Week 10 Rewind

Here's what caught my eye from the busy week that was week 10 of the 08-09 season.

Classic Lake
  • Minnetonka has a week to prepare for Armstrong at home and they get beat by 36. Ouch. Cole Stefan with only 4 points after missing the Wayzata game a week earlier (or at least not in the box)
  • How about Edina getting it done with a home win over Washburn. Granted no Ra'Shede Hageman in that one for the Millers.
Classic Suburban
  • Sibley continues to roll with a 17 point win over Tartan. That win is their closest win in league play.
  • Eden Prairie avenged an earlier loss to Chaska with a 14 point win over the Hawks on Friday. Jake White with 17 in the loss for Chaska. Ethan Wragge may have gotten his touch back with a 19 point effort. Why he's not on the Mr. Basketball list as a D1 player leading a team that's on top of 1 of the toughest conferences in the state is completely beyond me. There are at least 4 guys I'd be willing to take off the list and replace with Wragge. But in a season with 17 D1 players and 6 more playing D2 (as of now) along with talents like Cedric Martin and Jordair Jett, somebody is going to get left off.
  • The race is starting to shake out now that Lakeville North knocked out Jefferson this week. Now the top 4 teams all stand alone.
  • Tough year for Eagan. Jameson Parsons returns last Friday after being out almost 2 months but Charlie Baker appears to have missed all of last week.
Minneapolis City
  • Washburn takes control of the race with a thrashing of Henry on Saturday afternoon. Its worth noting that Henry has been without Jordan Hughes for the last 3 games. The loss puts North in 2nd place and they play Washburn on Tuesday with a chance to tie the race. But the Polars have been without Kevin Thompson since Martin Luther King day.
  • New Life goes to Maranatha and gets a buzzer beater from Robbie Anderstrom for a 43-41 win. That win puts Lester Prairie 2 games in front of everybody and gives the conference title outright as there's only 1 league game left before the conference tournament. New Life hosts SW Christian on Friday for 3rd place. A loss would push NLA to 6th behind Heritage and Meadow Creek.
  • How about Shakopee. The Sabers have won 9 out of 10 and are tied with Farmington at 5-1 on top of the league. Those teams will play in Farmington on Friday. The only loss during that time was a 1 point loss at New Prague the day after their coach Jeff Gravon passed away after a battle with cancer.
North Suburban
  • Spring Lake Park with a statement on Tuesday with a 20 point win at Fridley to knock the Tigers out of the state poll. Spring Lake Park just 1 game back of Cooper with a head-head meeting remaining. Everybody else with 4 losses in the league.
  • Speaking of teams with 4 losses in the league. Give John Moore some credit at Benilde-St. Margaret's. They lose 2 D1 kids. They'll have to survive without Peter Crawford who's out with an injured foot.
Northwest Suburban
  • Centennial survived their tough week with a loss to Osseo but they did come from behind to get a home win over Champlin Park to stay 1 game behind Osseo in the league. This looks like January where they may only lose 1 game all month.
  • Blaine had a stretch where they lost 9 out of 10 but they've now won 4 in a row including a win over Maple Grove. They get a shot at Osseo on Tuesday.
St. Paul City
  • The 2nd rotation of league play begins this week. Arlington 4-2 in the league with 4 winnable games coming up before they play Johnson and Central later in the month.
  • The bottom 5 teams in the league are under .500 and have a combined non-conference record of 8-45.
Suburban East
  • Roseville continues to go thru a tough stretch as they've lost 8 of 10. But they can make up for it as they go to Mounds View on Tuesday and host Cretin-Derham Hall on Friday.
  • Stillwater stumbled out of the gate to a 4-9 start but the Ponies have won 4 out of 5. That includes wins over Mounds View, Cretin-Derham Hall and Friday's win at Woodbury. The schedule the rest of the way is favorable as they have a trip to Forest Lake on Tuesday and only 1 other tough road game at CDH to end the regular season.
  • Concordia limped to a 3-5 start in December but in the new year they're 8-3. Overall they won 10 of 14. Zach Towle continues to put up big numbers with 25 points per night.
Be sure to check out my MN Preps column this week (available Monday morning in the upper right corner of the blog). I look at some of the important conference and section games of the week and an east coast trip for a local team.

If you missed any of the games I saw this week, here's the complete list.
My schedule for the week can be found on the right side in "The Czar's Schedule" section.

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