It would be impossible to say that any one basketball program is better than any other in the Upper Peninsula. Some have won the most State Championships, but year in and year out, none have been more consistent than the Negaunee Miners. Over the past century, they have had some of the best teams in the U.P. and the record to prove it. Since 1950, the Miners have the best winning percentage and the most wins in post-season play (128 wins vs. 60 losses, .681). In that same time, they won 31 district titles, 13 regionals and two state championships.
School Athletic Association had an official state tournament. There was an Upper Peninsula tournament held in Marquette, which the Miners won in 1919. Three years later, the Miners had what many thought would be their greatest team in history. They came in third in the State Class A tournament, but had a team with one All- American (Eino Pulkinen) and four All-Staters (James Scanlon, 1st team; Gilbert Lindstrom, 2nd team; Theodore Sundquist, 2nd team; and George Ferm, honorable mention.
The program's first state title came in 1930, led by legendary coach Eddie Shadford. This plucky squad took the train to Detroit to compete in the tournament, defeating Coldwater, Grand Haven and then St. Mary's of Orchard Lake for the Class B crown, 31-25. Scores were low then because, as team member Matt Gleason stated in a 2005 Mining Journal article, "Back then, after every basket made there was a jump ball...And there was not three-point shooting and no bonus free throws, so that's why the scores were so low."