The Hancock Owl boys basketball team was named the Class A State Academic Champion Team for the third straight season announced Wednesday, March 6 by the Minnesota Boys Basketball Coaches Association. This recognition came after Hancock was named the Section 6A Academic Team Champion for the fourth season in the row.

"We are honored to get this award three years in a row," Hancock head coach Cory Bedel said of being named Class A State Academic Champion. "It is well deserved. Our guys aren't just good on the court, they're just as good in the classroom. That says a lot about our school and the staff, too."


The Owls boasted a cumulative team GPA of 3.8 this season.

"They just take after their coach," Bedel laughed.

All joking aside, Bedel said that he's honored to coach such a well-rounded group of student athletes.

"I'm very proud of these guys," Bedel said of his present, and former, players.

The Owls wrapped up a 19-6 regular season on the court and are slated to open Section 6A playoffs against No. 6 Brandon-Evansville at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, in Hancock.

Class AA Academic State Champion, and Section 3AA champion, was Minnewaska Area.