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State well represented in All-American game

A Minnesota prep basketball player representing the state in the McDonald’s All-American game, featuring the nation’s top players, is rare. That changed when Apple Valley’s TYUS JONES, REID TRAVIS of DeLaSalle, and Findlay Prep’s RASHAD VAUGHN represented Minnesota in the annual classic last week with the East (with Travis and Vaughn) defeating  the West (with Jones) 105-102 before a capacity crowd at the United Center in Chicago, doing the state proud in the process. Jones, a 6’-1” Duke University signee who has won about every prep basketball award the state has to offer, scored seven points and dished out 10 assists. He led Apple Valley to the Class 4A state title last season and was this year’s Mr. Basketball and Metro Player of the Year. Travis, a 6’-8” forward headed to Stanford, scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds for the winners. Continue Reading →

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A special day at Robbinsdale Cooper as 14 players sign letters of intent


A couple of weeks ago, I got invited to witness the signing of Robbinsdale Cooper football player and defensive back MALIK RUCKER. The senior was to sign his letter of intent to play and further his education at the University of Iowa. The event was scheduled for 2:30 at the school. Though the invitation was flattering to say the least, my job as a social studies teacher at Johnson High School in St. Paul and a mini snow storm kept me from attending. Continue Reading →

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Check out the pics

With Johnson and Central playing for St. Paul City Conference bragging rights in boys’ basketball (at the time of this publication), here are some boys’ basketball pictures from this season and one from the past, along with the following descriptions:

1. QUASHINGM SMITH-PUGH (with ball) of St. Paul Johnson drives around Roseville’s LOGAN BROWN. Smith-Pugh averages 20 points per game for the Governors. 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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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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Top prep prospects

University of Wisconsin-bound KEELON BROOKINS (Tartan) leads a talented list of top football prospects for the 2012 season. Brookins is ranked among the top corner back prospects in the country according to Scout Minnesota KIERRE RHODES (St. Paul Johnson), one of the state’s top all-purpose players, is being recruited as a corner back by several Division I schools. Wide receiver JAMES ONWAULU (Cretin-Derham Hall) will lead the powerful Raiders at receiver, while teammate AKEEM ROLLER is one of the state’s top offensive guards. Continue Reading →

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