John's Journal
Hockey Rankings: Class 2A Boys12/7/2016
The Associated Press poll for Minnesota Class 2A boys high school hockey, provided by Let's Play Hockey newspaper.

1. Eden Prairie 2-0-0 1
2. Stillwater 2-0-0 2
3. Grand Rapids 3-0-0 3
4. Elk River 2-0-0 4
5. Holy Family Catholic 3-0-0 5
6. Edina 3-1-0 7
7. St. Thomas Academy 3-1-0 6
8. Minnetonka 2-2-0 8
9. Centennial 2-0-0 9
10. Lakeville North 1-0-0 13

11. Duluth East, 12. Moorhead, 13. Wayzata, 14. Hill-Murray, 15. Lakeville South, 16. Prior Lake, 17. Maple Grove, 18. St. Michael-Albertville, 19. Bemidji, 20. White Bear Lake
Hockey Rankings: Class 1A Boys12/7/2016
The Associated Press poll for Minnesota Class 1A boys high school hockey, provided by Let's Play Hockey newspaper.

1. Delano 3-0-0 2
2. Hermantown 0-1-1 1
3. St. Paul Academy & Summit School 2-0-0
4. Breck 1-2-0 4
5. St. Cloud Cathedral 3-0-1 5
6. Mahtomedi 1-1-0 6
7. Greenway 4-0-0 7
8. East Grand Forks 2-0-1 9
9. Alexandria 2-0-0 10
10. Warroad 0-2-1 11

11. Sartell-St. Stephen, 12. Minnehaha Academy, 13. Orono, 14. New Prague, 15. Hibbing/Chisholm, 16. Blake, 17. Totino-Grace, 18. Northfield, 19. Mankato West, 20. Monticello/Annandale/Maple Lake
Hockey Rankings: Class 2A Girls12/7/2016
The Associated Press poll for Minnesota Class 2A girls high school hockey, provided by Let's Play Hockey newspaper.

1. Edina 6-0-0 2
2. Maple Grove 6-1-0 3
3. Eden Prairie 4-2-0 1
4. Blaine 7-0-0 5
5. Hill-Murray 4-2-0 4
6. Elk River/Zimmerman 6-1-0 8
7. Centennial 5-2-0 9
8. Lakeville South 6-2-0 11
9. Cretin-Derham Hall 2-3-1 7
10. Wayzata 4-2-0 10

11. Forest Lake, 12. Minnetonka, 13. Chaska/Chanhassen, 14. Eagan, 15. White Bear Lake, 16. Eastview, 17. Dodge County, 18. Hopkins/Park, 19. Mounds View, 20. Stillwater
Hockey Rankings: Class 1A Girls12/7/2016
The Associated Press poll for Minnesota Class 1A girls high school hockey, provided by Let's Play Hockey newspaper.

1. Blake 6-1-1 1
2. Breck 7-2-0 2
3. Warroad 3-3-1 4
4. Thief River Falls 8-1-0 5
5. St. Paul United 7-2-1 3
6. New Prague 3-3-1 7
7. Proctor/Hermantown 4-3-0 8
8. Hibbing/Chisholm 5-2-0 9
9. Northfield 3-2-1 6
10. Alexandria 2-1-0 10

11. Delano/Rockford, 12. Orono, 13. Princeton, 14. East Grand Forks, 15. Red Wing, 16. South St. Paul, 17. Mound Westonka, 18. Moose Lake-Willow River, 19. Owatonna, 20. New Ulm
High School Football: Bigger In Minnesota Than In Alabama12/5/2016
Via news from Alabama, we have learned something that’s pretty spectacular: More fans bought tickets to our seven football state championship games this year than fans in Alabama for their seven championship games.

--Our Prep Bowl attendance was 47,309 over two days at U.S. Bank Stadium.

--For Alabama’s “Super 7” games, held over three days at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa (home of the Alabama Crimson Tide), the total attendance was 45,229.

A story on the Alabama attendance numbers also included this: “There were no weather issues, with sunny, mild conditions during the day and chilly, clear conditions for the night games.”

Alabama’s largest single-day attendance this past weekend was 20,141 for three games on Friday. Our largest was 28,399 for four games the Friday after Thanksgiving.

So, this indeed means that high school football is bigger in Minnesota than in Alabama (at least for one weekend in 2016).

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