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Edison track athletes head for State Meet

JIA LEWIS, JADA LEWIS, MALAYSIA HAYES, LYTRISHA WASHNINGTON, QUINDELL PERRY, DELPHIN NIYONKURU, DESHON FRELIX-TWIET, MONTREA TALABI and MALIK HOLLINS gave Minneapolis Edison and City Conference track fans reason to be proud. They represented the Tommies and Minneapolis City Conference by qualifying for the State Track Meet in dominating fashion at the Section 4 meet at Hamline University last weekend. Jia Lewis qualified for the 100 and 200 meters for the girls’ meet with times of 11.91 (a Section 4 and school record) and 25.68 respectively. Jada Lewis also qualified with second-place finishes in the 100 (12.31) and 200 (26.16). Hayes, Jada Lewis, Washington and Jia Lewis contributed to the girls’ 4×100 relay team, qualifying with a time of 50:36. Continue Reading →

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A little African American history for you prep sports fans!








Since 1975, 42 individuals in 40 years have been recognized as the state’s best players by being named Mr. Basketball (the honor was shared in 1979 and 1998). Of the 42 winners, 15 (36 percent) are African Americans. Here they are with a brief synopsis of their high school accomplishments. GREG DOWNING (Duluth Central, 1979): The 6’-3” guard led the Trojans to the Class AA state crown his senior year. He shared the award with Randy Bruer of Lake City. Continue Reading →

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Had to watch Whitney Young beat Apple Valley on TV








The biggest high school boys’ basketball game of the year, and I couldn’t make it. Parent-teacher conference duties as a social studies teacher at a St. Paul public high school prevented me from attending the Apple Valley-Chicago Whitney Young matchup featuring the nation’s top-ranked player in JAHLIL OKAFOR (Whitney Young) and No. 4-ranked TYUS JONES (Apple Valley). Jones, the No. Continue Reading →

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Too many games to choose from



The only bad thing about high school basketball in the metro area is that there are so many games to choose from and I am unable to make them all. This week I saw three games featuring some of the state’s top players in girls’ and boys’ basketball.  

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 

I looked on as Tartan defeated St. Paul Central 60-64 in a nonconference match-up. DARRION STRONG led the winners with 16 points. Continue Reading →

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