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Former St. Paul Johnson stars represent at Division I level

Estan Tyler

Prep sceneThe St. Paul City Conference isn’t actually recognized as a hotbed talent pool when it comes to high school basketball in the state of Minnesota. However, one school, St. Paul Johnson, had three former boys’ basketball players competing at the Division I level this past season. Continue Reading →

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High school teammates meet again — on opposing teams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

LaShay Holt and Annessa Hicks played together for one year at St. Paul Humboldt High School. Holt was a freshman and Hicks was a senior. Their prep careers almost mirror each other: Both finished their high-school careers as 1,000-point scorers and were named the St. Paul City Conference MVP in their respective senior seasons. Continue Reading →

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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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A fast start, a final game, and a superstar returns

This week’s column features a perennial state boys’ basketball power off to a fast start, a former boys’ basketball state champion and top football prospect playing his final collegiate game, and a former boys’ basketball standout who returned home to face the Timberwolves in an NBA game.  

St. Paul Johnson off to a fast start

Defending St. Paul City Conference boys’ basketball champion Johnson got off to a fast start in their season opener, defeating visiting Lakeville South 83-60 before a capacity crowd. PIERRE CONWELL, a 6’-3’ forward, led the way with 26 points, including a powerful two-hand dunk. Continue Reading →

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Top preps traveling to North Dakota

 

It looks as if the North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) will be the place to watch some exciting basketball this coming winter. The men and women teams at the Division I two-year institution will feature some of the metro area’s top players from the class of 2013. LASHONDRA CURTIS (St. Paul Central), TAMERA CURTIS (St. Paul Central), LOLA HORNE (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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St. Paul City Conference race wide open and rife with ironies

 

 

DION BRADLEY, the 5-10 scoring machine from St. Paul Highland Park, continues to amaze. The senior scored 32 points in leading the Scots to a surprising 85-75 victory over City Conference leader Central. The victory not only put Highland Park in sole possession of first place; it also sent a message that the conference crown is up for grabs — a message first sent by Central last Tuesday when it defeated defending champ Johnson 53-49. In that game, MARKUS TAYLOR-KNIGHTEN led Central with 19 points, FELIX TAYLOR, JR. added 12, and MALIK DURANT-HAINES chipped in 10. 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 — Change of plans worked out nicely

 

Last Friday evening, the plan was to attend an important Classic Suburban Conference girls’ basketball matchup between host Tartan and Richfield. I wanted to see JESSICA JANUARY, Richfield’s leading scorer (headed to DePaul University next year), and Tartan’s TIA ELBERT, a junior guard whose scoring is off the charts with a metro-leading 36.4 points per game. I never made it. I got a call from a friend who made me aware of the fact that her daughter had gone with her middle-school basketball teammates to watch a St. Paul City Conference girls’ contest between Central and Como Park. Continue Reading →

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