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2014 All-Star Classic lineup

According to DEREK REUBEN, director of the Inner City All-Star Classic, the rosters are set for the annual boys’ and girls’ basketball contests featuring the metro area’s top seniors. Reuben, who was named the state’s Mr. Basketball after an outstanding career at Minneapolis North, started the boys’ game in 1994 with then-teammate and friend RALPH CROWDER. At the urging and persistence of the late community and sports activist KWAME MCDONALD, a girls’ game was added in 2001.  

This year’s Inner City All-Star Classic will be held Sunday, June 8, at the University of St. Thomas. Continue Reading →

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Girls’ basketball tournament one to remember

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Park Center, led by CAYLA MCMORRIS, MIKAYLA HAYES, DANIELLE SHAUB and ANN SIMONET captured the Class 3A title in dramatic fashion, defeating Marshall 73-71 in three overtimes. Eastview, led by MADISON GUEBERT and HANA METOXEN, came from 12 points down to defeat Bloomington Kennedy, who got outstanding play from KENISHA BELL, TONOIA WADE, TYRAH SPENCER, LASHAYLA WRIGHT-PONDER, ISIEOMA ODOR, ZA’KEEA SA’EED EL and MARIAH ALIPATE, 64-61 to capture the Class 4A title. Eden Prairie, led by JAYLA MAYES-JACKSON and EMMA BOEHM, captured third-place honors in Class 4A. Minneapolis Washburn, led by CHASE COLEY, LUCIA RENIKOFF, ALIYAH WILSON, EMMA SHEPHERD and SOFIE OROZCO, finished fourth in Class 3A in its second consecutive appearance. St. Continue Reading →

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Big thrills at Twin City girls’ basketball championship

At the Twin City girls’ basketball championship last week, St. Paul Central sophomore KENNEDY GAY hit two free throws, and senior LYRIC WILLIAMS nailed a three-pointer before the halftime buzzer — scoring all five points with 0.4 seconds remaining (after the free throw, a Washburn player inbounded a ball that went untouched and out of bounds giving Central possession). This gave their team a 35-32 lead and provided enough momentum for St. Paul Central to defeat Minneapolis Washburn, ranked number four in Class 3A, 71-67 while offsetting a 32-point

performance by Washburn’s University of Iowa-bound CHASE COLEY. After halftime ASIYA SMITH, center RAYNA SHEROW and JADA JONES helped Central build a 45-39 lead at the 12:30 mark. Continue Reading →

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Top players take honors, early leads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minneapolis Washburn running back JEFF JONES, the senior who rushed for 4,668 yards and 92 touchdowns for his career, was recently named Mr. Football. Jones also helped the Millers’ boys’ basketball team capture second-place honors in the Class 3A state tournament in 2011 as a sophomore.  

Hageman captures team honors

Former Washburn football and basketball star RA’SHADE HAGEMAN was a three-time award winner at the Gophers annual team football banquet. Hageman, a defensive lineman recruited as tight end while in high school, captured the Bronko Nagurski Award (MVP), the Carle Eller Award (Outstanding Defensive Player), and Defensive Player of the Year. Hageman also earned First Team All-Big Ten honors. Continue Reading →

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Class of 2014 top girl basketball players (some, not all)

 

 

Here are some of the top metro area girls’ basketball players from the Class of 2014. I am sure there are more out there, but as a writer I am willing to take that chance. CHASE COLEY, a 6’-3” forward from Minneapolis Washburn, quietly led the Millers to a fourth-place finish in the Class 2A state tournament. Fellow City Conference players are ALEXANDRA WASHINGTON, post from Edison, North’s KIEAR HUNTER, and NAJA WOODS of Minneapolis Southwest. Across the river in St. 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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