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Perham boys remain No. 1 in latest 2A boys basketball poll

Tyler Glines and the Yellowjackets have owned the top spot in the first two state polls this season. Robert Willams/FOCUS

Behind a 5-0 start and a reputation that preceded the season, the Perham Yellowjackets remain the top ranked team in Class 2A for the second consecutive week.

Pelican Rapids moved up from No. 7 to No. 5 with a record of 4-0. Crosby-Ironton enters the poll at No. 10 at 2-1, having lost to Perham by seven points at home earlier this week.

Regionally, in Class A, Battle Lake dropped one spot from No. 5 to No. 6, but remain undefeated.

Hawley's Ben Ellefson

Probably the biggest surprise in the early season does not show in the polls. The Hawley Nuggets, who were 25-2 last season, undefeated against any team not Perham, is off to a 1-3 start.

Hawley has recorded losses at Fergus Falls 67-56, at Oak Grove 80-72, and at home to Thief River Falls 74-58. Their lone victory was over Breckenridge in Hawley 69-63.

According to a Facebook post by the Minnesota State High School League, the Apple Valley High School boys basketball team, which is the defending state champion and top-ranked team in Class 4A, will play a game tonight, Thursday, Dec. 12 that will be televised by ESPN2.

The Eagles will play host to Whitney Young, a team from Chicago that is led by the 6-foot-11 Jahlil Okafor; Apple Valley's Tyus Jones and Okafor have both committed to Duke University. 

According to a story by the Star Tribune, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski will be in attendance.

All tickets for the game are sold out. Minnesota high school basketball will make its debut on the network via ESPN2 at 6 p.m. 

Minnesota state high school boys basketball rankings.


1. Perham (5-0)

2. Esko (3-1)

3. Plainview-Elgin-Millville (6-0)

4. Rochester Lourdes (4-0)

5. Pelican Rapids (4-0)

6. Fairmont (4-1)

7. St. Cloud Cathedral (4-2)

8. Annandale (4-1)

9. Redwood Valley (4-1)

10. Crosby-Ironton (2-1)


1. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (3-0)

2. Rushford-Peterson (4-0)

3. Mountain Lake Area (4-0)

4. Southwest Minnesota Christian (4-0)

5. Dawson-Boyd (0-0)

6. Battle Lake (4-0)

7. Maranatha (4-0)

8. Northern Freeze (3-0)

9. Upsala (4-1)

10. Heritage Christian (3-1)


1. Apple Valley (5-0)

2. Osseo (4-0)

3. Hopkins (5-1)

4. Lakeville North (2-0)

5. Eden Prairie (1-0)

6. Cretin-Derham Hall (3-0)

7. Champlin Park (4-1)

8. Tartan (2-1)

9. Roseville (3-1)

10. St. Francis (5-0)


1. DeLaSalle (1-1)

2. Holy Family (4-0)

3. Austin (3-0)

4. St. Paul Johnson (4-0)

5. Red Wing (5-0)

6. Delano (5-0)

7. Fridley (4-0)

8. Blake (3-2)

9. Cloquet (3-0)

10. Big Lake (4-1)

Minnesota state high school basketball rankings courtesy of Minnesota Basketball News

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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