Tosten “Toddy” Johnson – Class of 1945

Tosten Johnson was the first Crookston High School basketball player to score 500 points in a career. He broke Dwain “Bud” Darkow’s career record of 445 points set in 1932. The Crookston Daily Times pointed out that “Toddy” had scored 26 points as a freshman whereas, Darkow had only played three seasons. In 1945, he tied the single game scoring record with 26 points against Red Lake Falls. The record was shared by Bob Sellberg, set in 1944, and Darkow, originally set in 1932. The same year, Toddy set the mark for made free throws in a season and also for a career.

He was a quick Pirate who proved himself as one of Crookston Central’s all-time athletic stars. Toddy was a multi-sport athlete who also lettered in football, basketball and track.

As a junior, Toddy lead the basketball team in scoring and to the District Championship, the first in 15 years. The Pirates lost to Roseau in the Region Tournament. His senior year, he led the team in scoring again but they lost in the District Tournament as the team was depleted of returning players because of the war. 

In football, Toddy was a starting half-back for the 1943 and 1944 seasons. He was a “triple-threat” player on offense who also was a starter on defense. He was team captain his senior season in 1944 and named All-City. At the time, Crookston had three high school football teams.

Toddy was the 1944 Region Pole Vault Champion and qualified for State along with four other Pirates. However, because of the gas rationing in the war effort, none of the five traveled to Minneapolis to participate in the state meet.

After 1945 basketball season, Toddy, like so many other young men at the time, left school and enlisted in the armed forces.

After the war was over, Toddy returned to Crookston and was a long-time owner of a local business.

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