Off to the annual Spring Lake Park Jamboree. This north metro fest brings 12 teams together for 1 regularly timed half of a game. Shirt of the night award goes to the shirt with "Trust the Weather Man" on it, brilliant In addition to a Sprite for the Beverage Ticker, our food is Sausage Pizza Pizza! Very nice crowd on hand.
Beverage Ticker: 24 ounces (190 Calories)
Pepsi: 12 ounces (150 Calories)
Sprite: 12 ounces (140 Calories)
Session 1: Osseo def Columbia Heights 40-17
Session 2: Mounds View def Irondale 23-21
Session 3: Spring Lake Park def St. Francis 19-17
Session 4: Blaine def Totino-Grace 26-25
Session 5: Maple Grove def Fridley 41-23
Session 6: Forest Lake def Coon Rapids 23-17
Mounds View will be a grind it out, struggle to score type team which fits coaches Dave Leiser and Dave Bratland well. After seeing their JVs last year (before enjoying some amazing root beer floats I might add), I expected more offensive punch. I don't read much into Spring Lake Park's upset of St. Francis. St. Francis played a ton of guys and I think their traps over the long haul would turn this game into a rout. A couple of fun inside battles with Ben Scherer and James Streeter in 1 session and Tessy Pal and Reed Nikko (Net Gain teammates in the summer) in another. Maple Grove was up 24-4 in an 8 minute layup drill before their bench gave some of it back. Brad Davison slowed a touch by the late end of the football season. Fridley will bother people with their athletes and running, but halfcourt offense will be harder to come by. Their 2 games against neighboring rival Brooklyn Center promise to be quite entertaining with the same style of play on both sides. Coon Rapids practice jerseys red with the white retro stripe across the chest was a nice blast from the past look.