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Girls state champions are Goodhue, Plainview-Elgin-Millville, Holy Angels and Minnetonka

March 22, 2016 in Minnesota Roundups

By Bruce Strand bruce.a.strand@gmail.com   The southeastern tip of Minnesota had a bonanza at the state girls basketball tournament with top-ranked Plainview-Elgin-Millville and Goodhue coming through with championships in 2A and 1A while Winona reached…

No. 1 Plainview-Elgin-Millville, upstart New London-Spicer reach 2A finals

March 18, 2016 in Minnesota Roundups

By Bruce Strand bruce.a.strand@gmail.com   Top-ranked Plainview-Elgin-Millville and unranked New London-Spicer will clash for the Class 2A state…

Soph sub wins thriller for Maranatha over MIB; they face Goodhue for 1A crown

March 18, 2016 in Minnesota Roundups

By Bruce Strand bruce.a.strand@gmail.com Each team has a 2,000-points scorer but it was a low-profile sophomore sub who settled the issue in a classic…

Girls BB finalists: Hopkins vs. Minnetonka, Holy Angels vs. Winona

March 17, 2016 in Minnesota Roundups

By Bruce Strand bruce.a.strand@gmail.com Hopkins will be seeking its seventh state championship and Minnetonka trying to win its first when the Lake Conference powers clash in the Class 4A finals on Saturday at 8 p.m., after blowing past their semifinal opponents…

Boys basketball: Hopkins, DeLaSalle, Braham, Mpls. North add to state title collections

March 17, 2016 in Minnesota Roundups

By Bruce Strand bruce.a.strand@gmail.com DeLaSalle stayed on top, and Hopkins, Braham and Minneapolis North returned to the top, as all four added to their lofty collections of state boys basketball championships March 12. DeLaSalle became the first school…

State girls quarterfinal roundup: Upsets sprung by White Bear Lake, Thief River Falls

March 17, 2016 in Minnesota Roundups

Highlights of the state girls basketball tournament quarterfinals include upsets by White Bear Lake over No. 2 St. Michael-Albertville in 4A and Thief River Falls over No. 1 Hutchinson in 3A, along with a duel of two reigning state champions which Hopkins…

State BBB semifinal notebook: Braham topples No. 1 St. Croix; Goodhue, Jackson are surprise finalists

March 12, 2016 in Minnesota Roundups

By Bruce Strand The Braham Bombers reached state finals for the first time since winning their third straight crown in 2006 by knocking off top-ranked St. Croix Lutheran 86-77 in the Class 2A semifinals -- reversing a December loss to the same team by almost…

State Boys BB notebook: Fergus in finals for first time after mid-season coaching change

March 10, 2016 in Minnesota Roundups

By Bruce Strand Fergus Falls, which had a coaching change just after Christmas due to unfortunate circumstances, wound up in the state championship game for the first time after beating Waseca 70-63 on Wednesday and Red Wing 58-55 on Thursday. They will face…

Osseo dealt first loss by Lakeville North 60-56 in state semifinals

March 10, 2016 in Minnesota Roundups

By Bruce Strand Osseo, the lone unbeaten team (boy or girl) in the state heading into semifinals, was stymied by Lakeville North 60-56 in the semifinals at the state basketball tournament Thursday evening. Nathan Reuevers notched 17 points and Carter Brooks,…

Bruce’s list of top movies in 2015 headed by ‘Age of Adeline’

January 7, 2016 in Lists

"The Age of Adeline" tops my personal list of the best 2015 movies. I'm listing my top 10 below along with another dozen or so that were also very good. Noticeably absent are the latest Star Wars and Hunger Games episodes even though they are probably very…