The 19th Annual Inner City All Star Classic had its highlights on Father’s Day at Washington Technology Magnet in St. Paul. The game featured some ofthe metro area’s top graduating seniors of color, who were invited to participate based on their outstanding play during the basketball season last winter.
In the girls’ game KIONDA NICKS (St. Paul Highland Park) earned MVP honors,scoring 13 points in leading Team Truth to a 54-47 win over Team Faith, who got 12 from three-point shooting champ OLIVIA ANTILLA (Osseo). Continue Reading →
TAYLOR ANDERSON (Hopkins), PHILLIS WEBB (Osseo), ANULI OKONKWO (Osseo) and JESSICA JANUARY (Richfield) made a name for themselves last March at the girls’ state basketball tournament.
Anderson, a point guard, led the Royals to their second consecutive Class 4A championship. Webb, a shooting guard, helped the Orioles place second in the Class 4A. Okonkwo, a guard, was a major contributor to Osseo’s success. January, also a point guard, led the Spartans to their first-ever appearance and a runner-up finish in Class 3A. The foursome made plenty of noise last weekend at the Boys’ and Girls’ Track and Field Championships at Hamline University, each contributing a record-setting performance. Continue Reading →
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 →
In the Twin City boys’ basketball championship game at St. Paul Washington High School last Saturdayafternoon, Minneapolis Washburn forward JERRY PRATT didn’t start in the annual intercity contest — but he made sure he was around for its conclusion. The 6-4 senior scored his 25th point by rebounding his own missed layup with 5.5 seconds remaining and scoring as time expired to give the Millers a 90-89 win over St. Paul Johnson, who got a 30-point performance from senior guard MARCUS MARSHALL. Washburn, who also got 15 points each from CHUCKIE SMITH and DEJON DAVIS, 13 from JOSEPH DOBY and nine from DWIGHT ANDERSON, led Johnson, who also got contributions from DE’VONTA DURR (14 points), QUASHINGM SMITH-PUGH (13) and DARIUS WATSON (12), led 60-52 with 13-minutes left before the Governors came roaring back to tie it at the 10-minute mark. Continue Reading →
Before the beginning of the 2009-2010 boys’ basketball season, Minneapolis Washburn coach REGGIE PERKINS was asked how his team, then the defending Class 3A state champs, was going to be that year. “We are young,” Perkins said then, “but we will be competitive.”
Two years later, Perkins has his team ranked number two in Class 3A and primed for a possible state tournament run. Led by a balanced scoring attack, the Millers are playing as good as any team in the state. After needing overtime to defeat Henry last month, the defending city champs beat them 100-62 in the rematch last week. Seniors CHUCKIE SMITH (13.7), DWIGHT ANDERSON (13.2), JERRY PRATT (11.2), JOSEPH DOBY (10.0) and sophomore DEJON DAVIS (8.7) form one of the metro area’s most balanced attacks. Continue Reading →
Last week I saw three boys’ basketball contests. Two went into overtime, and two teams served notice that the Minneapolis and St. Paul City Conference titles won’t be that easy to reclaim by the defending champs.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Forward WAYLAND JOHNSON II sent the game into overtime with a freethrow with two seconds left inregulation, while finishing with 30 points in a 66-65 loss to Eden Prairie. GRANT SHAEFFER and ANDRE WALLACE had 16 and 15 respectively for Eden Prairie. Continue Reading →