The 2014-2015 Season Begins!
Minnesota Basketball News will be published in 2014-2015 as 16 weekly pdf issues providing highlights around Minnesota. The pdf issues will be sent via email each Thurs/Fri during the basketball season to all subscribers. Top 20 Team Rankings in all classes, photos, stories, ads and columns will also be provided when available. State tournament coverage will be provided on this website and placed into tournament recap issues.
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UPDATE - November
Pacesetter Winter Classic Youth Basketball Tournaments are set for February 7 and March 7 in St. Cloud. Over 100 teams played last year. Registration is now open and available on the Winter Classic page.
The Pacesetter Youth Basketball Playoffs in four states have now been completely scheduled. See state pages for further information and registration. Over 800 teams played last year.
The Pacesetter Area Basketball and Volleyball Camp brochures are now available for scheduling 2015 summer camps. Click on Basketball Camps or Volleyball Camps in the left column to see the brochure.
Pacesetter Residential Basketball Camps are now being scheduled in all four states featuring Shooting Camps, Championship Basketball Camps, Best of Pacesetter All-Skill Camps, and Combo Camps (shooting and championship). Any schools interested in hosting should write firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coming in 2015: Great Four-State Championship dates at Target Center, Top 100 Expo invitations, Varsity MIT invitations, Sweet 16 invitations, a JV/Varsity Summer Basketball Schedule, and Youth Basketball Summer Tournaments.
Pacesetter Year in Review - 2014
Pacesetter held camps for over 2,400 basketball and volleyball players during the summer of 2014 and conducted over 100 tournaments for over 1,200 youth and varsity basketball teams. Camps and tournaments were held in Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Pacesetter Sports also published Minnesota Basketball News for the 20th year in 2014. Over 170 varsity players also attended the Minnesota Basketball News Top 100 Expo Showcase in St. Cloud.
Twelve Youth Teams Win Pacesetter 2014 Winter Classics
Four tournaments were played and all teams were invited to attend free of charge the St. Cloud Huskies’ college games against Augustana College that evening.
In the 5th grade boys’ tournament, Redwood Falls edged Hutchinson 33-31 for the championship.
For the 7th grade boys, Minneapolis Farview defeated Marshall Black 48-35 to win the title. Moorhead beat Glencoe-Silver Lake 54-39 for third place, Melrose downed Perham 45-34 for 5th place, and Marshall Orange topped Becker for the consolation championship.
In the 8th grade boys’ bracket Marshall Black defeated St. Cloud 46-22, Alexandria Black overcame Detroit Lakes 37-24 for third place, and Big Lake nudged Parkers Prairie 42-41 for consolations honors.
The girls’ played a 7th grade/8th grade combination tournament that saw a great championship game between Fargo North and New Brighton with Fargo winning 31-28. Redwood Area defeated Annandale for 3rd place 31-18.
Sixty-seven youth teams played in the Pacesetter March Winter Classic at The College of St. Ben’s and the Whitney Rec Center on Saturday, March 1.
For the 5th grade girls Alexandria proved to be too strong for the field, winning the championship 17-9 over Willmar. New London-Spicer claimed third with a 19-2 win over Howard Lake-Waverly. Pequot Lakes took the consolation championship with a 14-5 win over Pierz.
In the 6th grade girls’ bracket BOLD defeated Pequot Lakes 27-16 for the championship, Kenyon-Wanamingo topped Melrose 30-21 for third place, and Rocori edged Hutchinson 22-21 in the consolation championship.
At the 7th grade girls’ level, Eden Valley-Watkins won the championship with a 23-16 win over New Brighton, and St. Cloud earned third place with a 32-25 win over New London-Spicer.
For the 8th grade girls, an exciting championship game matched Fargo North against Bemidji with Fargo winning a close one 33-32. New Prague claimed third place with 30-23 win over neighbor Sibley East. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa topped Melrose 31-12 for the consolation championship.
In the boys’ 5th grade division, Minneapolis Farview 5th grade defeated Minneapolis Farview 4th grade 25-19 in the championship. West Fargo defeated Hutchinson 31-20 for third place, and Annandale slipped by Jackson Co. Central 25-20 in the consolation championship.
For the 6th grade boys, Brandon-Evansville claimed the championship with a 31-28 win over BOLD, and Cleveland knocked off Mounds View Gold 38-28 for third place.
At the 7th grade boys’ level, Moorhead and Melrose battled for the championship with Moorhead winning a close one 39-36. Willmar took third place with a 33-18 win over Annandale, and West Fargo won the fifth place game 30-8 over Waterville-Elysian. Kimball claimed the consolation championship with a 31-27 win over Becker.
In the 8th grade boys’ division, Leech Lake defeated Chanhassen 33-29 in the championship game, Cleveland outlasted Detroit Lakes 38-27 for third place, and Hutchinson won the consolation championship with a 37-24 win over Big Lake.
The 2015 Pacesetter Winter Classics will be held on Feb. 7 and March 7 for grades 5-6-7-8 boys and girls. Download 2015 flier or register online.
MINNESOTA YOUTH STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS - June 14-15
Five Teams Win Minnesota State Championships and Thirteen Minnesota teams qualify to play at Target Center in Great Four-State Championships
The Austin 8th grade boys won the Minnesota state championship 29-26 over Northfield in an exciting final game. Both teams qualify to represent Minnesota at the Target Center on Sunday, June 29.
The Lake City 6th grade boys edged Minneota 32-31 in another tight state championship game. Both teams qualify to represent Minnesota at the Target Center on Saturday and Sunday, July 12-13.
The Roseau 9th grade girls defended their state title by repeating as Minnesota state champions with a 42-29 win over Mountain Iron-Buhl. Both teams and Plainview-Elgin-Millville as the third place team qualify to represent Minnesota at the Target Center on Friday, July 25.
The Eden Valley-Watkins 7th grade girls nudged Willmar 24-20 in double overtime to win the state championship. Both teams and Austin as the third place team qualify to represent Minnesota at the Target Center on Saturday, June 28.
For the 5th grade girls, in their first state tournament, Alexandria slipped by Roseau 21-17. Both teams and Dover-Eyota as the third place team qualify to represent Minnesota at the Target Center on Saturday, July 12.
State MIT Recap
The 9th grade Kenyon-Wanamingo girls nipped Canby 30-29 in the Pacesetter State MIT championship game.
St. Michael-Albertville's 7th grade girls won the State MIT with a 37-28 win over New London-Spicer.
Litchfield's 5th grade girls defeated New London-Spicer 25-19 for the state MIT championship.
For the 6th grade boys Cannon Falls proved to be too strong for Waterville-Elysian-Morristown 30-24 to claim the State MIT title.
For the 8th grade boys, who played in a 16-team bracket, Leech Lake was the survivor winning the State MIT championship 38-25 over Brandon-Evansville.
MINNESOTA YOUTH STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS - June 21-22
Five Minnesota Teams Win State Championships and Fifteen Teams Advance to Target Center for Great Four-State Championship.
Minnesota teams in grades 5-9 concluded an 8-region playoff system last weekend in St. Cloud which featured almost 700 teams playing for the ten Pacesetter Minnesota Youth Basketball State Championships.
In the 9th grade boys' battle for state supremacy, the Fergus Falls boys deflected strong challenges from Grand Rapids 59-48, Austin 40-37 and finally Jackson Co. Central 48-44 to win the over-all Minnesota state championship. Austin defeated St. Charles 40-35 for third place.
Spring Grove survived a strong field of 7th grade teams be defeating Delano 31-14, then New London-Spicer in the semi-finals 37-27 before sneaking by a persistent Perham team 39-37 in an exciting championship game. Esko edged New London-Spicer 45-41 in the third place game. Minneota won the consolation championship 38-25 over Stewartville.
In the boys' 5th grade tournament, the Minneapolis Farview Spartans dominated the field, winning the opening game 27-9 after a slow start and the semi-finals 25-14 over Esko, and finally outplaying a strong Marshall team 25-15 in the state championship game. Bemidji beat Esko 24-19 for third place and Moorhead downed Redwood Falls 29-26 to win the consolation championship.
For the girls' 6th grade state championship, Moorhead proved too overpowering again as they won their second consecutive title by defeating Willmar 33-16 in the opening round, Kenyon-Wanamingo 40-14 in the semi-finals, and a solid Eden Valley-Watkins team 43-28 in the state championship game. Triton nipped rival and neighbor Kenyon-Wanamingo 29-27 in the third place game, and Willmar slipped by Red Lake 21-17 for the consolation championship.
The 8th grade girls' championship was claimed by Sleepy Eye, who had to battle through three strong teams to claim the title, winning the opening game 22-13 over Mountain Iron-Buhl, the semi-finals 37-25 over Goodhue and the final 28-19 over International Falls.
Fifteen of the Minnesota teams from the weekend will advance to represent Minnesota in the Pacesetter Great Four-State Championships at the Target Center.
9th Grade Boys: Fergus Falls, Jackson Co. Central, Austin
7th Grade Boys: Spring Grove, Perham, Esko
5th Grade Boys: Minneapolis Farview, Marshall, Esko
6th Grade Girls: Moorhead, Eden Valley-Watkins
8th Grade Girls: Sleepy Eye, Goodhue, and Northwest
STATE MIT Championship Results
5th Boys: Minneapolis Farview (4th) 29, Cottage Grove 23
7th Boys: St. Charles 40, Fergus Falls 39
9th Boys: Crosby-Ironton 37, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 35
6th Girls: Mesabi East 27, New London-Spicer 16
PACESETTER GREAT FOUR-STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Pacesetter Crowned Ten 2014 Great Four-State Youth Basketball Champions at Target Center in Minneapolis
Over 850 youth basketball teams from Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota and North Dakota again entered the Pacesetter Play offs for the Great Four-State Basketball Championships in 2014. Two teams from each state then advanced to the Target Center in Minneapolis to play off for the over-all four-state championships.
The 7th and 8th grade teams played first on June 28-29 as the Brandon Valley (SD) 7th grade girls, Ankeny (IA) 7th grade boys, Sleepy Eye (MN) 8th grade girls and Mount Pleasant (IA) 8th grade boys won Great State titles.
At the 7th grade girls level Brandon Valley defeated Eden Valley-Watkins (MN) 26-20 in the championship game. Austin (MN) captured third place with a 39-32 win over Willmar (MN). West Fargo (ND) won the consolation championship 36-33 over Four Winds (ND).
For the 7th grade boys Ankeny (IA)dethroned two-time Great State champion Bismarck (ND) 43-32 for the title while Perham (MN) edged Spring Grove (MN) for third place. Dike-New Hartford (IA) claimed the consolation championship with a 39-24 win over Red Cloud (SD).
On Sunday the Sleepy Eye 8th grade girls dominated the field winning the championship 40-16 over Bismarck (ND). Vermillion (SD) took third place with a 39-28 win over Goodhue on the Target Center floor. Cedar Falls won the consolation championship with a 22-15 win over Barnesville (MN).
The Mount Pleasant 8th grade boys faced Northfield (MN) in the championship and won 37-31. Austin defeated Fargo 50-29 for third place, and Four Winds (ND) won the consolation championship 44-22 over Tri-Valley (SD).
The Minnesota Lynx, who hosted these teams, defeated the Seattle Storm 74-69 in the Sunday night feature game watched by the Pacesetter players and fans.
For the 5th and 6th grade tournament held on July 12-13, the Devils Lake (ND) girls and the Marshall (MN) boys won the 5th grade championships on Saturday, and the Moorhead (MN) girls and the Minneota (MN) boys won the 6th grade titles.
At the 5th grade girls level Devils Lake defeated Aberdeen (SD) 17-12 in the championship game. Alexandria (MN) captured third place with a 15-10 win over Roseau (MN). Grafton (ND) won the consolation championship 18-14 over Hill City (SD).
For the 5th grade boys Marshall (MN) got revenge for a loss in the Minnesota state championship game by defeating rival Minneapolis Farview (MN) 40-26 for the Great State title. Four Winds (ND) edged Mount Vernon (IA) 33-32 for third place. Esko (MN) claimed the consolation championship with a 21-16 win over Langford-Britton (SD).
On Sunday the Moorhead 6th grade girls dominated the field for the second year in a row winning the championship over Mason City (IA). Sioux Falls (SD) took third place with a 32-26 win over Eden Valley-Watkins (MN). MFL MarMac (IA) won the consolation championship with a 26-21 win over Hamlin (SD).
The Minneota (MN) 6th grade boys reached the finals and defeated Four Winds (ND) 30-27 in the championship. Brandon-Evansville (MN) defeated Fargo (ND) 29-28 for third place, and Dubuque Co. (IA) won the consolation championship 26-24 on a last-second shot over state rival Okoboji (IA).
The Minnesota Lynx, who hosted these teams, defeated the Seattle Storm 77-60 in the Sunday afternoon feature game watched by the Pacesetter players and fans.
The final Great State tournament featured the 9th grade teams on Friday, July 25. The 9th grade Mason City boys and Mountain Iron-Buhl girls won the final Pacesetter Great Four-State Championships at the Target Center in Minneapolis Friday.
Mason City began by defeating Jackson County Central (MN) 56-40 in the opening game. Mason City then nudged a strong Four Winds (ND) team 43-42 in the semi-finals before slipping past Madison (SD) 37-36 in the championship game. Madison defeated the Minnesota state champion, Fergus Falls, in the semi-finals 41-35, before losing to Mason City. Fergus Falls edged Four Winds 47-44 in the third place game. Jackson Co. Central recovered to win the consolation championship 40-32 over Larimore (ND). St. Charles (MN) earned 7th place with a 38-37 win over Gregory (SD) in one of the closest brackets ever played.
Mason City finished third in the Iowa state championship, but state champion Pella and runner-up Waterloo East, who played in the Great State finals in 2013, were not able to play due to scheduling conflicts.
The Mountain Iron-Buhl girls got revenge for a 2013 championship game loss to Roseau by turning the tables for a 41-34 win. The MIB girls reached the finals by knocking off Lone Tree (IA) 36-16 in the opening round and Rapid City 41-17 in the semi-finals. Roseau topped Fordville-Lankin-Park River 39-20 in the first round and rolled by New London-Spicer 43-27 in the semi-finals. New London-Spicer defeated Rapid City 21-18 for the third place title. The Fordville-Lankin-Park River (ND) girls rallied to win the consolation championship with a 32-27 win over Litchfield (MN). Madison (SD) claimed 7th place with a 26-13 win over Lone Tree (IA).
Over 850 teams entered the Pacesetter Play offs in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota in 2014. With over 680 teams qualifying in eight regions, Minnesota teams won five Great State titles. Iowa won three championships, South Dakota won one title and North Dakota also won one championship.
MINNESOTA BASKETBALL NEWS - TOP 100 EXPO SHOWCASE
A review will be provided soon here and on the Top 100 page.
The Waconia girls and Huron (SD) boys won Pacesetter Varsity MIT championships
The Waconia girls and Huron boys varsity teams won Pacesetter MIT championships in St. Cloud Sunday after battling the field of teams through 5-6 games Saturday and Sunday.
Waconia qualified for the Division I Final Four along with Hutchinson, Kenyon-Wanamingo and Buffalo. Waconia rolled by Kenyon-Wanamingo 80-57 and Hutchinson overpowered Buffalo 67-49 in the semi-finals. Waconia then defeated Hutchinson 77-63 for the championship.
Huron reached the Division I Final Four by winning the East bracket Saturday, joining Rochester John Marshall, Farmington, and Detroit Lakes for the championship playoff Sunday. Farmington started by slipping by Rochester John Marshall 71-69 in the semi-finals as Huron edged Detroit Lakes 45-36. In the championship game Huron proved to be too strong for Farmington 54-47 to win the title.
PACESETTER “SWEET 16”
Apple Valley Boys and Hopkins Girls Win 24th Annual Pacesetter “Sweet 16” Titles in St. Cloud
The Apple Valley boys flexed their “post-Tyus” muscles last weekend in St. Cloud by dominating the field of Minnesota’s best teams in each class at the Pacesetter “Sweet 16” Basketball Championships, which annually provide a preview of top teams projected for the next season.
The Hopkins girls had to work harder for another Sweet 16 title, edging 2014 Class 4A champion Eastview in the championship 63-57.
The Apple Valley boys knocked off Fond du Lac 106-77 in the opening game, followed by a 99-60 win over 3A Orono in the quarterfinals and a 68-48 win over perennial power Hopkins 68-48 in the semis before cruising to the championship Sunday with an 89-52 win over Cretin-Derham Hall.
The Hopkins girls rolled by Goodhue 73-18 in the opener, then bumped Orono 68-54 in the second round before reaching the finals with a 64-55 win over White Bear Lake. Eastview topped Albany, Maranatha and Kasson-Mantorville to reach the title game.
For the boys, Hopkins claimed third place with 67-57 win over Champlain Park, Caledonia took 5th place with an 84-62 win over Orono, and Columbia Heights won the consolation championship with a 68-65 win over Minneapolis North.
The White Bear Lake girls took third place with a 62-46 win over Kasson-Mantorville, the St. Michael-Albertville girls won fifth place with a 46-42 win over Orono, and Chatfield won the consolation championship with a 63-48 win over Browerville.
The 2015 Pacesetter “Sweet 16”, which will be the 25th Anniversary of this Minnesota summer championship, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, August 1-2.