Week 14 Observations and Week 15 Schedule

A sad week around the metro this week. Carrington Tankson of Osseo out with a collapsed lung and a death in the family. Adam Thielen of Monticello collapsed on court in a game vs Rogers on Friday night due to cardiac arrest. We wish them all the best. Not to mention the news of Royce White being out for reasons that no one wants to discuss and Ryan James reporting that Rodney Williams Jr will most likely not be at Cooper next year.

Scores around the metro from the end of the week.
  • Minnetonka and Hopkins both roll as they have showdown #2 tomorrow night at the Lindbergh Center.
  • Richfield goes to Tartan and likely spoils their chances for an end of season conference title showdown. Marc Sonnen with 28 in the loss. Considering that the 1st game was a 1 point game, not all that surprising. Sibley can clinch the title outright with a home win over Simley tomorrow.
  • Kennedy loses at cellar dweller Chaska and Jefferson hands Eastview another close loss without Ethan Thomforde. Their 1st matchup was a close one too. Eden Prairie clinches at least a tie for the Lake title with a blowout of Lakeville S. Ethan Wragge with 21 in the win for the Eagles. They can clinch outright with a win at Burnsville on Monday. With all the turmoil, Burnsville finds themselves alone in 2nd, Eastview and Kennedy tied for 3rd.
  • Prior Lake defeats Farmington to clinch at least a tie in the Missota. They can clinch outright with a win at Red Wing on Thursday.
  • BSM hammers Cooper to clinch a tie for the league title. A win at cross-town rival St. Louis Park tomorrow would clinch outright. With Carrington Tankson's injury section 5AAAA, Mounds View and Cooper increase their chances of getting to state. Spring Lake Park and Irondale both win to stay ahead of St. Louis Park in the race for 3rd.
  • Champlin Park loses to Elk River, but Osseo beats Maple Grove to keep the Rebels in 2nd. Elk River, Blaine and MG all tied for 3rd 1 game behind CP. After a nice start, Coon Rapids loses to Centennial for a losing stretch of 8 out of 10 before a non-conf win over St. Francis on Saturday.
  • Johnson blows out Highland Park to clinch a share of the St. Paul City title. Central can still share it with a win over Humboldt on Wednesday thanks to another blow out Como Park on Thursday. I'm baffled as to why Como Park is ranked in the state polls.
  • Stillwater wins at Mounds View on Friday to keep pace in the Suburban East with Cretin-Derham Hall. CDH has to go to Park to end their season on Wednesday. Park pulled the upset of Forest Lake at Forest Lake. Major surprise there considering how well FL was playing, but giving up 25 to Jake Lindstrom will do that.
  • St. Bernard's clinches at least a tie for the Tri-Metro East with a blowout of St. Paul Academy. DeLaSalle's blowout of Mounds Park gives them at least a tie for the West. How fitting that these 2 league leaders play Tuesday at St. Bernard's.
  • Brittany Chambers of Jordan puts up 37 on Edison on Saturday night. The Jaguars move on to Subsection final play at Mounds Park on Thursday night. She had a triple double in last year's section final vs Minnehaha and totally dominated that game. So if Thursday's boys schedule doesn't appeal, that's a good option.
  • And finally, congrats to La Crosse Aquinas on a trip to state. They blewout Pardeeville and a very good Cuba City team to move on to play Whitefish Bay Domincan on Thursday morning at the Kohl Center in the state semifinals. That game will be fun and should be the defacto D3 state title game.
Week 15 Schedule
Monday: The obvious Minnetonka at Hopkins. The others worth watching. MCA at PACT in a good section 4A west game. SW Christian at St. Agnes in another good section 4A game. Roosevelt at Henry to keep Roosevelt in the Mpls City race. Elk River at Osseo and Blaine and Maple Grove in interesting NW Suburban games. I will likely be at the Chisago Lakes at Fridley game to see Josh Figini for the 1st time.

Tuesday: DeLaSalle at St. Bernard's in a light schedule.

Wednesday: Duluth East at Park Center, my 1st chance to see super soph Dyami Starks of the Greyhounds play. St. Paul City play and Armstrong at Wayzata in the Classic Lake.

Thursday: Mayer Lutheran at Concordia (5 PM) is a really fun 2A game. Washburn at Roosevelt (4:30) could still have a say in the Mpls City race. I'll be at the MCA at BC game (5:00) and maybe the St. Agnes at DLS game at 7.

Friday: Closing night of the regular season. St. Thomas Academy at DeLaSalle is the premier game on the docket.

Saturday: Twin Cities game at Arlington and the 6AAAA girls final at the Gangelhoff Center (Concordia-SP).

YTD Stats
119 games (91 MN split 75 boys and 16 girls, 28 WI split 24 boys and 4 girls)
46 buildings
144 teams (112 boys and 32 girls, 101 MN teams split 78 boys and 23 girls, 37 Wisconsin split 29 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: 6 (BSM, STMA, Johnson, Princeton, Rocori, Como Park)
2A: 2 (St. Bernard's and Concordia)
1A: 3 (MCA, Cass Lake-Bena and Bethlehem Academy)

3 comments:

  1. Give Richfield their props in
    beating Tartan. I think you
    will admit that they are
    surpassing your expectations
    for this season. They have some
    very close losses against high-
    quality teams (e.g. STA, Hopkins) in addition to some quality wins, as well. Virtually the entire
    team returns next year.

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  2. 12-12, 9-5 in the Classic Suburban is about right for them so I'm not surprised by that one way or the other. Their defense has been better the 2nd half of the year which was my main issue with them. Granted its still 3rd worst in AAAA in PPG but they have enough guard firepower where they can run and deal with that. Lack of size is a major concern there and you're right that they have a bunch of solid young guards coming back once again next year.

    Its a legit upset of Tartan, but as I said it shouldn't be a surprise since the 1st game was a 1 pt game. which I saw. I admit the STMA game really surprised me (and I said so at the time I was there). They've definitely gotten better as the season as gone on.

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  3. What a week at Champlin Park. They push #2 Osseo to the limit and then lose to Elk River. Jack Gavin (14 points) for the Elks is a SOLID player! A CP/Osseo rematch in the sections could be very interesing with Tankson out.

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