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This week’s column features five outstanding individuals who have made their communities proud. They include a prep football star that won’t have to deal with recruiting this fall, three former prep stars who are giving back to youth, and a former pro player with Minnesota ties who continues to provide leadership opportunities for youth through athletics.  

Not only did Cretin Derham Hall defensive end JASHON CORNELL recently announce that he would attend Ohio State University on a football scholarship, but the senior also plans to graduate in December and enroll in January. Cornell was the top-ranked junior nationally last season and is currently among the top 20 prospects in the country.  


KHALID EL-AMIN, the point guard who helped Minneapolis North capture three state boys’ basketball championships and later led the University of Connecticut to a national title in 1999, recently held his annual camp for youth grades 3-8 at his alma mater. 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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Central prevails over Washburn on the gridiron








St. Paul Central’s football team made a serious statement last week during its 47-25 nonconference football victory over perennial Minneapolis City Conference power Washburn. Before a surprisingly small but enthusiastic crowd at James S. Griffin Stadium (Central’s home field), the defending conference champion Minutemen dominated the Millers, last year’s Minneapolis champs, in every phase of the game. Washburn came in with the state’s top recruit in running back JEFF JONES. Jones came into the game with 16 touchdowns in three victories but was held to 17 yards. Continue Reading →

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