The Hancock Owl boys basketball team won the Class A Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association Team Academic State Championship for the second year in a row and fifth time in the last six seasons.
“Very proud of our school and players,” Owl coach Cory Bedel said. “I am lucky to coach such a great group of guys.”
Hancock Schools has a tradition of success in the classroom, being named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2019. This boys basketball team also has a storied history of success, not only on the court but in the classroom as well.
“We’ve been blessed with great student athletes on our boys basketball team,” said Bedel, who has coached the boys team for 12 years and counting. “Successful on the court and just as successful in the classroom. It says a lot about our school, teachers, staff and players. We always tell our players academics first then basketball. If players need to work on homework for any reason during practice that comes first.”
The Owls won the Class A Academic title in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022.
To qualify for the award, the team GPA must be at minimum 3.5.
The Hancock boys basketball team boasted a 3.8 GPA this year to claim the Section 6A academic title for the sixth time in the last seven seasons.