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Drake Bigler Memorial Invite Summary

06/26/2013, 7:00am CDT
By Ryan and Ross Reitsma

1st Annual Event a Success

The first annual Drake Bigler Memorial Invite was a success.  We appreciate all the volunteers, coaches, directors, officials, and other assistants who made this event go smoothly and create a great experience for those involved.  Thanks to D1 Minnesota basketball program for their donation to the cause despite not being able to attend the event.

We specifically appreciate the coaches who showed a high level of class in the way they coach, instruct, and teach players with an encouraging and building perspective while also teaching life lessons.

Here are comments from one of coaches attending:
"Although I was aware of the Drake Bigler story and the fact that Brad had recently lost his mother I took a moment on the way home from the tournament to read the story to our players.  We were glad to be a part of such a great event today and am thankful that you have taken the time to ensure that we will remember Drake for years to come.  We will all pray for the Bigler family tonight. Thanks for great day!"

We greatly respect and admire coaches who use opportunities to share stories and learn through tragedy.  The detailed results of the games and entire event are provided below.

Blindsided: Story how Brad and Heather Bigler Handled Tragedy

Many people know the stories of tragedy for Brad and Heather Bigler over the last couple of years, but many people do not. This story written by CBS Sportsline describes the various perspectives pretty well along with a video. Thanks for listening and caring. This coming July 28 will mark one year since the loss of Drake.

2013 Drake Bigler AAU Results Summary

Congrats to the following AAU Teams for winning the Drake Bigler Invite - AAU Day 1:

  • 12 U: SFC defeating Pentagon in Championship Game.
  • 14 U: SW Minnesota Stars went 3-0 on the day to take the title.
  • 15 U: SW Minnesota Stars defeating MN Comets in Championship.
  • 16 U: SW Minnesota Stars went 4-0 on the day to take the title.
  • 17 U - Open Division: SW MN Stars Alumni - went 2-0 defeating Stars 17's in a great game, after both defeated SW Slam in opening round games.
  • Complete results for the event are found in the PDF on right column.

2013 Drake Bigler Invite High School Summary

Great job by all teams and players with specific congrats to following high school teams:

Huron, SD - JV Division Champs
Tracy Milroy Balaton - Varsity B Division Champs
Marshall Tigers - Varsity A Division Champs.

The game by game score and results is posted on the PDF on the right.

We chose 5 players from each division that stood out for thier teams throughout the day, and 10 additional players from all divisions who had big performances as Honorable Mention Players.

High School All Tournament Team

Varsity B Division All Tournament Team: 

  • Josh Kirk, So. TMB H.S.
  • Riley Kirk, So. TMB H.S.
  • Spencer Smith, Fr. TMB H.S.
  • Jacob Baker, Marshall H.S.
  • Jon Wyffels, Marshall H.S.

Varsity A Division All Tournament Team: 

  • Riley Sharbono, Sr. Marshall H.S.
  • CD Douglas, Sr. Marshall H.S.
  • Connor Winkleman, Jr. Marshall H.S.
  • JP Grow, Anoka H.S.
  • Travis Bengsten, Anoka H.S.


Drake Bigler Invite ~ All Tournament Honorable Mention

  • Mitch Pfingsten, Sr. Fairmont H.S.
  • Leighton Sampson, Sr. SW MN Chr H.S.
  • Nick Reyne, Sr. Adrian H.S.
  • Carter Kirk, Sr. Mt. Lake H.S.
  • Marcus Potter, Sr. Worthington H.S.
  • Brett Peterson, Sr. RTR H.S.
  • Noah Winkelman, Jr. Marshall H.S.
  • Nate Pfiefle, Sr. SW MN Chr H.S.
  • Alex Knutson, Sr. WWG H.S.
  • Will Mulder, Jr. Worthington H.S.
Drake Bigler Memorial

JV Division All Tournament Team: 

  • Huron H.S.
  • Huron H.S.
  • Huron H.S.
  • Reece Winkelman, Fr. Marshall H.S.
  • Xavier Towne, So. Marshall H.S.

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