The first MInnesota Boys State High School Basketball Tournament was held at Carleton College in Northfield in 1913 and the winner was Fosston 29-27 over Mountain Lake.  Fosston finished their season with a 14-1 record.  The trophy is on display at the Target Center this week.

There was one class from 1913 until 1971 when two classes were put into place.  In 1997 the current four class format was developed.  In this year's Class AAAA portion of the tournament at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday top seed and #1 rated Cretin-Derham Hall (27-2) will play #14 ranked Wayzata (18-11) at the Target Center.

The Raiders two losses came to #13 rated Edina and #9 ranked Eden Prairie and they went undefeated in the Suburban East Conference.  #14 rated Wayzata knocked off #2 ranked Hopkins in the Section 6AAAA Final 63-61.

At Noon Wednesday the #4 seed Eden Prairie Eagles (22-7) will fly up against the #5 seed Osseo Orioles (23-6).  Osseo was ranked #12 in the final Minnesota Basketball News Boys High School Basketball Rankings.

Eden Prairie defeated top seed Cretin-Derham Hall in the final game of the regular season 83-80.  They lost to #3 seed Lakeville North 86-80 in overtime at home.  Beat Wayzata and Class 3A superpower DeLaSalle in Eagle country.

At 2:00 p.m. #2 seed, #3 ranked and defending State Champion Apple Valley (25-4) opens the tournament with unrated Forest Lake (19-10).  The Eagles losses were to Minnehaha Academy 82-79, Edina 71-66, Cretin-Derham Hall 80-69 and Lakeville North 73-67.

The Rangers downed #20 rated Blaine in the Section 7AAAA title game in Lindstrom 64-62.

KDHL will provide our 70th year of broadcasting from the Boys State High School Basketball Tournament.  When KDHL went on the air in 1948 it was determined the State Tournament broadcasts would be made. That year Bemidji defeated Hopkins 38-29 for the state title.  The Lumberjacks finished with a 28-3 record.

The two class system began in 1971 and through 1975 the two winners would have a playoff game won by the bigger schools three of the five years it was done.

A sweet sixteen format was conducted 1995 and 1996 with Minneapolis North winning both those years.

The present four class system was started in 1997.

First Minnesota High School Boys Basketball Trophy. Fosston over Mountain Lake at Carleton College in Northfield. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld