Back in Time: 100-year anniversary of Stillwater High School’s victory at the state basketball championship

Stillwater High School’s 1914 basketball team won the state championship. (Photo courtesy of the Washington County Historical Society)

Stillwater High School’s 1914 basketball team won the state championship. (Photo courtesy of the Washington County Historical Society)

BY BRENT PETERSON – GAZETTE COLUMNIST

The Stillwater High School, one of the oldest graduating high schools in Minnesota, has won many athletic championships throughout its history. Baseball, football and many skiing titles have put Stillwater as one of the most dominate high schools in history in athletics, but it has now been 100 years since the Stillwater High School has won a state basketball championship.

Basketball was introduced at Stillwater High School in 1900. The teamwork and understanding of this new game grew quickly, and in 1903 there was a “claim” that the Stillwater High School basketball club members were the “State Champions at Basket Ball.” There was not an organized “state” tournament at the time — that was to come in 1913.

The dominance of the Stillwater basketball program led to the organization of the state tournament to be held at Carleton College in Northfield. Teams would represent their congressional district by winning a playoff type of tournament. That year, 1913, Stillwater was the overwhelming favorite to win the tourney but was upset, and Virginia High School won the title.

The 1914 season was a bit different in regards to which teams could attend. …

Want to read more? Check out the Friday, March 21, edition of The Gazette, available at newsstands through Tuesday, March 25, or at our office, 1931 Curve Crest Blvd., Stillwater. Brent Peterson is the executive director of the Washington County Historical Society.

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