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BASKETBALL: Minnesota High School Hall of Fame seeking nominations

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame, a new venture featuring some of the most prominent names in Minnesota high school basketball history, is seeking nominations for its inaugural class of inductees.

Fans may submit nominations to Bill Bentson (, Ron Haggstrom ( or Kevin Anderson (

Teams and players are subject to a waiting period of 10 years, while coaches and other contributors must have a career consisting of at least 15 years.

The hall of fame plans to promote high school basketball and the values of wholesome competition and sportsmanship, for boys and girls by recognizing outstanding players, coaches, teams, officials, and other contributors from the beginning of high school hoops more than 100 years ago to the present day.

Minnesota is the third state to have such a hall of fame, following Indiana and South Dakota.

Leaders of the Minnesota effort include Dean Verdoes, who played for Edgerton’s 1960 state champions and is a retired coach and athletic director at Henry Sibley; Erin Herman and Faith Johnson Patterson, girls basketball coaches at Hill-Murray and DeLaSalle, respectively.

Other state champion coaches involved in the hall of fame include Brian Cosgriff, Hopkins girls; Wendy Kohler, Alexandria girls; and John Sherman, Minnesota Transitions boys.

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