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Mobley leads Johnson to Twin City crown


St. Paul Johnson point guard Jalen Mobley scored the first four points of the Twin City boys’ basketball championship game and the last three.

The 6’-1” senior also did his part in between —
scoring 45 points, finishing with 52 — in a 123-119 double overtime victory over host Minneapolis North, who got 41 points from 6’-6” junior forward Jamil Jackson. Continue Reading →

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Still more prep photos for the New Year


 This week’s pictures include two former prep starts helping their college basketball teams, a girl’s season-high point total in a nonconference game, a leading scorer from a boys’ team, and a freshman starting for a varsity team. Mitchell Palmer McDonald welcomes reader responses to mmcdonald@spokesman-recorder.com. 

(top left) Guard Voneishia Harris (Osseo) played a key role in victories over University Minnesota-Duluth and St. Cloud State for the Concordia University women’s team. (top center) Guard Terez Van Pelt (Osseo) averages 10.9 points per game for the Concordia University men’s basketball team. (top right) Aleeya Curtis-Evans scored a season-high 21 points in St. Paul Central’s victory over Minneapolis South a few weeks ago. Continue Reading →

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Prep football is back!

The prep football season got off to a fast start last week with the defending St. Paul City and Minneapolis City Conference champions earning opening season victories.  

Gardner scores three times for the Minutemen

GARRETT GARDNER rushed for three touchdowns, quarterback SAM GUBBRUD hit DEVIN STAUNING for another score, and JAMAL GALATO also hit paydirt as St. Paul Central, the defending

conference champions, defeated Minneapolis Southwest 33-22. Quarterback DESHAUN BROWN  ran for two touchdowns and connected with NICK DAUNHEIMER for another score for the Lakers, who lead 22-15 at the half. Continue Reading →

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Big week in Twin Cities boys’ basketball








This past week was one to remember in prep boys’ basketball. First I had to choose between two of the top games in the state on Tuesday. That Saturday I ended up attending a Twin City title matchup between upstart Minneapolis North, a dominant program that had recently fell on hard times, and St. Paul Johnson, a perennial power who had made eight state tournament appearances (including the Class 3A state championship in 2010) since 2004. To put everything into perspective, let’s go back to the beginning of the week. Continue Reading →

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Johnson defeats Central in St. Paul battle

JALEN MOBLEY scored 25 points to lead St. Paul Johnson, the No. 1 boys’ basketball team in Class 3A boys’ basketball, to a 75-67 hard-fought victory over archrival St. Paul Central last Friday evening (January 31). The victory gave the Governors a one-game lead for first-place honors in the City Conference. Continue Reading →

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Johnson coming on strong — again

As usual, the favorites to contend for the St. Paul City boys’ basketball title are defending champion Johnson and rival St. Paul Central. (By press time, the teams had already met in the first of two contests.) Challenging them are Como Park and Highland Park; also competing are Harding, Humboldt and Washington with some outstanding players in their own right. Since 2004, Johnson, who prior to that had won their only City crown in 1983 (behind the outstanding play of WAYNE ELLIS, MONTE DEBERRY, SCOTT ACKERSON, CHRIS GARRETT, DARRIN CHAPMON, TONY ADKINS and COY NELSON), has owned the conference. Continue Reading →

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A fast start, a final game, and a superstar returns

This week’s column features a perennial state boys’ basketball power off to a fast start, a former boys’ basketball state champion and top football prospect playing his final collegiate game, and a former boys’ basketball standout who returned home to face the Timberwolves in an NBA game.  

St. Paul Johnson off to a fast start

Defending St. Paul City Conference boys’ basketball champion Johnson got off to a fast start in their season opener, defeating visiting Lakeville South 83-60 before a capacity crowd. PIERRE CONWELL, a 6’-3’ forward, led the way with 26 points, including a powerful two-hand dunk. Continue Reading →

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Highlights of a great state boys’ basketball tournament




The 101st boys’ basketball tournament was one to remember. TYUS JONES (Apple Valley), regarded by many as the nations’ top junior prospect, scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in leading the Eagles past Park Center, led by Mr. Basketball finalist QUINTON HOOKER (18 points, nine rebounds), 74-57 to capture their first Class 4A state championship. REID TRAVIS scored 17 points and LUKE SCOTT chipped in 12 as DeLaSalle repeated as Class 3A champs, defeating Austin 50-33. MARCELLUS HAZZARD scored 14 points in leading Minnehaha Academy past Litchfield 56-54 for the Class 2A title, a first for the Redhawks. Maranatha Christian earned runner-up honors in Class 1A, losing to Southwest Minnesota Christian 81-73, despite 24 points from ISAIAH HANSEN, 16 from JOSH GOLDSCHMIDT with a nice floor game, and 14 points from GARRISON GILLARD. Continue Reading →

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Boys’ state basketball tournament highlights


The 2012 state boys’ basketball tournament held at the Target Center last weekend will certainly be one to remember.  


There were two buzzer-beaters in the Class 3A and4A title games. City Conference teams from Minneapolis and St. Paul placed second and third respectively in Class 3A. A private school power in Minneapolis reemerged as 3A champs, and a new 4A champion was crowned for the first time in three years. Continue Reading →

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