NUHS sports change
State Tournament appearances more likely due to section realignments
November 10, 2021
New Ulm public school will be facing a change in multiple sports going into the 2021-2022 season due to changes in the class/section.
Maddi O’Connor, a captain of the girls’ hockey team, believes that the section change for girls will help to open the door for the girls to go to state this year. Girls’ hockey’s biggest competitor in their new section is Luverne, a team they topped 7-3 in their first regular-season game of the season.
Taking a look a baseball this year with them moving down a class they should also have a better shot at a state statistically, while still having the same regular-season schedule. “It will be good to see some new competition.” — Jack Albrecht (shortstop)
“It will be good to see some new competition.”
— Jack Albrecht (shortstop)
A section change is a change in the alignment of different schools’ sports teams. They are classified by sport and activity for postseason competitions and performances every two years. Section placements are determined by enrollment and geography (determined by MSHSL board policy), with a balanced number of schools in each section at the time of placement. The Board of Directors review and approve classifications and competitive sections placements for postseason play n MSHSL- sponsored sports.
The New Ulm public school teams that are changing in class include football, baseball, softball, and soccer. Football will be moving down to 3aaa, baseball and softball will also be moving down to 2aa. Whereas volleyball and boys and girls soccer will all be moving up to 2aa due to changes in the number of classes. On the other hand, girl’s hockey is moving only in the section but will continue in Class 1A.
In an interview with Athletic Director Steffanie Dietz, we asked if she thought this would be a good thing for the sports teams. “That it depends on how you look at it, most sports keep their regular season schedule which is often pretty competitive but if a team goes down in a section they could face easier competition, which would affect them negatively when they need to move back up in the section to higher competition. One benefit that we could see this year is an increase in the possibility of going to state for the teams that moved down a section.”