Chisholm boys, McDonald continue state run

This is a great story. The Chisholm Bluestreaks won their state boys basketball quarterfinal game yesterday, advancing to the semis this afternoon. Their coach, Bob McDonald, has been doing this 50 years and has more wins than any coach in Minnesota history. Demanding suits, ties, buzz cuts and no lip, McDonald guides a team from the hardscrabble heart of the Iron Range, lead this year by a 6’5″ center of Tongan heritage named Sioka Latu.

I think part of the challenge I have in writing my novel is that the nonfiction on the Range is just plain better than the fiction.


  1. Way to go Blue Streaks. I played against Chisholm in that little gym with the only seating on top. They trapped, pressed the whole game, had flat tops and things haven’t changed in 40 years. Good luck Bob.

  2. Tight game…

  3. Tough loss, a pity anybody had to lose, both sides played well and hard.

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