All-time team: the Golden Era

  • Updated: March 19, 2012 - 7:57 PM

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

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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.


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