Packer History Highlights: 1981 State Semifinals

28 Feb

Thirty years ago, the Austin Packers played in the Class AA (largest school) Minnesota State Boys Basketball Tournament. A reunion of that team is scheduled for this Friday, with introductions of the 1981 team at halftime of the current Packers’ regular season finale against Rochester Century.

In the lead-up to the reunion, we’ll be posting highlights from the 1981 tournament. This post includes video from the second-half comeback against top-ranked Minneapolis North, while today we offer first-half highlights from the semifinals against another undefeated team, Chaska:

Upcoming posts include:

  • Tuesday: Second-half highlights from the Chaska game
  • Wednesday: First-half highlights from the championship game against Anoka
  • Thursday: The second half of the championship game
  • Friday: Video from the player introductions and medal ceremony

Turnout for Friday’s reunion looks to be really strong. Here’s who we have confirmed as attending so far:

  • Aase, Lee
  • Anderson, Bill
  • Anderson, Bruce
  • Gabrielson, Randy
  • Hallum, Rob
  • Haugen, Jeff
  • Jacobs, Brian
  • Jensen, Rod
  • Justice, Steve
  • Longueville, Joe
  • Murphy, Pat
  • Nepp, Doug
  • Pesonen, Mike
  • Stevens, Al
  • Stilwell, Deryk (who gets the travel award, as he is coming from Knoxville, Tennessee)

More to come…


2 Responses to “Packer History Highlights: 1981 State Semifinals”


  1. Packer Flashback: 1981 State Semifinal Second Half « Packer Fast Break Club - March 1, 2011

    […] we left off, the ’81 Packers were clinging to a one-point lead over Chaska at halftime of their state […]

  2. The way we were… « Packer Fast Break Club - March 4, 2011

    […] for a 56-48 win. In the state semifinals they faced Chaska, another undefeated team. Austin held a narrow lead for most of the game, with both teams shooting over 50 percent from the field, and hung on for a 57-52 win. In the […]

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