Three programs have new coaches and each experienced different levels of success last season from Andover’s run to the state quarterfinals, returning a majority of its starters including leading scorer Connor Wilkie.
Andover boys’ basketball has a new head coach, a familiar one to those within the program and in the north metro basketball community.
Boys’ basketball can be a strange game, just ask St. Francis coach Ryan Hauge.
Since an 11-0 start to the season, the Fighting Saints can’t shake losses, going 0-6. The latest was a 73-67 defeat at Spring Lake Park in a North Suburban Conference contest Jan. 29.
After keeping it close in a low-scoring first half, Maple Grove busted out in the second half on a 25-8 run over a span of 8:30 minutes in a 60-41 Northwest Suburban Conference win at Blaine Jan. 18.
For the first time this season St. Francis walked off a basketball court with a loss as Robbinsdale Copper (8-5, 3-0) won the highly-anticipated North Suburban Conference contest in St. Francis 85-68 Jan. 10.
St. Francis continued its strong start by winning its home opener Saturday afternoon over Anoka.
A highly-charged atmosphere at Blaine High School set the tone for what was a classic boys’ basketball section final as No. 2 seed DeLaSalle up-ended No. 1 seed Spring Lake Park 62-55 to win the Section 3AAA title March 16.