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Steve Korby: Cloquet basketball historical teams ranking

1963 Cloquet Boys – Lost to Marshall by one point, 75-74, in what many sport historians call the greatest Minnesota state championship game ever. Mike Forrest’s last second shot in and out. Forrest, Dave Meisner and Denny Breitbarth chosen as All State. Coached by young Ben Trochill 

1958 Cloquet Boys – Cloquet’s first appearance in the Minnesota State championship. Lost to eventual state champion Austin in opening round by two points. Led by Dick Millen (Corey’s dad), Bill Hoppe, Butch Newby and Bob Pollard.

1962 Cloquet Boys – Won Minnesota State Consolation championship. Led by guard Dave Sanda and juniors from next year’s 1963 team. Dave “Mouse” Meisner was sixth man and made All State.

1978 Cloquet Girls – First Cloquet girls team to qualify for State. Led by future Gopher and All American guard and scorer Debbie Hunter. Strong inside play from Wendy Hudler. Dave Burgett coach. 

2000 Cloquet Boys – Led by two over 1000 point scorers, outside shooting Mike Johnson and athletic Tim Battaglia. State tourney appearance. Coached by Tom Brenner.

1976 Cloquet Boys – Lost to future NBA’s Kevin McHale and the Hibbing Bluejackets in the Region finals. Led by 6’3 center Jay Shogren and featured Pete Franz and Tracy Rodd. Coached by Jerry Erickson.

1969 Cloquet Boys – Lost to Duluth Central in the District 26 championship game on a very unusual and controversial 4 point play. Led by co-captains Mick Hunter and Bobo Abraham. Guards were Mike Dunphy and Rick Franz. Coached by Clayton Kermeen.