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The last leg of the long journey to the finals of the state boys' basketball tournament was a short walk along the bluff above the St Paul waterfi nt, from the Radisson to the Civic Center. It was a journey that began however, 150 miles to the southwest, in a corner of the state where boys and girls grow up dreaming about the state tournament, in small towns like Revere and Dovray and Avoca and Walnut Grove and Westhrook. The beginning and the end of the journey could not have contrasted more, but it was where the team belonged. Charger coach Steve Kjorness echoed that fact all year. "This is a very, very, very good team. I hope that doesn't sound arrogant; it's the simple truth." Sports editor and basketball follower Dave Fjield was less diplomatic: "This is the best team I've seen come out of Southwest Minnesota." It was a team called "a powerhouse" by basketball great Janet Karvonen; a team named by some as "that jr. college team from Southwest Minnesota." And the matchup with Chisholm was perfect: a game that recalled another year; a game thought inevitable by some from the first day of the season--Chisholm ranked #1, WWG #2 by the AP; WWG ranked # 1, Chisholm #2 by Full Court Press. WWG started the battle, getting the tip and the first two out of Jason Bakke. Joel McDonald, Chisholm,s high scoring forward, followed with two from the baseline. So it would go; like two prize fighters nose to nose. There were 14 lead changes in the first half. Juhl Erickson was stellar from the point position. In the first half he shot two for two from three point land and six for eight from inside the line, for 14 points. In the other corner though was McDonald, who finished with 18 for Chisholm, to keep them within tWO. The second half started the way the first ended. WWG managed to push the lead to five, but could never push it further. Erickson kept up the pace, hitting another three pointer early. But Chisholm showed they were no single dimension team as well. The Charger five point lead dwindled and was lost as Chisholm went on a 9-1 run. Down by six, 54-48, with seconds left in the 3rd quarter, Kuehl went inside to Bakke who brought WWG back to within four. After the game, Coach Steve Kjomess heaped on the accolades: "A great group of kids, playing together, their leadership helping to blend the communities together; we had a great season." Bakke, Erickson, and Kuehl were named to the all-tournament team, an award voted on by the sports writers covering the tournament, following the final. Kjorness called them "very deserving." But Chisholm went on another run two minutes into the final quarter, a 12 point run, to push their lead to 12, 68-54, before Erickson hit another three pointer. But Chisholm had hurt the Chargers. In those last two minutes, there i were moments of brilliant play: pro, uro,ofon,oa, a .! couple clutch baskets, but WWG forced to foul, and the game slipped away. Chisholm 19 36 54 77, W-WG 19 38 50 61 CHISHOLM (FG-FT-TP) -- McDonald 11-7-30, Krize 9-6-24, Rupar 1-2-4, Amil~ 0-0-0, LaCoe 3-3-11, Thompson 2-4-8, Rogers 0-0-0. Totals 26-22-77. W-WG (FG-FT-TP) -- Kuehl 7-0-15, Fowler 1-1-3, J.Bakke 6-3-15, Steen 1- 0-2, Erickson 9-2-24, Hanson 0-0-0, Stehphen Peterson went after the ball as Dana Klontz Vosberg 0-0-0, C.Bakke 1-0-2. Totals 25-6-61. Billy McKinny, former pro basketball player, now the color commentator for Channel 9, stated it clearly: "It's unfortunate, but the score [77-61] doesn't indicate how well the Chargers played." Nick Kuehl made a move to the basket The game ends a dream season for a team and a community. A long journey concludes. A group of seniors finish a high school career after pushing their themselves to the top amongst their peers. Kim Hughes Kim Hughes, a Junior, is the daughter of Jeff and Terrl Hughes. Her activities include boys basketball statistician - 2 years, band, church youth group. Westbrook The Cheerleaders formed a double pyramid SENTINEL & TRIBUNE ,10 Walnut Grove - Westbrook, MN - Wednesday, March 27, Two more for Bakke Tracy, MN. i! EVERYDAY LOW PRICES Kelly Phillips Kelly Phillips, a senior, is the daughter of Gary and Kathy Phillips. Kelly has lettered in cheerleading her last 3 years. Westbrook Curt Bakken Curt Bakken, 5'll"junior guard, is the son of Lee and Phyllis Bakken. He is active in football, FFA, choir, declam, and National Honor Society. Westbrook Sherry Ewy ' Sherry Ewy, a Junior, is the daughter of Delores Ewy, Her activities include statistician boys basketball, statstician for girls FHA/FLA. and Physical Fitness award. Westbrook !