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State tournament highlights

 

Wow! What a state tournament. So much that could be written, but only so much space to fill — two three-peats, a historic moment for a coach, another coach leaving the game, and some outstanding prep careers coming to a close. Here are some highlights from the tournament.  

CLASS 3A

FAITH JOHNSON-PATTERSON(DeLaSalle) became the first in state history to coach two different schools to three-peats. Continue Reading →

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Stereotypes at play in neglect of girls’ coaching achievements

 

 

 

DeLaSalle Girls’ Basketball Coach Faith Johnson-Patterson will receive the Special Merit Award at the Minnesota State Capitol Rotunda in St. Paul on Feb. 6 at the 2013 Minnesota National Girls and Women in Sports Day ceremony. The honor “came out of the blue,” says Johnson-Patterson. “What an honor — my main purpose, my work has not been in vain.”

This is the second consecutive month this year that she has been honored: Johnson-Patterson also reached the 400-win milestone on January 11. Continue Reading →

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Check out the pics

With Johnson and Central playing for St. Paul City Conference bragging rights in boys’ basketball (at the time of this publication), here are some boys’ basketball pictures from this season and one from the past, along with the following descriptions:

1. QUASHINGM SMITH-PUGH (with ball) of St. Paul Johnson drives around Roseville’s LOGAN BROWN. Smith-Pugh averages 20 points per game for the Governors. Continue Reading →

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Prep Scene: Faced with a tough choice, I opted for history

 

Last Thursday evening, I had a choice to make. The top-rated team in Class 3A boys’ basketball, DeLaSalle, was scheduled to play Park Center, the No. 1-ranked team in Class 4A. Across the metro, a girls’ basketball matchup was scheduled between Robbinsdale Cooper, a Class 4A team among the top 20, and DeLaSalle, ranked No. 2 in Class 3A. Continue Reading →

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Up-and-coming hoopster girls to watch

The girls’ basketball season has begun with eight of the state’s top players already signed with Division I schools. If you ever get a chance to get to a game, check these players out. (The college each signed with is in parentheses). NIA COFFEY (Northwestern): While averaging 15.7 points per game, the 5-9 guard led Hopkins to the Class 4A state championship. ALLINA STARR (Auburn): The 5-10 guard averaged 16 point while helping DeLaSalle capture their second straight Class 3A crown. Continue Reading →

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Up-and-coming hoopster girls to watch

The girls’ basketball season has begun with eight of the state’s top players already signed with Division I schools. If you ever get a chance to get to a game, check these players out. (The college each signed with is in parentheses). NIA COFFEY (Northwestern): While averaging 15.7 points per game, the 5-9 guard led Hopkins to the Class 4A state championship. ALLINA STARR (Auburn): The 5-10 guard averaged 16 point while helping DeLaSalle capture their second straight Class 3A crown. Continue Reading →

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Nine outstanding performances in prep football

 

There were several outstanding performances during the second week of the prep football season. Here are nine worth mentioning. JEFF JONES (Minneapolis Washburn) — The running back rushed for 137 yards and a touchdown in a 33-6 win over conference rival South. JAMISON WHITING (Minneapolis Washburn) — The receiver had two touchdown receptions against South. DARIN RICHARDSON (Minneapolis Southwest) — The quarterback passed for two scores in a 34-0 victory over St. Continue Reading →

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High school hoops star grows up to coach, write about, play his sport

 

 

 
Travis Bledsoe also wants to give back to basketball-loving Native American youth on reservations
 

 

By Sheri Crockett
Contributing Writer
Travis Bledsoe and I met at a Caribou Coffee Shop in Brooklyn Park. My first impression of him was he is laid back, confident, and very easygoing. My impression was correct; not only that, he is also soft spoken. On this day we met to talk about Travis’ life; the 2005 graduate from DeLaSalle High School has grown into quite the young man. At DeLaSalle Travis lettered in basketball three times and was one of the student-athletes named in the 2005 class of Mr. Basketball nominations. Continue Reading →

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Hall of Fame finally honors Coach Faith Patterson

 

 

Faith Johnson Patterson takes her rightful place in the Minnesota Girls’ Basketball Coaches’ Hall of Fame when she is inducted in this Saturday. She is the first Black female to receive this honor. Patterson won five state championships at North (1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005). Then last month she won her second consecutive title at DeLaSalle, giving her a total of seven titles. Her 13 times at state ranks second all-time among coaches. 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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