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I always enjoy your recollections about southwestern Minnesota basketball Pat. Thanks!
I haven't followed basketball for years and don't remember the details of the games, but our whole family gathered around the TV as Cinderella team Edgerton won a state championship. The good old days! If I remember right, didn't an Edgerton player make a full-court or half-court shot at the end of a half or quarter that went in?
I remember watching that Sherburn run and championship game on tv as an 11 yr old.
This is how state tournaments should be today. What a great sense of accomplishment for those teams back in the day to make it to the Barn. Today, there should be two public school classes only b/c of the great disparity of huge public schools in the TC area. The great private schools could have there own nice tournament. MSHSL has it all wrong. Sherburn's and Ederton's...I love it.
Bigtmn Jeff Nessler from St James his a half court shot to beat Mark Olberding and Melrose in 1972. St James then went on to beat Mounds View (and Mark Landsberg) on Monday night in that weird playoff between the two class champions. St James rocked!!
It was every kids dream just to make it to the State Tournament. Unfortunately it really doesn't mean anything anymore.
Found a neat video here: http://www.edgertonmn.com/events/basketball_legend.php
Don't forget Pemberton Minnesota State Tournament 1957. Population 152. Smallest school to ever make the tournament
Don't forget the world changed. Farming went big and small towns(and number of kids) declined, baby boomers created suburbs and sports became big emphasis for their kids. Players of color were previously ONLY in urban schools. Add that all up, throw in private schools; our world is different.
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