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MLK Jr. Classic this Monday!

By Tim Kolehmainen, Breakdown Sports Media, 01/09/17, 7:45PM CST

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Five top boys' games and two girls' games highlight 4th annual event at UM-Duluth

The 4th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Classic showcases the best of northeastern Minnesota…and more…

The one-day, seven-game showcase at the University of Minnesota-Duluth features some of the top boys’ and girls’ basketball programs in the region

DULUTH, Minn. (Jan. 9, 2017) – For the fourth consecutive year, BREAKDOWN SPORTS brings together some of northeast Minnesota’s top high school basketball teams for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Classic. The one-day showcase at the University of Minnesota-Duluth’s Romano Gymnasium on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 features seven games between top teams from northeastern Minnesota going head-to-head, as well as a few interlopers from other parts of the state.

We’ve pulled together a terrific lineup that is highlighted by five top-20 boys’ teams and three top-12 girls’ teams in their respective classes. We’re proud to host Annandale (No. 3 in AA), Esko (No. 8 in AA), Nevis (No. 11 in A), Mt. Iron-Buhl (No. 17 in A), and Perham (No. 19 in AA) on the boys’ side, and Mt. Iron-Buhl (No. 1 in A), Annandale (No. 10 in AA), and Esko (No. 11 in AA) on the girls’ slate.

The full day of hoops starts with unbeaten Mt. Iron-Buhl and the veteran trio of Mya Buffetta, Mary Burke, and Chelsea Mason taking on high-scoring Halley Busse and G-F-W at 10 a.m. and concludes with a boys’ tilt between Grand Rapids and Duluth East, a battle of big men Brock Schrom and Cody Carlson at 7:30 p.m.

All in all, the entire field of seven games features numerous college prospects and great northeastern Minnesota high school programs.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CLASSIC: 2017
Jan. 16, 2017 at the University of Minnesota-Duluth’s Romano Gymnasium

Varsity Schedule
Time — Away vs. Home

  • 10:00 a.m. — G-F-W vs. Mt. Iron-Buhl (girls)
  • 11:30 a.m. — Nevis vs. Mt. Iron-Buhl (boys)
  • 1:15 p.m. — Annandale vs. Esko (girls)
  • 2:45 p.m. — Annandale vs. Esko (boys)
  • 4:15 p.m. — St. Cloud Apollo vs. Perham (boys)
  • 6:00 p.m. — Fridley vs. Hermantown (boys)
  • 7:30 p.m. — Grand Rapids vs. Duluth East (boys)

The MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CLASSIC is one of the newest of our special annual basketball events. In mid-January every year, we bring teams from across the northeastern corner of the state on the campus of the University of Minnesota-Duluth. 

BREAKDOWN SPORTS USA and its annual publications are Minnesota's No. 1 resource for players, coaches, fans and sports enthusiasts.  The BREAKDOWN is a full-service high school sports company, offering season preview publications, in-season premier events, off-season leagues, great photography and an extensive website with news and notes. 

We’re in our 15th year of covering boys’ and girls’ basketball, 10th in girls’ volleyball and boys’ hockey, and 3rd in boys’ baseball.  The goal of the BREAKDOWN is simple: We want to offer players, coaches and fans a complete sports resource for high school sports.

Please visit our website at www.BreakdownSportsUSA.com.  The staff welcomes all suggestions and comments for upcoming editions by email at tim@BreakdownSportsUSA.com.

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2018 MLK Jr. Classic schedule

Time Away Home
TBD St. Cloud Apollo Hermantown
TBD Nevis North Woods
TBD Brooklyn Center Esko
TBD Hibbing Duluth East
TBD Hinckley-Finlayson Superior (WI)
TBD Chisago Lakes Cloquet
TBD Anoka Grand Rapids