Mitchell P. McDonald

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Chanhassen holds its lead

A failed fourth-down conversion with under two minutes left allowed Chanhassen to hold on to a 34-30 victory over Robbinsdale Cooper in a Metro West Conference showdown that spoiled the Hawks’ homecoming before a capacity crowd at Cooper Stadium. First Quarter

The scoreless first quarter was highlighted by a Cooper defensive goal-line stand led by defensive backs LEVI CASE-ALLEN, MOSES NYAGACHA, ETHAN WHITE and JACHAI MCNEAL, linebackers ADRIAN JACKSON, JOHN JANSSON, and ALONZO HOLLIE, and linemen JOE ALBERT, ROBERT WATSON and WILLIE STAPLES. Second Quarter

Chanhassen struck, built a 13-0 lead behind two touchdown runs courtesy of running back COLE KIRCHOFF, but the offensive unit consisting of quarterback PHIL HOWARD, running backs LEVONTE TAYLOR and Hollie, receivers MELVIN NEWBERN, JORDAN MARSHALL and ARMANY SMITH, and linemen TONY MADISON, JAYLOND JOHNSON, WILL WRIGHT, ERIC ABOJEI, GREG OGBORU and TRENT HELLEN helped the Hawks respond quickly. Howard connected with Marshall for a score. Taylor followed with two scores of his own and provided a couple of two-point conversion runs (Howard provided the other) to make it a 24-13 game at halftime. Continue Reading →

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North prevails in Mpls City Conference football game

A dominating performance by the defense and explosive play by the offense propelled Minneapolis North to a 44-6 City Conference football victory over Southwest last Friday afternoon. Here is a breakdown of the game.  

First quarter

Wide receiver MALIK MATTHEWS dominated the opening period. The junior nearly scored on the opening kickoff and then caught touchdown passes of 14 and 11 yards from do-it-all quarterback TYLER JOHNSON. Johnson, also a junior, was also involved in a pair of two-point conversion — a pass to senior MARTICE CLARK and a run himself — giving the Polars a 16-0 lead. Continue Reading →

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Johnson prep star now playing for Arizona State

Former Johnson High School basketball star ROOSEVELT SCOTT is on the 2014-15 men’s basketball roster at Arizona State University. The 6’-4” Scott, who last year averaged 17.5 points per game for Indian Hills Community College, led his team to a second-place finish in the NJCAA Division I national tournament and a 33-4 record. He was also named to the all-tournament honors

While at Johnson, Scott teamed with ESTAN TYLER, now at the University of North Dakota after two years at the University of Missouri-Kansas City; MAXIE ROSENBLOOM, who just finished an outstanding career at Bemidji State; current Missouri State University guard MARCUS MARSHALL, JORDAN PLUFF, XAVIER HENRY, DANTE WARLICK, DEMITRI CONWELL, ANTHONY LEE, CHRIS SMITH-BOND, XAVIER BLACK and PRINCE WILLIAMS to lead the Governors to the Class 3A state championship in 2010. Scott did not take an easy path to ASU. When Johnson was completing yet another state tournament appearance in 2009 (they took third that year), Scott was earning his way as sophomore standout on the junior varsity. Continue Reading →

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A new era of North-Central rivalry?

At the conclusion of St. Paul Central’s 52-51 nonconference boys’ basketball victory over Minneapolis North, DEREK REUBEN and JURIAD HUGHES expressed excitement. “The rivalry is back,” said Reuben. “You know I had to come see this game,” said Hughes, smiling. For both, and for the capacity crowd that witnessed the contest, it was a chance to flash back to a time when the mere mention of Minneapolis North playing St. Continue Reading →

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Top DeLaSalle multi-sport prospect makes his choice

Last year at this time, DeLaSalle forward REID TRAVIS was a two-sport athlete (football-basketball) who had everyone in the state guessing which one he would play in college. Today he is a student athlete who will play basketball next season at one of the top athletic and academic institutions in the country. Entering the 2012-13 hoop season, the then-junior was one of the state’s top football prospects after leading the Islanders to the state playoffs in football at quarterback. As basketball season progressed, however, Travis found himself among the state’s top three Division I prospects along with Apple Valley’s TYUS JONES and Robbinsdale Cooper’s RASHAD VAUGHN. (Vaughn has since transferred to Findlay Prep for his senior season.)

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Pulley draws national attention to Minnesota talent

 

 

Guards TYUS JONES (Apple Valley), ISAIAH MCKAY (Park Center), JARVIS JOHNSON (DeLaSalle), SACAR ANIM (DeLaSalle), MASON JENSEN (Ballard, Iowa) JAKE LAWSON (Hopkins) and BJORN BROMAN (Lakeview Christian) teamed with post players REID TRAVIS (DeLaSalle), JAMES LAWSON (DeLaSalle), and SAM NEUMAN (Cretin-Derham Hall) to lead the Howard Pulley Panthers to a 79-72 victory over Each 1 Teach 1 to capture the 2013 AAU 17U Super Showcase in Orlando, Florida last Sunday. Behind the guidance of coaches ANTWAN HARRIS, MICHAEL WALKER, JABBAR WASHINGTON and DEDRICK JENKINS and Executive Director RENE PULLEY, the Panthers outshined the competition before a national audience, leaving no doubt that the Twin Cities has some of the top prep basketball talent in the country. Travis, the No. 40-ranked player in the country according to ESPN, led the way with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Jones, ranked No. Continue Reading →

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Nine outstanding performances in prep football

 

There were several outstanding performances during the second week of the prep football season. Here are nine worth mentioning. JEFF JONES (Minneapolis Washburn) — The running back rushed for 137 yards and a touchdown in a 33-6 win over conference rival South. JAMISON WHITING (Minneapolis Washburn) — The receiver had two touchdown receptions against South. DARIN RICHARDSON (Minneapolis Southwest) — The quarterback passed for two scores in a 34-0 victory over St. Continue Reading →

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