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A little African American history for you prep sports fans!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since 1975, 42 individuals in 40 years have been recognized as the state’s best players by being named Mr. Basketball (the honor was shared in 1979 and 1998). Of the 42 winners, 15 (36 percent) are African Americans. Here they are with a brief synopsis of their high school accomplishments. GREG DOWNING (Duluth Central, 1979): The 6’-3” guard led the Trojans to the Class AA state crown his senior year. He shared the award with Randy Bruer of Lake City. Continue Reading →

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Rosters set for this year’s All-Star Classic

 

The 20th Annual Inner City All-Star Classic rosters are set. The event, to be held Sunday, June 16 at Schoenecker Arena on the campus of the University of St. Thomas, features some of the top local graduating boys’ and girls’ basketball players in the metro area.  

Girls’ Rosters (tip-off at 3 pm)

Team Faith, coached by FAITH JOHNSON-PATTERSON (DeLaSalle): CHANEL SCOTT (St. Paul Johnson); TAYLOR CUNNINGHAM (St. Continue Reading →

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Highlights of a great state boys’ basketball tournament

 

 

 

The 101st boys’ basketball tournament was one to remember. TYUS JONES (Apple Valley), regarded by many as the nations’ top junior prospect, scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in leading the Eagles past Park Center, led by Mr. Basketball finalist QUINTON HOOKER (18 points, nine rebounds), 74-57 to capture their first Class 4A state championship. REID TRAVIS scored 17 points and LUKE SCOTT chipped in 12 as DeLaSalle repeated as Class 3A champs, defeating Austin 50-33. MARCELLUS HAZZARD scored 14 points in leading Minnehaha Academy past Litchfield 56-54 for the Class 2A title, a first for the Redhawks. Maranatha Christian earned runner-up honors in Class 1A, losing to Southwest Minnesota Christian 81-73, despite 24 points from ISAIAH HANSEN, 16 from JOSH GOLDSCHMIDT with a nice floor game, and 14 points from GARRISON GILLARD. Continue Reading →

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Prep Scene: Faced with a tough choice, I opted for history

 

Last Thursday evening, I had a choice to make. The top-rated team in Class 3A boys’ basketball, DeLaSalle, was scheduled to play Park Center, the No. 1-ranked team in Class 4A. Across the metro, a girls’ basketball matchup was scheduled between Robbinsdale Cooper, a Class 4A team among the top 20, and DeLaSalle, ranked No. 2 in Class 3A. Continue Reading →

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Park Center-Osseo rivalry showcases b-ball talent

 

Last year in late December a friend of mine, former Minneapolis North and University of Minnesota women’s basketball player ELLEN HEBERT, suggested that I attend a boys’ basketball contest between Park Center and Osseo on Friday, January 6, 2011. I will admit I blew the invitation off at first. I live in St. Paul, and the thought of driving through traffic was enough for me to want to attend a game closer to my home. Not sure if it was voices I kept hearing or a gravitational pull that turned my car west on I-94 instead of east. Continue Reading →

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Prep Scene— Top hoops performers, second time around

 

Mistakes can happen anywhere and anytime. This column is no exception. I overlooked one of the state’s best basketball players last week and then realized the photos submitted last week were inadvertently misidentified. This week, I took the liberty of resubmitting the pictures, with three from different contests last week. Hope this clears some things up. Continue Reading →

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Top performers in boys’ hoops

The boys’ basketball season is off and running, and some of the state’s top players are already serving notice that they will be heard from before the season is over. Check out these top performances so far:

QUINTON HOOKER (Park Center) — The leading candidate for Mr. Basketball dropped 26 in a 72-70 victory over top-ranked Apple Valley. TYUS JONES (Apple Valley) — Considered by many as the top junior in the country, the point guard scored 20 in a loss to Park Center. RILEY DEARRING (Minnetonka) — The University of Wisconsin recruit had 16 in a 79-71 win over Robbinsdale Cooper. BRIDGE TUSLER (Osseo) — The all-state football player scored 16 points from his point guard position, helping the Orioles defeat Eastview 50-40. Continue Reading →

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St. Paul Central still on top

 

MARIAH GUERRA-EDWARDS scored 16 points, BETSY MACDONALD added 14, and SADE CHATMAN chipped in 11 as St. Paul Central served notice that they are still the top girls’ basketball team in the City Conference with an 80-54 victory over Highland Park. PARIS CRENSHAW led Highland with 12 points. ASHLEE MORALEZ and TAMERA CURTIS each added 10 for the Scots.  

Five outstanding boys’ basketball players

TYUS JONES (Apple Valley) — averaging 28 points per game whilekeeping his team among the state’s best. Continue Reading →

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A weekend of hoops and a college commitment

This past weekend I witnessed a classic high school boys’ basketball game, watched three former all-metro

players in NCAA Division I action, and learned that one of the state’s top football players made a collegiate commitment. Check this out!  

Friday, January 6, 2012: 

Sophomore center IAN THEISEN’S freethrow with 1.6 seconds left gave Osseo a 70-69 victory over Park Center in a classic Northwest Suburban boys’ basketball matchup. The game, which was played at Osseo, ended in dramatic fashion. Junior guard QUINTON HOOKER, who finished with 28 points, tied the game by calmly netting a three-pointer with 24 seconds remaining. After a timeout, Osseo, who also got 15 points from junior guard BRIDGE TUSLER, worked the ball around before Theisen was fouled. Continue Reading →

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