Royals get their revenge

Prologue
To Hopkins to see the #6AAAA Royals host #5AAAA Wayzata.  The 1st meeting between these teams was a 81-55 Wayzata blowout win just over a month ago.  But Hopkins just avenged an earlier loss to Edina so would that script hold here?  Our 3 man crew was a concern before the tip and both coaches were very unhappy at various points.  Fun crowd on hand with the Hopkins band.  When the Dominos delivery car pulls up and its not for the concession stand, its a let down.  But the hot dog is solid and Coke to take care of it.

Game Time:
Jacob Beeninga and Ryan Lindberg with early 3s for Wayzata.  Center Joe Hedstrom with 2 chances at 3 point plays for Hopkins.  He converts the 1st and misses the 2nd to end a 7-0 Hopkins run.  15-10 Royals 6 minutes in.  Wayzata keeps bombing away.  Lindberg again off a BLOB and Drew Galinson in transition.  After a Hopkins hoop, its Gavin Baumgartner with 8 straight Trojans points in a span of 35 seconds.  That included a triple, a coast to coast venture and then converting a turnover into another triple.  The 14-4 run puts Wayzata up by 5.  Lindberg with another bomb off an offensive board with a minute left in the half.  37-30 Wayzata at the break.  The Trojans make 9 3s in the half.  They outscore Hopkins 19-7 over the last 6+ minutes of the half.

Galinson 2 more triples.  Ish El-Amin counters with 7 points in a 10-0 Hopkins run.  Beeninga fouled on a 3 and makes all 3 before yet another Galinson 3.  53-46 Wayzata with 8:56 left.  Hopkins coach Ken Novak almost gets a T at the timeout.  El-Amin 2 free throws and then a vicious swat of a Trojans lob into the 8th row.  Frosh Blaise Beauchamp with a floater and a 3.  Then back to back turnovers for Hopkins layups.  11-0 Hopkins run to take a 57-53 lead with under 6 minutes to play.

Wayzata would rally behind a Beeninga triple and pair of free throws to take a 60-59 lead with 3:46 left.  A jump ball goes to Hopkins with 3:11 left.  They run offense for a minute before Hedstrom is fouled and makes both ends of the bonus.  Then a turnover for an El-Amin layup.  Another turnover for the Trojans and Anthony Davis converts that vs a 1-3-1 trap..  The rest is free throws and some Brian Schnettler displeasure with no whistle for over and back.   Hopkins wins 70-62.

Post Game:
Ryan Lindberg leads the way for Wayzata with 18 poitns and 4 triples.  Drew Galinson 5 threes and 15 points.  Gavin Baumgartner 12 points but 8 of them in that 35 second run in the 1st half.  Jacob Beeninga also in double figures with 11.  I liked that Wayzata pulled out some looks very much like what Edina does on offense to space the floor and penetrate.  Once Hopkins clamped down on the 3 point line, offense was tough.  Wayzata only shoots 5 free throws (Beeninga goes 5-5).

Ish El-Amin and Blaise Beauchamp each score 16 points to lead Hopkins.  24 of those 32 points coming in the 2nd half.  El-Amin turned his game up another notch in the 2nd half.  Simon Wright very active rebounding to go along with his 14 points.  Joe Hedstrom chips in with 11.  Zeke Nnaji left the game early in the 2nd half with a cut and didn't return.  But when Nnaji and Hedstrom were in the game together, Hopkins went to something that wasn't quite high low or lane-lane mover blocker, but it had the posts working together top and bottom with the guards filling the wings.  Good stuff.  With a couple exceptions, the 2nd half defense of the 3 point line was much much better than the 1st.

So the teams are now tied on top of the Lake Conference standings at 4-2.  Hopkins is 17-5 overall while Wayzata is 19-3 overall.  If its coaches seed then its very interesting for Hopkins to be the top seed.  Wayzata is currently a landslide winner for the top spot if its QRF but I have it much closer than that in the CzarPI.  The win is also big as Armstrong lost to Maple Grove tonight and still has to go to Champlin Park.  That definitely helps the Royals case for the 2nd seed.

A Week of Blue

Game info here has been quiet this week so let's get caught up on what I've seen.  My games have had a shade of blue attached to them.  So here goes.

Monday: Trinity at Mounds Park Academy
No problems for Trinity in this one as they win 60-29.  Interesting action from Mounds Park Academy though.  They would go horns with the school's all-time scoring leader at the point, Brendan Connolly.  Then the interesting part is that they would go corner action out of it but have the point guard follow under the post instead of going over the top.  That gave a better screening angle.  Connolly set that screen 3 times early and got wide open 3s stepping out after setting it.  Another round of the magnificent Pulled Pork meal deal always makes the trip worth it.

Tuesday: Chaska at Bloomington Jefferson
This one was for the top spot in the Metro West.  Pizza, popcorn and Red Gatorade (no Pepsi available sadly) for the meal deal.  But my Gatorade was mostly frozen.  Chaska would survive a very ugly first half and be tied at the break.  Then the 2nd half, they go 22-27 from the charity stripe vs 2-2 for Jefferson.  That makes up for only making 5 field goals in that half.  Myles Hanson with 20 of his 24 in the 2nd half (14-15 FTs).  He also added 11 rebounds.  He put the game away with 7 straight points when the lead was 3.  The irony of this game is a Jefferson parent wondering why I limited my usual comments about their methodical style while their players are blowing me up online.  The teams are now tied on top of the Metro West standings.  Jefferson sees a 9 game winning streak snapped.  Chaska has now won 7 straight.  They could meet again in the 2AAAA section playoffs.  Chaska looks to have the inside track to the 1 seed there.

Wednesday: Cooper at #2AAAA Maple Grove
Due to a late night of the real world, I had to watch this one online on mute.  But still no doubt about Brad Davison going absolutely nuts.  He goes off for a school record 43.  Tywhon Pickford adds 32 as Maple Grove wins 93-85.  Both teams not able to get stops as the lane looked like an interstate highway.  Cooper with limited size options but they have athletic guards and a scorer in Beijan Newbern.  He ended up with 28.  The Hawks made noise in the tourney last year and have the same tools to do it again.  Most of these guys are back next year too.

Thursday: Prairie Seeds at #7AAA Columbia Heights
Always have to get the Mug Root Beer on the hill.  No Willie Braziel for the game.  He was tossed on Tuesday vs De La Salle.   By a member of the JMOA to boot, the horror.  Prairie Seeds would take the early lead and hold it all the way until 27-22 with about 6 minutes left in the 1st half.  The story of this game would take over.  That's soph Jarvis Wright for Columbia Heights.  He comes off the bench and scores 12 straight Hylanders points.  Add in Lycans post AJ Abara sitting with 2 fouls and the moment totally shifts.  Heights goes from 5 down to 10 up at the half.

Abara with 2 hoops and Brian Robinson finishes an 11-2 Lycans run with 2 free throws.  61-56 Heights with 10:32 left.  But Wright is back in the game.  He buries a kickout for 3, then behind the back to Christian Kelly for a layup.  Then a slick pass to Wendell Matthews for 2 free throws.  Brian and Jamar Robinson both have to sit with 4 fouls.  Daveon Gibson with a 3 for Prairie Seeds as they try to hang around down 6.  But Wright adds 2 more bombs and a score in the post.  He had the answer for any Prairie Seeds run.  Columbia Heights wins 97-87.  Soph Jarvis Wright off the Columbia Heights bench with 31 points and 7 bombs to lead all scorers.  Wendell Matthews adds 24.  Quentin Hardrict with 19.  Daveon Gibson with 6 3s and 26 points to try to keep Prairie Seeds close.  AJ Abara with 17 of his 23 in the 2nd half.  Lycans star guard Brian Robinson with 16 but only 1 field goal in the 2nd half.

The week of blue concludes with 2 trips to Hopkins

2016-17 CzarPI, February 15th, 2017

This is the 6th CzarPI of the 2016-17 season (see CzarPI Explained Here).  It includes games through Wednesday, February 15th, 2017.  The value in () after the CzarPI value is the team's strength of schedule ranking within their class.

Class AAAA
  1. Champlin Park - 63.58 (10) 0-0 vs better, 19-0 vs worse
  2. Maple Grove - 61.13 (9) 0-1 vs better, 19-1 vs worse
  3. Wayzata - 60.91 (17) 0-0 vs better, 17-2 vs worse
  4. Apple Valley - 60.05 (15) 1-2 vs better, 16-0 vs worse
  5. Lakeville North - 59.14 (28) 0-2 vs better, 18-0 vs worse
  6. Hopkins - 58.78 (1) 0-3 vs better, 14-2 vs worse
  7. Park Center - 57.11 (2) 1-3 vs better, 13-3 vs worse
  8. New Prague - 57.07 (52) 0-1 vs better, 18-2 vs worse
  9. St. Cloud Tech - 56.77 (33) 0-0 vs better, 17-5 vs worse
  10. Robbinsdale Armstrong - 56.43 (12) 2-4 vs better, 14-1 vs worse
  11. Chaska - 56.24 (21) 1-2 vs better, 14-3 vs worse
  12. Rochester John Marshall - 56.19 (50) 1-2 vs better, 17-1 vs worse
  13. Edina - 55.58 (5) 4-2 vs better, 6-5 vs worse
  14. Bloomington Jefferson - 55.28 (49) 2-2 vs better, 14-2 vs worse
  15. Tartan - 55.21 (56) 1-3 vs better, 17-0 vs worse
  16. Woodbury - 54.74 (41) 3-2 vs better, 12-2 vs worse
  17. Rogers - 53.94 (61) 0-2 vs better, 17-1 vs worse
  18. East Ridge - 53.79 (45) 1-4 vs better, 15-1 vs worse
  19. Robbinsdale Cooper - 53.43 (4) 4-6 vs better, 6-2 vs worse
  20. Osseo - 53.01 (25) 2-6 vs better, 13-0 vs worse
  21. Cretin-Derham Hall - 52.88 (16) 2-6 vs better, 11-1 vs worse
  22. Eden Prairie - 52.5 (6) 4-8 vs better, 8-1 vs worse
  23. Prior Lake - 52.41 (11) 3-5 vs better, 7-4 vs worse
  24. Forest Lake - 51.77 (42) 3-5 vs better, 10-2 vs worse
  25. Blaine - 51.22 (18) 1-6 vs better, 11-2 vs worse
  26. Owatonna - 50.8 (57) 0-4 vs better, 15-1 vs worse
  27. Elk River - 50.32 (48) 2-5 vs better, 11-3 vs worse
  28. Minnetonka - 49.8 (3) 3-9 vs better, 5-1 vs worse
  29. Duluth East - 49.63 (40) 2-6 vs better, 9-3 vs worse
  30. Rosemount - 49.39 (24) 1-7 vs better, 10-3 vs worse
  31. North St. Paul - 48.85 (63) 2-5 vs better, 12-1 vs worse
  32. Lakeville South - 48.75 (8) 2-10 vs better, 9-0 vs worse
  33. Coon Rapids - 48.65 (34) 4-5 vs better, 5-6 vs worse
  34. St. Louis Park - 47.62 (19) 1-10 vs better, 9-1 vs worse
  35. Brainerd - 46.97 (26) 5-8 vs better, 3-4 vs worse
  36. St. Michael-Albertville - 46.81 (39) 3-7 vs better, 8-2 vs worse
  37. St. Paul Central - 46.61 (59) 3-8 vs better, 9-2 vs worse
  38. Centennial - 46.12 (20) 4-9 vs better, 5-2 vs worse
  39. Eastview - 45.96 (46) 2-9 vs better, 9-1 vs worse
  40. Chanhassen - 45.25 (31) 4-11 vs better, 5-1 vs worse
  41. Minneapolis Washburn - 44.21 (62) 2-8 vs better, 11-1 vs worse
  42. St. Francis - 43.59 (64) 2-5 vs better, 9-6 vs worse
  43. Park of Cottage Grove - 42.03 (58) 3-7 vs better, 4-7 vs worse
  44. Andover - 41.97 (22) 3-12 vs better, 3-2 vs worse
  45. Farmington - 41.85 (51) 2-9 vs better, 5-4 vs worse
  46. Eagan - 41.63 (30) 4-13 vs better, 2-2 vs worse
  47. Minneapolis Southwest - 40.88 (37) 4-12 vs better, 4-1 vs worse
  48. Mounds View - 40.88 (54) 4-11 vs better, 4-1 vs worse
  49. Anoka - 40.82 (13) 4-12 vs better, 2-0 vs worse
  50. Burnsville - 40.48 (29) 4-14 vs better, 3-0 vs worse
  51. Hastings - 40.33 (55) 3-10 vs better, 5-1 vs worse
  52. Irondale - 38.57 (27) 3-15 vs better, 2-1 vs worse
  53. Roseville - 37.58 (44) 3-14 vs better, 3-1 vs worse
  54. Spring Lake Park - 37.47 (23) 4-16 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  55. Shakopee - 35.96 (7) 3-17 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  56. Buffalo - 35.88 (53) 2-15 vs better, 3-2 vs worse
  57. Cambridge-Isanti - 35.67 (60) 2-15 vs better, 4-0 vs worse
  58. Moorhead - 35.07 (14) 2-13 vs better, 1-0 vs worse
  59. Rochester Mayo - 33.51 (43) 2-14 vs better, 4-0 vs worse
  60. Stillwater Area - 32.52 (47) 3-17 vs better, 0-1 vs worse
  61. White Bear Lake - 31.04 (32) 3-17 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  62. Henry Sibley - 30.97 (38) 2-17 vs better, 1-1 vs worse
  63. Minneapolis South - 28.95 (36) 1-19 vs better, 3-0 vs worse
  64. Rochester Century - 0 (35) 0-18 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
Class AAA
  1. Marshall - 60.98 (9) 0-0 vs better, 19-1 vs worse
  2. DeLaSalle - 60.08 (11) 0-1 vs better, 14-0 vs worse
  3. Waseca - 57.94 (42) 0-1 vs better, 20-1 vs worse
  4. Austin - 57.78 (58) 1-0 vs better, 19-1 vs worse
  5. Orono - 57.64 (5) 1-0 vs better, 16-5 vs worse
  6. Fergus Falls - 56.61 (36) 1-1 vs better, 15-2 vs worse
  7. Grand Rapids - 56.52 (25) 1-1 vs better, 15-4 vs worse
  8. Mahtomedi - 56.27 (59) 0-0 vs better, 18-2 vs worse
  9. Delano - 56.12 (28) 1-3 vs better, 16-1 vs worse
  10. Columbia Heights - 54.63 (14) 1-4 vs better, 15-2 vs worse
  11. Alexandria - 54.57 (43) 2-2 vs better, 12-3 vs worse
  12. St. Paul Highland Park - 53.27 (62) 1-1 vs better, 14-3 vs worse
  13. Big Lake - 52.86 (33) 1-5 vs better, 14-1 vs worse
  14. St. Thomas Academy - 52.36 (60) 2-3 vs better, 14-1 vs worse
  15. Bemidji - 52.11 (56) 0-3 vs better, 14-3 vs worse
  16. Rocori - 51.87 (18) 2-5 vs better, 10-4 vs worse
  17. Zimmerman - 51.51 (51) 1-4 vs better, 13-3 vs worse
  18. Byron - 51.08 (21) 3-5 vs better, 11-4 vs worse
  19. Minneapolis Henry - 49.98 (39) 0-6 vs better, 14-0 vs worse
  20. Faribault - 49.65 (31) 1-5 vs better, 10-4 vs worse
  21. Becker - 49.31 (55) 1-5 vs better, 11-4 vs worse
  22. Worthington - 49.21 (17) 1-5 vs better, 11-4 vs worse
  23. Northfield - 48.91 (35) 3-6 vs better, 9-2 vs worse
  24. Willmar - 48.53 (12) 4-8 vs better, 6-4 vs worse
  25. Totino-Grace - 48.52 (2) 4-10 vs better, 7-0 vs worse
  26. St. Paul Johnson - 48.44 (46) 2-4 vs better, 7-5 vs worse
  27. Detroit Lakes - 48.31 (38) 1-7 vs better, 10-1 vs worse
  28. Duluth Denfeld - 48.16 (50) 3-5 vs better, 6-5 vs worse
  29. Mankato West - 47.93 (26) 3-7 vs better, 8-2 vs worse
  30. Sauk Rapids-Rice - 47.75 (13) 3-11 vs better, 7-1 vs worse
  31. St. Anthony Village - 47.66 (64) 0-5 vs better, 16-1 vs worse
  32. Thief River Falls - 47.56 (16) 1-9 vs better, 8-2 vs worse
  33. Hibbing - 47.09 (48) 4-7 vs better, 4-3 vs worse
  34. Waconia - 46.92 (29) 4-7 vs better, 6-3 vs worse
  35. Sartell-St. Stephen - 46.9 (15) 6-9 vs better, 3-3 vs worse
  36. Fridley - 46.02 (53) 2-9 vs better, 10-2 vs worse
  37. Little Falls - 45.8 (34) 3-11 vs better, 5-2 vs worse
  38. Richfield - 45.26 (19) 2-8 vs better, 6-3 vs worse
  39. Benilde-St. Margaret's - 45.22 (10) 3-12 vs better, 6-0 vs worse
  40. Stewartville - 45.13 (8) 2-11 vs better, 8-1 vs worse
  41. Simley - 44.01 (45) 1-9 vs better, 9-2 vs worse
  42. Winona - 43.7 (30) 2-9 vs better, 7-1 vs worse
  43. Chisago Lakes Area - 43.51 (37) 3-11 vs better, 7-1 vs worse
  44. Hermantown - 43.46 (4) 3-13 vs better, 4-0 vs worse
  45. Cloquet - 43.34 (47) 4-12 vs better, 3-0 vs worse
  46. Mankato East - 43.02 (20) 3-11 vs better, 6-1 vs worse
  47. St. Cloud Apollo - 42.96 (3) 4-15 vs better, 3-0 vs worse
  48. Kasson-Mantorville - 41.61 (6) 4-13 vs better, 3-1 vs worse
  49. Monticello - 41.55 (32) 3-13 vs better, 5-0 vs worse
  50. St. Paul Como Park - 41.46 (27) 2-14 vs better, 5-0 vs worse
  51. Blake - 40.38 (61) 3-12 vs better, 5-1 vs worse
  52. Bloomington Kennedy - 40.26 (41) 2-13 vs better, 4-1 vs worse
  53. Mound Westonka - 39.81 (57) 3-12 vs better, 3-2 vs worse
  54. New Ulm - 36.34 (24) 2-16 vs better, 4-0 vs worse
  55. Hutchinson - 35.71 (1) 3-16 vs better, 0-1 vs worse
  56. North Branch - 35.58 (44) 2-16 vs better, 1-1 vs worse
  57. St. Paul Harding - 35.33 (63) 2-14 vs better, 3-1 vs worse
  58. Holy Angels - 34.66 (7) 2-17 vs better, 1-0 vs worse
  59. Red Wing - 34.11 (40) 2-14 vs better, 4-1 vs worse
  60. Dassel-Cokato - 33.97 (23) 4-15 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  61. Princeton - 33.85 (54) 3-18 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  62. Hill-Murray - 28.07 (22) 2-15 vs better, 2-0 vs worse
  63. South St. Paul - 20.14 (52) 1-19 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  64. Albert Lea - 0 (49) 0-19 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
Class AA
  1. Melrose - 61.07 (31) 0-0 vs better, 21-0 vs worse
  2. Caledonia - 58 (5) 0-1 vs better, 15-2 vs worse
  3. Virginia - 57.82 (85) 0-0 vs better, 21-1 vs worse
  4. Crosby-Ironton - 57.42 (114) 0-0 vs better, 18-0 vs worse
  5. St. Cloud Cathedral - 57.31 (19) 0-2 vs better, 18-2 vs worse
  6. Esko - 57.26 (59) 0-2 vs better, 17-0 vs worse
  7. Watertown-Mayer - 56.96 (50) 0-1 vs better, 18-2 vs worse
  8. Minnehaha Academy - 56.69 (29) 3-1 vs better, 13-3 vs worse
  9. Annandale - 56.6 (17) 1-3 vs better, 16-1 vs worse
  10. Jordan - 56.41 (71) 0-0 vs better, 19-3 vs worse
  11. Perham - 56.24 (79) 1-1 vs better, 18-1 vs worse
  12. Waterville-Elysian-Morristown - 56.15 (55) 1-1 vs better, 16-2 vs worse
  13. Jackson County Central - 55.98 (60) 0-2 vs better, 18-1 vs worse
  14. Pine Island - 55.77 (48) 1-0 vs better, 17-4 vs worse
  15. Lake City - 55.19 (41) 2-1 vs better, 14-4 vs worse
  16. New Richland-H-E-G - 54.77 (106) 1-2 vs better, 19-0 vs worse
  17. St. Charles - 54.6 (45) 2-2 vs better, 14-3 vs worse
  18. Breckenridge - 54.49 (97) 1-2 vs better, 14-0 vs worse
  19. Sibley East - 54.13 (94) 0-1 vs better, 17-3 vs worse
  20. Eden Valley-Watkins - 54.02 (87) 1-2 vs better, 15-1 vs worse
  21. New Life Academy - 53.93 (110) 0-2 vs better, 18-1 vs worse
  22. Rochester Lourdes - 53.87 (53) 3-2 vs better, 12-3 vs worse
  23. Maple River - 53.6 (33) 2-4 vs better, 13-2 vs worse
  24. Sauk Centre - 53.15 (54) 1-3 vs better, 14-2 vs worse
  25. Brooklyn Center - 52.83 (35) 1-4 vs better, 13-2 vs worse
  26. St. Paul Prep - 52.79 (49) 0-2 vs better, 10-2 vs worse
  27. Osakis - 52.32 (113) 1-2 vs better, 14-2 vs worse
  28. Hinckley-Finlayson - 51.74 (129) 0-1 vs better, 19-1 vs worse
  29. Fairmont - 51.44 (64) 1-3 vs better, 14-4 vs worse
  30. Southwest Christian - 50.94 (70) 0-3 vs better, 14-4 vs worse
  31. Minneota - 50.45 (81) 1-3 vs better, 13-4 vs worse
  32. Holdingford - 50.45 (122) 1-2 vs better, 15-2 vs worse
  33. Montevideo - 50.35 (23) 0-4 vs better, 11-4 vs worse
  34. New London-Spicer - 50.1 (43) 1-4 vs better, 11-5 vs worse
  35. Zumbrota-Mazeppa - 50.07 (86) 0-5 vs better, 15-2 vs worse
  36. Plainview-Elgin-Millville - 50.06 (47) 1-6 vs better, 13-3 vs worse
  37. St. Croix Lutheran - 50.06 (2) 2-8 vs better, 10-2 vs worse
  38. Belle Plaine - 49.87 (18) 4-6 vs better, 8-5 vs worse
  39. Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta - 49.6 (1) 3-6 vs better, 6-3 vs worse
  40. Proctor - 49.45 (57) 0-4 vs better, 12-3 vs worse
  41. Glencoe-Silver Lake - 49.2 (26) 3-5 vs better, 8-5 vs worse
  42. Pequot Lakes - 49.18 (27) 2-5 vs better, 10-4 vs worse
  43. Milaca - 48.61 (76) 2-6 vs better, 10-2 vs worse
  44. Rockford - 48.37 (123) 2-5 vs better, 13-1 vs worse
  45. St. Peter - 48.35 (32) 3-7 vs better, 7-4 vs worse
  46. Pillager - 48.33 (119) 0-3 vs better, 13-6 vs worse
  47. Pipestone Area - 48.18 (16) 1-7 vs better, 10-2 vs worse
  48. Redwood Valley - 48.16 (25) 4-9 vs better, 8-2 vs worse
  49. Litchfield - 48.13 (20) 3-9 vs better, 9-0 vs worse
  50. Norwood-Young America - 48.01 (84) 2-7 vs better, 11-2 vs worse
  51. Lewiston-Altura - 47.81 (38) 2-8 vs better, 9-2 vs worse
  52. Moose Lake-Willow River - 47.77 (51) 2-4 vs better, 7-6 vs worse
  53. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City - 47.59 (61) 3-7 vs better, 8-2 vs worse
  54. Roseau - 47.4 (120) 1-6 vs better, 13-1 vs worse
  55. Minneapolis Roosevelt - 47.24 (77) 1-8 vs better, 14-0 vs worse
  56. St. Croix Prep - 47.22 (109) 1-4 vs better, 9-5 vs worse
  57. Crookston - 47.21 (103) 1-6 vs better, 11-2 vs worse
  58. Minnewaska Area - 47.2 (42) 3-9 vs better, 7-2 vs worse
  59. St. James Area - 47.07 (65) 2-8 vs better, 11-0 vs worse
  60. Pine City - 46.78 (127) 1-4 vs better, 14-2 vs worse
  61. Breck - 46.3 (96) 1-5 vs better, 10-3 vs worse
  62. Greenway - 45.86 (107) 2-7 vs better, 9-0 vs worse
  63. Trinity School - 45.79 (100) 1-7 vs better, 9-4 vs worse
  64. Foley - 45.79 (69) 3-8 vs better, 6-2 vs worse
  65. Math and Science Academy - 45.5 (130) 1-1 vs better, 11-6 vs worse
  66. Staples-Motley - 44.94 (44) 2-9 vs better, 7-1 vs worse
  67. Wadena-Deer Creek - 44.64 (126) 3-5 vs better, 7-5 vs worse
  68. Braham - 44.47 (128) 1-6 vs better, 14-0 vs worse
  69. Holy Family Catholic - 44.32 (15) 2-11 vs better, 6-1 vs worse
  70. Barnum - 44.02 (28) 3-12 vs better, 6-0 vs worse
  71. Spectrum - 44 (115) 3-8 vs better, 7-2 vs worse
  72. Tri-City United - 44 (12) 3-12 vs better, 5-1 vs worse
  73. Lakeview - 43.95 (67) 2-10 vs better, 8-1 vs worse
  74. Hayfield - 43.78 (66) 1-10 vs better, 10-1 vs worse
  75. East Grand Forks - 43.34 (95) 2-9 vs better, 6-2 vs worse
  76. St. Agnes - 43.18 (63) 1-11 vs better, 8-2 vs worse
  77. International Falls - 43.07 (7) 2-11 vs better, 6-1 vs worse
  78. Hawley - 43.06 (10) 2-8 vs better, 4-2 vs worse
  79. St. John's Prep - 42.78 (88) 1-5 vs better, 5-4 vs worse
  80. St. Paul Washington - 42.62 (112) 1-11 vs better, 9-1 vs worse
  81. Academy for Sciences & Ag - 41.92 (133) 0-2 vs better, 11-3 vs worse
  82. St. Paul Academy - 41.1 (108) 2-9 vs better, 6-3 vs worse
  83. Chatfield - 41.05 (24) 4-14 vs better, 2-1 vs worse
  84. Windom Area - 40.43 (4) 2-14 vs better, 5-1 vs worse
  85. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton - 40.26 (99) 3-10 vs better, 5-3 vs worse
  86. International School of MN - 39.28 (105) 2-9 vs better, 5-0 vs worse
  87. Warroad - 39 (121) 1-12 vs better, 8-1 vs worse
  88. Maple Lake - 38.96 (39) 3-11 vs better, 4-3 vs worse
  89. St. Paul Humboldt - 38.67 (124) 3-14 vs better, 5-0 vs worse
  90. Triton - 38.62 (36) 2-14 vs better, 6-1 vs worse
  91. Duluth Marshall - 38.42 (101) 2-10 vs better, 3-3 vs worse
  92. Mesabi East - 38.31 (98) 2-12 vs better, 5-2 vs worse
  93. Providence Academy - 38.18 (40) 3-13 vs better, 2-2 vs worse
  94. Tracy-Milroy-Balaton - 37.77 (82) 2-13 vs better, 5-2 vs worse
  95. Winona Cotter - 37.68 (78) 2-12 vs better, 5-2 vs worse
  96. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle - 37.61 (21) 2-13 vs better, 3-0 vs worse
  97. Benson - 37.59 (30) 2-14 vs better, 3-1 vs worse
  98. Pelican Rapids - 37.54 (92) 3-13 vs better, 4-2 vs worse
  99. Dover-Eyota - 37.5 (6) 4-18 vs better, 1-1 vs worse
  100. Blue Earth Area - 37.39 (13) 2-12 vs better, 2-3 vs worse
  101. Park Rapids Area - 37.2 (8) 3-17 vs better, 1-2 vs worse
  102. Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted - 36.97 (34) 4-14 vs better, 3-1 vs worse
  103. Barnesville - 36.81 (22) 3-12 vs better, 2-0 vs worse
  104. Albany - 36.79 (3) 3-17 vs better, 1-0 vs worse
  105. Aitkin - 36.61 (104) 1-13 vs better, 7-1 vs worse
  106. Eveleth-Gilbert - 36.58 (62) 3-16 vs better, 3-1 vs worse
  107. Two Harbors - 36.09 (72) 3-13 vs better, 3-0 vs worse
  108. Badger/Greenbush-Middle River - 35.91 (90) 1-14 vs better, 5-1 vs worse
  109. Bagley - 35.89 (111) 1-11 vs better, 6-4 vs worse
  110. Mora - 35.8 (58) 1-15 vs better, 5-0 vs worse
  111. Charter Stars - 35.7 (83) 3-15 vs better, 3-1 vs worse
  112. Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop - 35.16 (91) 2-13 vs better, 4-2 vs worse
  113. LeSueur-Henderson - 34.24 (14) 2-16 vs better, 3-0 vs worse
  114. Heritage Academy - 33.93 (131) 1-9 vs better, 6-1 vs worse
  115. Royalton - 33.88 (102) 1-13 vs better, 4-0 vs worse
  116. Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial - 33.66 (116) 1-14 vs better, 6-0 vs worse
  117. Rush City - 33.54 (118) 0-11 vs better, 6-0 vs worse
  118. Concordia Academy - 32.66 (73) 1-15 vs better, 4-0 vs worse
  119. Luverne - 32.61 (9) 1-16 vs better, 3-0 vs worse
  120. Mounds Park Academy - 32.04 (125) 2-14 vs better, 1-1 vs worse
  121. Hmong Academy - 31.44 (132) 0-4 vs better, 5-0 vs worse
  122. Cannon Falls - 31.12 (75) 3-16 vs better, 2-1 vs worse
  123. Yellow Medicine East - 30.88 (93) 2-14 vs better, 2-0 vs worse
  124. Martin County West - 30.44 (117) 2-15 vs better, 4-1 vs worse
  125. Minneapolis Edison - 27.78 (80) 1-19 vs better, 1-1 vs worse
  126. FAIR School - 27.38 (56) 2-17 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  127. Paynesville Area - 26.95 (52) 1-16 vs better, 0-1 vs worse
  128. Pierz - 26.1 (68) 2-19 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  129. La Crescent - 25.09 (46) 1-19 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  130. Frazee - 21.08 (89) 1-18 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  131. Kenyon-Wanamingo - 0 (11) 0-20 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  132. Medford - 0 (37) 0-19 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  133. PACT Charter - 0 (74) 0-21 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
Class A
  1. Minneapolis North - 60.9 (3) 0-0 vs better, 20-1 vs worse
  2. Nevis - 58.3 (44) 0-0 vs better, 20-1 vs worse
  3. Ada-Borup - 58.29 (37) 0-0 vs better, 18-1 vs worse
  4. Heritage Christian - 58.11 (12) 0-1 vs better, 19-1 vs worse
  5. Springfield - 56.73 (96) 0-0 vs better, 20-1 vs worse
  6. Goodhue - 56.35 (63) 0-0 vs better, 22-2 vs worse
  7. Stephen-Argyle - 56.14 (25) 0-1 vs better, 18-2 vs worse
  8. Red Rock Central - 55.93 (88) 0-1 vs better, 19-1 vs worse
  9. Prairie Seeds Academy - 55.74 (79) 0-0 vs better, 14-2 vs worse
  10. Red Lake - 55.63 (30) 1-2 vs better, 16-1 vs worse
  11. Spring Grove - 55.61 (78) 0-1 vs better, 18-1 vs worse
  12. Central MN Christian - 55.5 (55) 0-2 vs better, 20-1 vs worse
  13. Browerville/Eagle Valley - 54.5 (58) 0-2 vs better, 18-1 vs worse
  14. North Woods - 54.22 (132) 0-1 vs better, 19-0 vs worse
  15. NCE/U-H - 54.21 (40) 0-2 vs better, 15-1 vs worse
  16. Russell-Tyler-Ruthton - 53.97 (95) 0-2 vs better, 20-1 vs worse
  17. McGregor - 53.81 (118) 0-0 vs better, 16-3 vs worse
  18. Parkers Prairie - 53.6 (62) 0-1 vs better, 16-3 vs worse
  19. Ortonville - 53.55 (143) 0-0 vs better, 15-1 vs worse
  20. Lake Park-Audubon - 53.16 (29) 1-3 vs better, 14-2 vs worse
  21. Rushford-Peterson - 52.84 (21) 1-4 vs better, 12-1 vs worse
  22. Cedar Mountain/Comfrey - 52.79 (131) 0-2 vs better, 20-0 vs worse
  23. Battle Lake - 52.71 (67) 1-2 vs better, 15-2 vs worse
  24. Win-E-Mac - 52.56 (105) 2-2 vs better, 17-2 vs worse
  25. Mountain Iron-Buhl - 52.4 (48) 0-4 vs better, 16-0 vs worse
  26. Cristo Rey Jesuit - 52.2 (26) 2-3 vs better, 11-3 vs worse
  27. Northern Freeze - 51.6 (84) 0-2 vs better, 16-4 vs worse
  28. Carlton - 51.42 (138) 0-2 vs better, 17-2 vs worse
  29. Mountain Lake Area - 51.05 (38) 1-3 vs better, 13-4 vs worse
  30. Westbrook-Walnut Grove - 51 (142) 0-2 vs better, 18-1 vs worse
  31. Cass Lake-Bena - 50.68 (27) 2-7 vs better, 14-0 vs worse
  32. Verndale - 50.48 (82) 0-3 vs better, 14-3 vs worse
  33. Schaeffer Academy - 50.35 (147) 0-1 vs better, 18-3 vs worse
  34. Cleveland - 50.28 (153) 0-1 vs better, 21-1 vs worse
  35. Mayer Lutheran - 49.94 (7) 2-7 vs better, 12-2 vs worse
  36. Adrian - 49.6 (94) 2-3 vs better, 10-3 vs worse
  37. Kimball Area - 49.45 (123) 1-4 vs better, 16-1 vs worse
  38. Hope Academy - 49.41 (98) 2-5 vs better, 14-2 vs worse
  39. Goodridge/Grygla - 49.03 (114) 1-4 vs better, 14-3 vs worse
  40. Brandon/Evansville - 48.98 (35) 2-5 vs better, 11-3 vs worse
  41. Walker-Hackensack-Akeley - 48.83 (56) 0-4 vs better, 13-2 vs worse
  42. Southland - 48.79 (36) 0-6 vs better, 12-1 vs worse
  43. Hillcrest Lutheran Academy - 48.78 (39) 2-5 vs better, 9-1 vs worse
  44. Waubun - 48.77 (42) 2-6 vs better, 12-1 vs worse
  45. Minnesota Valley Lutheran - 48.5 (111) 1-5 vs better, 15-1 vs worse
  46. Ely - 48.43 (137) 0-3 vs better, 16-2 vs worse
  47. Deer River - 48.3 (24) 0-5 vs better, 12-4 vs worse
  48. Sebeka - 47.98 (61) 2-5 vs better, 10-3 vs worse
  49. Hancock - 47.81 (122) 1-4 vs better, 12-1 vs worse
  50. Wabasha-Kellogg - 47.68 (124) 3-4 vs better, 9-3 vs worse
  51. Murray County Central - 47.57 (10) 2-8 vs better, 9-2 vs worse
  52. Kittson County Central - 47.48 (72) 0-4 vs better, 10-2 vs worse
  53. Southwest MN Christian - 47.48 (19) 3-8 vs better, 7-1 vs worse
  54. Chisholm - 47.42 (81) 2-5 vs better, 12-4 vs worse
  55. Bigfork - 46.34 (150) 1-4 vs better, 15-1 vs worse
  56. Legacy Christian - 46.32 (73) 1-7 vs better, 11-3 vs worse
  57. Fosston - 46.28 (59) 2-8 vs better, 12-0 vs worse
  58. Randolph - 46.25 (53) 1-6 vs better, 12-3 vs worse
  59. Kingsland - 46.03 (92) 2-8 vs better, 11-2 vs worse
  60. Lanesboro - 45.89 (130) 1-5 vs better, 11-1 vs worse
  61. Lakeview Christian - 45.88 (152) 0-3 vs better, 11-5 vs worse
  62. Liberty Classical Academy - 45.81 (155) 0-2 vs better, 16-4 vs worse
  63. Canby - 45.8 (71) 1-6 vs better, 10-2 vs worse
  64. Dawson-Boyd - 45.73 (69) 2-7 vs better, 9-1 vs worse
  65. Northome/Kelliher - 45.69 (90) 2-7 vs better, 11-2 vs worse
  66. BOLD - 45.62 (14) 4-11 vs better, 7-0 vs worse
  67. Cromwell-Wright - 45.53 (74) 1-6 vs better, 10-3 vs worse
  68. CHOF - 45.39 (136) 1-6 vs better, 13-1 vs worse
  69. Bethlehem Academy - 45.04 (45) 1-9 vs better, 12-0 vs worse
  70. St. Clair - 44.87 (93) 1-6 vs better, 12-3 vs worse
  71. Menahga - 44.64 (43) 3-7 vs better, 6-4 vs worse
  72. Sacred Heart - 44.6 (109) 2-6 vs better, 8-2 vs worse
  73. Bethany Academy - 44.2 (139) 3-4 vs better, 9-5 vs worse
  74. Grand Meadow - 43.84 (89) 1-8 vs better, 10-2 vs worse
  75. Learning for Leadership - 43.63 (151) 1-4 vs better, 8-4 vs worse
  76. MACCRAY - 43.54 (34) 3-9 vs better, 5-1 vs worse
  77. Silver Bay - 43.37 (146) 0-6 vs better, 12-1 vs worse
  78. Community of Peace Academy - 43.36 (134) 2-5 vs better, 7-4 vs worse
  79. Nova Classical Academy - 43.03 (149) 3-5 vs better, 6-5 vs worse
  80. Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton - 42.91 (135) 1-7 vs better, 11-3 vs worse
  81. Maranatha Christian - 42.85 (76) 4-10 vs better, 5-2 vs worse
  82. Wrenshall - 42.58 (117) 1-9 vs better, 11-1 vs worse
  83. Park Christian - 42.54 (4) 2-11 vs better, 6-2 vs worse
  84. New York Mills - 42.54 (103) 2-9 vs better, 8-1 vs worse
  85. Pine River-Backus - 42.27 (6) 3-12 vs better, 6-0 vs worse
  86. West Central Area - 42.13 (119) 1-6 vs better, 9-2 vs worse
  87. Mankato Loyola - 41.96 (50) 2-9 vs better, 8-2 vs worse
  88. T/ML/GHEC - 41.27 (133) 1-8 vs better, 11-2 vs worse
  89. Fillmore Central - 41.06 (41) 2-12 vs better, 7-2 vs worse
  90. Hills-Beaver Creek - 40.97 (70) 1-7 vs better, 6-2 vs worse
  91. Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity - 40.81 (47) 4-11 vs better, 4-3 vs worse
  92. Fulda - 40.72 (57) 3-12 vs better, 7-0 vs worse
  93. Fond du Lac Ojibwe - 40.38 (1) 3-13 vs better, 2-1 vs worse
  94. West Lutheran - 39.46 (99) 2-14 vs better, 6-0 vs worse
  95. Swanville - 38.76 (83) 2-8 vs better, 6-2 vs worse
  96. Lyle/Austin Pacelli - 37.62 (112) 0-10 vs better, 7-2 vs worse
  97. Sleepy Eye Saint Mary's - 37.25 (87) 1-8 vs better, 7-3 vs worse
  98. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa - 37.09 (23) 3-12 vs better, 4-1 vs worse
  99. Calvin Christian - 37.01 (154) 2-10 vs better, 7-2 vs worse
  100. New Ulm Cathedral - 36.94 (31) 1-14 vs better, 7-1 vs worse
  101. Renville County West - 36.87 (28) 2-14 vs better, 4-2 vs worse
  102. Rothsay - 36.64 (65) 1-12 vs better, 6-1 vs worse
  103. Mabel-Canton - 36.52 (86) 2-12 vs better, 4-3 vs worse
  104. Blooming Prairie - 36.43 (80) 2-13 vs better, 7-0 vs worse
  105. Northland - 35.1 (101) 0-11 vs better, 7-1 vs worse
  106. Henning - 34.91 (104) 2-12 vs better, 3-3 vs worse
  107. Floodwood - 34.38 (8) 2-15 vs better, 3-1 vs worse
  108. Lac qui Parle Valley - 34.07 (20) 3-15 vs better, 1-2 vs worse
  109. Christian Life Academy - 33.98 (141) 2-13 vs better, 3-1 vs worse
  110. Norman County West - 33.82 (2) 1-13 vs better, 2-1 vs worse
  111. Sleepy Eye - 33.65 (75) 3-14 vs better, 4-1 vs worse
  112. Bertha-Hewitt - 33.64 (18) 2-15 vs better, 2-0 vs worse
  113. Houston - 33.25 (97) 1-13 vs better, 3-3 vs worse
  114. Fertile-Beltrami - 32.74 (32) 1-15 vs better, 5-0 vs worse
  115. Blackduck - 32.66 (5) 1-17 vs better, 4-0 vs worse
  116. South Ridge - 32.63 (106) 2-14 vs better, 5-0 vs worse
  117. Clearbrook-Gonvick - 32.55 (102) 2-16 vs better, 3-1 vs worse
  118. Underwood - 32.54 (17) 2-16 vs better, 2-1 vs worse
  119. Hill City - 32.52 (116) 1-12 vs better, 5-2 vs worse
  120. LeRoy-Ostrander - 32.16 (145) 3-14 vs better, 4-1 vs worse
  121. Lake of the Woods - 32.14 (127) 1-12 vs better, 4-2 vs worse
  122. Edgerton - 31.62 (49) 1-13 vs better, 4-0 vs worse
  123. East Central - 31.47 (110) 1-14 vs better, 5-0 vs worse
  124. Ashby - 31.36 (77) 1-15 vs better, 3-1 vs worse
  125. Glenville-Emmons - 31.22 (129) 2-15 vs better, 5-0 vs worse
  126. Northeast Range - 30.92 (100) 2-12 vs better, 2-2 vs worse
  127. Upsala - 29.75 (22) 1-18 vs better, 1-0 vs worse
  128. Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley - 29.04 (9) 2-10 vs better, 0-1 vs worse
  129. Climax/Fisher - 28.68 (85) 2-15 vs better, 3-1 vs worse
  130. Alden-Conger - 28.47 (144) 1-15 vs better, 1-3 vs worse
  131. Hope Lutheran - 27.88 (46) 2-16 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  132. Nashwauk-Keewatin - 27.87 (107) 2-17 vs better, 3-0 vs worse
  133. Cook County - 27.2 (66) 2-17 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  134. Warren-Alvarado-Oslo - 26.21 (33) 1-15 vs better, 2-0 vs worse
  135. Mahnomen - 26.12 (13) 1-16 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  136. Chesterton Academy - 25.71 (121) 0-8 vs better, 1-1 vs worse
  137. Wabasso - 25.66 (16) 1-19 vs better, 3-0 vs worse
  138. United South Central - 25.18 (64) 2-18 vs better, 3-0 vs worse
  139. Isle - 24.51 (113) 0-16 vs better, 4-0 vs worse
  140. Onamia - 24.16 (148) 1-15 vs better, 2-1 vs worse
  141. Red Lake County - 22.7 (51) 1-19 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  142. Wheaton/Herman-Norcross - 22.46 (11) 1-14 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  143. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg - 21.93 (115) 1-17 vs better, 1-1 vs worse
  144. Laporte - 20.88 (60) 1-16 vs better, 2-0 vs worse
  145. Nicollet - 20.1 (108) 1-15 vs better, 2-0 vs worse
  146. Heron Lake-Okabena - 20.06 (54) 1-18 vs better, 1-1 vs worse
  147. Ellsworth - 18.82 (52) 1-15 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  148. Madelia - 17.48 (128) 1-21 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  149. Groves Academy - 16.98 (140) 1-18 vs better, 0-1 vs worse
  150. North Lakes Academy - 16.2 (156) 1-12 vs better, 3-0 vs worse
  151. Cherry - 0 (125) 0-20 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  152. MN Academy for the Deaf - 0 (15) 0-11 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  153. Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart - 0 (68) 0-21 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  154. Ogilvie - 0 (91) 0-20 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  155. Lincoln International - 0 (120) 0-8 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  156. Littlefork-Big Falls - 0 (126) 0-18 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  157. Metro Schools College Prep - 0 (157) 0-3 vs better, 0-0 vs worse

New award for top senior basketball player announced.

It was a busy day in the Minnesota basketball community on Monday.

First, I was part of a KSTP story on the whole Mr Basketball comments.  A link to that can be found here.  Nothing new there.  Just the same things that Brooklyn Center coach Matt McCollister and I have already gone over.  Ken Lien declined to say anything which wasn't necessarily a bad idea but it is still telling.  What I'm wondering is when will the members of the committee come out and remove themselves from this mess?  They've been incredibly quiet.  There are no indications that Ken will step away.  That makes sense since he's demonstrated no understanding of his actions or remorse for them.  Since he owns the award I'm expecting that he'll stay.  I hope that he would realize the damage that has been done and that the award is bigger than him and move it to someone else who can carry the mantle.  That way our top player each year can be proudly called "Mr Basketball" like the top players around the nation

Speaking of other awards, the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association later announced the McDonald Award.  Its named for legendary Chisholm coach Bob McDonald.  Starting with the 2017-18 season, it will be given to the senior basketball player of the year.  The criteria for it are patterned after the Wooden award which is the college equivalent for the nation's top player.  A great move by the BCA assuming they get a good committee of coaches from around the state to do it.  Let's hope that this award is a worthy replacement to our current award.  In other states it seems to work.  My hope is that they use the forum of the state tournament to announce the winner which is what other states like Wisconsin do.

Time for a Mr Basketball change

This week Mr. Basketball committee chairman Ken Lien made news.  He made a twitter statement that caused Henry Sibley head coach John Carrier to come out and denounce him.

The original comments
The Mr Basketball Reply

Whether you agree with coach Carrier's position or not, I think we can all respect him taking a stand for what he believes  I think its important to understand that isn't about political views or political correctness.  As a public figure, it is a harsh reality that you are held to a higher standard of conduct. 

I've read the Star Tribune apology plus the original response.  Ken was given fair and ample opportunity to defend himself but Star Tribune writer Jim Paulson didn't really question him on his comments.  Here are some questions I had as I read it with passages from the apology article quoted.

Lien -  "I've never created anything negative",
Paulson - "most of his offending tweets are either retweets or responses to other posts"

Czar's Thoughts:
So just because passed along a racist remark that's OK and doesn't mean your racist?  This is a totally ridiculous position.  Sounds like something a kid would say in school. I did it but it was his idea.

Retweeting or replying to racist commentary with racism is OK?

Lien - "But its not as if I've hated anyone"

Czar's Thoughts:
Tweeting that Muslims should be thrown out of the country is not hating someone?  If that isn't hate, then please explain what it is. 

Paulson - "...his social media faux pas".

Czar's Thoughts :
This part of the article made me mad.  Doing something once is a faux pas.  This was clearly NOT a 1 time event as demonstrated by the screenshots shown in this GopherHole forum thread.  John made it crystal clear that it wasn't just 1 tweet that caused his reaction.  I'm very disappointed that Jim Paulson chose to express it in that manner.  Its a repeated expression of racism over time that has our basketball community so upset.

Lien - "I think my reputation and integrity has been good.  I don't take my position as Chairman and Owner of Mr. Basketball lightly".
Czar's Thoughts:
Personal items were continuously from a business account including hot button political content.
Vulgar language was used on the business account
The previously posted apology was deleted
The reputation of the award has been seriously tarnished by this.

Conclusions:Based on all of this I draw the following conclusions

1) The gravity of the actions is not understood.
2) There is remorse for having to answer for this with the hope that it just goes away.
3) There is not remorse for the hateful tweets and no accepting of responsibility for posting them.  This is demonstrated by making the excuse that it was another person's idea and defending the hateful ideas when questioned.
4)  This was not a 1 time mistake.  This was repeated hateful behavior.
5) A line has been crossed that is impossible to ignore.  This is especially true as the award deals directly with minorities.  Political views and political correctness can be forgiven, repeated racism cannot.  As Jabbar Washington said in response to this, The Damage Has Been Done


Ken, you have embarrassed yourself, your committee, our basketball community and most important of all, the award itself.  As coach Matt McCollister so accurately said, the award has a special meaning and a national meaning.  It deserves better than this.  You clearly do not understand the gravity of your actions and have not shown true contrition.  A leopard does not change its spots and you have shown your spots.  If your integrity is good and you don't take your position lightly, then there's only 1 reasonable conclusion that can be drawn.
I hope you do the right thing and step away immediately.

A walkable quadruple header

Its a fun Saturday of 4 games (1 girls so we skip that here) as everything is at or within walking distance of Dacha De Czar.   Walking taco and Dominos pizza at a separate stand on the island.  That will work.  Plenty of Pepsi and cushy seats for me as well.

Game 1: Mounds View vs Baldwin-Woodville at Target Center
Baldwin-Woodville with a very young squad of 5 sophs and a freshman in their rotation.  Their zone defenses no match for the hot shooting of the Mustangs.  Mounds View knocks down 10 3s in the 1st half and 14 for the game.  Nick McMillan with 5 of those to lead the way with 16 points, all in the 1st half.  Brian Stone adds 14 from his forward spot and made an impact at the top of the Mounds View 1-3-1.  But it was another odd front zone that just wasn't active.  Swing swing, open shot after open shot for both teams vs the zones.  Mounds View rolls 74-45.

Game 2: #2AAA Marshall at #5AAA Orono (online)
Marshall would jump out to a 9 point first half lead.  Plus Orono had Jarvis Thomas saddled with 2 fouls.  Griffin Sage giving Orono a boost off the bench.  That helps cut the Marshall lead to 27-23 at the half.  Orono would take the momentum in the 2nd half as they came out on a 16-5 run.  A Jarvis Thomas tip dunk would extend the lead to 9.  Marshall would make a 3 with 6:30 left to cut the margin to 6.  But they only make 1 more field goal.  Orono goes on to another very good win 57-45.  They also beat #9AAAA New Prague last night.  Max Bjorklund with his 5th straight 20 point game.  He scores 20 to lead all scorers.  Nobody else in double figures.  Jarvis Thomas finishes with 5 points and 7 rebounds.  Marshall effectively physical with him.  Nebraska-Kearney commit Weston Baker Magrath 9 points with 4 blocks.  Mitchell Sueker leads the Tigers with 16 points but shot 5-18 on my sheet.

Game 4: Cretin-Derham Hall at #1AAA De La Salle.
Then the full house on the island for the boys girls doubleheader between CDH and DLS.  Lithgow and Why Ricky Why getting the duty.  Minnesota assistant Ben Johnson looking on as well.  Daniel Oturu patrolling the paint blocking 6 shots in the 1st half.  Goanar Mar was the victim of many of those.  De La Salle gets down 9-1 but goes down on a 12-0 run with Gabe Kalscheur scoring 7 of those.  But they get outscored 14-5 in the last 6+ minutes and only make 1 FG.  Oturu makes 2 free throws and a Jaeden King 3 to end the 1st half.  23-18 CDH at the break.  Oturu with a jumper and dunk to push the lead to 8 early in the 2nd half.  But De La Salle has another run in them.  This one is 14-2 and the Islanders reclaim the lead.  33-29 DLS with 12:40 left.  De La Salle's pressure really bothered CDH trying to get into offense.  Mar with a steal for a dunk and Kalscheur with a steal that becomes 2 more.  Ryan Larson counters with a drive and converts a turnover.  Plus Oturu converts a turnover.  Oturu puts back a miss for a 3 point play.  CDH up by 4 inside 6 to play.  Mar drifts the baseline for a 3 and later makes 2 free throws to tie the game at 51 inside 3 left.

De La Salle takes the lead as Mar finds Dominic Bledsoe on the flare screen for 3.  Then a mad scramble for a rebound out around halfcourt.  Its a big trainwreck as the ball gets tipped to the DLS end and Mar lays it in with 1:02 left for a 5 point Islander lead and that looks to be a dagger.  Especially after Larson draws the dish and run over a defender charge with 52.6 left and fouls out.  But Oturu gets a steal and dunk and then hits a jumper after another Islander turnover.  De La Salle with a 3rd turnover.  CDH takes time with 18 seconds left at halfcourt.  They look to Oturu inside.  He gets 1 touch and then gets it back on the left box.  He got pushed off the block and as he tries to go baseline, he's on the endline with 7 seconds left.  Bledsoe makes 2 free throws which renders Oturu's bucket at the buzzer meaningless.  De La Salle hangs on for a tough 60-59 win.  Daniel Oturu scoring at the rim and facing with jumpers.  Also taking over the paint on defense.  He finishes with 25 points, 12 rebounds and 8 blocks.  Soph Jaeden King with 3 3s and 13 points.  Ryan Larson 12 points.  Goanar Mar with 15 points to lead De La Salle.   He was 5-17 FG on my sheet.  But a surprising number of those were getting blocked (at least 5, mostly by Oturu) attacking the rim.  Gabe Kalscheur adds 14 points, he also struggled from the floor at 5-14 FG.  Dominic Bledsoe and Tyrell Terry chip in with 10 points each to help make up for the cold shooting.

A clash of Metro East Titans

Prologue
We're into the 2nd week of February and this is where rubber meets the road in league play.  Tonight its a Metro East showdown between the leaders of the Metro East.  That's league leader Mahtomedi visiting Tartan.  Tartan 1 game back after giving up an 18 point lead in the 1st meeting.  Big crowd on hand means Tartan has to open the extra section of bleachers that are rarely opened.  Tons of interested folks for section play in the house too.  De La Salle, St. Anthony, Columbia Heights and almost all the players and staff from Totino-Grace there to see Mahtomedi.  Cretin-Derham Hall staff there to watch Tartan.  Rare to see that on a Friday night but they all played last night.  No walking tacos at Tartan tonight but a solid hot dog.  And if there's Pepsi, I'm all over that too.  We'll take this 1 hit wonder from a timeout for our daily dose of tunes.

Song of the Day: Baha Men - Who Let The Dogs Out

Number of Teams I've Seen: 138 (48 courts + 3 online).  22 out of state, 9 girls

Beverage Ticker: 883.6 ounces (9725 Calories)
81 days, 106 games, 2 scrimmages added on

  • Pepsi: 276.9 ounces (3460 calories)
  • Coke: 200 ounces (2380 calories)
  • Dr. Pepper: 48 ounces (600 calories)
  • Sprite: 52 ounces (620 calories)
  • A&W Root Beer : 28.9 ounces (410 calories)
  • Mug Root Beer: 20 ounces (260 calories) 
  • Barq's Root Beer: 32 ounces (430 calories)
  • Red Gatorade/Powerade: 221.8 ounces (1565 calories)
Hot Dog Ticker: 14
Pizza Ticker: 11
Walking Taco Ticker: 7

Game Time:
Kaleb Siekmeier doing a nice job sealing inside for Mahtomedi.  He scores 2 early hoops for an early 7-5 Mahtomedi lead.  Then Tartan off on an 11-2 run thanks to a pair of Jordan Thompson 3s.  Noah Whalen bangs home a 3 off a turnover in between those.  18-11 Tartan at 11:10.  The Tartan lead gets to 26-18 before the Zephyrs counter with a pair of 3s.  The stars are quiet early but do contribute here.  Jordan Horn for 3 (his last FG of the night, foreshadowing) and a pair of FTs.   Those are countered by 2 BLOB buckets by Parker Fox.  33-28 Tartan at 4:15. Then its Trey Newman off the Mahtomedi bench with 3 bombs in a personal 9-0 run and he's stoked.  Thompson with another 3 and runs out for 2 free throws.  Fox converts a turnover to end the half.  42-41 Tartan at the break in a very entertaining half. 

Kingston Myles started the game for Thompson.  Both would get the assignment on Parker Fox.  Its Myles who gets it to start the 2nd half as the Titans go diamond and 1 on Fox.  Siekmeier scores inside, Andy Voyen posts for 2 free throws and scores another bucket.  Fox dunks a turnover.  Its a 10-1 run across the half.  Mahtomedi leads 49-43 with 13:26 left and Tartan is reeling.  But Mahtomedi gives up that momentum with an off ball foul and a technical added on.  That costs Mahtomedi possession.  Horn makes the free throws and Whalen buries a 3 on the possession.  Thompson with his 4th bomb of the night to take the lead via a 9-2 run.  Mahtomedi scores and takes the MoKiller timeout with 9:10 left.  53-52 Mahtomedi back on top.

Parker Fox was the only hoop in the last Tartan run.  He tacks on 2 more hoops.  Then he finds Lincoln Rock and Siekmeier for easy hoops.  Horn with 3 free throws during this time for his only offense of the 2nd half besides the technical free throws.  63-57 Zephyrs pulling away with 6:10 left.  The lead hovers there but its Thompson scoring and then a Whalen 3 with 1:06 left to tie the game at 65.  Horn with a reach around foul with 31 seconds left.  Shayne Frost buries the bonus free throws to put Tartan up.  Tartan goes to a set they know well, a high double ball screen for Horn going left.  Mahtomedi defends it so Horn has to go it and create.  He misses with about 10 seconds left and then fouls out on the miss.  Will Tuttle makes both ends of the bonus.  Mahtomedi wins 69-65.

Post Game
For #10AAAA Tartan, Jordan Thompson leads the way off the bench with 17 points.  He knocked down 4 3s.  Noah Whalen also with 4 3s on his way to 15 points.  Jordan Horn with 14 points but no field goals after the 7:30 mark.  He missed his last 9 field goal attempts by my count, 0-7 2nd half.  Those were mostly contested shots too.  But there's wasn't much offense to be had.  The box and 1 was a surprise.  Mahtomedi went to high ball screen against the top guy as a counter.  Tartan falls to 18-3 overall, 9-2 in the Metro East.  That's tied for 2nd in the loss column with North St. Paul.  Tartan goes on the road for 4 of their last 5 including the trip to district rival North St. Paul 1 week from Tuesday.

#4AAA Mahtomedi improves to 18-1 overall, 11-0 in the Metro East.  This win likely clinches the Metro East title for the Zephyrs.  Parker Fox leads the way with 19 points and 7 rebounds.  He got 3 easy ones out of special situations.  Andy Voyen adds 11.  Lincoln Rock with 8 and Trey Newman with the 3 big 3s in the 1st half for 9.  Those 2 off the bench were critical.  Tartan's pressure bothered them early but as they settled in they got better looks.  Everything the Zephyrs made in the 2nd half was in the paint.  Defensively they were hard nosed and made Tartan work hard for looks.  The irony of Tartan's box and 1 was how effectively Mahtomedi has used it against Jordan Horn in the past.  Mahtomedi hosts St. Thomas Academy and visits Hill-Murray next week in conference play.  Then a section 4AAA showdown next Saturday vs St. Anthony.