All-time team: the Golden Era

  • Updated: March 19, 2012 - 7:57 PM
hide

During Bob Zender’s varsity basketball career, Edina went 79-1 and won three state titles.

Photo: Star Tribune file, ALL

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

Terry Kunze, Duluth Central, 6-foot-4 guard (1961)

At  6-foot-4, he offered rare size for that era in a point guard, running the show for the unbeaten Trojans. Kunze could shoot, handle the ball and later was a Gophers’ starter with Lou Hudson and Archie Clark.

Tom Nordland, Minneapolis Roosevelt, 6-foot-2 guard (1956-57)

He played wing for the Teddies and was labeled as best jump shooter ever to appear in tournament at that time. Nordland played at Stanford and still teaches shooting.

Bob Bruggers, Danube, 6-foot-2 forward (1961-62)

The future NFL linebacker became tourney legend with his inside-outside scoring. In ‘62, he had 36 points in a 66-62 loss to favored St. Louis Park, the eventual champion.

Bob Zender, Edina, 6-foot-8 forward (1966-68)

Zender moved into the lineup as a sophomore and starred for the Hornets -- the only team to win three titles in a row in the one-class tournament. He was a scoring threat and tremendous inside defender.

Ron Johnson, New Prague, 6-foot-8 center (1955-56)

He was generally surrounded by three defenders, yet Johnson was close to unstoppable around the lane. He scored 203 in six tournament games, including a one-class, single-game record of 48 in the 1956 third-place game.

 

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

download our hockey apps

download our basketball apps

download our football apps

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close