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State championships not the highest goal of coaching



There are only 25 Blacks listed on the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) list of state boys’ and girls’ basketball tournament head coaches. Louis Boone, who coached Washburn to the 1994 state boys’ title, is one of 17 Black coaches who have appeared in the 100-year history of state tourneys. Winning the tough-from-top-to-bottom Minneapolis City Conference along the way during that championship season was a great preparation for Washburn’s ultimate state championship run, he admits. “Some of our biggest battles were right in the city,” he remembers. His squad finished 27-1. Continue Reading →

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Pratt leads Washburn past Johnson for TC title


In the Twin City boys’ basketball championship game at St. Paul Washington High School last Saturdayafternoon, Minneapolis Washburn forward JERRY PRATT didn’t start in the annual intercity contest — but he made sure he was around for its conclusion. The 6-4 senior scored his 25th point by rebounding his own missed layup with 5.5 seconds remaining and scoring as time expired to give the Millers a 90-89 win over St. Paul Johnson, who got a 30-point performance from senior guard MARCUS MARSHALL. Washburn, who also got 15 points each from CHUCKIE SMITH and DEJON DAVIS, 13 from JOSEPH DOBY and nine from DWIGHT ANDERSON, led Johnson, who also got contributions from DE’VONTA DURR (14 points), QUASHINGM SMITH-PUGH (13) and DARIUS WATSON (12), led 60-52 with 13-minutes left before the Governors came roaring back to tie it at the 10-minute mark. Continue Reading →

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Washburn playing well

Before the beginning of the 2009-2010 boys’ basketball season, Minneapolis Washburn coach REGGIE PERKINS was asked how his team, then the defending Class 3A state champs, was going to be that year. “We are young,” Perkins said then, “but we will be competitive.”


Two years later, Perkins has his team ranked number two in Class 3A and primed for a possible state tournament run. Led by a balanced scoring attack, the Millers are playing as good as any team in the state. After needing overtime to defeat Henry last month, the defending city champs beat them 100-62 in the rematch last week. Seniors CHUCKIE SMITH (13.7), DWIGHT ANDERSON (13.2), JERRY PRATT (11.2), JOSEPH DOBY (10.0) and sophomore DEJON DAVIS (8.7) form one of the metro area’s most balanced attacks. Continue Reading →

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A memorable week in boys’ basketball


Last week I saw three boys’ basketball contests. Two went into overtime, and two teams served notice that the Minneapolis and St. Paul City Conference titles won’t be that easy to reclaim by the defending champs.  

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 

Forward WAYLAND JOHNSON II sent the game into overtime with a freethrow with two seconds left inregulation, while finishing with 30 points in a 66-65 loss to Eden Prairie. GRANT SHAEFFER and ANDRE WALLACE had 16 and 15 respectively for Eden Prairie. Continue Reading →

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Mpls high school athletics now stepsisters to suburbs


Degree of affluence, open enrollment are factors in league’s decline


Is the Minneapolis City Conference today a non-factor locally, especially in the higher profile sports such as football and basketball? The city’s daily newspaper named just two Washburn players (second team) on their all-metro selections. No city females in volleyball. Only Washburn (boys) was listed in the paper’s top 10 — not a male or female conference basketball player was mentioned in their so-called ones to watch. What happened? Continue Reading →

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