PDD Quiz: Basketball

Drive to the basket and take your shot at this week’s basketball-themed PDD Quiz. Shout out to PDD user llinmpls for suggesting some of this week’s questions!

The next current events quiz charges your way on March 31. Submit question ideas to Alison Moffat [email protected] by March 26.

#1 Which Division 5 team competed in the 2024 WIAA State Boys Basketball Tournament?

This was Solon Springs’ first trip to the state tournament; they lost to Columbus Catholic in the semifinals. Northern News Now has more on the story here.

#2 The Catholic League was a premier youth basketball league in Duluth. What organization was its sponsor?

St. Peter, Holy Rosary, St. Rose, St. Michael, St. Jean, St. Anthony and Sacred Heart all had teams.

#3 How many career points did Duluth Marshall eighth grader Chloe Johnson hit on Jan. 20, 2024?

WDIO reports on the milestone here.

#4 On Jan. 26, 1938, the Esko Future Farmers of America basketball team beat this storied team.

Read more about the matchup on the Zenith City and Pine Knot News websites.

#5 A Duluth boys basketball team hasn’t won the state championship title since this year.

Duluth Central High School won the championship in 1979; see the full list of state champions here.

#6 The Minnesota Mr. and Miss Basketball award is given annually to the best senior player. Which three Duluthians have received the coveted award?

Downing was a co-winner of the award in 1979. Holm won in 1985, and Rickert won in 2001. See the full list of Miss Basketball winners here and Mr. Basketball here

#7 Which northern Wisconsin boys team won the first WIAA-sponsored state basketball tournament in 1920?

Superior Central High School had previously won a state basketball tournament sponsored by Lawrence College in 1908. See the full list of Wisconsin state boys basketball champions here.

#8 On March 8, 1940, this venue turned away 1,000 spectators from a district basketball tournament.

Zenith City Press has more on the story here.

#9 Which school’s boys basketball team recorded 56 consecutive home wins from 1972 until 1979?

Esko held the boys basketball state record for consecutive home wins until 2009. Read more about Esko’s home winning streak on the Zenith City Press website.

#10 This Hibbing High School standout went on to play for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Boston Celtics.

Read more about McHale’s career on the Star Tribune website.


1 Comment


about 2 months ago

Nice picture of the St. Jeans gym.  Long since torn down but it held a lot of memories.

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