Sheri Crockett

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College baseball player aspires to be a major leaguer

As young African American males think about playing professional sports, primarily football and basketball, there is a sport out there that is just as lucrative as those, but not very many Black males play — it’s baseball. Adrian Turner, a transplant to Minnesota by way of Grambling State University, is striving to reach his dream of playing Major League Baseball (MLB). Turner was born in Tuscon, Arizona, and due to his father’s job he ended up in Kenosha, Wisconsin. At St. Joseph High School, a private school in Kenosha, he was a three-sport athlete. Continue Reading →

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Lynx rookie Peters off to a strong start

 

Devereaux Peters was drafted third overall in the 2012 WNBA Draft in April by the Minnesota Lynx. Despite being injury-prone, she’s proved herself ready to play thus far. At Notre Dame, Peters had two knee injuries and three surgeries in her first three seasons. “In the women’s game, [previous injuries] can play a part. I tried not to concentrate on that and just work on getting back to the college game,” she recalls. Continue Reading →

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Lynx aggressively defend their championship

 

Is there a dynasty in the making? By Sheri Crockett

Contributing Writer

 

The Minnesota Lynx started this year on a 14-game winning streak, dating back to the Western Conference semifinals last year. This year’s team set a new league record — the longest undefeated start in league history at 10-0 — and three games later they became only the second team in WNBA history to open a season 13-1. While the Lynx’s start has been nothing short of phenomenal, it’s only one more reason why the defending champs remain the team to beat again this year. They have the core group of women back from last year, save for two players: rookie Devereaux Peters and 10-year veteran Erin Thorn. Continue Reading →

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High school hoops star grows up to coach, write about, play his sport

 

 

 
Travis Bledsoe also wants to give back to basketball-loving Native American youth on reservations
 

 

By Sheri Crockett
Contributing Writer
Travis Bledsoe and I met at a Caribou Coffee Shop in Brooklyn Park. My first impression of him was he is laid back, confident, and very easygoing. My impression was correct; not only that, he is also soft spoken. On this day we met to talk about Travis’ life; the 2005 graduate from DeLaSalle High School has grown into quite the young man. At DeLaSalle Travis lettered in basketball three times and was one of the student-athletes named in the 2005 class of Mr. Basketball nominations. Continue Reading →

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Living the dream…just in a different way

 

 

 
This column introduces new MSR sports columnist Sheri Crockett, who promises to bring a new dimension of excitement to the best Black sports-writing team in America. 

 

By Sheri Crockett

Contributing Writer

 

Has anyone ever wondered what it would be like to be involved in a sport on the professional level? I always wanted to know what it would be like to play professional basketball. In May of 1999, I got my chance when the Minnesota Lynx had an open tryout. Basically, an open tryout is for anyone who can play or thinks they can play basketball. You pay a tryout fee (typically $100-$150), show up at the gym and get your hoop on! Continue Reading →

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