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New Gophers coach tours the ’hood

Any chance the school’s recruiting might include more local Black females?  

First-year Minnesota Women’s Basketball Coach Marlene Stollings, as expected, has made the rounds, getting to know the landscape outside the historically self-sheltered confines of the U of M campus. Unexpectedly, this has included meeting with Black folk. A meet-and-greet was hosted by Black Gopher alums, followed by a breakfast-time appearance at Heritage Park. Is the coach’s introductory tour in the hood for show or for real? Continue Reading →

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Who was Jimmy Lee?

His name on a recreation center is no assurance of recognition in St. Paul history
 

By Charles Hallman 

Staff Writer

 

Who is Jimmy Lee and why is a St. Paul community center named for him? “I never met him or knew who he was,” admits Dusty Horton, a Jimmy Lee Center recreation leader. “There’s a mural of him on the back side of the old building, in the parking lot, facing the football [field].”

“Unless you knew him, and knew him as it relates to where he was refereeing, people don’t have the foggiest idea who he was,” says Jim Robinson, a St. Continue Reading →

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Clinic helps hoops officials polish their craft

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Last weekend at Tubby Smith’s team camp at Minnesota’s Williams Arena, we got five perspectives on what makes a good basketball official from a former championship head coach, a longtime assistant coach who played as a professional for over a decade, a current college player, present officials, and a supervisor of officials. Officiating “is the toughest job on the court,” notes Minnesota Head Coach Tubby Smith. “You make one mistake and it’s magnified.”

He also points out that officials must keep up with today’s athletes and their skills: “Things happen a lot quicker and a lot faster — you got to be in the right spot and anticipating,” says the coach. “The number-one thing for me is being consistent,” says Vince Taylor, who just completed his fifth season as a Minnesota assistant coach. “Set the tone from the beginning [of the game]. Continue Reading →

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State championships not the highest goal of coaching

 

 

There are only 25 Blacks listed on the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) list of state boys’ and girls’ basketball tournament head coaches. Louis Boone, who coached Washburn to the 1994 state boys’ title, is one of 17 Black coaches who have appeared in the 100-year history of state tourneys. Winning the tough-from-top-to-bottom Minneapolis City Conference along the way during that championship season was a great preparation for Washburn’s ultimate state championship run, he admits. “Some of our biggest battles were right in the city,” he remembers. His squad finished 27-1. Continue Reading →

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More prominent Black players in MN state tournaments

 

 

 

Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Associate Director Lisa Lissimore and retired basketball official Jim Robinson continue their discussion from last week on city Black athletes who played in state high school basketball tournaments. Lissimore on Christine Durand (St. Paul Highland Park 1976-78): “She had a vertical jump that was out of this world. Christine could hang in the air so much that if you were going to block her shot, she had time to shift the ball in her hands,” she recalls. Roxanne Lissimore (Lisa’s sister) and Stacie Durand (St. Continue Reading →

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