Friday, May 30, 2008
IN THE TOP OF THE THIRD
Nolan Johnson flew out to left and then Paul Hallgren got out he hit it to the second baseman and he got thrown out at first base. Joey Millpointer flew out to right field and Nolan Jones got throw out at first.
IN THE TOP OF THE FOURTH
In the top of the fourth Andrew Rynda flew out to the second baseman. Jermy Batten got a hit. Arron Ruff got a hit. AJ Sirro struck out. Matt Voldness got thrown out at first. In the middle of the fourth it is Bloomington Jefferson 2 and Bloomington Kennedy 1.
BOTTOM OF THE 4TH
In the bottom of the 4th inning Kevin Haram struck out. Then Andy Sunder grounded out second to first base. Nolan Walker struck out.
IN THE TOP OF THE 5TH INNING
In the top of the 5th inning Matt Kruser got a hit to left field. Nolan Johnson got a hit. Paul Haugen got on base because of a sac hit. Joey Millpointer struck out. Andrew Rynda flew out to the first baseman.
IN THE BOTTOM OF THE 5th INNING
Nick Bassamore flew out. Then Joey Millpointer struck out and then Mike Brummer grounded out.
IN THE TOP OF THE 6TH INNING
Jefferson Jeremy Batten got a hit then stole second Aaron Ruff got a hit to center and Jeremy Batten scored on the play. AJ Siro got a sac bunt. Matt Voldness got a hit. Matt Kruger got a double. Nolan Johnson walked. Paul Hallgren got out.
In the middle of the 6th inning the score is Bloomington Jefferson 5 and Bloomington Kennedy 1
BOTTOM OF THE 6TH INNING
Matt Santiago got a home run over the left field fence. Mike Houst flew out to left center field. Josh Gist walked. Kevin Haram walked. There was a pitching change for Bloomington Jefferson Andy Rynda left and was replaced by Mike Brummer. Andy Sunder walked to load the bases for Kennedy. Scott Opatz singled. Nick Bassamore hit to center field and Tyler Lindblom scored. Evan Aber grounded out to the second baseman.
Bloomington Jefferson 5 Bloomington Kennedy 4 after 6 complete innings.
TOP OF THE 7TH INNING
Joey Millpoint flew out to center field. Connor Cline struck out. Jeremy Batten struck out.
BOTTOM OF THE 7TH INNING
Kennedy’s Mark Hanson flew out to the short stop. Matt Santiugo flew out to 2nd base. Mike Houst struck out.
The final score is Jefferson 5 and Kennedy 4
Tonight I am at Breamar Park in Bloomington in the first game it is the battle of Bloomington with the first game between Bloomington Kennedy and Bloomington Jefferson. In the second game it is Minneapolis Southwest vs. Wayzata.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Steven: Hello Mike, how are you doing? I am hearing that you just had another round of knee surgery?
What did you have done this time and how many knee surgeries have you had?
Mike is in the blue.
Mike: Yes, I have had both knees operated on now. The doctor told me that the MRI's of my knees were like mirror images. My knees have been giving me trouble since my freshmen year of college, so it's good to finally get them taken care of. I have one year left to play at CSS, so I'm excited to have a good pain-free year. The surgery was to heal patellar-tendonitis. It was called patellar tendon debrisment. I guess something happened that caused a large quantity of scar tissue to form right behind my patellar tendon.
Steven: How long are you expected to be out?
Mike: Each surgery put me on crutches for two weeks, and after six weeks of slow rehab I was Okayed to begin strengthening again.
Steven: How has rehab been going?
Mike: Rehab is a slow and steady process. It was kind of hard when my first knee was all healed, and then I had the other one done and it was back to square one again.
Steven: How is this injury different from the other ones that you have had?
Mike: This injury is different in that it never went away. I've sprained ankles, had stress fractures, ECT, but they've all healed. My knees always stayed bad, finally causing me to see a surgeon.
I just wanted to say thanks again for taking time to respond the questions and hope the best in the recovery.
Adam Boone who is from Minnesota is currently playing basketball in Austria. His team played in the Championship of there league. In the league Championship game the Oberwart Gunners lost in the final game. The final of the game was 89-88. Adam’s team played Furtenfeld in the playoffs. They played a 5 game series. Orberwart Gunners lost the series 2 games to 3 games. Congratulations Adam Boone on a nice season.
Lawrence McKenzie played at Minneapolis Patrick Henry highschool. After high school he went on and played at the University of Minnesota.
When James Davis was at Minneapolis North he was one of the better big men to come out of the Northside. Good Luck James Davis in the upcoming NBA draft.
Bruce Price was a good player when he was at South. I would consider him a good player when he was in high school. It will be interesting to see if the NBA works out for him in the long run.
Good luck Bruce Price in the NBA Draft.
Friday, May 23, 2008
The reason some people said that students were transferring was because they thought that the students were only transferring because of sports. If they played sports they would leave one program and join another that was better then the school that they were transferring from. Most students want to better them self’s in high school. And if they think that they will excel at another high school than I think transferring would be a last option. I think that if students want to transfer they have to have all of the options explained to them before they go out and transfer. I think that just transferring to another school just because of sports is wrong. I think that high school should be more then just sports. If a student thinks that he or she will be better off at another school educationally than I think that the transfer option should be looked at carefully. I think that transferring for sports should be the last option there is.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Southwest remains perfect they now wait to see who they play in the region 6AAA tournament. Once again congratulations to Minneapolis Southwest on winning the Twin Cities Baseball Championship.
In the top of the second Inning of play Jim Heffernan had an infield hit and then he stole second base. Then Number 4 walked. Then Jake Schmitz walked. Allan Ritter had a bases loaded strike out. #9 had a bases loaded walk. Jim Heffernan scored on a wild pitch. Ethan Green had a single. John Licht walked scoring Jake Schmitz. Matt Smrekar singled up the middle and reached second on a fielder choice.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
In a game that will be a battle of the best in the Minneapolis & St. Paul Conference’s, Minneapolis Southwest will meet St. Paul Highland Park at the Metrodome for the Twin Cities Championship Thursday night at 6:00 PM. It should be a great battle of the two top teams in the Twin Cities.
I will be there to give highlights and updates throughout the game.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Devoe Joseph is from Ajax Ontario Canada. He is considered one of the top recruits out of Canada. He went to Pickering high school.
Paul Carter is from Little Rock Arkansas. He went to Missouri State West Plains Community College. I got to watch him play when he played at Minneapolis Community College this past season. He was pretty good. He suffered an injury during his season that he had to sit out the second half of the season. He has recovered from that and he should be ready to do by the start of the season.
Colton Iverson is from Yankton South Dakota. I do not know too much about Colton but I have heard from others that he will survive at the University of Minnesota. It will be interesting to see how well this kid can play and if he can play the style of ball Tubby Smith wants him to play.
Ralph Sampson Jr. is from Duluth Georgia. He was also highly recruited to come to the University of Minnesota. His dad was a known as a great basketball player. His dad played in the NBA and was considered a superstar when he played the league. Some basketball insiders are wondering how long his kid will stay in college already. Is he only going to be at the University of Minnesota for all four years or will be get his one year in and become eligible for the NBA draft? We will just have to see what his options are and how good a player he really is. There will be pressure and people comparing him to his dad but it is the sons turn to prove people right or wrong.
Devron Bostick is from Racine Wisconsin. He played his high school ball at ST. Catherine’s high school and then he went on to play at South Western Community College in Illinois.
All of the players that the Gophers have signed have been top players in their high schools or their previous schools. It will interest me to see how these recruits fit into Tubby Smith’s system. I think that Tubby will turn this program around and I also think that this recruiting class will be his true test to see how well a recruiter he is. He was known as a great recruiter when he was coaching in previous coaching jobs. Some college basketball insiders this class to be in the top 10 in the country.
Friday, May 16, 2008
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Sunday, May 11, 2008
CONGRAULATIONS TO THE ILLINOIS WARRIORS FOR WINNING THE 17U HOWARD PULLEY SABES INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT WITH AN EASY WIN OVER THE ST PAUL GRASS ROOTS
CONGRAULATIONS GOES TO THE KANSAS CITY PUMP AND RUN FOR WINNING THE 16U DIVISON OF THE HOWARD PULLEY SABES TOURNAMENT
The St Paul Grass Roots will be playing the Illinois Warriors in the 17U championship game later this after noon. The Illinois Warriors beat Kansas City by the final score of 74-64 in the other semifinal.
Both teams have played very well. It has been a game that has been up and down the court. Rodney Williams has played very well up to this point. Royce White has some great blocked shots. They are both playing very well up to this point. Another player that has played well so far is for Howard Pulley is Seantrel Henderson he has set some unbelievable screens and has battled inside to make his presence known. Howard Pulley got out to an early lead but the Demos have stayed with them up to this point. The Demos ended the half on a run. It looks like the Howard Pulley team has its guard down. It is going to be a battle to the finish.
There were not a lot of people in the stands for this first game it was mostly parents and a few fans. I contribute this to it was the first game of the day and it was played at 8:00 Am and most people are not up at that time of the morning. You mostly see the parents and the die hard fans at these early games.
Sorry we are so late with this final posting from Saturday nights game but again....Internet connection issues came up.
It was a close second half both teams played well. There were many lead changes and ties. Both teams played very well they left every thing that was in a big match up this game delivered. Both teams played very well. The game went back and forth with multiple lead changes. Howard Pulley went on a run in the middle of the second half and tried to put it to the Warriors. Then the Warriors put it to Howard Pulley. But Howard Pulley was able to with stand threats of the Warriors. Howard Pulley ended up winning the game the final of 73-65.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Both the Howard Pulley 17U White team and the St Cloud Comets put on a great show for people tonight. Howard Pulley ended up winning the game by the final of 72-59 .Both teams played very well. Both of these teams were scrappy they like to get after it and get on the floor after loose balls. Both teams were able to get in to there offence and run what they want to do. Both teams got to score the ball. In the end the Howard Pulley 17U White team came away with the victory. These two teams were evenly match I thought that the game didn’t get out of control and there was poise and good hard work on both ends and shown by both teams. This just goes to show that even the later games kids will also play hard. These kids get after it. They should be commended by there hard work and heart that they put into these tournaments. It is not easy playing over a long weekend in a tournament.
In the first half it has been a pretty entertaining half. The score at the half is Howard Pulley 38 and the St Cloud Elite 36 Both teams are going hard after each other. It has been a back and forth game. Both teams have been trading baskets. Both teams have been able to run there offensive sets. There have been some good defensive stops by both teams. It will be a very interesting second half.
You have to give these kids some credit they have already played 2 other games today so keeping fresh for the 3rd game was a little tough. That is what tournaments can do to you. You never know how many games you might be playing in a day.
Both teams have kids that are being recruited by major colleges. For the Illinois Warriors DJ Richardson is going to The University of Illinois and David Brown has been getting offers from DE Paul, Bradley, Oklahoma State and Wake Forest.
The Dakota Schoolers have a big name player playing for them. Mike Felt led the State of Minnesota in Scoring and he went to Redwood Valley High School.
SOME INFORMATION WAS OBTAINED BY RYAN JAMES OF MINnESOTA PREP SPORTS.
This game will be interesting because neither team has been able to put on a run. Dakota Schoolers will have there hands full as the Illinois Warriors try to fight to get back into this game.
Towards the end of the game with about 5 minuets left both teams looked kind of sluggish. It was kind of a lack luster game from the jump. Howard Pulley took the lead from the beginning and never looked back.
Some of the top players on the top players on the Howard Pulley Black team are Jacob Thomas, DJ Peterson
Look for this game to come down to the end. Both teams are playing well to close out the first half.
Now it is up to the coaches to see where and who the teams play next. This was the last game for the 17U division in the pool play side of the tournament. Now the coaches will have their meeting and figure out the seeds for the rest of the tournament.
It will be interesting to see how the Chicago Demons will adjust to being down at the half. It should be fun to watch.
This was a good game because both teams played hard till the end. Even if the score was kind of lopsided it was still a good game to see. Now both teams will have to see who they will get when they go into the bracket portion of the tournament. It has to be noted that there are two 17 and under Howard Pulley teams. This is the second team. This is NOT the team with Royce White and Rodney Williams. They both play on the Howard Pulley Black team.
It has been a control game on both ends of the court. Each team is trying to run there offense. Howard Pulley tries go get the ball up the court and play tough defense. Both teams will use there fast break and look to run in the open court. Team Missouri will have to try to battle back in the second half to get back into the game. This game has a lot of energy to it both teams are into the game. Missouri will be back in this game. In order to do that they will have to go on a few runs and stop this Howard Pulley team.
Kansas City was able to hit there shots during the game. It wasn’t like Howard Pulley got out played. It was just that Kansas City was making there shots and was able to hit shots.
In a game that was a blow out from half time on Howard Pulley 17U Black team beats ECI Elite by the score of 78-50. Even though this game was a blow out you have to give the kids from the ECI Elite some credit. They showed up and played there hearts out.
The big story line from this game was the play of Rodney Maurice Williams from the Howard Pulley 17U Black team. This kid was just unbelievable. He showed that he was a team player plus he took shots that he knew that he needed to take. He also had some very good dunks. This Howard Pulley team is starting to gel. It should be interesting to see how they progress through out the weekend.
Both Royce White and Rodney Williams are playing well for the Howard Pulley team. They each have had good moves in the first half. They both have good court awareness and they know how to feed each other the ball. It is not a two man operation. They both know how to get the other four guys into the offense.
The Illinois Warriors beat the Howard Pulley 17U White team by the final score of 74-59. This was a game that kind of got out of hand for the Howard Pulley team from the start of the second half. The warrior’s were able to get more open shots and more drives to the paint. Howard Pulley did put up a good fight but it was not enough to over come.
In the first game of the morning, that in the 17 and under division, it’s Howard Pulley 28 and the Illinois Warriors 34 at the half. This game has been a battle with both teams playing good defense. The leading scorers from Howard Pulley are AJ Barker and Moses Sundufu and they each have 6 points each.
The biggest thing that is the most fun for me is seeing the kids that I know from different teams and being able to watch them play in a fun and controlled environment. I have watched AAU and basketball in general for my whole life and when you start out and become just a fan and you track a certain team for so long you start to grow and be apart of that certain program. I think that there is a time in some ones life where you go man isn’t it a good thing to know that you have an out lit on a team. Basketball is more about what takes place on the court; it is also what takes place off the court as well.
Friday, May 9, 2008
There were also a lot of small college coaches that were in attendance on the first day of the tournament. The action is fast paced and the basketball is fun. I hope you enjoy the entries that I am doing and I also hope you will come back and visit the site soon. I will be back On Saturday to bring you coverage of the second day of this event. Thanks again for coming to check out the coverage.
Rodney Willams stepped up tonight when he had to. I thought that he had a good game and played very well. He just seemed to know how to take his game to another level.
Howard Pulley was able to hit there shots when they needed to. Howard Pulley also passed the ball well. The defense was the key in the victory for Howard Pulley tonight. They were able to contain the Iowa dribblers. Howard Pulley was able to get into there offence early. They were able to run some of there sets and they also got a chance to run in the open court.
All Iowa Attack was playing both man to man defense and zone defense. They were not able to contain the shooters for the Howard Pulley team. Both teams played hard and it was a good game to watch.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Two of the top in state basketball players from Minnesota will be on display this weekend at the Howard Pulley Tournament in Bloomington. Royce White and Rodney Williams are teammates for the Howard Pulley squad.
They are regarded as two of the top players in the state and country. Will this be Rodney Williams coming out party? Who knows. Even though division 1 college coaches are not allowed to be in the building my guess is that some lower division coaches and many fans will see these kids and get back to their coach’s and the word will spread about these two young kids.
Check back on the site over the weekend as I will be there covering the event. The tournament is going to be played at Bloomington Jefferson High School.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Adam has enjoyed his time over in Austria. He looks forward to coming back to the United States after his season is over. Good Luck Adam Boone and keep up the good work.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
This weekend at Bloomington Jefferson high school the Howard Pulley Basketball program is hosting a huge tournament.
This tournament brings in teams from all over the country to play in the Twin Cities for a fun weekend of basketball. Stevens Sports Report will be there bringing you all of the action as the tournament takes place. Check back this weekend for all of the up to date action.
Some of the top players from across the country will be in town including the top two Sr.’s to be Rodney Williams and Royce White who play for the Howard Pulley Panthers. Check back as the weekend rolls around for updates on the Howard Pulley Sables Invitational.
Monday, May 5, 2008
A very early report today from Minneapolis radio station KFAN 1130 AM, had Verdell Jones headed to the University of Minnesota. But later in the day, Minneapolis local TV station KARE 11, reported that Verdell Jones is headed to Indiana University.
This is kind of a blow for the U of M but they still have a top rated recruiting class with the 5 commitments made over the past year. The University of Minnesota, who was planning on getting Verdell Jones, still has one offer to give out.
According to many different publications, Verdell is a top recruit coming out of Champaign Central High School in Champaign Illinois.
Many athletes were not drawn to the University of Minnesota during the Dan Monson era. After Monson left they brought Tubby Smith in. Smith has always had a way with recruiting and that was a positive. I think in a few years of Tubby Smiths recruiting pays off in the next couple of years to see how his teams do. I think that he has gotten better talent to come here because of his success in his past coaching jobs.
Good luck Verdell Jones.
The highly recruited Rodney Maurice Williams was out in Kansas over the weekend of May 2-4th for an AAU event. This is some video someone shot that was at the event. Hope people can get a good look at the senior to be and he is also a highly rated player from Cooper High school. Let me know if you have any problems with the video - thanks.
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After the National Golden Gloves Tournament this week Tony Lee is planning on turning professional. Good luck Tony Lee in the upcoming tournament and Good luck in your professional boxing career.