Week 12 observations and Week 13 schedule

Scoreboard watching from the end of week 12.

Thursday:
  • Johnson gets a tip-in at the buzzer to beat Central to put both teams at 7-1 atop the St. Paul City. Como Park is 1 game back at 6-2 and they get a shot at both teams starting with Johnson on Tuesday night.
  • In the other big city game, Henry easily handles Washburn at Washburn. Star soph Jordan Hughes has 29 and Mandela Jackson with 20 as these 2 continue to be a handful for opponents on the perimeter. Henry at North on Monday afternoon for the Mpls City lead.
  • Prior Lake beats New Prague to stay on top of the Missota with Shakopee. The Sabers travel to New Prague on Tuesday night.
  • CHOF with a quality road win at St. Croix Lutheran. The Lions have the week off to prepare for tough games with Heritage and Bethlehem Academy
Friday:

Classic Suburban: This league continues to go according to plan with Sibley, St. Thomas Academy and Tartan all winning. STA travels to Tartan on Friday night before hosting Sibley.

Classic Lake: Hopkins too much for Minnetonka in round 1 of their battles. Wayzata makes their claim as the 3rd best team with a 15 pt win over Armstrong.

MCAA Tournament (1st round): #5 Heritage beats #4 West Lutheran which shouldn't be a surprise considering Heritage also won the regular season matchup. The rest of the tournament goes according to plan. Trinity avenges a regular season loss to Providence in the friendship bracket.

North Suburban: Cooper holds off St. Louis Park, only 15 pts for Rodney Williams and no Joe Bright in the box score. Chisago Lakes pulls the big upset at Spring Lake Park 64-61 as they come from 5 down at the half. Josh Figini wins the battle inside with Cory Polta with 29 points. The loss pushes the Panthers to 4th and moves Irondale up to 3rd in the league standings.

Northwest Suburban: Champlin Park with a good 7 pt home win over Blaine, 7 out of 8 now for the Rebels. They stand alone in 2nd place, 2 games up in front of our next game. Elk River beats Maple Grove to tie the Crimson for 3rd place. The Elks have now won 4 out of 5. Maple Grove has now lost 5 of 6 after winning 8 straight.

Suburban East: Forest Lake wins the rematch with Woodbury to move up to 4th. Stillwater pays a visit on Thursday night. Stillwater holds off White Bear Lake in OT. Mounds View holds off Park. Big one for MV as they go to CDH on Friday night. They also host Stillwater later so the Mustangs still control their own fate.

Tri-Metro: DeLaSalle beats Breck to stay on top of the Tri-Metro West by 1/2 game over Minnehaha. DLS can essentially clinch the west this week as they host Brooklyn Center on Tuesday and Minnehaha on Friday. Taylor Sparkman is back for the Redhawks and had 11 pts vs Blake on Thursday. 2 DLS wins would put them 2 up on Minnehaha in the loss column with 3 to play.

Saturday: West Lutheran was probably worn out from their Friday night showdown and then having the afternoon game at CHOF as CHOF blows out WL. Como Park with a 4 pt home win over Washburn. Washburn 0-3 vs the 3 top teams in St. Paul with the 3 losses by a total of 9 points. Rashede Hageman has only 6 points and fouls out. Forest Lake with a statement in section 7AAAA as they blowout Duluth East. Dyami Starks with 31 of the 64 Duluth East points. Lakeville N with a good win over Moorhead. Breck with 93 points in a win over Mankato East. Wow.

Week 13 Schedule:
Probably the worst week of the year on the schedule

Monday: Presidents Day means only 1 game on the schedule and that's the traditional Henry/North showdown (1 PM at North). As usual this game will determine a league leader as both teams stand on top at 6-2. Unfortunately, the czar will be stuck in his office cubicle.

Tuesday: Johnson at Como Park is the biggest game of the night. Hopefully the 2nd matchup is better than the 1st matchup. Jefferson at Burnsville, Armstrong at Hopkins, Brooklyn Center at DLS.

Wednesday: No games

Thursday: Providence at Concordia (Bl) in the MCAA friendship bracket is my game. Also St. Paul City play and Brooklyn Center at Roosevelt (5:30).

Friday: Mounds View at Cretin-Derham Hall in a huge Suburban East matchup. Minnehaha at DLS, Washburn at North and a fun non-conference game as Delano comes in to play Henry.

Saturday: Back to Wisconsin for the Regional finals as the Wisconsin boys tournament kicks off this week. La Crosse Aquinas vs Arcadia in a big D3 (AA) game and possibly La Crosse Logan vs Watertown to see the #2 frosh in Wisconsin, manchild Trevor Jorgenson. Locally a couple of fun games, Richfield at Minneapolis North and Orono at Breck, both games at 2 PM. Also the girls twin cities game which gives Central a chance for revenge against South.

YTD Stats
  • 106 games (79 MN split 67 boys and 12 girls, 27 WI split 23 boys and 4 girls)
  • 42 buildings
  • 134 teams (107 boys and 27 girls, 93 MN teams split 75 boys and 18 girls, 35 Wisconsin split 27 boys and 8 girls, 6 outstate split 5 boys and 1 girls)
  • 2 Genders
Current Poll Stats
4A: 8 (Missing Rochester Mayo and St. Cloud Tech)
3A: 5 (BSM, STMA, Johnson, AHA, Princeton)
2A: 1 (St. Bernard's)
1A: 2 (MCA and Cass Lake-Bena)

5 comments:

  1. you know, it could be that CHOF is that good. Piepkorn is playing at about 40%, he's too tough a kid to sit out a third game. Yup, a saturday game after a friday night game is tough though. Our bench is getting deeper and more reliable too.

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  2. Also worthy of note, PACT and
    Minnesota Transitions traveled
    south over the weekend and won
    3 out of 3 against strong programs
    in southern Minnestota- with good double-digit won-loss records-
    including Spring Grove, which was
    ranked #11 in Class A, and Hayfield
    which had 11 wins in Class AA play.

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  3. I'm not taking anything away from CHOF's win. I'm still on the #1 seed bandwagon and the fact you still won big without your starting PG is a good win. I would have seen it except for staying home due to the flu.

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  4. Duly noted AAUObserver, the PACT win at Spring Grove is impressive. MTS finally gets a win outside of class A to improve their resume.

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  5. Good mention of Champlin Park. The Rebels where able to avenge an earlier 3 point loss to Blaine who have 2 good juniors in Giddings and Kreklow who you’ve mentioned in another blog. The team seems to be riding Thesien’s 3’s to a successful season. The FOOTBALL school has people talking basketball. Mark you calendar for Elk River @ CP Friday February 29th @ 7pm.

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