Twenty-five years ago, LINDA ROBERTS, KATHIE EILAND-MADISON, LISA LISSAMORE, DEB STAMPLEY and PEGGY JACKSON, among others, decided to give back to the community after their outstanding college
basketball careers ended by forming the Shooting Stars Clinics for young girls aspiring to learn about basketball and life. For the past two decades, the clinic focused on providing an affordable, quality clinic that was facilitated by African American women. A few weeks ago the torch was passed from Roberts, the former St. Paul Central girls’ basketball great who went on to become one of the best players to ever play for the University of Minnesota, to another former Gopher standout, CRYSTAL FLINT. Under the direction of Flint, who has been an instructor since 1999, the name of the clinic was changed to the Triple Threatt Basketball Clinic. Continue Reading →
The Howard Pulley Panthers 17U boys’ basketball team, led by SACAR ANIM (DeLaSalle), BROCK BERTRAM (Apple Valley), BJORN BROMAN (Lakeview Christian), AMIR COFFEY (Hopkins), JOSH COLLINS (DeLaSalle), ALEX ILLIKAINEN (Grand Rapids), JARVIS JOHNSON (DeLaSalle), SAM NEUMANN (Cretin-Derham Hall), BRADY REINKE (Prairie Seed Academy), JOE ROSGA (Cretin-Derham Hall) and DANIEL PRILLO (Sioux City, IA-North), recently qualified for the Peach Jam tournament in July by posting a 4-1 record at the fourth and final session of the 2014 Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) held at the High Performance Academy in Eagan last weekend. The Panthers, who are coached by ANTWAN HARRIS and DEDRICK JENKINS, defeated the New York Lightning (60-58), Baltimore Elite (77-55), Northwest Express (70-64), and the New York Express (70-64) while losing to King James Shooting (74-70).
Here are some people worth a mention who were spotted during the final session. RENE PULLEY — The executive director and CEO of Howard Pulley since 1985 has developed one of the country’s premier AAU programs.
GEORGE RAVELING — The former Washington State, Iowa, USC and Olympic coach, now Nike’s director of international basketball, was the first African American head coach in the PAC 8 Conference. ANFERNEE HARDAWAY — The former Memphis State and NBA All-Star was in Eagan coaching Memphis, Tennessee-based Team Penny. Continue Reading →
After this reporter covered a personal-high three softball games in the same day, which I did two Saturdays ago, covering back-to-back basketball games last Saturday night in downtown Minneapolis was relatively easy as a result.
Ashley Ellis-Milan executed a turnaround lay-up in the lane with a minute to play, and Tamara Moore and Pam January later hit three of four free throws in the Minnesota Black Ice’s 48-44 win over the St. Louis Surge in the nightcap game last Saturday in Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League (WBCBL) action. At least 100 people, including Minnesota Lynx center Janel McCarville, who stayed after the Lynx’s fourth win of the year, watched a very entertaining, though rough in spots, contest. “It was fun,” said Ellis-Milan, who finished with nine points and eight rebounds. “I can play free and play with girls who know what they are doing as well.”
The WBCBL, founded in 2004, is for women age 20 and older, says its website. Continue Reading →
Former Minneapolis South girls’ basketball superstar TAYLER HILL, who recently finished her first season as a guard for the WNBA Washington Mystics, gave a free basketball clinic for girls ages 6-14 at her alma mater a couple of weeks ago. Hill, a 5’-10” guard, is among the most decorated high school players (boy or girl) in Minnesota history. After culminating a five-year varsity career with a Class 4A state championship, Metro Player of the Year,
Gatorade Player of the Year, Associated Press Player of the Year, and Miss Basketball, Hill accepted a scholarship offer from Ohio State University. After a stellar four-year career in which she earned First Team All-Big Ten honors, she was the fourth overall pick in the WNBA draft last spring. Hill comes from quite the basketball family. Continue Reading →
TAYLER HILL was back where her storied high school career as a guard for Minneapolis South ended in style four years ago. Only this time, the 2009 McDonald’s All-American and Miss Basketball came back to the Target Center as a member of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, who were in town to play the Minnesota Lynx. Hill, who was the fourth pick of the WNBA draft after an outstanding career at Ohio State University, had a host of family and friends present. These included father PAUL, who starred at South as a guard in the 1980s, brother PJ who played at Minneapolis North and was a point guard at OSU, and sister TANYSHA SCOTT who starred at DeLaSalle and the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Hill scored one point in seven minutes of play in the Mystics’ 79-75 win. Continue Reading →