Black History Month resonated officially and unofficially throughout the Big 10 Conference women’s basketball matchup between the University of Minnesota and Rutgers.
The Polars, routinely known for having one of the state’s top basketball programs in the state, recently made their fifth consecutive appearance in the state playoffs in Class AA. (They were in Class A during 2014, 2015 and 2016, the year they won the title).
With his brother, 2007 Johnson graduate Tyrell Barze — a standout in his own right on the football team during his high school career — contributing his wisdom to the Governors as an assistant coach, the older Barze looked on as sophomore Joey Moberg’s two touchdown runs, Nelson’s 96 yards rushing, and a stingy defense led them to their first state playoff berth since 1981.
The Hawks not only showed that they were deserving of the number-one seed, but they avenged a surprising 13-12 loss to the Orioles in the 2017 section championship last season.
I saw former Apple Valley and Howard Pulley standout basketball great Tyus Jones (no relation) score 10 points in the Minnesota Timberwolves home-opening win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Gabrielle McCaa, Maddy McIntosh, Kendall Coley and Raegan Alexander — who led St. Louis Park past Park Center 3-2 in a Metro West Conference showdown. The Oriels defeated Richfield 3-0 last week as well. Check out the pics and captions
If the Islanders keep up this pace, the cheer team will continue to get their exercise in and then some.
Jett’s name is not unfamiliar in Minnesota prep circles. After starring in both football and basketball during his freshman and sophomore year at St. Agnes High School, he transferred to St. Bernard’s and decided to focus on basketball.