Sunday, April 21, 2019

GRANT SHERFIELD PICKS WICHITA STATE OVER THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

The University of Minnesota lost out on 2019 three-star point guard Grant Sherfield from Wichita, Kan.

Sherfield was offered a scholarship to the University of Minnesota.

In the end however the 6-2 three-star point guard Sherfield committed to Wichita State.

The Gophers men’s basketball team missed out Tuesday on recruiting target Grant Sherfield for its 2019 class. The 6-foot-2, three-star point guard from Wichita, Kan., picked Wichita State.

 

Saturday, April 20, 2019

TOP BOYS’ BASKETBALL RECRUITS FROM MINNESOTA IN THE CLASS OF 2020

The 2020 boys’ basketball recruiting class has been heating up. Listed below in no specific order are the top 5 boys’ basketball recruits in Minnesota for the class of 2020.

Jalen Suggs, Minnehaha Academy, guard, 6-foot-5, 185

Dawson Garcia, Prior Lake, forward, 6-foot-11, 220

Dain Dainja, Park Center, center, 6-foot-8, 240

Ben Carlson, East Ridge, forward, 6-foot-9, 205

Kerwin Walton, Hopkins, guard 6-foot-4, 170

2019 NCAA MEN’S FINAL FOUR BASKETBALL THOUGHTS

The 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four came to Minnesota. Events came to the Downtown Minneapolis area.

During the week leading up to the Final Four there were activities throughout the Downtown Minneapolis area.

I was able to partake in some of the Final Four events in the area. I also worked the Final Four and National Championship game.

Nicollet Mall was the hub for most of the Final Four activities. Also, the Target Center hosted the slam dunk championships.

I was able to take a walk down Nicollet Mall and took in some of the events. Some things that happened on Nicolet Mall were ESPN came in and did some of their NCAA basketball coverage.

On Saturday and Monday, I was able to get to work the Final Four and National Championship games.

Overall the atmosphere downtown throughout the week was electric. The city of Minneapolis really put on a good show throughout the NCAA Final Four week and weekend.

I also think the staff at the US Bank Stadium did a good job in transforming the football stadium into a makeshift basketball stadium.

With two big events in the book I really think that both the NFL and NCAA will be taking another look at the US Bank Stadium to host other big-time sporting events.


UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA’S AMIR THOMAS COFFEY DECLARES FOR THE NBA DRAFT

University of Minnesota Junior Amir Coffey (20) has declared for the NBA draft. He will hire an agent.

Coffey who missed most of his sophomore season due to injury.

A new rule that went into effect during the 2018-19 season allows juniors to test the NBA waters and would allow them to come back to play in their senior seasons if they didn’t think that it would be a good fit.

The NBA draft is June 20, 2019.


SAM FREEMAN COMMITS TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

The University of Minnesota Gopher Men’s basketball team has received a verbal commitment from 6-foot-10 center Sam Freeman.

Freeman will graduate from Northwest High School in the spring of 2019.

Freeman can sign his official letter of intent between April 17 and May 15, 2019.


LAKEVILLE NORTH WENT UP AGAINST HOPKINS IN THE CLASS 4A BOYS’ BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

In the final game of the tournament, Lakeville North went up against Hopkins in the boys’ state finals in Class 4A. It was for the Class 4A title.

Lakeville North pushed the ball down the floor and looked to score baskets in transition. Lakeville North passed the ball around the 3-point line as they looked for their shot in their motion offense.

It took a while for each team to get into a shooting rhythm early in the game.

There was a media timeout with 14:57 left in the first half. The score was Hopkins 4, Lakeville North 0.

Hopkins Josh Fogel was all over the floor on both ends of the floor. On the offensive end he was able to put up shots that he thought that he could make. On the defensive end he was able to slow his opponent down.

Both teams looked to make fast break layups. Lakeville North wasn’t afraid to take deep 3-point shots.

There was a media timeout with 10:54 left in the first half the score was Lakeville North 11, Hopkins 10.

After the timeout Hopkins got their offense going as they passed the ball around the 3-point line and came up with layups and mid-range jump shots. Hopkins Ezekiel Nnaji was all over the floor. On the offensive end he got layups and was able to get rebounds on both ends of the floor.

There was a media timeout with 6:22 left in the first half. The score was Hopkins 15, Lakeville North 11.

Lakeville North passed the ball around the 3-point line to get the defense to shift.

There was a media timeout with 3:59 left in the first half. The score was Hopkins 21, Lakeville North 13.

Hopkins continued to come up with shots late in the first half. They were able to slow down Lakeville North offensively late in the game.

At halftime the score was Hopkins 24, Lakeville North 17.

As the second half got underway Lakeville North stepped up and knocked down shots.

Lakeville North was able to capitalize on the Hopkins turnovers.

There was a media timeout with 13:19 left in regulation. The score was tied at 26.

Hopkins looked to move the ball around on the offensive end and make layups in transition.

There was a media timeout with 10:53 left in regulation. The score was tied at 26.

Hopkins strung some baskets together midway through the second half.

Hopkins was able to slow down the Lakeville North offense midway through the first half and Lakeville North went cold shooting the ball late in regulation.

There was a media timeout with 6:05 left in regulation. The score was Hopkins 40, Lakeville North 28.

Lakeville North struggled shooting the ball late in the second half.

Lakeville North stung baskets together in the last 3 minutes of regulation.

Hopkins came away with the 55-40 victory over Lakeville North.

The leading scorer for Lakeville North was Tyler Wahl with 17 points.

The leading scorers for Hopkins were Kerwin Walton with 17 points and Ezekiel Nnaji with 14 points.

With that win Hopkins won the 2019 MSHSL Class AAAA Boys’ State Basketball Championship.
 

MINNEAPOLIS DeLaSALLE WENT UP AGAINST WASECA IN THE BOYS’ CLASS 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Minneapolis DeLaSalle and Waseca squared off in the boys’ Class 3A state championship boys’

basketball game. The game was played at the Target Center.

Both teams looked to push the ball down the floor and score baskets in transition.

There was a media timeout with 14:59 left in the first half. The score was DeLaSalle 4, Waseca 2.

DeLaSalle passed the ball around the 3-point line as they looked for their shots. They also did a good job of getting the ball down the floor and getting everyone involved in the offense.

Waseca struggled to shoot the ball in the first half. They were not able to come up with shots on the offensive end.

There was a media timeout with 10:56 left in the first half. The score was DeLaSalle 13, Waseca 7.

Waseca continued to push the ball down the floor as they looked to score layups in transition.

DeLaSalle’s Jamison Battle was all over the floor. On the offensive end stepped up and knocked down shots.

After a slow start by Waseca they found their shots to drop midway through the first half.

DeLaSalle called a timeout with 7:27 left in the first half. The score was DeLaSalle 16, Waseca 15.

The Waseca defense stepped up and was able to turn DeLaSalle over.

There was a media timeout with 6:58 left in the first half. The score was DeLaSalle 16, Waseca 15.

After a slow start by Waseca they found their shooting rhythm late in the first half.

There was a media timeout with 3:32 left in the first half. The score was DeLaSalle 20, Waseca 19.

Both teams continued to take the ball strong to the basket. After a slow start by Waseca their offense started to click.

Both teams kept going after each other late in the first half. The first half was a defensive battle. Neither team gave up an easy basket.

At halftime the score was DeLaSalle 25, Waseca 21.

As the second got underway both teams continued to push the ball down the floor and looked to score baskets in transition.

DeLaSalle’s Tyrell Terry was all over the floor.

There was a media timeout with 14:06 left in regulation. The score was DeLaSalle 35, Waseca 28.

DeLaSalle got hot after the media timeout. They were able to turn Waseca over and make layups.

There was a media timeout with 10:28 left in regulation. The score was DeLaSalle 41, Waseca 34.

Waseca continued to look to push the ball down the floor and score baskets in transition.

DeLaSalle continued to push the ball down the floor and look for their shots. They were able to control the Waseca offense.

DeLaSalle called a timeout with 5:42 left in regulation. The score was DeLaSalle 48, Waseca 42.

Both teams traded baskets down the stretch.

Waseca looked to shoot deep three-point shots late in the game.

DeLaSalle passed the ball around the 3-point line to take time off the clock late in the game.

There was a media timeout with 2:28 left in regulation. The score was DeLaSalle 55, Waseca 46.

Waseca didn’t give up they battled throughout the game. They took it to DeLaSalle throughout the game.

Waseca called a timeout with 1:22 left in regulation. The score was DeLaSalle 57 Waseca 50.

Both teams didn’t give up down the stretch.

DeLaSalle was to much for Waseca. In an entertaining game, DeLaSalle came away with the 63-56 victory over Waseca.

The leading scorers for Waseca were Malik Willingham with 21 points and Andrew Morgan with 19 points.


Friday, April 5, 2019

MINNEHAHA ACADEMY WENT UP AGAINST MINNEAPOLIS NORTH IN THE CLASS AA BOYS’ STATE BASKETBALL FINAL GAME

Minnehaha Academy and Minneapolis North squared off in the Class AA boys’ state championship game at the Target Center.

Both teams raced up and down the floor looking for their shots.

Minnehaha looked to get the ball into the hands of Jalen Suggs. Suggs did a good job of getting to the basket and looked to make mid-range jump shots and layups.

There was a media timeout with 14:53 left in the first half. The score was Minnehaha 8, North 2.

North took their time on the offensive end. They passed the ball around the 3-point line.

Both teams dove on the floor after loose balls.

North looked to score baskets in transition.

Minnehaha got off to a quick start. They were able to turn over North and they were able to score layups off the turnovers.

North couldn’t get their offense going early. They struggled to shoot the ball. Even though they struggled shooting the ball they kept on shooting.

After a slow shooting start North stepped up and knocked down shots.

There was a media Timeout with 10:36 left in the first half. The score was Minnehaha 14, North 8.

North kept the defensive pressure on Minnehaha. They wanted to make Minnehaha turn the ball over.

The game as a fast pace as both teams pushed the ball down the floor and looked to score layups in transition.

There was a media timeout with 7:00 left in the first half. The score was Minnehaha 22, North 9.

North attacked the basket and looked to get everyone involved in the offense.

Minnehaha Academy called a timeout with 5:04 left in the first half. The score was Minnehaha 22, North 9.

North struggled shooting the ball throughout the first half. They were not able to make shots. The defensive pressure that Minnehaha applied made it difficult for North to make shots.

There was a media timeout with 3:24 left in the first half. The score was Minnehaha 24, North 11.

After a slow start offensively for North, they started to hit their shots late in the first half.

Minnehaha’s Siegel Howard was all over the place. On the offensive end Howard was able to get the ball into his teammate’s hands. On the defensive end he was able to make it hard for his guy to get the ball and make moves without the ball.

At halftime the score was Minnehaha 30, North 15.

As the second half got underway North looked to set the tempo.

Siegel Howard kept on going after balls on the defensive end. On the offensive end he was able to get the ball to his teammates where they were able to score it.

There was a media timeout with 14:50 left in regulation. The score was Minnehaha 34 North 16.

Suggs did a good job getting to the basket as he came up with mid-range jump shots and lay-ups. Suggs also was able to get his teammates involved in the plays. Suggs and Siegal Howard knew were everyone was on the floor.

North called a timeout with 12:34 left in regulation. The score was Minnehaha 40, North 22.

Both teams picked up the defensive pressure. Neither team looked to give up an open look at the basket.

There was a media timeout with 10:35 left in regulation. The score was Minnehaha 46, North 22.

Minnehaha was able to turn North over and was able to score off the turnovers.

Minnehaha was all over the floor. They were able to take North out of their comfort zone and North struggled to shoot the ball throughout the game.

There was media timeout with 5:59 left in regulation. The score was Minnehaha 56, North 40.

Even though North struggled shooting the ball they kept on attacking the basket as they looked for their shots.

There was a media timeout with 3:56 left in regulation. The score was Minnehaha 60, North 44.

Minnehaha was too much for North to handle. North couldn’t make their shots early in the game. Neither team gave up. In the end Minnehaha came away with the 69-52 victory over North.

The leading scorer for North was Nasir El-Amin with 17 points.

The leading scorers for Minnehaha were Jalen Suggs and Prince Aligbe each with 20 points, Chet Holgren chipped in 16 points.

With that win Minnehaha won the 2019 MSHSL State Class AA Boys’ Basketball State Title.

 

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

HENNING WENT UP AGAINST NORTH WOODS IN THE CLASS A BOYS’ BASKETBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

March 23 was championship Saturday at the Target Center for the Minnesota State High School League boys’ basketball state tournament. In Class A Henning went up against North Woods.

North Woods looked to attack the basket early. They passed the ball around the 3-point line and pushed the ball down the floor and looked to score baskets in transition.

Henning’s Parker Fraki came up with mid-range jump shots and layups early. His teammates did a good job of getting him the ball in spots where he could shoot it.

There was a media timeout with 14:47 left in the first half. The score was Henning 8, North Woods 2.

Henning did a good job of passing the ball around the 3-point line. They took their time on the offensive end. They also were able to get past the North Woods defense early.

North Woods called a timeout with 12:44 left to go in the first half. The score was Henning 10, Northwoods 4.

Henning used their quickness to get past the defense.

Northwoods kept on driving to the basket and looking for their shots.

Henning’s Cade Goggleye was all over the floor. On the offensive end he came up with mid-range jump shots and layups. The Northwoods defense had a hard time slowing him down.

Fraki kept on coming up with mid-range jump shots and layups.

There was a media timeout with 9:30 left in the first half. The score was Henning 17, Northwoods 9.

Northwoods went into a scoring drought in the first half. They couldn’t make the shot that they were looking for.

There was a media timeout with 6:20 left in the first half. The score was Henning 23, North Woods 12.

North Woods wasn’t afraid to shoot the deep 3-point shot. They would go over rebounds on both ends of the floor.

There were multiple loose balls in the first half.

There was a media timeout with 3:19 left in the first half. The score was Henning 29, North Woods 15.

Henning’s Fraki and Goggleye kept on making shots late in the first half. They were able to make mid-range jump shots and layups. Their teammates did a good job of getting them the ball in spots where they could shoot it.

North Woods had a difficult time shooting the ball late in the first half. They kept on shooting it however even though they couldn’t hit shots consistently.

At halftime the score was Henning 36, North Woods 17.

As the second half got underway both teams came out firing on all cylinders.

Henning continued to put pressure on North Woods throughout the second half.

There was a media timeout with 14:43 left in the second half. The score was Henning 42, North Woods 22.

Henning was to quick for North Woods throughout the game. North Woods didn’t give up, however. They kept on fighting throughout the second half.

Henning took a 30-second timeout with 12:12 left in regulation. The score was Henning 45, North Woods 29.

Henning tried to take time off the clock on the offensive end by swinging the ball around the 3-point line. They got everyone involved in the offense.

There was a media timeout with 9:31 left in regulation. The score was Henning 50, North Woods 32.

Sam Fisher and Parker Fraki both came up with mid-range jump shots and layups.

Both teams played hard throughout the game. Neither team gave up. Even though North Woods struggled shooting the ball they kept attacking the basket late in the game.

There was a media timeout with 5:50 left in regulation. The score was Henning 57, North Woods 39.

North Woods tried to make deep three-point shots late in the game.

Henning used their quickness to get to the basket.

There was the last media timeout with 3:43 left in regulation. The score was Henning 62, North Woods 40.

Henning came away with the 67-42 victory over North Woods.

The leading scorers for North Woods were Trevor Morrison with 11 points and Case Kleppe with 10 points.

The leading scorer for Henning was Sam Fisher with 22 points.


MINNEAPOLIS NORTH WENT UP AGAINST PERHAM IN THE CLASS AA STATE BOYS’ BASKETBALL SEMIFINAL GAME

On March 23, Minneapolis North and Perham went up against each other in a boys’ basketball game.

North looked to take their time on the offensive end. They swung the ball around the 3-point line and were able to get everyone involved in the offense.

It took a while for each team to get into an offensive shooting rhythm. Both teams took a lot of time off the clock.

There was a media timeout with 14:06 left in the first half. The score was North 3, Perham 2.

Perham also took a lot of time off the clock early in the first half.

North’s Eli Campbell came up with layups and mid-range jump shots. Teammate Willie Wilson came up with 3-point shots.

North got hot midway through the first half. They were able to slow down the Perham on the offensive end.

There was a media timeout with 7:52 left in the first half. The score was North 21, Perham 4.

North continued to push the ball down the floor. Perham didn’t get bothered by not making shots. They kept on shooting the ball.

North called a timeout with 5:25 left in the first half. The score was North 23, Perham 6.

Both teams went after rebounds on both ends of the floor.

There was a media timeout with 3:11 left in the first half. The score was North 27, Perham 11.

North used their quickness to get to the basket. They were able to get everyone involved in the offense. North was also able to communicate well on both ends of the floor.

North’s Nasir El-Amin came up with mid-range jump shots and layups late in the first half.

At halftime, the score was North 31, Perham 15.

As the second half got underway North continued to look to get to the basket.

Perham hot on a roll in the second half.

There was a media timeout with 12:01 left in regulation. The score was North 41, Perham 25.

North continued to push the ball down the floor late in the game.

There was a media timeout with 6:05 left in regulation. The score was North 49, Perham 34.

North was too quick for Perham. Perham struggled shooting the ball throughout the second half.

Both teams played hard throughout the game. North was able to get their offense going early. Perham didn’t quit, even though they had a difficult time shooting the ball they still played hard throughout the game.

North came away with the 62-46 victory over Perham.

The leading scores for Perham were Josh Jeziorski with 15 points, Finn Diggins with 14 points and Jenson Beachy with 11 points.

The leading scorers for North were Nasir El-Amin with 13 points, Davon Townley with 12 points, Willie Wilson with 11 points and Eli Campbell with 10 points.
 

MINNEHAHA ACADEMY WENT UP AGAINST LAKE CITY IN THE CLASS AA STATE SEMIFINAL BOYS’ BASKETBALL GAME

On March 22, Minnehaha Academy and Lake City squared up against each other in the boys’ basketball Class AA State Semifinal game. The game was played at the Target Center. Both teams had the same overall record of 27-2.

Lake City looked to push the ball down the floor and score baskets in transition. They were patient on the offensive end.

Minnehaha looked to get the ball into the hands of Jalen Suggs and Siegel Howard. Minnehaha got on a roll as they strung together six points on layups off steals.

Lake City called a timeout with 14:18 left in the first half. The score was Minnehaha 9, Lake City 2.

Lake City’s Reid Gastner came up with some big shots midway through the first half.

Minnehaha kept attacking the basket and coming up with mid-range jump shots and layups.

There was a media timeout with 9:51 left in the first half. The score was Minnehaha 20, Lake City 8.

Minnehaha’s Chet Holmgren came up with rebounds on both ends of the floor.

Lake City’s Nathan Heise came up with mid-range jump shots and layups in the first half.


There was a media timeout with 5:26 left in the first half. The score was Minnehaha Academy 35, Lake City 15.

Suggs took the ball hard to the basket as he came up with layups in transition.

There was a media timeout with 3:42 left in the first half. The score was Minnehaha 37, Lake City 17.

Both teams continued to move the ball down the floor and looked for transition baskets.

Gastner came up with huge 3-point baskets late in the first half.

At halftime the score was Minnehaha 43, Lake City 24.

As the second half got underway Lake City continued to look to score baskets. The defensive pressure that Minnehaha applied made it difficult for Lake City to get open looks at the basket.

There was a media timeout with 14:03 left in regulation. The score was Minnehaha 50, Lake City 30.

Minnehaha continued to move the ball well down the floor.

Lake City called a timeout with 12:54 left in regulation. The score was Minnehaha 56, Lake City 30.

Lake City continued to struggle to shoot the ball in the second half.

There was a media timeout with 10:03 left in regulation. The score was Minnehaha 62, Lake City 35.

Minnehaha kept on moving the ball down the floor.

There was a media timeout with 6:45 left in regulation. The score was Minnehaha 71, Lake City 45.

Chet Holmgren came up with slam dunks and layups late in the game.

Minnehaha was too quick for Lake City. Lake City had a tough time making shots.

There was a media timeout with 3:15 left in regulation. The score was Minnehaha 79, Lake City 48.

Lake City couldn’t make shots throughout the game. Minnehaha came away with the 82-52 victory over Lake City.


The leading scorers for Lake City were Reid Gastner with 21 points and Nathan Heise with 16 points.

The leading scorers for Minnehaha were Suggs with 24, and Chet Holmgren with 23 points.
 

Friday, March 22, 2019

ADA-BORUP WENT UP AGAINST NORTH WOODS IN THE CLASS A BOYS’ STATE SEMIFINAL GAME

On March 22, Ada-Borup and North Woods squared off in the Class A boys’ basketball state semifinal game.

Both teams raced down the floor trying to make shots. Ada-Borup looked to make baskets in transition.

Ada-Borup looked to get the ball into the hands of Verdis Barber. Barber was able to get to the basket and make mid-range jump shots and layups. His teammates did a good job of getting him the ball in spots where he could shoot it.

There was a media timeout with 14:37 left in the first half. The score was Ada-Borup 6, North Woods 2.


North Woods looked to trap Ada-Borup as they brought the ball down the floor. Ada-Borup was able to break the press and make layups in transition.

There were multiple ties and lead changes early. Neither team went on a huge run.

North Woods pushed the ball down the floor and made layups in transition.

Both teams were not afraid to shoot the deep 3-point shots.

There was a media timeout with 10:33 left in the first half. The score was North Woods 15, Ada-Borup 14.

Northwood’s Cade Goggleye came up with mid-range jump shots and layups. On the defensive end Goggleye came up with stops.

North Woods called a timeout with 9:04 left in the first half. The score was North Woods 21 Ada-Borup 14.

North Woods trapped Ada-Borup in the corners that made Ada-Borup turn the ball over.

It was a very physical first half. Both teams dove on the floor after loose balls and rebounds. There were multiple jump balls in the first half.

Ada-Borup came up with steals and was able to convert the steals to layup on the offensive end.

There was a media timeout with 3:31 left in the first half. The score was North Woods 31, Ada-Borup 21.

Ada-Borup continued to look for their shots late in the first half. The defensive pressure that North Woods applied made it difficult for them to get an open look at the basket.

At halftime the score was North Woods 38, Ada-Borup 29.

As the second half got underway Ada-Borup continued to push the ball down the floor and looked to score baskets in transition.

Ada-Borup continued to push the ball down the floor and looked for shots in transition.

There was a media timeout with 10:56 left in regulation. The score was North Woods 43, Ada-Borup 38.

Both teams dove on the floor after loose balls.

North Woods called a timeout with 8:46 left in regulation. The score was North Woods 45, Ada-Borup 43.

Neither team gave up. There were multiple ties and lead changes throughout the second half.

There was a media timeout with 6:03 left in regulation. The score was North Woods 47, Ada-Borup 45.

There were multiple ties and lead changes late in the second half. Neither team went on a run late in the game. There were multiple ties and lead changes down the stretch.

Both teams played hard throughout the game. Neither team went on a run late.

The game came down to the wire.

Northwoods came away with the 57-55 victory over Ada-Borup.

The leading scorers for Ada-Borup were Mason Miller with 18 points and Jared Brainard with 15 points.

The leading scorers for Northwoods were Trevor Morrison with 20 points and Cade Goggleye with 18 points.

 

SPRING GROVE WENT UP AGAINST HENNING IN THE CLASS A BOYS’ STATE TOURNAMENT BASKETBALL SEMIFINAL GAME

On March 22, Spring Grove and Henning squared off in a boys’ state semifinal class 1A basketball game at the Target Center.

As the game got underway both teams looked to push the ball down the floor. Spring Grove passed the ball around the 3-point line as they looked to find an open shot.

Henning pushed the ball down the floor as they looked to layups in transition.

It took a while for each team to get into a shooting rhythm.

Spring Grove started the game in a zone defense. That made Henning pass the ball around the 3-point line to get an open look.

There was a media timeout with 14:34 left in the first half. The score was Spring Grove 6, Henning 2.

Spring Grove’s Caden Grinde came up with mid-range jump shots and layups. His teammates did a good job of getting him the ball in spots where he could shoot it.

After the timeout Henning’s shots started to drop. Henning’s Parker Fraki stepped up and knocked down 3-point shots. He knew where he was on the floor and his teammates got him the ball and he shot it with confidence.

Henning used a full-court press as they tried to make it as difficult for Spring Grove to bring the ball down the floor.

There was a media timeout with 10:53 left in the first half. The score was Henning 14, Spring Grove 10.

Henning used their speed to race down the floor. They were able to make deep 3-point shots. Spring Grove had a difficult time slowing Henning down on the offensive end.

Spring Grove hit a scoring slump midway through the first half. They were not able to make shots that they put up. Henning took advantage of this by making layups in transition.

There was a media timeout with 6:59 left in the first half. The score was Henning 23, Spring Grove 14.

Henning’s Sam Fisher and Fraki both came up with mid-range jump shots and layups. They were not afraid to take the ball to the basket. They also were able to come off screens and get to the basket.

Even though Spring Grove struggled shooting the ball they continued to take the ball hard to the basket.

Henning’s Isaac Fisher stepped up and knocked down 3-point shots.

Spring Grove called a timeout with 3:10 left in the first half. The score was Henning 33, Spring Grove 16.

Spring Grove looked to get the ball into the hand of Ethan Matzke who was posted up on the low block. Matzke looked to make lay-ups from the post. He also wasn’t afraid of contact.

At halftime the score was Henning 37, Spring Grove 16.

As the second half Henning started out strong as they came up with steals and layups.

Spring Grove called a timeout with 16:16 left in the second half. The score was Henning 45, Spring Grove 19.

Spring Grove looked to take deep 3-point shots early in the second half.

There was a media timeout with 14:52 left in the second half. The score was Henning 47, Spring Grove 21.

As the second half wore on Henning continued to take the ball strong to the basket and they came up with layups and jump shots.

There was a media timeout with 12:38 left in regulation. The score was Henning 50, Spring Grove 26.

Henning continued to get to the basket and make shots.

There was a media timeout with 10:13 left in regulation. The score was Henning 54, Spring Grove 26.

Henning used their quickness to get to the basket and hit shots.

Spring Grove couldn’t get into a shooting rhythm. The defensive pressure that Henning applied made it difficult for them to shoot.

There was a media timeout with 6:29 left in regulation. The score was Henning 61, Spring Grove 30.

Henning came up with long passes as they got the ball down the floor well. Spring Grove struggled to shoot throughout the night.

There was a media timeout with 3:21 left in regulation. The score was Henning 63, Spring Grove 34.

Henning was just too much for Spring Grove to handle. Both teams played hard throughout the game. Spring Grove couldn’t keep up with the quickness of Henning or they couldn’t make shots.

Henning came away with the 67-34 victory over Spring Grove.

The leading scorers for Spring Grove were Caden Grinde with 11 points and Kai Bjerke with 9 points.

The leading scorers for Henning were Parker Fraki and Sam Fisher each with 15 points and Isaac Fisher with 14 points.


Friday, February 8, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS EDISON WENT UP AGAINST MINNEAPOLIS NORTH IN A BOYS’ BASKETBALL GAME

On Jan. 15, Minneapolis Edison and Minneapolis North squared off in a boys’ basketball game. Edison started the game in a zone defense. North started in a man-to-man.

Edison looked to push the ball down the floor and looked to score baskets in transition.

North got everyone involved in the offense. They passed the ball around the 3-point line and everyone called for the ball.

Edison’s Jermaine Cornell looked to shoot mid-range jump shots and layups. His teammates did a good job of getting him the ball in spots where he could shoot it.

North called a timeout with 14:29 left in the first half. The score was North 5, Edison 4.

Both teams looked to set the tempo and push the ball down the floor and take quick shots.

There were multiple ties and lead changes early.

North’s Eli Campbell and Omar Brown came up with steals and were able to turn the turnovers into layups on the offensive end. Campbell was also able to knock down 3-point shots.

The defensive pressure that North applied made it difficult for Edison to get an open look at the basket.

Edison started off hot but midway through the first half they struggled shooting the ball.

North’s Willie Wilson got his teammates involved in the offense. He knew where his teammates were on the floor. If Wilson thought, he had an open look at the basket he wasn’t afraid to shoot it.

North was able to come up with steals on the defensive end and turn them into layups on the offensive end.

Edison called a timeout with 8:12 left in the first half. The score was North 24, Edison 13.

Campbell continued to take and make mid-range jump shots and layups throughout the first half.

Edison’s Roosevelt Lett was their offensive power. Lett came up with mid-range jump shots and layups. His teammates did a good job of getting him the ball where he could get good looks at the basket.

Edison made long full court passes but they were unsuccessful and that resulted in turnovers.

North called a timeout with 3:39 left in the first half. The score was North 41, Edison 28.

North continued to push the ball down the floor and make layups in transition.

Edison also got baskets late in the first half.

At halftime the score was North 51, Edison 36.

As the second half got underway North continued to push the ball down the floor and looked for layups in transition.

Lett continued to make mid-range jump shots and layups. His teammates did a good job of getting him the ball in spots where he could shoot it.

North was quicker than Edison was. Edison wasn’t afraid to shoot the ball even though they struggled to shoot the ball.

North’s Davon Townley Jr. and Campbell both came up with big shots late in the game.

Edison couldn’t keep up with North’s quickness. North stepped up and made shots down the stretch.

North called a timeout with 5:58 left in regulation. The score was North 89, Edison 52.

North continued to push the ball down the floor.

Both teams played hard throughout the game. North was able to come away with the 93-54 victory over Edison.

HIGH SCHOOL FOR RECORDING ARTS WENT UP AGAINST MINNEAPOLIS PATRICK HENRY IN A BOYS’ BASKETBALL GAME

High School For Recording Arts HSRA and Patrick Henry squared off in a boys’ basketball game.

HSRA got out to a quick start as Henry called a timeout with 15:41 left in the first half. The score was HSRA 15, Henry 3.

HSRA ran the floor well as they got everyone involved in the offense and got into an offensive shooting rhythm.

HSRA called a timeout with 12:28 left in the first half. The score was HSRA 22, Henry 10.

Henry attacked the basket but couldn’t get their shots to drop.

HSRA’s Louis McCaleb was all over the floor. On the offensive end he was able to make mid-range jump shots and layups.

Henry got hot midway through the first half. They were able to get steals on the defensive end and turn them layups on the offensive end.

Both teams dove on the floor after loose balls.

After a slow start by Henry, they stepped up and knocked down shot’s late in the first half.

Henry did a good job of getting everyone involved in the offense.

HSRA went to a zone defense and Henry passed the ball around the 3-point line to look for their shots.

At halftime the score was HSRA 44 Henry 40.

As the second half got underway both teams continued to push the ball down the floor and get shots up.

HSRA used their quickness to make fast break layups off steals.

HSRA called a timeout with 12:54 left in regulation. The score was HSRA 56, Henry 52.

Both teams took long 3-point shots and they went in.

The game got sloppy for a period of times were both teams were careless with the ball. That resulted in lots of turnovers.

HSRA got the ball into the hands of Nashaun Shackleton and Jacob Rembert who both came up with shots.

HSRA called a timeout with 9:55 left in regulation. The score was HSRA 62, Henry 59.

The game remained close late in the game. Neither team went on a run late.

Roosevelt stepped up and knocked down quick 3-point shots late in the game.

HSRA called a timeout with 2:20 left in regulation. The score was Henry 82, HSRA 76.

Henry’s Mark Cambell came up with deep 3-point shots late in the game.

Henry fought back after a slow start offensively and Henry came away with the 88-82 victory over HSRA.

The leading scorers for HSRA were Jacob Rembert with 23 points, Nashaun Shackleton with 11 points.

The leading scorers for Henry were Mark Cambell 12 points and Ronald Borquez with 11 points.


ST. PAUL WASHINGTON WENT UP AGAINST MINNEAPOLIS SOUTH IN A BOYS’ BASKETBALL GAME

On Dec. 21, St. Paul Washington and Minneapolis South squared off in a boys’ basketball game. The game was played at Roosevelt High School as part of the Martin Luther King Jr Classic.

South got off to a quick start as they got everyone involved in the offense early.

Washington called a timeout with 14:05 left in the first half. The score was South 9, Washington 1.

Washington swung the ball around the ball around the 3-point line looking for their shots. After a slow start by Washington, they found their shooting rhythm.

South called a timeout with 10:50 left in the first half. The score was Washington 11, South 10.

There were multiple ties and lead changes at that timeout. 

South’s Lukas Johnson came up with mid-range jump shots and layups. His teammates did a good job of getting him the ball in spots where he could shoot it.

There were multiple ties and lead changes late in the first half. Both teams took the ball hard to the basket.

After a slow start by Washington, they got into a shooting rhythm late in the first half.

At halftime the score was South 39, Washington 35. 

As the second half got underway South continued to push the ball down the floor. 

Washington called a timeout with 15:03 left in regulation. The score was South 45, Washington 36.

Washington’s Zaveon Smith was all over the court. On the offensive end he stepped up and knocked down shots. On the defensive end he was able to slow the guy down he was guarding.

Washington called a time out with 11:48 left to go in regulation. The score was South 55, Washington 40.

South continued to push the ball down the floor and got layups in transition. South used their quickness to get past the Washington defenders.

Washington passed the ball around the 3-point line as they looked for open 3-point shots. 

South called a timeout with 4:10 left in regulation. The score was South 72, Washington 56.

South was too much for Washington. South got everyone involved in the offense. South was quicker than Washington.

South came away with the 78-56 victory over Washington. 

The leading scorers for South were Joey Erickson with 21 points and Lukas Johnson with 12 points.

The leading scorers for Washington were Zaveon Smith with 28 points and Drew White with 15 points.


DULUTH EAST WENT UP AGAINST ROBBINSDALE COOPER IN A BOYS’ BASKETBALL GAME

Duluth East and Robbinsdale Cooper squared off in a boys’ basketball game. East raced down the floor as they were able to get everyone involved in the offense. 

East started the game in a zone defense. That made Cooper swing the ball around the 3-point line. That took time off the clock. 

It took Cooper a while to get into and offensive shooting rhythm. They were not able to make shots that they put up. 

East’s Will Van Scoy took the ball strong to the basket. He was able to make mid-range jump shots and layups. His teammates did a good job of getting him the ball in spots where he could shoot. 

The defensive pressure that East put on Cooper made it difficult for Cooper to get open looks at the basket.

Both teams dove on the floor after loose balls on both ends of the floor. 

East’s Noah Paulson came up with rebounds on both ends of the floor. 

Cooper struggled to shoot the ball throughout the first half.

Cooper spent a lot of time swinging the ball around the 3-point line. They looked to get the ball inside to Damarri Bankhead who looked to make mid-range jump shots and layups. 

East called a timeout with 3:35 left in the first half. The score was East 32, Cooper 15.

East wasn’t afraid to take long 3-point shots. 

East continued to run their offense. 

At halftime the score was East 37, Cooper 19.

As the second half got underway Cooper continued to get to take the ball strong to the basket.

Both teams dove on the floor after loose balls. 

Cooper’s Cam Vaughn came up with mid-range jump shots and layups. 

Cooper struggled to shoot the ball throughout the game. Even though they were not able to make shots they were still taking them.

East called a timeout with 12:17 left in regulation. The score was East 45, Cooper 24.

Cooper couldn’t get their shots to fall. Even though they had a difficult time shooting the ball they still took shots.

East stayed in a zone defense throughout the second half. That made it difficult for Cooper to shoot the ball. 

East called a timeout with 5:02 left in regulation. The score was East 56, Cooper 41.

East was quicker than Cooper was. Cooper had trouble shooting the ball throughout the game. 

Cooper’s offense came to life late in the game. But that wasn’t enough. 

East called a timeout with 1:14 left in regulation. The score was East 61, Cooper 46. 

Cooper attacked the basket late but East came away with the 65-46 victory over Cooper. 

The leading scorers for East were Mattie Thompson and Noah Winesett each with 16 points. 

The leading scores for Cooper were Cam Vaughn with 9 points and Quincy Snoddy with 6 points.

HOPE ACADEMY WENT UP AGAINST MINNEAPOLIS ROOSEVELT IN A GIRLS’ BASKETBALL GAME

Minneapolis Roosevelt was the place for the Martin Luther King Basketball Classic. In the first game it was Hope Academy against Minneapolis Roosevelt.

Hope started the game out in a zone defense. It took awhile for each team to get into a shooting rhythm. Hope swung the ball around the 3-point line to take time off the clock.

The score went back and forth early. Neither team went on a run at the start.

Roosevelt called a timeout with 14:04 left in the first half. The score was Hope Academy 4, Roosevelt 3.

Hope’s Abigail Carlisle came up with mid-range jump shots and layups. Her teammates were able to get her the ball in spots where she could make it.

Roosevelt called a timeout with 11:01 left in the first half. The score was Hope Academy 12, Roosevelt 5.

Even though Roosevelt struggled shooting the ball they kept on attacking the basket.

Hope Academy called a timeout with 6:29 left in the first half. The score was Hope Academy 19, Roosevelt 13.

Both teams dove on the floor after loose balls. There were many jump balls in the first half.

Hope Academy called a timeout with 4:44 left in the first half. The score was Hope Academy 19, Roosevelt 15.

Roosevelt’s Maya Reichert-Giron came up with steals and turned them into layups on the offensive end. Roosevelt’s Jaida Walker also stepped up and knocked down deep three-point shots.

At halftime the score was Roosevelt 26 Hope Academy 20.

Hope Academy’s Ella Pritchard came up with layups and mid-range jump shots. The defense had a tough time slowing her down.

As the second half got underway both teams attacked the basket.

Hope Academy called a timeout with 16:16 left in regulation. The score was Roosevelt 28, Hope Academy 22.

The score went back and forth throughout the second half. Neither team went on a run.

Roosevelt called a timeout with 12:01 left in regulation. The score was Roosevelt 32, Hope Academy 31.

Hope Academy went to a full court press. They looked to turn Roosevelt over and come up with layups off the turnovers.

As the second half wound down both teams played hard throughout the game. Neither team gave up.

Hope Academy called a timeout with 7:20 left in regulation. The score was Roosevelt 42, Hope Academy 39.

Roosevelt continued their full court press. They also looked to trap Hope Academy when they brought the ball across the mid court line.

Roosevelt called a timeout with 4:57 left in regulation. The score was Roosevelt 44, Hope Academy 41.

Both teams fought hard throughout the game. Neither team gave up or gave up easy baskets.

Hope Academy called a timeout with 2:54 left in regulation. The score was Roosevelt 48, Hope Academy 41.

Roosevelt kept on pushing the floor. Hope Academy ran out of gas late in the game.

Roosevelt came away with the 56-51 victory over Hope Academy.

The leading scorer for Hope Academy were Pritchard with 14 points and Carlisle with 11 points.

The leading scorers for Roosevelt were Jamelia Wright with 16 points and Precious Smith with 15 points.


Monday, January 21, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS NORTH AND MINNEAPOLIS PATRICK HENRY SQUARED OFF IN A BOYS’ BASKETBALL GAME

On Dec. 14, Minneapolis North and Minneapolis Patrick Henry squared off in a boys’ basketball game. The game was played at Henry High School. As usual, as a rivalry game goes there was a lively crowd.

Henry started out the game in a zone defense. Both teams looked to push the ball down the floor and score baskets in transition.

North’s Eli Campbell drove the ball down the floor and got everyone involved in the offense. North was able to move the ball down the floor and score baskets in transition.

Henry went to a full court press and was able to turn Henry over. It took a while for Henry to get into an offensive shooting rhythm.

North called a timeout with 15:30 left to go in the first half. The score was North 9, Henry 4.

Henry took their time as they looked to find their shot that they wanted to take.

North used their quickness to get around the Henry defenders.

North’s Nasir El-Amin was all over the floor. On the offensive end he was able to make mid-range jump shots and layups.

Henry called a timeout with 13:15 left in the first half. The score was North 16, Henry 5.

North’s Josh Hodges came up with rebounds. He was able to get the ball to his teammates who brought it down the floor.

After Henry’s slow start offensively, they were able to get their shots to fall.

North called a timeout with 8:14 left in the first half. The score was North 20, Henry 17.

North continued to push the tempo. North was also able to get everyone involved in the offense. They took their time on the offensive end.

North was able to make layups in transition.

Henry got flustered late in the first half, as their shots were not falling. Even though they had difficulty shooting the ball, they kept on shooting the ball.

Henry called a timeout with 3:00 left in the first half. The score was North 38, Henry 25.

Cambell came up with big 3-point shots late in the first half.

North called a timeout with 1:45 left in the first half. The score was North 42, Henry 27.

Henry looked to come up with steals and layups late in the first half.

At halftime the score was North 46, Henry 32.

As the second half got underway North continued to push the ball down the floor and looked to score baskets in transition.

North continued to push the ball down the floor and get the ball into the hands of Omar Brown. Omar Brown got the basket and came up with mid-range jump shots and layups.

Both teams got sloppy at times as both teams created multiple turnovers.

North kept on attacking the basket and coming up with layups and mid-range jump shots.

North called a timeout with 11:07 left in regulation. The score was North 64, Henry 45.

Henry’s Glentrell Carter came up with layups in the second half. His teammates did a good job of getting him the ball in spots where he could shoot it.

North continued to run their offense throughout the second half. North was able to control the tempo early. Henry couldn’t keep up with North in transition.

North called a timeout with 3:34. The score was North 89, Henry 57.

The game got away from Henry late in the first half. North’s quickness

North came away with the 99-60 victory over Henry.


Sunday, January 13, 2019

ST.CROIX LUTHERAN WENT UP AGAINST MINNEAPOLIS WASHBURN IN A FOOTBALL GAME

On Sept. 28, St. Croix Lutheran and Minneapolis Washburn squared off in a football game.

St. Croix kicked off to start. Washburn looked to used both the ground and the passing attack early. Washburn fumbled on their own 6-yard line and St. Croix took over.

St. Croix also had difficulty with the ball as they turned the ball over on the next series.

Washburn’s Jamar Nelson came up with a touchdown run. The two-point conversion was no good.

With 10:46 left in the first quarter the score was Washburn 6, St. Croix 0.

After a personal foul on Washburn, St. Croix took over on their own 42-yard line. St. Croix looked to get the ball into the hands of Seth Goplen. Goplen found holes in the defense and was able to come up with big runs. Asahi Kuroki also came up with some key runs for St. Croix that set up first downs. St. Croix Lutheran’s zach Longueville came up with an 11-yard touchdown run. The extra point attempt was good. With 4:55 left in the first quarter. The score was St. Croix 7, Washburn 6.

Washburn took over on their own 25-yard line. Washburn quarterback Sir’Vell Miller came up with big plays as he got his teammates the ball. Washburn turned the ball over on downs.

St. Croix took over on Washburn 40-yard line. St. Croix couldn’t move the ball and they punted the ball on fourth down.

Washburn took over on their own 10-yard line.

After one quarter of play, the score was St. Croix 7, Washburn 6.

Washburn punted on 4th-and-5.

St. Croix called a timeout with 10:32 left in the second quarter. The score was St. Croix 7, Washburn 6.

Washburn got the ball back on a muffed punt by St. Croix. Washburn looked to the air early in the second quarter. Washburn continued to push the ball downfield threw the air. Washburn came up with a 3-yard touchdown reception. The two-point conversion was good.

With 6:14 left in the second quarter the score was Washburn 14, St. Croix 7.

St. Croix took over on their own 36-yard line. St. Croix 14-13 connected on a 36-yard touchdown reception. The extra point attempt was good. With 4:36 left in the second quarter the score was tied at 14.

Washburn took over on their own 34-yard line. Washburn’ went to the air again with a 40-yard reception. Washburn continued to look to get the ball into the endzone late in the second quarter. Washburn turned the ball over on downs as St. Croix took over on the 32-yard line.

St. Croix couldn’t move the ball down the filed and they turned the ball over on downs.

Washburn called a timeout with 40 seconds to go, the score was tied at 14.

Washburn couldn’t move the ball and the time ran out on the first half. At halftime the score was tied at 14.

Washburn kicked off to start the third quarter. St. Croix started on their own 16-yard line. They kept the ball on the ground throughout their first series. Longueville continued to get the ball into his receivers’ hands and move the ball down the field. Asahi Kuroki came with a long run for a first down. St. Croix fumbled the ball twice and came up with the ball.

St. Croix’s Zach Thiel came up with a 38-yard first down reception. Longueville kept on looking to get into the end zone. Isaiah Allen came up with a 2-yard touchdown run. The extra point attempt was good.

With 4:31 left in the third quarter the score was St. Croix 21, Washburn 14.

Washburn took over on their own 42-yard line. Washburn’s Jamarien Wheeler came up with a first down reception. Miller came up with a 23-yard run but that was nullified by a penalty. Washburn turned the ball over on downs.

St. Croix didn’t move the ball down the field and they punted on fourth down.

After three quarters of play, the score was St. Croix 21, Washburn 14.

Washburn looked to air it out in the fourth quarter. Washburn punted on 4th-and-10.

St. Croix called a timeout with 8:19 left in regulation. The score was St. Croix 21, Washburn 14.

St. Croix’s Longueville continued to come up with big plays. Longueville came up with a 5-yard touchdown run. The extra point attempt was good.

With 5:40 left in regulation the score was St. Croix 28, Washburn 14.

Washburn’s Nyle Dickel came up with a 17-yard reception. Washburn continued to get the ball down the field.

Washburn’s Wheler came up with a 12-yard touchdown reception, but the touchdown was nullified by a Washburn penalty.

Washburn called a timeout with 3:36 left in regulation. The score was St. Croix 28, Washburn 14.

St. Croix looked to take time off the clock late in the game. They got the ball into the hands of Longueville. Longueville came up with another huge reception for a first down. Teammate Allen came up with a long run and was stopped on the 2-yard line. that set up the end of the game as St. Croix kneeled the last 3 downs to end the game.

It was a hard-fought game between both teams. Neither team gave up. St. Croix came away with the 28-14 victory over Washburn.
 

ST. JOHN’S FOOTBALL COACH JOHN GAGLIARDI HAS DIED

Legendary St. John's football coach John Gagliardi has died. He was 91 years old. Gagliardi was the head football coach at Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota from 1953 until 2012. 

From 1949 to 1952, he was the head football coach at Carroll College in Helena, Montana.

 

Sunday, December 9, 2018

THE TARGET CENTER WILL HOST THE 2022 NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL FINAL FOUR

On Sept. 24, the NCAA announced that the Target Center in Downtown Minneapolis will host the 2022 NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four.

Minnesota has been in the running and has hosted big sporting events in recent years. Other big sporting events that have taken place in Minnesota were the Super Bowl LII and two Frozen Fours.

Upcoming event’s in the area include the NCAA Volleyball Final Four, December 2018 at the Target Center. The men's basketball Final Four in April 2019 at U.S. Bank Stadium, The NCAA Men’s wrestling championships in March of 2020 at U.S. Bank Stadium.

The Men's NCAA basketball tournament regional in March of 2021 will be played at the Target Center, and the NCAA men's gymnastics championships in April 2021, at the University of Minnesota Maturi Pavilion.


KIM ROYSTON NAMED HEAD ATHLETIC DIRECTOR AT MINNEAPOLIS SOUTHWEST

Minneapolis Public Schools has hired Kim Royston who was Shakopee High School’s assistant athletic director to be the new athletic director at Southwest High School.

Royston worked in the Shakopee and Robbinsdale Area school districts. He spent the last school year 2017-18 with the Shakopee schools.

Royston replaces Ryan Lamberty, who was placed on administrative leave in the winter of 2018.

Royston was a high school football player at Cretin-Derham Hall, He played two seasons for the University of Minnesota Gophers after transferring from the University of Wisconsin Badgers in 2008.


UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS’ ATHLETIC DIRECTOR RETIRES

The University of St. Thomas Athletic Director is set to retire. Steve Fritz, who has been the Tommies’ athletics director for 52 years, has decided to retire.

Fritz has coached men’s basketball at The University St. Thomas for 40 seasons, the first nine seasons as an assistant to Tom Feely and the next 31 as the head coach.

I have met and worked with Fritz for years and know him well. Fritz knows college sports well. He is involved in all sports at the head Athletic Director and works well with his coaching staff.

He will be missed at the University of St. Thomas.

Good luck in retirement Fritz.


MINNEAPOLIS NORTH SHOWS OFFENSIVE FIRE POWER EARLY IN THE SEASON

The Minneapolis North Polars football team has a lot of offensive weapons they can choose from.

Minneapolis North is 4-0 halfway in the 2018 season. North’s Zach Yeager leads the team in passing yards with 422 yards. North’s Kehyan Porter leads the team with 389 rushing yards. 

North has scored a total of 190 points while only giving up 34 total points.


ELK RIVER AND BUFFALO HAVE A GAME FOR THE HISTORY BOOKS

On Friday, Sept. 22, Elk River and Buffalo got their offense rolling and it didn’t get turned off.

In a game that went back and forth according to Jim Paulsen of the Star Tribune, Elk River came away with the 80-70 victory over Buffalo.

You can read about the game according to
Jim Paulson thoughts on his prep blog for the Star Tribune.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

GET TO KNOW KEITH THOMPSON Jr.

Keith Thompson Jr. was born in the Bronx, N.Y. in 1985. He grew up in Minneapolis. Thompson has three brothers and two sisters.
Thompson has been involved in basketball his whole life. He graduated from Park Center High School in 2003. He played basketball for them throughout his time at Park Center.
Basketball means everything to him. He has studied the game of basketball while watching it on television and going to many different games.  
After high school, he played at Grace College Academy in Winona Lake, IN. After college, he played for the Texas Titanium.
Thompson would like to keep on playing basketball even if it is overseas. In his free time Thompson said that he likes to, “Relax with my kids travel enjoy time with my family.”
Look for Thompson out on the court soon.
 

Sunday, March 25, 2018

ROBBINSDALE ARMSTRONG WENT UP AGAINST HOPKINS IN A SECTION SEMIFINAL BOYS’ BASKETBALL GAME

On March 9, Robbinsdale Armstrong and Hopkins went up together in the Section 6 Class 4A semifinal boys’ basketball game.

Armstrong pushed the ball down the floor and swung the ball around the 3-point line, on the offensive end.

Hopkins also pushed the ball down the floor as they looked to make mid-range jump shots and layups.

There were multiple ties and lead changes early in the first half. Neither team went on a huge run.

Armstrong called a timeout with 10:31 left in the first half. The score was Armstrong 17, Hopkins 16.

Armstrong went into a zone defense as they wanted to make Hopkins take deep 3-point shots.

Armstrong got everyone involved in the offense. They passed the ball around to each other on the offensive end and they were also very talkative on both ends of the floor.

Hopkins guard Zeke Nnaji was all over the floor. On the offensive end he wasn’t afraid to take the ball hard to the basket as he came up with mid-range jump shots and layups. On the defensive end he was able to slow down the guy he was guarding.

At halftime, the score was Hopkins 29, Armstrong 25.

As the second half got underway Armstrong came out on fire as they stepped up and knocked down deep 3-point shots.

Hopkins called a timeout with 14:29 left in regulation. The score was Armstrong 32, Hopkins 29.

Armstrong’s Jake Breitbach came up with mid-range jump shots and layups. His teammates were able to get him the ball in spots where he could shoot it.

Armstrong called a timeout with 11:52 left in regulation. The score was Hopkins 39, Armstrong 36.

Hopkins Blaise Beauchamp came up with steals and turned them into layups on the offensive end.

Hopkins stepped up their defensive pressure and Armstrong struggled to shoot the ball for a period in the second half.

Armstrong called a timeout with 8:12 left to go in regulation. The score was Hopkins 48, Armstrong 38.

Armstrong looked tied in the second half. They ere not able to get to the ball or come up with plays late in regulation.

Hopkins got their shot to drop late in the second half. Both teams played well throughout the game. Hopkins came away with the 66-51 victory over Armstrong.

The leading scorer for Armstrong was Jake Breitbach with 15 points.

The leading scorers for Hopkins were Headstrom with 16 points, Beauchamp with 13 points and Nnaji with 12 points.

I was joined by Sam Bernard Williams of Big Sam’s Podcast. Williams thought, “Armstrong ran out of gas midway through the second half. You must play a complete came to beat a team like Hopkins. Armstrong couldn’t hit a 3-point shot.” 

 

ST. PAUL HUMBOLDT WENT UP AGAINST CHARTER STARS IN A BOYS’ SECTION BASKETBALL GAME

On March 8, St Paul Humboldt and Charter Stars played each other in a boys’ basketball game at Mounds Park Academy. It was the Section 4 Class 2A first round game.

Charter Stars moved the ball well down the floor. They were able to get to the basket and get layups.

Humboldt also moved the ball well down the floor. As they got everyone involved in the offense.

Humboldt called a timeout with 10:58 left in the first half. The score was Humboldt 9 Charter Stars 7.


Charter Stars struggled to move the ball down the floor and make shots late in the first half.

Humboldt came up with steals and layups on the defensive end.

The Charter Stars offense went quite midway through the first half. They struggled shooting the ball.

At halftime, the score was Humboldt 23, Charter Stars 15.

As the second half got underway Humboldt pushed the ball down the floor and got Derron Riley into the offense. Riley came up with mid-range jump shots and layups. If Riley didn’t think that he could make a shot, he would pass it off to one of his teammates.

Humboldt looked to keep pushing the ball down the floor and make mid-range jump shots and layups. Humboldt’s Desmond Lugo make deep 3-point shots. He wasn’t afraid to shoot the deep shot.

Both teams dove on the floor for loose balls.

Humboldt moved the ball down the floor well. They got everyone involved in the offense. Humboldt did a good job of slowing down Charter Stars on both ends of the floor.

Both teams played hard throughout the game, but the Charter Stars were not able to come up with baskets.

Humboldt looked to take time off the clock late in the game by swinging the ball around the 3-point line.

Charter Stars tried to hold on for as long as they but in the end, Humboldt came away with the 57-41 victory over Charter Stars.

The leading scorer for Charter Stars was Carter with 16 points.

The leading scorer for Humboldt was Davionte Davis with 16 points.


ST. PAUL HUMBOLDT WENT UP AGAINST CHARTER STARS IN A BOYS’ SECTION BASKETBALL GAME

On March 8, St Paul Humboldt and Charter Stars played each other in a boys’ basketball game at Mounds Park Academy. It was the Section 4 Class 2A first round game.

Charter Stars moved the ball well down the floor. They were able to get to the basket and get layups.

Humboldt also moved the ball well down the floor. As they got everyone involved in the offense.

Humboldt called a timeout with 10:58 left in the first half. The score was Humboldt 9 Charter Stars 7.


Charter Stars struggled to move the ball down the floor and make shots late in the first half.

Humboldt came up with steals and layups on the defensive end.

The Charter Stars offense went quite midway through the first half. They struggled shooting the ball.

At halftime, the score was Humboldt 23, Charter Stars 15.

As the second half got underway Humboldt pushed the ball down the floor and got Derron Riley into the offense. Riley came up with mid-range jump shots and layups. If Riley didn’t think that he could make a shot, he would pass it off to one of his teammates.

Humboldt looked to keep pushing the ball down the floor and make mid-range jump shots and layups. Humboldt’s Desmond Lugo make deep 3-point shots. He wasn’t afraid to shoot the deep shot.

Both teams dove on the floor for loose balls.

Humboldt moved the ball down the floor well. They got everyone involved in the offense. Humboldt did a good job of slowing down Charter Stars on both ends of the floor.

Both teams played hard throughout the game, but the Charter Stars were not able to come up with baskets.

Humboldt looked to take time off the clock late in the game by swinging the ball around the 3-point line.

Charter Stars tried to hold on for as long as they but in the end, Humboldt came away with the 57-41 victory over Charter Stars.

The leading scorer for Charter Stars was Carter with 16 points.


The leading scorer for Humboldt was Davionte Davis with 16 points.
 

IRONDALE WENT UP AGAINST OSSEO IN A SECTION BOYS’ BASKETBALL GAME

On March 7, Irondale and Osseo squared off in a Section 5 Class 4A boys’ basketball game. It took awhile for each team to get into an offensive shooting rhythm.

Irondale’s Aden Price was all over the floor, on the offensive end came off screens and was able to get to the basket. Price was able to make mid-range jump shots and layups. On the defensive end Prince slowed down the guy he was guarding.

Osseo looked to turn Irondale over and score layups in transition off the steals.

Irondale called a timeout with 12:26 left in the first half. The score was Osseo 10, Irondale 7.

Irondale kept on feeding Price. Price delivered as he came up with shots throughout the first half.

Osseo’s Emmette Page and Zach Theisen both came up with mid-range jump shots and layups in the first half.

There were multiple ties and lead changes in the first half.

Osseo moved the ball well as they passed the ball around the 3-point line paying catch.

Osseo called a timeout with 6:09 left in the first half. The score was tied at 19.

Osseo’s Deonte Ferguson came up with rebounds and made layups. He took the ball strong to the basket.

Price also stepped outside of the 3-point line and knocked down 3-point shots.

The score remained close late in the first half.

At halftime the score was tied at 32.

As the second half got underway Osseo continued to push the ball down the floor and swing the ball around the 3-point line. Osseo forward Chike Okonokwo came up with layups in transition. He was also able to make mid-range jump shots.

Osseo’s Zach Theisen came up with mid-range jump shots and layups. He was also able to step up and knock down deep 3-point shots.

Irondale called a timeout with 15:11 left in regulation. The score was Osseo 42, Irondale 35.

Irondale struggled shooting in the second half. Even though they struggled to shoot the ball they kept on looking for their shots.

Page came up with fast break layups in the second half.

Irondale continued to struggle shooting the ball mid-way through the second half. Osseo turned up their offensive production as they came up with baskets.

Osseo called a timeout with 8:03 left in regulation. The score was Osseo 63, Irondale 45.

Osseo was able to contain Price on the offensive end.

Osseo turned up the defensive pressure in the second half. Osseo was also able to slow down Price in the second half. Price scored his first points of the second half with just under 5:00 to go.

Osseo pulled away in the second half.

Osseo came away with the 74-60 victory over Irondale.
 

Friday, March 9, 2018

SOUTH ST. PAUL WENT AGAINST ACADEMY OF HOLY ANGELS IN A SECTION BOYS’ BASKETBALL GAME

On March 6, South St. Paul and Academy of Holy Angels went up against each other in a boys’ basketball Section 3 Class 3A boys’ basketball game.

The score went back and forth early. There were multiple ties and lead changes.

Holy Angels swung the ball around the 3-point line as they got everyone involved in the offense.

Holy Angels guard Max Gerstner came up with mid-range jump shots and layups. He came off cuts and his teammates were able to get him the ball in spots where he could shoot it.

South St. Paul guard Ryan Dodd brought the ball down the floor on the offensive end. He was able to get his teammates involved in the offense.

Both teams dove on the floor after loose balls and went after rebounds.

South St. Paul swung the ball around the 3-point line. Holy Angels did a good job of talking to each other on both ends of the floor.

South St. Paul’s Dohntae Vance got to the rim and came up with mid-range jump shots and layups. His teammates did a good job of getting him the ball in spots where he could shoot it.

Holy Angels called a timeout with 8:41 left in the first half. The score was South St. Paul 16, Holy Angels 11.

South St. Paul looked to take time off the clock in the first half by dribbling around the defenders.

South St. Paul looked to get the ball out of the net on the defensive end and race down the floor and score layups in transition.

Neither team went on a run in the first half.

South St. Paul called a timeout with 1:57 left in the first half. The score was tied at 23.

Holy Angels on to end the first half.

At halftime, the score was Holy Angels 32, South St. Paul 23.

As the second half got underway Holy Angels Matt Banovetz, Ryan Mazurek and Jacob Werle all were able to come up with mid-range jump shots and layups. Also, teammate Tommy Sheldstad came up with layups to keep Holy Angels in the game.

South St. Paul called a timeout with 14:19 left in regulation. The score was Holy Angels 40, St. St. Paul 28.

Holy Angels Werle came off screens and made layups. His teammates knew where he was on the floor when they passed it to him.

South St. Paul kept attacking the basket and coming up with layups. Vance and Taylor both called for the ball when they were on the floor.

Holy Angels called a timeout with 11:48 left in regulation. The score was Holy Angels 44, South St. Paul 38.

Holy Angels used the three-quarters press as they looked to make it difficult for South St. Paul to bring the ball down the floor.

Mazurek came up with 3-point baskets. On the defensive end, Mazurek was able to slow down the guy that he was guarding.

Holy Angels called a timeout with 8:06 left in regulation. The score was Holy Angels 55, South St. Paul 48.

The South St. Paul offense went stagnate in the second half. The defensive pressure was too much for South St. Paul.

South St. Paul called a timeout with 5:52 left in regulation. The sore was, Holy Angels 64, South St. Paul 48.

The Holy Angels offense came to life in the second half. Holy Angels dribbled the ball out the last 2 minutes of the game.

Holy Angels came away with the 79-57 victory over South St. Paul.

The leading scorers for South St. Paul were Dodd, Taylor and Vance all with 14 points.

The leading scorers for Holy Angels were Mazurek with 20 points and Banovetz with 15 points.

 

MINNESOTA WEST WENT UP AGAINST ANOKA-RAMSEY IN A MEN’S BASKETBALL GAME

On March 4, Minnesota West and Anoka-Ramsey Community College squared off in a Men’s basketball game. It was the championship of the Minnesota College Athletic Conference Men’s basketball state tournament.

It took both teams to get into a shooting rhythm early. Minnesota West swung the ball around the 3-point line as they got everyone involved in the offense.

Both teams traded baskets in the first half. Neither team went on a huge run.

Both teams were able to shoot the deep 3-point shots and make them.

Minnesota West called a timeout with 12:14 left in the first half. The score was Anoka-Ramsey 22, Minnesota West 15.

Both teams raced up and down the floor as they were looking to score layups in transition.

There were multiple ties and lead changes in the second half.

Anoka-Ramsey called a timeout with 6:13 left in the first half. The score was Anoka-Ramsey 31, Minnesota West 27.

As the first half came to an end both teams continued to launch deep 3-point shots.

At halftime, the score was tied at 38.

As the second half got underway both teams continued to attack the basket and take 3-point shots.

Anoka-Ramsey called a timeout with 18:03 left in regulation. The score was Minnesota West 46, Anoka-Ramsey 38.

Minnesota West was able to slow Anoka-Ramsey down on the offensive end by putting pressure on the guards.

Anoka-Ramsey called a timeout with 14:43 left in regulation. The score was Minnesota West 54, Anoka-Ramsey 40.

Anoka’s Kevin Schramm was all over the floor on the offensive end Schramm came up with mid-range jump shots and layups. On the defensive end, he was able to slow down the guy that he was guarding.

Anoka-Ramsey ran out of gas midway through the second half. They were not able to make baskets.

Anoka called a timeout with 8:24 left in regulation. The score was Minnesota West 65, Anoka-Ramsey 46.

Minnesota West continued to get to the basket and came up with shots late in the game. Anoka-Ramsey couldn’t make shots in the second half.

Minnesota West came away with the 89-62 victory over Anoka-Ramsey.

The leading scorers for Anoka-Ramsey were Kevin Schramm with 22 points, and Justin Castro and Chris Morgan each with 13 points.

The leading scorer for Minnesota West was Alex Brown with 20 points.
 


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS WASHBURN WENT UP AGAINST MINNEAPOLIS ROOSEVELT IN A BOYS’ BASKETBALL GAME

On March 1, Washburn and Roosevelt squared off in a boys’ basketball game. Roosevelt looked to push the ball down the floor and looked to score baskets in transition.

Roosevelt looked to get the ball into the hands of guard Deszi Sims. Sims knew where his teammates were on the floor and were able to get them involved in the offense.

Roosevelt started out slow on the offensive end. They had a difficult time scoring early.

Roosevelt called a timeout with 14:59 left in the first half. The score was Washburn 7, Roosevelt 2.

Roosevelt played man-to-man on the defensive end. They looked to trap Washburn when they brought the ball down the floor.

Washburn wasn’t afraid to shoot the deep three-point shot. Everybody would crash the boards on the 3-point shots.

Washburn’s Charles Cook-Gordon came up with mid-range jump shots and layups. His teammates knew where he was on the floor and they were able to get him the ball in spots where he could shoot it.

Washburn called a timeout with 8:20 left in the first half. The score was Washburn 23, Roosevelt 15.

Sims kept on coming up with shots late in the first half. He took the ball hard to the basket in traffic coming up with his shot.

Roosevelt called a timeout with 6:40 left in the first half. The score was Washburn 23, Roosevelt 19.

Roosevelt’s Abdikani Abdi came up with nice passes to his teammates for assists. If Abdi thought he had a good chance of making a shot he would shoot it.

Neither team went on a run in the first half. There were ties and lead changes, but neither team went on a big 10-plus point run.

Sims shot started dropping late in the game and that gave Roosevelt confidence late in the half.

Sims tied the game at 34 with 2:00 with a jump shot from the middle of the lane.

Both teams continued to race up and down the floor coming up with layups.

Roosevelt called a timeout with 54.5 left in the first half. The score was Roosevelt 37, Washburn 36.

Roosevelt passed the ball and dribbled the ball around the 3-point line to end the first half. Sims came up with the last shot of the half.

The score at halftime was Roosevelt 39, Washburn 36.

As the second half got underway Roosevelt continued to push the ball down the floor and looked to score layups in transition.

Washburn’s Charles Johnson was all over the floor going after loose balls, talking on both ends of the floor and coming up with hustle plays, along with baskets.

Washburn went to a zone defense. Roosevelt passed the ball around the 3-point line while Washburn shifted in the zone.

Cook-Gordon continued to come up with mid-range jump shots and layups in the second half.

Washburn was able to slow down Roosevelt on the offensive end. Roosevelt went cold shooting in the second half. Washburn took advantage of that and attacked the basket and came up with shots.

Washburn called a timeout with 11:08 left in regulation. The score was Washburn 47, Roosevelt 43.

Roosevelt’s Dyvell Dixson was another player who got to the basket made mid-range jump shots and layups. His teammates really got him the ball in spots where he could shoot it.

There were many ties and lead changes midway through the second half.

Roosevelt went to a trapping man-to-man defense which made it difficult for Washburn to come up with open shots.

Washburn went cold on the offensive end with just under 6:30 left in regulation. Roosevelt came up with shots.

Roosevelt pushed the ball down the floor and scored layups in transition. Roosevelt was able to find Sims down the stretch. Roosevelt got the lead late in the game.

Washburn ran out of gas late.

Washburn called a timeout with 2:23 left in regulation. The score was Roosevelt 65, Washburn 60.

Washburn pushed the ball down the floor late and took deep 3-point baskets.

Roosevelt called a timeout with 1:42 left in regulation. The score was Roosevelt 67, Washburn 60.

Washburn looked for Johnson coming off screens got to the basket.

Both teams played well throughout the game. Neither team gave up. Both teams were able to slow the other team down on the offensive end.

I thought that Roosevelt’s Sims played very well. He is a solid player that can get to the basket. He had a solid jump shot as well can create his own shot coming off the dribble. Sims also can get to the basket and make layups in traffic. Sims also came up with rebounds.

Roosevelt came away with the 72-65 victory over Washburn.

The leading scorers for Washburn Johnson with 21 points and Cook-Gordon with 17.

The leading scorer for Roosevelt was Sims with 42 points.

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BLAINE WENT UP AGAINST OSSEO IN A BOYS’ BASKETBALL GAME

On Feb. 27, Blaine and Osseo squared off against each other in a boys’ basketball game. As the game got underway it took awhile for each team go get going offensively.

Osseo’s Emmette Page was all over the floor. On the offensive end, Page got to the basket and looked to make mid-range jump shots and layups.

Blaine pushed the ball down the floor as they looked to get everyone involved in the offense. Blaine’s Bryon Bynum Jr. and Tony Strand came up with early jump shots.

Both teams got off to a slow start offensively. Neither team went on a run early.

Osseo’s Richard Mulbah took the ball hard to the basket and came up with layups. If Mulbah didn’t think that he had a good shot, he would pass it to his teammates.

Both teams dove on the floor after loose balls. There were multiple jump balls in the first half.

Osseo’s Terrance Waits came off screens and got to the basket and came up with layups.

Blaine used multiple defenses in the first half. They wanted to confuse Osseo when Osseo was on offense.

Osseo used their quickness to get to the basket and make layups and jump shots.

Osseo called a timeout with 5:37 left in the first half. The score was Blaine 20, Osseo 17.

As the first half came to an end Blaine continued to come up with layups and jump shots.

Blaine called a timeout with 3:00 left in the first half. The score was Blaine 29, Osseo 28.

Both teams kept attacking the basket late in the first half.

At halftime, the score was Blaine 33, Osseo 32.

As the second half got underway Osseo looked to set the tempo. They pushed the ball down the floor and swung the ball around the 3-point line.

There were multiple ties and lead changes in the second half.

Blaine’s Ray Mitchell came up with deep 3-point shots. He also came up with layups. His teammates did a good job of getting him the ball in spots where he could score.

Osseo called a timeout with 11:09 left in regulation. The score was Osseo 45, Blaine 42.

Blaine continued to get the ball into the hands of Jason Kaul and Mitchell and Tony Strand.

Blaine called a timeout with 9:24 left in regulation. The score was Osseo 52, Blaine 47.

The game remained close late in the game. Neither team gave up uncontested shots.

Mitchell continued to come up with layups and mid-range jump shots.

Osseo called a timeout with 2:00 left in regulation. The score was Osseo 65, Blaine 61.

Osseo came up with baskets down the stretch.

Osseo came away with the 75-66 victory over Blaine.

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