Saturday, February 13, 2021

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

On Feb 9, Minneapolis North and Minneapolis Washburn squared off in a boys’ basketball game. There were no fans allowed in the stands at Washburn. Going into the game North had a record of 4-0 while Washburn had a record of 1-3.

There were no interdictions and we got right into playing basketball. Washburn won the tip. North started the game in a zone defense. Washburn looked to pass the ball around the 3-point line in a motion offense.

North looked to push the ball down the floor and take a lot of time off the clock as well. North’s Willie Wilson and Andre Gray II both looked to make mid-range jump shots and layups.

North pressured the ball and it made it difficult for Washburn to get an open look at the basket. North was very vocal on both ends of the floor. They knew where each other was always on the floor.

There were multiple ties and lead changes early.

North switched to a pressing man-to-man defense. They wanted to make Washburn take contested shots.

North called a timeout with 12:55 left in the first half. The score was North 7, Washburn 5.

North’s De’Meiko Anderson was all over the floor. On the offensive end, he was able to come up with mid-range jump shots and layups. On the defensive end, he was able to slow down the guy he was guarding.

Washburn struggled to move the ball down the floor they kept on attacking the North’s defense.

Washburn called a timeout with 8:11 left in the first half. The score was North 26, Washburn 5.

North’s Davon Townley 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.

North was able to get steals on the defensive end and turn them into points on the offensive end. North’s Willie Wilson came up with steals and deep 3-point shots.

Washburn called a timeout with 4:38 left in the first half. The score was North 40, Washburn 8.

North’s Marcus Owens came up with big plays on the defensive end. If he got a steal, he would look to get it into one of the guards' hands.

At halftime, the score was North 49, Washburn 14.

As the second half got underway. North’s Jacob Butler came up with deep 3-point shots. If Butler did not think he had a good shot, he would look to get it to one of his teammates.

Townley and Wilson got their shots to drop throughout the second half.

Washburn took their time on the offensive end. They passed the ball around the 3-point line and got everyone involved in the offense.

Washburn called a timeout with 13:38 left in regulation. The score was North 67, Washburn 16.

North’s Marcus Owens called for the ball in the lane and he came up with mid-range jump shots and layups throughout the game. He was very vocal on both ends of the floor.

North called a timeout with 10:10 left in regulation. The score was North 72, Washburn 18.

North continued to come up with steals and was able to turn them into layups late in the game. They got everyone involved in the offense.

Townley scored his 1,000th point on a slam dunk with 6:22 left in regulation. The score was North 78, Washburn 22.

Both teams continued to play hard throughout the game. Even though Washburn struggled shooting the ball throughout the game they kept on shooting the ball.

North came away with the 92-30 victory over Washburn.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS SOUTHWEST AND MINNEAPOLIS NORTH SQUARED OFF IN A BOYS’ BASKETBALL GAME

On Feb. 6, Minneapolis Southwest and Minneapolis North squared off in a boys’ basketball game. It took a while for each team to get their offense going.

Southwest called a timeout with 14:12 left in the first half. The score was North 8, Southwest 4.

Both teams looked to make layups on the fast break chances.

North called a timeout with 13:28 left in the first half. The score remained North 8, Southwest 4.

Neither team went on a run early in the game.

North’s CJ Brown came up with mid-range jump shots and layups in the first half. His teammates knew where he was always on the floor and was able to get him the ball in spots where he could shoot it.

North went to a full-court press with just under 11 minutes left in the first half. They wanted to make it hard for Southwest to bring the ball down the floor.

North’s Lavar Jones came up with mid-range jump shots and layups in the first half. His teammates knew where he was on the floor and got him the ball where he was on the floor.

Southwest struggled to shoot the ball late in the first half. Even though that they struggled they continued to shoot the ball.

North called a timeout with 6:03 left in the first half. The score was North 23, Southwest 10.

North got everyone involved in the offense. They did a good job of talking to each other on both ends of the floor.

North’s De’Meiko Anderson was all over the floor. On the offensive end, he came up with mid-range jump shots and layups. On the defensive end, he was able to slow down the guy he was guarding.

Brown continued to come up with shots late in the first half. His teammates fed him the ball in spots where he could shoot it.

At halftime, the score was North 41, Southwest 14.

As the second half got underway Southwest stayed in a matchup zone defense. They wanted to make North take deep 3-point shots.

North used their quickness to get past the Southwest defense. North also was able to get everyone involved in the offense.

Even though Southwest struggled shooting the ball throughout the game they kept on shooting the ball. They did not give up and they kept attacking the basket throughout the game.

North’s Townley, Willie Wilson, and De’Meiko Anderson all were able to make their shots throughout the game. They knew where their teammates were, and they were able to get their team.

North used their quickness to get to the basket and make shots. Southwest struggled shooting their shots throughout the game.

North called a timeout with 4:29 left in regulation. The score was North 71, Southwest 34.

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

Both teams played hard throughout the game.

North came away with the 75-35 victory over Southwest.

ST. ANTHONY VILLAGE WENT UP AGAINST HOLY ANGELS IN A BOYS’ BASKETBALL GAME

On Feb. 5, St. Anthony Village and Holy Angels went up against each other in a boys’ basketball game. Going into the game St. Anthony had a record of 2-4 while Holy Angels had a record of 1-4.

Holy Angels started the game in a man-to-man defense. St. Anthony looked to move the ball around the floor and get everyone into the offense early. St. Anthony took a lot of time off the clock while they were swinging the ball around the 3-point line.

Both teams took a lot of time off the clock early as they both played zone defense.

St. Anthony’s Luke Omodt looked to make mid-range jump shots and layups. His teammates were able to get him the ball in spots where he could shoot it.

There were multiple ties and lead changes early. As it took each team to get comfortable in their offenses.

Holy Angels Bryce Boyd came off screens and made mid-range jump shots. Teammate Camden Holter stepped up and knocked down 3-point shots.

Holy Angels did a good job of getting everyone involved in the offense. They were patient with the ball on the offensive end.

Holy Angels stepped up the defensive pressure and was able to turn St. Anthony over and they were able to come up with layups off the steals.

St. Anthony struggled shooting midway through the first half. Holy Angels took advantage of St. Anthony's misses as they came up with rebounds and turned them into fast-break layups.

There were multiple ties and lead changes with under 10 minutes to go in the first half.

St. Anthony was not afraid to shoot deep 3-point shots. All 10 players on the floor crashed the boards going after the rebounds.

St. Anthony’s Caydin Hauser came up with deep 3-point shots in the first half. His teammates got him the ball in spots where he could shoot it.

Holy Angels' Emmett Johnson came up with big shots late in the first half. On the defensive end, he was able to slow down the guy that he was guarding.

Neither team went on a run in the first half.

At halftime, the score was St. Anthony 32, Holy Angels 31.

As the second half got underway Holy Angels continued to push the ball down the floor and look for layups in transition.

St. Anthony looked to get the ball into the hands of Lucas and Omodt. Both of whom made mid-range jump shots and layups.

Johnson and Holter for Holy Angels both made shots as well.

Holy Angels did a good job of sprinting down the floor and getting layups in transition. If Holy Angels did not have a fast break opportunity, they would pass the ball around the 3-point line and take time off the clock.

Holy Angels guard Terrence Roberts Jr. called for the ball on the offensive end as he came up with layups. He was not afraid to take the ball strong to the basket.

Omodt kept St. Anthony in the game as he kept on attacking the basket and coming up with shots.

With just under 13 minutes to go in regulation Holy Angels came up with fast break points and St. Anthony was not able to keep up with them in transition.

St. Anthony’s Caydin Hauser came up with layups that kept his team in the game.

Holy Angels kept attacking the basket and getting layups in transition throughout the second half. They also passed and cut and came off screens in their offense as they were able to come up with baskets.

St. Anthony called a timeout with 7:55 left in regulation. The score was Holy Angels 52, St. Anthony 47.

Holy Angels continued to take time off the clock late in the second half. They were very patient with the ball. On the defensive end they applied pressure to St. Anthony in their 2-3 zone that made it difficult for them to have an open look at the basket.

Holy Angels called a timeout with 4:37 left in regulation. The score was Holy Angels 57, St. Anthony 52.

St. Anthony’s Max Kachamn came up with 3-point shots and layups late in the game that kept St. Anthony in it. On the defensive end he was able to slow down the guy he was guarding.

The score went back and forth late in the game.

Holy Angels called a timeout with 1:29 left in regulation. The score was Holy Angels 59, St. Anthony 58.

As the clock continued to click down both teams continued to pressure each other.

St. Anthony called a timeout with 51.6 left in regulation. The score was Holy Angels 59, St. Anthony 58.

St. Anthony went to a full-court man-to-man pressing trap as they wanted to make it hard for Holy Angels to bring the ball down the floor.

St. Anthony called a timeout with 7.9 seconds left in regulation. The score was Holy Angels 59, St. Anthony 58.

Katchman stepped up and knocked down a mid-range jump shot with 2.6 left to go. Holy Angels called a timeout.

Holy Angels advanced the ball and called a timeout with 1.9 seconds left in regulation. The score was St. Anthony 60, Holy Angels 59.

Holy Angels threw the ball out of bounds turning it over to St. Anthony as time ran out.

In a hard-fought game, St. Anthony came away with the 60-59 victory over Holy Angels.

The leading scorers for St. Anthony were Kachman with 16 and Hauser with 15.

The leading scorers for Holy Angels were Holter with 16 and Johnson with 15.

MININESOTA TWINS DESIGNATED HITTER NELSON CRUZ HAS AGREED TO A CONTRACT EXTENTION

According to multiple sources Minnesota Twins designated hitter (DH) Nelson Cruz has agreed to a one-year 13-million-dollar contract extension to the Minnesota Twins.

In January 2019 Cruz signed a one year, $14 million contract with an option.

Cruz has played for the Milwaukee Brewers (2005), Texas Rangers (2006–2013), Baltimore Orioles (2014), Seattle Mariners (2015–2018), Minnesota Twins (2019–2020).

Going through the 2020 season Cruz has a batting average of .278 has 1,777 hits, 417 home runs and 1,152 runs batted in.

Cruz is a fan favorite in Minnesota.

HOPKINS HEAD BOYS’ BASKETBALL COACH KEN NOVAK JR. WINS HIS 900TH CAREER BASKETBALL GAME

On Tuesday Feb. 2, 2021 Hopkins head boys’ basketball coach Ken Novak Jr. won his 900th career basketball game with a 59-54 overtime victory over Chaska.

Novak is currently in his 39th season of coaching high school basketball.

Saturday, February 6, 2021

FORMER MINNESOTA TWINS FIRST BASE COACH WAYNE TERWILLIGER HAS DIED

Former Minnesota Twins first base coach Wayne Terwilliger has passed away he was 95 years old.

Terwillegar played for the Chicago Cubs (1949–1951), Brooklyn Dodgers (1951), Washington Senators (1953–1954), New York Giants (1955–1956), Kansas City Athletics (1959–1960).

Terwillegar throughout his coaching career managed 12 minor-league teams and compiled a record of 1,224 wins and 1,089 losses.

Terwillegar coached first base for the Minnesota Twins from 1986 to 1994. He won two world series with the Twins.

In 1995 St. Paul Saints owner Mike Veeck tabbed him to be the independent minor league team's first base coach. He would stay with the Saints until 2002.


MINNEAPOLIS NORTH DEFENSIVE END DAVON TOWNLEY HAS COMMITED TO PENN STATE UNIVERSITY

On Feb. 3, Minneapolis North Defensive End Davon Townley has signed with Penn State University Nittany Lions. Townley is a four-star defensive end who played for the Minneapolis North Polars.

Townley is also a basketball player on the North boys’ basketball team. 

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

On February 2, Minneapolis Roosevelt and Minneapolis North squared off in a boys’ basketball game. Going into the game Roosevelt had an overall record of 0-3 and North had an overall record of 2-0. Minneapolis decided not to have fans in the stands. There were only North cheerleaders and game personnel in the stands for the game. Both teams had their respective benches spread out 6 feet in between each other.

North looked to push the ball down the floor. They looked to swing the ball around the 3-point line and get everyone involved in the offense. North started the game in a man-to-man defense.

North’s Jacob Butler came up with steals and turned them into layups in transition. Teammate Davon Townley also came up with big mid-range jump shots and layups.

Roosevelt called a timeout with 16:07 left in the first half. The score was North 13, Roosevelt 0.

North looked to trap the ball on the defensive end. They looked to turn Roosevelt over. North was able to swing the ball around the three-point line look for their shot.

North guard Andre Gray II knew where his teammates were on the floor and was able to get his teammates the ball where they could shoot it.

North’s CJ Brown III came up with deep 3-point shots as he came off screens. He did a good job of calling for the ball on the offensive end.

North’s Mario Sanders came up with steals on defense and layups on the offensive end. He also did a good job of running the North’s offense.

Even though Roosevelt struggled shooting the ball throughout the first half they kept on shooting the ball.

North looked to score layups in transition. They made a lot of cross-court passes midway through the first half. North was able to make those passes and come up with layups.

Roosevelt called a timeout with 8:22 left in the first half. The score was North 34, Roosevelt 0.

North was able to set the tempo early as they were able to keep control of the ball. North’s Anderson and Willie Wilson both were able to make shots that they put up in the first half.

North called a timeout with 2:11 left in the first half. The score was North 62, Roosevelt 10.

North continued to push the ball down the floor and come up with layups late in the first half. Wilson stepped up and knocked down deep three-point baskets. His teammates were able to get him the ball in spots where he could shoot it.

Roosevelt’s Devin Feather-Earring stepped up and knocked down shots late in the first half.

At halftime, the score was North 69, Roosevelt 12.

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

Roosevelt called a timeout with 16:38 left in regulation. The score was North 71, Roosevelt 12.

Anderson came up with mid-range jump shots and layups throughout the second half. North used their quickness to get to the basket and get past the Roosevelt defense.

North was not afraid to take deep 3-point shots and go after rebounds.

Both teams played hard throughout the game. Roosevelt struggled shooting the ball throughout the whole game. North used their quickness to get to the basket and they were able to make their shots.

North called a timeout with 8:57 left in regulation. The score was North 86, Roosevelt 15.

North’s Datrell Mccrimmon came off the bench and looked to get his shot going latte in the game.

North called a timeout with 7:50 left in regulation the score was North 91, Roosevelt 15.

Neither team gave up late in the game. North put in their JV team with just under six minutes to go.

North came away with the 110-21 victory over Roosevelt.

Sunday, January 31, 2021

FRIDLEY WENT UP AGAINST ACADEMY OF HOLY ANGELS IN A BOYS’ BASKETBALL GAME

On Jan. 29, Fridley and the Academy of Holy Angels went up against each other in a boys’ basketball game. Going into the game both teams had a record of 1-2.

Both teams’ benches were spread out and, there were a limited number of fans in the stands due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Fridley was patient with the ball on the offensive end, as they passed the ball around the 3-point line.

Holy Angels started the game in a zone defense. That made Fridley pass the ball around the 3-Point line and that took a lot of time off the clock.

Fridley looked to get the ball into the hands of Christian Crockett. His teammates knew where he was always on the floor and he called for the ball.

It took a while for each team to get in a shooting rhythm, as neither team was able to make a basket in the opening minutes of the game.

Both teams dove on the floor after loose balls. There were many tie-ups.

Crockett was not afraid to shoot mid-range jump shots and layups.

Holy Angels Camden Holter looked to make deep 3-point shots. Holter did a good job of calling for the ball on the offensive end. Teammate Bryce Boyd came off screens to get to the basket and make layups.

The defensive pressure that Fridley applied in their zone defense made it difficult for Holy Angels to make shots.

Holy Angels did a good job of passing the ball and getting everyone involved in the offense. They were patient on the offensive end.

Holy Angels guard Jaylen Boehm-Peterson came off screens and made layups off screens. After a slow start offensively by Holy Angels got their offense going.

The score went back and forth for a few possessions with just under 9:00 to go in the first half. There were no significant runs or lead changes yet.

Fridley’s Muhsin Ahmed got to the basket and made mid-range jump shots and layups. He picked up his second personal foul with 7:37 left in the first half. He then was subbed out of the game.

Holy Angel’s Joe Miller came off the bench and provided an offensive spark. He came up with jump shots and layups.

Fridley called a timeout with 5:48 left in the first half. The score was Holy Angels 15. Fridley 13.

Both teams did a good job of talking on each end of the floor on offense and defense.

Fridley worked the ball around the 3-point line as they got everyone involved in the offense.

Holy Angels got the ball into the hands of Bryce Boyd and Roberts who got into a shooting rhythm late in the first half. 

Holy Angels called a timeout with 3:11 left in the first half. The score was Fridley 18, Holy Angels 17.

Both teams crashed the boards as they went after rebounds, they also both fought hard throughout the first half. There were multiple ties and lead changes late in the half.

Fridley’s Micha Niewald stepped up and knocked down deep three-point baskets late in the first half.

At halftime, the score was Fridley 24, Holy Angels 22.

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

Holy Angels called a timeout with 15:35 left in regulation. The score was tied at 26.

Both teams continued to play zone defense. They switched between 2-3 and 3-2 zone.

Both teams played with a lot of intensity and passion throughout the game.

Fridley’s Ahmed, Niewald and Tra’Vinoe Stevenson all came up with big shots with under 15 minutes to go.

Holy Angels went into a scoring funk after that first timeout and Fridley used that to their advantage as they got their offense going.

Fridley took their time on the offensive end as they got the ball into the hands of Niewald, and Ahmed.

Holy Angels struggled to shoot the ball throughout the second half. Even though they struggled to shoot it they did not give up looking for their shots.

Fridley called a timeout with 8:29 left in regulation. The score was Fridley 46, Holy Angels 32.

Holy Angels Aidan Smith received a technical foul for something that he said. With 8:01 left in regulation.

Holy Angels called a timeout with 8:01 left in regulation. The score was Fridley 49, Holy Angels 33.

Both teams looked to continued to race up and down the floor going after loose balls on both ends of the floor.

Crockett and Stevenson each stepped up and knocked down deep 3-point shots late in the game.

Holy Angels Bryce Boyd came up with layups late in the game. Even though his team struggled to shoot the ball throughout the second half, Boyd kept on coming up with shots.

Fridley called a timeout with 4:13 left in regulation. The score was Fridley 58, Holy Angels 39.

Holy Angels continued to get everyone involved in the offense late.

Both teams played hard and well throughout the game. Holy Angles struggled to shoot the ball late in the second half. Fridley used that to their advantage as they kept attacking the basket and came up with their shots.

Fridley came away with the 63-45 victory over Holy Angels.

The leading scorer for Fridley was Ahmed with 15 points and the leading scorer for Holy Angels was Boyd with 11 points.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

FRIDLEY WENT UP AGAINST RICHFIELD IN A BOYS’ BASKETBALL GAME

On January 19, it was the first game of the 2021 boys’ basketball season. The 2020-2021 basketball season got off to a late start because of the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. My first game was the Fridley at Richfield game.

There was a limited number of fans in attendance due to conference rules. Each conference and each school had to come up with their own Covid-19 protocol as it pertains to fans and media that can attend the game.

Everyone in attendance had to wear a face mask. Also, all players, coaches, officials, media and the scorer’s table were required to wear face masks. The benches were spaced out as each player was six feet from each other.

Richfield started in a zone defense. They wanted to make Fridley take their time on the offensive end.

Fridley looked to push the ball down the floor and score baskets in transition. Fridley passed the ball around the 3-point line and got everyone involved in the offense.

Richfield’s Ryan Miles came up with mid-range jump shots and 3-point shots. His teammates were able to get him the ball in spots where he could shoot it.

Fridley used a motion offense as they took a lot of time off the clock dribbling the ball around the floor. Richfield had to chase and play defense while the ball handler was dribbling around the court. Fridley did a good job of getting everyone involved in the offense.

Richfield looked to score baskets in transition. Richfield’s Lamar Grayson came up with mid-range jump shots and layups in transition.

Fridley’s Christian Crockett took the ball strong to the basket. He was able to make layups in transition.

Richfield’s Jaden Wollmuth was able to get his teammates involved in the offense. If he thought that he had a good shot, he was not afraid to shoot the ball.

Fridley called a timeout with 11:38 left in the first half. The score was Richfield 14, Fridley 9.

Fridley took a lot of 3-point shots and was able to crash the boards as they looked to come up with rebounds.

Richfield did a good job of trapping the ball on the defensive end. That lead to turnovers and layups on the offensive end.

The score went back and forth with just under 10 minutes left in the first half.

Wollmuth came up with some big mid-range jump shots in the first half. Teammate Ryan Miles also came up with layups. On the defensive end, they were able to slow down the guy that they were guarding.

Fridley really looked to take time off the clock as they worked the ball around the perimeter as they looked for their shots.

Richfield was able to turn Fridley over and make layups and jump shots on the offensive end.

Fridley went into a scoring drought late in the first half. Even though they struggled shooting the ball they kept on attacking the basket.

Fridley’s Cristian Crockett came up with mid-range jump shots and layups throughout the first half.

Fridley called a timeout with 4:14 left in the first half. The score was Richfield 31, Fridley 18.

Fridley got their offense rolling late in the first half. They were able to make shots in transition. Even though they struggled shooting early they kept on attacking the basket.

Wollmuth called for the ball late in the first half and came up with mid-range jump shots and layups.

Fridley’s offense stalled late in the first half as they struggled to shoot the ball offensively.

At halftime, the score was Richfield 42, Fridley 26.

As the second half got underway Richfield continued to look to get the ball into Myles, Wollmuth and Lamar Grayson’s hands. Miles came out hot as well as he continued to find the basket.

Both teams dove on the floor for loose balls.

Fridley continued to struggle to shoot the ball early in the second half.

Richfield called a timeout with 13:34 left in regulation. The score was Richfield 47, Fridley 34.

Fridley had a tough time slowing down Wollmuth on the low block.

Fridley kept on attacking the basket in the second half. They did not get frustrated as they struggled shooting the ball.

Wollmuth was all over the floor as he was able to come up with layups throughout the second half.

Fridley called a timeout with 6:08 left in regulation. The score was Richfield 67, Fridley 43.

Richfield continued to come up with fast breaks and layups off fast breaks late in the game.

Both teams played hard throughout the game. Fridley struggled to shoot the ball throughout the game. Even though they struggled to shoot the ball they attacked the basket throughout the game. Richfield did a good job of getting everyone involved in the game. For Richfield Wollmuth was all over the floor. He was able to make plays on both ends of the court. If he had an open look at the basket, he would take it.

Richfield called a timeout with 1:04 left in regulation. The score was Richfield 77, Fridley 47.

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

Richfield came away with the 81-47 victory over Fridley.

The leading scorer for Fridley was Crockett with 16.

The leading scoers for Richfield were Wollmuth 25, Miles and Grayson each with 20 points.

THE ST. PAUL SAINTS HAVE BECOME THE MINNESOTA TWINS CLASS TRIPLE-A AFFILIATE

The St. Paul Saints have become the Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. The St. Paul Saints began as an organization in 1993.

When the St. Paul Saints started playing in St. Paul their league was based on fun. Their mascot was a pig.


Sunday, January 17, 2021

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL GETS UNDERWAY

The 2021 Minnesota State High School basketball season is underway. With the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic going on schools are rethinking their media and fan policies.

It is up to each school conference on who they will allow into the game to cover, watch the games.

All teams are playing a reduced schedule this year because of the pandemic. Also, all players, coaches and officials are required to wear face masks while playing.

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES CENTER KARL-ANTHONY TOWNS HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

 Minnesota Timberwolves Center Karl-Anthony Towns has tested positive for the Coronavirus (Covid-19).


Towns has had family members battle with Covid-19. He lost his mother, Jacqueline Cruz to Covid-19 he has also lost six other family members. His dad had the virus but has recovered.


Saturday, December 19, 2020

TOM HANNEMAN HAS PASSED AWAY

Minnesota sports broadcaster Tom Hanneman has passed away at the age of 68. Hanneman started his media career at WCCO TV in the early 1970’s.

He then would go on to cover the Minnesota Timberwolves on TV and radio. Hanneman was the host of Fox Sports North that coveted the Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Wild, Minnesota Twins and the Gopher hockey games.


Thursday, December 3, 2020

LONG TIME BASKETBALL REFEREE JIMMY ROBINSON HAS PASSED AWAY

Jimmy Robinson who was a basketball referee passed away on Monday Nov. 30, 2020. Robinson was 88 years old.

Robinson was a native of St. Paul, MN he graduated from Mechanic Arts High School in 1951. He was one of the first black basketball officials from Minnesota.

Robinson was the state coordinator of basketball officials since 1991. He was also a board member of the MSHSL from 1988 through 1992.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

BLAKE GUARD ROBERT LEE GRACE IV HAS COMMITED TO PLAYING BASKETBALL AT MACALESTER COLLEGE

Blake guard Robert Lee Grace IV has committed to play basketball at Macalester College in St. Paul.

Grace was a guard at Blake who has played with multiple AAU programs. He was an outstanding guard in the Blake program.

THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA HAS CANCELLED THE NORTHWESTERN FOOTBALL GAME

The University of Minnesota has canceled the Dec. 5 football game against Northwestern due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the University of Minnesota, “COVID-19 outbreak that has affected 47 players and staff.”

This is the second game in a row that the University of Minnesota has been canceled because of the Covid-19 Coronavirus.

The University of Minnesota is scheduled to play at Nebraska on Dec. 12, 2020.

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA’S RASHOD BATEMAN HAS DECIDED TO ENTER THE NFL DRAFT

University of Minnesota junior wide receiver Rashod Bateman has decided to forgo the rest of this season and enter the NFL draft due to Covid-19 concerns.

On Aug. 4, 2020, Bateman announced that he was forgoing his remaining eligibility at the University of Minnesota because of personal health concerns surrounding COVID-19 Coronavirus. On Sept. 30, 2020, his eligibility was restored by the NCAA and he is immediately available to play for Minnesota.

The 2021 NFL draft is scheduled to be held from April 29 – May 1, 2021, in Cleveland, Ohio.


ARIZONA CARDINALS WIDE RECEIVER LARRY FITZGERALD HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has tested positive for Covid-19 Coronavirus. Fitzgerald will sit out Sunday’s Nov. 29, game against New England.

Fitzgerald is from Minneapolis, MN. He has played for the Arizona Cardinals since the 2004 season.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

RECONNECTING WITH JAYSON ANDERSON EDWARDS

I was able to get a hold of Jayson Anderson Edwards who came back to the United States because of the Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic. He was staying in Frankfurt, Germany.

He flew back to the United States on Thursday, Oct. 29 because of the pandemic. Edwards told me, “As soon as I touched down, I connected with my skills trainer, Jonathan Brown. I improved on my basic skill set. We usually work on my shooting mechanics and technique. Enhance shooting off the dribble and simply basic ball handling. On my own, I put in the work. I am fortunate enough to have a gym inside my garage, where I can lift weights and do cardiovascular exercises. As a point guard overseas, it is important for me to stay sharp.”

He told me that his next plan is, “I stay ready for the upcoming season in Germany. Where I will have the opportunity to participate with the club Nue-Isenburg. A city near Frankfurt. I will return to Frankfurt Germany in December. I will get acclimated with the culture, the language and just enjoy time with my teammates. At this time there is no idea when the season will reopen due to COVID-19. There has been rumors that they may continue the season in February if the COVID rates lower. We will see.

He also told me that, “I will go wherever ball bounces to be honest. I am not really focused on jumping around but to lay a foundation and a name for myself in Germany. This is a place I can see myself living and improving as a man. My goal is to make an immediate impact to a team that needs a winning Point Guard. This will improve their record and will jump the team to a higher league.

Edwards was also able to explain the pro basketball leagues in Europe. “Germany is in the EuroBasket. Within the EuroBasket, there are several leagues a player can play in. From the lowest league to the best league. BBL, ProA, ProB and 1/2.R-LIGA to lowest League Landisliga. These leagues are considered pro leagues and have numerous of outstanding players. American players you play against and several players not only from Germany, but guys from Croatia, France and Italy. It can be difficult to understand so I advise people to do your research. On teams, players, leagues. You will gain more knowledge.”

He also told me, “For my first time being in Europe and seeing how the game is played I had the opportunity to play with Ts Frankfurt Griesheim which is 1/2.R-Liga. I believe this is a league I belong in and I can see myself improving within years. My goal is ProB, it is a vision that I have and the goals that I set out for myself that I have to get done no matter what.”

I also asked him, “Is there anything else you want people to know about your travels overseas or overseas basketball?” He told me, “You really have to understand being an overseas basketball player is tougher than it seems. The 17-20hr flights across the water. Not being able to watch Sunday Minnesota Vikings football games because of the time difference. Not only are you away from your friends and family, but sometimes even after games, it is even hard to find a regular face in the crowd to celebrate with. The language barrier there is much different. Food is cooked quite different from America, but I would say it is healthier. Overall, it is all about how you see things. The process.... You must fall in love with the process and loving the journey is the reason why I played today’s game.”





Wednesday, November 25, 2020

MINNESOTA VS WISCONSIN FOOTBALL GAME HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19

According to the University of Minnesota, their football game against Wisconsin has been canceled due to Covid-19.

The Gophers missed 22 players when they played Purdue on Friday, Nov 20.

The Gophers held meetings virtually this week as players tested positive for Covid-19.

Wisconsin was also dealing with players and staff members.

Minnesota is scheduled to play Northwestern on Nov. 5 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

RICHFIELD WENT UP AGAINST MINNEAPOLIS SOUTHWEST IN A BOYS’ FOOTBALL GAME

On Nov. 6, Richfield went up against Minneapolis Southwest in a boys’ football game.

Southwest kicked off to Richfield to start the game. The ball went into the end zone for a touchback. Richfield took over on their own 20-yard line. Richfield could not do anything with it.

On the next drive, Nick Flaskamp came up with a 20-yard touchdown run. The extra point attempt was good. With 10:35 left in the first half the score was Southwest 7, Richfield 0.

Richfield took over on their own 20-yard line. Richfield was intercepted by Southwest’s Marcus Madoxx. Southwest took over on their own 46-yard line.

Southwest looked to get the ball into the hands of Flaskamp. Flaskamp came up with big runs throughout the first quarter. Southwest kept the ball on the ground and got the ball into the hands of Flaskamp. Flaskamp came up with short runs that were able to get Southwest first downs. Southwest looked to get into the end zone on a Flaskamp short run. The extra point attempt was no good.

The score with 3:07 left in regulation was Southwest 13, Richfield 0.

Richfield took over on their own 20-yard line. Richfield kept the ball on the ground on their next drive. They were not able to move the ball down the field. They punted on 4th-down.

Southwest took over on their own 35-yard line. Southwest looked to the air on their next drive as they tried the passing attempt. Southwest kept on getting the ball to Flaskamp. Southwest’s Madoxx came up with passes that set up first downs.

After one quarter of play, the score was Southwest 13, Richfield 0.

Southwest continued to move the ball down the field. Flaskamp had a 10-yard run for a touchdown. The two-point conversion by Nick Flaskamp was good.

With 10:46 left in the second quarter was Southwest 21, Richfield 0.

Richfield took over on their own 20-yard line. They punted on 4th-and 10. Southwest tried to move the ball down the field after the punt. They got the ball into the hands of Flaskamp and Madoxx again as they moved the ball down the field. There was an interception and Richfield recovered.

Richfield looked to move the ball down the field again. Richfield’s Malachai Peterson came up with receptions that moved the ball down the field for Richfield. Richfield attempted a 40-yard field goal but was unsuccessful.

Flaskamp came up with an 88-yard run for a touchdown. The extra point attempt was good.

With 3:07 left in the second quarter, the score was Southwest 28, Richfield 0.

Richfield took over on their own 20-yard line. Richfield used both the running and passing attack in the second quarter. On fourth-and-10 Richfield punted the ball.

Southwest took over on their own 49-yard line. Southwest moved the ball down the field again. Madoxx came up with nice catches. Flaskamp came up with a 10-yard run for a touchdown. The two-point conversion was not good.

At halftime, the score was Southwest 34, Richfield 0.

Richfield kicked off to Southwest to start the third quarter. Flaskamp came up with the ball again as he looked to come up with a first down, but the Richfield defense stepped up and forced Southwest to punt.

Richfield could not move the ball and they punted on 4th down. Southwest could not move the ball down the field as Southwest punted on 4th-and-10.

Richfield moved the ball down the field once again as they looked to get past the Southwest defense. They kept the ball on the ground as they looked to move the ball down the field once again.

Richfield found the end zone on a Tritian Zornes run. The extra point attempt was good. That marked the end of the third quarter. The score was Southwest 34, Richfield 7.

Southwest looked to take the ball down the field. Southwest punted on 4th down. Richfield was picked off by Reed. Madoxx came up with a 5-yard touchdown catch for a touchdown. The extra point attempt was a trick play for a 2-point conversion which was good.

With 9:59 left in the fourth quarter the score was Southwest 42, Richfield 7.

Richfield’s Zornes came up with a huge catch for a first down. Richfield tried to get into the end zone late in the fourth quarter. Richfield turned the ball over on downs.

Southwest continued to push the ball down the field late in the fourth quarter.

Southwest came away with the 42-7 victory over Richfield.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

SID HARTMAN HAS DIED

Legendary sports columnist Sid Hartman has died. Hartman was 100 years old at his time of death.

Hartman was best known for a long run as a sports columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He also had a weekly radio show on WCCO radio.

I have been able to work with Sid as I have seen him at multiple college games where we would be covering the same game.

His son Chad Hartman is also a radio personality on WCCO radio as well.

RIP Sid Hartman.


Wednesday, October 14, 2020

LEGENDARY BOYS’ BASKETBALL COACH BOB MCDONALD HAS PASSED AWAY

Bob McDonald has died. McDonald was from Chisholm, Minn. McDonald coached basketball for 59 years. His coaching career began in 1959 at McGregor where he coached for four seasons. Then he coached two more years at Barnum. He returned to Chisholm for the 1961-62 season.

McDonald’s coaching record for 59 years was 1,012-428.

McDonald coached high school boys’ basketball in Minnesota for 59 years, compiling a record of 1,012 wins and 428 losses. He began his coaching career in 1959 with four seasons at McGregor, then two at Barnum before returning to his hometown of Chisholm for the 1961-62 season.

McDonald had tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19). He was 87 years old.

RASHAAN ROLAND ROSS STILL PLANS ON PLAYING BASKETBALL FOR SOMEONE SOON

I was able to get in contact with Rahsaan Roland Ross. Ross graduated from Minneapolis Southwest High School in 2012. Ross took a year off and then he played basketball for Minnesota State at Fergus Falls in 2014-16. He has not finished his degree yet, but he plans on getting it soon.

He said,” My plan for this upcoming season is to be working, maintain my game and staying fit, play in some leagues and get some more highlight films out there for this year! My game for basketball is that I play a huge role on the court, which is the point guard position, I love to score, shoot, pass, dribble, and play defense! My goals on the basketball court is to of course obviously to WIN, get my teammates involved, and have a great stat line as well to contribute to those wins. Basketball means A lot to me! I eat, sleep and breathe basketball literally I love to watch or play it each and every day of my life and wish and hope for the dream or Reality to come true if I keep working hard.”

Ross continues to work hard on his game and get into weight rooms and get on the court to play pickup basketball. Look for Ross on a basketball court near you.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS WENT UP WENT UP AGAINST MINNEAPOLIS SOUTHWEST IN A BOYS’ FOOTBALL GAME

On Oct. 9 Columbia Heights and Minneapolis Southwest went up against each other in a football game. The game was played at Southwest High School. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there were no fans allowed in the stands. This was the first game played by each team this season.

Columbia Heights kicked off to start the game. Southwest got the ball on their own 25-yard line. Southwest got the ball into the hands of Nick Flaskamp. Flaskamp looked to keep the ball on the ground and get first downs.

Southwest called a timeout with 9:07 left in the first half. The score was tied at 0.

Southwest’s Flaskamp came up with a short run for a first down. Southwest went long as they look to get into the end zone midway through the first quarter. Southwest was able to get past the first down. Marcus Mattox came up with a 30-yard touchdown reception. The extra point attempt was good.

With 6:32 left in the first quarter, the score was Southwest 7, Columbia Heights 0.

Columbia Heights took over on their own 20-yard line Columbia Heights continued to look to get the ball down the field. The defense stepped up big and was able to slow down the Columbia Heights offense. They punted on 4th-and long.

Southwest once again got the ball into the hands of Flaskamp. Flaskamp came up with big runs throughout the first quarter. Southwest kept the ball on the ground on their next drive. Southwest came up with a 35-yard pass attempt by Jaden Reed. The extra point attempt was a fake and it was a two-point conversion by Maddox good. With 2:32 left in the first quarter, the score was Southwest 15, Columbia Heights 0.

Columbia Heights took over on their own 20-yard line. Columbia Heights continued to look to move the ball down the field. Columbia Height’s quarterback Matt Rockwell looked to get his receivers the ball. The defensive pressure made it difficult for him to get the ball down the field.

Columbia Heights Amil Clark came up with a long run for a first down.

After one quarter the score was Southwest 15, Columbia Heights 0.

As the second quarter got underway Columbia Heights kept the ball on the ground. On 4th-and-long, Columbia Heights punted the ball and there was no return. Southwest took over on its own 5-yard line. Columbia Heights got a safety with 10:47 left in the second quarter.

The score with 10:47 left in the second quarter the score was Southwest 15, Columbia Heights 2.

Columbia Heights took over on their own 29-yard line. Columbia Heights continued to struggle to move the ball down the field.

Columbia Heights called a timeout with 7:10 left in the second quarter. The score was Southwest 15, Columbia Heights 2.

Columbia Heights kept the ball on the ground. The Southwest defense stepped up and slowed down the Columbia Heights offense. On 4th-and-6 Columbia Height’s went for it and they were not able to come up with a first down and Southwest took over on downs.

Southwest kept the ball on the ground as they looked for Flaskamp to come up with runs. On 4th-and short Southwest punted.

Columbia Heights took over on the 50-yard line. Columbia Heights punted on 4th down.

At halftime, the score was Southwest 15, Columbia Heights 2.

Southwest kicked off to start the third quarter. The ball went into the end zone for a touchback. Columbia Heights took over on their own 20-yard line.

Columbia Heights looked to move the ball down the field once again. Columbia Heights had trouble moving the ball down the field. Columbia Heights punted on 4th down.

Southwest took over on its own 35-yard line. Southwest once again looked to get the ball down the field and come up with a first down. Southwest turned the ball over on an interception.

Columbia Heights took over on their own 29-yard line. They once again tried to move the ball down the field and come up with a first down. Columbia Heights fumbled the ball and Southwest came up with the ball.

Southwest took over on its own 43-yard line. They had to punt on 4th-and short.

Southwest’s Jaden Reed intercepted a pass and Southwest took over on their own 40-yard line. Southwest kept on getting the ball to Flaskamp who came up with long runs for first downs throughout the third quarter.

Southwest continued to look to move the ball down the field. Southwest was intercepted by Jonathan Hackett. Columbia Heights took over on their own 20-yard line.

Columbia Heights continued to look to move the ball down the field they wanted to come up with first downs. On 4th- down Columbia Heights elected to punt but they fumbled the ball and were not able to punt the ball.

Southwest took over on the Columbia Heights 32-yard line. Flaskamp got the ball and was able to find holes in the Columba Heights defense.

After three quarters of play, the score was Southwest 15, Columbia Heights 2.

Southwest looked to get into the end zone once again early in the end zone. Southwest’s Charlie Boucher came up with a touchdown reception. The extra point attempt was not good. With 11:12 left in regulation, the score was Southwest 21, Columbia Heights 2.

Columbia Heights took over on their own 20-yard line. Columbia Heights went to a hurry-up offense as they looked to move the ball down the field quickly.

Columbia Heights continued to look to move the ball down the field. Jaden Reed incepted the ball, and they took over on their own 40-yard line.

Southwest stuck to their running attack as they kept the ball on the ground. Southwest kept on getting the ball into the hands of Flaskamp who came up with another 20-yard run for a first down. On 4th-and-short Southwest went for it and they came up with a Touchdown reception by Kaden Sullivan. The two-point conversion was good.

With 3:41 left in regulation, the score was Southwest 29, Columbia Heights 2.

Columbia Heights took over on their own 20-yard line. Columbia Heights punted on 4th-down.

Southwest took over on their own 40-yard line. The clock ran out.

Southwest came away with the 29-2 victory over Columbia Heights.


Friday, October 2, 2020

EDEN PRARIE’S MIKE GRANT TO STEP DOWN AS ACTIVITIES DIRECTOR

Eden Prairie’s head football coach Mike Grant plans to step down as the school’s activities director on Jan. 1. He will remain the school’s varsity head football coach.

Grant has been the football coach since 1992. He is the son of former Minnesota Vikings coach Bud Grant.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA WIDE RECEIVER RASHOD BATMEN HAS BEEN CLEARED TO PLAY IN 2020

Gopher Football WR Rashod Bateman has been cleared to play for the 2020 season. Batmen had thoughts of leaving the university and signing with an agent in August.

Bateman is considered a top draft prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft.

THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS SHUT DOWN TEAM FACLITY DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS

On Tuesday, Sept. 29, the Minnesota Vikings have shut down their team facility due to COVID-19 concerns.

On Sunday, Sept. 27, the Vikings hosted the Tennessee Titans in an NFL football game that had no fans due to the Vikings and the NFL Covid-19 policy.

On Monday, Sept 28, three Titans players and staffers test positive for COVID-19.

The Titans beat the Vikings 31-30 in a close game that came down to the wire.

The Vikings will continue testing players throughout the week. The Vikings are scheduled to play in Houston on Sunday, Oct. 4. They are currently 0-3.


Wednesday, September 30, 2020

THE BIG-10 CONFERENCE WILL PLAY FOOTBALL IN THE FALL AFTER ALL

According to multiple news organizations, the Big Ten Conference will start playing football on Oct. 23-24.
 
The start of the season was postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Each team will play eight games in eight weeks. Players will be tested daily for COVID-19.

THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA CUTS SPORTS DUE TO COVID-19

On Sept. 10, the University of Minnesota announced that due to the Covid-19 pandemic the University came out with a statement that said, “we will discontinue men's indoor track and field, men's outdoor track and field, men's gymnastics and men's tennis at the completion of their 2020-21 competition season.

They will look to fund those sports after the 2020-21 season.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

THE MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES WIN THE 2020 NBA DRAFT LOTTERY

On Aug. 20, 2020, the NBA held the draft lottery. These 14 teams that did not make the 2020 postseason were eligible for the Lottery. According to NBA.com, Golden State, Cleveland, Minnesota, Atlanta, Detroit, New York, Chicago, Charlotte, Washington, Phoenix, San Antonio, Sacramento, New Orleans and Memphis all took part in the NBA Draft Lottery.

Here is the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery Results.

1. Minnesota

2. Golden State

3. Charlotte

4. Chicago

5. Cleveland

6. Atlanta

7. Detroit

8. New York

9. Washington

10. Phoenix

11. San Antonio

12. Sacramento

13. New Orleans

14. Boston (from Memphis)

The 2020 NBA Draft is scheduled to be held on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020.


Monday, August 24, 2020

CATCHING UP WITH JAYSON ANDERSON EDWARDS

I was able to email Jayson Anderson Edwards who played at Benilde St.Margaret's High School in St. Louis Park. I asked him where he is playing now? Are you playing now? He told me, “Currently living in Frankfurt, Germany. I have had the opportunity to try out with a few teams after a breakout game against TVO Biggesee. (22 pts, 7 reb)

He told me that after he graduated high school, “I played college basketball after finishing high school. I also had a son; Kayden was born May 17, 2019.”

He graduated from Robbinsdale Cooper in 2015 and played division one junior college at Lake Region State in North Dakota.

He is currently staying in Frankfurt, Germany.

I was able to ask him,” How has COVID-19 affected basketball where you are playing?” He told me “COVID never affected my season for basketball here but it did make it difficult to fly to Europe."

During the Covid-19 pandemic, he told me that, “I’ve had time to self-reflect on my goals and ambitions and creatively finding ways to stay healthy. Also, value the time with my family.

He wanted to let people know about his playing career that, “I’m a fearless guard that loves to compete. Some shocked how well I can score despite my height disadvantage.”

He said that his typical day looks like, “I wake up 7 am go on a run 2 for miles and jump rope. Eat breakfast at around 915 AM. Then individual workout from 945-1145 AM. I go to lunch. After lunch, I lift heavy weights from 2-4 PM. Go back to the hotel eat dinner then I will have practice with a team who calls me.”

Edwards looks to keep up with the Covid-19 pandemic and looks to get back to playing soon.








Wednesday, August 5, 2020

MINNESOTA HAS MOVED SOME FALL SPORTS TO THE SPRING DUE TO COVID-19

One Aug. 4, the Minnesota State High School League announced that high school football and volleyball have been moved to the spring due to Covid-19. 

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune: Starting Aug 17, is the first day of practice for boys’ and girls’ soccer and cross-country, girls’ tennis and girls’ swimming and giving, with 20 percent shorter in duration and with 30 percent fewer competitions, limited to one or two per week. Postseason plans to be determined later. Cross-country meets cannot exceed three teams; tennis and swimming can only hold dual competitions.”

Starting in mid-March: Football season of six-regular season games, no scrimmages. Volleyball season will be reduced by 20 percent in length and with 30 percent fewer games, no multiteam invitationals. For both sports, fall practice permitted, postseason plans are to be determined.” 

Monday, July 27, 2020

JD SPIELMAN HAS TRANSFERRED TO TCU

JD Spielman has transferred to TCU. Spielman played high school at Eden Prairie. Spielman started his college career at Nebraska.

He is the son of Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman. 


MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TO GET UNDERWAY

The 2020 Major League Baseball season is set to get underway. According to multiple reports the 2020 season will be 60 games.
 
According to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune: “Teams will play 40 games against division foes and 20 against teams from the other league’s similar division. The Twins will play 40 against the AL Central and 20 against NL Central teams.” 
 
Spring training will start on July 1 while games will start on July 23 or 24. Spring training will be at the team’s home ballparks. 

If players are concerned about their health and safety due to Covid-19 they can sit out the season and will reportedly receive their pay and their service time. 
 

BOTH GACH HAS TRANSIFERED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

Austin Minnesota native Both Gach has joined the University of Minnesota Men’s basketball team.

Gach started his college career at Utah. He will be a junior this season.


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.