Starting in 2015 the high school football landscape in the state of Minnesota will change somewhat. In 2015 high school football teams will be grouped into districts to fix scheduling issues that have come about for some Minnesota teams. Each district will split into sub-districts and then they create a full schedule for the teams. These districts will have no impact on the current playoff system that has been used in the past in Minnesota. Schools will continue to play in the same section that they have been assigned to based on the schools enrollment.
For the 2015 season Winona High has been placed in the Big Southeast District for the regular season, which includes all the Big Nine Conference teams except Albert Lea. Big Nine Conference newcomers Red Wing and Northfield are also in the Big Southeast along with New Prague. Winona High athletic director Brad Berzinski was a little disappointed about the teams that were put into their district. He was hoping to play some of the schools that they will see in the section playoffs like Byron, Stewartville and Kasson-Mantorville. Red Wing is the only section opponent that Winona High will play during the regular season.
The Big Southeast District is the smallest district for Winona High’s size schools with 12 schools in the district while the largest district has 28 schools. Berzinski says he would have like to have seen Winona High’s district be a little bit bigger because that would have made the scheduling process for the district a little easier.
Cotter has been placed in the Southeast District and that district includes nine Hiawatha Valley League schools and seven Three Rivers Conference schools. This district won’t be much of a change from what the Ramblers were facing in the Southern Football Alliance.
Lewiston-Altura, Rushford-Peterson and Wabasha-Kellogg have been placed in the Mid Southeast District. That district includes teams from the Three Rivers Conference, Hiawatha Valley League, the Gopher Conference and the Southern Confederacy Conference.