Linda Roberts

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Girls’ basketball clinic gets new leader

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twenty-five years ago, LINDA ROBERTS, KATHIE EILAND-MADISON, LISA LISSAMORE, DEB STAMPLEY and PEGGY JACKSON, among others, decided to give back to the community after their outstanding college

basketball careers ended by forming the Shooting Stars Clinics for young girls aspiring to learn about basketball and life. For the past two decades, the clinic focused on providing an affordable, quality clinic that was facilitated by African American women. A few weeks ago the torch was passed from Roberts, the former St. Paul Central girls’ basketball great who went on to become one of the best players to ever play for the University of Minnesota, to another former Gopher standout, CRYSTAL FLINT. Under the direction of Flint, who has been an instructor since 1999, the name of the clinic was changed to the Triple Threatt Basketball Clinic. Continue Reading →

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March Madness begins

 

 

Let’s be perfectly clear from the start — this and all subsequent columns are March Madness cliché-free. We won’t be talking about dancing or getting tickets punched here. The Gophers women basketball team plays Thursday in the 2014 Big Ten women’s tournament in Indianapolis — they face 11th-seeded Wisconsin at approximately 8 pm local time. Minnesota (19-11, 8-8 Big Ten) as the sixth seed goes into Indy on a modest two-game winning streak, but more importantly, especially for further post-season considerations, the Gophers have won seven of their last 11 contests. Although the team finished with a positive conference record for the first time since 2009, from now on U of M’s “second season” record must stay above .500. Continue Reading →

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More should be done to honor Kwame McDonald

 

Why is it that we Blacks must often wait for the shortest month each year to be honored, to get our accomplishments recognized, to get our heritage respected? Why do we often have to be half-past dead to finally get our bouquets? It took one Black History Month and nearly half of another before the Minnesota Golden Gophers publicly honored the late Kwame McDonald, who died in October 2011. The belated recognition came Sunday at halftime of the Minnesota-Illinois men’s basketball game. The Gopher women are expected to offer a similar tribute at this Sunday’s Minnesota-Northwestern contest. Continue Reading →

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