Things it’s good to know…and remember

(l-r) Photos courtesy of Florida State Athletics; Courtesy Boston College Athletics; Courtesy Penn State Athletics (l-r) Jasmyn Martin, Gabrielle (Gabby) McCaa; Lauren Clark

It’s good to know that…

It’s good to know that Kennedi Orr (Eagan), the number-one-ranked volleyball player in the nation, recently enrolled at the University of Nebraska.

It’s good to know that Jasmyn Martin (Hopkins) is having an outstanding year as a senior volleyball player at Florida State University.

It’s good to know that Gabrielle McCaa (St. Louis Park) is in her sophomore season as a member of the Boston College volleyball team.

It’s good to know that Lauren Clark (Champlain Park) is in her sophomore season at Penn State

It’s good to know that Faith Johnson-Patterson, (Marshall-U), who coached five state champion girls’ basketball teams at Minneapolis North and three at DeLaSalle, is back as the head coach at Visitation.

It’s good to know that Ashley Ellis-Milan (St. Paul Central), a former University of Minnesota star player, is doing well in her first season as head girls’ basketball coach at East Ridge.

It’s good to know that Curtis Favors, a standout student athlete at Tartan, will attend Concordia University-St. Paul to play football.

 It’s good to know that Davon Townley, a senior basketball and football player at Minneapolis North, recently signed to play at Penn State University.

It’s good to know that Kader Diop, an All-Conference performer for Minneapolis South, will play football at Concordia University-St. Paul this fall.

It’s good to know that Kevvan Anderson, a defensive lineman who played at St. Paul Academy/ Minnehaha Academy/ Blake (SMB), signed with Grandview College in Des Moines, Iowa.

It’s good to know that Trent Finney, a tight end from St. Paul Academy/ Minnehaha Academy/ Blake (SMB), will play at Grandview College this fall.

It’s good to know that Deven Eastern, a strong side defensive end from Shakopee, has signed to play at the University of Minnesota.

I remember when…

I remember when Stacy Robinson, who played quarterback at St. Paul Central before moving on to wide receiver at North Dakota State, caught the first pass of Super Bowl XXI as a rookie for the New York Giants against the Denver Broncos in 1986, leading to the first of his two Super Bowl Championships.

I remember when the Minneapolis City Conference was one of the best boys’ basketball conferences in the state.

I remember when the Twin City boys’ basketball game, which usually matched up Minneapolis North and St. Paul Central, was the main yearly event during the 1980s.

 I remember when Rickey Smith was the only returning starter to St. Paul Central’s state tournament team. He led them to a third-place state tournament finish in 1981.

I remember when Tyler Johnson, the former Minneapolis North and University of Minnesota football star, played quarterback in high school. He played in last week’s Super Bowl as a rookie wide receiver for the Tampa Buccaneers.

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