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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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Two winning coaches with much in common



GIOVAN JENKINS (Minneapolis Washburn) and SCOTT HOWELL (St. Paul Central) are two of the state’s most successful football coaches with plenty in common. Both were star players for the teams they now coach. Both went on to play at state colleges. Both made a conscious effort to return as educators and coach at their alma maters. Continue Reading →

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Minutemen ‘hang in there’ to stay undefeated


After senior running back ELIJAH CAMPBELLfumbled for the second time in the first four minutes of the Twin City football championship game against Minneapolis Washburn, St. Paul Central

football coach SCOTT HOWELLspoke softly as he addressed an assistant coach, but his words rang true. “Like I told them before, you can’t believe the hype. You’ve got to play football.”

Howell, on the field while communicating with the assistant coach up in the press box booth of James S. Griffin Stadium, then encouraged his team to “hang in there.”

His players listened, resulting in a 24-21 win for their third-straight TC title. Campbell, who ended up getting a key interception, and backfield mate GABE WALKER matched Washburn’s outstanding ground-gaining duo of JEFFREY JONES and RAYMONTE MAYNARD. Continue Reading →

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Central, Washburn keep winning championships



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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Too many games to choose from



The only bad thing about high school basketball in the metro area is that there are so many games to choose from and I am unable to make them all. This week I saw three games featuring some of the state’s top players in girls’ and boys’ basketball.  

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 

I looked on as Tartan defeated St. Paul Central 60-64 in a nonconference match-up. DARRION STRONG led the winners with 16 points. Continue Reading →

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