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. 

Monday, March 9, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS PATRICK HENRY AND MINNEAPOLIS DELASALLE WENT UP AGAINST EACH OTHER IN A SECTION SEMIFINAL GAME

On March 7, Henry and DeLaSalle went up against each other in a boys’ basketball game. Henry looked to move the ball down the floor and get into their offense early. Henry looked to get the ball into the hands of Glentrel La’Von Carter and Isaiah Dean Smith who both looked to move without the ball and come up with shots throughout the first half. 

Henry was very vocal on both ends of the floor. DeLaSalle Keijuan White came up with mid-range jump shots and layups early. 

Henry couldn’t get their offense going early. It took them awhile for them to start making shots. Even though Henry had a difficult time scoring early they kept on attacking the basket and looking for their shots. Henry looked to get the ball down the floor and looked for their shots. 

DeLaSalle started in a zone defense and that made Henry pass the ball around the 3-point line. Everyone on DeLaSalle was involved in the offense. They did a good job of passing the ball 

Henry called a timeout with 11:40 left in the first half. The score was DeLaSalle 9, Henry 3.

Henry continued to penetrate the basket as they looked for their shots. 

DeLaSalle’s Cade Haskins stepped up and knocked down deep 3-point shots. His teammates were able to get him the ball in spots where he could shoot it. Teammate Jalen Travis also took the ball strong to the basket as he was looking for his shot. 

Henry struggled shooting the ball throughout the first half. 

DeLaSalle’s Amir Everett came up with shots throughout the first half. He was able to come off screens and get to the basket. 

DeLaSalle’s Semaj Hart provided energy as he took the ball strong to the basket. 

The defensive pressure that DeLaSalle applied made it difficult for Henry to come up and make shots. 

Travis continued to come up with shots throughout the first half. 

Henry’s Yusuf Abdullah knocked down 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. 

Haskins wasn’t afraid to step up as he looked to knock down deep 3-point shots. 

Henry called a timeout with 3:20 left in the first half. The score was DeLaSalle 26, Henry 11.

Travis came up with putback layups late in the first half. His teammates were able to feed him the ball in spots where he could shoot the ball. 

DeLaSalle swung the ball around the 3-point line as they got into their offense. DeLaSalle was able to take charges throughout the first half. 

At halftime, the score was DeLaSalle 32 Henry 11.

As the second half got underway Henry kept attacking the basket. Henry looked to get the ball into the hands of Campbell and Carter. 

DeLaSalle ran a motion offense and they did a lot of passing and cutting. 

Henry continued to move the ball down the floor and looked to get into their offense. Campbell continued to come up with shots. Henry looked confused on the defensive end. As they didn’t know what defense they were in. 

Both teams looked to run in the second half as they both looked for fast-break layups and pull up jump shots.

DeLaSalle called a timeout with 13:08 to go in regulation, the score was DeLaSalle 37, Henry 20.

White continued to come up with shots throughout the second half. He called for the ball on the low block and came up with layups in the paint. 

Henry called a timeout with 11:25 left in regulation. The score was DeLaSalle 39, Henry 22. 

DeLaSalle picked up their defensive pressure as they looked to clamp down on the defensive end. 

Henry also applied a lot of pressure on the ball in the second half. White kept on coming up with shots. With just under 9:00 left to go in the game, there was a little pushing and shoving between the two teams. Campbell was ejected for leaving the bench area.

Henry called a timeout with 7:55 left in regulation. The score was DeLaSalle 46, Henry 27. 

Henry looked to push the ball down the floor again and get past the DeLaSalle defense. 

DeLaSalle used their speed and quickness to get past the Henry defense. 

Carter looked to get his shot going in the second half. 

The game was very physical late in the game. 

Henry looked to trap on the defensive end. They also looked to attack the basket late in the game as well. 

DeLaSalle’s Andrew Irvin came up with fast-break layups. He was able to get the defense down the floor.

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

DeLaSalle called a timeout with 2:53 left in regulation. The score was DeLaSalle 61, Henry 42.

Henry didn’t panic as they kept on looking for their shots late in the game. Both teams played hard throughout the game.

Henry called a timeout with 1:36 left in regulation. The score was DeLaSalle 63, Henry 44.

Both teams played hard throughout the game.

DeLaSalle came away with the 67-44 victory over Henry. The leading scorers for Henry were Gardner and Campbell each with 11 points. Carter had 9 points. The leading scorers for DeLaSalle were Travis with 17 points, and Haskins with 10 points. 

MARANATHA CHRISTIAN ACADEMY WENT UP AGAINST LITCHFIELD IN A BOYS’ BASKETBALL GAME

On March 7, Maranatha Christian Academy went up against Litchfield in a Section 5 Class 2A boys’ basketball quarterfinal boys’ basketball game. The winner of this game will play Minneapolis North in a semifinal boys’ basketball game.

The game got off to a quick start at both teams looked to push the ball down the floor and score baskets in transition.

Maranatha started the game in a zone defense. That made Litchfield pass the ball around the 3-point line.

Maranatha’s Hakim Daniels came up with deep 3-point shots in transition. He was also able to drive down the floor and came up with layups in transition.

Litchfield took a lot of time off the clock by swinging the ball around the 3-point line and attacking the Maranatha’s zone defense.

Litchfield called a timeout with 12:43 left in the first half. The score was Maranatha 8, Litchfield 4.

Litchfield moved the ball well around the 3-point line as they got everyone involved in the offense.

Neither team’s offense got going early in the first half. The zone defense that both teams played made it difficult for the other team to come up with uncontested shots throughout the first half.

Daniels stepped up and knocked down some big shots midway through the first half.

Maranatha’s Bailey McDonald and Benji Bruce both came up with mid-range jump shots and layups throughout the first half.

Litchfield’s Ben Nelson came up with key shots throughout the first half. His teammates were able to get him the ball in spots where he could shoot it. Teammate Tyson Michels attacked the basket and came up with layups and mid-range jump shots.

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

Litchfield’s Ben Alsleben knocked down deep 3-point shots in transition. That kept Litchfield in the game.

Maranatha’s Jeremiah LaVelle came up with 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 called a timeout with 3:46 left in the first half. The score was Litchfield 22, Maranatha 18.

Daniels kept on coming up with deep 3-point shots and jump shots throughout the first half. The defense had a tough time slowing him down on the defensive end.

Both teams stepped up and knocked down shots late in the game. Neither team gave up an uncontested shot.

Maranatha’s MacIah Harut came up with key shots late in the first half.

The score went back and forth late in the first half.

The score at halftime was Maranatha 26, Litchfield 25.

As the second half got underway Maranatha started the second half in a zone defense. They wanted to make Litchfield pass the ball around the 3-point line and take time off the clock in the zone against the zone.

Litchfield’s Ben Alsleben came up with 3-point shots in the second half.

The score went back and forth early in the second half. Neither team gave up an uncontested shot. There were multiple ties and lead changes in the second half.

Daniels continued to come up with shots in the second half.

Maranatha did a good job of moving the ball down the floor and getting everyone involved in the offense.

Maranatha called a timeout with 12:49 left in regulation. The score was Litchfield 33, Maranatha 28.

Maranatha used a zone defense throughout the second half. Litchfield was able to get past the zone defense and came up with mid-range jump shots and layups throughout the second half.

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

Litchfield’s Avery Liestman and Ben Nelson were able to come up with mid-range jump shots and layups throughout the second half. They kept their cool on both ends of the floor.

Daniels stepped up big throughout the second half.

Litchfield called a timeout with 5:39 left in regulation. The score was Litchfield 37, Maranatha 36.

The score continued to go back and forth throughout the second half. There were multiple ties and lead changes throughout the second half. Neither team went on a significant run in the second half.

The game was close throughout.

Daniels kept his team in the game. He stepped up and knocked down big shots throughout the second half.

Litchfield called a timeout with 1:28 left in the second half. The score was Litchfield 43, Maranatha 42.

Both teams took a lot of time off the clock by swinging the ball around the 3-point line. Neither team gave up an uncontested shot late in the game.

MacIah Harut came up with a layup at the buzzer to win the game. Maranatha came up with the 45-43 victory over Litchfield.