TIMELINE: 100 years of Minnesota boys' basketball

  • Updated: March 20, 2012 - 9:16 AM
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Four Edina players celebrate their team's being on their way to state in the late 1960s.

Photo: Charles Bjorgen, Star Tribune

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1913 -- First State Tournament, a 13 team Invitational is held at Carleton College in Northfield. Fosston won the first championship over Mountain Lake, a team without a coach or a gym and only six players.

1916 – The Minnesota High School Athletic Association is formed.

1922 – One player could shoot all of the team’s free throws. Martin Norton of MinneapolisCentral made 37 free throws, a tournament record that stood until 2007 when it was broken by Cody Schilling of Ellsworth.

1923 – The tournament was moved to the Kenwood Armory in Minneapolis

1926 – Gaylord upset three teams to win the state title and became the prototype for the modern “Cinderella” team.

1928 -- The tournament was played at the Fieldhouse at the University of Minnesota, which later became Williams Arena.

1929 – The Minnesota High School Athletic Association merged with the Minnesota State Debate League and became the Minnesota State High School League.

1930-34 – Chisholm became the first team to play in five straight tournaments

1933 – The tournament was played at the Minneapolis Auditorium

1937 – The final year where games featured a center jump after each basket.

1946 – The fast break was introduced by Lynd, the smallest school to ever make it to the State Tournament. They defeated No. 1 Crosby-Ironton by running on every possession,

1947 – The first African-Americans played in the Tournament: Leon Combs and Curtis Russell of St. Paul Marshall High School.

1960 – Edgerton becomes the smallest school to every win a single-classtitle, upsetting Richfield and Austin.

1963 – Marshall defeated Cloquet 75-74 in the Championship game, considered by many as one of the greatest games in tournament history.

1966-68 – Edina became a dynasty winning a record 69 straight games and three straight championships.

1971 – The two-class tournament begins, including a final game between the Champions from Class A and AA.

1972 – Jeff Nessler’s half-court buzzer beater allows St. James to defeat Melrose in the Class A Championship game. The Saints went on to defeat Mounds View in the “Playoff Game.”

1973 – The tournament is played at the new St. Paul Civic Center for the first time.

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