Sunday, October 31, 2010

PRIOR LAKE TOOK ON MINNESOTA TRANSITIONS IN THE MINNETONKA BOYS’ BASKETBALL FALL LEAGE


Prior Lake took on Minnesota Transitions in the Minnetonka fall basketball league. Minnesota Transitions started the game on a 9-0 run to begin the game. Prior Lake could not find the basket to begin the game. They just couldn’t get into a scoring rhythm.


Rodney Owens for Minnesota Transitions was able to keep his team in the game by making shots. On the defensive end he stepped up his game as was able to slow down his defender.


Prior Lake started the game out playing a zone defense. They wanted to spread Minnesota Transitions out.


Minnesota Transitions also used a zone defense in the first half. Prior Lake didn’t get frustrated when their shots were not falling. They kept playing hard and wanted to get after Minnesota Transitions on the defensive end.


For Minnesota Transitions everyone played well in the first half. They shared the ball well and they got everyone involved in the offense.


At halftime the score was Minnesota Transitions 34 and Prior Lake 24.


As the second half got underway both teams came out and played zone defense. Prior Lake continued to look to push the ball up the court in transition.


Minnesota Transitions also did a good job of getting the ball out and pushing it in transition. They were able to score easy baskets in transition.


Both teams got tired in the second half. The play got sloppy at times. You could tell the plays were still trying to play hard but there were times that both teams walked the ball up the court to catch their breaths.


Minnesota Transitions was too quick for Prior Lake. Prior Lake did not give up. They kept fighting until the end.


Minnesota Transitions came away with the 67-48 victory over Prior Lake.

OSSEO TOOK ON ROBBINSDALE ARMSTRONG IN THE MINNETONKA BOYS’ BASKETBALL FALL LEAGUE


Osseo took on Robbinsdale Armstrong in a boys’ basketball matchup in the Minnetonka fall league. Armstrong started out the game making two technical foul free throws. Osseo’s Jarrod Berven received a technical foul for dunking the ball in warm ups.


The game got off to a fast pace. Both teams looked to run the ball. Osseo started out playing man-to-man defense.


Osseo found their shot early as they looked to score baskets in transition. Armstrong wanted to slow Osseo down.


Both teams shot the ball well in the first half. Neither team was able to go on a run in the first half.


Both teams were able to match each other’s competitiveness in the first half. Armstrong was able to get a 25-19 lead with 6:30 left in the first half.


Osseo’s Jarrod Berven played well throughout the contest. He didn’t let the technical foul he received at the beginning of the game affect his play in the game. Jarrod Berven was able to knock down a few three-point shots in the first half. He was able to keep his team in the game.


Armstrong didn’t give up. They kept on fighting back. Both of these teams were evenly matched on both ends of the floor.


At halftime the score was Armstrong 33 and Osseo 31.


As the second half got underway each team picked up the defensive pressure. Both teams kept the ball for a while on the offensive end. They wanted to take time off the clock while getting into their offense.


Armstrong put together a nice run midway through the second half. Osseo was not able to make shots for a period of time. Osseo lost their composure a little bit in the second half.


In a good defensive battle I thought that both teams played well. The game was close through the whole game. I thought that Osseo relied on the three-point shot too much in the second half. They were shooting the shot too quickly and they were not that successful making that shot. Armstrong had good shot selection and they were able to make shots. Armstrong forced Osseo to make some crazy shots. That led to some missed chances to score on the offensive end.


Armstrong came away with the 72-61 victory over Osseo.

MINNESOTA TRANSITIONS TOOK ON ROCHESTER MAYO IN THE MINNETONKA BOYS’ BASKETBALL FALL LEAGUE


Minnesota Transitions took on Rochester Mayo in the boys’ basketball fall league. Rodney Owens for MTS found his shot early in the contest. His teammates were able to give him the ball as he drove to the basket.


Rochester Mayo was a little quicker then Minnesota Transitions. Mayo was able to slow Minnesota Transitions down.


Minnesota Transitions played a zone defense in the first half. They wanted to slow Mayo down.


Mayo was able to score easy baskets in transition.


Minnesota Transitions went on a run late in the first half.


At halftime the score was Rochester Mayo 41 and Minnesota Transitions 38.


As the second half got underway both teams were very aggressive. Neither team wanted to give up any baskets.


Minnesota Transitions looked to score baskets in transitions early in the second half. Rochester Mayo had trouble making shots coming out of the halftime break.


Mayo went to a man-to-man defense midway through the second half. They were able to catch Minnesota Transitions off guard. Minnesota Transitions was able to find the baskets and their shots fell for them in the second half.


Rochester Mayo kept the pressure on Minnesota Transitions the whole game. The score went back and forth late in the second half. Neither team was able to go on a run in the second half.


The game was close throughout. Both teams played solid and neither team quit.


Minnesota Transitions got the lead late in the second half. They were able to use their quickness and get some steals that lead to fast break points in the second half. Rochester Mayo was able to counter the quickness of Minnesota Transitions.


The teams trading scoring baskets late in the game in the end Minnesota Transitions came away with the 77-71 victory over Rochester Mayo.

HOPKINS TOOK ON ORONO IN THE MINNETONKA BOYS’ BASKETBALL FALL LEAGUE


In the second game of the Minnetonka boys’ basketball fall league Orono took on Hopkins. Hopkins started the game in a man-to-man defense.


Hopkins went on a run to open up the game. Orono was not able to get into the flow of the game from the beginning.


Marvin Singletary found the basket early on. He was able to make shots that he was putting up. Joe Coleman had some nice rebounds underneath the basket throughout the first half.


Orono was not able to make the shots that they were putting up. They had a tough time getting into their offense.


On the defensive end Orono played mostly man-to-man defense. They wanted to try to slow Hopkins down. They were not successful at doing that throughout the first half.


Joe Coleman played tough. He was able to find his teammates and wasn’t afraid to share the ball.


At halftime the score was Hopkins 32 and Orono 14


Hopkins was able to make a small run in the middle of the second half. Orono was not able to get into their shooting rhythm during the game.


I thought that Hopkins was too quick for Orono. Hopkins was able to run away with the game early in the game. Both Joe Coleman and Marvin Singletary played well for Hopkins.


Hopkins was able to cruse to a 60-36 victory over Orono.

OSSEO TOOK ON WAYZATA IN THE MINNETONKA BOYS’ BASKETBALL FALL LEAGUE


In the second week of the boys’ basketball Minnetonka fall league the first game was Osseo against Wayzata.


The game started out with Osseo winning the tip. Both teams had trouble getting a rhythm on the offensive end. They were not able to drop shots early.


Osseo started in a zone defense. They wanted to spread Wayzata out. Wayzata did a good job of extending the defense and they were able to get into Osseo players’ faces.


Osseo’s Jerrod Berven came up with some huge defensive rebounds. He was camped out underneath the basket. Whenever a shot went up he was there to grab the rebound. Jerrod was able to find his guards who pushed the ball up the court in transition.


The game was close throughout the first half. Neither team was able to go on a run early in the game.


Osseo was able to score baskets in transition. Wayzata was able to counter as neither team went on a run in the first half.


Wayzata switched between man-to-man defense and zone defense throughout the first half. Osseo was able to figure that out and they were able to counter with their offense. Osseo took their time on the offensive end.


Both teams went at each other throughout the first half. At halftime the score was Wayzata 22 and Osseo 17.


As the second half got underway both teams continued to play hard. Wayzata wanted to extend on their lead.


Osseo continued to take their time on the time on the offensive end. They wanted to chip away at Wayzata. Wayzata didn’t want to let Osseo get the lead.


Wayzata was patient on the offensive end. They were able to run their offense and take time off the clock.


Wayzata was a little quicker then Osseo on the offensive end. Osseo was not able to hit their shots midway through the second half. Wayzata was able to capitalize on Osseo’s mistakes.


Osseo went on a run late in the game. They were able to cut the score to 44-40 with 5:05 left to go in regulation.


Both teams continued to go after each other late in the contest. Wayzata was able to come away with the 56-47 victory over Osseo.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

EDEN PRAIRIE TOOK ON MINNETONKA IN A REGIONAL PLAYOFF FOOTBALL CONTEST


Eden Prairie took on Minnetonka in a region semi final match up. Eden Prairie had a record of 7-1 coming into the game. Minnetonka had a record of 5-4 coming into the contest.


Minnetonka kicked off to Eden Prairie to begin the game. Gayson Levine returned the ball to the 32-yard line. Eden Prairie started with the ball. Rumeal Harris came up big with a nice running play for a first down.


Eden Prairie kept the ball on the ground. They wanted to keep pounding the ball on the ground in the early goings. Andrew Larson one of the running backs came up big with some nice drives. Eden Prairie was not able to convert on fourth down and they turned the ball over to Minnetonka.


Minnetonka kept the ball on the ground on their first drive of the game. They were able to get a first down. Austin Harrington came up with a first down for Minnetonka. Minnetonka looked to pass the ball. The Eden Prairie’s defense wanted to slow down the offense for Minnetonka. Minnetonka was not able to convert on fourth down and they had to put the ball back to Eden Prairie.


Eden Prairie fumbled the punt and Minnetonka recovered the football on the 20-yard line. Minnetonka’s quarterback Scott Benedict was able to find his receivers for a few first downs in the first quarter. Scott Benedict found the end zone with a one yard touchdown run with 30 seconds left to go in the first quarter. The extra point attempt was good.


With 30 seconds left in the first quarter the score was Minnetonka 7 and Eden Prairie 0.


Minnetonka kicked off to Eden Prairie after the touchdown. The kick went into the end zone and it was ruled a touchback.


Eden Prairie’s Derek Soderberg came up with a big reception late in the quarter.


At the end of the first quarter the score was Minnetonka 7 and Eden Prairie 0.


Eden Prairie got the ball to begin the second quarter. Eden Prairie tried a trick play and it worked. Eden Prairie lined up for a field goal and they ended up passing the ball and came up with the ball on the four yard line. Andrew Larson scored a touchdown from 4- yards out with 10:21 left to go in the second quarter. The extra point attempt was good.


With 10:21 left to go the game was tied at 7.


Eden Prairie kicked off to Minnetonka after the touchdown. Minnetonka looked for short passes. Malcom Moore was able to show his receiving skills as he came up with nice catches in the first half. Minnetonka was not able to convert on third down and they had to punt the ball back to Eden Prairie. Minnetonka faked the punt and they ran with it instead but they were not able to come up with the first down and had to turn the ball over to Eden Prairie.


Eden Prairie kept the ball on the ground. Rumeal Harris got the ball and he took off and was able to come up a first down. Andrew Larson was able to get the ball to the 5- yard line. Andrew Lawson came up with a 5 yard touchdown run with 6:16 left to go in the second quarter. The extra point attempt was good.


With 6:16 the score was Eden Prairie 14 and Minnetonka 7.


Eden Prairie kicked off to Minnetonka after the touchdown. Minnetonka kept the ball on the ground. They wanted to pound the ball down the field. Malcom Moore came up with a first down. Minnetonka had to punt the ball back to Eden Prairie with 3:22 left to go in the second quarter.


Eden Prairie kept the ball on ground. Andrew Larson came up with a 34 yard first down run late in the quarter. Eden Prairie went to a hurry up offense late in the quarter. Andrew Larson came up with a four yard touchdown run. The extra point attempt was good.


With 20 seconds left to go in the second quarter the score was Eden Prairie 21 and Minnetonka 7.


At halftime the score was Eden Prairie 21 and Minnetonka 7.


Eden Prairie kicked off to Minnetonka to begin the third quarter. Minnetonka got the ball on their 26-yard line. James Farrow came up with the ball and pick up a few yards. Minnetonka was not able to convert on fourth down and they had to punt to Eden Prairie.


Eden Prairie got the ball back and they looked to get another first down midway through the third quarter. Grayson Levine got the ball in his hands and was able to get a first down. Andrew Larson came up with another first down for Eden Prairie. Andrew Larson came up with a touchdown with 4:43 left to go in the third quarter. The extra point attempt was good.


With 4:43 left in the third quarter the score was Eden Prairie 28 and Minnetonka 7.


Eden Prairie kicked off to Minnetonka after the touchdown. On Minnetonka’s first play Ben Wahalqist for Eden Prairie intercepted the pass and scored a touchdown for Eden Prairie. The extra point attempt was good.


With 4:32 left to go in the score was Eden Prairie 35 and Minnetonka 7.


Eden Prairie kicked it off again after the touchdown to Minnetonka. Austin Harrington came up with a nice reception for Minnetonka for a first down. They looked to get the ball into the end zone. They were able to get the ball into the red zone. Minnetonka went for it on fourth down. Austin Harrington came up with a 28 yard touchdown reception. The extra point attempt was good.

 With 47 seconds left to go in the third quarter the score was Eden Prairie 35 and Minnetonka 14.


Andrew Larson got a 43 yard touchdown run. The extra point attempt was good.


At the end of the third quarter the score was Eden Prairie 42 and Minnetonka 14.


Eden Prairie kicked off to Minnetonka to begin the fourth quarter. Minnetonka didn’t give up. They kept on battling throughout the game. Eden Prairie was not able to come up with a first down and they had to punt the ball back to Minnetonka.


With 3:14 left in the fourth quarter Minnetonka’s Malcom Moore came up with a 45- yard touchdown reception. The extra point attempt was not good. With 3:14 left to go in regulation the score was Eden Prairie 42 and Minnetonka 20.


Eden Prairie got ball back and they ran out the clock to end the game.


Eden Prairie was able come away with the 42-20 victory over Minnetonka. Andrew Larson for Eden Prairie had a big game. He ended up with five touchdowns in the game. I also thought that Brian Athey played really well.


After the game I was able to talk to Eden Prairie’s head coach Mike Grant. I was also able to talk to Eden Prairie players Andrew Larson and Brian Athey about the semifinal victory over Minnetonka.

OSSEO TOOK ON ROBBINSDALE COOPER IN A REGION 5AAAAA FOOTBALL GAME


In a regional football semifinal game Osseo went up against Robbinsdale Cooper. Cooper had a record of 6-3 going into the game and Osseo had a record of 6-2. Osseo was the 2nd seed in the region.


Cooper kicked off to Osseo to begin the game. Osseo started with the ball on the 41-yard line. Samual Conner got a 37 yard touchdown run. The extra point was good.


With 11:14 left in the first quarter the score was Osseo 7 and Cooper 0.


Osseo kicked off to Cooper after the Osseo touchdown. Cooper looked to keep the ball on the ground. Cooper was not able to convert on third down and they punted the ball to Osseo.


Osseo got the ball on the 49-yard line. Osseo’s quarterback Darren James Hebert was able to hook up with Joey Sonnenfield for an Osseo touchdown. The extra point was no good.


With 7:33 left to go in the first quarter the score was Osseo 13 and Cooper 0.


Cooper received the ball after the Osseo touchdown. Cooper got the ball on the 29-yard line. Osseo switched up there passing and running routs in the first quarter. Cooper was again was not able to convert on third down, so they had to punt the ball back to Osseo.


Osseo got the ball on their 42 yard line. Cooper’s defense stepped up and they were able to slow Osseo down. Osseo didn’t like what they saw on the field so they burned there first time out of the game with 5:12 left in the first quarter.


Darren James Hebert got his passing game going as Jameer Jackson game up with a big reception for a first down. On fourth down Cooper jumped off sides and that gave Osseo the automatic first down. With 2:40 left in the first quarter Darren James Hebert found Conner for a touchdown for Osseo. The extra point was not good.


With 2:40 left to go in the first quarter the score was Osseo 19 and Cooper 0.


Osseo kicked off to Cooper after the touchdown. Cooper got the ball on the 21 yard line. Cooper was picked off by Tyler Sis with 1:45 left in the first quarter.


Osseo got into the red zone. Darren James Hebert kept the ball on fourth down and was able to get a first down. With 26 seconds left Darren James Hebert found Joey Sonnefeld for an 11 yard touchdown. The two point conversion was good. With 26 seconds the score was Osseo 27 and Cooper 0.


Osseo kicked off to Cooper after the Osseo touchdown. Osseo got the ball on the 15 yard line.


At the end of the first quarter the score was Osseo 27 and Cooper 0.


Cooper got the ball to begin the second quarter. Cooper looked to go in the air in the second quarter. Their offense sputtered in the first quarter. Cooper had to punt the ball to Osseo as they were not able to get a first down.


Osseo got the ball back and he found Jameer Jackson and he had a 32 yard completion and with 11:03 left in the second quarter Darren James Hebert scored on a 1 yard touchdown run. The two point conversion was no good. There was a penalty on the play. Cooper had a penalty on the plan so Osseo tried the attempt again. On the two point conversion was no good.


With 11:03 left to go in the second quarter the score was Osseo 33 and Cooper 0.


Osseo kicked off to Cooper after the touchdown. Osseo got the ball on the on the 32-yard line. Osseo’s quarterback Darren James Hebert came in and played a little bit of defense. He was in there to break up passes on certain plays. Cooper punted the ball back to Osseo.


They got the ball back on the 30 yard line. Darren James Hebert fumbled the ball and Cooper recovered the ball.


Cooper got the ball back and they went long. They were not able to complete passes. Osseo was able to stop Cooper on downs and they were able to get the ball back.


Osseo’s Darren James Hebert found Joey Sonnenfeld down the field and they came up with a huge play. Osseo was plagued with penalties midway through the second quarter. Will Johnson came up with a big reception for a first down. Darren James Hebert found Joey Sonnenfeld for a 39 yard touchdown reception. The extra point was good.


The score with 6:53 left to go in the second quarter the score was Osseo 40 and Cooper 0.


Osseo kicked off to Cooper after the touchdown. Cooper kept the ball on the ground. Cooper got a first down as Tevin Wooten received a nice catch. It was the first, first down of the game for Cooper. Cooper’s quarterback Antwan Moon who has been all over the field went down hard and was tended to by trainers with 4:33 left to go in the second quarter. Brennan Macon came in as quarterback to replace Antwan Moon. They were not able to come up with the first down and they had to punt the ball to Osseo.


Osseo got the ball back and they looked to keep the ball on the ground. Darren James Hebert was able to find his receivers as they were able to get another first down. Osseo threatened to score again late in the quarter. Will Johnson fumbled the football for Osseo in the end zone on third down. There were offsetting penalties. Osseo attempted a 23 yard field goal attempt the attempt was good.


With 5.2 seconds left in the second quarter the score was Osseo 43 and Cooper 0.


In a half that had been up and down the field Osseo had a 43-0 lead at halftime.


Osseo kicked off to Cooper to begin the third quarter. Cooper got the ball to being the quarter. The Cooper quarterback fumbled the ball and Osseo received it. Osseo brought their second string players in to begin the half. With 10:47 left in the third quarter Tyler Stomback received a pass for a touchdown. The extra point attempt was good.


With 10:47 left in the third quarter the score was Osseo 50 and Cooper 0.


Osseo kicked off to Cooper after the touchdown. Cooper started with the ball on the 20-yard line. Cooper wanted to get their offense going; they were not able to do that in the first half. They were not able to convert on fourth down. Osseo took over on downs.


Osseo got the ball on their 31 yard line. They were not able to convert on third down and they had to punt the ball to Cooper.


Cooper wanted to keep the clock running when they had the ball. Osseo’s Adam Hammer picked off Cooper with 5:45 left to go in the third quarter. Dominic Rucker for Cooper was able to pick off a pass to give Cooper the ball back.


Cooper kept the ball on the ground late in the third quarter. Cooper was not able to gain a first down and they turned the ball over to Osseo.


At the end of the third quarter the score was Osseo 50 and Cooper 0.


Coopers Leroy Tayor was able to pick off an Osseo reception to give Cooper the ball back.


Cooper went long midway through the fourth quarter. They were not able to convert on fourth down and had to punt it back to Osseo.


Osseo’s Tyler Stromback came up with a big reception to bring the ball to the 10-yard line. Osseo looked to score late in the game.


In a game that was wide open from the beginning Osseo came away with the 50-0 victory over Robbinsdale Cooper.


After the game I was able to talk to Osseo head coach Darrin Lamker and quarterback Darren James Hebert about the game.

PROCTOR V PRAIRIE SEEDS ACADEMY EARLY ACTION


The first round pairing saw Proctor face off with top seed Prairie Seeds Academy. Prairie Seeds Academy, ranked #1 in the 1A tournament came in with an impressive 17-0-1 record, outscoring their opponents 114-10.  


Header - Star Tribune all-metro first team player Isaac Kanneh (#7) of Prairie Seed Academy and Proctor's Romeo Benish (#!) go up for a header in their matchup.


Gooooal - Carlos Boquin of Praire Seed Academy celebrates the opening goal en route to a 7-0 win over Proctor.




 Kicking Up Rubber - Proctor's Ryan Dagger (#14) and Isaac Kanneh (#7) kick up some artificial turf in the quarterfinal round of the 1A State Soccer tournament.





Duel - Nathan Jennings (#23) of Proctor and Gerald Ben (#14) of Prairie Seeds Academy dual for control in the quarterfinal matchup.



Photos and storyline by Steve Kotvis

ELK RIVER VERSUS APPLE VALLEY – EAGLES SOAR TO SEMIS


The Apple Valley Eagles’ size, speed and shots proved to be too much for Elk River in a 6-0 win. The eagles extended their state-record winning streak to 45 consecutive wins.



Opening Act - Apple Valley's Nate Tenpas (#10) opened the scoring with a first period goal against Elk River in Minnesota 2A quarterfinal action. Teammate Tom Obarski (#3) was never far away from the goal, later scoring four goals to follow towards the Eagles 6-0 win.



In Sight - Elk River middlefielder Zach Holbrook kept the ball in his sights as he advanced it past Apple Valley's Simon Goetti in quarterfinal play.



O is for Offense - Apple Valley's Tom Obarski may as well have been called Tom Offense in this quarterfinal action. Tom O scored four goals and has this among many shots on goal, keeping Elk River goaltender Joey Petrich busy all night.




Knockin’ Eagles and Elks Heads - Eagles and Elk heads knocked in quarterfinal action. Eagles #4 Tom Obarski of Apple Valley, #2 Jeff Dennis and #24 Charles Quiram fo Elk River met to meet this header.


6 to 0 Equals 17 - Apple Valley's 6-0 win over Elk River was its 17th shutout of the season, impressively outscoring their opponents 89-4.



Photos and storyline by Steve Kotvis

Friday, October 29, 2010

LAKEVILLE NORTH V BLOOMINGTON JEFFERSON – AN OVERTIME CHILLER


Lakeville North survived wind chill and #4 ranked Bloomington Jefferson’s offensive onslaught to go into a post-overtime shootout thriller. North win won the PK shootout 4-2 and advanced to the semis with a 2-1 victory.



 Header to Score - Bloomington Jefferson's Tyler Tumberg nails a header to score and tie late in the first half of the Minnesota 2A Soccer Tournament Quarterfinals.
  Arms and Legs - Lakeville North's Torbjorn Morkeberg celebrates the sight of teammate's Jon Hopkins' shot reaching the back of the goal, tying the score at 1-1 and eventually sending the game into double overtime and shootout.
Meeting Place - Lakeville North goalie Connor Revsbeck goes out to meet onrushing Bloomington Jefferson forward Scott Clinton to stave off a shot on goal late in the second period of the 1-1 thriller. North went on to win the shootout i4-2 in OT and win the matchup 2-1.




Save - Lakeville North goalie Connor Revsbeck extends for a save in overtime action.



Photos and storyline by Steve Kotvis

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

HOPKINS HOSTED MINNEAPOLIS SOUTHWEST IN A REGIONAL FOOTBALL PLAYOFF CONTEST

On a cold and blustery night in late October, the Hopkins Royals hosted the Minneapolis Southwest Lakers in a regional football playoff contest. Hopkins came into the game with a 5-3 record and was seeded 3 in the region. Southwest came into the game with a 6-2 record and were seeded 6 in the region. This was the first meeting of these two teams this season.

Southwest kicked off to Hopkins to begin the game. Hopkins started with the ball on the 34-yard line. Hopkins got a first down on the first play of the game. They were looking to run the ball early in the game. Billy Gregg got a 10-yard touchdown with 9:47 left to go in the first quarter. The extra point attempt was no good.


With 9:47 left in the first quarter the score was Hopkins 6 and Southwest 0.


Southwest got the ball back after the Hopkins touchdown. Southwest kept the ball on the ground in the early part of the first quarter. Southwest had to punt the ball back to Hopkins because Southwest couldn’t convert on fourth down.


Hopkins got the ball back. Dami Mafe got the ball for Hopkins. Hopkins was able to grind out a first down. They were successful on short drives. Southwest was not able to slow Hopkins down late in the first quarter. Trevon Smith came up with a few good runs for Hopkins to set up a touchdown by Billy Gregg with 3:15 left to go in the first quarter. The two-point conversion was no good.


With 3:15 left to go in the first quarter the score was Hopkins 12 and Southwest 0.


Hopkins kicked off to Southwest after the Hopkins touchdown. Southwest got the ball into running back Evan Gray’s hands. Southwest was not able to come up with a first down. So they had to punt the ball back to Hopkins.


Hopkins fumbled the ball and Southwest was able to come up with it.


At the end of the first quarter the score was Hopkins 12 and Southwest 0.


Southwest got the ball to begin the second quarter. Aryton Scott was able to hook up with Evan Gray for a few nice receptions. Southwest fumbled the ball back to Hopkins and then on the next play Hopkins fumbled the ball and Southwest got the ball back.


Southwest’s Aryron Scott ran a 22-yard touchdown with 9:55 left to go in the second quarter. The two-point conversion was no good.


With 9:55 left to go in the second quarter the score was Hopkins 12 and Southwest 6.


Southwest kicked off to Hopkins after the touchdown. Hopkins continued to keep the ball on the ground. Andre Travaris McDonald of Hopkins got a nice reception. Hopkins marched down the field. Southwest’s defense came up big and they were able to stop the Hopkins offense. They had to kick the ball back to Southwest with 4:56 left to go in the second quarter.


Southwest got the ball back but they were picked off by Hopkins’ Ben Christopher on the 25-yard line. Hopkins turned the ball over to Southwest late in the quarter. Rodney Pierce Tyler came up big for Southwest in a 42-yard touchdown reception. The extra point attempt was good.


With 30.3 seconds the score was Southwest 13 and Hopkins 12.


At halftime the score was Hopkins 12 and Southwest 13.


Southwest got the ball to begin the third quarter. They looked to air it out to begin the third quarter. They were not able to convert on fourth down and they had to kick the ball back to Hopkins.


Hopkins got the ball back and they looked to air the ball out. Dami Mafe picked up a big reception to bring Hopkins into the red zone. Andre McDonald came up with a 6-yard touchdown reception.


With 8:39 left to go in the third quarter the score was Hopkins 18 and Southwest 13.


Southwest got the ball after the Hopkins touchdown. Southwest went on it on fourth down but they were not able to convert. Hopkins got the ball back on the turnover.


Hopkins got the ball on their 41-yard line. Andre McDonald came up with a big touchdown run. With 6:46 left to go in the third quarter. The two-point conversion was good.


With 6:46 left to go in the third quarter the score was Hopkins 26 and Southwest 13.


Hopkins kicked the ball off to Southwest after the touchdown but Southwest fumbled the ball and Hopkins came up with the ball.


With 6:43 left to go in the third quarter Southwest’s Daniel Obermiller was injured on a play. He was helped off the field by the Southwest coaches.


Hopkins looked to score again. Andre McDonald came up with another big touchdown reception with 5:43 left in the third quarter. The extra point attempt was good. With 5:43 left to go in the third quarter the score was Hopkins 33 and Southwest 13.


Hopkins kicked off to Southwest after the touchdown. Hopkins got the ball near midfield. They looked toward the end zone late in the quarter. Hopkins was not able to convert on fourth down on their one-yard line and they turned the ball over to Southwest.


At the end of the third quarter the score was Hopkins 33 and Southwest 13.


Southwest got the ball to begin the fourth quarter. Southwest was not able to convert on fourth down and they had to punt the ball back to Hopkins.


With 10:30 left in the fourth quarter Hopkins Dami Mafe scored a 5-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion was good. With 10:30 left to go in the fourth quarter the score was Hopkins 41 and Southwest 13.


Southwest got the ball back after the Hopkins touchdown. Southwest wanted to look to score late in the fourth quarter. They were not able to convert on fourth down and they gave the ball back to Hopkins.


Hopkins got the ball back after the turnover on downs. They kept the ball on the ground and they wanted to march down the field to try to score again. Michal Moore scored a touchdown with 3:24 left to go in the game. The extra point was attempt was no good.


I thought that Hopkins’ Andre Travaris McDonald played very well. He came up big in the third quarter with three touchdowns. He knew what he was doing on the offensive end and he really played well.


Hopkins came away with the 47-13 victory over Minneapolis Southwest.



I was joined by Jeremy Daves of SPNN, after the game he helped me interview Hopkins head coach John DenHartog and wide receiver Andre Travaris McDonald.


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Jermey Daves also put together a highlight package of the game. Check out his video clips of the Southwest vs. Hopkins game here.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

BRETT FAVRE HAS A FRACTURE IN HIS LEFT ANKLE


According to the Associated Press Minnesota Vikings Brett Favre has a fracture in his left ankle that he suffered during a game against the Green Bay Packers on October 24, 2010.

GET TO KNOW DARION CHRISHAWN PATTERSON

Darion Chrishawn Patterson was born on February 8, 1993 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He has two brothers. He grew up in Chicago, Illinois.


Darion is a senior this year at Minnesota Transitions. He is a member of their boys’ basketball team.


Basketball means the word to him. He wants to someday go play college basketball. He plans on attending a Division 1 basketball college.


In his free time he is always working on his ball handing and working on his game.

GET TO KNOW RODNEY EUGENE OWNES JR

Rodney Eugene Owens Jr was born on September 30, 1992. He was born in Kansas City, Mo.


Rodney has a brother and a sister. He is involved in basketball, track and football, and he likes to swim.


Rodney attends Minnesota Transitions High School.


Rodney knows that he has to be successful in the classroom to be successful on the basketball court.


He wants to score well on his ACT tests. Rodney thinks that he can go somewhere and be successful in sports.
Rodney has been through a lot growing up. He is happy where he is at and he is getting his life back through basketball.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

GET TO KNOW KALEB DEAN WILLIAMS


Kaleb Dean Williams was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He was born on October 1, 1990. He has two younger sisters. He currently attends Augsburg College where he is a sophomore.


He played football, basketball and track in high school. He went to Lakeville Senior High School. He is currently playing only football in college


He said that football is a sport where you rely on all 11 men on the field to complete a job. He loves the intensity of the game. Kaleb also likes to be a part of the family atmosphere that sports brings.


He brings what he learns from the football field into his daily life. He has always been involved in some type of sports in his life.

WAYZATA TOOK ON BENILDE ST. MARGARET’S IN THE MINNETONKA BOY’S BASKETBALL FALL LEAGUE

Benilde St. Margaret’s took on Wayzata in the Minnetonka boys’ basketball fall league. Both teams looked to get up and down the court.


Both teams traded baskets early in the game. Wayzata was able to go on a run midway through the first half.


Benilde St. Margaret’s wanted to get the ball into Kyle Washington’s hands early on in the contest. Kyle was able to get the ball in the low post and fake his defender out and was able to score on a little pump fake to the basket. He had been successful in that move throughout the earlier games.


Wayzata couldn’t find their shots in the first half.


At halftime Wayzata had a 38-25 lead over Benilde St. Margaret’s.


As the second half got started Wayzata continued to score at will. They were able to come out on fire and drop a few shots. Benilde St. Margaret’s didn’t get frustrated at all. They kept on playing hard.


Benilde St. Margaret’s continued to push the ball up the court in the second half. Even though they were having trouble scoring at points in the game they never quit.


Wayzata was able to put a little bit of pressure on Benilde St. Margaret’s and that was able to frustrate them throughout the game.


Benilde St. Margaret’s used a man-to-man defense in the second half. They were able to slow down Wayzata midway through the second half.


Benilde St. Margaret’s was able to go on a run midway through the half. With 8:30 left to go in the game Wayzata had a 56-52 lead.


The game got close in the second half. Wayzata went into a funk and they were not able to score. Benilde St. Margaret’s was able to take advantage of that and they were able to get back into the game.


The score was tight late in the second half. Benilde St. Margaret’s was able to make a comeback on Wayzata. Wayzata didn’t fold but they had difficulty making their shots late in the game.


The game came down to the wire. In the end Wayzata was able to come away with the 79-74 victory over Benilde St. Margaret’s. I thought both teams played well throughout the game.

HOLY ANGELS TOOK ON MINNESOTA TRANSITIONS IN THE BOYS’ BASKETBALL FALL LEAGUE


Holy Angels took on Minnesota Transitions in the boys’ basketball Minnetonka Fall League. Minnesota Transitions looked to get the ball into Rodney Ownes’ hands. Rodney is a skilled guard and he is all over the floor.


MTS also looked to get the ball into DaRion Chrishawnn Patterson’s hands. He was able to shake his opponent loose.


Both teams looked to push the ball early in the contest. DaRion Chrishawnn Patterson did a good job of getting his hands on the ball.


Both teams looked to push the ball up the court in the first half. They were both looking for the fast break basket.


MTS went on a run midway through the first half. Holy Angles was not able to score a basket for a portion in the first half. Holy Angels was not able to get the ball into the basket. They didn’t get frustrated. They kept their composure through the first half.


In a first half that went back and forth Minnesota Transitions had a 48-16 halftime lead.


As the second half got underway Minnesota Transitions continued to find ways get to the basket. They were successful at getting everyone involved in the play.


DaRion Chrishawnn Patterson got into the game and he was able to get the ball into Rodney Ownes’ hands. They knew where they were on the court at all times and they would feed off each other’s emotions and plays. They were the ones who propelled MTS’ offensive scoring.


Minnesota Transitions was able to come away with the 82-53 victory over Holy Angels. I thought that both DaRion Chrishawnn Patterson and Rodney Ownes played well. They were both in sync. There shots were falling and they help propel Minnesota Transitions to victory.

MINNETONKA TOOK ON APPLE VALLEY IN THE MINNETONKA FALL LEAGUE


Minnetonka took on Apple Valley in the Minnetonka fall league. Both teams looked to get the ball up the court early in the game.


Apple Valley looked to get the ball into Tyus Jones hands. Tyus was able to create his own shots. Apple Valley was able to find the basket early in the contest.


Apple Valley went to a man-to-man defense midway through the first half. The game was close throughout the first half. Neither team was able to go on a run in the first half.


Both teams traded baskets late in the first half. Tyus Jones did a good job of directing his team on the court. He knew where his players were supposed to be on the court. He knows the game and he is a good floor leader when he is on the court.


Minnetonka did a good job of not letting Apple Valley go on big runs throughout the first half.


At halftime the score was tied at 29.


As the second half got underway both teams continued to look to push the ball up the court. Neither team was able to go on a run neither throughout the first half nor into the second half. The game was very competitive throughout the second half. Neither team gave up.


Minnetonka wanted to try to contain Apple Valley’s Tyus Jones. They had a hard time doing that. Jones is one of the top players in the state of Minnesota.


Minnetonka used a zone defense in the second half. They were able to extend the defense and they wanted to slow Apple Valley down.


Neither team was able to go on a run in the second half. The game came down to the wire.


Both teams looked good on both ends of the court. They fought hard until the end of the game.


Apple Valley came away with the 78-73 victory over Minnetonka.

BENILDE ST. MARGARET’S TOOK ON OSSEO IN THE MINNETONKA BASKETBALL FALL LEAGUE


Benilde St. Margaret’s took on Osseo in the Minnetonka Basketball Fall League. Both teams look to push the ball up the court to begin the game. Benilde looked to push the ball early in the contest.


Osseo went on a run early in the contest. Osseo was able to find the basket early on. Jerrod Berven did a good job of getting to the basket for Osseo. The players did a good job of getting the ball into his hands.



Benilde St. Margaret’s used a good man-to-man defense throughout the first half. They were able to slow Osseo down. Osseo was able to go on a run midway through the first half.



The game went back and forth throughout the first half.

At halftime the score was Osseo 28 and Benilde St. Margaret’s 25.


As the second half got underway both teams stepped up the intensity. They both looked to play with a lot of emotion and energy.


Both teams were able to go after each other. The defensive pressure that each teams played was very good.


Benilde didn’t give up. They played with a lot of intensity. Osseo was a little bit quicker then Benilde through a majority of the contest.


The game was close throughout the game. Neither team was able to go on a run during the game.


Both teams battled throughout. The game came down to the wire. In the end Osseo was able to come away with the 64-63 victory over Benilde St. Margaret’s.



I thought that Jerrod Berven did a good job throughout the game. He did a good job of sharing the basketball. Jerrod was also not afraid to shoot the ball if he thought that he had a good shot.

MINNETONKA FALL BASKETBALL LEAGUE STARTS OFF WITH HOPKINS VS APPLE VALLEY


Hopkins faced off with Apple Valley in the first game of the Minnetonka boys basketball fall league.


Both teams looked to run with the ball in the early goings. They were each looking for the fast break baskets.


Apple Valley looked to get the ball into the hands of Tyus Jones. Tyus is regarded as one of the top freshman guards in the state of Minnesota. I like the way he plays. He knows the game and he really tries to get his teammates involved in the game.


The scoring went back and forth early in the game. Neither team was able to go on a run early in the first half.


Apple Valley went to a zone defense midway through the first half. Hopkins had to pass the ball around the three-point line and take time off the clock.


Hopkins used a man-to-man defense throughout the first half.


At halftime the score was Hopkins 35 and Apple Valley 31.


As the second half got underway both teams continued to push the ball down the court. Tyus Jones was able to get the ball into his teammates hands when he was under pressure. Hopkins did a good job of trapping Tyus Jones.


The score went back and forth for a period of time midway through the second half.


Hopkins was able to make a run late in the game. Apple Valley missed a few shots down the stretch.


Hopkins was able to come away with the 90-79 victory over Apple Valley.

CONCORDIA ST. PAUL TOOK ON WINONA STATE UNIVERSITY IN A FOOTBALL MATCH UP


Concordia St. Paul took on Winona State in a NSIC conference show down. Concordia came into the game with a record of 5-2 overall and Winona State had a record of 4-3 overall.


Winona State kicked off to Concordia to begin the game. Concordia started on their 26-yard line to begin the game. Concordia was not able to able to convert on fourth down and they had to punt the ball to Winona State.


Winona State looked to Rayon Simmons their running back to begin the game. Curtis Dewberry also looked to get the ball. Winona State was able to convert on third down. Curtis Dewberry was able to come up with a few big plays in the first quarter. Winona State scored a touchdown with 7:38 left to go in the first quarter. The extra point was good.


Concordia St. Paul got the ball back after the touchdown. Calvin Simon came up with a good catch for a first down. Spencer Ohm was able to pick up 21 yards when he found Charles Gilbert for a first down. They were knocking on the door. Sam Camble found the end zone with 2:55 left in the first quarter. The extra point was good.


With 2:55 left to go in the first quarter the score was tied at 7.


Winona State got the ball back after the Concordia St. Paul touchdown. Their defense really stepped up. They were able to come up with some big up with some plays.


At the end of the first quarter the score was tied at 7.


Concordia St. Paul got the ball to begin the second quarter. They looked to both air the ball out and run with it.


Concordia St. Paul’s defense came up and they were able to slow down Winona State. Concordia St. Paul was able to come up with a touchdown. Calvin Simon made a 24-yard catch for a touchdown. The extra point was good.


With 8:31 left to go in the second quarter the score was Concordia St. Paul 14 and Winona State 7.


Winona State got the ball back and they were able to get a touchdown with 4:32 left on a Bryan Bradshaw got a 1 yard touchdown run. The extra point was good.


With that touchdown the score was tied at 14.


Concordia St. Paul looked to get the ball into the end zone late in the first half.


With 2.4 seconds left to go in the half Steven King tried a field goal but was unsuccessful.


At halftime the score was tied at 14.


Winona State got the ball to begin the third quarter. Rayon Simmons got the ball early on in the quarter. He was all over the field in the first half. They looked to get him the ball throughout the second half.


Concordia St. Paul defense stepped up big early in the third quarter. They forced Winona State to punt early in the third quarter.


Concordia St. Paul got the ball back and they wanted to march down the field to the end zone. Concordia St. Paul’s Steven King tried to make a field goal but it failed.


Winona State came up with a big play on their offensive end. They were able drive down the field on a 2 yard run by Rayon Simmons. The extra point was good.


Winona State got back into the lead with the touchdown. With 5:33 left to go in the third quarter the score was Winona State 21 and Concordia St. Paul 14.


Concordia St. Paul got the ball back after the touchdown. They wanted to get the ball into the end zone. That’s what they did as Hayden Vavra was in the end zone for a touchdown reception. The extra point attempt was good. With 1:25 left to go in the third quarter the score was tied 21.


Winona State got the ball back after the touchdown. They looked to get Rayon Simmons into the playbook as they wanted to get the ball into his hands.


At the end of the third quarter the score was tied at 21.


Winona State got the ball to begin the fourth quarter. Winona State Thomas Kiney tried a 43-yard field goal attempt and it was successful. With that field goal the score was Winona State 24 and Concordia St. Paul 21.


Concordia St. Paul got the ball after the Winona State touchdown. Concordia St. Paul wanted to air the ball out early in the fourth quarter. They were not able to convert and they had to punt the ball back to Winona State.


Winona State got the ball back and they got the ball into Rayon Simmons. He was able to find holes in the Winona State’s defense. Theo Burkett found a hole and he was able to score on a 22-yard touchdown run. The extra point attempt was good.


With 10:46 left the score was Winona State 31 and Concordia St. Paul 21.


Concordia St. Paul got the ball back after the Winona State touchdown. Concordia St. Paul looked to march down the field and they threaded to score a touchdown. Hayden Vavra scored a touchdown with 7:57 left to go in regulation. The extra point was good.


With 7:57 left to go in regulation the score was Winona State 31 and Concordia St. Paul 28.


Winona State kept looking for Curtis Dewberry. I really thought that he had a very good game. They were able to utilize him in all different down situations.


Rayon Simmons also looked to get the ball late in the game. Concordia St. Paul wanted to slow him down the whole game. Winona State looked to score late in the game. Thomas Kinney tried a 38-yard field goal with 2:46 left in regulation. The field goal attempt was no good.


Concordia St. Paul got the ball back after the failed field goal attempt. They were not able to convert. Winona State got the ball back with 1:25 left to go in the game.


Winona State was able to come away with the 31-28 victory over Concordia St. Paul.