We are right in the thick of the madness that March seems to offer each and every spring. The Minnesota state boys high school hockey tournament gave us not one but two thrilling championship overtime games. The Minnesota Twins are beginning to find solutions to their bullpen, rotation and regular starting nine. Offices everywhere are starting to get those last minute brackets in so that the endless talk of who people have in their final four can overtake the regular water cooler talk. All while production levels everywhere just seem to dicipate.
Then of course we have one of the best stories of all taking place right here in our own backyard.
The Anoka Tornadoes girls basketball team won not one but two games during the entire regular season. That's right two whole games. They started section play with an overall record of 2-24 and as the number 9 seed. They would take on number 8 seed Duluth Central for the right to play the number 1 seed Duluth east. The tornadoes' not only won both of those games but the two that followed to give them one of the most unlikely section championships that we have witnessed in quite some time. They also did so by outscoring their four opponents by a combined 56 points. The more amazing aspect of this story is that they are doing so in large part to four starting Freshmen who apparently weren't informed that they should be intimidated by players with more experience.
Aside from having one of the greatest nicknames that any of the state's schools has to offer, this team also has another thing to offer and that is belief. Granted the do open state tournament play today against the defending state champion Panthers from Lakeville South. They also have won 24 consecutive games this season and didn't lose a single game a year ago. They also feature two-time metro player of the year Rachel Banham who has been on the varsity team since she was an eighth grader.
There are very few things that become as intriguing as a David vs. Goliath Matchup especially at the High School level. In fact it could be said that the girls from Anoka simply weren't told that they don't belong in the state tournament. Either way this is a team that is playing with the house money, shouldn't be taken lightly and is giving us one of the best storylines that the month of March has to offer.