Class C rankings: June 3

Posted on June 3, 2015 by CJ Siewert

* rankings based on games played prior to June 3

Andy Johnson – Stewartville-Racine

1. New Ulm Brewers – only one loss so far

2. Green Isle – beat Sobieski and Jordan, only loss to Brownton

3. Nisswa – beat Sobieski – only loss to Fort Ripley

4. Sobieski – close losses to Green Isle and Nisswa, beat Jordan

5. Sartell Muskies – impressive win over Cold Spring – lost to a good Isanti team

6. Brownton – last undefeated team in the Crow River – only team to have defeated Green Isle

7. Fergus Falls – undefeated so far

8. Faribault – impressive wins over Elko and Northfield, lost to New Prague and Miesville

9. Jordan – losses to Sobieski and B teams

10. Blue Earth – undefeated, including a win over Jackson

10. Fort Ripley – only loss to Sobieski, beat Nisswa

Jason Kuerschner – Cologne

1. Jordan Brewers – Dominated Class “C” last year and are continuing that trend early this season

2. Sartell Muskies – 6-1 to start the season with a huge win over Cold Spring Springers

3. Nisswa Lightening – Looking to keep up with the pace of the Victory League, currently 8-1 and handed Sobieski its first loss of the season.

4. New Ulm Brewers – 6-1 to start the season.

5. Green Isle Irish – Waiting on their roster to return from college, fell to league rival Brownton early on.

6. Sobieski Skis – 6-2 early loss to a tough Nisswa team.

7. Faribault – 5-2 to start the year, beat Elko but fell to New Prague Orioles

8. Fergus Falls Hurricanes – One of the top teams to play in the North

9. New Market Muskies – 7-1 start to the season

10. Maple Lake Lakers – Always tough in the North Star

Anonymous ranker – Southern Metro

1. Green Isle (8-1) Stearns County Classic champions with impressive wins over Sobieski and St.Cloud Beaudreau’s.  I would expect GI to really heat up in June with all of their college kids back in the area for the summer.  It looks like none (at least to my knowledge) of their big guys from the cities have opted to play Northwoods League and are returning to Green Isle for the summer.  In addition had a nice addition in Minnehaha Academy grad (and player at Bethel) Ryan Evenson. 

2. Sartell Muskies (6-1) They’ve already topped the defending Class B champ Springers beating Femrite.  Initially I thought about dropping Sartell in the rankings seeing how they have completely relied on Wenker to throw almost all of their innings (had thrown 28 of 32 of total innings heading into Omann Insurance tourney)…until I remembered that one pitcher is enough to get you to the final eight in August.  Still haven’t heard if Deminsky is back and healthy.  Only loss was to Isanti in the championship this weekend.

3. Maple Lake (6-2) They’ve been shutout for both losses, but to two very good teams and pitchers.  Have lost to both of their real tests so far in Watkins and Howard Lake and their most notable win isn’t wowing over Maple Plain.  Still, we all know how good this team is. 

4. Nisswa (8-1) Very, very scary lineup.  I don’t care what you say about some of the lower Victory League teams, takes some big bats to average over 10 runs per game.  Two wins over Midway, one over Sobieski and a recent victory over Bemidji Blue Ox have got my attention.  There will be some exciting days in the Victory League this June watching their top tier battle it out.

5. Sobieski (6-2) Only losses to Green Isle and Nisswa, nothing to scratch your head about there.  Will be curious if anyone can beat Jendro in a full-length game.

6. Luverne (5-1) Nice wins over Jackson, Wilmont and Milroy Irish.  Only loss was a season opener to a Hadley team that has been on the cusp the last couple of years.  I like this team to represent Southwestern Minnesota.  With Nawrocki moving from Fairmont to Watkins, I see Luverne as the best team in Region 13.

7. New Ulm Brewers (6-1) Lone setback was to Hanska this weekend.  Don’t know a ton about this squad.  But Mitch Kelly alone is enough to get them through a fairly weak region.

8. Hampton (5-1) This may be a team people don’t know about.  Let me fill you in.  They are comprised almost completely of guys that played on Eastview HS state championship team in 2011.  Last year they played 40 games (about .500 ball) but played one of the more difficult schedules you’ll see a Class C team play.  Look back at some of their wins last year (Shakopee, Minnetonka, Elko, Miesville).  Nice win over St. Louis Park already this season.  Lone defeat was to Minnetonka.  They are plenty capable of going deep, but last year got a tough opening round draw in Fairmont.  

9. Brownton (8-0)  Do I expect this team to be there at the end of the year?  Honest answer: No.  But judging on performance alone they have taken care of all opponents and gave Green Isle their only loss and beat a very solid Plato squad.  Peaking at their schedule it’s not out of line to expect them to go something like 5-5 or 4-6 in June. 

10. Jordan (5-5) Not willing to bump them out just yet.  Only one loss could be considered a bad loss (St. Martin), as they have to Chaska twice, Shakopee and Sobieski.  Averaging less than 4 runs per game – need to figure out their offensive issues if they want to remain as a team worth mentioning.  Play St. Patrick, Chanhassen, and St. Peter during the next two weeks so they’ll have a chance to prove themselves.

Bounced Out: Jackson (3-3), Winsted (5-3)

On the Radar: Howard Lake (3-1), Plato (5-2), Blue Earth (5-0), Spring Hill (6-2), Watkins (5-1), Kimball (6-3)

CJ Siewert – St. Peter

1. Green Isle Irish – The Irish (8-1) just won the Stearns County Classic this past weekend in a field that included last year’s Class C state champion, Class B runner up, and two more Class C teams that played Labor Day weekend. Now that their full roster is back I expect them to keep on their winning ways. Mid June includes an interesting stretch of games for GI against Savage, Waconia, Plato and Winsted.

2. New Ulm Brewers – These guys can mash. We (St. Peter) played them Tuesday night and albeit a non-league game, it was still very clear that the Brewers (6-1) are primed for another shot at a deep state tournament run. They return all but one of their players from last year’s Class C state runner up team and have added a few young and capable players. And depth on this roster can be a scary thing for opponents.

3. Sartell Muskies – The 2013 Class C champs are off to a 6-1 start, including feature wins over the Cold Spring Springers and Mora Blue Devils. Their lone loss was to a tough Isanti team in last weekend’s Omann Insurance Invite. Sartell has relied on the arm of Adam Wenker and if he stays healthy, the Muskies are looking healthy in the win column. 

4. Maple Lake Lakers – A pair of early season losses doesn’t give me much reason to drop the Lakers out of the top four. Maple Lake is now 6-2 and we’ll get a taste for how it stands up to some competition at the Hwy. 55 tournament next weekend.

5. Sobieski Skis – The defending Class C champs stay at No. 5 for me. The Skis have started off at 6-2 with losses to great teams in Green Isle and Nisswa. They might not move a whole lot in my rankings throughout the season simply because they don’t play a grueling schedule until Victory League playoffs begin. Time will tell.

6. Nisswa Lightning – I’m moving the Lightning up three spots from my preseason rankings after a fast 7-1 start. Their most recent game was an 8-2 loss at Fort Ripley, but nobody’s perfect. Nisswa’s lineup is scary good and is averaging more than nine runs per game. Let’s see how the Lightning do this weekend at the Morris tournament.

7. Fergus Falls Hurricanes – The ‘Canes have only played three games so far, but have won those games by a total of 36-2. They also play in the Morris tourney this weekend and could end up playing some stiff competition in a field that includes Nisswa, Victoria, Moorhead and Bird Island.

8. Brownton Bruins – You have to give credit when credit is due. The Bruins are off to a perfect 8-0 start with feature wins over Green Isle and Plato. Playing in a tough Crow River Valley League, we’ll see how long they can keep it going.

9. Jordan Brewers – Not the best start to the season for the Brewers at 5-5, but I know very well what they are capable of. The slow start could be one of two things – either they’re still kicking the rust off from the offseason or their age has finally caught up to them. Jordan has quality opponents in Moorhead and Chanhassen coming up. Losses to those teams will bump them out of the top 10 for me.

10. New Market Muskies – (9-5) Started off with six straight wins, but then lost four of their next five. Some of those losses included quality teams such as Jordan, Elko and St. Patrick. I’m keeping the Muskies in my top 10 for now, but the test to stay there comes this weekend when they host their invitational tournament with Elko. 

Overall Class C rankings: June 3

1. Green Isle Irish 35

2. Sartell Muskies 32

3. New Ulm Brewers 30

4. Nisswa Lightning 28

5. Sobieski Skis 24

6. Maple Lake Lakers 16

7. Jordan Brewers 15

8. Fergus Falls Hurricanes 11

9. Brownton Bruins 10

10. Faribault Lakers 7

Other teams receiving votes: Luverne Redbirds 5, New Market Muskies 3, Hampton Cardinals 3, Blue Earth Pirates .5 and Fort Ripley Rebels .5

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