The girls of Grand Meadow: Minnesota’s best


There’s no sign on Mower County Road 8 into Grand Meadow to commemorate the greatness that existed more than 80 years ago in this small southern Minnesota town.

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There’s no sign on Mower County Road 8 into Grand Meadow to commemorate the greatness that existed more than 80 years ago in this small southern Minnesota town. Nothing that mentions the most amazing streak in Minnesota high school sports history. Few residents remain who can recall those days, from 1929 through 1939, and not many more have heard of it. But, for that 11-year period, the center of the girls’ high school basketball world was a long-since gone opera house on Grand Meadow’s Grand Avenue that doubled as a basketball gymnasium. It was there that the girls’ basketball team entertained frequent sellout crowds by winning every game it played.

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The girls of Grand Meadow: Minnesota’s best

Despite the heavy rain, a hiker stops along the Sundling Creek Beaver Dam to capture a photo while hiking the Superior Hiking Trail.

Ongoing.

Fosston’s girls’ basketball team holds the modern Minnesota State High School League record with 78 consecutive victories from 1999 through 2002. Edina owns the boys’ record, winning 69 straight from 1965 through 1968. Impressive, yes, but nothing compared to what Grand Meadow accomplished.

Ongoing.

In their first season in 1929, playing against towns in the area, the Meadowlarks outscored opponents 591-153 over a 14-game schedule. They defeated Lyle 68-8, Adams 51-6, LeRoy 52-8. Such blowouts became so common over the decade that followed that playing Grand Meadow became a grand pain for opponents.

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