section title again. But, don’t count out Farmington. Coaches Olson and Gerten have four returning state entrants.
Northfield head coach, Geoff Staab, is going to rely on 11 returning starters, including three state place winners in Drew Woodley, Chase Murphy, and Jake Messner. The Raiders will also rely on the senior leadership of Jack Holman, Ethan Johnson, and David Tonjum. Underclassmen that will continue to contribute are Sam Holman, Mason Pagel, David Kuyper, and Nick Lopez, who will look to repeat as a state entrant.