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2014 All-Star Classic lineup

According to DEREK REUBEN, director of the Inner City All-Star Classic, the rosters are set for the annual boys’ and girls’ basketball contests featuring the metro area’s top seniors. Reuben, who was named the state’s Mr. Basketball after an outstanding career at Minneapolis North, started the boys’ game in 1994 with then-teammate and friend RALPH CROWDER. At the urging and persistence of the late community and sports activist KWAME MCDONALD, a girls’ game was added in 2001.  

This year’s Inner City All-Star Classic will be held Sunday, June 8, at the University of St. Thomas. Continue Reading →

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Class of 2014 top girl basketball players (some, not all)

 

 

Here are some of the top metro area girls’ basketball players from the Class of 2014. I am sure there are more out there, but as a writer I am willing to take that chance. CHASE COLEY, a 6’-3” forward from Minneapolis Washburn, quietly led the Millers to a fourth-place finish in the Class 2A state tournament. Fellow City Conference players are ALEXANDRA WASHINGTON, post from Edison, North’s KIEAR HUNTER, and NAJA WOODS of Minneapolis Southwest. Across the river in St. Continue Reading →

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Hopkins, DeLaSalle, Maranatha Christian state champs again

 

Hopkins, DeLaSalle and Maranatha Christian repeated as state champions at the girls’ basketball finals held at the Target Center last Saturday. Hopkins, led by SYNDEY COFFEY, NIA COFFEY, TAYLOR ANDERSON, TT STARKS, VIRA LIVINGSTON, GRACIA HUTSON and ERIN O’TOOLE, defeated Osseo 77-55 to capture its second consecutive Class 4A crown. Osseo got outstanding play from PHILLIS WEBB, OLIVIA ANTILLA, MIKAYLA BAILEY, JANAY MORTON, JILL VIEAU, ANULI OKONKWO and AYO PORTE. The exceptional play of ALLINA STARR, TYSEANNA JOHNSON, MIA LLOYD, MARIAH ADANENE, SAMANTHA DORNSBACH, CORI GARNER and TAYLOR TONEY helped DeLaSalle defeat Richfield 65-45 to win the Class 3A title. Richfield was led by JESSICA JANUARY, BRYANN GUYTON, SIERRA FORD WASHINGTON, HANNAH WISE and LEAH BARNES. 

MADISON LEE, ALEXIS LONG and OYNE OSEMENAM led Maranatha Christian to their second consecutive Class 1A state crown by defeating Mountain Iron-Buhl 49-37. Continue Reading →

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