The results were finally posted long about Tuesday. The big news--well, there's the winners, the Apple Valley boys and Hopkins girls. But the other big news is the continuing decline of competitiveness among the classes. The higher class team, so to speak, won 38 games while losing 10. The bigger schools went 21-5 among the boys and 17-5 among the girls.
The third news item is the reluctance of the better small school teams to come and get hammered by Hopkins et al. The girls' field was only filled by an all-star team of girls who participated in the Pacesetter camp, which was called Pacesetter Tech.
Still there was some good basketball, judging at least by the scores.
Blake 70 Edina 68 (OT) quarter-finals
Apple Valley 74 Waconia 67 quarter-finals
Hopkins 67 Austin 60 quarter-finals
Blake 62 Osseo 60 semis
Apple Valley 97 Hopkins 81 semis
Apple Valley 84 Blake 74 championship finals
3rd Osseo 70 Hopkins 61
5th Austin 67 BBE 59
7th Waconia 71 Faribault BA 56
9th Edina 57 Litchfield 52
11th Rochester Lourdes 59 Fairmont 49
13th Hayfield 56 Heritage Christian 51
15th Grand Rapids 56 Southland 51
In the final it was Hopkins 63 Tonka 51. Hopkins defeated Eastview 64-53 and Mankato East 57-34 to reach the finals. Eastview edged Lakeview North 48-45 in OT in the quarter-finals, and surprised Kennedy 54-48 in the semis. Kennedy had edged Providence 54-48 in the quarter-finals of the loaded top bracket. Eastview edged Kennedy 48-42 for 3rd place as AAAA swept all of the top 4 places.
5th Lakeville North 55 Providence 38
7th Crookston 53 Mankato East 46
9th Chaska 65 Fergus Falls 54
11th Pacesetter Tech 77 St. Paul Central 75
13th Minneota 54 Mountain Iron-Buhl 38
15th Isle 43 Foley 36