Twin Cities History was made:
It’s an untold story of a major a history in the Twin Cities
St. Paul Central & Minneapolis North 1986 Teams took a major community stance by showing everyone that the bridge of unity had was strong between both Cities….. on a very big stage – At the State Tournament!
These Two teams took the State Tournament Court holding hands of Love & Unity!!
True Historic Facts –
In 25 years no one talks about this historic moment in St. Paul & Minneapolis history…..
The 1986 Basketball season got started strong, with two of the top rated teams in the State of Minnesota facing off at Minneapolis North’s gymnasium before a sold out standing room only crowd. St. Paul Central defeated Minneapolis North by one point in a very exciting first game of the season. North Minneapolis came back in the very anticipated rematch end of the season – Twin Cities game to beat St. paul Central by 2 points. With both teams winning a game against each other, now the Grand Daddy of all – Minnesota State Tournament was coming up. When the State tournament brackets came out, both teams were favored to meet in the championship game.
But, because of terrible referees in their semi-final games, both teams got upset. So, the set the stage for both teams to play for Minnesota state 3rd place game.
The Third-place STATE TOURNAMENT game was televised on Minnesota Network TV for everyone to finally see Minneapolis North and St. Paul Central play. Everyone had heard about how good the games were in the past when North and Central played each other, but so many had never had witness these two talented High School teams play each other. – Family, relatives and friends glued their eyes to the television to watch the North and Central game!! This was the day that St. Paul and Minneapolis would change – and it was televised right on Television!!
As the Both teams got ready to leave the locker rooms, Saint Paul Central Captain Troy Jackson decided to get both teams together to form a unity line and come out of the locker room together holding hands. This was televised on Channel 9 and the whole state of Minnesota saw Minneapolis North and St Paul Central take the court together!!
We got to know and celebrate our Twin Cities piece of history. For over 35 years this historic piece of history has been brushed under the table and not talked about!