Mike Trewick took over as St. Cloud Tech’s head boys basketball coach for the 2009-10 season, just after future Milwaukee Buck Nate Wolters graduated.
It would seem to be bad timing, but Trewick’s teams have done well.
Since Wolters’ departure, Trewick has led the Tigers to a second-place finish in the state Class 4A tournament in 2010, and a difficult 83-75, five-overtime loss to Buffalo in the 2014 Section 8-4A final.
Along the way, Trewick’s Tech teams have gone 5-7 against St. Cloud Apollo.
The rivalry is renewed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Tech.
Both teams are jockeying for position in the Central Lakes Conference. Both have talented front-court players. At Tech, that’s 6-foot-7 sophomore Brevyn Spann-Ford. At Apollo, that’s 6-6 senior Ethan Novacinski, who is headed to St. John’s University to continue his basketball career.
The teams split last year and Tech has won three of the last four.
A quick look at the rest of the week:
- Tech at Apollo girls basketball, 7:30 p.m. — This has a chance to be interesting for the first time in a while. Apollo is vastly improved and Tech is young and promising under new head coach Karl Heine.
- Sartell/Sauk Rapids vs. St. Cloud Icebreakers girls hockey, 7:15 p.m. at the Municipal Athletic Complex — The Icebreakers have been a nice surprise as one of the top teams in the conference. Sartell/Sauk Rapids has been one of the CLC’s best teams, winning or tying for the past four conference titles.
- Apollo at Sartell boys hockey, 7:15 p.m. at Bernick’s Arena — This is the first of two big, back-to-back tough games for Apollo. Sartell looks like one of the top scoring teams in the area and will be tough at home.
- Tech at Rocori boys basketball, 7:30 p.m. — Rocori is the conference favorite and Tech matches up well with the Spartans.
- Apollo vs. St. Cloud Cathedral boys hockey, 7:15 p.m. at the MAC — These two played in the city’s biggest section final last year. Apollo won 4-2 to advance to the state tournament in the only match-up of two St. Cloud schools in city history. Both teams this year look strong. Apollo’s fifth-ranked in Class A; Cathedral is ninth.
- St. Cloud Tech Invitational gymnastics meet, 1 p.m. — Perham and Sartell are among the teams competing in this one. Tech’s a top-10 team in Class 2A. Perham and Sartell are certainly top 20 teams.
- Paul Bunyan Invitational wrestling tournament, 10:30 a.m. at Brainerd — Perennially one of the best meets north of the Twin Cities, this one includes area squads Foley, Little Falls, Pierz and Sauk Rapids as well as Edina, Frazee, Grand Rapids, Moorhead, Mound Westonka and Cloquet, an interesting mix.
This is the opinion of Times prep sports coordinator Tom Elliott. Contact him at 259-3661 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Facebook or on Twitter @sctimestom. Participate in his live web chat at noon Thursday and listen to the Central Minnesota Prep Sports podcast Thursdays at http://www.sctimes.com.