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Mobley leads Johnson to Twin City crown

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St. Paul Johnson point guard Jalen Mobley scored the first four points of the Twin City boys’ basketball championship game and the last three.

The 6’-1” senior also did his part in between —
scoring 45 points, finishing with 52 — in a 123-119 double overtime victory over host Minneapolis North, who got 41 points from 6’-6” junior forward Jamil Jackson. Continue Reading →

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2014 All-Star Classic lineup

According to DEREK REUBEN, director of the Inner City All-Star Classic, the rosters are set for the annual boys’ and girls’ basketball contests featuring the metro area’s top seniors. Reuben, who was named the state’s Mr. Basketball after an outstanding career at Minneapolis North, started the boys’ game in 1994 with then-teammate and friend RALPH CROWDER. At the urging and persistence of the late community and sports activist KWAME MCDONALD, a girls’ game was added in 2001.  

This year’s Inner City All-Star Classic will be held Sunday, June 8, at the University of St. Thomas. Continue Reading →

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Big week in Twin Cities boys’ basketball

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This past week was one to remember in prep boys’ basketball. First I had to choose between two of the top games in the state on Tuesday. That Saturday I ended up attending a Twin City title matchup between upstart Minneapolis North, a dominant program that had recently fell on hard times, and St. Paul Johnson, a perennial power who had made eight state tournament appearances (including the Class 3A state championship in 2010) since 2004. To put everything into perspective, let’s go back to the beginning of the week. Continue Reading →

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My top photos of 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Photos by Mitchell Palmer McDonald 

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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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Local prep star returns as WNBA player

 

 

TAYLER HILL was back where her storied high school career as a guard for Minneapolis South ended in style four years ago. Only this time, the 2009 McDonald’s All-American and Miss Basketball came back to the Target Center as a member of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, who were in town to play the Minnesota Lynx. Hill, who was the fourth pick of the WNBA draft after an outstanding career at Ohio State University, had a host of family and friends present. These included father PAUL, who starred at South as a guard in the 1980s, brother PJ who played at Minneapolis North and was a point guard at OSU, and sister TANYSHA SCOTT who starred at DeLaSalle and the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Hill scored one point in seven minutes of play in the Mystics’ 79-75 win. 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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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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All-Star Classic girls’ games feature future stars

 

 

In 1994, the first Inner City All-Star Classic (ICASC) basketball game was played in the gymnasium of Richard R. Green Central Park Community School in Minneapolis. The game featured the top senior boys’ basketball players of color in the metro area. In 2001, at the urging of late community activist KWAME MCDONALD, a girls’ game was added. McDonald, who passed away in October 2011, felt the game was needed after former Minneapolis North standouts TAMARA MOORE and MAURI HORTON held their own in the boys’ games in 1998 and 1999 respectively. Moore, who was named Ms. Basketball in 1998, starred at Wisconsin before playing in the WNBA for six years. Continue Reading →

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