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This Week in Prep

This week’s column brings you five pictures featuring three outstanding players and two former prep stars leading their college teams.

Check out the pics.  

 Cortez Tillman (shooting), a former Cretin- Derham Hall guard, averages 12.2 points for the University of St. Thomas.  

 

(l) Minneapolis North’s Jamil Jackson, guarding Minneapolis Washburn’s Warsame Guled, had 19 points and three dunks, leading the Polars to an 89-61 victory over the Millers. 

Former Minnehaha Academy standout Parker Hines (11) leads Augsburg College in scoring with 14.2 points per contest.  

(l) Roosevelt point guard Arione Farrar Jr. (in uniform), averaging 19.9 points per game, chats with Head Coach Robert Mestas. Continue Reading →

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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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Final tributes to an inspirational coach

I only knew Charlie Coles through my high school basketball coach, Ed Rachel — the two were friends who regularly met and talked shop. I never met him in person but can only imagine that Coles, who died June 7 at age 71, is again talking shop with the late Rachel, who died a couple of years ago. Before he retired in 2012 as Miami of Ohio’s all-time winningest men’s basketball coach (355-208), and the Mid-American Conference-wins leader as well, Coles was a successful prep basketball coach at Saginaw (Mich.) High School (1972-82) and led teams to two state title games in the mid-1970s. He then moved on, first to Central Michigan in 1985 for six seasons, then back to high school coaching in Toledo, returning to his college alma mater in 1994 as an assistant, followed by 16 seasons as head coach. There he coached former Minnesota Mr. Basketball Robert Mestas of Minneapolis Roosevelt, who attended his college coach’s June 13th funeral and spoke to us afterwards. Continue Reading →

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Top prep hoopsters vie for All-Star Classic honors

 

The 20th Annual Inner City All-Star Classic (ICASC), a basketball event held at the University of St. Thomas last Sunday, was certainly one to remember. The event featured the top girls and boys prep basketball players from the Class of 2013.  

Girls’ game

SADE CHATMAN (St. Paul Central) led the way with 19 points, (DeLaSalle) added 16, and TAYLOR CUNNIGHAM (St. 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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Twin Cities boys’ crown up for grabs

At the present time, it’s anybody’s guess who will represent the Minneapolis and St. Paul City Conferences in the Twin Cities boys’ basketball game next month. While St. Paul is in a three-way tie with Highland Park (led by DION BRADLEY), St. Paul Central (led by MARKUS TAYLOR-KNIGHTEN), and defending champion Johnson (led by QUASHINGM SMITH-PUGH), each suffering one conference loss, the city’s counterpart across the river is in a similar situation. Continue Reading →

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Highland Park defeats South

 

 

I was on my way to watch JOSEPH DOBY and DWIGHT ANDERSON help Minneapolis Washburn, coached by former St. Cloud State University player REGGIE PERKINS, to a 74-46 boys’ basketball nonconference victory over Hill Murray, led by former St. Agnes coach DICK GHIZONI. A little voice, however, told me to check out another nonconference matchup featuring St. Paul Highland Park at Minneapolis South for a half before venturing to the Washburn game in the second half. Continue Reading →

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