It doesn't happen very often at all, but one Southeast Minnesota High School Basketball team is going to be playing on National Television Monday evening. Yes, tonight!

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The Stewartville Tigers Boys Basketball team is headed to Minnehaha Academy to take on the Redhawks in a game that will be televised on ESPNU, tip-off is slated for 6 p.m.

The Tigers, who are ranked #4 in the state in Class AA, got the matchup scheduled just yesterday. Minnehaha Academy was slated to take on Houston, Tennessee in the National TV Showdown, but that team couldn't make it because of snow.

The Redhawks were looking for a matchup, and they found one in the Tigers.

The Tigers are led by Senior Will Tschetter, the #2 ranked recruit in the state, and they will have a tough task with Minnehaha Academy. The Redhawks are led by Chet Holmgren, the #1 ranked recruit in the nation. Minnehaha is ranked #1 in Class AAA, and are 7-1 on the season.

The Tigers' lone loss of the season came at the hands of #3 ranked Caledonia back on Friday, February 5th. The Redhawks' lone loss came to IMG Academy back on February 6th.

It will be very cool to see two Minnesota High School on the big stage. The Redhawks are used to the bright lights, having been one of the best teams not just in the state, but in the nation. The Redhawks won the Class AA Championship in 2017, 2018, and 2019. They made the move up to Class AAA in 2020 and were Section 4 champions before basketball season was stopped due to the pandemic.

While Tschetter and Holmgren are the headliners, both teams have quality role players, including Nolan Stier for Stewartville, and Prince Aligbe for Minnehaha Academy, who is another D-I college recruit for the Redhawks.


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