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12-1-2013 | Welcome to the 2013-2014 Season"

News Coming



BRACKETS - April 26-27

Grand Rapids:






Please check your bracket and let us know if you see any errors by emailing info@pacesetternet.com. Also, be sure to check back on Friday for any final notes or bracket changes. Safe travels! Enjoy your tournament!

2014 Great State Dates at Target Center:

7th grade boys & girls: Saturday, June 28

8th grade boys & girls: Sunday, June 29

Lynx game: Sunday, June 29 6:00 p.m.

5th grade boys & girls: Saturday, July 12

6th grade boys & girls: Saturday-Sunday, July 12-13

Lynx game: Sunday, July 13 2:00 p.m.

9th grade boys & girls: Friday, July 25

Lynx game: Friday, July 25 7:00 p.m.

Further information will be sent to all teams that have qualified in IA, SD and ND. Minnesota qualifying will take place at the Minnesota state tournament in June.


Please excuse some delays regarding web updating, MN BB News, camps, tournament results, photos, Top 100 invitations, Sweet 16 confirmations, summer JV/varsity tournaments, and general Pacesetter coordination of non-youth tournament events during our "Midwest Madness" run of 80+ tournaments in 23 days.

Everything else has been virtually on hold! Operation "catch up" is in action. Thank you for your patience.


We are gathering and will be posting results and photos from four weekends of youth playoffs, inviting players to the Top 100 Expo, following up on Sweet 16 invitations, finalizing residential camps, registering teams for summer tournaments, registering players for summer camps, posting all camps with registration options, and catching up with everything in general.

CAMP or TOURNAMENT? Last Call for Basketball!

If you are interested in hosting a camp or tournament, please call Tracey at 320-243-7460 or email info@pacesetternet.com. See BB camp brochure or VB camp brochure for options.

2014 Pacesetter Playoffs!

Midwest Madness! "The Road to Minneapolis!"

Registration forms now available:

Minnesota region playoffs Download a flier Register online
North Dakota state tournament Download a flier Register online
South Dakota state tournament Download a flier Register online
Iowa state tournament Download a flier Register online

Over 800 teams played last year in this 4-state playoff system. The top two teams from each state in grades 5-9 are invited to play in the Target Center in Minneapolis in the Great Four-State Championships.


PHOTO: Okoboji 9th grade girls celebrate winning Pacesetter Great Four-State Championship at Target Center in Minneapolis last summer.

Scroll down to see photos and all 2013 results.

Welcome to the 2013-2014 Season!


Pacesetter Sports will be conducting a full schedule of camps and tournaments similar to last year. All dates and locations that have been scheduled will be provided on each page, and all areas of the website will be completed as the events develop. See  2014 Schedule  for events scheduled so far.

Minnesota Basketball News will be published again for our 20th year with the 2013-2014 season. This year MBBN will provide five major issues and 12 weekly in-season update issues with current Top 20 Rankings and statewide highlights. All issues will be published electronically.

Subscriptions are being offered in two ways: 1) to head coaches as e-bundles for $40 that provide subscriptions for up to 40 email addresses per subscription AND 2) to single subscribers for $20 who can add up to four more email addresses of friends or family members.

SINGLE SUBSCRIBERS: Order your one-year subscription by clicking  ORDER SINGLE SUBSCRIPTION 

HEAD COACHES: Order your one-year e-bundle by clicking  ORDER E-BUNDLE 

Pacesetter Winter Classic Youth Basketball Tournaments - February 1 and March 1

The Pacesetter Winter Classic Series will involve two winter youth basketball tournaments:

FEBRUARY CLASSIC: Saturday, February 1 • Grades 5-8 • Boys & Girls • St. Cloud State University • 3-game guarantee • $140


MARCH CLASSIC: Saturday, March 1 • Grades 5-8 • Boys & Girls • College of St. Benedict • 3-game guarantee • $140


Pacesetter Had Another Successful Year in 2013

"The 34th Pacesetter Season"

Pacesetter Held Camps for over 2,500 Players and Tournaments for over 1,300 Teams in 2013

(Photos will be added to specific web pages.)

Pacesetter Sports had another successful year in 2013 as its 34th season, providing tournaments for over 1300 teams and camps for over 2,500 players along with publishing Minnesota Basketball News for the 19th season.

Basketball and Volleyball Camps
Pacesetter held 26 area basketball camps and 42 area volleyball camps in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota for over 2,200 players. Pacesetter also held 9 regional 3-day residential camps for almost 300 players including the Pacesetter Shooting Camps, Pacesetter Championship Basketball Camps, and the Best of Pacesetter All-Skills Camp. These popular specialty programs are intense 27-hour 3-day programs with “wall-to-wall” basketball. Players either stay overnight or commute. Look for a full schedule of camps again in 2014.

Pacesetter “Sweet Sixteen” 
Pacesetter again hosted the state’s premier summer tournament, the Pacesetter “Sweet 16”, which annually features the top Minnesota teams in each class in a 16-team bracket that combines all classes.  Tyus Jones, Minnesota’s high school phenom and the No. 3-rated recruit in the USA, led his high school teammates to the Sweet 16 championship with a 102-80 win over rival Osseo.  The Eastview girls expressed their domination by rocking reigning high school champion Hopkins 64-40 in the championship.  Both Apple Valley and Eastview are the No. 1 teams in class 4A for 2014.

Pacesetter Varsity MIT
In the Pacesetter “Varsity MIT”, which annually features “strong teams only”,  the Rochester John Marshall boys upended Tartan 61-50 in the title game, and the White Bear Lake girls won the MIT title 64-59 against Kenyon-Wanamingo as over 40 teams competed.

Pacesetter Great Four-State Youth Basketball Championships
In youth basketball, Pacesetter hosted the Minnesota Youth Basketball state championships in St. Cloud with over 600 teams competing.  Pacesetter also held open state championships in Iowa, North Dakota, and South Dakota.  The top two teams from each state in grades 5-9 then played off  in the Great Four-State Championships at the Target Center in Minneapolis in July and August.

Iowa teams claimed the over-all Great State title with four championships, Minnesota won three championships, South Dakota won two titles and North Dakota won one title.
For the 9th grade boys Great Four-State Championship, Ankeny (IA) defeated Bismarck (ND) 45-35 and for the girls Okoboji (IA) upended Sioux Valley (SD) 30-21 for the Great State girls’ 9th grade championship.
In the 8th grade boys’ tournament it was an all-Iowa final with Pella edging rival Waterloo 50-48 for the championship.  The Roseau (MN) 8th grade girls claimed Minnesota’s first championship with a 35-32 win over rival Esko (MN).
For the 7th grade boys Cedar Falls claimed Iowa’s fourth title with a 60-41 win over state rival Pella, the 2012 Great State champion.  Aberdeen’s 7th grade girls represented South Dakota well by claiming the first SD Great State title with a 38-29 win over Indianola (IA), who has finished as Great State runner-up for two consecutive years.
In the 6th grade Great Four-State games, the Bismarck boys repeated as Great State champions by notching North Dakota’s first title with a 40-28 win over Linn Mar (IA).  The Brandon Valley (SD) girls muscled their way to a championship over Minnesota’s Mountain Iron-Buhl 32-29.
For the 5th grade tournament, the Minneapolis Grizzlies 5th grade boys hit a 3-pointer in the final seconds to edge a strong Sioux Falls team 28-26, and the Moorhead (MN) girls proved too powerful for the Hamlin (SD) girls winning 24-16.

State Youth Basketball Championships in Iowa, South Dakota and North Dakota 
Pacesetter Youth Basketball State Championships were held in March and April in Iowa, South Dakota and North Dakota.

IOWA Youth Basketball State Championships
In the Iowa 5th grade state championships held at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls and Kingdom Hoops Complex in Ankeny, the Ames boys defeated Waterloo 32-25 and the Cedar Falls girls nudged MFL MarMac 19-15.
For the Iowa 6th grade state championship, the Linn Mar boys won against Cedar Rapids, and the Tipton girls edged Central Decatur 22-19.
In a strong field for the 7th grade Iowa boys’ tournament, Cedar Falls upended 2012 Great Four-State champion Pella 52-42 in the championship game.  For the girls Pella slipped by 2012 Great State runner-up Indianola 22-20.
For the Iowa 8th grade state championship the 2012 Great State champion Pella boys overpowered Waterloo 63-40, and the Waverly-Shell Rock girls defeated Linn Mar 29-25.
At the 9th grade level the 2012 Great State champion Ankeny boys proved to be too strong for a stubborn West Hancock squad 47-37, and the Okoboji girls controlled Cardinal 35-24 in the final game to win another Iowa state championship.
NORTH DAKOTA Youth Basketball State Championships 
In the North Dakota state championships at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks and the University of Mary in Bismarck, played on a snowy weekend in April, the West Fargo 5th grade boys topped Jamestown 31-18 and the Bismarck girls rolled by Thompson 31-13 for state championships.
The 2012 Great State champion Bismarck boys 6th grade team exerted their dominance over runner-up Jamestown 39-25, and Devils Lake edged Dickinson 22-20 for the 6th grade girls state championship.
At the 7th grade state championship, the Fargo Laserz boys topped Thompson 41-19, and the Fargo Davies girls won the state title over a strong Devils Lake team 40-36.
For the 8th grade North Dakota state championship, the Four Winds boys blew past Bismarck in a shortened game due to the blizzard 28-14, and for the 8th grade girls Turtle Mountain team defeated Fargo Sullivan 26-22.
In the 9th grade state championship, the Bismarck Century boys rolled by Devils Lake 56-38 and Watford City edged Fairmount-Campbell-Tintah.
SOUTH DAKOTA Youth Basketball State Championships
In the South Dakota Youth Basketball State Championships played in the Elmen Center at Augustana College in Sioux Falls the Hamlin 5th grade girls upended Yankton 24-14 to the win the state championship and Sioux Falls defeated Aberdeen for the 5th grade boys’ state title.

At the 6th grade level, the Brandon Valley girls defeated the Pierre girls, who won the over-all four-state championship in Minneapolis in 2012, by a 35-30 score, and Brandon Valley outlasted Bridgewater-Emery 40-37 for the 6th grade boys’ state championship.

Aberdeen swept the two 7th grade South Dakota state championships as the girls held off Madison 32-27 and the boys overpowered Madison 50-19.

Sioux Falls claimed another state championship at the 8th grade girls level over Rapid City South 35-18 as the 8th grade boys’ state title was claimed by a
western team with Winner-Gregory topping Wagner 65-25.

A strong Sioux Valley 9th grade girls’ team defended their state title with a 34-19 win over Wagner, and the Yankton 9th grade boys were too strong for Madison winning 47-37.

MINNESOTA Youth Basketball State Championships
 For the 5th grade boys’ Minnesota state champiionship, Minneapolis edged a strong Lake City team 45-41, Hermantiown won third place over Jackson Co. Central 26-20, and Detroit Lakes topped Marshall 30-21 for the consolation championship.

For the 5th grade girls Moorhead dominated the field and won the title 27-12 over Kenyon-Wanamingo, Triton captured third with a 42-25 win over Willmar and Cambridge-Isanti topped Red Lake 25-17 for the consolation title.
At the 6th grade boys’ level, Spring Grove nudged Minneapolis Farview 36-34 for the state title, Perham won third place over RTR/Spring Grove 33-26, and Faribault BA claimed consolation honors over Esko 24-21.
For the 6th grade girls Mountain Iron-Buhl barely edged Kasson-Mantorville in a great state final game 22-21, Roseau claimed third place over Shakopee 29-26, and Menahga won the consolation trophy over Annandale 28-15.

For the 7th grade boys, Melrose exploded behind hot 3-point shooting to defeat Marshall 43-26, Esko snuck by Willmar 38-36 for third place, and Cass Lake knocked off central Minnesota neighbor Pequot Lakes 48-36 for the consolation trophy.

In the 7th grade girls state championship game, Becker proved to be too strong for the Northwest Stars from Stephen-Argyle 26-15, International Falls rocked Goodhue 57-18 for third place, and Sleepy Eye slid past Cedar Mountain-Comfrey 33-25.
In an exciting 8th grade boys’ championship game, Jackson County Central edged a strong Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton team 30-27 to claim the state championship, Byron overpowered Montevideo 58-43 for third place, and Bemidji outshot neighbor Red Lake for the consolation honors in a high-scoring game 60-55.

The 8th grade girls’ state championship matched two of the best teams in the four-state area as Roseau outlasted Esko for a 38-35 win, Minnewaska passed Litchfield 32-28 for third place and New London-Spicer claimed the consolation championship 21-13 over New Prague.
The 9th grade boys state championship matched a talented Cass Lake team against an experienced Fergus Falls team with Cass Lake surviving 40-37. Mountain Iron-Buhl took third place 48-36 over Albany, and Hermantown bumped Unity from Alexandria 38-36.

Pelican Rapids ruled the day for the 9th grade girls upending a strong Mountain Iron-Buhl team in the semis on a last-second shot in overtime before defeating Plainview-Elgin-Millville 42-29 in the finals. MIB claimed third place with a win 47-25 over neighbor Grand Rapids while St. Croix Lutheran defeated Marshall for the consolation championship.   

Over 100 Players Attend Minnesota Basketball News Top 100 Expo Showcase       

Over 100 players attended the Minnesota Basketball News Top 100 Expo Showcase at St. Ben’s near St. Cloud in July. Each year the Top 200 Boys and Top 200 Girls in Minnesota are invited along with select players from neighboring states. The field is limited to the first 72 players to attend for each gender.

Players were exposed to the Minnesota News staff for consideration for the Top 100 Players List for 2013-2014 and to college coaches who attend for recruiting purposes. Over 30 college coaches attend the Expo each year.

All players are coached by college coaches in a 4-game schedule that concludes with a championship game. In addition to team practices and the games, players also receive some instruction and compete in one-on-one and 3-point contests. Paul McDonald, head coach at Vermilion Community College, is the boys’ coordinator, and Steve Hucke, head women’s coach at Rochester Community College is the girls’ coordinator.

The 2013 Top 100 Girls All-Star Team included Amber Bray (Anoka), Karlea Kyllo (Lester Prairie), Elizabethe Swanson (East Central), Ashley Bray (Anoka), Kendra Crawford (Rushford-Peterson), Taylor Hagen, Camp MVP (Blooming Prairie), Courtney Scoblic (Lester Prairie), Baylie Kubesh (BOLD), Meg Clark (Kenyon-Wanamingo), Audra Clark (Kenyon-Wanamingo) and Kate Thiesse (Martin County West). See photo below.

The 2013 Top 100 Expo Boys All-Star Team included Will Hoiseth (American School of Doha), Aaron Hollcraft (Crookston), Jackson Greenwaldt (St. Michael-Albertville), Nick Machemehl (Lester Prairie), Sam Baker (Benilde-St. Margaret's). Back; Sam Dokkebakken, Camp MVP (Big Lake), Jeremy Stuart (Hayfield), Dalante Peyton (St. Paul Academy), Jacob Joppru (Thief River Falls) and Tanner Hinck (White Bear Lake). See photo below.

The 2013 Top 100 Expo Boys Tournament Champion was Nebraska, which included
Kyle Sorenson, (Caledonia) Sam Dokkebakken (Big Lake) Jayson Edwards (Benilde-St. Margaret's), Riley Bollum (Goodhue), Jackson Greenwaldt (St. Michael-Albertville), Allen Watland (Grand Rapids) and Dillon Harms (North Branch). Photo below.

The 2013 Top 100 Expo Girls Tournament Champion was North Carolina, which included Abigayle Thompson (Littlefork-Big Falls), Christina Kruize (West Central), Lauryn Smith (St. Paul Johnson), Kelsy Schlenk (East Grand Forks), Audra Clark (Kenyon-Wanamingo), Haley Sandin (Princeton), Kate Thiesse (Martin County West) and Darian Vinkemeier (Jordan). Photo below.

The 2013 Top 100 Contest Winners for the girls were Kelsey Schlenk, East Grand Forks, 3-pointers, hitting 16 for 25; Karlea Kyllo, Lester Prairie, free throws, making 29 of 30; and Kate McKay, Henry Sibley, one-on-one champion. Photo below.

2013 Top 100 Contest winners for the boys included Jack Stensgard, Simley, 3-pointers, 14 of 25; and free throw champion, 33 of 34 (players were allowed to continue a streak until missing beyond 25 of 25). Reggie Meyer, Totino-Grace, was the one-on-one champion. Photo below.

The 2014 Top 100 Expo Showcase will be held on Tuesday-Wednesday, July 1-2 at St. Ben’s. The top 200 players in each gender will be invited in February of 2014. Head coaches whose players have not been invited by March 1 may also recommend players who were not named to the Top 200 List by contacting MBBN publisher Jeff McCarron at jeff@pacesetternet.com.

All information, fliers, registration options, brackets and results for 2014 will be provided on this website as available.

QUESTIONS? Call the Pacesetter office at 320-243-7460 or write info@pacesetternet.com.



Over 100 Players Attend 2013 Minnesota Basketball News Top 100 Expo Showcase
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2013 Top 100 Girls All-Star Team...Front; Amber Bray (Anoka), Karlea Kyllo (Lester Prairie), Elizabethe Swanson (East Central), Ashley Bray (Anoka), Kendra Crawford (Rushford-Peterson). Back; Taylor Hagen, Camp MVP (Blooming Prairie), Courtney Scoblic (Lester Prairie), Baylie Kubesh (BOLD), Meg Clark (Kenyon-Wanamingo), Audra Clark (Kenyon-Wanamingo) and Kate Thiesse (Martin County West).
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2013 Top 100 Expo Boys All-Star Team...Front; Will Hoiseth (Am. School of Doha), Aaron Hollcraft (Crookston), Jackson Greenwaldt (St. Michael-Albertville), Nick Machemehl (Lester Prairie), Sam Baker (Benilde-St. Margaret's). Back; Sam Dokkebakken, Camp MVP (Big Lake), Jeremy Stuart (Hayfield), Dalante Peyton (St. Paul Academy), Jacob Joppru (Thief River Falls) and Tanner Hinck (White Bear Lake).
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2013 Top 100 Expo Boys Tournament Champion, Nebraska
Front; Kyle Sorenson, Caledonia; Sam Dokkebakken, Big Lake; Jayson Edwards, Benilde-St. Margaret's. Back; Riley Bollum, Goodhue; Jackson Greenwaldt, St. Michael-Albertville; Allen Watland, Grand Rapids; and Dillon Harms, North Branch.
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Day 2 Tournament champion, North Carolina,
Abigayle Thompson, Littlefork-Big Falls; Christina Kruize, West Central; Lauryn Smith, St. Paul Johnson; Kelsy Schlenk, East Grand Forks. Back; Audra Clark, Kenyon-Wanamingo; Haley Sandin, Princeton; Kate Thiesse, Martin County West and Darian Vinkemeier, Jordan.
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2013 Top 100 Contest Winners...Kelsey Schlenk, East Grand Forks, 3-pointers, 16/25; Karlea Kyllo, Lester Prairie, free throws, 29/30; and Kate McKay, Henry Sibley, One-on-One.
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2013 Top 100 Contest winners....Jack Stensgard, Simley, 3-pointers, 14/25; and free throw champion, 33/34. Not pictured, Reggie Meyer, Totino-Grace, One-on-One winner.
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Pacesetter Great Four-State Championships • Target Center • Minneapolis, MN • August 2-4

Cedar Falls Boys, Aberdeen Girls, Bismarck Boys, Brandon Valley Girls, Moorhead Girls and Minneapolis Boys each claim a “Great State” Title in the Pacesetter Great Four-State Championships at the Target Center August 2-4

Pacesetter Sports held a triple-header Great Four-State championship series at the Target Center in Minneapolis August 2-4 crowning champions from each of the four states: Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota.

On Friday the Aberdeen (SD) girls upended Indianola, Iowa, 38-29 to win the 7th grade championship. The Cedar Falls (IA) boys defeated cross-state rival and 2012 Great State champion, Pella, 60-41 to win the 7th grade boys’ championship.

The 6th grade championships were ruled by the west as the Bismarck (ND) boys defended their 5th grade championship by downing Linn Mar, Iowa, 40-28 in the finals. The Brandon Valley (SD) girls proved too dominant for the field as they edged Mt. Iron-Buhl (Minnesota) in the 6th grade championship game 32-29.

Minnesota teams claimed both four-state championships on Sunday in the 5th grade tournament as the Moorhead girls won three straight games ending with a 24-16 win over Hamlin, South Dakota, in the championship. The boys’ championship featured a seesaw battle between Sioux Falls and Minneapolis that ended with a three-point shot sealing the win for Minneapolis (Grizzlies) 28-26 with six seconds to play.

For the 7th grade tournaments, the Becker (MN) girls and Aberdeen (SD) boys earned third place, and the Devils Lake (ND) girls and the Melrose (MN) boys won the consolation championships.

For the 6th grade, the Minneapolis (Farview) boys and Tipton, Iowa, girls won third place, and the Cedar Rapids (IA) boys and Central Decatur (IA) girls won the consolation championships.

On Sunday, the Jamestown (ND) boys and Bismarck (ND) girls won the 5th grade third place titles while the Lake City (MN) boys and Kenyon-Wanamingo (MN) girls won consolation championships.

All Great State games are held in conjunction with Minnesota Lynx games. Over 1,100 Pacesetter players and fans attended the Lynx game Friday night (August 2). Many players were treated to special fan experiences including an on-court recognition of Friday’s top two teams, a fan tunnel for Lynx players, and post-game autographs.

Over 800 teams in grades 5-9 participated in Pacesetter playoffs last spring that culminated in the Great Four-State championships. Playoff sites and dates for 2014 will be provided on the Pacesetter website at www.pacesetternet.com.

7th grade girls' bracket/results   7th grade boys' bracket/results
6th grade girls' bracket/results   6th grade boys' bracket/results
5th grade girls' bracket/results   5th grade boys' bracket/results

Sweet 16 - August 3-4 • College of St. Ben’s • St. Joseph, MN (St. Cloud)

Apple Valley Boys and Eastview Girls Win Pacesetter “Sweet 16” Basketball Championships

The Apple Valley boys behind star guard Tyus Jones and the Eastview girls both cruised to four wins at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph August 3-4 to claim the Pacesetter “Sweet Sixteen” Championship, which invites the top four teams in each class to battle for one over-all summer state championship.

Apple Valley began with a 77-59 win over a pesky Perham team and followed that game by overpowering Grand Rapids 92-38. The final four teams were all Class 4A teams as Hopkins lost to Osseo 77-74 and Apple Valley knocked off Eden Prairie 96-76. Apple Valley then swept past Osseo in the final 102-80. “Tyus put on a show!” said Pacesetter director Pat Dewey.

The Eatsview girls were even more dominant as they defeated Dawson-Boyd 70-29 in the opener, Mankato East 78-33 in the second round, Minnetonka 59-34 in the semi-finals before rocking the reigning high school 4A champion, Hopkins, in the finals 64-40.

The Hopkins boys claimed third place with a 92-68 win over Eden Prairie, Red Wing won fifth place 63-49 over Annadale, and Rushford-Peterson won three games to win the consolation championship 68-61 in a class 1A battle with Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa.

The Lakeville South girls won third place with a 47-44 win over Minnetonka, class 1A Minneota took 5th place with a 55-51 win over 1A rival Goodhue, and the Foley girls won three straight games to win the consolation championship with a 55-44 win over Minneapolis Washburn.

The Pacesetter “Sweet Sixteen” is an annual event coordinated by Pacesetter Sports since 1992. The Minnesota Basketball News editors invite the top four teams in each class the week after the Minnesota high school state tournament.

The 2012 champions were the Apple Valley boys and the Hopkins girls, who both won class 4A high school championships in March.




Pacesetter Varsity MIT Championships • St. Cloud, MN • July 27-28

Rochester John Marshall Boys and White Bear Lake Girls Win Pacesetter Varsity MIT Championships


NOTE: The East Champion is St. Michael-Albertville (STMA)




Top 100 Expo Showcase - Mon-Tues, July 29-30 • College of St. Ben’s • St. Joseph, MN

Photos of the players and the All-Star teams will be provided on this page soon.


Pacesetter Great Four-State Championships • Target Center • Minneapolis, MN • July 6-7

Iowa Youth Basketball Teams, Okoboji, Ankeny and Pella, Won Three Pacesetter Great Four-State Championships at Target Center in Minneapolis on Saturday and Sunday

Ankeny 9th grade boys


Two-time Great State Champions

Okoboji 9th grade girls


Great State Champions


Pella 8th Grade Boys

Two-time Great State Champions




Roseau 8th grade girls 2013 Great Four-State Champions
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Three Iowa youth basketball teams won three of the four 8th and 9th grade Pacesetter Great Four-State championships on Saturday and Sunday at the Target Center in Minneapolis as teams from Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota concluded play offs that involved four states and over 800 teams. The Roseau 9th grade girls won the final Great State title for Minnesota.

The Okoboji 9th grade girls topped Minnesota’s state champion, Pelican Rapids, 34-31 in the semi-finals before upsetting the defending Great State champions from Sioux Valley, SD, 30-21 in the championship. Pelican Rapids took third place and Watford City, ND, won the consolation championship.

The Ankeny 9th grade boys defended their title by defeating Devils Lake, ND, in the opening round and then walked through Yankton, South Dakota state champions, 54-34 before taking down a strong Bismarck team, North Dakota state champions, 45-35 in the finals. Yankton, SD, won third place and West Hancock, IA, earned the consolation championship. The Minnesota state champions, Cass Lake, lost all three games.

Iowa’s third championship was won by Pella’s 8th grade boys who defeated Bismarck in the opening round 54-21, Winner-Gregory, South Dakota’s state champions, in the semi-finals 51-27, and their in-state rivals, Waterloo, on a last-second basket 50-48 for the Great State championship. Four Winds, ND, won third place and Jackson Co. Central from Minnesota fought back to win the consolation championship.

Minnesota won the fourth Great State title of the weekend when Minnesota’s two 8th grade girls’ teams advanced to the title game for a rematch of the state championship game. Roseau, the state champion, again edged Esko 35-32 in a close battle. Linn Mar, IA, took home the third place trophy, and Fargo won the consolation championship.

The Minnesota Lynx capped the weekend for the Pacesetter teams with a resounding 31-point win to break a tie in the standings with the Phoenix Mercury.

The 7th grade, 6th grade, and 5th grade Pacesetter Great State championships will be held on August 2-4 at the Target Center in conjunction with Lynx games August 2 and August 4.

Complete brackets and further information are available on the Pacesetter Sports website at www.pacesetternet.com.


The 8th grade boys' awards
were presented at center court to Waterloo and Pella
after an exciting 50-48 win by Pella on a last-second shot.

All Pacesetter players were invited to attend the Lynx game, where the Lynx dominated Phoenix by setting a franchise record with a 31-point victory.

Great State Tournament RESULTS:

9th grade boys' bracket/resultst

9th grade girls' bracket/results

8th grade boys' bracket/results

8th grade girls' bracket/results




Minnesota MIT Youth Championships

Saturday & Sunday, June 15-16


Kenyon-Wanamingo, Eden Valley-Watkins, Stephen-Argyle, Grand Rapids, and Breckenridge Girls Win Pacesetter State MIT Championships. Springfield, St. Charles, Cass Lake, Bemidji, and Cass Lake Boys Win State MIT Titles.


Saturday June 15 5B 7B 9B 6G 8G
Sunday June 16 5G 7G 9G 6B 8B


Minnesota Youth Basketball State Championships

Saturday & Sunday, June 22-23


Ten Minnesota Youth Basketball Teams Crowned Over-all Minnesota State Champions:

Moorhead (5th grade girls), Mt. Iron-Buhl (6th grade girls), Becker (7th grade girls), Roseau (8th grade girls), Pelican Rapids (9th grade girls), Minneapolis (5th grade boys), Spring Grove (6th grade boys), Melrose (7th grade boys), Jackson Co. Central (8th grade boys), and Cass Lake (9th grade boys).


Saturday June 22 5B 6G 7B 8G 9B
Sunday June 23 5G 6B 7G 8B 9G




Over 800 teams competed from March 23 through April 28.

Minnesota Region Playoffs

NOTE: Any results not posted will be added soon. Send any corrections to  info@pacesetternet.com 

Rochester   5B 6B 7B 8B 9B  
    5G 6G 7G 8G 9G  
Mankato   5B 6B 7B 8B 9B  
    5G 6G 7G 8G 9G  
Redwood Falls   5B 6B 7B 8B 9B  
    5G 6G 7G 8G 9G  
East Central   5B 6B 7B 8B 9B  
(Sandstone-Askov)   5G 6G 7G 8G 9G  
New London-Spicer   5B 6B 7B 8B 9B  
Paynesville   5G 6G 7G 8G 9G  


Frazee   5B 6B 7B 8B 9B  
Hillcrest   5G 6G 7G 8G 9G  
Eveleth-Gilbert   5B 6B 7B 8B 9B  
Grand Rapids   5G 6G 7G 8G 9G  
Fosston, Bagley   5B 6B 7B 8B 9B  
Crookston, Mahnomen   5G 6G 7G 8G 9G  

Minnesota Youth Basketball State Championships

College of St. Benedict • St. Joseph, MN

Saturday, June 22

5th boys, 7th boys, 9th boys, 6th girls, 8th girls

Sunday, June 23

6th boys, 8th boys, 5th girls, 7th girls, 9th girls 

South Dakota Youth Basketball State Championship

Sioux Falls   5B 6B 7B 8B 9B  
    5G 6G 7G 8G 9G  

North Dakota Youth Basketball State Championship

Grand Forks   5B 6B 7B 8B 9B  
Bismarck   5G 6G 7G 8G 9G  

Iowa Youth Basketball State Championship

IA - STATE          
Cedar Falls

Watch these videos from the 2012 tournaments!

5th grade Great State 8th grade Great State 5th-6th MN State 7th-8th-9th MN State





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