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Prep basketball teams deprived of tournament get consolation honor

By David La Vaque, Star Tribune, 04/27/20, 3:30PM CDT


All teams in contention for basketball state titles when the COVID-19 pandemic ended play will be known as "finalists'' and receive trophies and medals.

Both the Hopkins and Farmington teams will be among those recognized as finalists by the Minnesota State High School League. Photo by Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

The Minnesota State High School League board of directors meeting Friday offered a little something for sports of all seasons.

Basketball players and coaches received a parting gift and their spring counterparts carry new hope of distance training. Summer training will start as planned, COVID-19 willing, and run a week longer than normal.

First basketball, which unceremoniously ended in March on the unluckiest Friday the 13th in recent memory. The girls’ basketball state tournament was canceled with 12 teams still in the title picture. Sixteen remaining boys’ section final games scheduled for that night were called off.

League associate director Lisa Lissimore said Friday the decision to end the tournament prematurely made for the hardest day in her 30 years with the league.

The board said all girls’ and boys’ teams still in contention for a state championship will be known as “finalists” and receive trophies and medals.

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