Winona-St. Cloud Tech Preview

Winona faces #4 seed St. Cloud Tech in the second game of the Class AAAA boy's basketball state tournament. This year's field of Class 4A teams is one of the strongest in recent memory with every team having at least one potential Division I player. Hopkins is the favorite, but undefeated St. Cloud Tech, Henry Sibley and Osseo are also top seeds. The following is a Winona/St. Cloud Tech preview.

Winona finished the season strong, winning 13 of their last 15 games with junior center Alec Brown in the lineup. Brown, who has attracted interest from schools such as Washington State, Colorado State, Boston University and Bucknell, is averaging 14.3 points and seven rebounds per game.

Minnesota associate head coach Ron Jirsa watched Brown in the Winhawks' 31-26 section finals win over Owatonna.

Alex Miene, who will play soccer at Western Illinois, is averaging 12.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per game and is shooting 65.5% from the field. Two-sport standouts Joe Zimbric, who will play football at Winona State, is averaging 6.6 points and Chad Peterson, who is going to St. Cloud State for football, is averaging 9.0 points.

St. Cloud Tech is 29-0 this season, but finished as just the fourth seed. The Tigers are led by senior guard Nate Wolters, who is still under the radar in terms of his recruitment. Wolters, who has scored more than 1,700 points and is the all-time leading scorer in Tech history, is averaging 25 points per game. He also leads the team in rebounding (6.2 per game) and assists (5.7). Junior Alex Hanks is averaging 12 points and Kewon Johnson and Tyson Euerle are chipping in with 10 points per contest.

Gopher Illustrated Top Stories