The “topper” to my recovery was homemade turkey vegetable soup. It was sooooooo good! A big thanks to my wife, Carol, for the great taste.

If I heard the news correctly, this past Wednesday was the 50th anniversary of the TET offensive in Vietnam. I wasn’t a veteran, but a big part of my family was. My dad (Elmer), brother (Bob), sister (Janet), brother-in-law (Bob) and nephew (Michael) were all Navy. My son (Jim) was in the Army and National Guard and my daughter (Jacquie) and son-in-law (Patrick) are currently active in the National Guard. My son retired with 26 years of service, including three deployments to the Netherlands, Iraq and Kuwait.

I always wished I could have served, but it just wasn’t “in the cards.” I was 1A in the summer of 1968, passed my physical with flying colors, but ended up with college, teaching and family deferments. Vietnam would have been “my war” and I’m so appreciative of those who did serve in Vietnam, and all the other conflicts. I lost two Windom friends in Vietnam, Vernon Tschetter and Tommy Pieper. I wasn’t there, but we all still felt a lot of the pain.

Hall of fame

I got news, as did many journalists, about the induction of the first class to the Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame. Ron Haggstrom, one of the members of the current hall of fame committee, sent out a letter regarding the hall of fame induction. I was a member of the committee at the start, but resigned about two years ago. I helped vote in the “first class.” At the time we started this venture, Minnesota was only the third state in the Union to have such a hall of fame, one exclusively for high school basketball. The first was Indiana and the second was South Dakota. The South Dakota Hall of Fame is housed in the Pentagon, down in Sioux Falls. Its original home was in Madison, S.D., at my alma mater, Dakota State University, formerly known as General Beadle State College.

Here is the news release from Mr. Haggstrom: “Every new venture fills a void. The Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame committee has exactly that in mind. High school basketball in the state recently celebrated its 100th anniversary, and now those who have made the game special will be honored and recognized.

“The Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame, in conjunction with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx, will have a display in the skyway of the recently renovated Target Center to honor the recipients. The goal of the hall of fame is to celebrate the rich history of high school basketball from around the state by recognizing the most successful players, teams, coaches and other contributors.

“An inaugural class of 14 inductees will be honored Monday, March 26, with a reception at The Courts at Mayo Clinic Center at the second floor Experience Center from 4 to 6 p.m. 

“The Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame committee was established in 2011. There are currently 11 members on the committee.

“Anyone can nominate a player, coach, contributor or team to the Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame committee. Nominations can be made on the hall of fame website at www.mnhsbasketballhall.com. The statewide committee oversees the selection process.

“Players become eligible for the Hall of Fame 10 years after he/she has played high school basketball. Coaches are eligible after 15 years of starting their careers.

“The mission of the Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame is to promote high school basketball and the values of healthy competition and life lessons learned from the sport. The non-profit organization is also seeking corporate sponsors as well as individual contributions and donations. They can be made by contacting the hall of fame or its staff as well as on its GoFundMe page at www.gofundme.com/mnhsbasketballhall.”

Here is the first class of the Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame, the Class of 2018: Randy Breuer, Lake City; Khalid El-Amin, Minneapolis North; Ron Johnson, New Prague; Janet Karvonen-Montgomery, New York Mills; Kevin McHale, Hibbing; Jim McIntyre, Minneapolis Patrick Henry; Mark Olberding, Melrose; Lindsay Whalen, Hutchinson; Bob McDonald, Chisholm H.S. boys coach; Myron Glass, Rochester Lourdes girls basketball coach; Faith Johnson Patterson, Minneapolis North and DeLaSalle girls basketball coach; Dorothy McIntyre, Edina; Edgerton boys’ basketball team of 1960; and Grand Meadow girls’ basketball teams from 1929-39.

I didn’t include any biographical information for the inductees, but if you are interested in that information, I can send you a copy of what Haggstrom sent out to us.

Please keep in mind that this hall of fame is a work in progress, with new members inducted each year. If your favorite isn’t there, perhaps they will be in the next class. And just out of curiosity, who would you like to see in the hall of fame? Let me know. Also, if you do make a nomination, feel free to include any material you have on your candidate, I’m sure it would be greatly appreciated. Let’s hear it for the hall of fame, long overdue!

State basketball rankings

Here are the state basketball rankings, as of Jan. 31. Every basketball fan gets a chance to see the Top 10 each week, but don’t really know how many people get to see the top 20 list. I bet sometimes you think the people doing the rankings just pull the teams out of a hat, but there’s a real progression and system to the list. It might not make sense to you, but to those doing it, there’s a method to their madness.

Boys’ rankings

CLASS 4A 1. Cretin-Derham Hall 15-1; 2. Hopkins 19-1; 3. Lakeville North 15-2; 4. Eden Prairie 15-2; 5. Apple Valley 13-4; 6. Park Center 14-3; 7. Osseo 13-3; 8. Edina 12-5; 9. Rochester John Marshall 15-2; 10. North St. Paul 13-3; 11. Tartan 14-2; 12. Chaska 12-4; 13. Woodbury 11-7; 14. East Ridge 12-5; 15. Wayzata 11-5; 16. Forest Lake 13-5; 17. Owatonna 12-4; 18. Prior Lake 13-3; 19. Maple Grove 12-5; 20. St. Cloud Tech 13-5.

CLASS 3A 1. DeLaSalle 12-3; 2. Austin 15-1; 3. Columbia Heights 13-1; 4. Mankato East 15-2; 5. Marshall 14-3; 6. Orono 13-5; 7. Willmar 16-0; 8. Mahtomedi 12-5; 9. Northfield 12-5; 10. St. Thomas Academy 10-7; 11. Sauk Rapids-Rice 12-6; 12. Waseca 14-3; 13. Fridley 10-5; 14. Delano 10-7; 15. Bemidji 12-5; 16. St. Paul Johnson 12-4; 17. St Croix Lutheran 14-2; 18. Princeton 14-3; 19. Minneapolis Roosevelt 10-6; 20. Monticello 14-4.

CLASS 2A 1. Minneapolis North 12-4; 2. Minnehaha Academy 15-3; 3. Caledonia 16-2; 4. Perham 17-0; 5. Brooklyn Center 12-6; 6. Holy Family Catholic 13-3; 7. Lake City 15-3; 8. Melrose 16-2; 9. St. Cloud Cathedral 14-3; 10. St. Charles 16-3; 10. Annandale 13-3; 12. Esko 13-4; 13. Byron 13-5; 14. Breckenridge 18-2 ; 15. Virginia 14-2; 16. New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva 15-1; 17. Jordan 14-4; 18. Maple Lake 13-3; 19. Eden Valley-Watkins 14-1; 20. Cristo Rey Jesuit 14-2.

CLASS 1A 1. North Woods 16-0; 2. Springfield 16-1; 3. Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 18-0; 4. Cass Lake-Bena 19-1; 5. Mayer Lutheran 14-3; 6. Hinckley-Finlayson 16-2; 7. Nevis 14-2; 8. Southwest MN Christian 13-4; 9. Sacred Heart 15-1; 10. Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal 16-1; 11. Minneota 16-1; 12. Westbrook-Walnut-Grove 15-3; 13. Hancock 14-1; 14. Wrenshall 14-1; 15. Parkers Prairie 16-1; 16. Cleveland 14-3; 17. BOLD 15-4; 18. New Ulm Cathedral 14-5; 19. Cedar Mountain-Comfrey 11-6; 20. Ortonville 14-3. 

Girls’ rankings

Class 4A 1. Eastview 17-0; 2. Wayzata 20-0; 3. Hopkins 19-3; 4. Lakeville North 14-5; 5. St. Michael-Albertville 15-3; 6. Centennial 16-3; 7. Cretin-Derham Hall 13-3; 8. Park Center 13-6; 9. Maple Grove 15-4; 10. Roseville 14-4; 11. Champlin Park 14-4; 12. Park-Cottage Grove 15-4; 13. Moorhead 11-8; 14. Minnetonka 9-8; 15. Minneapolis South 15-2; 16. Apple Valley 11-8; 17. Farmington 12-7; 18. Anoka 12-8; 19. Stillwater 12-8; 20. Eden Prairie 11-8.

Class 3A 1. Cooper 15-2; 2. Mahtomedi 16-1; 3. DeLaSalle 12-4; 4. Holy Angels 17-3; 5. Northfield 15-3; 6. Willmar 16-2; 7. Hutchinson 15-5; 8. Waseca 18-2; 9. Red Wing 13-3; 10. Alexandria 14-3; 11. Fergus Falls 14-4; 12. Hermantown 20-2; 13. Chisago Lakes 11-6; 14. Grand Rapids 14-6; 15. Waconia 13-5; 16. Marshall 15-4; 17. New Ulm 14-5; 18. Mankato West 12-6; 19. Hill-Murray 10-8; 20. Benilde-St. Margaret’s 12-6.

Class 2A 1. Sauk Centre 18-0; 2. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 17-1; 3. Maranatha 13-3; 4. Minnehaha 11-5; 5. Roseau 14-4; 6. Rush City 15-1; 7. Holy Family 13-5; 8. Norwood-Young America 18-3; 9. Stewartville 16-4; 10. Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 18-1; 11. Eden Valley-Watkins 16-2; 12. Barnesville 14-2; 13. Watertown-Mayer 15-5; 14. East Grand Forks 15-4; 15. New London-Spicer 13-6; 16. St. Peter 12-6; 17. Caledonia 15-4; 18. Rochester Lourdes 13-7; 19. Annandale 11-6; 20. Duluth Marshall 16-2.

ClassA 1. Lyle-Pacelli 19-1; 2. Mountain Iron-Buhl 18-1; 3. Hayfield 17-3; 4. Goodhue 15-4; 5. Menahga 17-0; 6. Ada-Borup/Norman County West 15-1; 7. Stephen-Argyle 17-1; 8. Bigfork 18-2; 9. Southwest Minnesota Christian 14-2; 10. Minneota 16-3; 11. Lac Qui Parle Valley 17-3; 12. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 14-5; 13. Grand Meadow 16-4; 14. Red Lake 17-3; 15. BOLD 17-4; 16. Mayer Lutheran 12-6; 17. Pelican Rapids 10-5; 18. Wabasso 14-3; 19. Parkers Prairie 15-2; 20. Sleepy Eye 15-4.

That’s going to do it for me for another week. Sure hope you can get by without the conference standings for the Three Rivers and Southeast conferences. There just wasn’t room this week. Thanks to all my loyal readers, even if it’s just you, Everett. I’ll see you at the 45th celebration of Preston Equipment on Wednesday. Hey to the Great 8, and my wife, Carol, you are the greatest. Hasta la vista, everyone. Any questions, feel free to send them my way. WEB. Syiags.