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2014 Class A state boys basketball tournament preview

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2014 CLASS A STATE BOYS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT QUARTERFINAL SCHEDULE

GAMES PLAYED THURSDAY, MARCH 13 AT WILLIAMS ARENA, MINNEAPOLIS

11:00: Park Christian vs. Belgrade-Brooten Elrosa (Seed 1)

1:00: Fond du Lac Ojibwe (Seed 5) vs. Canby (Seed 4)

3:00: Red Lake vs. Maranatha Christian Academy (Seed 2)

5:00: Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City vs. Rushford-Peterson (Seed 3)

Examining the Field: Since the four class system began for basketball in 1997, this is one of the most diverse brackets in state tournament history. In the first game, there's the top seeded Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Jaguars going for their second state title against the Park Christian Falcons. The Moorhead based school is making its first trip down I-94 to Minneapolis and hopes to pull off an upset against one of the top scoring teams in Minnesota.

The second game should be interesting as fifth seeded Fond du Lac Ojibwe takes on the fourth seeded Canby Lancers. Fond du Lac's nickname could be challenging for state tournament PA announcers and KSTC-TV's play-by-play voice Dave Lee. They are the Ogichidaag. It's also one of the smallest schools to play in a state tournament with an enrollment of 34. As for Canby, they are best known for their wrestling program that has won eight state titles and in the tournament for the first time since 1951. Can the first Ojibwe school to play in a state tournament prove they are one of the state's top teams. The game won't be televised so take the afternoon off and head down to The Barn. You'll be impressed.

Next up is a battle of red and white as the Red Lake Warriors take on the second seeded Maranatha Christian Academy Mustangs. The Warriors are the second Native American team in this year's Class A field and have a tough task in the Mustangs, who are anchored by juniors Jeremiah Hanson, Cameron Monson and Jake Meyen. Could this be the year for a rising private school program in MCA?

The final quarterfinal game features another first timer, The Atwater-Cosmos Grove City Falcons against the third seeded Rushford-Peterson Trojans. The Trojans return for the third straight year under veteran head coach Tom Vix and have a school record 29 wins. Tom's son Alex is one of R-P's top players. It looks like they could break the 30 win mark.

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