2012-13 Metro Charter Preview

This is the fifth preview in my 2012-2013 season preview series.  In this preview, a look at the Metro Charter Conference.  For a list of all the season previews, click here.

FAIR Downtown Falcons (2011-12 season 24-3, 8-1 Conference, Tied 1st)
Here's 1 of the programs in the league that took on heavy losses.  Post Desmond Williams and star wing Darrion Scott are gone. Akil England and Darion Schlington also graduate.  Soph John Warren was the next in line but he's off to Hopkins.  Deonte Blakemore saw action later in the year and also is done.  Andre Burton is the lone returning player of note.

Math & Science Academy Dragons (2011-12 season 1-10, 0-8 Conference, 6th)
Leading scorer Brady Hannula was the only double figure scorer and graduates.  Carl Cobian and junior Michael Dubois look to pick up the slack.  Expect another very long season.

Minnesota Transitions Wolves (2011-12 season 12-14, 4-6 Conference 4th)
Top scorers David Wallendorf and wide body Tevin Sims combined for 38 points a night and need to be replaced. Junior Willie Parrish and senior guards LaRon Dunn and Terence Lofton give the Wolves offense options.

Prairie Seeds Academy Lycans (2011-12 season 23-3, 8-1 Conference, Tied 1st)
In the other half of the league's duo of mange, expect a much different year for PSA.  Tim Williams returns to run the program after a year away.  Most of the roster is gone including 59 points per night from the top 4 scorers.  Gage Deis and Trent Pollard used up their eligibilty.  Devin Buckley is off to Park Center.  Reserve Troy May is off to Robbinsdale Cooper.  Dominick Jackson and younger brother Jamil are off to MetroTech Academy with their dad and last year's PSA coach Jamil Jackson who takes over that program.  A top freshman from last year's JV, Xavier Pollard, is also gone.  Major rebuilding effort this season.

St. Croix Prep Lions (2011-12 season 13-13, 5-5 Conference, 3rd)
A impressive 1st varsity season for the Lions as they won 13 games.  The entire roster is back.  Soph Michael Gutierrez will run the show.   Leading scorer Jakob Schollmeier returns up front at 11 points a game.  Wing Wes Berg is a wing threat.

Spectrum Sting (2011-12 season 5-20, 3-7 Conference, 5th)
The duo of Jacob and Jaden Shockley returns to lead the Sting.  They both averaged just over 10 points a game last season.  Leading scorer Steven Delain departs.

Predicted Order of Finish
  1. St. Croix Prep
  2. Minnesota Transitions
  3. Prairie Seeds
  4. FAIR
  5. Spectrum
  6. Math & Science
Conference Overview:
A year of change in the Metro Charter Conference.  Tons of losses in the city and plenty of returning players in the suburbs.  St. Croix Prep has built up the program with patience and hard work and I think they're rewarded this year.  Of course, you never know what you'll get at MTS, FAIR or PSA.  You know those teams will have athletes and that's something the other league programs don't have.

Conference MVP: Jakob Schollmeier - St. Croix Prep

Underclassmen to watch:  
Michael Gutierrez - St. Croix Prep

Conference Games to Watch
  • St. Croix Prep at MTS - Jan 22nd
  • MTS at St. Croix Prep - Feb 12th
 Non-Conference Games to Watch
  • St. Croix Prep at St. Croix Lutheran - Dec 7th

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