This past week I saw a matchup of two of the state’s top boys’ basketball teams, a contest between two Southside City Conference rivals, and a record-setting freshman point guard at the collegiate level in women’s hoops.
The Polars, routinely known for having one of the state’s top basketball programs in the state, recently made their fifth consecutive appearance in the state playoffs in Class AA. (They were in Class A during 2014, 2015 and 2016, the year they won the title).
With his brother, 2007 Johnson graduate Tyrell Barze — a standout in his own right on the football team during his high school career — contributing his wisdom to the Governors as an assistant coach, the older Barze looked on as sophomore Joey Moberg’s two touchdown runs, Nelson’s 96 yards rushing, and a stingy defense led them to their first state playoff berth since 1981.
The Hawks not only showed that they were deserving of the number-one seed, but they avenged a surprising 13-12 loss to the Orioles in the 2017 section championship last season.
Since 2012, Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) have been awarded Hennepin County grants for capital improvement and to acquire new equipment for the district’s athletic facilities. North High School is the latest to receive a Hennepin County Youth Sports grant — $150,000 to remodel and install new equipment for the school’s new fitness center. District Athletic […]
Minneapolis North captured its seventh championship in program history last Saturday, defeating North Woods 96-49 in Class A at the Target Center. Shooting guard Isaac Johnson led the way with 28 points. Point guard JaQuan Sanders-Smith had 24 to compliment his fine floor game. Center O’Dell Wilson IV added 12 points to go along with […]
With junior guard Tayler Johnson battling foul trouble, senior guard JaQuan Sanders-Smith picked up the slack, scoring a game-high 22 points and leading Minneapolis North to an 81-65 boys’ basketball victory over St. Paul Central in the Twin City championship last Saturday. For the host Polars, ranked number one in Class A as well as […]
Cliff Brown made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. I knew that he was to be honored for his career as an assistant coach at Minneapolis North with Head Coach Robin Ingram in the 1990s, during which the duo led the Polars to three consecutive state championships from 1995-97. The event was to take place […]