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Three days of basketball at Minneapolis North  

Prep scene

It was quite the week at Minneapolis North High. The school hosted the Middle School basketball championships, a girls’ game against a City Conference rival the following evening, and a boys’ game the next night.  

Here is how the final three days of the week unfolded. Wednesday Feb. 4:

The Minneapolis City Middle School boys’ and girls’ basketball championships were held during the evening before an enthusiastic crowd. Continue Reading →

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Lynx guard Wright is back and catching up

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


She won’t let on where her rehabilitation stands on a scale of 10. The only thing Monica Wright would report that she’s getting there. “In my mind, I’m a 10,” the fifth-year Minnesota Lynx guard recently told the MSR. After an unexpected arthroscopic surgery on her left knee just before training camp on April 25, the 5’-10” player didn’t make her 2014 season debut until June 15. After her return from off-season play overseas, Wright recalled experiencing unusual soreness in the knee, and the subsequent MRI result was “a huge surprise,” she admitted. As expected, upon her return, Wright also experienced her rhythm off a bit in her “mental training camp,” wanting to get back to full strength as quickly as possible. Continue Reading →

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Top preps return for Grassroots Hoops















There were plenty of hoops at Ganglehoff Center on the campus of Concordia University last Sunday afternoon. Brian Sandifer, a former football and basketball star at St. Agnes during the mid-1980s (he went on to play football at Normandale Community College, Northern Iowa and Southwest State), presented the 3rd annual Grassroots Nation Alumni All Stars Hoops Classic. Grassroots Hoops, created by Sandifer, is a basketball program dedicated to providing academic and athletic opportunities to athletes after they’ve completed their high-school careers. The game featured some of the state’s top former pre-stars who made their marks when playing at the prep level. Continue Reading →

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Hard work pays off for small rookie who plays big

Heather Butler virtually hit the longest shot of her basketball career when, as an undrafted rookie, she made this season’s San Antonio Stars roster. It isn’t often that a player who was bypassed in the college draft later beats out, in Butler’s case, two drafted players. It was a long shot indeed for the 5’-5” first-year guard from Tennessee-Martin. Butler helped her UT Martin squad win four consecutive Ohio Valley Conference tournaments and four NCAA post-season tourneys in as many tries during her college career. She now becomes the first from her college to make the WNBA. Continue Reading →

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No 3-peat — Spurs win it!




SAN ANTONIO — The incredible four-year run to the NBA Finals by the Miami Heat came to an end Sunday in San Antonio 104-87 in game five. The Spurs are the 2014 champions of basketball after dissecting the Heat in five games. Last year, the same two teams met in the NBA Finals with the Heat prevailing in seven games.  

You might recall in game six of last year’s Finals, with the Spurs leading the Heat three games to two, the Heat rallied from five points down with 28 seconds left to force overtime. Miami not only won in overtime; they captured game seven 92-90. Continue Reading →

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