Uniforms Through the Years
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Throughout Apple Valley High School’s 40 years, there have been many uniform changes across all sports. One thing that has never changed, however, are our classic colors – brown and gold. There have been seasons ending in state championships and seasons ending in sadness but the Eagle pride was always there thanks to our unique colors. Looking back, some of the uniform choices may look a bit different, but who knows what we will think looking back at this year’s uniforms in another 40 years?
Here’s a look at the basketball, football, girls hockey, AVaires, and cross country uniforms during the early years of Apple Valley High School, the middle years, and today.
The Early Years
In the early years – more specifically, our first year – our uniforms were definitely…interesting. But so was fashion in the ‘70s, so it fits.
With the coolest warm-up pants in the nation, the 1976-77 Eagles basketball team went 20-3. Not too bad for their first year playing together. They won the Missota Conference while beating the defending state champions, Prior Lake, under head coach Paul Trewick.
For those that grew up watching Terry Bradshaw and Lynn Swann, or those that have seen “We Are Marshall,” these uniforms definitely align with what was normal in football in the ‘70s. The 1976-77 Eagles football team tied for first in the Missota Conference. They defeated Mankato West by a score of 2-0 in their first-ever game, an interesting way to kick off a new season along with a new program.
The AVaires are often imitated, but never duplicated. For the 1976-77 school year, the AVaires performed a 50s dance routine. They performed at numerous school events, a tradition that continues today. Their uniform matches their routine, another tradition that was passed to today, with flowy skirts reminiscent of classic “poodle skirts”.
No, this is not the boys soccer team. Most of the time, cross country is associated with skinny kids running in short-shorts and a tank top. The 1976-77 boys cross country team went against this stereotype and chose sleeved tops. They were mostly underclassmen and used the season to build from the ground up under coach Ben Grockett. According to long-time head coach Rollie Greeno, these uniforms were replaced after his first season of coaching for Apple Valley.
Some of you may be wondering “Where’s the girls hockey?!” Well, girls hockey wasn’t a Minnesota State High School League sponsored sport…yet.
The Middle Years
In the 90s, sports were becoming more advanced and, of course, more like today. Along with the advancements of the sports themselves came updated uniforms.
Although the 1995-96 boys basketball team failed to claim a three-peat in the Lake Conference titles, they beat Cretin by two points to take third at their Christmas tournament. Nearly twenty years later in the early 2010s, Cretin was still a thorn in Apple Valley’s side. Here, the 1995-96 team uniforms are starting to reach the look of today.
The 1995 Eagles football team was in a rebuilding season after losing numerous seniors. These uniforms are still a ways off from the football uniforms of today with the slimmer jerseys and smaller pads. Barry Sanders would have worn the same type of uniform while side-stepping defenders.
The AVaires took on a techno routine in 1995-96, and their uniform matched that once again. They continued to perform at various school and sporting events along with some competitions of their own. They won the Eden Prairie competition that year.
The 1994-95 season was the first MSHSL-sponsored girls hockey season. Due to this, it was also the first ever girls hockey state championship. The 1994-95 eagles completed an undefeated season with a 2-0 win over South St. Paul. They were the first ever girls hockey state champions under Coaches Lee, Scanlon, and Stewart!
With Coach Greeno in charge, the boys cross country team had long since traded in their heavy sleeved uniforms for lighter, cooler (in more ways than one) sleeveless tops. With only two seniors, they looked to rebuild in 1995-96. They surprised themselves along with many others, however, beating rivals Rosemount and Bloomington Jefferson at the Shakopee Invitational.
The uniforms of today look the most sleek. Then again, that’s what everyone thought about the uniforms of the past when they were first worn. These pictures are in color, which helps to show the pride on display in brown and gold.
The 2014-15 boys basketball team were the state champions for the second time in three years. These uniforms appeared on ESPN for a game against Whitney Young High School in the 2013-14 season In their second season with fresh, new Nike uniforms, there were new stars shining now that Tyus Jones was at Duke. Apple Valley boys basketball continued their dominance, finishing the business they started the previous year when they lost to Cretin in the section finals.
In their last year in the uniforms pictured, the 2014 football team went two rounds deep into the section tournament. Prior to the section tournament, the Eagles beat Farmington 50-0. As football progresses, the uniforms seem to get tighter and the pads smaller.
Pictured here are some of the AVaires in their jazz performance uniform of 2014-15. Compared to the past, these uniforms are much flashier. This would be worn at competitions while a different uniform was worn at athletic event performances.
The uniforms of the 2014-15 season (team pictured) are the same as the uniforms of the 2015-16 season, when Taylor Deforrest set the MSHSL saves record with 111 saves in a six-overtime loss against East Ridge. Sophia Leong played 117 of 122 minutes that game.
In their newest uniform, the cross country team finished third at sections in 2014. They were eleven points shy of second place, which would have earned them a spot at state. The shorts just keep on getting shorter.
What will the uniforms of tomorrow look like? Tune in to the Talon in a few years to find out.