As the season progresses, more and more teams in southeast Minnesota are showing they are among the best teams in the state.

In the December 29th rankings from the Pacesetter Newsletter, by Minnesota Basketball News, there were 20 area teams ranked in the Top 20 of their respective classes. A lot of the names are familiar, but there are some new squads that have cracked the rankings.

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Southeast Minnesota Teams Ranked in The Top 20

In girls basketball, Hayfield remains the only team in southeast Minnesota ranked in the Top 20 in Class A, while Goodhue, Lake City, Rochester Lourdes, Winona Cotter, and Dover-Eyota were all in the Top 20 in Class AA. Austin and Stewartville remained the lone-ranked teams in Class AAA.

In boys basketball, Rushford-Peterson, Hayfield, Spring Grove, and Kenyon-Wanamingo are ranked in Class A, while Caledonia, Lake City, and LaCrescent-Hokah are in the Top 20 in Class AA. In Class AAA, Winona, Austin, Byron, and Stewartville all cracked the Top 20, while Owatonna is ranked in Class AAAA.

Check out the full rankings below:

Minnesota Girls Basketball High School Rankings

Class A

1. Mountain Iron-Buhl
2. Minneota
3. Cass Lake-Bena
4. Mayer Lutheran
5. Sleepy Eye St. Mary's
6. Hayfield
7. Hancock
8. Underwood
9. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa
10. Buffalo Lake-Hecker-Stewart
11. Cromwell-Wright
12. Tracy-Milroy-Balaton
13. Sleepy Eye
14. Ogilvie
15. South Ridge
16. Badger-Greenbush-Middle River
17. Stephen-Argyle
18. Battle Lake
19. Chisholm
20. Fosston

Class AA

1. Minnehaha Academy
2. Providence Academy
3. St. Croix Lutheran
4. Montevideo
5. Goodhue
6. Lake City
7. Fergus Falls
8. Proctor
9. Crosby-Ironton
10. Holy Family
11. Albany
12. New London-Spicer
13. Perham
14. Sauk Centre
15. Pierz
16. Pequot Lakes
17. Rochester Lourdes
18. Luverne
19. Winona Cotter
20. Dover-Eyota

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Class AAA

1. Becker
2. Austin
3. Holy Angels
4. St. Paul Como Park
5. St. Peter
6. Grand Rapids
7. Totino-Grace
8. Benilde-St. Margaret's
9. Mankato East
10. Marshall
11. Hill-Murray
12. DeLaSelle
13. Visitation
14. Stewartville
15. Mankato West
16. Orono
17. Cloquet
18. Willmar
19. Alexandria
20. Bloomington Kennedy

Class AAAA

1. Hopkins
2. Minnetonka
3. Eden Prairie
4. Chaska
5. Wayzata
6. St. Michael-Albertville
7. Roseville Area
8. Blaine
9. Stillwater
10. Maple Grove
11. Shakopee
12. Rogers
13. Rosemount
14. Chanhassen
15. Prior Lake
16. Edina
17. Spring Lake Park
18. Sartell-St. Stephen
19. Lakeville North
20. Brainerd

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Minnesota High School Boys Basketball Rankings

Class A

1. Sleepy Eye St. Mary's
2. Central MN Christian
3. Cass Lake Bena
4. Martin County West
5. Rushford-Peterson
6. Hayfield
7. Cherry
8. New York Mills
9. Fertile-Beltrami
10. Nevis
11. North Woods
12. Mahnomen-Waubun
13. Ashby
14. Spring Grove
15. Sacred Heart
16. Springfield
17. Mankato Loyola
18. Mountain Lake-Comfrey
19. Hancock
20. Kenyon-Wanamingo

Class AA

1. Minneapolis North
2. Minnehaha Academy
3. Caledonia
4. Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta
5. Blake
6. Sauk Centre
7. Albany
8. Esko
9. Minneapolis Edison
10. Lake City
11. St. Clair
12. Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial
13. Maple River
14. Annandale
15. Rockford
16. Pipestone
17. Rush City
18. Milaca
19. Spectrum
20. LaCrescent-Hokah

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Class AAA

1. Totino-Grace
2. DeLaSalle
3. South St. Paul
4. Alexandria
5. Columbia Heights
6. Mankato West
7. Princeton
8. Benilde-St. Margaret's
9. Winona
10. Austin
11. Mankato East
12. Two Rivers
13. Becker
14. New Ulm
15. Richfield
16. Hutchinson
17. North Branch
18. Byron
19. Stewartville
20. Hibbing

Class AAAA

1. Park Center
2. Shakopee
3. Wayzata
4. Minnetonka
5. Eastview
6. East Ridge
7. Hopkins
8. Lakeville North
9. Osseo
10. Park
11. Cretin-Derham Hall
12. Edina
13. Spring Lake Park
14. Owatonna
15. Tartan
16. Sartell-St. Stephen
17. Minneapolis South
18. Mounds View
19. Brainerd
20. Andover

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