Lisa Lissimore

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Local prep star returns as WNBA player

 

 

TAYLER HILL was back where her storied high school career as a guard for Minneapolis South ended in style four years ago. Only this time, the 2009 McDonald’s All-American and Miss Basketball came back to the Target Center as a member of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, who were in town to play the Minnesota Lynx. Hill, who was the fourth pick of the WNBA draft after an outstanding career at Ohio State University, had a host of family and friends present. These included father PAUL, who starred at South as a guard in the 1980s, brother PJ who played at Minneapolis North and was a point guard at OSU, and sister TANYSHA SCOTT who starred at DeLaSalle and the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Hill scored one point in seven minutes of play in the Mystics’ 79-75 win. Continue Reading →

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Jimmy Lee gets ‘overdue’ induction into High School Hall of Fame

 

 

Jim “Jimmy” Lee posthumously “crossed the threshold” Sunday as the only Black member of the 2013 Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Hall of Fame class at the League’s 20th induction ceremony. Lee, who died in 1979, previously was inducted into the Minnesota High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame (1972) and the Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame (1982). The St. Paul City Council renamed Oxford Playground after him that same year as well.  He also was featured in the MSR’s month-long Black history series in February. With his daughter and grandson present Sunday afternoon in St. Continue Reading →

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Budding lawyer became educator and top sports official instead

 

Someone recently told me that people sometime confuse Jimmy Robinson for Jimmy Lee. We asked Jimmy Robinson to talk about his career and help make the distinction clear. The late Jim “Jimmy” Lee, who’s featured on this week’s MSR front page, was among the first local group of Black officials that included Dwight Reed, John Nelson and James Griffin, recalls Robinson, who supervises officials for the Minnesota State High School League. “Jim Lee was a very flamboyant type of official,” says Robinson. “When he made a call, everyone wherever you were knew what the call was, whether it be the people at the scorers’ table, the coaches or the players. 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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