Best teams of the Early Era

  • Updated: March 19, 2012 - 12:34 PM

1. Buhl, 1942 (28-0)

Team had it all, an all-state forward in John Klarich, a top big man in 6-3 Ed Nylund and tremendous balance. Won back-to-back state titles.

2. Minneapolis Henry, 1945 (24-1)

Jim McIntyre was the most dominant big man the state had seen, leading Henry to consecutive state titles and beating six opponents by an average of 20 points.

3. Minneapolis Edison, 1937 (15-1)

The early debate was whether Buhl or Edison was the best state team. Edison, led by guard Willie Warhol, won by average of 46-25 in 1937, the third straight tourney for Tommies.

4. Chisholm, 1934 (21-2)

The Iron Range team played in five straight tournaments starting in 1930, posting a combined 103-9 record. Finished runner-up the season before claiming title.

5. Red Wing, 1922 (19-0)

The Wingers also won in 1920, and might have had three straight had two starters not missed the 1921 tourney with the flu. Future Hopkins coach Butsie Maetzold was one of stars.

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