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The Litchfield Dragons celebrate the third of three Class AA boys basketball titles in four years on March 24, 2003 at Target Center in Minneapolis. Tribune file photos.
The Litchfield Dragons celebrate the third of three Class AA boys basketball titles in four years on March 24, 2003 at Target Center in Minneapolis. Tribune file photos.

Prep Basketball: 100 Years of Basketball Tournaments

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Tribune Staff Report

In the 100 years of state tournament basketball, schools covered by the West Central Tribune have been regular participants including the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa and Litchfield boys teams this year.

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Willmar went to the very first tournament in 1913, an invitational where the team lost to Fosston which went on to be crowned champion. The first tournament for girls was held in 1974, in the fall. The next season the girls joined the boys in playing a winter schedule.

Below, in alphabetical order, are the schools in the Tribune's coverage area and years they reached state, according to the Minnesota State High School League.

Boys

Appleton: 1927, 1928, 1930, 1938, 1952

BDRSH (Belview, Danube, Renville, Sacred Heart): 1999

Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa: 2011 Class A runner-up, 2012

Benson: 1964, 2006

Bird Island-Lake Lillian: 1980 A Champion, 1981 A Champion

Central Minnesota Christian: 1998

Clara City: 1978, 1983

Danube: 1961, 1962, 1979, 1980

Dawson: 1949

Dawson-Boyd: 1991

Glenwood: 1956, 1985

Granite Falls: 1947, 1953, 1959, 1960, 1968

Hancock: 1922, 1923, 1997 A Champion, 1998, 2003

Lac qui Parle Valley: 1992

Litchfield: 1918, 2000 AA Champion, 2002 AA Champion, 2003 AA Champion, 2012

MACCRAY: 1996, 2011

Madison: 1913, 1914, 1922 runner-up, 1923

Minnewaska Area: 1992, 2001

Montevideo: 1924, 1933, 1956, 1976, 2008, 2009

Morris Area: 1955, 1980, 1994 A runner-up, 2004

New London-Spicer: 1994, 1995, 1996, 2006, 2008 AA Champion, 2009, 2010 AA Champion

Olivia: 1919

Renville: 1954, 1971, 1972

Willmar: 1913, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1924, 1929, 1954, 1958, 1974, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2008

Girls

Benson: 1983

Buffalo Lake-Hector: 2010

Central Minnesota Christian: 2000, 2001

Hancock: 1988, 1989, 1992, 1997 A Champion, 2002, 2007 A runner-up, 2011

Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg: 1980

Litchfield: 1974 (Fall), 1990

MACCRAY: 1990, 1991, 2006

Midwest Minnesota (Maynard, Clara City): 1986 A Champion

Minnewaska Area: 1995, 1996, 1997 AA runner-up, 1999 AA runner-up

Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta: 1998, 1999, 2001

New London-Spicer: 1985, 1987, 1988, 1991 A runner-up, 1992 A runner-up, 1993 A runner-up, 1994 A runner-up, 1995, 1997 AA Champion, 2001 AA runner-up, 2002 AA Champion, 2003, 2004, 2009.

Starbuck: 1974 (Fall), 1976

Willmar: 1984, 1992, 1994, 2004 AAA runner-up, 2006, 2010

Yellow Medicine East: 2002 AA runner-up

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