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.