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Championship Saturday is Set

KDHL Radio’s 66th year of baseline to baseline coverage of the Boys State High School Basketball Tournament wraps up Saturday with ALL the State Championships at 920 on the AM dial.  Roy Koenig and I will be courtside for every game.  Here’s a preview.  At noon in Class A Section 1 champions Rushford-Peterson will play against top rated Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa.  In the final coaches poll the Trojans were rated third.  They were seeded third in the tournament also.  R-P’s only loss was to Caledonia this season and the Jaguars only loss came against Apple Valley duirng a holiday tournament.  Head Trojan Tom Vix has been at the helm for their two state championships in 1989 and 2006 and they are making their fourteenth appearance in the Tournament.  B-B-E is making their third appearance.  They were champs two seasons ago and finished second in 2011.  In Class 2A Top seeded Annandale meets top rated Esko.  The Section 5 champion Cardinals of Annandale are 25-6 and making their third appearance at State and have never won the title.  Esko is in their fourth tourney and also has never won a championship.  Annandale was rated 5th in the final coaches poll.  This game is scheduled for a 2pm start.  In the evening the Class 3A matchup is the same as a year ago.  Big Nine Conference Champion Austin tries to stop the Minneapolis DeLasalle Islanders from winning their third straight title and eighth overall.  Austin is going for their fourth crown and first since the year I was born, 1958.  It’s Austin’s 29th appearance and DeLasalle’s 19th.  Coverage will begin at 6:05pm on KDHL.  The Packers have great guards and the Islanders 6’8 Reid Travis heading to Stanford on a basketball scholarship.  Not a lot of size for Austin, how do they limit Travis’s touches will be the key.  In the 4A Championship the top seed goes up against the two seed with number one seed Hopkins facing Lakeville North.  Both teams boast their highest scoring teams ever.  The Royals only loss 96-90 to defending champion Apple Valley.  Hopkins is making their 20th appearance and is going for their ninth championship and Lakeville North has been to state four times and has never won the title.  The Panthers were at state twice as Lakeville, the first time in 1995.  We’ve been told the game will not start earlier than 9pm.





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