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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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This Week in Prep

This week’s column brings you five pictures featuring three outstanding players and two former prep stars leading their college teams.

Check out the pics.  

 Cortez Tillman (shooting), a former Cretin- Derham Hall guard, averages 12.2 points for the University of St. Thomas.  


(l) Minneapolis North’s Jamil Jackson, guarding Minneapolis Washburn’s Warsame Guled, had 19 points and three dunks, leading the Polars to an 89-61 victory over the Millers. 

Former Minnehaha Academy standout Parker Hines (11) leads Augsburg College in scoring with 14.2 points per contest.  

(l) Roosevelt point guard Arione Farrar Jr. (in uniform), averaging 19.9 points per game, chats with Head Coach Robert Mestas. Continue Reading →

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Girls hoopin’ in the hood

Finally, an urban girls’ summer league…







By Charles Hallman
Staff Writer


The basketballs are bouncing inside the Farview Park gym, which in itself isn’t surprising at the always-in-use city park on Minneapolis’ North Side. What is surprising is that it’s a Sunday afternoon, and the players doing the bouncing, shooting, and other basketball-related activities are female. “This is a very important step in advancing Minnesota basketball, especially for the city girls,” notes Jamiela Taylor, one of several locals who volunteer their time on Sundays in the first-year Chance Equal Opportunity (CEO) Run & Shoot Girls’ Basketball League. Taylor, the De La Salle girls’ freshman coach, told the MSR before one of her team’s games that she likes placing the girls in a draft, as well as naming each team after a Historically Black College or University — she proudly points out that her club is named for Spelman College. “That’s what drew me to be involved. 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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Quite a week for Minneapolis South







It was an interesting week, to say the least, for the Minneapolis South boys’ basketball team. Despite the dismissal of one key player and the benching of two more for disciplinary reasons, the Tigers, led by do-it-all senior point guard KENLEY FARROW, sophomore sensation PAYTON BOWDRY, and sharpshooting junior TARON MYER, played four games in seven days, winning three of them (including two important conference wins) to open up a City Conference race that has five teams in contention for top honors. Washburn (4-1) is alone in first place. South, Southwest and North are tied for second place with 4-2 records. Third place Henry is 3-3. Continue Reading →

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Jones’ shot at the buzzer lifts Washburn over North

With four seconds remaining, Minneapolis Washburn guard JEFF JONES, the state’s Mr. Football, received the inbounds pass, dribbled quickly across half court, and launched a one-handed, running three-point shot that careened successfully off the backboard as the buzzer sounded, giving the Millers a thrilling 73-71 City Conference boys’ basketball victory over first-place North.  





Mpls Washburn vs. Mpls North

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014

The victory, witnessed by a capacity crowd at North, opened up the race for the conference title and confirmed that basketball in Minneapolis is back on the rise. Washburn appeared to be in control, taking a 44-33 lead behind the sharpshooting of EVAN SHEPHERD, who finished with a game-high 24 points and Jones, who added 22. Continue Reading →

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City Conference race heating up

In recent years the Minneapolis City Conference has not received the attention it used to get in the 1980s, ‘90s, and the early part of the 2000s. This year could prove to be a very competitive season for the conference, which has plenty of talented players who can hoop. So far, three conference games have been played, and if those games are any indication of the future, the City Conference might not be decided until the final game. Here is a quick rundown of the conference race so far:

North (3-0) is a young team led by sophomore point guard TYLER JOHNSON, who’s averaging 18 points per game. JAMIL JACKSON and ISAAC JOHNSON are playing well, giving the Polars a well-balanced attack. Continue Reading →

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Had to watch Whitney Young beat Apple Valley on TV








The biggest high school boys’ basketball game of the year, and I couldn’t make it. Parent-teacher conference duties as a social studies teacher at a St. Paul public high school prevented me from attending the Apple Valley-Chicago Whitney Young matchup featuring the nation’s top-ranked player in JAHLIL OKAFOR (Whitney Young) and No. 4-ranked TYUS JONES (Apple Valley). Jones, the No. Continue Reading →

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A new era of North-Central rivalry?

At the conclusion of St. Paul Central’s 52-51 nonconference boys’ basketball victory over Minneapolis North, DEREK REUBEN and JURIAD HUGHES expressed excitement. “The rivalry is back,” said Reuben. “You know I had to come see this game,” said Hughes, smiling. For both, and for the capacity crowd that witnessed the contest, it was a chance to flash back to a time when the mere mention of Minneapolis North playing St. Continue Reading →

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