The MSHSL announced new sections for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years today. I've only looked at the basketball sections. The changes are fairly minimal unless you happen to be 1 of the schools that changed sections...or classes.
As best as I can tell only 1 school moved into or out of Class AAAA: Chaska moved from 2AAA to 2AAAA. No Class AAAA school moved down to AAA.
But there were some significant changes within AAAA:
Eden Prairie and Edina moved from 2AAAA, where they faced Kennedy among others, to 6AAAA, where they will face Hopkins.
In return Cooper and Wayzata move from 6AAAA to 2AAAA.
Meanwhile, Burnsville moves from 3AAAA to 2AAAA; Cretin-Derham Hall from 4AAAA to 3AAAA; Roseville from 5AAAA to 4AAAA, where they will now mostly face their Suburban East opponents instead of mostly Northwest Suburban foes; and Coon Rapids from 5AAAA to 7AAAA.
If next year's sections were in place this year there would probably be no change in state tournament entries. The only possible change would be if Roseville might defeat St. Paul Central.
In addition to Chaska departing Class AAA (moving upward), the following schools move from AAA to AA:
• Glencoe from 2AAA to 2AA
• Mpls. Roosevelt from 4AAA to 3AA
• Proctor from 7AAA to 7AA
• East Grand Forks 8AAA to 8AA
And these move from AA to AAA:
• Stewartville 1AA to 1AAA
• Worthington 3AA to 2AAA
• Mpls. Washburn 4AA to 6AAA
• Albany 6AA to 8AAA
If next year's sections were in place right now, Red Wing would not represent section 1AAA because it is moving to 4AAA, where it would face not 1 but 2 other state tournament entries--Hill-Murray and New Prague. The Trojans quite obviously would not represent section 2AAA. Runners-up Kasson-Mantorville and Mankato East would be the likely representatives. Who would represent 4AAA remains to be seen. 2 state tournament entries--Richfield and Mpls. Washburn--are both in the new section 6AAA.
Class AA loses:
• Kingsland, Southland, Wabasha-Kellogg, United South Central, Kimball--moving down
• As already noted, Stewartville, Worthington, Mpls. Washburn and Albany--moving up
Class AA gains the 4 schools mentioned above from AAA, plus the following moving up from A:
• FAIR, St. Croix Prep and St. Paul Prep joining 4AA
• Prairie Seeds joining 5AA
• Pillager joining 6AA
• Barnum and Mesabi East joining 7AA
• Badger-G-MR joining 8AA
Every section has at least 1 change. Most significant are the exchange of state tournament entry Mpls. Washburn to AAA and Mpls. Roosevelt from AAA to AA, and Braham moving from 7AAA to 5AAA. Changes in state tournament entries would include:
• Minnehaha or Roosevelt replacing Washburn in 4AA
• Providence facing Braham in 5AA
• Esko moving up in 7AA
Class A loses the 8 schools mentioned above as moving up to AA. If next year's sections were in place right now, there would likely be no changes in state tournament entries, but one possibility:
• Parkers Prairie moves from 6 to 5 where it might challenge Upsala
So overall the changes are not momentous except to maybe a dozen-and-a-half schools with legitimate state tourney ambitions: Eden Prairie, Edina, Wayzata, Roseville, Chaska, Mpls. Washburn, Mpls. Roosevelt, East Grand Forks, Red Wing, New Prague, Hill-Murray, Simley, Worthington, Albany, Minnehaha, Parkers Prairie, and perhaps a couple more.
OK, all of that was based on the girls, but there are very few differences between the girls and boys sections because of boys and girls schools (St. Thomas, Visitation, etc.) and a few different cooperatives. Perhaps the biggest differences are:
• Park Center girls stay in AAA, boys are in AAAA
• St. Paul Central girls are AAAA, boys are AAA
• New Prague girls move to 4AAA, boys stay in 1AAA
• Byron girls are AAA, boys remain in AA
• Kenyon-Wanamingo girls move to 1AA, boys stay in 2AA
Other than that there are a lot of minor differences, but not among schools with strong basketball traditions. I cannot see why any of the boys tournament entries would be any different if next year's sections were in place today.