JESSICA JANUARY

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Top DeLaSalle multi-sport prospect makes his choice

Last year at this time, DeLaSalle forward REID TRAVIS was a two-sport athlete (football-basketball) who had everyone in the state guessing which one he would play in college. Today he is a student athlete who will play basketball next season at one of the top athletic and academic institutions in the country. Entering the 2012-13 hoop season, the then-junior was one of the state’s top football prospects after leading the Islanders to the state playoffs in football at quarterback. As basketball season progressed, however, Travis found himself among the state’s top three Division I prospects along with Apple Valley’s TYUS JONES and Robbinsdale Cooper’s RASHAD VAUGHN. (Vaughn has since transferred to Findlay Prep for his senior season.)

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State tournament highlights

 

Wow! What a state tournament. So much that could be written, but only so much space to fill — two three-peats, a historic moment for a coach, another coach leaving the game, and some outstanding prep careers coming to a close. Here are some highlights from the tournament.  

CLASS 3A

FAITH JOHNSON-PATTERSON(DeLaSalle) became the first in state history to coach two different schools to three-peats. Continue Reading →

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Exciting state tournament ahead

 

It should be quite the state tournament this weekend. Two teams are hoping for a three-peat. Two city conference teams made it to the tournament, and a host of Division I signees will be participating. In Class 4A, Hopkins hopes to make it a three-peat, led by McDonald All-American and Northwestern University signee NIA COFFEY, track phenom TAYLOR ANDERSON, and ERIN O’TOOLE, NIA HOLLIE, RACHEL ORBUCH and MIKAALA SHACKELFORD. Georgetown signee JADE MARTIN, juniors KANISHA BELL and TONIA WADE, freshman KIARA RUSSELL, and eighth-grader JASMYN MARTIN have Bloomington Kennedy back in their first tournament in seven years. 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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Up-and-coming hoopster girls to watch

The girls’ basketball season has begun with eight of the state’s top players already signed with Division I schools. If you ever get a chance to get to a game, check these players out. (The college each signed with is in parentheses). NIA COFFEY (Northwestern): While averaging 15.7 points per game, the 5-9 guard led Hopkins to the Class 4A state championship. ALLINA STARR (Auburn): The 5-10 guard averaged 16 point while helping DeLaSalle capture their second straight Class 3A crown. Continue Reading →

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Up-and-coming hoopster girls to watch

The girls’ basketball season has begun with eight of the state’s top players already signed with Division I schools. If you ever get a chance to get to a game, check these players out. (The college each signed with is in parentheses). NIA COFFEY (Northwestern): While averaging 15.7 points per game, the 5-9 guard led Hopkins to the Class 4A state championship. ALLINA STARR (Auburn): The 5-10 guard averaged 16 point while helping DeLaSalle capture their second straight Class 3A crown. Continue Reading →

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Anderson, Webb, Okonkwo and January set state records

 

 

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 →

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Hopkins, DeLaSalle, Maranatha Christian state champs again

 

Hopkins, DeLaSalle and Maranatha Christian repeated as state champions at the girls’ basketball finals held at the Target Center last Saturday. Hopkins, led by SYNDEY COFFEY, NIA COFFEY, TAYLOR ANDERSON, TT STARKS, VIRA LIVINGSTON, GRACIA HUTSON and ERIN O’TOOLE, defeated Osseo 77-55 to capture its second consecutive Class 4A crown. Osseo got outstanding play from PHILLIS WEBB, OLIVIA ANTILLA, MIKAYLA BAILEY, JANAY MORTON, JILL VIEAU, ANULI OKONKWO and AYO PORTE. The exceptional play of ALLINA STARR, TYSEANNA JOHNSON, MIA LLOYD, MARIAH ADANENE, SAMANTHA DORNSBACH, CORI GARNER and TAYLOR TONEY helped DeLaSalle defeat Richfield 65-45 to win the Class 3A title. Richfield was led by JESSICA JANUARY, BRYANN GUYTON, SIERRA FORD WASHINGTON, HANNAH WISE and LEAH BARNES. 

MADISON LEE, ALEXIS LONG and OYNE OSEMENAM led Maranatha Christian to their second consecutive Class 1A state crown by defeating Mountain Iron-Buhl 49-37. Continue Reading →

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St. Paul Central still on top

 

MARIAH GUERRA-EDWARDS scored 16 points, BETSY MACDONALD added 14, and SADE CHATMAN chipped in 11 as St. Paul Central served notice that they are still the top girls’ basketball team in the City Conference with an 80-54 victory over Highland Park. PARIS CRENSHAW led Highland with 12 points. ASHLEE MORALEZ and TAMERA CURTIS each added 10 for the Scots.  

Five outstanding boys’ basketball players

TYUS JONES (Apple Valley) — averaging 28 points per game whilekeeping his team among the state’s best. Continue Reading →

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