The girls state basketball tournament is over and the champions have been crowned; Maranatha Christian (A), Providence Academy (AA), DeLaSalle (AAA) and Hopkins (AAAA). Thank goodness for the Royals (Hopkins) or the public schools would have been shut out. Ouch!

Boy, did New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva standout, Carlie Wagner, have a great tournament. The Panther sophomore helped NRHEG win third place in Class AA, and along with it set two scoring records; most points in a game, 48, and most points in three games, 112. The previous single game scoring record was 47 points, shared by Brittany Chambers (Jordan, 2008) and Tayler Hill (Mpls. South, 2009). The three game scoring record was held by Hill, also done in 2009. Rumor has it she's interested in attending the University of Minnesota. Go Gophers!

And speaking of Gophers, how about that women's hockey teamNCAA champions! The men's basketball team is playing tonight (Monday), in the NIT Tournament.

So how many of your Final Four do you have left. Have there been top teams knocked out, or what. Sure glad I don't get into that. I think I would have picked Kansas, so I'd still have my champion 'alive.'

The boys basketball tournament gets underway this Wednesday. Plainview-Elgin-Millville, Section 1AA Champion will be playing St. Peter at Williams Arena Wednesday night. Game time is set for 6 p.m. You can hear the game on KFIL-FM, 103.1. I'm sure with four games ahead of them that it won't get started right at 6 p.m., but should be close to that. Rushford-Peterson is also making another appearance at the 'big dance.' They are scheduled to play at 5 p.m., Thursday. That game will also be broadcast on KFIL-FM. The Trojans will take on Prairie Seeds Academy (Section 4A champion). Prairie Seeds is a Charter School in the cities, with ballplayers from 'all over the metro area.' R-P's game is also at Williams Arena.

Should be some great games in all classes. The only real notable team that's not at the state tournament is Benilde-St. Margaret's (Class AAA). Mpls. Washburn beat them out in the Section finals.

I suppose you already heard that Peyton Manning has made his choice; Denver. National sportscasters commented that Manning 'liked' what he saw in Eric Decker. Decker is a Minnesota boy and played for the Gophers a couple of years ago.

There seems to be some interest around the state for a NCAA-type tournament in Class AAAA. Read in the Post Bulletin that the Rochester coaches don't seem to favor it.wonder why? I can tell you why! Because they would be tossed into the mix with a lot of metro schools and probably not get to the tournament-EVER! They want to keep the regional representation thing going. There has also been some comments from the P-B sports writers that maybe the Rotary Classic should get more local teams into the tournament, and not bring down the powers from the cities. Why? For the same reason as they are opposed to a NCAA-type tournamentthey're not winning the Rotary anymore either!

Haven't heard anything from the BBB or GBB coaches about the winter 'awards.' Hopefully I haven't missed any of them, so I can get some pictures. Maybe Brian, Tom, and Joel will read the 'WEB' and get back to me.

I plan on being at the State Boys Tournament. Suppose you already know that this is the 100th boys tournament. Fosston beat Mt. Lake in the first tournament championship game, back in 1913. Isn't it ironic that both of them are in this year's tournament. Mountain Lake has added Butterfield-Odin to their team, but Fosston is still by itself.

Have a great week, one day at a time! WEB