Rick Solem

    Rick Solem

    Caledonia's Colton Lampert (11) lays in a shot during a MSHSL Class AA boys basketball tournament quarterfinal game against Annandale on March 11, 2015, at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. PHOTO: Andrew Link/Winona Daily News

    Warriors exact revenge, head to state semifinals

    MINNEAPOLIS – Jason Burg never dunked before. Not in a varsity game, anyway.

    The 6-foot-4 senior picked as good a time as any. On the Williams Arena floor. At State. When his team needed it most. And against the team that ruined their state-title hopes last year.

    Rushford-Peterson High School coach Tom Vix has seen just about everything when it comes to basketball, especially Minnesota state basketball.

    Whether that’s from one of the hall of fame coach’s 15 teams he has brought to state or from the rest of the field.

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    Onalaska vs. Henry Ellenson

    MENOMONIE, Wis. – It took two overtimes for the Onalaska High School boys basketball team to upset top-seeded Holmen in the playoffs last week.

    That game may look easy now, compared to what the Hilltoppers (16-8) are up against tonight.

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    Krambeer lights it up for R-P at state

    Rushford-Peterson's Alex Vix, middle, drives to the basket for a layup past Fond du Lac Ojibwe's Dexter Delille (34) and Justin Brown (20) during a MSHSL Class A Boys Basketball Tournament quarterfinal game Thursday, March 12, 2015, at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. PHOTO: Andrew Link/Winona Daily News

    MINNEAPOLIS – Charlie Krambeer picked a good time to be on fire.

    The Rushford-Peterson High School senior scored 28 of his 33 points in the first half of a 105-58 win Thursday over Fond du Lac Ojibwe on Thursday in the opening round of the Minnesota Class A state tournament at Williams Arena.

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    Ellenson, Rice Lake outlast Onalaska

    Rice Lake's Henry Ellenson reacts after dunking the ball during Thursday's WIAA Division 2 sectional semifinal against Onalaska in Menomonie, Wis. PHOTO: Marisa Wojcik/Eau Claire Leader Telegram

    MENOMONIE, Wis. – For a half, the Onalaska High School boys basketball team stuck with Rice Lake.

    But in the end, 6-foot-10 Henry Ellenson and fifth-ranked Warriors were simply too much.

    Rushford-Peterson's crowd at the Minnesota state tournament. PHOTO: Andrew Link/@alinkphoto on Twitter

    Top-ranked Trojans get second crack at title in as many years

    MINNEAPOLIS – Rushford-Peterson High School’s boys basketball team is a win away from giving Tom Vix a Minnesota state championship for each decade he’s coached the team.

    In the Class 1A quarterfinals, the Trojans shot the lights out. Friday, in the semifinals, it was the defense that took center stage.

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    Koenig scores 12, Badgers move to semis

    Bronson Koenig (24) drives to the basket against Michigan at the United Center. PHOTO: Bob Campbell

    The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team is one of the favorites for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

    Caledonia coach Josh Diersen either very happy or upset with the way his team is defending Maple River in the state semis at the Target Center. PHOTO: Andrew Link / ALinkPhoto on Twitter

    R-P (30-1) ranked No. 1 in Class A,
    Caledonia (28-4) ranked second in 2A

    Southeastern Minnesota is looking to bring home two state championships today.

    Rushford-Peterson storms the court after winning the Minnesota state Class A title on March 3, 2015 at the Target Center. PHOTO: John Millea / MSHSL

    MINNEAPOLIS – They can finally call themselves state champions.

    In its fourth consecutive trip to state, the Rushford-Peterson High School boys basketball team is taking home the Class A Minnesota state title.

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    Caledonia can't beat fate in championship

    March 14, 2015: Colton Lampert drives between two Melrose defenders in the state title game at the Target Center. PHOTO: Andrew Link / ALinkPhoto on Twitter

     Warriors' 18 year title drought
    paled in comparison to Melrose's 41 years

    It’s hard to fight the team seemingly of fate.

    That about sums up what Caledonia High School's boys basketball team was up against Saturday in the Minnesota Class 2A state championship at the Target Center.

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