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March Madness post mortem

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Best Facial Hair Maybe Ever!

Hockey has their hockey hair all-tournament team, but Austin senior Tommy Olmsted stole the show with his Geico, Northwoods beard combo platter. He began growing it in November and with the Packers finally losing their only game in the AAA championship is now free to let it go. Fear the beard!

Best Mascot:

The Johnson Governors mascot wins this hands down. Monocle included!

Best Drum Solo by a Mascot:

I really like the Litchfield Dragon mascot. Had my picture taken with said scot last year and this year the Dragon took it's game to another level. Rocked a drum solo that gave those in attendance goose bumps.

Game of the Tournament (Boys):

After leading by 16 at halftime, Park Center watched Lakeville North work back into the game and force overtime. Isaac Matthews put-back with less than a second left sent the Pirates to the semi-finals.

Game of the Tournament (Girls):

The AA championship game between Braham and New Richland-H-E-G was memorable in so many ways. Two of the state's scorers in Carlie Wagner and Rebekah Dahlman scoring 50 and 32 points respectively, Dahlman fouling out with a little more than a minute left leading to a crazy finish that saw NR H-E-G capture their first title.

Most Overrated Student Chant:

We know that you believe that you will win. Can we all just move along?

Honorable Mention: Daddy's money…

How Bout' Them Kids? (Girls)

There is some serious talent on the horizon.

8th Grader- Jasmyn Martin jumped onto the radar and quickly became the top ranked player in the class of 2017.


T.T. Starks was not at 100% and is clearly still settling back into form but she is still the top player in the class of2015 and will have Hopkins at the top of the list to 4-peat next year.

Eastview's Madison Guebert is ranked #2 in the class of 2015 by G-Prep. She averaged just under 23 points per game.

Washburn guard Lucia Renikoff jumped on the radar with her state performance. She finished the tournament with 28 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and four steals.


Carlie Wagner (NR-H-E-G) set five state tournament records including her 50 point performance in the AA title game.

Kanesha Bell helped Kennedy get to the AAAA state championship game.

Chase Coley opened the Millers first state game since 1984 with a 28 point, 11 rebound, 11 block performance. Washburn will make the jump to AAA next year and the 6'3 Coley will play a huge part in getting back to state.

How Bout' Them Kids? (Boys)

8th Grader- Walt McGrory is following in his big sisters footsteps and jumping right into the fray. On a team dominated offensively by Graham Woodward, McGrory saw plenty of action.


Tyus Jones seems to have been playing varsity basketball in Minnesota for years. He'll be back for his senior season next year and will try to get his Eagles another title before going off to college.

Reid Travis has options. The 6'7 post from DeLaSalle also doubles as the starting quarterback for the Islanders. Division I is in his sites…will it be football or basketball?

Isaac Matthews made the shot at the buzzer that gave Park Center an overtime win against Lakeville North.

JP Macura can score from anywhere on the floor and he nearly propelled his Lakeville North Panthers past Park Center in the opening round. He led the Panthers with 26 points but will be back for more next year.


Amani Farrar totally took Graham Woodward out of his game in Park Center's semi-final win. He tried to do the same thing in the championship against Tyus, but to no avail. Still Farrar plays with an edge that is probably only liked if you wear green and cheer for the Pirates.

Jalen Mobley led the way for the Governors in their 3-game state tourney run. 


At 6'10, there aren't too many taller than AV's Brock Bertram. The big fella gave the Eagles an inside presence. While Tyus will carry the load, Bertram will continue his offensive improvement.

Let Me Repeat Myself…Again

DeLaSalle and Hopkins went back-to-back-to-back on the girls side while the DeLaSalle boys repeated.

Rare Air

Rebekah Dahlman became the only girls player in history to eclipse the 5,000 point mark. She established the mark late in the quarterfinal win over BOLD.

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