Tag Archives: Austin

Undefeated Underdogs

22 Mar

That’s what the Austin Packers will be tomorrow night when they square off against top-ranked Minneapolis DeLaSalle.

Austin is 30-0 and therefore obviously hasn’t lost all season. DeLaSalle is 28-1 and hasn’t lost to any team from Minnesota. The Islanders’ only loss this year was to a top team from Kansas. And considering that they are the defending Class AAA state champions, their winning streak against Minnesota competition is now 39 games, dating back to February 7, 2012.

When Austin last came to the state tournament with an undefeated team, it was the 1981 Packers (22-0) facing another undefeated defending state champion from Minneapolis, the North Polars. North was riding a 41-game winning streak and was heavily favored.

Underdog Austin trailed by seven points at halftime. Here’s what happened in the second half:

The next day, Austin beat another undefeated team, Chaska, to advance to the championship game against Anoka. The Packers lost that game and finished 24-1.

DeLaSalle obviously has a great team and deserves its top ranking. The 2013 Packers have faced lots of challenges, and this will be the biggest one. The 1981 Packers join all Austin alumni and the whole community in support of the Packers and in hoping they have their best game yet.

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TV Broadcast Archive of Austin Win over Marshall in State Semifinal

22 Mar

The Prep45.com archive of the Packers’ overtime win over Marshall is now available.

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Since this game was on TV, we can show you the whole thing instead of just the highlights. Click to watch.

You also may buy a DVD of the game on Prep45.com.

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Bring the Red Sea to Target Center!

22 Mar

Band and Student TC

The Austin Packers are playing in the State Class AAA Championship Game Saturday night, and Austin High School has arranged for student fan buses to help bring a wave of Red to fill Target Center. Here’s the announcement from the school district:

Austin High School has reserved six student fan buses for the game on Saturday. Cost will be $6.00 for the fan bus.  Permission slips can be picked up at Austin High School on Friday, March 22, 2013 during regular school hours, or you can Download the form here.

Signed permission slips can be turned in to the Cashiers Office on Friday, March 23, 2013 and they can also be turned in from 8:00 – 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 23, 2013 in the Cashiers Office in the high school. Fan buses will load at 2:45 PM and depart at 3:00 PM. Buses should return to Austin around 11:00 PM.

Note that we were only able to secure school buses, so these buses are open to both students and adults, but the charge for adults to ride the bus is $10. Elementary and middle school students may ride the bus only if accompanied by a parent. Riders will need to purchase their game admission tickets when they arrive at Target Center. Student tickets are $9 and Adult tickets $14.

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Packers to Face Blake at State

16 Mar

The Austin Packers earned the #2 seed as expected, and drew #7-ranked Blake from the unseeded pool for their quarterfinal match-up in the Minnesota State High School League Class AAA Boys Basketball Tournament.

The Packers face the Bears at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at Williams Arena on the University of Minnesota campus.

Here is the complete bracket:

AAA Bracket

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Survive and Advance

9 Mar

The Austin Packers came back from an 11-point first half deficit for a 51-49 win over Winona on Saturday, March 9. The game was tied at 49 with 13.9 seconds to play, and here is the conclusion:

Full highlights coming later tonight.

An Epic Regular Season

5 Mar

As the Packers prepare to open defense of their Section 1AAA basketball title tomorrow night against Kasson-Mantorville, here’s a look back at their 25-0 regular season.

It’s difficult to condense 25 wins into a 20-minute video. Lots of good plays aren’t included, but this is a representative sample pulled from 100 minutes of individual game highlights (and that doesn’t include the highlights from the Packers’ wins at Waseca and Winona.)

You’ll want to expand to full screen for this:

Hopefully the boys will start another highlight reel at 7 p.m. tomorrow in Packer Gym. Let’s Pack the gym!

Packers to Host Kasson-Mantorville Wednesday

2 Mar

The Austin Packers will kick off defense of their MSHSL Section 1AAA title on Wednesday at home against #8 seed Kasson-Mantorville. Game time is 7 p.m. The Packers played the Komets in the first game of the season on Dec. 1, and came away with an 88-54 win.

New Prague grabbed the #2 seed and will host #7 Faribault, while #6 Albert Lea travels to #3 Red Wing and #4 Winona hosts #5 Waseca. See the complete bracket below:

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Here are the links (and top seeds) to the brackets for all of the Class AAA sections (Sections 5, 7 and 8 will be announced Sunday:

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