Mitchell Palmer McDonald
Minneapolis South guard SATTORIA RULE scored 12 points — all three-pointers — in the first two minutes on her way to a game-high 37 in a 74-55 victory over St. Paul Johnson in a nonconference girls’ basketball matchup. Teammates KANEESHA GREEN, LAURA THOMAS and SAQIDAH JIHAD also contributed to the Tigers’ victory.
Sophomore forward AUDREY AWICH led Johnson with 21 points, and teammate MIRIAH CARRUTH added 12.
Rule, a senior, will attend Providence College next season, where former Minneapolis North standout BRIANNA EDWARDS is averaging 15 minutes per game as a sophomore.
Holmes doing it at Buffalo
EPHESIA HOLMES (South) is a point guard as a junior at the University of Buffalo.
Hill leads Ohio State
Guard TAYLER HILL (South) scored 17 points in a recent victory for Ohio State University.
Buford playing well at U
Forward KIARA BUFORD (Central) is among the top leading scorers for the University of Minnesota.
Robinson comes through for Marquette
Guard ANGEL ROBINSON (Central) hit three freethrows down the stretch to lead Marquette University to a 75-73 upset victory over Georgetown last week.
Wilson starting at South Dakota
TEMPEST WILSON (Elk River) starts at point guard for the University of South Dakota.
Hickman at CU
MAURIKA HICKMAN (North) starts at point guard for Concordia University-St. Paul.
Smith tops in NJCAA
Guard TYISHA SMITH (South) had 27 points in leading Iowa Western Community College (No. 19 in the NJCAA Division I) over No. 4 Jefferson (MO) 68-56.
Alexander has double-double
Scoring dynamo KACHINE ALEXANDER (Benilde-St. Margaret’s) had 14 points and 10 rebounds in a recent victory for the University of Iowa.
Hammick at Winthrop
TAQUOIA HAMMICK (South) is a junior center at Winthrop College and is one of the nation’s top shot blockers.
During the 1980s, Minneapolis North was one of the most dominant boys’ basketball programs in Minnesota. During the middle of the decade, two siblings were at the forefront of the Polars’ dominance. Brothers BRONSON MCNEAL and BRETT MCNEAL did their part in maintaining the tradition.
The duo led Minneapolis North to back-to-back City Conference titles, Twin Cities crowns, and state tournament appearances in ’83 and ’84. Bronson was an outstanding scorer, leaper and shot blocker, while Brett blossomed as a point guard and emerged as one the state’s top players.
After leading them to a second-place finish in ’84, Bronson graduated and Brett helped North repeat the feat in ’85. He was named Mr. Basketball that year and went on to a stellar collegiate career at Western Kentucky.
Today the brothers are busy keeping up with the athletic accomplishments of their sons. Bret’s son BRETSON MCNEAL starts at guard for DeLaSalle, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, while Bronson’s son BRYCE MCNEAL just completed his freshman season as a wide receiver for Clemson.
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