Everyone remember “Hoosiers,” the 1986 film about Hickory coached by Gene Hackman’s character in the movie? It was loosely based on an actual Cinderella story of New Milan, which was the smallest school to ever win the one-class Indiana state tournament.
New Milan did it in 1954.
It can’t happen in Minnesota, where we have four classes. We can, however, have a “Hoosiers”-like matchup during the holiday season.
At 8:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Cloud State’s Halenbeck Hall, Apple Valley plays Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa.
Credit Justin Hegna of Breakdown Sports for putting this game together for the Granite City Classic.
Apple Valley is No. 1-ranked in Class 4A and led by the No. 1 point guard recruit in the nation in Tyus Jones, who has committed to Duke.
The Eagles have an enrollment of 1,473, according to the Minnesota State High School League website. Their coach, Zach Goring, is a former St. Cloud State player who loves returning to his alma mater.
Apple Valley is super deep, playing 12 players in most games. There’s a load of talent beyond Jones, with college coaches scouting and recruiting the Eagles’ bench players.
BBE, meanwhile, is ranked No. 1 in the state in Class A.
BBE’s enrollment is listed at 166, according to the high school league.
The Jaguars won the state title in 2012 and have one of the best point guards in the state in Brian Goodwin. They return their 2012-13 squad virtually intact and are well-coached by Dave Montbriand.
BBE is not nearly as tall, talented or deep. But count on the Jaguars to have a huge following Saturday.
There are games all day Friday at St. Cloud Apollo, then six more games Saturday at SCSU. It’s the hoop tournament to watch.