Posted On: 02/26/21 7:12 AM

Talent tends to come in waves in high school basketball. Programs will have a good run from time to time, but when a strong group of seniors graduates there can often be a bit of a lull before a school returns to the top. The current situation at Eastview is a great example of that. The Lightning had an excellent run, winning state championships in 2014 and 2018 before a wave of graduations. The successful collegiate careers of its top alumnae – Megan Walstad Megan Walstad 6'3" | C-PF Eastview AAAA | 2018 State MN at UW-Milwaukee, Rachel Ranke at Kansas State and Madison Guebert at South Dakota State, for example – are testament to just how good they were. The good news is there’s another wave on the way, and it won’t be long until Eastview is contending again.

And then there is Hopkins, where the talent wave never seems to end. The Royals always have a tsunami of athletes waiting in the wings to take over. As the saying goes, Hopkins doesn’t rebuild, they reload. The current situation is no different, which is why the Royals’ program is the focus of part two in our miniseries on top junior varsity talent.

JV at Hopkins is different


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