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Central defeats Highland Park

Receiver Jon Gubbrud made big gains throughout the game.


Senior quarterback Sam Gubbrud passed for two touchdowns and ran for another — while also connecting with his brother and receiver Jon Gubbrud for big gains throughout — leading St. Paul Central to a 47-28 victory over St. Paul Highland Park. He gave the Minutemen a share of the Twin City District Maroon Division football championship before a capacity crowd on the Scots’ home turf. Gubrudd got Central on the board first with a one-yard scoring run giving Central a 7-0 first-quarter lead. Continue Reading →

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Plenty of action in semifinal playoffs

In the prep football semifinal playoffs last week, one team avenged an early season loss, top seeds from Minneapolis and St. Paul moved a step closer to a state playoff birth, two more top seeds representing each of the Twin Cities didn’t make it past the semifinals, and a brilliant career ended after a loss.  

Cretin Derham Hall gets revenge 

Cretin Derham Hall got revenge last Saturday with a convincing 41-0 victory over Stillwater in a Section 4AAAAAA football playoff semifinal matchup. Running back BLAKE BANHAM led the way with 192 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Backfield mate BRIAN LANKFORD-JOHNSON added 68 yards and another score, while Banham and TONY ADAMLE each scored on pass receptions from quarterback RICARDO JOHNSON. Continue Reading →

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St. Paul City Conference race wide open and rife with ironies



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 →

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Prep Scene — Change of plans worked out nicely


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 →

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