It was great to have the Princeton boys basketball team make it to the State Tournament to break their 87-year absence.

I have lived most of my 81 years 10 miles west of Princeton near Glendorado. We moved to Beck four and a half years ago but I still get the Union-Times and keep up on the news in Princeton.

About 30 years ago, I painted for a guy named Harry Sandford. He told me that he had played for the Princeton team that made it to the State Tourney in 1932.

I was a freshman at Princeton High School in the ’51-52 year and I remember Princeton coming within one game of the State Tournament. It was a one class tourney field then and Princeton was in Region 4 and had to make it through the St. Paul schools to make State. I believe they beat South St. Paul in the semifinal and then lost to another St. Paul school for the Region Championship. I remember five of the players’ names; Twin seniors Rich and Bob Paulson, Jon Docksted, Larry Johnson and Larry Borgwardt. During the South St. Paul game, a St. Paul player called Larry Johnson a ‘country hick.’ He had a good answer. He said “Your stockyards don’t smell very good.”

Saturday morning, March 16, I was at Emmanuel Lutheran for the blood drive in Princeton. Sherry Lindell told me they had been to the Princeton game in Duluth the night before. They had a relative playing for Hibbing and hoped he would have a good game, but were also glad to see the Tigers go to State. The Lindell’s daughter, Corrine, was a three-sport star at Princeton in the early ‘90s. Congratulations to the Tigers for making it to the semifinals at the State Tournament.

Jim Aleckson, Becker

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