Only one team in the state of Minnesota gets to call themselves champions of the 4A boys bracket. This year, Apple Valley High School is the champion of the biggest class (4A) in the state and was led by one of the state’s best players.
In the championship, Zach Goring’s squad comfortably defeated Park Center 74-57. The Apple Valley Eagles finished their conference a perfect 18-0 and finished 29-1 overall. Winning the tournament was expected with the team being the number one ranked team in the state.
The Eagles were led by guard Tyus Jones who led all scorers with 28 points. Jones also tied a state record by going 18 for 18 from the free throw line. In attendance for the championship was none other than legendary Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo just a day after his Spartans advanced to the sweet sixteen in the NCAA Men’s Tournament. Izzo flew in to watch Jones play and hopes to recruit the coveted guard to his squad for next year.
The game went as well as it could have for the Eagles; the team won handedly, their best player Jones dominated the court, and he did so in his biggest tryout for his soon to be collegiate career. Look for Jones next year in March Madness.