For the first time in recent memory, Minneapolis City Conference teams faced off against their St. Paul City counterparts in nonconference high school football contests to begin the season featuring the state’s top prospect, while a former top Minnesota prospect helped the University of Minnesota claim victory in their opening game.
Jones leads Washburn
Running back JEFF JONES, the top prospect in the state, left no doubt which school he would represent for his senior year. Jones, rumored to open the season for state power Eden Prairie, scored six touchdowns, including the game-winner with 16 seconds remaining, leading Minneapolis Washburn to a 56-50 victory over St. Paul Highland Park. Continue Reading →
DION BRADLEY, the 5-10 scoring machine from St. Paul Highland Park, continues to amaze. The senior scored 32 points in leading the Scots to a surprising 85-75 victory over City Conference leader Central. The victory not only put Highland Park in sole possession of first place; it also sent a message that the conference crown is up for grabs — a message first sent by Central last Tuesday when it defeated defending champ Johnson 53-49. In that game, MARKUS TAYLOR-KNIGHTEN led Central with 19 points, FELIX TAYLOR, JR. added 12, and MALIK DURANT-HAINES chipped in 10. Continue Reading →
Last Friday evening, the plan was to attend an important Classic Suburban Conference girls’ basketball matchup between host Tartan and Richfield. I wanted to see JESSICA JANUARY, Richfield’s leading scorer (headed to DePaul University next year), and Tartan’s TIA ELBERT, a junior guard whose scoring is off the charts with a metro-leading 36.4 points per game. I never made it. I got a call from a friend who made me aware of the fact that her daughter had gone with her middle-school basketball teammates to watch a St. Paul City Conference girls’ contest between Central and Como Park. Continue Reading →
Before the beginning of the 2009-2010 boys’ basketball season, Minneapolis Washburn coach REGGIE PERKINS was asked how his team, then the defending Class 3A state champs, was going to be that year. “We are young,” Perkins said then, “but we will be competitive.”
Two years later, Perkins has his team ranked number two in Class 3A and primed for a possible state tournament run. Led by a balanced scoring attack, the Millers are playing as good as any team in the state. After needing overtime to defeat Henry last month, the defending city champs beat them 100-62 in the rematch last week. Seniors CHUCKIE SMITH (13.7), DWIGHT ANDERSON (13.2), JERRY PRATT (11.2), JOSEPH DOBY (10.0) and sophomore DEJON DAVIS (8.7) form one of the metro area’s most balanced attacks. Continue Reading →