Zion teams headed to nationals
Both the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams from Zion Lutheran School in Mayer had successful weekends at the Minnesota Lutheran State Tournament, held March 1-3 at Concordia University – St. Paul.
The boys’ team finished as runners up, while the girls placed third, each team winning three of four games during the tournament. The boys defeated Rochester Central, Trinity St. Francis, and Risen Savior Mankato before losing the title game to Trinity Waconia.
The girls won over Rochester Central and St. James Northrup before falling to Bloomington Lutheran. The Zion Mustangs defeated Emanuel Hamburg for third place. Last week, both teams then received invitations to compete in the National Lutheran Basketball Tournament on March 21-24 at Valparaiso University in Indiana. Only four previous Zion teams have qualified for the national tournament, including the 2004 and 2012 boys’ teams, and the 1996 and 2004 girls’ teams.