Porter reaches 1000-point mark for Como Park

Photo by Dr. Mitchell Palmer McDonald Ronnie Porter

Ronnie Porter, a point guard for St. Paul Como Park’s girls’ basketball team, recently scored her 1,000th point in an 89-55 nonconference victory over Minnehaha Academy last week.  A sophomore who has been on varsity since eighth grade, Porter led her team with 21 points in the victory.

She averaged 11 points per game as an eighth-grader while helping her team to the 2018 Twin City title. The following season she led the team with an 18.8 per game average while dishing out 3.5 assists as the Cougars captured the 2019 Twin City crown.

This year Porter is averaging 19.3 points per game for Como Park, ranked in the top 10 in Class 3A, with a season-high of 31 in a victory over Cretin Derham Hall.

It’s not often that a sophomore high school basketball player reaches the 1,000-point mark—let alone midseason—but Porter has done just that.

Former prep spotlight

Courtesy Boston College Athletics Troy Bell

Former Holy Angels boys’ basketball star Troy Bell had his jersey retired by Boston College last Saturday during halftime of its game against Virginia Tech.

After averaging 39 points per game as a senior in 1999—in which Bell was also a Mr. Basketball finalist—the 6’1” guard became a two-time All-American and ended his career as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,632 points.

Beyond the prep scene

Photo by Dr. Mitchell Palmer McDonald Willie Burton

Willie Burton, the 6’8” small forward who played for the University of Minnesota’s basketball team from 1986-90, had his #34 retired last Sunday at halftime of the Michigan State game.

Burton, a Detroit native, led the Gophers to the Sweet Sixteen in 1989 and the Elite Eight in 1990.

Former prep spotlight II

Courtesy Texas Tech University Athletics Andrayah Adams

Former St. Paul Como Park girls’ basketball star Andrayah Adams recently scored a game-high 29 points, leading Texas Tech University to an 89-84 win over Oklahoma.

About Dr. Mitchell Palmer McDonald

Dr. Mitchell Palmer McDonald is a contributing columnist to the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder. He can be reached at mcdeezy05@gmail.com.

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