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.
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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 →
St. Paul Central captured its fifth-straight City Conference football title, and Minneapolis Washburn won its 11th consecutive crown last Friday. But that is only part of the story. Both teams are coached by former players who went on to play at the collegiate level and then chose to give back to their alma maters. To read more about this story, pick up a copy of the MSR newspaper:
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JERAD GARDNER (St. Paul Central) and MICHAELA BOLDEN (St. Paul Central) were recently named winners of the 36th Annual Winfield Awards at the banquet held Sunday, June 3 at the Crown Plaza St. Paul-Riverfront Hotel in St. Paul. Continue Reading →
STACY ROBINSON, who starred at St. Paul Central and went on to play wide receiver for the New York Giants, passed away last week after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 50. Robinson spent six years with the Giants as a wide receiver and earned two Super Bowl rings after an All-America career at North Dakota State. Before that, Stacy was one of the state’s top high school athletes as a junior and senior, excelling in football, basketball and track before graduating in 1980. Continue Reading →
Here are more pictures of some outstanding players from one of the most exciting girls’ state basketball tournaments in recent history.
Photos by Mitchell Palmer McDonald
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It was hyped as one of the top boys’ basketball games in the metro area. The date of the Osseo-Park Center rematch was set for Friday, February 10. The rematch became a must-see event after Osseo narrowly escaped with a 70-69 victory on their home court. Then the email came: BRIAN JAMROS, the associate athletic director at Concordia University-St. Paul, indicated that CU wanted to honor my father KWAME MCDONALD between the women’s and men’s basketball games (vs. Continue Reading →
I decided to start out the New Year with five pictures featuring five prep basketball players in the metro area who I saw play before winter break.
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