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One young woman’s long, rough journey to recovery

As we transition seasons from winter to spring, many of us are feeling “under the weather.” Many of our sinuses are “acting up” and colds are not to hard to catch. Which is why many of us head to the local department store to pick up the usual medications to remedy our symptoms.

Some of us, though, stay sick too long and head to the emergency room. This is similar to what happened to Miata Smith. Miata is a 20-year-old sophomore at Concordia University in Saint Paul. She is currently majoring in early childhood education. Continue Reading →

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MSR Prep sports columnist Mitch McDonald now Dr. Mitch

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Longtime educator and MSR prep sports columnist-reporter Mitchell McDonald earlier this month added yet another title before his name: Doctor. McDonald graduated on October 5 with his Doctor of Education degree from Argosy University, Twin Cities. The O’Shaughnessy Auditorium at St. Catherine University in St. Paul was filled with many families, friends, and other supporters during its graduate commencement ceremony for the 71 students who earned master’s or doctorate degrees from Argosy’s various academic programs, including McDonald. Continue Reading →

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Lynx win again, but dynasty talk still premature

It again occurred literally seconds after the Minnesota Lynx last week won its second WNBA title in three years — the “d” word was vainly uttered. After reading a local newspaper’s Sunday Lynx dynasty story, the team’s longest tenured beat reporter looked up “sports dynasty,” which is subjectively too often overused by uneducated sportswriters. The term “sports dynasty” applies to a team that dominates its sport or league for multiple seasons. Examples are UCLA’s 10-straight national championships in 12 years; or eight straight for the Boston Celtics or the Houston Comets, winners of the first four WNBA titles in as many tries (1997-2000); or Concordia University’s six Division II volleyball titles. Or there’s the University of Minnesota women’s hockey team, two-times-straight national champions, who I watched last Friday win their 52nd straight game. Continue Reading →

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Novelty ‘bikini’ leagues another slap to real women athletes

 

 

 

Women’s sports, with very few exceptions, still elicit sexist, chauvinistic reactions from too many males, especially those media types who see female athletes as androgynous, titillating, sexy, or some circus clown act. We recently asked fans at a Minnesota Vixen football game in St. Paul if they consider the sport real or a novelty act. “I’m a fan because my daughter’s mom is playing,” responded Calvin Harris as he and daughter Kayla watched rookie Heidi Mindestrom at Concordia University, the Vixen’s home field for their final two regular-season games last month. The Vixen is America’s longest continuously playing women’s football team. Continue Reading →

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Mpls native converts success as player into coaching know-how

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Her players haven’t as yet called her “Coach,” but Kachine Alexander says she can’t wait for one of them to challenge her to a game of one-on-one. “I think most players still call me ‘Cash,’ admits the first-year Concordia University assistant women’s basketball coach. “They’ve been itching for me to play with them ever since I’ve got here. I keep telling them they don’t want those problems.”

Alexander’s playing pedigree suggests, however, that the CU players might want to reevaluate their itches: a prep standout at Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School, an all-state and all-metro performer, and a Minnesota Miss Basketball finalist in 2007. Continue Reading →

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