Park Center earned the No. 1 seed in the Class 4A boys' basketball tournament beginning Wednesday at Target Center.
The Pirates (28-1) boast the best record in the bracket, with their only loss coming against Armstrong in early January. Hopkins, making its 23rd state tournament trip, was seeded No. 2 despite having regular-season losses to East Ridge, the No. 3 seed, and Eden Prairie, the No. 4 seed.
East Ridge will make its first state tournament appearance. The Eagles defeated Hopkins in the final game of the regular season and took down Prior Lake in the Section 2 championship game Friday. Lakeville North picked up the No. 5 seed.
Expect points to build up quickly as the bracket features six of the eight highest-scoring teams in 3A: Princeton (84.8 points-per-game average), Waseca (83.8), DeLaSalle (78.4), Mahtomedi (78.3), Holy Angels (75.6) and Austin (72.6).
By earning the No. 1 seed, DeLa-Salle made it a sweep of the top seeds in Class 3A in state tournament play. The Islanders' girls team was seeded No. 1 as well. Waseca earned the No. 2 seed thanks to its 28-1 record, the best mark in the field.
Austin picked up the No. 3 seed and earned its 32nd state tournament berth, the most for any school in tournament history. Princeton was seeded No. 4 and will play No. 5 seed Mahtomedi in the quarterfinals.
The field will not be seeded until Sunday morning because Perham and Hawley were scheduled to play Saturday for the Section 8 championship at Concordia (Moorhead). The winner will join Lake City, St. Peter, Redwood Valley, two-time defending champion Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis North, Melrose and Esko.
Springfield, led by Mr. Basketball finalist Isaac Fink, earned the No. 1 seed. The Tigers are the highest-scoring team in the tournament, averaging 88.3 points. Ada-Borup was seeded No. 2 and North Woods, the 2018 runner-up, was seeded No. 3. Henning was seeded No. 4. Christ's Household of Faith, with just 39 students in grades nine through 12 (according the high school league website) was seeded No. 5.