Braham Basketball celebrates alumni

Senior captain Cody Carlson guards the class of 1988’s Dan Downing, as he searches for a teammate and tries to avoid his son. Class of 2013’s Dylan Altendorf holds the ball as he looks for an open passing lane. Jesse Johnson class of 2010 posts up with the ball, as he is surrounded by current Bomber players.Photos by Mike Bleninger Senior captain Matt Rydlund takes the ball down the court, defended by Tim Nelson.
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Senior captain Cody Carlson guards the class of 1988’s Dan Downing, as he searches for a teammate and tries to avoid his son.
One of Minnesota’s storied high school basketball programs celebrated its’ alumni. On Dec. 23, current and former Braham Bomber basketball players got together for their annual Alumni Game.
Despite a little snow, and frigid temperatures the gyms were filled with Bombers, past and present.
The classes from 2010-216 had the highest turnout, but some of the “old guys,” made it out as well.
Assistant Isanti County Attorney Tim Nelson, class of ’99 and current head coach Jeff Eklund class of ’95 represented the 1990’s. Dan Downing was present to take on his son, senior forward Alec Downing as well as represent the class of 1988.
Coach Jeff Eklund was pleased with the turnout of the event, which required two games to be played in separate gyms. This is the kind of connection with the community that Eklund strives to cultivate with his team.
“Every year, every game, every practice, this is what it’s all about,” he said. “To see all the guys in the gym playing basketball.”
Members from the 2016 State Championship team had their first chance to play against their former teammates. It is safe to say, that they looked primed to make another tittle run if they were still eligible to play.
The one-on-one father son matchup did not disappoint, as both Downings found a way to help their teams.
In the end, both games being played were fast and competitive. The game provided a strong bond between the school and community, as the stands were packed with friends, family, and neighbors who were all excited to see the present, and future of this program shine on the court.