Bentson: Basketball Hall of Farm names class of 2020

Bill Bentson

I’ve decided to wait at least one more week with my “most memorable sporting/activities event.”  I have a couple responses, but know that some of you still want to get involved.  My email address is

How about this for a collaboration?  Most of you are familiar with a certain insurance lady; you know, the one that dresses in white.  Well, University of Minnesota, and PJ Fleck should dress her up in maroon and gold, give her an oar and she will “Flo the boat!”

The latest class for the Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame has been released.  Check out this illustrious list!

Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame, Class of 2020

The Jack Link’s Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fall will induct its third class on Sunday, April 5, at 2:30 p.m. at the Marriott City Center Ballroom, 30 South 7th Street, in downtown Minneapolis.  The public is welcome to attend.  Tickets may be purchased by visiting

Annie Adamczak Glavan, Moose Lake 1982.  Annie played in 10 state tournaments in volleyball, basketball (1982) and softball, and won five state titles. Her 1981-1982 teams won three state championships with a 79-0 record. She played volleyball at Nebraska.

Brian Cosgriff, Hopkins.  Coach Cos and his Hopkins girls won their seventh state championship last year. They now have won 539 games and lost just 67 in his 20 years at the helm. He was the MaxPreps 2018-2019 National Girls Basketball Coach of the Year.

Vicki Davis, St. Peter 1967.  There were no girls high school sports in Davis’ day, yet she became a two-year captain in volleyball and basketball at Minnesota State University (Mankato).  She started the girls’ sports programs at Hastings, and refereed the girls state basketball championships in 1975 and 1976. 

Tayler Hill, Minneapolis South 2009. Tayler scored 47 points as South won the state championship in 2009.  Her 106 points in the state tournament and 3,888 career points were state records at the time. She was Ms. Basketball 2009, and went on to score 20+ ppg twice at Ohio State and 9 ppg in six seasons in the WNBA.

Sam Jacobson, Park 1994. Sam scored 2,461 points and averaged a double-double for his high school career. He was Mr. Basketball in 1994.  He played for Minnesota in the 1997 Final Four and played professionally in the NBA and in Europe.

Ziggy Kauls, Mounds View. Ziggy won two state championships more than a quarter-century apart in 1972 and 1999. He retired after 2012 with 739 wins (#3 all-time). His teams made 12 state tournament appearances.

Terry Kunze, Duluth Central 1961. Terry led Central to the 1961 state championship with a 27-0 record. He scored in double figures in each of three seasons with the Minnesota Gophers. He was an assistant coach with Jim Dutcher’s Gophers and was head coach for the Minnesota Fillies of the WPBL.

Mark Landsberger, Mounds View 1973.  Mark played in the state tournament in 1972 and 1973, winning the 1972 AA championship and scoring 26 ppg as a senior. He played professional basketball for 16 years including seven years in the NBA, including championship seasons with the L.A. Lakers in 1980 and 1982. 

Kevin Lynch, Bloomington Jefferson 1987. The 1987 Mr. Basketball Minnesota, Lynch led Bloomington Jefferson to back-to-back state titles in 1986 and 1987. He went on to an outstanding career with the Minnesota Gophers, playing in the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 in his final two seasons.

Larry McKenzie, Minneapolis Patrick Henry and Minneapolis North. Coach McKenzie was the first coach to four-peat as state champion in 2000-2003 with Patrick Henry. He then coached North to consecutive state titles in 2016 and 2017. His 20-2 record in eight state tournament appearances gives him the top winning percentage ever at 90.9%. 

Tom Nordland, Minneapolis Roosevelt 1957. Nordland was regarded as the greatest jump shooter in Minnesota history up to that time, as Roosevelt won the 1956 and 1957 state titles. He scored 27.8 ppg as a senior, including 28 ppg in the tournament. Nordland has a wide audience for his “Swish” shooting method videos.

Jimmy Robinson. Jimmy began his career as an official in 1956, working his way up from high school games to Division II and III and eventually to the Big Ten Conference, where he was an official from 1971 to 1987.  He was the first black person to officiate in the Minnesota state tournament. 

Dave Tschimperle, Hopkins 1953. Tschimperle led Hopkins to three straight state tournaments and back-to-back state titles in 1952 and 1953. Dave MacMillan, Gopher coach from 1927 to 1948, called him the best player in Minnesota history. He led the 1951 and 1953 tournaments in scoring with 19 and 23.3 ppg.

Frank Wachlarowicz, Little Falls 1975. The Flyers won the 1975 AA state title as Frank led all scorers with 22 ppg. He then played at St. John’s, scoring an MIAC record 2,357 points en route to two conference titles.

Barry Wohler, Bird Island-Lake Lillian 1981. Barry led Bird Island-Lake Lillian, coached by his dad, Jerry, to state titles in 1980 and 1981, making three buzzer-beaters in six tournament games. He played baseball and basketball at Minnesota, and won a third state basketball title as coach at Orono in 2011.

WCCO radio personality, Dave Lee, will be the MC for the 2020 induction ceremony. 

You can also check out the previous two classes of “the hall,” by going to our website. 

2019-20 Three Rivers Conference BBB standings and schedule

through Tuesday, Jan. 7

East division         TRC      reg. s

Caledonia                   6-0       11-0

La Crescent-Hokah  5-0          8-3

Lewiston-Altura      2-3          8-3

Rushford-Peterson   1-4          5-6

Fillmore Central        1-4          3-8

Cotter                           0-5       1-10

West division

Dover-Eyota              4-1          6-5

PEM                             4-1          8-2

Southland                   3-2          5-4

St. Charles                  2-2          5-5

Wabasha-Kellogg    2-3          5-5

Chatfield                     0-5          1-9

2019-20 Southeast Conference BBB standings

through Wednesday, Jan. 8

East division

Schaeffer Academy      7-0       12-1

Houston                        5-2         7-5

Spring Grove               3-3         5-5

Lanesboro                     1-6         4-7

Mabel-Canton              1-6         2-9

West division

Randolph                      6-1         7-5

Lyle/Pacelli                 6-2         9-3

Grand Meadow            5-2         9-3

Kingsland                     3-5         5-7

LeRoy-Ostrander        3-5         5-7

Glenville-Emmons     0-8       1-10

2019-20 Three Rivers Conference GBB standings

through Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020

East division

Cotter                             6-1       12-3

Fillmore Central          4-2         9-4

La Crescent-Hokah    2-5         4-9

Caledonia                      2-5         4-9

Lewiston-Altura         2-5         3-9

Rushford-Peterson     0-6         1-9

West division

Dover-Eyota                5-1       10-2

Southland                     5-1         8-3

PEM                               4-2         5-8

St. Charles                     3-3         7-7

Chatfield                        2-4         5-7

2019-20 Southeast Conference GBB standing

through Wednesday, Jan. 8

East division             SEC     reg. s

Houston                        4-0         7-4

Lanesboro                     5-1         6-7

Mabel-Canton              2-4         4-9

Schaeffer Academy      2-4       3-10

Spring Grove               1-5       2-12

West division

Kingsland                     6-0         9-5

Grand Meadow            4-2         6-5

Randolph                      4-2         5-7

Lyle/Pacelli                 2-5       3-10

LeRoy-Ostrander        0-7       0-11

Want to make a correction on some information that I had in last week’s WEB.  I left out an “m” in a girl’s name; It should have been Amelia Solum, regarding the scoring record at Spring Grove, and all the information on her three-point shooting.  My apologizes, AMELIA!  And, it’s still a great accomplishment this week as well.

State rankings

Boys, CLASS 2A

1. Caledonia (1) 11-0

2. Waseca (2) 9-3

3. Lake City (1) 10-1

4. Minneapolis North (5) 6-4

5. St. Croix Prep (4) 10-0

6. Perham (8) 9-0

7. Minnesota Valley Lutheran (2) 11-0

8. East Grand Forks (8) 9-0

9. Esko (7) 8-3 

10. Stewartville (1) 9-2

15. Goodhue (1) 8-1

Boys, CLASS 1A

1. BOLD (2) 10-0

2. Henning (6) 9-1

3. Ada-Borup (8) 7-1

4. Southwest MN Christian (3) 10-0

5. Waterville-Elysian-Morristown (2) 10-1

6. West Central Area (6) 9-1

7. New Ulm Cathedral (2) 10-1

8. Springfield (2) 9-1

9. Parkers Prairie (6) 9-1

10. Fertile-Beltrami (8) 11-0

12. Blooming Prairie (1) 5-0

14. Hayfield (1) 8-3

Girls, Class AA

1. Sauk Centre 11-1

2. Fergus Falls 11-1

3. Minnehaha 8-2

4. Rochester Lourdes 11-2

5. New London-Spicer 11-1

6. Duluth Marshall 10-1

7. Proctor 11-1

8. Goodhue 10-1

9. Providence 11-3

10. Pelican Rapids 11-0

18. Stewartville 9-4

19. Lake City 11-4

Girls, Class A

1. Minneota 12-0

2. Cromwell-Wright 11-1

3. Mountain Iron-Buhl 8-2

4. Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 10-1

5. Blooming Prairie 9-1

6. Henning 11-1

7. Cherry 9-2

8. Mayer Lutheran 10-1

9. Waterville-Elysian-Morristown 11-0

10. Hills-Beaver Creek 9-0

I guess that’s enough for this week.  A big thanks to Dave, my new editor, and to you, the most selective, and greatest READER (S) in the world.  Hey to the Great 8, my Fab 4, and my super-duper wife, Carol.  How are you guys doing at coffee in the morning?  Miss me (bet not!)?  Have a great week, one day at a time.  Hasta luego, my friends.

Want to see some great basketball games?  Go to Anoka-Ramsey Junior College this coming Saturday, Jan. 18.  We have six games, 12 teams, and 11 of them are ranked in the top 20 of their respective classes.

Congratulations to our latest class of Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame.  Check us out.  Maybe you even want to get involved in our group?  WEB.