Heritage continues to roll

Prologue
To Bethany Academy, on the short list of favorite gyms, to see the Eagles take on MCAA heavyweight Heritage.  Bethany enrollment has fallen on hard times so no JV team and 5 of the main 7 guys are underclassmen.  But could they catch Heritage on the night before their big section game vs Minneapolis North?

Song of the Day:  Was Not Was - Walk the Dinosaur

Number of Teams I've Seen: 116 (39 courts).  14 out of state, 9 girls

Beverage Ticker: 667.6 ounces (7265 Calories)
59 days, 80 games, 2 scrimmages added on
  • Pepsi: 232.9 ounces (2910 calories)
  • Coke: 124 ounces (1480 calories)
  • Dr. Pepper: 24 ounces (300 calories)
  • Sprite: 52 ounces (620 calories)
  • A&W Root Beer : 28.9 ounces (410 calories)
  • Mug Root Beer: 20 ounces (260 calories)
  • Red Gatorade/Powerade: 181.8 ounces (1285 calories)
Hot Dog Ticker: 9
Pizza Ticker: 7
Walking Taco Ticker: 6

Game Time:
Bethany star Sam Peterson with 2 early triples as he passes the 1000 career points mark.  Bethany adds another bomb for a 9-6 lead.  Then the turnovers start coming for Bethany.  Woda converts one for 2 free throws.  James Vander Top converts another and adds a foul line jumper vs the Eagles 2-3 zone.  10-2 run for Heritage.  Peterson with a 3 and a hoop plus another Bethany 3, their 5th of the night.  19 all at the 8:30 mark.  Then its all Heritage.  No more field goals for Bethany in the half.  Heritage runs away from there with a 24-3 run to end the half.  Seth Halvorsen with 2 early inside hoops in the run and a steal for a dunk.  43-22 Heritage at the break.  They continue to blow it open in the 2nd half.  Vander Top and Woda doing whatever they want in the lane.  The lead blows up to 69-32 as we reach the running time mark.  Garbage time from there and Heritage wins 79-41.


Post Game
Bethany opened the year 6-1 but the meat of the MCAA schedule has gotten to them with 3 straight losses.  Bethany is now 6-4, 1-3 in the MCAA.  They host Legacy and SW Christian next week.  Sam Peterson with 4 triples on his way to 19 points and passing the 1000 career points mark.  Too many turnovers to be successful in a game like this but they shoot it better than expected.  Peterson is definitely a guy you have to game plan for.

Heritage improves to 11-1 overall, 5-0 to lead the MCAA.  The big 3 take care of business.  CJ Woda with 23 points on a double double night. Zach Johansen continues to impress with 22 points.  Jack Vander Top chips in with 13.  Nice night for Seth Johansen off the bench withi 10 points.  Surprised to see them play as much 1-3-1 as they did.  Not so much in the half court but just as a trap.  Depth and athleticism are definitely issues for this squad but their only loss is an overtime loss at Perham.  Minneapolis North comes calling tomorrow.  Then 2 league road games before the big lead game in 12 days vs New Life Academy.

More adventures in the TCAC

Prologue
Its another night in the TCAC.  Thanks to the quiet metro schedule, I make the trip to the trail filled Opus 2 neighborhood and The School of Rhetoric at Eagle Ridge Academy.  Eagle Ridge Academy is the co-op school with former EMAC powerhouse International School of Minnesota.  Eagle Ridge hosting in their nice new looking gym rather than playing on the rubber floor at ISM.  Its a division game vs Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf.  So a new building and a new experience watching MSAD.  Nice looking concession stand but light fare.  Popcorn was present but not my kind of thing.  Red Gatorade keeps the ticker moving.  The JV game was cancelled so the refs worked an intrasquad ISM JV scrimmage.  The game was moved cross-court because of a leak on 1 side of the main floor.  In a huge moment of irony, a leak springs over the 2nd court and the JV game is called.  Pull the bleachers back out and we're back to the main court setup which magically is OK now.

Song of the Day:  Paul Simon - Slip Slidin Away

Number of Teams I've Seen: 114 (38 courts).  14 out of state, 9 girls

Beverage Ticker: 667.6 ounces (7265 Calories)
58 days, 79 games, 2 scrimmages added on
  • Pepsi: 232.9 ounces (2910 calories)
  • Coke: 124 ounces (1480 calories)
  • Dr. Pepper: 24 ounces (300 calories)
  • Sprite: 52 ounces (620 calories)
  • A&W Root Beer : 28.9 ounces (410 calories)
  • Mug Root Beer: 20 ounces (260 calories)
  • Red Gatorade/Powerade: 181.8 ounces (1285 calories)
Hot Dog Ticker: 9
Pizza Ticker: 7
Walking Taco Ticker: 6

Game Time:

MSAD can't generate any offense early.  A couple of Preston Dahlen buckets put ISM up 6-1 at the 13:30 mark.  MSAD with a timeout during that stretch and I don't know sign language but I can safely say it was not a happy timeout.  Then 6 in a row from MSAD as PG Dawson Moder converts a pair of turnovers into easy hoops and another turnover is another layup.  Micah Hjelle for 3, a technical free throw and a hoop to put ISM up 18-11.  Preston Dahlen converting another MSAD turnover.  Moder 2 more hoops and Hjelle with another in the half.  24-18 ISM at the break.

Preston Dahlen 2 free throws, a bucket and an ISM steal for 2.  33-22 Huskies (or Gryphons if you go with the in-house mascot) with 12:55 to play.  But their offense is sputtering.  Javis Johnson with a putback and runs for a layup.  Juan Salgado converts 2 turnovers into hoops.  ISM Coach Shun Tillman gets a soft technical during the run and doesn't use a timeout either.  The MSAD spurt is 14-0 and they lead 36-33 with 8:30 to go.  Preston Dahlen with a steal for 2 as ISM gets the lead right back.  Salgado 2 more buckets and its Moder going the distance with 3:40 left.  46-43 MSAD leads.  They're doing all this with all-EMAC player Kyrell Cummings on the bench.  Hjelle comes right back with a bomb to tie it.  Then a set play leads to Preston Dahlen in the post and he runs for a layup to put ISM back in the lead.  The rest is free throws as ISM goes on a 12-0 run to end the game.  ISM/ERA wins 55-46.
 
Post Game
Dawson Moder leads MSAD with 15 points.  Juan Salgado with 12.  Kyrell Cummings 8 points but only 1 field goal.  Very interesting to watch the sign language communication from their bench.  For those of us used to seeing 2 coaches stalk the sideline all night, this game was a rarity.   Shun Tillman sat and said almost nothing (except for the T) all night.  Coach Lee Jones all over the place but everything is silent sign language.  Not to mention mostly silent fans for 1 side.  MSAD with the tough back to back at Hope tomorrow.

Preston Dahlen with 22 points as the best player on the floor in this one.  Micah Hjelle chips in with 17.  Both players return next year as a couple nice pieces to build around.  This win was much tougher than the 65-21 over the Trojans back in December.  ISM goes to St. Paul Prep/HSRA on Friday.  Then another brutal trip to Prairie Seeds Academy on Tuesday.

Birds of a feather flock together

Prologue
I continue to check off teams that I haven't seen yet with a trip to see Chaska at St. Louis Park.  Its a Minnesota Fury reunion night with multiple players from each team being members of the Fury over the summer.  Pregame McDonalds was a huge disappointment.  A can of A&W Root Beer at the game makes up for it though.  Squealing kids everywhere with it being 3rd and 5th grade travel night.  Alex Conover in the house from Prep Hoops so we can do another Czarcast after the game.  But he steps up his game by correctly naming this tune during a timeout.

Song of the Day:  Rush - Spirit of Radio

Tickers will be updated and included in a future post.

Game Time:
Its a depleted St. Louis Park lineup with no Mykal Howard (wrist), Aidan Doherty or Erik Anderson.  So only 6 of their regular rotation available.  Myles Hanson very active on the glass.  His putback for a 3 point play puts Chaska up 6 at the 7:36 mark.  Cire Mayfield and Joey Whitlock with hoops and St. Louis Park is within 5 at the 3:15 mark.   Chaska scores 11 of the last 14 of the half thanks to a Hanson post hoop and putback,  Andrew Kallman with a triple in that run as well.  34-21 Chaska at the break.

Chaska expands that lead after the 1st hoop of the half by St. Louis Park.  Kallman layup and a 3 around a Hanson spin for 2..  41-24 Chaska with 14 minutes left.  St. Louis Park would rally with 6 in a row to cut the margin to 11.  Mayfield and Jack Lynch scoring in that spurt.  Chaska can't score but the Orioles miss 2 free throws and 3 more chances to cut it to single digits.  Chaska finally gets back to back buckets and the lead is back to 15 just past the midpoint of the 2nd half.

Kallman with a short jumper and converts a turnover.  Then Hanson chases down the break on a turnover and swats it away (possible goaltend).  Soph Cole Nicholson scores it on the other end and the lead is 54-38 with just over 6 minutes left.  Big swing there.  Lynch runs the floor for a 3 point play and a layup and we're back to the magic 11 point mark.  After a Kallman 3, Chaska takes 1 bad shot and then a turnover.  Mayfield and Whitlock turn those into triples.  Richard Green with a hoop and the run is 13-4.  Chaska lead down to 58-51 with 2:35 left.  Chaska closes it out from there with a Hanson hoop and a nice backcut for a dunk.  Chaska wins 71-57.
 
Post Game
Cire Mayfield with an outstanding game for St. Louis Park.  19 points, a bunch of rebounds and generating offense off the bounce for some assists.  He also knocked down 3 bombs.  He has enough bounce that he plays much bigger than his listed 5'10" height.  Joey Whitlock with 11 after some early struggles. Richard Green with 10.  St. Louis Park falls to 5-7 overall, 0-1 in the Metro West.  The Orioles are at Richfield on Friday.

Chaska improves to 8-4 overall, 2-0 in the Metro West.  All 4 of those losses to teams that have been ranked in class AAAA.  Myles Hanson leads the way with 21 points, 19 rebounds and 3 blocks on the Czar's officially unofficial stat sheet.  He struggled with his outside shooting but still was 7-14 from the floor.  Andrew Kallman with 12 of his 17 points in the 2nd half.  He knocked down 3 triples.  Soph Cole Nicholson with 12 points including 6 free throws.  Chaska wins the free throw battle by going 19-29 from the charity stripe vs 7-14 for St. Louis Park.  For a team that runs lots of dribble drive that won't make St. Louis Park happy.  Chaska has a big league game at home against Bloomington Jefferson on Friday before trips to Benilde-St. Margaret's and archrival Chanhassen next week.

Thoughts from 2017 MLK Classic Night Games

To Minneapolis Henry for the annual MLK Classic.  Big afternoon for Jericho Sims vs Blake but I make my appearance just in time for the late 2 games.

Game 4: #1AA Minnehaha vs Waconia
Jalen Suggs banks in a 3 in the 1st 4 seconds of the game which was an omen.  Neither team gets an edge in the half.  Minnehaha playing too much 1 on 1, Waconia jacking a bunch of rushed 3s.  Nobody gains a 1st half edge as Minnehaha leads 29-27 at the break.  Suggs gets it going in the 2nd half and pulls away.  He scores 20 in the 2nd half, 15 in the game opening 19-5 2nd half run.  Waconia gets in a slight run at the end but it matter.  Minnehaha wins 71-57.  Jalen Suggs leads all scorers with 34 points, 20 in the 2nd half.  Nick Fulford leads Waconia with 16 points.


Game 5: #10AAAA Edina vs #4AAA Orono
Orono's shooting heats up in the 1st half as they go on a 10-2 run to lead 27-19 inside the 7 minute mark of the half.  Edina counters with 7 in a row before another Orono run, this one 11-2.  Colton Codute gets the drift corner 3 with 2 more bombs from fellow shooter Thomas Lecy.  That helps Orono to a 38-28 lead.  A pair of Walt McGrory hoops help Edina cut the margin to 42-36 at the half.  Max Bjorklund continuing his strong play with a free throw and a jumper off a counter to a post up play run for Jarvis Thomas earlier.    But the Hornets swarm and the sting is on.  Anders Nelson 2 hoops before Thomas picks up his 4th foul with 12:31 left. Walt McGrory for 2 and then Nelson and McGrory for 3.  Jack Middleton with a 3 to finish a 14-3 run and its Edina back on top 59-57 with 8:25 to play.

Walt McGrory for 3 and then Jack Middleton tips in a miss off a turnover. Edina in the lead 69-66 with 3:14 left as Orono takes time.  But Nelson buries a clutch 3 and McGrory with a tough deuce.  That puts Edina up 8 and they'll make their free throws.  Edina wins a fun one 80-71.  Walt McGrory 22 points, Anders Nelson 18 for the winners. Max Bjorklund with 18 for Orono, Thomas Lecy 4 3s for 12, Colton Codute 11.

Play of the Day
Orono started the game with a 1-4 dribble entry to the wing looking for the wing to cut low and zipper off Thomas to the top.  Instead of throwing to the top, Thomas ducks in on it for a post touch.  That was worth a couple of buckets early.  Then to start the 2nd half it was Bjorklund as the wing making the cut.  But instead of the zipper cut, Bjorklund pops back to the short corner for a wide open jumper with the defender cheating over the top of the post for the zipper movement.  Something I've also seen BYU do and that you could do as a counter for a baseline runner.

2017 Super 60 Showcase Thoughts

A sad day as I didn't make it back to The Old Kingdom for the Midwest Players Classic.  But the local schedule kept me busy with a full day of 2 courts at Hopkins for the Super 60 Showcase.  Pizza and a hot dog on the menu with a couple of bottles of Coke for refreshment.  Many officials getting in double (or triple) duty on the day.  Here are some of the sights and sounds.

Game 1: St. Paul Central vs Rosemount
Rosemount would have early foul trouble with PG Myka Edmond getting 2 in the 1st 2 minutes.  Then both Loehr towers would get their 2nd early in the half.  But Central couldn't take advantage of that and Rosemount will still take a 1 point lead to the break.  A big 2nd half of 20 points from Luke Siwek would help the Irish pull away.  An 18-2 run midway through the 2nd half breaks the game open.  Rosemount wins 70-56.  Luke Siwek with 20 of his 21 in the 2nd half.  Alec Loehr leads all scorers with 25 points including 15 free throws.  Soph Daveonte Davis leads Central with 24 points.

Game 2: Southwest Christian vs #5A Cass Lake-Bena
Cass Lake-Bena with 3 early 3s in a 9-1 run to jump out in front.  The SW Christian matchup zone befuddling the Panthers offense.  Spencer Weiss would lead an 11-2 Stars run in the 2nd half to open up a 9 point lead.  Cass Lake-Bena would cut that to 3 but get no closer.  SW Christian wins 71-64.  Spencer Weiss with a career high 22 points, 14 of those in the 2nd half.  Next up for the Stars is a big MCAA clash at Heritage on Tuesday. 

Game 3: #2A Red Lake vs #7A Hillcrest Lutheran
A possible state preview between teams from sections 6 and 8.  Red Lake with lots of size and length.  They were able to use that size to rebound and then throw long outlets for buckets.  Jamie Cook and Rob McClain make enough plays in the halfcourt.  Not quite enough  Red Lake wins 72-61.  4 Warriors in double figures with Jamie Cook leading with 18.  Hillcrest gets 20 from Tommy Thompson and 17 from Kyler Newman.  Thompson with some big 3s in the 2nd half to keep the Comets close.

Interlude: Now its time to switch over to the main court for the rest of the day. We pick it up with the overtime period between Waconia and Columbia Heights.  Waconia getting a Nick Fulford putback at the buzzer to force overtime after Heights had a double figure lead.  Wendell Matthews steps up to the line with 4.1 left in the OT and makes both trailing by 1.  Then some clock issues at the end of OT before Waconia gets a last chance.  That's no good and Columbia Heights hangs on to win 76-75 in OT.

Game 4: Grand Rapids vs Brooklyn Center
Slow start for Brooklyn Center as they can't buy a shot.  But Grand Rapids can't generate much offense either and they lead 12-9 at the 9:40 mark.  Brooklyn Center controls the rest of the half as they go on a 21-8 run before the Thunderbirds score the final bucket of the half.  30-20 Centaurs at the break.  Guard Jake Skelly would keep the Thunderbirds close and then center Brock Schrom would take over inside.  Nate Seelye is the only other Grand Rapids player to provide offense but its all enough.  Skelly finds a loose ball and scores with 35 seconds left to take the lead.  Then he hits 4-4 FTs to seal it.  Grand Rapids comes back to win 69-64.  Skelly and Schrom both go for over 20.  Lu'Cye Patterson with some nice distribution from the point spot for Brooklyn Center as the Centaurs get 4 starters in double figures.

Game 5: Minnetonka vs Buffalo
Buffalo would slow the pace with a 2-1-2 dribble drive motion look in the 1st half.  That was successful along with slipping screens on BLOBs.  The Tonka offense couldn't generate anything until late in the half.  Buffalo up 32-26 at the break.  But Buffalo's offense disappears in the 2nd half.  They score 2 FGs in the 1st 15 minutes of the half.  Tonka would start the half on a 16-2 run, some 3/4 1-2-2 pressure contributing to that.  Then offensive putbacks keep the lead intact.  Minnetonka wins 57-46.  Quiet day for Bert Hedstrom but Minnetonka still has him and 3 other starters in double figures. 

Game 6: #2AAAA Maple Grove at #2AAAA Hopkins
A high paced first half.  Joe Hedstrom inside playing as well as I've seen him play in high school.  Blaise Beauchamp and Anthony Davis attacking for points for Hopkins as well.  Tywhon Pickford being himself for Maple Grove.  Ish El-Amin with a drive off a high ball screen for a dunk.  58-54 Hopkins with 11 minutes left.  But then the story of this game takes over.  Its all Brad Davison.  He drives into Hedstrom for a FT (Hedstrom leaves with a bloody lip).  Then an assist to Jack Hutchinson for a layup and Davison converts a turnover.  Quick Hopkins timeout.  Then its Davison with the 3 point play, another hoop and the no conscience pullup 3 in transition.  Add 2 more free throws (Hedstrom returns after Hopkins is outscored 15-5 since he left) and then a triple.  72-63 Maple Grove with just over 6 minutes left.  Davison scores the last 15 and 16 total in the 18-5 run with an assist on the other hoop.  Maple Grove goes on to win 81-70.  Brad Davison with another Mr Basketball level performance of 41 points, 12 rebounds and a handful of assists.  Tywhon Pickford adds 22.  Hopkins gets 4 in double figures including a 16 point likely double double from Joe Hedstrom.  Rough stretch here for Hopkins being blown out by Wayzata and losing this one.  No Zeke Nnaji due to injury.  But their shot selection is tough on offense and defensively they aren't able to get stops.  Not a good combination.

Too much Hope for the Falcons

Prologue
Its another Friday night in the city as I travel to south Minneapolis for the TCAC top division game between Hope Academy and St. Paul Prep/High School for Recording Arts.  Knowing the concessions are light, I tried to counter that with lunch.  Bad choice.  But I did keep the beverage ticker happy with a can of Pepsi.  Thought there would be a bigger crowd for this one in the cozy atmosphere.  The 3 official crew gets both the JV and the varsity game.

Song of the Day:  Kaleb Mitchell - Get it

Number of Teams I've Seen: 101 (35 courts).  14 out of state, 8 girls

Beverage Ticker: 598.7 ounces (6495 Calories)
53 days, 68 games, 2 scrimmages added on
  • Pepsi: 232.9 ounces (2910 calories)
  • Coke: 84 ounces (1000 calories)
  • Dr. Pepper: 24 ounces (300 calories)
  • Sprite: 52 ounces (620 calories)
  • A&W Root Beer : 16.9 ounces (240 calories)
  • Mug Root Beer: 20 ounces (260 calories)
  • Red Gatorade/Powerade: 168.9 ounces (1165 calories)
Hot Dog Ticker: 8
Pizza Ticker: 6
Walking Taco Ticker: 6

Game Time:

As expect the pace in this one is quick.  The stars performing early too.  Aaron Gill dunks an offensive rebound, takes a defensive rebound coast to coast and dunks for a 3 point play.  Johnny Erickson for Hope with 8 points to counter that.  19-18 Hope at 12:40.  Then 12 of the next 15 to Hope with 3 more Erickson hoops.  31-21 Hope inside the 7 minute mark.  Fouls starting to mount for SPP/HSRA and they only have 7 guys.  The Falcons counter with 10 pf the last 15 of the half in the final 4 minutes.  45-39 Hope leads that the half.  Aaron Gill with a ridiculous 19 rebounds in the half on my sheet.

Its an ugly start to the 2nd half with both teams giving up 5 times on early possessions.  It feels like SPP/HSRA is down big but they are hanging around.  Erickson with a putback and 2 on a BLOB.  Gill counters with a putback and the Hope lead is only 3 with 13 minutes left.  SPP/HSRA then has 2 guys foul out and they're down to 5 guys left for the final 12 minutes.  They have others in foul trouble too so it appears they may end up short-handed.  Hope goes on a 12-2 run with a pair of hoops from Derince Melton in good minutes.  65-52 Hope pulling away with 10:15 left.  Then its Johnny Erickson coast to coast, Melton with a layup and Joey Erickson running out for a layup.  77-61 Hope with 6:16 left and SPP/HSRA's gas tank is running on fumes.  Nate Elifson with 2 bombs and the lead stretches to 19 inside of 4 minutes left.  Hope goes on to win 95-78
 
Post Game
Aaron Gill with a huge night for St. Paul Prep/HSRA as he goes for 27 points and 27 rebounds on my sheet.  Jacob Rembert adds 21 inside.  Malcolm Golden with 17.  Best offense was throw it up and let Gill go get it.  Turnovers a huge problem for the Falcons as they coughed it up 28 times by my count.  St. Paul Prep falls to 3-3, 0-3 in the top TCAC division.  They host Fond Du Lac Ojibwe, Liberty Classical and International School next week.

Hope improves to 9-2 overall, 3-1 in the top division of the TCAC.  Johnny Erickson 32 points and 11 rebounds and a bunch of assists to lead the Lions (possible triple double).  Nate Elifson with 22, Joey Erickson with 20.  They did a nice job moving the ball once SPP/HSRA had to go zone in the 2nd half due to the fouls.  Johnny Erickson very aggressive in the early going attacking the paint and setting the pace.  Nice activity from Joey Erickson as well.  They are at Canby tomorrow.  Then a big home game with Prairie Seeds Academy on Tuesday. 

Raiders win an overtime thriller

Prologue
After an off day and another day of the real world rearing its ugly head, I'm back in the gym for an old football rivalry.  Its Eden Prairie vs Cretin-Derham Hall at the CDH football, University of St. Thomas.  That's Steve Fritz Court at Schoenecker Arena at The University of St. Thomas.  Got all that?  Good.  Its varsity only so no concessions on this frigid evening.

Song of the Day:  Billy Joel - Its Still Rock and Roll to Me

Number of Teams I've Seen: 100 (34 courts).  14 out of state, 8 girls

Beverage Ticker: 586.7 ounces (6345 Calories)
52 days, 67 games, 2 scrimmages added on
  • Pepsi: 220.9 ounces (2760 calories)
  • Coke: 84 ounces (1000 calories)
  • Dr. Pepper: 24 ounces (300 calories)
  • Sprite: 52 ounces (620 calories)
  • A&W Root Beer : 16.9 ounces (240 calories)
  • Mug Root Beer: 20 ounces (260 calories)
  • Red Gatorade/Powerade: 168.9 ounces (1165 calories)
Hot Dog Ticker: 8
Pizza Ticker: 6
Walking Taco Ticker: 6

Game Time:

We're even early on with Daniel Oturu working inside for CDH and Owen Chose and Kyler Kluge hitting 3s for Eden Prairie.  10 all at the 12:45 mark.  The its Ryan Larson with a triple and jumper off the pick and roll as CDH goes on a 9-0 run.  19-10 Raiders just inside the 10 minute mark.  Eden Prairie's 1st FG was a 2, but its all triples at this point.  Chose and Drake Dobbs for 3.  Chose sits with his 2nd foul and the CDH lead is 25-16 at the 8:18 mark.  Then Kluge with another 3, CDH goes 1-3-1 and its Kluge again from deep.  2 3s on 2 possessions of 1-3-1 defense.  Chose is back in and hits 2 more bombs.  29 all at the 9:20 mark.  Dobbs ends the run at 12-2 with a hoop to put EP on top 31-29.  Larson drives and scores and adds 2 free throws on a steal as CDH goes 6-0 to end the half.  35-29 CDH at the break.  Eden Prairie with their first and last field goals from 2 and the 8 inbetween from 3.

Oturu dunks and Jake Prince scores inside.  Kluge counters that with 2 more 3s.  42-41 CDH with 14:48 left.  Oturu on the high low feed and its 47-41 CDH with 12:45 left.  Eden Prairie responds with Antonio Montero going for 3 and a bucket and a 3 point play from frosh Connor Christensen.  Its a 14-2 Eagles run and they lead 55-49 with 7:23 left.  After we wait until the 7:55 mark of the half for the 1st foul, we then get a foul fest.  Oturu with a putback and a free throw to cut the lead in half.  But Chose responds with an inbound jumper and a triple off side pick and roll.  62-55 EP with 3:10 left.

CDH scores and EP turns it over on the next 2 possessions.  Larson drives for a 3 point play on the 1st and its his steal for a hoop on the 2nd.  62 all with 2 minutes left.  Eden Prairie holds and takes timeout with 45.4 left.  Out of the timeout, its a set play elbow handoff for Chose and Oturu switches out to stop it cold.  After another EP timeout, its the same play but Oturu denies the initial entry.  Chose ends up with it and is fouled on a 3 with 5.9 left.  Wow.  He makes all 3.  Eden Prairie fouls on the inbounds.  Larson makes the 1st and CDH takes timeout to set up a free throw miss.  After some tomfoolery in getting all set on the lane, Larson perfectly misses it off the right side and Jake Prince comes from outside the 3 point line on that side to grab it and put it back.   Great draw up with Oturu drawing all the attention on that side and executed to perfection.  65 all to OT.

In the OT, its Oturu scoring twice inside around a Chose 3.  Larson takes a turnover and scores with 1:50 left to push the CDH lead to 4.  After an Eden Prairie miss, its soph Jaeden King with the dagger 3 with under 90 seconds left.   The rest is free throws.  Cretin-Derham Hall goes on to win 82-74.
 
Post Game
Owen Chose leads Eden Prairie with 30 points and 6 triples.  He came up with clutch points all night.  Kyler Kluge with 17 points with 5 more triples punishing the defense when it backed off.  The Eagles make 13 3s on the night but its not enough.  Eden Prairie falls to 7-5 overall, 0-1 in the Lake conference.  The schedule remains brutal as they host Minnetonka tomorrow and then New Prague on Tuesday before road trips to Hopkins and Edina.

Daniel Oturu with a huge night of 27 points and 20 rebounds to lead Cretin-Derham Hall.  He was way to much to handle inside.  He also made plays attacking the rim from the foul line.  Ryan Larson adds 24 from the point guard spot.  He came up with some big steals late.  Down 7 with 3 minutes left and they looked done.  The lapse on zone defense, the crazy foul at the end and the King 3 to seal it on OT are the moments of bad decision making that make a coach cringe.  Cretin-Derham Hall improves to 7-4 overall, 4-0 in the Suburban East.  They are at White Bear Lake tomorrow before a week off to prepare for the league leader showdown with Woodbury next Friday.

Stars corral the Aggies

Prologue
To Holy Angels to see the Stars take on St. Agnes in a cross-division game in the Tri-Metro.  St. Agnes coach Chris Hopkins sporting the restaurant quality bow tie for games this month.  Take that Ken Rosenthal even if you are my height.   Extra big all beef hot dog is a major plus but it was on a regular bun which lowers the grade.

Song of the Day:  Rachel Platten - Fight Song

Number of Teams I've Seen: 99 (33 courts).  14 out of state, 8 girls

Beverage Ticker: 586.7 ounces (6345 Calories)
49 days, 66 games, 2 scrimmages added on
  • Pepsi: 220.9 ounces (2760 calories)
  • Coke: 84 ounces (1000 calories)
  • Dr. Pepper: 24 ounces (300 calories)
  • Sprite: 52 ounces (620 calories)
  • A&W Root Beer : 16.9 ounces (240 calories)
  • Mug Root Beer: 20 ounces (260 calories)
  • Red Gatorade/Powerade: 168.9 ounces (1165 calories)
Hot Dog Ticker: 8
Pizza Ticker: 6
Walking Taco Ticker: 6

Game Time:

Strong start for St. Agnes with a Darius Lopez triple and hoop.  Gary Smith also with 2 hoops before he sits with 2 fouls.  9-3 Aggies at 13:33.  Its 15-10 St. Agnes just after the midpoint of the 1st half.  Holy Angels forward Sam Boehne picks it up to spark an 18-2 run.  2 offensive boards for 2 free throws, a jump hook from the right block and coast to coast for 2 more as he scores the 1st 6 of the run.  He adds another bucket and a triple in the run as Holy Angels takes a 28-17 lead with 2:40 left.  But St. Agnes rallies with the last 8 points of the half thanks to 5 from Gary Smith before his 3rd foul.  28-25 Holy Angels at the break.

Sam Boehne drives and scores on the 1st possession of the 2nd half and that puts him over 1000 career points for Holy Angels.  Boehne and Smith trade 2 more hoops as Holy Angels stays on top 44-37 with 9:30 to play.  Brandon Plasch with a putback and a free throw and St. Agnes has the lead down to 44-41 with 7 left.  Then Darius Lopez has to sit with his 4th foul.  Boehne with 2 free throws and a kick out of the post for a clutch 3. Ryan Mazurek hits a big 3 with 4:50 left right after Lopez returned.  The lead is back to 52-43 and St. Agnes doesn't threaten again.  Holy Angels wins 58-47.
 
Post Game
St. Agnes falls to 5-5 overall, 0-2 in the Tri-Metro, with the loss.  Gary Smith with 13 of his 24 in the 2nd half as he tried to carry the Aggies offense.  But he was on the bench down the stretch.  6 other Aggies in the scorebook but the highest was Darius Lopez with 7.  Too many bad possessions late.  They'll host Fridley and Heritage Academy (not to be confused with Heritage Christian) in back to back games Friday and Saturday.

Holy Angels improves to 2-8 with the win.  They are 1-0 in the Tri-Metro.  Sam Boehne with 13 of his 23 in the 1st half before passing 1000 career points in the 2nd half.  No answer for him on the right block.  8 other Stars on the scoresheet but none reach double figures.  Abraham Sanchez and Max Gerstner with 2 3s each for 8 points.  Stars shoot only 13-30 at the charity stripe including 4-14 in the 2nd half.  But St. Agnes couldn't take advantage of the misses down the stretch.  The Stars are at St. Anthony on Friday before hosting the rivalry game with Richfield on Saturday.  Then its a brutal stretch of the schedule with Columbia Heights, at De La Salle and at Brooklyn Center to follow that.

2016-17 CzarPI January 7, 2017

This is the 1st CzarPI of the 2016-17 season (see CzarPI Explained Here).  It includes games through Saturday, January 7th, 2017.  The value in () after the CzarPI value is the team's strength of schedule ranking within their class.

Class AAAA
  1. Champlin Park - 63.74 (15) 0-0 vs better, 7-0 vs worse
  2. Maple Grove - 61.78 (9) 0-0 vs better, 6-1 vs worse
  3. Wayzata - 61.53 (35) 0-0 vs better, 9-0 vs worse
  4. Park Center - 61.23 (5) 1-1 vs better, 6-1 vs worse
  5. Lakeville North - 59.64 (22) 0-0 vs better, 7-1 vs worse
  6. Apple Valley - 59.4 (4) 2-2 vs better, 4-0 vs worse
  7. St. Cloud Tech - 59 (42) 0-0 vs better, 10-1 vs worse
  8. Robbinsdale Cooper - 57.62 (6) 1-0 vs better, 3-2 vs worse
  9. New Prague - 56.8 (60) 0-0 vs better, 11-0 vs worse
  10. Hopkins - 56.34 (39) 0-1 vs better, 8-1 vs worse
  11. Rochester John Marshall - 56.23 (8) 1-3 vs better, 5-0 vs worse
  12. Edina - 55.63 (12) 1-1 vs better, 3-1 vs worse
  13. Tartan - 55.49 (63) 0-0 vs better, 9-0 vs worse
  14. Robbinsdale Armstrong - 54.66 (3) 1-3 vs better, 3-0 vs worse
  15. Prior Lake - 53.99 (44) 0-0 vs better, 4-2 vs worse
  16. Osseo - 53.22 (51) 1-2 vs better, 7-0 vs worse
  17. Rosemount - 52.37 (26) 0-3 vs better, 6-0 vs worse
  18. Coon Rapids - 52.36 (50) 1-1 vs better, 5-2 vs worse
  19. Cretin-Derham Hall - 51.83 (7) 1-4 vs better, 4-0 vs worse
  20. Woodbury - 51.68 (23) 1-3 vs better, 5-0 vs worse
  21. Bloomington Jefferson - 51.5 (53) 0-2 vs better, 7-0 vs worse
  22. Blaine - 51.08 (43) 1-1 vs better, 4-2 vs worse
  23. Eden Prairie - 51.02 (21) 2-2 vs better, 4-2 vs worse
  24. East Ridge - 50.61 (46) 0-3 vs better, 7-0 vs worse
  25. Chaska - 50.42 (31) 1-3 vs better, 4-0 vs worse
  26. Forest Lake - 50.12 (34) 1-3 vs better, 5-1 vs worse
  27. St. Louis Park - 48.71 (30) 1-4 vs better, 4-0 vs worse
  28. Minnetonka - 48.68 (11) 1-5 vs better, 4-0 vs worse
  29. Rogers - 48.43 (55) 0-3 vs better, 7-0 vs worse
  30. Park of Cottage Grove - 47.18 (61) 0-1 vs better, 5-2 vs worse
  31. St. Francis - 46.99 (52) 1-3 vs better, 4-3 vs worse
  32. Duluth East - 46.95 (40) 1-4 vs better, 5-2 vs worse
  33. Lakeville South - 46.7 (2) 1-6 vs better, 3-0 vs worse
  34. North St. Paul - 46.54 (62) 0-2 vs better, 7-1 vs worse
  35. Centennial - 46.22 (41) 2-3 vs better, 3-2 vs worse
  36. Elk River - 45.17 (58) 0-2 vs better, 4-1 vs worse
  37. Eastview - 44.79 (37) 1-5 vs better, 3-1 vs worse
  38. Andover - 44.43 (38) 2-5 vs better, 2-0 vs worse
  39. Hastings - 44.4 (45) 1-4 vs better, 2-1 vs worse
  40. Eagan - 44.16 (36) 2-6 vs better, 1-0 vs worse
  41. Irondale - 44.04 (25) 3-5 vs better, 1-1 vs worse
  42. Spring Lake Park - 43.73 (32) 2-3 vs better, 0-3 vs worse
  43. St. Michael-Albertville - 42.02 (13) 1-3 vs better, 2-2 vs worse
  44. Stillwater Area - 41.75 (19) 2-7 vs better, 1-1 vs worse
  45. Brainerd - 41.5 (56) 1-5 vs better, 3-1 vs worse
  46. Minneapolis Washburn - 41.42 (59) 1-4 vs better, 5-1 vs worse
  47. Minneapolis Southwest - 41.09 (48) 3-5 vs better, 1-2 vs worse
  48. Owatonna - 40.98 (64) 1-3 vs better, 4-0 vs worse
  49. Farmington - 39.78 (57) 1-3 vs better, 2-1 vs worse
  50. Mounds View - 38.78 (33) 2-6 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  51. Anoka - 36.42 (29) 1-5 vs better, 1-0 vs worse
  52. Moorhead - 35.47 (14) 1-7 vs better, 0-1 vs worse
  53. Chanhassen - 35.11 (18) 1-6 vs better, 2-1 vs worse
  54. Shakopee - 34.95 (1) 1-7 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  55. Burnsville - 34.59 (10) 1-7 vs better, 2-0 vs worse
  56. Minneapolis South - 34.1 (49) 1-7 vs better, 1-0 vs worse
  57. White Bear Lake - 34.09 (16) 1-8 vs better, 0-1 vs worse
  58. Henry Sibley - 31.75 (17) 1-8 vs better, 0-1 vs worse
  59. Roseville - 31.46 (28) 1-9 vs better, 1-1 vs worse
  60. St. Paul Central - 30.23 (27) 1-8 vs better, 1-0 vs worse
  61. Cambridge-Isanti - 21.87 (54) 1-9 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  62. Rochester Mayo - 21.14 (47) 1-7 vs better, 1-0 vs worse
  63. Buffalo - 20.85 (20) 1-8 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  64. Rochester Century - 0 (24) 0-9 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
Class AAA
  1. Marshall - 62.47 (24) 0-0 vs better, 9-0 vs worse
  2. DeLaSalle - 59.66 (6) 0-1 vs better, 5-0 vs worse
  3. Orono - 57.21 (50) 0-1 vs better, 11-0 vs worse
  4. Austin - 57.19 (57) 1-0 vs better, 7-0 vs worse
  5. Waseca - 56.61 (58) 0-0 vs better, 11-0 vs worse
  6. Delano - 56.43 (45) 0-1 vs better, 9-0 vs worse
  7. Faribault - 56.24 (51) 0-0 vs better, 7-1 vs worse
  8. St. Thomas Academy - 55.74 (55) 0-0 vs better, 9-1 vs worse
  9. Totino-Grace - 55.46 (44) 1-1 vs better, 7-0 vs worse
  10. Fergus Falls - 55.29 (37) 1-1 vs better, 8-1 vs worse
  11. Big Lake - 54.79 (38) 0-1 vs better, 7-1 vs worse
  12. Alexandria - 54.77 (17) 1-1 vs better, 4-1 vs worse
  13. Bemidji - 53.9 (59) 0-0 vs better, 7-1 vs worse
  14. Willmar - 53.31 (16) 0-2 vs better, 6-2 vs worse
  15. Columbia Heights - 53.07 (31) 0-3 vs better, 7-0 vs worse
  16. Grand Rapids - 52.44 (53) 0-1 vs better, 7-2 vs worse
  17. Mahtomedi - 51.92 (62) 0-1 vs better, 9-0 vs worse
  18. Thief River Falls - 51.73 (21) 1-2 vs better, 3-1 vs worse
  19. St. Anthony Village - 51.07 (61) 0-1 vs better, 10-0 vs worse
  20. St. Paul Highland Park - 51.04 (60) 0-1 vs better, 8-1 vs worse
  21. Becker - 49.89 (36) 1-2 vs better, 5-3 vs worse
  22. Mankato West - 49.13 (14) 1-2 vs better, 4-2 vs worse
  23. Northfield - 48.76 (27) 1-3 vs better, 4-1 vs worse
  24. Richfield - 48.59 (4) 0-4 vs better, 4-0 vs worse
  25. Worthington - 48.12 (26) 1-4 vs better, 5-1 vs worse
  26. Sauk Rapids-Rice - 47.83 (43) 1-4 vs better, 5-0 vs worse
  27. Zimmerman - 47.72 (48) 0-4 vs better, 6-0 vs worse
  28. Minneapolis Henry - 47.68 (34) 0-3 vs better, 6-0 vs worse
  29. Byron - 47.65 (40) 1-3 vs better, 4-2 vs worse
  30. Fridley - 46.76 (56) 0-3 vs better, 7-1 vs worse
  31. St. Paul Johnson - 45.72 (20) 1-5 vs better, 2-1 vs worse
  32. Waconia - 45.65 (41) 2-2 vs better, 1-2 vs worse
  33. St. Cloud Apollo - 45.54 (33) 2-5 vs better, 4-1 vs worse
  34. Duluth Denfeld - 45.45 (28) 2-3 vs better, 2-3 vs worse
  35. Mankato East - 45.34 (35) 1-4 vs better, 5-0 vs worse
  36. North Branch - 45.2 (7) 2-4 vs better, 1-1 vs worse
  37. Simley - 44.74 (18) 1-5 vs better, 3-0 vs worse
  38. Hermantown - 44.71 (5) 3-6 vs better, 2-1 vs worse
  39. Benilde-St. Margaret's - 44.51 (8) 2-6 vs better, 3-0 vs worse
  40. Detroit Lakes - 44.07 (15) 1-5 vs better, 2-1 vs worse
  41. Little Falls - 43.94 (19) 2-5 vs better, 2-0 vs worse
  42. Bloomington Kennedy - 41.87 (54) 0-4 vs better, 5-1 vs worse
  43. Hibbing - 41.41 (46) 1-3 vs better, 2-3 vs worse
  44. Sartell-St. Stephen - 40.94 (30) 2-4 vs better, 1-3 vs worse
  45. Mound Westonka - 40.29 (42) 1-6 vs better, 2-0 vs worse
  46. St. Paul Como Park - 40.23 (2) 2-7 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  47. St. Paul Harding - 39.69 (63) 1-4 vs better, 3-2 vs worse
  48. Chisago Lakes Area - 39.41 (13) 3-6 vs better, 1-1 vs worse
  49. Rocori - 38.99 (25) 2-7 vs better, 2-0 vs worse
  50. Kasson-Mantorville - 38.26 (32) 1-5 vs better, 1-1 vs worse
  51. Blake - 37.78 (49) 1-7 vs better, 1-1 vs worse
  52. Holy Angels - 37.45 (12) 1-8 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  53. Winona - 35.89 (3) 1-6 vs better, 1-0 vs worse
  54. Stewartville - 34.99 (23) 1-6 vs better, 2-0 vs worse
  55. New Ulm - 34.96 (47) 1-6 vs better, 1-0 vs worse
  56. Dassel-Cokato - 34.29 (10) 2-7 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  57. Monticello - 31.73 (22) 1-8 vs better, 1-0 vs worse
  58. Princeton - 30.5 (29) 1-7 vs better, 0-1 vs worse
  59. Cloquet - 30.3 (52) 2-7 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  60. Red Wing - 29.97 (39) 1-7 vs better, 2-0 vs worse
  61. Hill-Murray - 29.19 (9) 1-7 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  62. South St. Paul - 26.75 (11) 1-9 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  63. Hutchinson - 0 (1) 0-8 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  64. Albert Lea - 0 (64) 0-6 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
Class AA
  1. Caledonia - 61.65 (2) 0-0 vs better, 5-1 vs worse
  2. Melrose - 60.87 (46) 0-0 vs better, 8-0 vs worse
  3. St. Cloud Cathedral - 60.52 (21) 0-1 vs better, 10-0 vs worse
  4. Annandale - 59.7 (70) 0-0 vs better, 8-0 vs worse
  5. Virginia - 58.62 (86) 0-0 vs better, 11-0 vs worse
  6. Lake City - 58.44 (41) 0-0 vs better, 8-1 vs worse
  7. Minnehaha Academy - 58.09 (4) 0-1 vs better, 6-2 vs worse
  8. St. Charles - 56.97 (20) 0-1 vs better, 7-1 vs worse
  9. Glencoe-Silver Lake - 56.18 (44) 0-0 vs better, 9-3 vs worse
  10. New Richland-H-E-G - 55.79 (118) 0-0 vs better, 11-0 vs worse
  11. Crosby-Ironton - 55.75 (119) 0-0 vs better, 10-0 vs worse
  12. Breckenridge - 55.43 (51) 0-0 vs better, 5-1 vs worse
  13. Jordan - 54.82 (99) 0-1 vs better, 9-0 vs worse
  14. Maple River - 54.81 (31) 0-1 vs better, 8-2 vs worse
  15. Eden Valley-Watkins - 54.13 (125) 0-0 vs better, 7-0 vs worse
  16. Jackson County Central - 54.09 (58) 0-1 vs better, 8-1 vs worse
  17. Perham - 54.04 (105) 1-1 vs better, 7-0 vs worse
  18. Esko - 53.38 (106) 0-1 vs better, 8-0 vs worse
  19. Waterville-Elysian-Morristown - 53.23 (11) 1-3 vs better, 5-0 vs worse
  20. Zumbrota-Mazeppa - 53.02 (78) 0-1 vs better, 9-1 vs worse
  21. Belle Plaine - 52.99 (18) 1-3 vs better, 6-2 vs worse
  22. New Life Academy - 52.81 (116) 0-1 vs better, 7-0 vs worse
  23. Greenway - 52.39 (85) 0-1 vs better, 8-1 vs worse
  24. Norwood-Young America - 52.34 (107) 0-1 vs better, 8-1 vs worse
  25. Watertown-Mayer - 51.88 (122) 1-1 vs better, 8-0 vs worse
  26. Osakis - 51.84 (95) 0-0 vs better, 6-2 vs worse
  27. Hinckley-Finlayson - 51.66 (128) 0-0 vs better, 8-0 vs worse
  28. Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta - 51.47 (15) 0-2 vs better, 3-1 vs worse
  29. Milaca - 51.4 (64) 0-1 vs better, 7-2 vs worse
  30. Redwood Valley - 51.36 (29) 1-3 vs better, 6-1 vs worse
  31. Pine Island - 50.98 (82) 0-2 vs better, 7-0 vs worse
  32. Sibley East - 50.17 (120) 1-1 vs better, 6-1 vs worse
  33. Sauk Centre - 49.22 (97) 1-2 vs better, 6-0 vs worse
  34. St. Croix Prep - 49.17 (90) 1-1 vs better, 4-3 vs worse
  35. Roseau - 48.95 (112) 0-1 vs better, 7-2 vs worse
  36. St. Agnes - 48.81 (38) 0-3 vs better, 5-1 vs worse
  37. Brooklyn Center - 48.79 (30) 0-3 vs better, 5-0 vs worse
  38. Minnewaska Area - 48.73 (98) 1-2 vs better, 4-2 vs worse
  39. St. Peter - 48.62 (34) 1-3 vs better, 4-2 vs worse
  40. Pillager - 48.54 (124) 0-0 vs better, 6-4 vs worse
  41. Rochester Lourdes - 48.35 (69) 0-2 vs better, 5-0 vs worse
  42. Holdingford - 48.18 (32) 0-3 vs better, 4-0 vs worse
  43. Montevideo - 48.04 (12) 1-3 vs better, 2-2 vs worse
  44. Tri-City United - 48.04 (8) 2-5 vs better, 2-1 vs worse
  45. Southwest Christian - 47.94 (72) 0-2 vs better, 5-1 vs worse
  46. Pine City - 47.34 (117) 0-2 vs better, 8-1 vs worse
  47. Minneota - 47.33 (62) 0-2 vs better, 4-1 vs worse
  48. Holy Family Catholic - 47.09 (48) 1-4 vs better, 5-0 vs worse
  49. St. Paul Prep - 47.08 (42) 0-2 vs better, 3-0 vs worse
  50. Lewiston-Altura - 46.93 (19) 1-4 vs better, 3-0 vs worse
  51. Math and Science Academy - 46.5 (77) 0-2 vs better, 3-2 vs worse
  52. Fairmont - 46.36 (71) 0-4 vs better, 5-1 vs worse
  53. Lakeview - 46.32 (111) 1-3 vs better, 5-0 vs worse
  54. St. Paul Academy - 46.25 (104) 1-2 vs better, 2-1 vs worse
  55. Hayfield - 45.91 (55) 1-5 vs better, 7-0 vs worse
  56. St. Croix Lutheran - 45.56 (1) 3-7 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  57. Pipestone Area - 45.35 (33) 1-4 vs better, 3-0 vs worse
  58. International Falls - 45.28 (13) 1-5 vs better, 4-0 vs worse
  59. Pequot Lakes - 45.01 (91) 0-3 vs better, 6-1 vs worse
  60. Spectrum - 44.99 (88) 1-3 vs better, 4-1 vs worse
  61. Crookston - 44.82 (53) 1-5 vs better, 4-0 vs worse
  62. New London-Spicer - 44.72 (114) 0-4 vs better, 6-0 vs worse
  63. Proctor - 44.56 (25) 2-5 vs better, 3-0 vs worse
  64. Trinity School - 44.2 (45) 0-4 vs better, 3-2 vs worse
  65. Wadena-Deer Creek - 43.63 (127) 0-1 vs better, 5-4 vs worse
  66. Windom Area - 42.85 (50) 1-5 vs better, 2-1 vs worse
  67. Plainview-Elgin-Millville - 42.7 (87) 1-3 vs better, 5-1 vs worse
  68. Foley - 42.69 (101) 2-4 vs better, 3-1 vs worse
  69. St. Paul Washington - 42.45 (80) 1-4 vs better, 3-0 vs worse
  70. Braham - 42.31 (103) 0-2 vs better, 5-2 vs worse
  71. Rockford - 42.23 (131) 0-1 vs better, 7-1 vs worse
  72. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton - 42.22 (129) 1-2 vs better, 4-2 vs worse
  73. Eveleth-Gilbert - 42.05 (27) 1-5 vs better, 3-3 vs worse
  74. Triton - 41.85 (61) 0-5 vs better, 5-1 vs worse
  75. Blue Earth Area - 41.44 (74) 1-4 vs better, 2-2 vs worse
  76. Two Harbors - 41.43 (121) 1-3 vs better, 4-1 vs worse
  77. East Grand Forks - 41.41 (76) 0-4 vs better, 3-0 vs worse
  78. Breck - 41.33 (17) 1-5 vs better, 1-0 vs worse
  79. Maple Lake - 41.27 (54) 1-3 vs better, 3-2 vs worse
  80. Litchfield - 41.24 (63) 2-5 vs better, 4-0 vs worse
  81. Hawley - 40.95 (6) 1-4 vs better, 1-0 vs worse
  82. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle - 40.51 (93) 1-4 vs better, 2-0 vs worse
  83. Mesabi East - 40.43 (65) 2-7 vs better, 1-0 vs worse
  84. Chatfield - 40.41 (14) 1-6 vs better, 1-1 vs worse
  85. St. Paul Humboldt - 40.36 (100) 2-6 vs better, 2-0 vs worse
  86. Minneapolis Roosevelt - 40.26 (56) 2-4 vs better, 2-0 vs worse
  87. Staples-Motley - 40.19 (75) 1-5 vs better, 3-0 vs worse
  88. Winona Cotter - 40.17 (40) 2-5 vs better, 1-1 vs worse
  89. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City - 40.06 (113) 1-4 vs better, 4-0 vs worse
  90. St. James Area - 39.85 (60) 1-4 vs better, 3-0 vs worse
  91. Moose Lake-Willow River - 39.65 (39) 1-6 vs better, 3-1 vs worse
  92. Warroad - 39.32 (115) 0-5 vs better, 5-0 vs worse
  93. Park Rapids Area - 39.29 (24) 2-9 vs better, 1-0 vs worse
  94. Royalton - 38.79 (94) 1-6 vs better, 2-0 vs worse
  95. Barnum - 38.47 (3) 1-8 vs better, 1-0 vs worse
  96. Providence Academy - 38.41 (5) 1-6 vs better, 0-2 vs worse
  97. Duluth Marshall - 38.24 (52) 1-5 vs better, 1-0 vs worse
  98. Charter Stars - 37.24 (108) 1-6 vs better, 2-2 vs worse
  99. St. John's Prep - 36.62 (37) 0-3 vs better, 1-1 vs worse
  100. Heritage Academy - 36.57 (123) 0-5 vs better, 4-1 vs worse
  101. Concordia Academy - 36.15 (109) 1-5 vs better, 4-0 vs worse
  102. Mounds Park Academy - 35.93 (96) 1-5 vs better, 1-1 vs worse
  103. Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop - 35.5 (66) 0-3 vs better, 2-2 vs worse
  104. Pelican Rapids - 35.19 (81) 1-6 vs better, 2-1 vs worse
  105. Aitkin - 35.11 (36) 0-7 vs better, 2-1 vs worse
  106. Benson - 34.78 (49) 1-6 vs better, 1-1 vs worse
  107. Academy for Sciences & Ag - 33.4 (130) 1-5 vs better, 4-0 vs worse
  108. Rush City - 33.36 (132) 0-3 vs better, 2-0 vs worse
  109. Dover-Eyota - 33.13 (7) 1-8 vs better, 1-0 vs worse
  110. Tracy-Milroy-Balaton - 33.11 (83) 1-7 vs better, 2-0 vs worse
  111. Luverne - 32.71 (10) 1-7 vs better, 1-0 vs worse
  112. Mora - 32.69 (68) 1-5 vs better, 2-1 vs worse
  113. Cannon Falls - 32.47 (28) 1-7 vs better, 1-1 vs worse
  114. La Crescent - 32.22 (102) 1-7 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  115. Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial - 31.54 (67) 1-8 vs better, 1-1 vs worse
  116. Badger/Greenbush-Middle River - 30.91 (89) 0-5 vs better, 3-0 vs worse
  117. International School of MN - 30.74 (126) 1-3 vs better, 2-0 vs worse
  118. Albany - 30.46 (35) 1-9 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  119. Hmong Academy - 29.66 (133) 0-1 vs better, 2-0 vs worse
  120. Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted - 29.02 (16) 2-8 vs better, 1-0 vs worse
  121. Minneapolis Edison - 28.71 (73) 1-9 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  122. Martin County West - 27.61 (92) 1-8 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  123. Bagley - 26.45 (110) 1-6 vs better, 0-2 vs worse
  124. LeSueur-Henderson - 25.04 (22) 1-9 vs better, 1-0 vs worse
  125. Barnesville - 0 (43) 0-6 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  126. Yellow Medicine East - 0 (57) 0-7 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  127. Kenyon-Wanamingo - 0 (9) 0-10 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  128. FAIR School - 0 (23) 0-8 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  129. Medford - 0 (26) 0-7 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  130. Pierz - 0 (47) 0-11 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  131. PACT Charter - 0 (59) 0-10 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  132. Frazee - 0 (79) 0-8 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  133. Paynesville Area - 0 (84) 0-8 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
Class A
  1. Minneapolis North - 59.9 (14) 0-0 vs better, 9-1 vs worse
  2. Red Lake - 59.76 (15) 0-1 vs better, 10-0 vs worse
  3. Red Rock Central - 59.5 (61) 0-0 vs better, 9-0 vs worse
  4. Hillcrest Lutheran Academy - 58.83 (71) 0-0 vs better, 6-0 vs worse
  5. Goodhue - 58.16 (86) 0-0 vs better, 12-0 vs worse
  6. Carlton - 57.06 (48) 0-0 vs better, 10-1 vs worse
  7. Ada-Borup - 56.75 (103) 0-0 vs better, 7-0 vs worse
  8. Springfield - 55.9 (80) 0-0 vs better, 8-1 vs worse
  9. Parkers Prairie - 55.71 (62) 0-1 vs better, 8-0 vs worse
  10. Heritage Christian - 55.7 (50) 0-0 vs better, 7-1 vs worse
  11. Lake Park-Audubon - 55.41 (28) 0-1 vs better, 6-1 vs worse
  12. Cedar Mountain/Comfrey - 55.29 (74) 0-1 vs better, 7-0 vs worse
  13. Southwest MN Christian - 55.25 (55) 0-0 vs better, 5-1 vs worse
  14. North Woods - 54.79 (137) 0-0 vs better, 10-0 vs worse
  15. Nevis - 54.23 (93) 0-0 vs better, 7-1 vs worse
  16. Northern Freeze - 54.04 (111) 0-0 vs better, 8-1 vs worse
  17. Rushford-Peterson - 53.59 (9) 0-2 vs better, 5-0 vs worse
  18. Mountain Lake Area - 53.58 (22) 1-2 vs better, 7-1 vs worse
  19. Ortonville - 53.38 (145) 0-0 vs better, 7-0 vs worse
  20. Spring Grove - 53.2 (81) 0-1 vs better, 8-1 vs worse
  21. Russell-Tyler-Ruthton - 52.67 (52) 0-1 vs better, 7-1 vs worse
  22. Prairie Seeds Academy - 52.52 (140) 1-0 vs better, 4-1 vs worse
  23. Central MN Christian - 52.42 (133) 0-1 vs better, 8-0 vs worse
  24. Cass Lake-Bena - 52.12 (32) 1-3 vs better, 7-0 vs worse
  25. McGregor - 51.41 (129) 1-1 vs better, 7-0 vs worse
  26. Legacy Christian - 51.1 (123) 1-1 vs better, 6-1 vs worse
  27. Nova Classical Academy - 50.99 (122) 0-0 vs better, 4-3 vs worse
  28. Stephen-Argyle - 50.64 (69) 0-1 vs better, 6-1 vs worse
  29. Ely - 50.62 (83) 0-1 vs better, 6-1 vs worse
  30. Walker-Hackensack-Akeley - 50.35 (99) 0-1 vs better, 7-1 vs worse
  31. Canby - 50.16 (117) 0-1 vs better, 5-1 vs worse
  32. NCE/U-H - 50.01 (120) 0-1 vs better, 4-0 vs worse
  33. Adrian - 49.97 (106) 2-1 vs better, 4-1 vs worse
  34. Browerville/Eagle Valley - 49.87 (82) 0-2 vs better, 6-0 vs worse
  35. Sebeka - 49.82 (47) 1-2 vs better, 5-2 vs worse
  36. Battle Lake - 49.78 (115) 0-1 vs better, 7-1 vs worse
  37. Mountain Iron-Buhl - 49.23 (88) 0-2 vs better, 8-0 vs worse
  38. Cleveland - 48.89 (157) 0-0 vs better, 9-0 vs worse
  39. Minnesota Valley Lutheran - 48.84 (102) 0-2 vs better, 7-1 vs worse
  40. Deer River - 48.55 (17) 1-3 vs better, 5-1 vs worse
  41. Win-E-Mac - 48.39 (132) 1-1 vs better, 6-1 vs worse
  42. Bethany Academy - 48.2 (153) 0-0 vs better, 6-1 vs worse
  43. Wabasha-Kellogg - 48 (60) 0-1 vs better, 3-3 vs worse
  44. Hills-Beaver Creek - 47.99 (143) 0-1 vs better, 5-0 vs worse
  45. Kimball Area - 47.98 (53) 1-3 vs better, 5-0 vs worse
  46. Southland - 47.97 (12) 0-2 vs better, 3-0 vs worse
  47. Verndale - 47.74 (73) 1-2 vs better, 4-2 vs worse
  48. Lakeview Christian - 47.5 (135) 0-1 vs better, 6-3 vs worse
  49. Schaeffer Academy - 47.42 (151) 0-2 vs better, 9-0 vs worse
  50. Fosston - 47.25 (51) 1-3 vs better, 5-0 vs worse
  51. Hope Academy - 47.12 (152) 0-1 vs better, 7-1 vs worse
  52. Hancock - 47.09 (101) 0-2 vs better, 5-0 vs worse
  53. Pine River-Backus - 47.06 (20) 1-5 vs better, 4-0 vs worse
  54. Kingsland - 46.67 (107) 1-3 vs better, 4-1 vs worse
  55. West Lutheran - 46.65 (75) 0-2 vs better, 5-2 vs worse
  56. West Central Area - 45.86 (100) 0-2 vs better, 5-1 vs worse
  57. Bigfork - 45.81 (141) 0-2 vs better, 9-0 vs worse
  58. St. Clair - 45.71 (63) 0-4 vs better, 6-0 vs worse
  59. Community of Peace Academy - 45.37 (130) 3-1 vs better, 2-3 vs worse
  60. Brandon/Evansville - 45.29 (49) 1-3 vs better, 4-1 vs worse
  61. Westbrook-Walnut Grove - 45.17 (139) 0-2 vs better, 7-0 vs worse
  62. Randolph - 44.85 (38) 0-3 vs better, 5-1 vs worse
  63. Kittson County Central - 44.53 (78) 0-2 vs better, 3-1 vs worse
  64. Wrenshall - 44.51 (110) 0-3 vs better, 8-0 vs worse
  65. Bethlehem Academy - 44.5 (72) 1-4 vs better, 4-0 vs worse
  66. Mayer Lutheran - 44.47 (5) 1-5 vs better, 4-0 vs worse
  67. BOLD - 44.29 (56) 1-4 vs better, 4-0 vs worse
  68. Goodridge/Grygla - 44.2 (119) 1-2 vs better, 4-2 vs worse
  69. New York Mills - 44.07 (149) 0-2 vs better, 5-0 vs worse
  70. Park Christian - 44.01 (4) 1-5 vs better, 3-1 vs worse
  71. Dawson-Boyd - 43.97 (91) 1-3 vs better, 4-0 vs worse
  72. Cristo Rey Jesuit - 43.94 (6) 1-5 vs better, 2-0 vs worse
  73. Waubun - 43.59 (18) 0-4 vs better, 4-0 vs worse
  74. Lanesboro - 43.2 (155) 0-1 vs better, 4-0 vs worse
  75. Learning for Leadership - 43.05 (150) 0-1 vs better, 4-1 vs worse
  76. Calvin Christian - 42.86 (154) 1-3 vs better, 6-0 vs worse
  77. Murray County Central - 42.49 (10) 0-3 vs better, 3-1 vs worse
  78. Fillmore Central - 42.28 (127) 0-3 vs better, 5-1 vs worse
  79. Chisholm - 42.14 (7) 1-6 vs better, 3-1 vs worse
  80. Menahga - 42.06 (57) 2-6 vs better, 2-0 vs worse
  81. Grand Meadow - 41.79 (31) 0-5 vs better, 4-0 vs worse
  82. Mankato Loyola - 41.32 (43) 0-4 vs better, 4-2 vs worse
  83. CHOF - 41.23 (97) 1-4 vs better, 4-1 vs worse
  84. Rothsay - 40.64 (108) 1-4 vs better, 3-1 vs worse
  85. MACCRAY - 40.5 (33) 1-5 vs better, 2-1 vs worse
  86. Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton - 40.43 (79) 0-6 vs better, 5-0 vs worse
  87. Sacred Heart - 40.22 (114) 1-4 vs better, 3-0 vs worse
  88. T/ML/GHEC - 39.94 (126) 0-4 vs better, 6-1 vs worse
  89. Bertha-Hewitt - 39.46 (29) 1-5 vs better, 2-0 vs worse
  90. Maranatha Christian - 39.22 (144) 1-5 vs better, 3-0 vs worse
  91. Fulda - 38.92 (95) 1-4 vs better, 4-0 vs worse
  92. Sleepy Eye - 38.84 (87) 0-5 vs better, 5-0 vs worse
  93. Lyle/Austin Pacelli - 38.51 (156) 0-2 vs better, 4-1 vs worse
  94. Silver Bay - 38.49 (134) 0-2 vs better, 4-2 vs worse
  95. South Ridge - 38.25 (58) 0-5 vs better, 4-0 vs worse
  96. Northeast Range - 38.15 (94) 0-6 vs better, 3-0 vs worse
  97. Northome/Kelliher - 37.97 (113) 0-3 vs better, 4-0 vs worse
  98. Liberty Classical Academy - 37.95 (146) 0-4 vs better, 6-0 vs worse
  99. Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity - 37.93 (90) 1-4 vs better, 1-2 vs worse
  100. Mabel-Canton - 37.46 (44) 1-7 vs better, 2-1 vs worse
  101. Blooming Prairie - 37.33 (104) 1-4 vs better, 3-0 vs worse
  102. Cromwell-Wright - 37.01 (36) 1-6 vs better, 2-0 vs worse
  103. Lac qui Parle Valley - 36.13 (45) 1-6 vs better, 2-2 vs worse
  104. Henning - 35.25 (92) 1-6 vs better, 2-1 vs worse
  105. Underwood - 35.15 (42) 2-8 vs better, 1-0 vs worse
  106. Lake of the Woods - 35.07 (65) 1-7 vs better, 2-0 vs worse
  107. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa - 34.89 (89) 1-6 vs better, 3-0 vs worse
  108. Alden-Conger - 34.86 (148) 1-3 vs better, 0-4 vs worse
  109. Sleepy Eye Saint Mary's - 34.29 (109) 1-5 vs better, 3-0 vs worse
  110. New Ulm Cathedral - 33.67 (39) 1-8 vs better, 2-0 vs worse
  111. East Central - 32.75 (116) 1-3 vs better, 2-0 vs worse
  112. Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley - 31.82 (70) 0-3 vs better, 1-0 vs worse
  113. Blackduck - 29.95 (26) 0-9 vs better, 3-0 vs worse
  114. Houston - 29.91 (124) 0-5 vs better, 2-1 vs worse
  115. Hill City - 29.66 (30) 0-6 vs better, 1-1 vs worse
  116. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg - 29.45 (76) 1-7 vs better, 0-1 vs worse
  117. Floodwood - 29.04 (2) 0-9 vs better, 2-0 vs worse
  118. United South Central - 28.28 (118) 1-8 vs better, 2-0 vs worse
  119. Glenville-Emmons - 28.15 (85) 1-6 vs better, 1-0 vs worse
  120. Norman County West - 27.83 (13) 0-4 vs better, 1-0 vs worse
  121. Hope Lutheran - 27.83 (84) 1-8 vs better, 0-1 vs worse
  122. Cook County - 27.78 (77) 1-8 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  123. Fertile-Beltrami - 27.34 (27) 0-7 vs better, 2-1 vs worse
  124. Isle - 26.71 (147) 0-6 vs better, 2-0 vs worse
  125. Northland - 26.66 (41) 1-7 vs better, 1-0 vs worse
  126. Warren-Alvarado-Oslo - 26.48 (68) 0-5 vs better, 1-0 vs worse
  127. LeRoy-Ostrander - 26.25 (54) 2-7 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  128. Nicollet - 26.13 (138) 1-6 vs better, 2-0 vs worse
  129. Nashwauk-Keewatin - 25.94 (19) 0-8 vs better, 3-0 vs worse
  130. Mahnomen - 25.94 (98) 1-5 vs better, 0-1 vs worse
  131. Upsala - 25.94 (25) 0-8 vs better, 1-0 vs worse
  132. Swanville - 25.07 (35) 1-5 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  133. Climax/Fisher - 24.74 (105) 1-7 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  134. Edgerton - 24.62 (34) 0-5 vs better, 2-0 vs worse
  135. Clearbrook-Gonvick - 24.36 (128) 1-7 vs better, 0-1 vs worse
  136. North Lakes Academy - 24 (125) 0-6 vs better, 1-0 vs worse
  137. Heron Lake-Okabena - 23.36 (8) 1-8 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  138. Red Lake County - 23.24 (121) 1-7 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  139. Christian Life Academy - 23.21 (67) 0-7 vs better, 1-0 vs worse
  140. Renville County West - 22.36 (21) 0-10 vs better, 2-0 vs worse
  141. Madelia - 22.15 (66) 1-9 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  142. Laporte - 0 (40) 0-5 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  143. Onamia - 0 (96) 0-6 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  144. Cherry - 0 (131) 0-9 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  145. Ashby - 0 (136) 0-6 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  146. Groves Academy - 0 (142) 0-8 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  147. Fond du Lac Ojibwe - 0 (1) 0-8 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  148. Wabasso - 0 (3) 0-9 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  149. Wheaton/Herman-Norcross - 0 (11) 0-5 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  150. Ellsworth - 0 (16) 0-7 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  151. Ogilvie - 0 (23) 0-8 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  152. Metro Schools College Prep - 0 (24) 0-1 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  153. Lincoln International - 0 (37) 0-2 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  154. MN Academy for the Deaf - 0 (46) 0-4 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  155. Littlefork-Big Falls - 0 (59) 0-6 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  156. Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart - 0 (64) 0-7 vs better, 0-0 vs worse
  157. Chesterton Academy - 0 (112) 0-4 vs better, 0-0 vs worse

Another St. Paul Saturday

Prologue
Its a rare Saturday prior to February where there's no event going on.  So that means puzzle the schedule together and see how many games can be done.  That means 3 in St. Paul on this day.  A quality walking taco (though a little heavy on sour cream) at Highland Park.  Then the always outstanding hot dog plus Saul (raspy but still on his game) at Cretin-Derham Hall.  Then a quality 4AA night cap at St. Croix Lutheran.

Game 1: Minneapolis Roosevelt at St. Paul Highland Park
Star forward Devon Hannah in a walking boot and no head coach Rob Mestas for Roosevelt.  Roosevelt's Jordan Johnston takes matters into his own hands.  He knocks down 5 3s in the 1st 9 minutes for a 18-14 Roosevelt lead.  Highland Park finally stops him in the half and goes on a 15-2 run of their own to take a 37-30 halftime lead.   Roosevelt started the 2nd half on an 8-0 run to regain the lead.  Johnston with another pair of bombs plus a Leo Buchwald 3 for a 47-43 lead with 9:40 left.  But Roosevelt goes cold after that.  Amitri Collins-Westlund with the last 5 points in a 15-2 run.  Johnston's 9th 3 breaks the drought but its too late. Highland Park wins 65-56.  Jordan Johnston 9 3s for 27 points.  Amitri Collins-Westlund 15 points and Dreem Kelly-Jabbar with 16 for Highland Park.

Game 2: East Ridge at Cretin-Derham Hall
A rare Saturday conference matinee.  CDH would jump out to a 10-2 lead.  East Ridge would claw their way back thanks to Courtney Brown Jr.  Both teams going zone and CDH would hold for over 2 minutes vs the East Ridge zone with a 10 point lead in the 1st half.  East Ridge would score the last 5 of the half to be within 28-23 at the break.  The CDH lead would expand to 15 5 minutes into the half.  But good activity inside from frosh Ben Carlson for East Ridge.  He scores 6 in a row to cut the margin to 10 inside of 10 left.  He adds a dunk and a free throw and the lead is down to 5 with 2:39 left.  4 point game late when Brown sees a triple go in and out.   Cretin-Derham Hall wins 66-61.  Daniel Oturu with 17 points to lead 4 Raiders in double figures.  Soph Jaeden King 14 with 4 3s.   Courtney Brown Jr 18 to lead East Ridge.  Frosh Ben Carlson chips in with 13 of his 15 in the 2nd half.  Once again Cretin's zone defense leaving much to be desired.  They weren't active and didn't rebound out of their 1-2-2.  Not to mention, they are too talented in this game to not play man.

Game 3: New Life Academy at St. Croix Lutheran
Early foul trouble for St. Croix Lutheran sees Jamaris Johnson and Jack Kuckhahn both pick up 2 fouls.  14-12 St. Croix Lutheran at 8:10 after a Deven Friese 3 but the Crusaders only make 1 more FG in the half.  Kyle Kaemingk heats up for New Life with a 3 and a bucket.  Its an 11-2 Eagles run to end the half and lead 27-18.  The lead gets to 12 before an 8-0 SCL run.  Kuckhahn and Johnson carrying the Crusaders offense.  Meanwhile Kaemingk still hot as he drifts weakside for 3 and the lead is back to 10 . Johnson 5 in a row and then Kuckhahn with 5 more in a row for a 10-0 run.  Kaemingk scores and its Kuckhahn again, this time for 3 and St. Croix Lutheran is back on top 51-50 with 3 minutes left.  New Life counters with a 3 and gets a stop.  Sr. Croix with only 2 team fouls has to give 4 and they do.  They also get the turnover they need and its Kuckhahn getting a crazy continuation call for a 3 point play with 21.9 left.  New Life makes 2 freebies and the Crusaders have 1 last chance.  Their 3 is no good and 2 free throws seal it.  New Life hangs on to win 59-54.  Jack Kuckhahn with all 16 of his points in the 2nd half to lead St. Croix Lutheran.  Jamaris Johnson with 13 of his 15 in the 2nd half.  Kyle Kaemingk continues to impress as he leads New Life with 23 points and 5 3s.  After losing most of their lineup from last year St. Croix Lutheran starts 4 juniors and has 2 more off the bench.  The record of 4-7 is deceptive as they looked better than that.

North wins another city battle

Prologue
Its the 1st big showdown in the Minneapolis City as Henry visits North.  Both teams coming into the night undefeated in the conference.  Its a sellout crowd on hand and the spirit is high.  Due to the tight crowd I make the mistake of not having one of the walking tacos.

Number of Teams I've Seen: 95 (29 courts).  14 out of state, 8 girls

Beverage Ticker: 542.7 ounces (5815 Calories)
46 days, 62 games, 2 scrimmages added on

  • Pepsi: 220.9 ounces (2760 calories)
  • Coke: 84 ounces (1000 calories)
  • Dr. Pepper: 12 ounces (150 calories)
  • Sprite: 20 ounces (240 calories)
  • A&W Root Beer : 16.9 ounces (240 calories)
  • Mug Root Beer: 20 ounces (260 calories)
  • Red Gatorade/Powerade: 168.9 ounces (1165 calories)
Hot Dog Ticker: 7
Pizza Ticker: 6
Walking Taco Ticker: 5

Game Time:

North's Issac Johnson with his 2nd 3 of the night and its from NBA range.   Lamar Wood on the offensive glass for Henry.  20-12 North at 11:17.  Wood dunks a dishoff, Savion Scott hits a 3 to beat a trap and puts back a miss.  Its Wood again on the offensive glass.  27-21 North midway through the 1st half.  Scott with a nice give and go off a post feed for a free throw.  Issac Johnson with 4 free throws and the lead extends to 44-29 late in the half.  Scott with a 3, 2 and a free throw as Henry tries to rally. But they miss 2 of 3 free throws and Isaac Johnson scores the last 4 of the half.  50-37 Polars at the break.

Da'Kei Hines with a putback, Odell Wilson on the bounce goes behind the back and scores.  JaQuan Sanders-Smith pulls up for a jumper.  60-42 North just over 3 minutes into the half.  But the Patriots immediately cut that margin down to 7.  Scott with 5 and Wood with 4 in that run. Just 2 minutes late its 60-53 Polars with Henry having the momentum.  North counters with a 3 and an Isaac Johnson BLOB hoop.  Nasir El-Amin productive off the bench as he adds a 3 point play.  That doubles the lead back to 14, 72-58 North with 10:25 left.  Isaac Johnson 2 free throws and a Tyler Johnson bank and North is back in control 81-62.   Savion Scott makes a couple more 3s as Henry cuts the lead to 10 but the finish is never in doubt.  North wins 92-80.
 
Post Game
Henry falls to 5-1 in the Minneapolis City, 7-4 overall.  Savion Scott carries the Patriots offense to the tune of 40 points.  He knocked in 7 bombs.  Lamar Wood was a factor on the offensive glass with 23 points.  But the rest of the roster really struggled to find offense.  Henry now has 5 straight games at home over the next 2+ weeks.  South visits next Tuesday.

Minneapolis North gets 27 from Isaac Johnson. The Polars end up with 5 in double figures.  JaQuan Sanders-Smith with 18, Tayler Johnson with 16.  Odell Wilson with 14.  Nasir El-Amin with a very productive 13 off the Polars bench.  North's winning streak is now at 10 games after the opening game loss to Apple Valley.  3 conference games coming up and then some very interesting non-conference games at Heritage Christian, home vs Caledonia and at Central MN Christian in early February.

A January Section Miracle

Prologue
To the top of the hill to see Columbia Heights host #7AAA Mahtomedi.  This one is a battle of teams in surprisingly deep section 4AAA.  Sausage pizza and the always difficult to find Mug Root Beer on the concessions menu tonight.  Mug Root Beer with the highest calorie count of any beverage so far (260 in 20 ounces).  Which means its perfect of course. 

Number of Teams I've Seen: 95 (28 courts).  14 out of state, 8 girls

Beverage Ticker: 542.7 ounces (5815 Calories)
45 days, 61 games, 2 scrimmages added on
  • Pepsi: 220.9 ounces (2760 calories)
  • Coke: 84 ounces (1000 calories)
  • Dr. Pepper: 12 ounces (150 calories)
  • Sprite: 20 ounces (240 calories)
  • A&W Root Beer : 16.9 ounces (240 calories)
  • Mug Root Beer: 20 ounces (260 calories)
  • Red Gatorade/Powerade: 168.9 ounces (1165 calories)
Hot Dog Ticker: 7
Pizza Ticker: 6
Walking Taco Ticker: 5

Game Time:

Columbia Heights can't take care of it early as 3 turnovers lead to 3 Zephyrs buckets and a quick timeout from Willie Braziel.  Parker Fox with a hoop, dunk and a pretty assist as he goes nutmeg on the bounce pass.  16-7 Mahtomedi at 11:02 and the Hylanders need another timeout.  Will Tuttle with the back door layup and another hoop to push the lead to 12.  Heights counters with 11 straight.  Deaundra Roberson with a turnaround, Christian Kelly puts back a miss, a block leads to a Jarvis Wright triple and Kadeem with a putback after a turnover.  22-21 Mahtomedi at 3:03 and they need time.  They respond with the last 9 points of the half.  Fox with a hoop and putback in that run plus the Zephyrs make 2 sets of 1 and 1 free throws.  8-1 fouls in favor of Mahtomedi in the half and Coach Braziel not pleased.  31-21 Mahtomedi at the break.

Mahtomedi can't take care of it to start the 2nd half.  Quentin Hardrict with a NBA 3 and a double clutch jumper.  Roberson scores and Wendall Matthews puts back a miss and adds a free throw.  The run is 13-2 and Heights takes their 1st lead 34-33 with 12:57 left.  Tuttle makes 2 free throws as Mahtomedi scores the next 6.  Roberson with a layup and putback for Heights.  41 all with 7:15 left.  Mahtomedi scores the next 5 but Heights gets another Hardrict bomb and a sweet and smart Roberson give and go on the SLOB.  46 all with 5:15 left. 

Shayne Frost makes 1 of 2 free throws and buries a critical 3.  Heights turns it over and Fox dunks.  53-46 Mahtomedi in control with 3:20 left.  Roberson counters with 2 free throws, Mahtomedi misses a layup and Hardrict makes both ends of the bonus.  53-50 Mahtomedi with 2:34 left.  They take timeout and come out in a 1-3-1 trap.  Mahtomedi turns it over and its Kelly for 3 with 1:45 left to tie.  How fitting for him after being snake bitten in the Park Center game.  Mahtomedi takes time to set up a play with 1:32 left.  But Fox gets stripped with just over a minute left.  Columbia Heights gets it to the front court and takes time with 54.2 left.

Heights goes 5 out and moves the ball until about 12 seconds remain.  They make a play at the top and the ball ends up in the right corner.  The play is all messed up and Mahtomedi goes for the opportunity trap.  Heights swings it out of the trap and around the horn to the left wing to Roberson.  He immediately goes hard to the rim.  As he rises up from about 8 feet, he loses the ball high up in the air.  It goes 15-20 feet high and falls through the net as the buzzer sounds.  Columbia Heights wins 55-53 in most improbable fashion.  They go on a 9-0 run in the last 3:10.
 
Post Game
Mahtomedi suffers their 1st loss of the season to fall to 8-1 overall, 1-0 in the Metro East.  Parker Fox with 20 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists to lead the Zephyrs.  Will Tuttle with 8 points.  This loss has big section implications as it now means Mahtomedi will be no higher than 3 (barring a Totino-Grace collapse).  But the QRF could save them despite the head to head loss (the #1 reason why I despise doing seeding via computer only).  The game vs St. Anthony on February 21st will likely determine that 3 seed in 4AAA.  That's the only non-conference game left.  They jump headfirst into league play next week at South St. Paul and hosting Henry Sibley.

Quentin Hardrict leads Columbia Heights with 17 points and 3 triples.  Deaundra Roberson with 13 of his 15 points in the 2nd half including the accidental game winner.  Heights on ball pressure really bothered Mahtomedi and did allow the Hylanders to get out for easy hoops.  But clutch plays down the stretch too which has to feel good after the Park Center loss.  As for Heights section prospects, hard to see them any lower than 2 in 4AAA assuming they take care of business.  Columbia Heights now 7-2.  This very difficult 9 day stretch of the schedule continues at Cooper tomorrow.  Then its home games with Brooklyn Center (previously ranked in AA) and #1AAA De La Salle next week.

Island Bird Watching

Prologue
Off to the island to see top ranked De La Salle take on Osseo in a high-profile non-conference matchup.  With a quiet night on the schedule, plenty of coaches scouting.  The Mr Basketball guys yucking it up with the JMOA and Lithgow too.  No concessions thanks to early Chipotle for dinner and I don't like fighting the lines.  But the crowd while almost full wasn't the arrive by JV tip, lineup on the walls type of crowd that the island can be known for.

Number of Teams I've Seen: 95 (27 courts).  14 out of state, 8 girls

Beverage Ticker: 522.7 ounces (5555 Calories)
44 days, 60 games, 2 scrimmages added on
  • Pepsi: 220.9 ounces (2760 calories)
  • Coke: 84 ounces (1000 calories)
  • Dr. Pepper: 12 ounces (150 calories)
  • Sprite: 20 ounces (240 calories)
  • A&W Root Beer : 16.9 ounces (240 calories)
  • Red Gatorade/Powerade: 168.9 ounces (1165 calories)
Hot Dog Ticker: 7
Pizza Ticker: 5
Walking Taco Ticker:
5

Game Time:

We're even early on after a sloppy start.  The Bezdicek twins with layups countered by a hoop and free throw from Christian Dickson.  11 all at 10:47.  Goanar Mar picks up his 2nd just after that and has to sit.  Osseo runs off 6 of the next 8 before Gabe Kalscheur also gets his 2nd at 7:12.  So both De La Salle stars have 2.  Kalscheur sits and it brings Mar back in.  Will Irvin off the Islanders bench for 3 plus a Dickson 3.  That's countered by Mar Mar Hughes with a 3 and lefty layup.  John Bezdicek knocks down 2 bombs.  33-23 Osseo at 3:43, 13-5 Orioles run.  De La Salle right back with Irvin banging home another 3.  Then a pair of Osseo turnovers for an Irvin layup and Dickson 3 point play.  37-35 Osseo at 1:01.  They score 8 of the last 10 as Zach Theisen beats the buzzer for 3.  45-37 Osseo at the break. 

Emmette Paige with great 2nd half minutes for Osseo.  He spins for 2, knocks down a 3 and makes both ends of the bonus.  60-51 Osseo with 10:16 left and DLS looks to be on the ropes.  Goanar Mar responds after only 1 FT in the book in the 1st half.  2 free throws and a dunk, then 1 triple followed by an up and down racehorse sequence that ends in another 3 for him.  10-0 Goanar Mar run puts DLS ahead for the 1st time, 61-60 with 8:16 left.  That last 3 also puts him over 1000 career points. Mar then counters a Matt Bezdicek 4 point play with 3-3 free throws after he was fouled on a 3 (John Bezdicek's 4th foul).  Then a nice assist to Kalscheur for a layup.  So 13 in a row + the assist in those 15 points.  68-66 Osseo 6:04 left. 

Mar then swipes an offensive board of a free throw and scores.  Paige coast to coast.  Mar in the post for a soft 5th on John Bezdicek with 3:08 left.  The 3 point play ties the game at 72.  Matt Bezdicek with 2 free throws countered by a Dominic Bledsoe layup.  Osseo gets it back with 1:30 left, 74 all.  They'll hold but its a charge on Hughes with 43.8 left.  De La Salle doesn't take time and its Kalscheur to the rack with 13.6 left for the lead.  Osseo decides to push and not take a timeout.  They gets in a mess and still playl.  Theisen's 3 at the buzzer is no good.  De La Salle wins 76-74.

Post Game
Osseo sees their 5 game winning streak snapped as they fall to 7-2 overall, 1-1 in the NW Suburban.  They get 5 guys in double figures.  John Bezdicek leads with 3 triples and 17 points, 15 in the 1st half.  Matt Bezdicek and Mar Mar Hughes with 11 each.  Good bench minutes from Maurice Nelson and Emmette Paige who scored 9 and 11 points respectively.   De La Salle's pressure bothered Osseo from getting into any kind of offense, especially early on.  They are at Spring Lake Park on Friday.  Then a big week next week as they host Armstrong (many of their guys plus HC Greg Miller were watching tonight) and #1AAAA Champlin Park.

Goanar Mar carries the Islanders to victory.  He scores 20 of his 21 in the 2nd half, most of those in the big run to get back to even after being 9 down.  He had a couple of 3s in the run but also did work inside taking advantage of his size.  Christian Dickson with 15 of his 19 to carry the Islander offense in the 1st half when Kalscheur and Mar only combined for 4 points.  Will Irvin added a spark in the 1st half with 8 of his 9 points.  Gabe Kalscheur 7 of his 10 in the 2nd half including the game winner.  De La Salle is also 7-2 overall, 2-0 in the Tri-Metro.  They host St. Anthony and visit Columbia Heights next week.  Then Brooklyn Center the following week.  All of those teams were in the house scouting tonight.

Starting the new year in section style

Prologue
So after a long weekend with The Crown Prince, its back to the gym to start the new year.  Its a good start too as I take in a quality section 6AAA matchup between #2AAA Delano and Benilde-St. Margaret's.  The Haben Center with a small crowd for this one.  Baby Hollywood headlining tonight's officiating crew.  No concessions for me so the counter is sad.

Number of Teams I've Seen: 94 (26 courts).  14 out of state, 8 girls

Beverage Ticker: 522.7 ounces (5555 Calories)
43 days, 59 games, 2 scrimmages added on
  • Pepsi: 220.9 ounces (2760 calories)
  • Coke: 84 ounces (1000 calories)
  • Dr. Pepper: 12 ounces (150 calories)
  • Sprite: 20 ounces (240 calories)
  • A&W Root Beer : 16.9 ounces (240 calories)
  • Red Gatorade/Powerade: 168.9 ounces (1165 calories)
Hot Dog Ticker: 7
Pizza Ticker: 5
Walking Taco Ticker:
5

Game Time:

Its Benilde-St. Margaret's out to a 7-0 lead thanks to a long 2 and an inside-out 3 from super soph Jamison Battle.  Delano rallies behind junior PG Cal Wishart.  He has a 3 point play followed by a pair of left wing triples.  Then he adds a pair of freebies for an 11-9 Delano lead just 4 minutes in.  After a Red Knights hoop to break that 11-2 spurt, Delano runs off 22 of the next 28.  Wishart starts the run with a steal and behind the back assist for a layup, then back to back buckets.  He'll finish the run with a 3 and bucket.  He'll add his 4th 3 to push him to 24 points for the half.  41-23 Delano at the break.

Junior wing Gabe Alada starts the 2nd half for Benilde-St. Margaret's and his job is to be the 1st guy to faceguard Wishart.  BSM runs off the 1st 9 points of the half in just over 2 minutes to cut the lead in half.  Alada with a pair of layups in that spurt as he contributes on both ends.  A scramble leads to a Battle triple and the lead is down to 7.  Wishart with 2 steals for 2 free throws and his only bucket of the 2nd half.  That bucket is sandwiched inbetween a pair of nice post moves from Carter Uphus off the BSM bunch.  Uphus then swats a shot and BSM makes the jumper on the other end to keep the margin at 7, 54-47 with 10:25 left. After a Delano hoop, its Alada with a score and assist, Battle makes a free throw and hot shooting Derek Drees buries his 3rd 3 of the half to end a 13-3 run.  Delano's 18 point halftime lead is down to 2, 57-55, with just under 8 minutes to play.

Wishart would live at the line in the 2nd half.  3 of 4 FTs from him push the lead to 6, then a nice set off the side ball screen to throw ahead and then find Nick Cayler for a finish inside.  67-59 Delano with 4:10 left.  BSM doesn't get closer than 6 after that.  Wishart goes over the 1000 career points mark with late free throws.  Delano wins 76-68.

Post Game
Great balance from the Benilde-St. Margaret's lineup as they end up with 5 scorers in double figures.  Derek Drees 14, Jamison Battle 13.  Will Whitmore and junior bench guys Gabe Alada and Carter Uphus with 10 each.  The Red Knights got a big boost from those 2 bench guys.  The halftime adjustment holds Wishart to 1 2nd half field goal after 8 (4 3s) in the 1st half.  The Red Knights fall to 5-5 overall and have lost 4 of their last 5.  But those 4 losses are all to teams ranked in the top 5.  Its another stiff test in the section on Thursday as they visit #4AAA Orono.

For Delano, Cal Wishart leads the way with 38 points, 11 rebounds and 3 steals on 9-21 FG shooting.  24 of those points were in the 1st half.  Nick Cayler with 10 points inside for the Tigers.  Too much Wishart as there was no answer for him off the dribble.  In the 1st half he made shots and in the 2nd half it was 12-16 free throws.   Shot selection is something to keep an eye on for this group.  They took some quick and ill-advised shots in the 2nd half which allowed Benilde-St. Margaret's to make their run.  Delano improves to 8-1 on the season.  They are at Richfield on Friday.