A heartbreaking one-point loss in the Class A State Championship sent the Hancock boys basketball team home with a runner-up trophy Saturday, April 10, from the Target Center in Minneapolis. The Owls end the season 19-6, falling to Hayfield in the state championship after beating Sleepy Eye St. Marys in the Class A State semifinal Wednesday, April 7, from the Target Center in Minneapolis.
“We had a good run and we all believed that our team was good enough to make a state run,” senior Adam Shaw said. “Football did motivate us a lot, as us as seniors wanted to get a state title and our underclassmen fought hard for us to do that.”
“I am beyond proud of my guys for the effort and grit that they showed throughout the year,” senior Preston Rohloff said. “This one is for the great community of Hancock! I am so blessed to be a part of a community filled with love and pride for their hometown sports. Without them we wouldn’t have made it this far.”
“Obviously the season didn’t end the way we wanted it to, but couldn’t have asked for better teammates, coaches, and fans,” senior Brandon Kellenberger said. “The support throughout the year was unbelievable especially with COVID limiting fans. Just want to say thank you to everyone who made this all possible.”
The Owls got three named to the PrepHoops.com Class A All Tournament Team: Kody Berget, Rohloff and Matt Thompson.
The Owls graduate eight seniors off their roster this spring: Rohloff, Berget, Shaw, Kellenberger, Devon Schroeder, Isaac Nienhaus, Isaiah Flaten, and Taylor Hanson.