I’m sitting at the Marshall Independent, where I have just sent a few photos back to editor Chris Murphy in Worthington.
It’s all starting to sink in.
And what is sinking in, you might ask?
Domination, that’s what.
A year ago at this time, we were at the same place. We were heading up to the section finals. I remember talking with Les Knutson that night. We had three teams playing on that night in three different sections. We talked that we thought we could get two teams to state. And maybe three.
In fact, we didn’t have any. We went 0-3 that night. Both Worthington and Windom lost in thrillers, so we were on the cusp. But close only counts in horseshoes. Not in high school basketball.
So on my way up to Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, I wondered how area teams would do tonight.
Upon arriving at SMSU, I talked with Lucas Knutson. He predicted a 2-0 night for the south half of the bracket. I told him I hoped the Daily Globe area had at least one team go to state.
This is why I don’t bet. I’m horrible at predicting the future. I’ve always joked that Lucas is like Biff from the second Back to the Future film. In that movie, Biff has a future almanac which has the winners of all the events. I sometimes feel Lucas has that same book and he’s just playing a joke on the rest of us.
On this night, Lucas was right on, just like normal.
Both the Worthington Trojans and Southwest Christian Eagles are going to state.
And it’s not just that they are going to state, it’s how they are going to state.
The Trojans defeated Redwood Valley 64-43 in the Section 3AA final.
Then, it was SWC’s turn. The Eagles dominated Dawson-Boyd in the Section 3A final from the very beginning, opening up a 16-5 lead right away. SWC led by as much as 31 points against a Blackjack team that never had a chance.
At the end of the night, the south teams won by a combined 39 points
If there was another night of domination like this at this point in the season, I sure don’t remember it.
Both teams open the state tournament next week. WHS will play on Wednesday and SWC opens on Thursday. With the boys’ tournament seeding the top four teams, the times and opponents are yet to be determined.
But this is what we do know after tonight: If these two teams play like they did at the R/A tonight, both teams will be bringing hardware back to southwest Minnesota.