Former Gaylord High School and Sibley East basketball coach Darrell Kreun is planning to be in town next month to tout the book “Edgerton, A Minnesota Basketball Legend.”
A book signing at the Gaylord Library and at a Sibley East’s boys’ basketball game is the plan. Kreun said he will be joined by book author and former Edgerton coach Ken Kielty for the book signing. An exact date in January is yet to be determined. Watch further editions of The Gaylord Hub for more details.
The book “Edgerton, A Minnesota Basketball Legend” will focus on Edgerton’s incredible championship season when the small town upended several larger schools to win a state championship. It came at a time when only one state champion was crowned. Edgerton’s “small town” boys demonstrated poise and unmatched basketball skills while defeating Chisholm, Richfield and Austin at Williams Arena. They completed a perfect 27-0 season by upending perennial power Austin 72-61 in the championship game.
Kreun, who now lives in northern Minnesota, was among the top scorers for the Flying Dutchmen that memorable season. He played guard and his sharpshooting ability quickly earned him the name “Hot Shot” Kreun by the Edgerton faithful.
In the mid-1960’s, Kreun began his teaching and coaching career in Hanska. He later moved to Gaylord and coached the Spartans and eventually the Sibley East Wolverines for a total of 34 seasons.
During his three plus decades of coaching area cagers, Kreun established a strong basketball program, evident by the trophy cases his teams filled. Under Kreun’s leadership, the Spartans/Wolverines captured 15 conference championships, 12 District/Sub-Section titles and have made three trips to the state tournament (1969, 1973 and 1998).
Earlier this month, Kreun was among five starters and the top reserves from the Flying Dutchmen state champion to gather in Edgerton to release the book “Edgerton, A Minnesota Basketball Legend.”
Ken Kielty is the co-author of the book and a former Edgerton basketball coach. He coached several of the standouts on the state championship team when they were eighth-graders.
The 250-page hardcover book is the product of two years of research including more than 100 interviews of not only Edgerton players, administrators and residents, but coaches and players who opposed the Flying Dutchmen in their 27-0 season.