The Apple Valley High School boys’ basketball team defeated Champlin Park 60-54 to win the Class AAAA state championship March 25 at Target Center. It was Apple Valley’s third state basketball title in the last five years; the previous two were in 2013 and 2015.
Apple Valley avenged its only two loses of the regular season in route to the state championship by defeating previously unbeaten Champlin Park in the title game and Maple Grove by a score of 77-54 in the semifinal round. The Eagles also defeated Cretin-Derham Hall 76-67 in the quarterfinal round of the state tournament.
Members of the state championship team are Josh Arnold, Justin Firpo, Ely Hendrickson, Tre Jones, Patrick Kelehan, Mohamed Kone, Zach Korba, Michael Kromer, Josh LaFave, Nathan Macho, Luke Martens, Mason Morse, Michael Nelson, Mark Possis, Spencer Rolland, Ethan Thomas, Kevin Totusek and Logan Wangerin. Jones, Kone and Martens were all named to the Class AAAA All-Tournament Team. Student managers are Ellie Kuchera and Julia Running. Zach Goring is the head coach and assistant coaches are Dave Edison, Jadee Jones and Greg Olson.