Apple Valley • basketball
As the most prominent high school basketball player in the state, it would be easy to assume that Jones, the junior point guard with the moxie of a player 10 years his senior, would have taken Apple Valley’s Class 4A state championship game victory over Park Center in stride, just another milestone in a career that seems destined to have many more.
But one look at Jones as he let out a primal scream as he was removed late in the game, the victory assured, said otherwise.
As has been his MO all year, Jones spent the better part of the first half getting his teammates involved, then put the Eagles on his shoulders and led them to a 74-57 victory. Jones had his best game of the tournament, scoring 28 points (making all 18 of his free throws), grabbing 11 rebounds and adding five assists.
“It was an amazing feeling to finally win it,” Jones said. “It’s kind of a storybook ending.”
DeLaSalle • basketball
Always calm despite the beating he takes near the basket, the 6-7 junior center averaged a double-double in pacing the Islanders to their second consecutive Class 3A championship. Travis, the Metro Player of the Year, scored 70 points and had 40 rebounds in the three-game set.
Minnehaha Academy • basketball
Previously better known as the son of former University of Minnesota forward Randy Carter, Kaharri made his name by guiding the Redhawks to the Class 2A state championship, scoring 49 points and grabbing 25 rebounds, leading the team in both categories.