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Winter basketball event schedules released!

By Breakdown Staff, 03/20/18, 9:00AM CDT

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Check out the Breakdown's 2018-19 schedule of basketball events!

The Breakdown is pleased to announce the schedules for our upcoming 2018-19 basketball events, which include:

  • Girls' Tip Off Classic on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at Hopkins' Lindbergh Center
  • NEW! Boys' Big 10 Classic on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at Cretin-Derham Hall High School
  • Boys' Tip Off Classic on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 at Hopkins' Lindbergh Center
  • Granite City Classic on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 28-29, 2018 at St. Cloud Apollo High School and St. Cloud Tech High School
  • NEW! Crossover Classic on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019 at Perham High School
  • Lake Superior Classic on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 at Duluth East High School
  • MN-WI Border Battle on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 at East Ridge High School
  • Community Clash on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at St. Michael-Albertville High School and Middle School West
  • Winter Lakes Classic on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 at Alexandria HS

Please note: Match-ups in most events are set but game times are subject to change. Match-ups for the Tip Off Classics and Granite City Classic are still to be announced.


The Tip Off Classic began back in January of 2004.  The Breakdown staff wanted to showcase teams from across the state and provide unique, competitive matchups.  We also wanted to have top-rated teams with state tournaments aspirations.

The experiment worked out so well that now we host the No. 1 single day classic in Minnesota.

The boys and girls Tip Off Classic are run on different Saturdays at the start of December.

The following teams are scheduled to play in the 2018 Girls' Tip Off Classic:

  • Becker
  • Prior Lake
  • Tartan
  • St. Louis Park
  • Menahga
  • Hayfield
  • St. Cloud Apollo
  • Hill-Murray
  • Eastview
  • Milwaukee King (WI)
  • Forest Lake
  • Hopkins
  • St. Michael-Albertville
  • Lakeville North
  • Robbinsdale Cooper
  • Holy Angels
  • Maple Grove
  • Chaska
  • Waseca
  • Simley
  • Benilde-St. Margaret's
  • Marshall
  • Sauk Centre
  • Stewartville
  • Rush City
  • Minnehaha Academy
  • Centennial
  • Eden Prairie
  • Bloomington Kennedy
  • Park Center

The first-ever Breakdown Big 10 Classic will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at Cretin-Derham Hall High School, bringing together 10 of the best programs in the Twin Cities metro area for a collision of superpowers.

The event is expected to run opposite the girls' Tip Off Classic on the first weekend in December each year.

2018 BIG 10 CLASSIC Schedule

Time Away Home
TBD Edina Lakeville North
TBD Wayzata Cretin-Derham Hall
TBD Prior Lake Park Center
TBD East Ridge Hopkins
TBD DeLaSalle Eden Prairie

The Tip Off Classic began back in January of 2004.  The Breakdown staff wanted to showcase teams from across the state and provide unique, competitive matchups.  We also wanted to have top-rated teams with state tournaments aspirations.

The experiment worked out so well that now we host the No. 1 single day classic in Minnesota.

The boys and girls Tip Off Classic are run on different Saturdays at the start of December.

The following teams are scheduled to play in the 2018 Boys' Tip Off Classic: 

  • St. Thomas Academy
  • Breck
  • Perham
  • Caledonia
  • New London-Spicer
  • Brooklyn Center
  • Rochester John Marshall
  • Prior Lake
  • Lakeville North
  • Hopkins
  • DeLaSalle
  • Minnehaha Academy
  • Eden Prairie
  • East Ridge
  • Park Center
  • Cretin-Derham Hall
  • Totino-Grace
  • Minneapolis Roosevelt
  • New Prague
  • Tartan
  • Eastview
  • Minnetonka
  • North Woods
  • Mayer Lutheran
  • Rochester Mayo
  • Wayzata
  • Minneapolis North
  • Lake City
  • Edina
  • Champlin Park

The Granite City Classic is one of the most popular holiday tournaments in the St. Cloud area. 

The Breakdown took over the sponsorship of the holiday classic a few years ago and looks to have teams from the St. Cloud area in a tournament to enjoy for all.  The tournament is annually at the end of December each year.

The following teams are scheduled to play in the 2018 Granite City Classic:

Apollo bracket

  1. St. Cloud Apollo
  2. Sauk Rapids-Rice
  3. St. Louis Park
  4. Blake
  5. Park Center
  6. Milwaukee Washington
  7. Champlin Park
  8. Brooklyn Center
  9. Minnetonka
  10. Minneapolis Roosevelt
  11. North St. Paul
  12. Maranatha
  13. Big Lake
  14. Orono
  15. St. Paul Central
  16. Totino-Grace

Tech bracket

  1. St. Cloud Tech
  2. Osseo
  3. Sartell-St. Stephen
  4. Rocori
  5. Apple Valley
  6. Maple Grove
  7. Princeton
  8. Lakeville South
  9. STMA
  10. Forest Lake
  11. Delano
  12. Rogers
  13. Mound-Westonka
  14. Becker

The Crossover Classic is the newest of our winter basketball events, scheduled to be held Jan. 5, 2019 at Perham High School in northwestern Minnesota!

In early-January every year, we plan bring teams from across the state to take on programs from the northwestern corner of the state. The Breakdown will host the first-ever event in Jan. 2019 at Perham HS -- and it promises to be a highly-anticipated and exciting time for basketball fans from around the state.

2019 Crossover Classic schedule

Time Away Home Gender
TBD Zimmerman Detroit Lakes Boys
TBD St. Cloud Cathedral Breckenridge Boys
TBD Minneapolis Southwest Bemidji Girls
TBD Minneapolis Southwest Bemidji Boys
TBD Tartan St. Cloud Apollo Boys
TBD Pine City Perham Girls
TBD East Grand Forks Perham Boys

The Lake Superior Classic is a reboot of our former Martin Luther King, Jr. Classic, but now held at Duluth East's terrific new high school gymnasium!

In mid-January every year, we bring teams from across the state to take on programs from the northeastern corner of the state at Duluth East High School. The Breakdown will host the 6th annual event in Jan. 2019 at Duluth East HS -- and it promises to be a highly-anticipated and exciting time for basketball fans from around the state.

2019 Lake Superior Classic schedule

Time Away Home
TBD New Life Academy Superior (WI)
TBD St. Cloud Apollo Proctor
TBD Hinckley-Finlayson Nevis
TBD Anoka Hermantown
TBD BOLD North Woods
TBD Chisago Lakes Duluth Denfeld
TBD Coon Rapids Duluth East

The Minnesota vs. Wisconsin Border Battle is an annual event conceived by the BREAKDOWN and the Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook in the winter of 2006 as a way to pit some of the top teams from Minnesota and Wisconsin against each other at a site rotating between the two states.  

The 13th annual event will be held in Jan. 2019 at East Ridge HS -- and it promises to be a highly-anticipated and exciting time for basketball fans from around the region.

2019 Border Battle schedule at East Ridge HS

Time MN Team WI Team
TBD MN Valley Lutheran Thorp
TBD Lake City Clear Lake
TBD St. Croix Lutheran Whitefish Bay
TBD Rochester Mayo Waupun
TBD Apple Valley Brookfield East
TBD Minnehaha Academy Onalaska
TBD East Ridge Brookfield Central

The Winter Lakes Classic is another of our special annual basketball events!

In mid-February every year, we bring teams from across the state to the beautiful new Alexandria High School facilities for a day of top basketball. There will be varsity games, as well as JV, sophomore and freshman level games in the auxiliary gym.

The Breakdown will host the 4th annual event in Feb. 2019 at Alexandria -- and it promises to be a highly-anticipated and exciting time for basketball fans from around the state.

2019 Winter Lakes Classic schedule at Alexandria HS

Time Away Home Gender
TBD Rockford Sauk Centre Girls
TBD Rockford Sauk Centre Boys
TBD Eden Valley-Watkins Melrose Boys
TBD Eden Valley-Watkins Perham Girls
TBD Holy Family Catholic Perham Boys
TBD Becker Alexandria Girls
TBD Becker Alexandria Boys

The Community Clash is one of the newest of our special annual basketball events! In mid-February every year, we bring together the boys and girls programs from rival towns to go head-to-head in a day of top basketball. There will be varsity games, as well as JV, sophomore and freshman level games in the morning.

The Breakdown will host the 4th annual event in Feb. 2019 at St. Michael-Albertville HS and MS West — and it promises to be a highly-anticipated and exciting time for basketball fans from around the state.

2019 Community Clash schedule - varsity

Time Court Away Home Gender
TBD HS Waconia Monticello Girls
TBD HS Waconia Monticello Boys
TBD HS Mankato East Mahtomedi Boys
TBD HS New Prague White Bear Lake Girls
TBD HS New Prague White Bear Lake Boys
TBD HS Moorhead St. Michael-Albertville Girls
TBD HS Moorhead St. Michael-Albertville Boys
TBD MS West Coon Rapids Buffalo Girls
TBD MS West Jordan Rockford Girls
TBD MS West Jordan Rockford Boys
TBD MS West Northfield Big Lake Girls
TBD MS West Northfield Big Lake Boys
TBD MS West St. Louis Park Rogers Girls
TBD MS West St. Louis Park Rogers Boys