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MSHSL does away with controversial method of seeding hockey, basketball tournaments

A policy that has long bewildered high school hockey and basketball fans and sometimes angered coaches is being changed.

The Minnesota State High School League Board of Directors has approved a motion to seed brackets 1 through 8 in the boys and girls basketball and hockey state tournaments beginning in the 2025 state tournaments. Volleyball and football already had been approved to fully seed tournament fields. Class 6A football already seeds its 32-team field into four eight-team brackets.

Previously, the MSHSL chose five seeds for its basketball and hockey state tournament brackets, with the remaining three teams slotted according to a random draw. The league did it that way to avoid potential controversy, but it routinely drew questions from fans and supporters.


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