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Class 1A Girls Tennis Team Rankings9/4/2019
From the Minnesota Tennis Coaches Association.

1 Blake
2 Breck
3 Rochester Lourdes
4 Virginia
5 Litchfield
6 Blue Earth Area
7 St. James
8 Pequot Lakes
9 Minnewaska
10 Thief River Falls
Class 1A Girls Tennis Individual Rankings9/4/2019
From the Minnesota Tennis Coaches Association.

1 Arlina Shen (12) Blake
2 Clare Palen (12) Rochester Lourdes
3 Sonia Baig (11) Blake
4 Bella Suk (10) Blake
5 Avery Stilwell (11) Litchfield
6 Danielle Thorfinnson (12) Minnewaska
7 Elise Bierbaum (11) Litchfield
8 Greta Nesbit (11) Lesueur-Henderson
9 Ally Agerland (10) Holy Family Catholic
10 Jane Spading (11) Rochester Lourdes
Class 2A Girls Tennis Team Rankings9/4/2019
From the Minnesota Tennis Coaches Association.

1 Edina
2 Minnetonka
3 Mounds View
4 Rochester Mayo
5 Eastview
6 Lakeville South
7 Lakeville North
8 Elk River
9 Mahtomedi
10 Rochester Century
Class 2A Girls Tennis Individual Rankings9/4/2019
From the Minnesota Tennis Coaches Association.

1 Nicole Copeland (12) Edina
2 Karin Young (10) Eastview
3 Zoe Adkins (10) Maple Grove
4 Delaney Schurhamer (12) Woodbury
5 Nicole Snezhko (12) Robbinsdale Armstrong
6 Selah Stibbins (10) Washburn
7 Aili Hietala (11) Duluth East
8 Ashley Tarrolly (11) St. Cloud Tech
9 Nikki Ridenour (10) Roseville
10 Sarah Shabaz (9) Minnetonka
Boys Basketball Coaches Announce 2019 Hall of Fame Class 9/4/2019
The Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association has named four men who will be inducted into the MBCA Hall of Fame on October 26th. The purpose of the MBCA Hall of Fame is to give special recognition to the people of Minnesota who have made significant contributions to promote high school basketball in the state via their achievements and service.

The 2019 inductees are:

Tim Anderson – Maple River/Mankato Loyola/Mankato West
Jim MacDonald – Fridley
Dave Montbriand – Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa
Dave Thorson – DeLaSalle

The induction ceremonies will be held at the MBCA Hall of Fame Luncheon on Saturday, October 26, 2:00 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis.

Tim Anderson began his coaching career at Elmore HS; returning to his alma mater as the Head Boys Basketball coach following his college graduation. After one year at Elmore, he moved to Minnesota Lake where he served as an assistant coach for 8 years (Minnesota Lake joined Maple River in 1989). During his tenure as an assistant coach, the Eagles earned a State Tournament title in 1992-93 followed by a State Tournament berth in 1993-94. Tim assumed the lead reins of the Maple River program in 1994. During the course of his 14 seasons at the helm of the program he led the Eagles to ten Valley Conference crowns, and Section titles with State Tournament Appearances in 2006, 2007- state runner-up, and 2008- state third place. Coach Anderson "retired” after the 2008 season but returned to the hardwood in 2009 as the Head Girls coach at Maple River. In 2010, he accepted the position of Head Boys coach at Mankato Loyola where he coached for six years followed by a one year stint at Mankato West. He finished his career with an overall mark of 408-168. Tim was recognized by his peers as Section Coach of the Year in 2006 and 2008 and Minnesota Class AA State Coach of the Year in 2007. He served as a member of the MBCA Executive Board, including MBCA President, and coached in the MBCA All Star Series. His coaching career off the hardwood included 18 years as Head Coach of the Maple River girls' tennis program- earning State Coach of the Year honors in 2007. Since 2017 Coach Anderson has served as an Assistant Coach for the Waseca Bluejays, led by his son Seth.

Jim MacDonald’s coaching career spans 32 years- starting as an Assistant Coach at Fridley in 1988. After a one year stint as an assistant coach, “Mac” assumed the reins of the Tigers boys basketball program in 1988 and the 2019-20 season will be his 32nd season leading the Tigers. Under his tutelage and leadership, the Fridley hoopsters have earned multiple conference titles and won Section championships with State Tournament berths in 2002 and 2016. Coach MacDonald has been recognized by his peers with multiple Conference Coach of the Year honors and being named Section Coach of the Year four times. He is a member of the 400 wins club and enters the 2019-20 season with an overall record of 410-345 as a head coach. In addition to coaching basketball, Coach MacDonald also coached track for 15 years at Fridley, including 10 years as the Head Coach. He led the Tigers to four conference titles and a Section championship with a state runner-up finish. He earned Conference Coach of the Year, three times, and Section Coach of the Year honors twice, while coaching track. Jim serves on the MBCA Academic All State Committee and participated as a coach in the MBCA All Star Series.

Dave Montbriand’s basketball coaching career at BBE spanned 29 years- starting as an Assistant Coach at Brooten in 1985. In 1990, he was offered and accepted the position as Head Basketball Coach of the merged Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa school district. Dave served two stints leading BBE Boys hoops- 1991-2005 and 2009-2014. Under his tutelage and leadership, the Jaguars earned six Central Minnesota conference titles and captured Section 6A/5A championships with State Tournament appearances in 2011, 2012, and 2014. The 2011 BBE squad finished as Minnesota Class A runner-ups and the 2012 and 2014 Jaguars garnered Minnesota Class A State Championship honors. The Jaguars State Tournament teams compiled an overall record of 121-4. From 2009-2014, BBE was virtually unbeatable at home, 71 consecutive wins including 70 consecutive CMC conference victories. Montbriand was recognized by his peers as Section Coach of the Year five times and Minnesota Class A State Coach of the Year in 2012. He finished his career as a head coach with an overall mark of 388-171. In addition to coaching boys basketball, Coach Montbriand coached football, baseball (Head and Assistant), girls basketball, and junior high boys basketball. Dave retired from teaching and coaching junior high basketball at BBE at the conclusion of the 2017-18 school year. He coached JV Basketball for Canterbury HS in Fort Myers, Florida in 2018-19.

Dave Thorson began his coaching career as an assistant at the University of South Dakota in 1989 and the Minnesota Gophers from 1990-94. After five years coaching college hoops, Dave moved from Williams Arena to Nicollet Island and began his high school coaching career as the Head Basketball Coach at DeLaSalle High School. During the course of the next 23 seasons, he led the Islanders to nine State Championships, including six consecutive-2012-2017. The nine state titles are the most by a coach in state history and the six year championship streak is unmatched in state history. Overall, his Islander squads won 13 Section titles and State Tournament berths and 20 Tri-Metro Conference crowns. His teams amassed an overall record of 527-130, a winning percentage of 81%. The 1998-2002 Islanders won 72 consecutive games. Coach Thorson is a 12 time recipient of MBCA Section Coach of the Year honors and was named Minnesota AAA Coach of the year four times- 2005, 2006, 2016, and 2017. Thorson served as a member of the MBCA Executive Board. Dave represented Minnesota basketball on the national and international scene as a coach and clinician for USA Basketball and Nike. In addition to his legendary coaching career, he also served as the DeLaSalle Vice-President of Development. Coach Thorson returned to the college coaching ranks after the 2017 campaign and is currently in his second season as the lead assistant at Colorado State University.