Best teams of the Golden Era

  • Updated: March 20, 2012 - 8:26 PM

On Mar. 29, 1960, when Edgerton won the state boys basketball tournament people turned out from miles around to cheer the team upon their return home.

1. Edina, 1967 (27-0):

The middle champ in the Hornets’ three-year run of titles. Three tourney wins by an average of 20 points, with four all-staters: Kurt Shellhas, Jay Kiedrowski, Jeff Wright and Bob Zender.

2. Hopkins, 1952 (25-1)

The ‘53 Warriors (before they became the Royals) were champs and unbeaten but this team had big Bob Wagner, twins Dave and Dan Tschimperle and Jerry Porter. Dave Tschimperle, one of the era’s greats, was three-time all-tourney.

3. Minneapolis Roosevelt, 1957 (27-0)

The Teddies pummeled Blue Earth 101-54 to win the ‘56 title, then repeated with an unbeaten ‘57. Tom Nordland was the outside shooter, Jerry Butler the dominant center. Point guard Greg Larson became a Pro Bowl center for the New York Giants.

4. Duluth Central, 1961 (27-0)

Jim Hastings’ Trojans survived a 51-50 title game scare from Bemidji, led by all-everything guard Terry Kunze and sophomore center Chet Anderson.

5. Edgerton, 1960 (27-0)

The tourney’s major Cinderalla story also should be remembered as a collection of marvelous shooters. Guard Darrell Kreun was an all-time marksman.

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