Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Associate Director Lisa Lissimore and retired basketball official Jim Robinson continue their discussion from last week on city Black athletes who played in state high school basketball tournaments. Lissimore on Christine Durand (St. Paul Highland Park 1976-78): “She had a vertical jump that was out of this world. Christine could hang in the air so much that if you were going to block her shot, she had time to shift the ball in her hands,” she recalls. Roxanne Lissimore (Lisa’s sister) and Stacie Durand (St. Continue Reading →
By Charles Hallman
One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime, but it’s one in five for Black men. Women college basketball coaches and its players annually raise awareness of breast cancer by wearing pink colors. The “Coaches vs. Cancer” campaign features men’s head coaches wearing sneakers during games. However, this might be a first united show of support by Black coaches since the 1980s when Proposition 48 was first proposed and opponents protested it as a way to limit Black players from getting athletic scholarships. Continue Reading →
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 →
I took it easy this past week and watched five former metro-area prep basketball players help their college teams to key victories. Check this out! Sophomore center ROYCE WHITE (Hopkins), Mr. Basketball in 2009, had 18 points and nine rebounds in leading Iowa State to a 73-64 upset of fifth-ranked Kansas. Freshmen sensation RACHEL BANHAM (Lakeville North), named Miss Basketball in 2011, led the University of Minnesota women’s basketball team with 20 points in a 76-65 win over number-nine Ohio State. Senior guard KIARA BUFORD (St. Continue Reading →
I decided to start out the New Year with five pictures featuring five prep basketball players in the metro area who I saw play before winter break.
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