BOLD Warriors move to the basketball court
Second-ranked Warriors play Minneota in Breakdown Tip-Off Classic
HOPKINS — Jake Brustuen believes the BOLD boys basketball team has recovered from its post-Prep Bowl malaise and is ready for some hoops.
How does the BOLD head coach know? The best sign, he said, was when members of the football team called him Friday after the Warriors’ Prep Bowl loss to Blooming Prairie.
“They asked if I could open the gym Saturday,” Brustuen said.
That quick flip of the page from football to basketball is what Brustuen hopes continues at 3:15 p.m. Saturday, when BOLD plays Minneota at Hopkins High School’s Lindbergh Center.
It’s one of 16 games scheduled Saturday at the 16th Annual Breakdown Sports Tip-Off Classic.
Organizers tout this year’s tournament as its best. Twenty-five of the 32 teams are ranked in the top 15 in the state in their respective classes, including all of the top 10 in AAAA. There are six of the top 10 teams in AA and the top five teams in AAA.
BOLD, which is ranked second, and Minneota are the only Class A teams in the field.
“We’re catching up and trying to get healthy and trying to recover and trying to get in basketball shape at the same time,” Brustuen said.
Four of BOLD’s top players on the basketball team also were key to the Warriors’ 13-1 football season that ended with a 41-15 loss to the Blooming Prairie Awesome Blossoms on Friday, Nov. 29, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
On Saturday, Nov. 30, Jordan Sagedahl, Gavin Vosika, Matt Moorse and Drew Sagedahl were all in BOLD’s basketball gym.
“We’re getting up to speed,” said Brustuen, whose squad has high hopes for 2019-20.
The Warriors were 22-4 last season, going 12-2 in the West Central Conference to finish behind 13-1 Melrose. Most of the team is back. That’s why a late start to basketball isn’t overly concerning.
“We have a lot of experienced guys coming back, so we know we don’t have to reinvent the wheel or anything,” Brustuen said. “It’s just a matter of trying to get the younger guys to fill in and up to speed.”
Jordan Sagedahl, the senior quarterback on the football team, is questionable to play Saturday. He was injured in the Prep Bowl, but Brustuen expects him back shortly. He’s headed to South Dakota State to play baseball next year.
Brustuen also has Blake Plass and Trenton Ziesmer ready to step in, if need be. Plass is another football player. Bradaen Tersteeg, Avery Herdina and Andrew Sheehan also are on both teams.
BOLD will play full-court defense and try to play up-tempo. The Warriors are athletic, but not tall. No expected rotation players are taller than 6-foot-2, Brustuen said.
The key will be rebounding.
Minneota is coming off a 24-3 season and expected to be strong, Brustuen said. The Vikings opened Tuesday with a 77-35 victory at Yellow Medicine East.
Brustuen expects a tight game. He also expects a good one. He believes his players, even the football-playing ones, are more than ready to get going.
Breakdown Tip-Off Classic
At Hopkins’ Lindbergh Center
Main Court Saturday
No. 6AAA Totino-Grace vs. Lakeville North, 9:30 a.m.
No. 10AAAA Champlin Park vs. No. 1AA Waseca, 11 a.m.
No. 2AAA Minneapolis DeLaSalle vs. No. 3AAA Mankato East, 12:45 p.m.
No. 8AAAA Eastview vs. No. 4AAAA Wayzata, 2:15 p.m.
No. 7AAAA Shakopee vs. No. 6AAAA Hopkins, 3:45 p.m.
No. 2AAAA Eden Prairie vs. No. 3AAAA Prior Lake, 5:30 p.m.
No. 9AAAA East Ridge vs. No. 1AAAA Park Center, 7 p.m.
No. 5AAA Cretin-Derham Hall vs. No. 1AAA Minnehaha Academy, 8:30 p.m.
East Court Saturday
Mahtomedi vs. Minnetonka, 9 a.m.
No. 4AA Minneapolis North vs. No. 2AA Lake City, 10:30 a.m.
No. 3AA Caledonia vs. No. 8AA Maranatha Christian, noon
No. 15AAAA Lakeville South vs. Buffalo, 1:45 p.m.
No. 2A BOLD vs. Minneota, 3:15 p.m.
No. 5AA Perham vs. No. 8AAA Mound Westonka, 4:45 p.m.
No. 10AAA St. Cloud Apollo vs. Cambridge-Isanti, 6:30 p.m.
North St. Paul vs. Spring Lake Park, 8 p.m.