Tuesday, May 12, 2020

MINNESOTA AMERICA LEGION BASEBALL HAS CANCELED THE 2020 SEASON

The Minnesota America Legion Baseball Association has shut down the 2020 summer baseball season due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

There were 357 teams from Minnesota signed up for 2020, making Minnesota American Legion Baseball the largest among the 50 states


Tuesday, April 28, 2020

HOPKINS KERWIN WALTON VERBALLY COMMITS TO NORTH CAROLINA

Hopkins shooting guard Kerwin Walton who is listed at 6-4, 170-pounds and played the shooting guard passion at Hopkins High School has committed to North Carolina for basketball.

Walton also had offers from the Gophers, Arizona, Creighton, Georgetown and Vanderbilt.


He was considered one of the top recruits from Minnesota. 


2020 NFL DRAFT RECAP

The 2020 NFL Draft took place April 23-25. Because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) This year’s draft was done all online. The NFL went into social distancing mode with NFL prospects going virtual. 

NFL draft attendees had cameras and networking capabilities set up in their own houses as a form of social distancing measures.

 The Minnesota Vikings selected. 

No. 22: Wide receiver Justin Jefferson from LSU (6-foot-1, 202 pounds).

No. 31: Cornerback Jeff Gladney from TCU (5-10, 193).

No. 58: Tackle Ezra Cleveland from Boise State (6-6, 311).

No. 89: Cornerback Cameron Dantzler from Mississippi State (6-2, 185).

No. 117: Defensive end D.J. Wonnum from South Carolina (6-3, 258).

No. 130: Defensive tackle James Lynch from Baylor (6-4, 289).

No. 132: Inside linebacker Troy Dye from Oregon (6-3, 231).

No. 169: Cornerback Harrison Hand from Temple (5-11, 197).

No. 176: Wide receiver K.J. Osborn from Miami, Fla. (5-11, 203).

No. 203: Tackle Blake Brandel from Oregon State (6-7, 307).

No. 205: Safety Josh Metellus from Michigan (6-0, 218).

No. 225: Defensive end Kenny Willekes from Michigan State (6-3, 264).

No. 244: Quarterback Nate Stanley from Iowa (6-4, 235).

No. 249: Safety Brian Cole II from Mississippi State (6-2, 213).

No. 253: Guard Kyle Hinton from Washburn (6-2, 295).

Former Minnesota North and Gopher football player Tyler Johnson was drafted 161 overall in the fifth round to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is joining former teammate Antoine Winfield Jr. who was selected in the second round with the 45th pick overall. 

Also, tackle Ben Bartch who played at St. John’s became the first Division III player taken in the last five years in the NFL draft. Bartch was selected in the fourth round with the 116th overall pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

MINNESOTA GOVERNOR TIM WALZ SHUT DOWN SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR

On April 23, Minnesota governor Tim Walz shut down all schools from in-school contact due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Instruction will continue online only. With this shutdown that means there will be no spring sports throughout the state of Minnesota. 

GET TO KNOW WILLIAM JOHN FORSYTHE

William John Forsythe was born on Dec. 16, 2002 in Centerville, Minn. Forsythe has one sister by the name of Lauren and a brother by the name of Bryce. He grew up in Hugo, Minn. 

He attends White Bear Lake Area High School in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Forsythe will graduate in 2021.  

When asked what basketball means to him? He said that, “Basketball is especially important to me in many ways. For one, it is something that I use to push myself in any way possible. It helps build my confidence, my character, and my work ethic. The more I use basketball to my full potential and incorporate it into my everyday life, the more I grow as a person in many ways. Basketball is the one sport and activity I mostly want to surround myself with. I love the positive energy it gives me and, like I had mentioned, how it builds me up physically and mentally.”

He is on the basketball team and into strength and weight training. 

He said that, “This summer I will have a basketball in my hands every single day. I will constantly work on my shooting, my dribbling, and most importantly my moves, especially in the post. I will keep a consistent schedule along with a consistent work plan.

 Every morning I plan on waking myself up with a jog, heading on over to my coach’s house to train with him for about an hour, then head on over to the gym to lift weights. I plan on doing this same schedule even if we have our AAU season pushed into summertime.

I will have a basketball in my hands multiple times per day and each time I do, I will be working on anything that will improve my skills and is beneficial for me to become the best player I could become.”

Asked about how he would describe himself Forsyth said that, “I am someone who loves spending my time outside and around friends. I love playing games, such as spike ball in the summer with them. I also just enjoy chilling out on a boat and tubing or swimming. I surround myself with friends who have similar energy levels as I do, as well as people who are comfortable being themselves because that is who I am. I enjoy playing video games as well, but not as much as I enjoy being active. I know how to set my priorities straight. When I need to work hard, my mind goes into focus mode and I grind out whatever needs to be done. I have a great work ethic once I put my mind to it as well. When it comes to basketball or academics, I know how to get things done and work hard to accomplish and finish strong.”

 Forsythe will be an up and coming basketball player who will continue to get better as time goes on and has a strong outlook in the future. 

APPLE VALLEY HEAD BOYS’ BASKETBALL COACH ZACH GORING RESIGNS

Apple Valley head boys’ basketball coach Zach Goring has stepped down.

Goring had a record of 251-79 in 11 seasons at Apple Valley. He won 30 games in one season four times during his time at Apple Valley. Goring also went 30-2 three consecutive times between 2015-17. 

Goring coached Duke’s Tyus and Tre Jones who are still playing basketball on the national level. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

GET TO KNOW KANYE LAMAR RAHEEM

Kanye Lamar Raheem was born in Burnsville, Minn. on May 4, 2003. He has one younger brother Korey MarSean Raheem. He is in the class of 2021. 

Raheem grew up in St. Paul. He will graduate in 2021 from White Bear South Campus High School. Raheem is involved in his high school’s basketball and track teams.

“Basketball means a lot to me,” he said. “I can always lean on basketball, during good times, bad times, and uncertain times. It has always been there. Basketball has an endless learning stream for me. It has been a huge bonding asset for me and my family.”

“My focus this summer is consistency in my confidence on the court,” he said this summer. “I want to just get better at all I can. With everything going on, just getting back in the gym again would be a dream come true right now.” 

Raheem has a passion for basketball and track. “Basketball and track have always been my two sports I love, as time has passed basketball has overshadowed my track passion,” he said. “I still love to run, and I am particularly good at it.”

He is African American, Irish, and Cherokee Indian. 

“I like to listen to music, get shots up alone or with my younger brother,” he said. “My personality is a mix of total chill mode, seriousness most of the time but can be funny in moments.”

Raheem will continue to look to get his basketball career on the move. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

KARL-ANTHONY TOWNS’ MOTHER HAS PASSED AWAY FROM COVID-19

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns’ mother Jacqueline Cruz has passed away from COVID-19. Cruz has been in the hospital as of Wed., March 25.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

TAMARA MOORE NAMED HEAD MEN’S BASKETBALL AND SOFTBALL COACH AT MESABI RANGE COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Tamara Moore has been named the head men’s basketball and women’s softball coach at Mesabi Range Community and Technical College. MRCTC is in Virginia, Minn.

Moore played basketball at Minneapolis North High School and graduated in 1998. After playing at North, she went on to play four years at the University of Wisconsin. While at Wisconsin she averaged 13.4 points per game. 

After playing at Wisconsin Moore bounced around the WNBA, playing for seven different teams including the Minnesota Lynx. 

After playing in the WNBA, Moore played for five seasons overseas. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA GUARD MARCUS CARR WILL DECLARE FOR THE 2020 NBA DRAFT

According to multiple reports, University of Minnesota sophomore guard Marcus Carr will declare for the 2020 NBA Draft. 

Carr will not lose any of his NCAA eligibility by not hiring an agent. 

Carr has until June 3, 2020 to change his mind and return to college. 

The 2020 NBA draft will be on June 25, 2020. The draft will take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y..

THE 2020 GRANDMA'S MARATHON HAS BEEN CANCELED

This year’s 2020 Grandma’s Marathon events and marathon has been canceled because of coronavirus, COVID-19. Grandma’s Marathon weekend was supposed to be the weekend of June 20-21, 2020.

Friday, March 27, 2020

KARL-ANTHONY TOWNS PARENTS HAVE COVID-19

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns’ parents have come down with a novel strain of coronavirus, COVID-19. 

Towns’ father Karl Towns Sr. also came down with a case of COVID-19 but has been released. His mother Jacqueline Cruz also came down with a case of COVID-19 and has been in the hospital as of Wednesday, March 25. 

Sunday, March 22, 2020

DUKE’S TRE JONES WILL DECLARE FOR THE NBA DRAFT

Duke sophomore guard Tre Jones will declare for the 2020 NBA Draft. Jones played his high school basketball at Apple Valley High School. 

Jones’ older brother Tyus -- who also went to Duke -- is currently playing for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

NBA PLAYERS HAVE COME DOWN WITH COVID-19-RESPONSE TO COVID-19

According to multiple sources, Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert both who play for the Utah Jazz were the first two NBA players to test positive for COVID-19. There have been multiple NBA players so far that have tested for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

As of March 17, 2020, NBA player Kevin Durant has been the latest player who has come down with the latest confirmed case of COVID-19. 

Also, multiple athletes and teams have stepped up and donated time and money to help fight the cure of COVID-19. 

According to Jace Frederick of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, “Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns to donate $100,000 to Mayo Clinic for COVID-19 testing.” 

Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has pledged $1 million dollars to the Target Center part-time workers who work at the Target Center while the shutdown of the NBA because of the COVID-19 virus is a pandemic continues. 

MINNEHAHA ACADEMY’S JALEN SUGGS IS THE 2020 MR BASKETBALL AWARD WINNER FOR MINNESOTA

Minnehaha Academy’s Jalen Suggs is the 2020 award winner for the Bob McDonald Mr. Basketball for Minnesota. 

Suggs is a multi-sport athlete. He played both football and basketball. He also had multiple offers to play basketball and football before announcing that he will be playing basketball in college.

Suggs also won the 2020 Mr. Football award for Minnesota. 

Suggs will be attending Gonzaga for college. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

STEFON DIGGS TO BUFFALO BILLS

Stefon Diggs has been traded to the Buffalo Bills. Minnesota will get a 1st-round pick, a 5th-round pick, a 6th-round pick and a 2021 4th round pick for Diggs and a 2020 7th-round pick according to ESPN’S Adam Schefter.

Monday, March 16, 2020

RICK PITINO IS THE NEW HEAD COACH AT IONA

Rick Pitino is the new head men’s basketball coach at Iona. Before taking the head coaching job of Iona Pitino coached for Louisville from 2001-2017 then Panathinaikos from 2018–2020. 

Rick Pitino’s son Richard is the head men’s basketball coach at the University of Minnesota. 

Saturday, March 14, 2020

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA RICHARD PITINO WILL REMAIN AS HEAD COACH

According to multiple sources, University of Minnesota head men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino and the University of Minnesota have agreed to him being the men’s basketball coach.
Pitino finished with a 15-16 overall record and were 8-12 in the Big Ten Conference.

The Gopher won their first game against Northwestern in the Big Ten Conference tournament. The Big Ten Conference tournament was cut short due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak across the country.

JOEY WILBURN A MINNEAPOLIS GREAT

Joey Wilburn went to Minneapolis Central High School. Wilburn played with Greg Boone and Prince. Wilburn graduated in 1977 from Minneapolis Central High School. He was on the boys’ basketball team. 

Wilburn will always be a south Minneapolis legend.
 

SPORTING EVENTS COME TO A STOP DUE TO COVID-19

The current sports world as we know it now is up in the air. There is a new virus going around the world -- COVID-19. Effects of COVID-19 virus has had to take a toll on different people that are affected, not only as a health concern but to the way and events that have been postponed or canceled because of the new virus. 

In Minnesota and around the country On Wednesday, March 11, sporting events started postponing or canceling their seasons and post-season tournaments.

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are a cough, high temperature and shortness of breath. Simple measures like washing your hands often with soap and water can help stop viruses like coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading. There’s no specific treatment for coronavirus (COVID-19). Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms until you recover. It's not known exactly how coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads from person to person, but similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.”

Here is a growing list of sporting events around the United States and in Minnesota have been canceled because of COVID-19. 

According to Michelle Griffith of the Minneapolis Star Tribune,“NBA postponed its season, effectively canceling all Minnesota Timberwolves games at Target Center indefinitely.

NHL postponed its season, which renders the Minnesota Wild inactive.

The NCAA canceled men's and women's basketball championships (March Madness), along with all remaining winter and spring sports championships.

U.S. Bank Stadium was scheduled to host the NCAA Wrestling Championship, but the event, which was expected to draw 45,000 attendees per session, is canceled.

The Big Ten Conference announced delays in "all on- and off-campus recruiting activities for the foreseeable future."

The Boys Grade State Basketball Championship, which would have had 873 teams playing in 22 locations across the state on March 14 and 15, is postponed.

The Minnesota State High School League canceled all prep tournaments, which includes the girl’s state basketball tournament.”

Also, the MSHSL Boys’ State Basketball Tournament which was scheduled to be played March 18-21 has also been canceled. 

ST. MICHAEL-ALBERTVILLE WENT UP AGAINST FARMINGTON IN A GIRLS’ BASKETBALL GAME

On March 12, St. Michael-Albertville and Farmington went up against each other in a girls’ Class 4A state semifinal basketball game. 

Both teams pushed the ball down the floor as they looked to score baskets in transition. 

Farmington looked to score baskets in transition.

There was a media timeout with 10:58 left in the first half. The score was Farmington 17, St. Michael-Albertville 12.

After a slow start by St. Michael-Albertville found their shot and the game was tied at 17 with just over 9:00 left in the first half. 

After that, the score went back and forth throughout the first half. 

Farmington attacked the basket and got everyone involved in the offense. 

There was a media timeout with 6:12 left to go in the first half. The score was Farmington 21, St. Michael-Albertville 17.

Both teams spread the ball out and got everyone involved in the offense. 

There was a media timeout with 3:48 left to go in the first half. The score was Farmington 27, St. Michael-Albertville 17. 

Both teams continued to battle with each other as they looked for their shots. Neither team gave up uncontested shots throughout the first half. 

At halftime, the score was Farmington 36, St. Michael-Albertville 27. 

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

Farmington called a timeout with 15:21 left in regulation. The score was Farmington 38, St. Michael-Albertville 36.

The game remained close throughout the second half. There were multiple ties and lead changes throughout the second half. 

There was a media timeout with 9:25 left in regulation. The score was Farmington 48, St. Michael-Albertville 45.

St. Michael-Albertville’s Tessa Johnson got hot in the second half. Her teammates were able to get her the ball in spots where she could shoot it. 

There was a media timeout with 5:22 left in regulation. The score was Farmington 57, St. Michael-Albertville 52. 

Farmington continued to race up and down the floor late in the game. 

Farmington kept attacking the basket late in the second half. 

In a hard-fought game by both teams Farmington came away with the 78-59 victory over St. Michael-Albertville.

The leading scorers for Farmington were Peyton Blandin with 22 points and Sophie Hart with 21 points.

The leading scorers for St. Michael-Albertville were Tessa Johnson with 27 points, and  Mackenzie Kramer with 12 points. 

STILLWATER WENT UP AGAINST HOPKINS IN A CLASS 4A SEMIFINAL GIRLS’ BASKETBALL GAME

On March 12, Stillwater and Hopkins went up against each other in a girls’ state semifinal basketball game.

Hopkins looked to control the tempo early. They pushed the ball down the floor as they looked for their shots in transition.

Stillwater also looked to push the ball down the floor and got everyone involved in the offense.

There was a media timeout with 14:24 left in the first half. The score was Hopkins 8, Stillwater 4.

Hopkins looked to turn Stillwater over and come up with layups on the offensive end. Hopkins was also able to come up with fast-break layups in transition.

There was a media timeout with 10:52 left in the first half. The score was Hopkins 16, Stillwater 4.

The defensive pressure that Hopkins applied made it difficult for Stillwater to bring the ball down the floor.

Hopkins Taylor Woodson, Maya Nnaji, and Page Bueckers, all came up with shots throughout the first half.

Stillwater called a timeout with 7:38 left in the first half. The score was Hopkins 25, Stillwater 6.

Throughout the first half, Hopkins used their speed and their quickness to get to the basket and came up with shots.

Hopkins went to a full-court press late in the first half that frustrated Stillwater.

There was a media timeout with 3:55 left in the first half. The score was Hopkins 29, Stillwater 15.

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

At halftime, the score was Hopkins 33, Stillwater 23.

As the second half got underway Hopkins continued to push the ball down the floor and come up with shots.

Hopkins used their quickness to get to the basket and came up with shots.

Stillwater struggled shooting the ball throughout the game. Even though they struggled they kept on shooting the ball.

Both teams fought hard throughout the game. Hopkins used their quickness to get past the defense.

There was a media timeout with 3:16 left in regulation. The score was Hopkins 58, Stillwater 38.

Hopkins was all over the floor and they were able to get everyone involved in the offense.

Hopkins came away with the 66-40 victory over Stillwater.

WACONIA AND BECKER WENT UP AGAINST EACH OTHER IN A GIRLS’ STATE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT GAME

Waconia went up against Becker in a Class 3A girls’ basketball state semifinal. The game was played at Williams Arena. 

The game got off to a slow start as both teams looked for their shots. 

Becker raced up and down the floor, they were able to get everyone involved in the offense and make layups in transition. 

Waconia struggled shooting the ball throughout the first half. 

Becker’s Maren Westin, Julia Bengtson, Megan Gamble, Courtney Nuest and Adeline Kent all came up with mid-range jump shots and layups throughout the first half. The defense had a hard time slowing them down. 

Waconia struggled shooting the ball throughout the first half. Even though Waconia struggled shooting the ball they kept on looking for their shots early. 

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

After a slow start offensively for Waconia, they were able to get their shot going.

There was a media timeout with 6:26 left in the first half. The score was Becker 25, Waconia 19. 

Becker did a good job of getting everyone involved in the offense. They passed the ball around the 3-point line

Waconia stayed in a zone defense throughout the first half. Becker took a lot of time off the clock by swinging the ball around the 3-point line. 

There was a media timeout with 3:38 left in the first half. The score was Becker 40, Waconia 29. 

Becker was able to make layups in transition. They got everyone involved in the offense and they took their time on the offensive end. 

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

At halftime, the score was Becker 54, Waconia 34. 

As the second half got underway Becker continued to get Julia Bengtson, Adeline Kent and Megan Gamble all involved in the offense. They were able to get mid-range jump shots and layups throughout the second half. 

There was a media timeout with 10:52 left in regulation. The score was Becker 73, Waconia 49.

Both teams continued to look for their shots throughout the second half. 

Becker called a timeout with 8:54 left in regulation. The score was Becker 78, Waconia 58.

Waconia continued to push the ball down the floor and come up with shots in the second half. 

There was a media timeout with 6:21 left in regulation. The score was Becker 83, Waconia 64.

Both teams played hard throughout the game and neither team gave up uncontested shots. 

There was a media timeout with 3:47 left in regulation. The score was Becker 90, Waconia 69. 

Becker was all over the place offensively they worked together well on the floor and got everyone involved in the offense. 

Both teams played well throughout the game. 

Becker came away with the 96-75 victory over Waconia. 

SIMLEY WENT UP AGAINST MINNEAPOLIS DELASALLE IN A GIRLS’ CLASS 3A STATE SEMIFINAL BASKETBALL GAME

On March 12, Simley and Minneapolis DeLaSalle up against each other in a girls’ basketball Class 3A State semifinal game. 

Both teams got off to a fast start as each team raced up and down the floor looking for their shots. 

The score went back and forth early. Neither team went on a run. DeLaSalle’s Sydney Runsewe and Kiani Lockett both came up with jump shots and layups in the first half. 

DeLaSalle called a timeout with 13:03 left in the first half. The score was tied at 8.

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

Simley used a zone defense. That made DeLaSalle swing the ball around the 3-point line as they were able to get into their offense. 

There was a media timeout with 10:45 left in the first half. The score was DeLaSalle 10, Simley 9.

Neither team went on a run in the first half. The game was very close in the first half. 

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

There was a media timeout with 6:49 left in the first half. The score was Simley 18, DeLaSalle 17.

Neither team was able to go on a run in the first half. 

Simley got everyone involved in the offense. 

There was a media timeout with 3:13 left in the first half. The score was Simley 25, DeLaSalle 23. 

The score went back and forth late in the first half. Neither team went on a run in the first half. 

At halftime, the score was DeLaSalle 33, Simley 25. 

As the second half got underway both teams continued to push the ball down the floor and got everyone involved in the offense. 

DeLaSalle came out running in the second half. They were able to come up with layups and baskets in transition. 

DeLaSalle was able to make shots throughout the second half. 

There was a media timeout with 11:14 left in regulation. The score was DeLaSalle 51, Simley 35.

DeLaSalle was able to move the ball around the court well throughout the game. They were able to slow Simley down on the offensive end. 

The defensive pressure that DeLaSalle applied made it difficult for Simley to come up with shots in the second half. 

Simley called a timeout with 8:24 left in regulation. The score was DeLaSalle 62, Simley 37. 

Both teams played hard throughout the game. Even though Simley had a hard time scoring throughout the game they fought hard throughout.

The game kept on going late in the game DeLaSalle kept on attacking the basket late in the game.

DeLaSalle passed the ball around the 3-point line as they got everyone involved in the offense. 

There was a media timeout with 3:55 left in regulation. The score was DeLaSalle 68, Simley 44. 

DeLaSalle used their quickness to get past the defense and get to the basket. Simley didn’t get down on themselves, even though they struggled shooting the ball throughout the game they kept on looking for their shots. 

DeLaSalle came away with the 74-52 victory over Simley. 

Thursday, March 12, 2020

MARANATHA CHRISTIAN WENT UP AGAINST MINNEAPOLIS NORTH IN A BOYS BASKETBALL SECTION BASKETBALL GAME

On March 11, Maranatha Christian and Minneapolis North went up against each other in a boys’ section semifinal game at St. Michael-Albertville. 

Maranatha won the tip and started the game on offense. They took their time on the offensive end as they looked to get into their offense. 

Maranatha started the game in a zone defense as well. It took both teams to get into a shooting rhythm. 

Maranatha Jeremiah LaVelle came up with mid-range jump shots and layups in the first half. His teammates were able to get him the ball in spots where he could shoot it. 

Maranatha was able to get rebounds and push the ball down the floor in transition. 

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

LaVelle came up with deep 3-point shots. The defense had a hard time slowing him down on the offensive end. 

Both teams dove on the floor after loose balls. Neither team gave up an uncontested shot in the first half. 

North called a timeout with 11:24 left in the first half. The score was North 9, Maranatha 6.

North’s Townley came up with shots throughout the first half. Townley was able to make mid-range jump shots and layups throughout the first half. His teammates were able to get him the ball in spots where he could shoot it. 

Maranatha’s MacIah Harut came up with layups that kept his team in the game. He also was able to make layups in traffic. Harut wasn’t afraid of bodies in the lane. 

Neither team went on a huge run early in the first half, as the score remained close. 

Maranatha called a timeout with 6:33 left in the first half. The score was North 15, Maranatha 10. 

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

North’s Quientrail Jamison-Travis came up layups as he was able to beat the defense and was able to make jump shots in transition. 

Daniels came up with shot throughout the first half. Teammate LeVelle also came up with shots late in the first half. 

Neither team went on a run in the first half. The score was close throughout. 

At halftime, the score was North 27, Maranatha 22  

As the second half got underway North continued to get the ball into the hands of Townley who kept on driving to the basket and coming up with shots. 

Maranatha’s Matthew Bluford came up with deep 3-point shots to keep his team in the game. 

Harut kept on coming up with mid-range jump shots and layups throughout the second half. 

Maranatha called a timeout with 11:27 left in regulation. The score was North 43, Maranatha 33. 

North was able to make shots down the stretch. North’s Willie Wilson and Townley came up with big shots throughout the second half. 

Maranatha called a timeout with 6:29 left in regulation. The score was North 52, Maranatha 38. 

Both teams played well throughout the game. The defensive pressure that North applied made it difficult for Maranatha to come up with shots throughout the game. 

Townley kept on coming up with shots late in the game. The defense had a hard time slowing him down. 

Maranatha struggled shooting the ball throughout the second half. Even though they struggled shooting the ball they kept on taking shots. 

In a hard-fought game, North came away with the 69-53 victory over Maranatha. 

HERMANTOWN WENT UP AGAINST MINNEAPOLIS DELASALLE IN 3A GIRLS CLASS 3A STATE QUARTERFINAL GAME

On March 11, Hermantown and Minneapolis DeLaSalle squared off in the Class 3A State Girls’ Basketball Quarterfinals. 

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

It took a while for each tea to get into a shooting rhythm early. There were multiple ties and lead changes throughout the first half early. 

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

DeLaSalle called a timeout with 13:39 left in the first half. The score was DeLaSalle 15, Hermantown 8. 

DeLaSalle continued to move the ball down the floor well as they got layups in transition. 

Hermantown called a timeout with 11:33 left in the first half. The score was DeLaSalle 18, Hermantown 12. 

The zone defense that DeLaSalle played made it difficult for Hermantown to make shots in transition.

Both teams dove on the floor after loose balls throughout the first half. The defensive pressure DeLaSalle applied made it difficult for Hermantown to bring the ball down the floor and come up with shots. 

 Hermantown called a timeout with 7:17 left in the first half. The score was DeLaSalle 27, Hermantown 17.

Even though Hermantown struggled shooting the ball in the first half, they kept on shooting it as they were looking for their shots. 

Hermantown’s Brita Birkeland, Brylon Kukowski, and Elly Schmotz all came up with jump shots and layups throughout the first half. Those three kept Hermantown in the game. 

DeLaSalle wasn’t afraid to shoot 3-point shots throughout the first half. 

At halftime, the score was DeLaSalle 38 Hermantown 29.  

As the second half got underway DeLaSalle continued to look to score baskets in transition. 

DeLaSalle’s Nurjei Weems was all over the court on both ends of the floor. On the defensive end, she was able to slow down the person that she was guarding. On the offensive end, she was able to come up with mid-range jump shots and layups throughout the game. 

Hermantown struggled shooting the ball throughout the game. Even though they struggled shooting throughout the game they kept on shooting the ball. 

The pressure that DeLaSalle applied made it difficult for Hermantown to come up with shots in the second half. Even though Hermantown struggled shooting the ball they kept on shooting the ball. 

Both teams played hard throughout the game. 

DeLaSalle came away with the 85-52 victory over Hermantown. 

The leading scorers for Hermantown were Elly Schmitz with 16 points and Ava Asgaard with 15 points. 

The leading scorers for DeLaSalle were Sydney Runsewe and Nurjei Weems both with 20 points. 

HOLY ANGELS WENT UP AGAINST SIMLEY IN A GIRLS’ BASKETBALL GAME

Holy Angels and Simley went up against each other in the girls’ Class 3A State quarterfinal game.

Holy Angels looked to take their time on the offensive end as they passed the ball around the 3-point line as they looked to take time off the clock.

It took a while for each team to get involved in the offense. Simley was able to pass the ball around the 3-point line and get everyone involved in the offense.

Holy Angels’ Francesca Vascellaro came up with mid-range jump shots and layups throughout the first half. Her teammates were able to get her the ball in spots where she could shoot it.

Holy Angels struggled shooting the ball early. Even though they struggled they kept on attacking the basket.

Holy Angels kept on attacking the basket and came up with shots late in the first half.

Holy Angels called a timeout with 5:09 left in the first half. The score was Simley 26, Holy Angels 24.

Holy Angels continued to come up with shots late in the first half. They did a good job of attacking the basket.

Simley went to a zone defense and that made Holy Angels swing the ball around the 3-point line.

At halftime, the score was Simley 33, Holy Angels 30.

As the second half got underway Simley continued to push the ball down the floor and looked for their shots.

There were multiple ties and lead changes throughout the second half. Neither team went on a run in the second half.

Simley called a timeout with 12:12 left in regulation. The score was Holy Angels 41, Simley 40.

The score remained close throughout the second half.  Neither team went on a run.

Simley came up with layups and mid-range jump shots midway through the game. They were able to slow down Holy Angels on the offensive end.

Holy Angels struggled shooting the ball in the second half. They were not able to come up with shots in the second half. They were able to cut into the deficit with just under 7:00 left in regulation.

Holy Angels came up with shots late in the game. They were able to get steals and layups after the steals. 

Holy Angels came off screens and was able to get to the baskets off screens.

Holy Angels called timeout with 4:32 left in regulation. The score was Smiley 61, Holy Angels 55.

Smiley looked to take time off the clock late in the game. They were able to keep the ball away from Holy Angels.

Simley called a timeout with 2:48 left in regulation. The score was Simley 64, Holy Angels 57.

Simley used their speed to get past the Holy Angels defense. Simley looked to hold the ball late in the game.

In a hard-fought and well-played game by both teams, Simley came away with the 70-62 victory over Holy Angels.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

HERMANTOWN WENT UP AGAINST MINNEAPOLIS DELASALLE IN 3A GIRLS CLASS 3A STATE QUARTERFINAL GAME

On March 11, Hermantown and Minneapolis DeLaSalle squared off in the Class 3A State Girls’ Basketball Quarterfinals. 

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

It took a while for each tea to get into a shooting rhythm early. There were multiple ties and lead changes throughout the first half early. 

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

DeLaSalle called a timeout with 13:39 left in the first half. The score was DeLaSalle 15,  Hermantown 8. 

DeLaSalle continued to move the ball down the floor well as they got layups in transition. 

Hermantown called a timeout with 11:33 left in the first half. The score was DeLaSalle 18, Hermantown 12. 

The zone defense that DeLaSalle played made it difficult for Hermantown to make shots in transition.

Both teams dove on the floor after loose balls throughout the first half. The defensive pressure DeLaSalle applied made it difficult for Hermantown to bring the ball down the floor and come up with shots. 

 Hermantown called a timeout with 7:17 left in the first half. The score was DeLaSalle 27, Hermantown 17.

Even though Hermantown struggled shooting the ball in the first half, they kept on shooting it as they were looking for their shots. 

Hermantown’s Brita Birkeland, Brylon Kukowski, and Elly Schmotz all came up with jump shots and layups throughout the first half. Those three kept Hermantown in the game. 

DeLaSalle wasn’t afraid to shoot 3-point shots throughout the first half. 

At halftime, the score was DeLaSalle 38 Hermantown 29.  

As the second half got underway DeLaSalle continued to look to score baskets in transition. 

DeLaSalle’s Nurjei Weems was all over the court on both ends of the floor. On the defensive end, she was able to slow down the person that she was guarding. On the offensive end, she was able to come up with mid-range jump shots and layups throughout the game. 

Hermantown struggled shooting the ball throughout the game. Even though they struggled shooting throughout the game they kept on shooting the ball. 

The pressure that DeLaSalle applied made it difficult for Hermantown to come up with shots in the second half. Even though Hermantown struggled shooting the ball they kept on shooting the ball. 

Both teams played hard throughout the game. 

DeLaSalle came away with the 85-52 victory over Hermantown. 

The leading scorers for Hermantown were Elly Schmitz with 16 points and Ava Asgaard with 15 points. 

The leading scorers for DeLaSalle were Sydney Runsewe and Nurjei Weems both with 20 points.