Sunday, December 31, 2006

The Week That Was #6: Tournament Review

#6 posting 12.31.2006
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We can start to see some developing trends with the amount of games digested now. The average possessions stand at 69.3, pp100 is a 73.92, and floor % is .362
So let's break it down by class possessions, pp100, floor%
A (6 teams) 73.2, 57.63, .287
AA (12 teams) 71.58, 74.04, .361
AAA (25 teams) 68.52, 66.55, .323
AAAA (54 teams) 69.5, 79.8, .391
So in general, the higher the class the better the teams. They take care of the ball better and have better players in more spots. This doesn't come as a surprise, but you can see the progression a bit more clearly.
I have no reason right now why AAA drops in pp100, and floor %. It might be because of the quality of AAA opponents. We will see if that holds up. I am going to be focused on covering games where teams have +.500 records from now on. I will look for the best game, in a certain area, and also if I can find two teams I haven't seen, I will go there.

How about conferences?
Lake 66.71, 83.51, .405
NW Suburban 73.38, 82.91, .400
So the Lake plays a bit more controlled game, NW Suburban a bit more running. But the Lake is slightly ahead in pp100 and floor %. I don't have enough results for the other conferences yet.

How about Calendar?
If we look at the time of the year
Nov 71.66, 70.16, .346
Dec 1-9 67.73, 73.20, .354
Dec 10-19 69.62, 78.6, .383
Dec 20-31 68.63, 75.5, .369
We see that the longer the season goes on, the better the offenses get. Not that shocking.

Now I think that there were some teams I saw in the past week that were not top flight and they dragged the pp100 and floor % down, but still it is ahead of early December, and much better than November.

Top 10 events:
Centennial has two games in the top 10 in pp100, and floor %; Benilde-St. Margaret's makes the top 10 in floor % twice. BSM has the top pp100 now with their 114.52 vs Burnsville in the 3rd place game in Hopkins. Centennial had moved to the top spot the day before with a 112.00 vs Mounds View. BSM also has the top spot in floor % with the .597 vs Burnsville in the Hopkins 3rd place game.

Best Tournament: Hopkins

Best Finishes: Hopkins, every game on Friday was within 3 with a minute to go.

Best Game Program: this was pretty close because you have photos in Rochester, but Hopkins gives you context with the games the teams have played, so the nod goes to Hopkins.

Worst food: Sartell. How can you have a big time event with no hot dogs? or Pizza? or any real food other than candy.

Best Food: media room in Hopkins with Cub delivering the goods.

Best Conference: Northwest Suburban...They won three tournaments with Champlin Park (Hopkins), Centennial (Hill-Murray) and Park Center (Brainerd) all posting championship wins. Coon Rapids (Hill-Murray) and Maple Grove (Monticello) finished second. Now the Lake Conference did not send all their teams into tournament action with by my count only four of the teams involved. Lakeville North (Rochester) pulled off the win for the Lake. The next best finish was Eastview with 3rd in Rochester.

Albert Lea: Albert Lea
Apple Valley: St. Paul Central
Bemidji: Minneapolis South
Brainerd: Park Center
Cloquet: St. Michael-Albertville
Columbia Heights: South St. Paul
Crookston: Crookston
Jordan: Stewartville
Lac Qui Parle Valley: Minneota
Lake City: Kasson-Mantorville
Little Falls: Worthington
Minneapolis Edison: Breck
Montgomery-Lonsdale: Medford
Mounds Park: Providence
Ogilvie: Mora
Orono: Minnetonka
Pierz: Crosby-Ironton
Randolph: New Life
Redwood Valley: Redwood Valley
Rogers: DeLaSalle
St. Croix Lutheran: St. Anthony
St. Cloud Tech: St. Cloud Tech
Wabasha-Kellogg: Wabasha-Kellogg
Windom: Fulda
Winona State A: Caledonia
Winona State B: Chatfield
Winona State C: Park-Cottage Grove
Winona State D: Rushford-Peterson
Hopkins: Champlin Park
Hibbing: Hibbing
Hill-Murray: Centennial
Mankato Loyola: LeSueur-Henderson
Monticello: St. Francis
Rochester: Lakeville North
Sartell: Becker
Simley: Holy Angels
St. Clair: Blue Earth
Walker-Hackensack-Akeley: BGMR

If I forgot someone it was inadvertant. Drop me an email if I missed a tournament held last week.

For winning the best tournament of the week: Champlin Park. It looks like they handled the pressure better than when I saw them earlier in the year against Winona Cotter. They came up with big rebounds when they were vital. They nailed free throws during finishing time.

For the second time this year: Kachine Alexander, Benilde-St. Margaret's. She had games of 21 Hopkins, 28 Cretin-Derham Hall, 28 Burnsville and when I was there was 155.6 pp100, and .833 floor % against Burnsville. So against three top 10 teams she delivered. They did lose to Cretin-DH by one 65-64. She has been 20+ the last 7 games.

With so many games and teams I saw this week it was pretty hard to come up with a list and leave some worthies off, but the rules are always the same: #1 I had to see the player during the week in question; #2. Player had to have 10 possessions; #3 player had to be +100 pp100 and +.500 floor %. So without further ado
Kachine Alexander, Benilde-St. Margaret's
Natalie Gigler, Champlin Park
Brianna Mastey, Becker
Megan Nipe, Centennial
Kaiya Sygulla, Lakeville North
Ashlynn Fuller, Champlin Park
Jackie Hiebert, Hopkins
Laura Melquist, Rochester Lourdes
Abby Rittenhouse, Burnsville
Camille Stenhaug, Rochester John Marshall
Molly Geske, Cretin-Derham Hall
Alyssa Hames, Blaine
Corey Lof, Detroit Lakes
Anna Nordby, Mounds View
Stephanie Sension, Hopkins

These players made an impact with their hustle, on the floor after loose balls, key defensive rebounds.
Chelsea Lyons, Coon Rapids, Captain
Kachine Alexander, Benilde-St. Margaret's
Alyssa Karel, Cretin-Derham Hall
Katie Loberg, Princeton
Briana Mastey, Becker
Kelly Berg, Annandale
Jackie Hiebert, Hopkins
Brittnye McSperron, Eastview
Maija Schmelzer, Rochester John Marshall
Kaiya Sygulla, Lakeville North

Games get back to conference games. And things look to start off a bit slower paced.
Tuesday, Jan 2
Cannon Falls at Farmington. This is a rematch of the Albert Lea semifinal where Cannon Falls gave Farmington its first loss of the year. Two top 10 teams. 3 stars
Fulda at Minneota. Both teams won a tournament last week. Minneota has many athletes that were part of the A Volleyball championship. Fulda won the A basketball championship in 2006. 2 stars.
Wednesday, Jan 3
Minnetonka at St. Louis Park. both teams have winning records. Both teams were in the Classic Lake until St. Louis Park left. one star.
Thursday, Jan 4
St. Cloud Tech at Fergus Falls. Both teams won their own tournaments last week. Big Central Lakes match up. Both teams have one conference loss. Three stars.
Fargo South at Moorhead. Border battle with two strong teams. Moorhead won the Alexandria Tournament this past week and only has one loss. Two Stars.
Friday, Jan 5
Chisholm at Barnum. Two 7A powers from north and south. Barnum is undefeated. Chisholm picked up two losses last week in the Hibbing tournament. two stars.
Burnsville at Bloomington Kennedy. Burnsville is 6-1 in conference, Kennedy is 4-2. Best matchup in the Lake this week. Features two big posts: Burnsville's Abby Rittenhouse and Kennedy's Tara Steinbauer. Three stars. and Marquee Match up
Minnetonka at Eden Prairie. big 2AAAA match up for seeding purposes. Two stars.
Eastview at Lakeville North. A rematch of the Rochester tournament semifinals. Also important for the Lake Conference title. two stars.
Saturday, Jan 6
Woodbury at Owatonna
. Woodbury will try to bounce back after giving away 70 in their own tournament. Owatonna lights it up. Something has gotta give. Interesting cross section game. Two stars.
Austin at Rochester Lourdes. Austin has been doing well lately handing Red Wing a loss. They go to Lourdes which is always a tough place to play in a cross class match. Two stars.
Rogers at St. Cloud Tech. Another cross class match up with strong guards on both sides. Two Stars
Coon Rapids at St. Francis. An important 7AAAA match up with St. Francis winning the Monticello tournament and Coon Rapids finishing 2nd in Hill-Murray.

I will be back filling when I get a chance the games from last week. but it will be brief synopsis,

Thanks for your patience, Thanks for your help.
May all my readers have a safe, prosperous and successfull new year.
May your pp100 reach 200.

Next up: tomorrow morning.

Paris Rules

#5 posting 12.31.2006
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Minnesota faces Illinois today at Williams Arena and it marks the return of 2006 Miss Basketball Jenna Smith from Bloomington Kennedy. From the StarTribune.

Iowa gets ready to host powerful Ohio State. From the Des Moines Register.

South Dakota State will play #20 Marquette and the Sioux Falls Argus Leader has a preview.
The SF Argus Leader also has a story on the fact that SD has good girls basketball.

Alabama beat North Dakota State 78-53. Climax-Fisher's Brenda Slyt had 9, one of three Bison to do so, to lead NDSU.

Oklahoma pounded New Mexico 80-58. Courtney Paris had 43 points and 25 rebounds for the Sooners in a tour de force. Roseville's Amy Beggin had four for New Mexico.

Iowa State took out Loyola Marymount 71-55. Lyndsey Medders broke the career assist record at Iowa State. Amanda Nisleit of Woodbury was the only MN player to get in the books for ISU with 2. Megan Ronhovde of West Central and Gillian Bjerke of Pelican Rapids were held scoreless.

Vanderbilt beat Princeton 89-74. Apple Valley's Ali Prichard had 8 as a starter, and Hopkins' Jillian Schurle had 12 off the bench for Princeton.

Western Carolina beat Eastern Michigan 69-61

Central Michigan knocked off Gardner-Webb 77-64

Western Michigan downed MD Eastern Shore 66-62

DePaul beat Chicago State 77-71

UW Green Bay defeated Loyola Chicago 87-71

UW Milwaukee beat UI Chicago 86-79. Holy Angels' Jessie Miller had 15 and Eastview's Cassie Johnson had 5 for UIC.

Valparaiso beat St. Francis, Ind 60-49

Concordia St. Paul broke MSU Mankato's win streak with a 71-59 win.

Mary climbed Rocky Mountain 81-49

Metro State dropped UN Omaha 88-68

UM Duluth beat SW MN State 70-53

North Dakota beat Seattle Pacific 72-58. BGMR's Kierah Kimbrough had 16 to lead UND.

Wayne State beat Chadron State 89-59

UW Parkside dropped Winona State 59-58

Drew beat St. Scholastica 66-54

Northwestern MN beat Augsburg 69-60

St. Catherine edged Presentation 78-76 in overtime

UW Superior beat UM Morris 72-55

Mesabi Range edged Rochester 59-57 in the MCTC tournament

Next up: the Week That Was #6, player & team of the week, review of the tournaments past, preview of games to come. probably close to 7 pm tonight.

Craig Wins in Overtime

#4 posting 12.31.2006
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Janesville Optimist Holiday Classic
It took overtime, but Janesville Craig beat Sparta 78-69 to win the title.

DePere thumped Neenah 70-52. recaps From the Green Bay Press Gazette and Appleton Press Gazette.

Hurley beat Rhinelander in the Lakeland Classic championship game on Friday 61-47. Hurley was 10-0 coming into the game, Rhinelander 1-7. From the Rhinelander Daily News.

POINT PARADE for games of Dec 30, 2006
Taylor Larson, Lake Geneva Badger 23 vs Wilmot 57-49
Kendra Selner, Kewaunee 23 vs Random Lake 60-50

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Next up: College report, and the Week That Was #6 with player and team of the week, review of the tournaments past, and previews of the upcoming week.

Brookings Wins in Overtime

#3 posting 12.31.2006
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KWSN Invitational on Saturday
Brookings beat Sioux Falls Lincoln 65-63 in overtime in a game filled with dramatics.

SF Roosevelt had little problem with Brandon Valley 71-39.
Both from the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.

Next up: more parade of states, college report and the Week That Was #6, with a review of the tournaments, player and team of the week, with a preview of coming events.

Steffan Sportswoman of the Year

#2 posting 12.31.2006
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Katelynn Steffan, Dickinson, was named sportswoman of the year by the Bismarck Tribune. Steffan is 6-4, but has decided to play volleyball at Colorado State.
Other finalists like Jessica Kielpinski of Mandan are also named with their accomplishments.

POINT PARADE for games of Dec 30, 2006
Ashley Privratsky, Devils Lake 24 vs Grand Forks Red River 80-55
Erin Ericson, Hatton-Northwood 22 vs Langdon 71-44

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Next up: more in the parade of states, college reports, and the Week That Was #6 with a review of the tournament season, player and team of the week, plus games to sniff out next week.

Park-Cottage Grove Wins in Winona

#1 posting 12.31.2006
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Winona Warrior Club Holiday Basketball Tournament
Big Park-Cottage Grove won the D finals over smaller Winona Cotter 63-59. Cotter trailed by 15 in the first half.

Rushford-Peterson took the C title with a 53-30 win over Spring Grove.

Alexandria Tournament
Moorhead edged Marshall 60-57 for the title in Alexandria.

Little Falls Tournament
Worthington captured the title from the hosts 64-56 in the Little Falls Tournament. From the St. Cloud Times.
Also in the SCT recap New London-Spicer won the WildCard tournament over Willmar 44-33.

St. Clair Tournament
Blue Earth slipped by St. James 46-44. From the Mankato Free Press.

POINT PARADE for games of Dec. 30, 2006
Krista Skoglund, International Falls 28 vs Kenyon-Wanamingo 54-51 ot
Kaitlyn Kramer, Fulda 29 vs Springfield 72-59

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next up: more in the parade of states, and the Week that Was #6, tournament reviews, player and team of the week. plus games to pay attention to this week---before 6 pm.

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Out & About: Concordia Bloomington/Cannon Valley Lutheran

#5 posting 12.30.2006
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This was a 10 am game this morning in Bloomington featuring two class A private schools, one old school with a new name---Minneapolis Lutheran to Bloomington Lutheran to Concordia Bloomington, and a newer school Cannon Valley Lutheran. The big attraction-- a 6-3 freshman for CVL Megan Quiram.

Both teams had problems handling the ball early but CVL never got a shot off in their first three possessions and didn't score until their 15th. Quiram didn't get to smell the ball, much less touch it. 10 of those first 14 possessions ended up as turnovers. When they did get shots off it didn't come through Quiram. CB wasn't as dry, but they did have a drought of 7 early on. CB led by four early on a couple of times, but CVL battled back and led 15-14 on Kyeria Schmidtke's second free throw with 1:57 to go in the half. CVL didn't score the rest of the half and CB scored twice more including a steal and transition lay up by Madeline Ehrich at the buzzer to go up 18-15.

CB added two consecutive scoring possessions to start the second half to go up 21-15. CVL had another drought, this time 6 possessions. Then, for a brief spurt, both teams found their groove with seven scores in nine possessions. Not much changed as far as spread CB led 27-23. CVL scored on four consecutive possessions with Quiram scoring on a traditional post up, and rebound. CB had five consecutive scores in this stretch and pushed their lead up to 33-23. Weber and Ehrich each had four in the spurt. It never really got closer than that. In fact CB's widest margin was 14. CB took the game 49-37.

player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %

Stephanie Hasert 2, 7, 28.6, .143
Sarah Kloster 2, 5, 40.0, .200
Tucker Hughes 9, 14, 64.3, .357 RF: went down with an injury, it looked like an ankle, in the second half.
Brittany Weber 22, 21, 104.8, .524 nice elevation on jump shot, aggressive defensively had 9 steals. has pull up jumper. handles point. RF: early ball handling/footwork issues.
Madeline Ehrich 14, 15, 93.3, .467 their post player. also has good jump shot form, aggressive. lefty. picked up game in second half after adjusting to Quiram, started attacking more in second half. RF: size post hs, Quiram limited her.. somewhat
Kelsey Judge 0, 13, 0.0, .000
Victoria Artishon 0, 0, 0.0, .000

Trisha Boese 5, 21, 23.8, .095 point guard. did pick up a charge. RF: ball handling, vision and feeding Quiram all need improvement. throws passes that are too long. Also charged herself
Michelle Dahle 4, 15, 26.7, .133 RF: needs footwork-pivot work
Kyeria Schmidtke 5, 10, 50.0, .300 athletic, RF: needs more experience and off season work
Britany Schulz 1, 5, 20.0, .200
Megan Quiram 14, 11, 127.3, .636 plays the high post on offense, but very rarely touches the ball. 8 of her points were on second chances. has good hands, potential strong frame. was explosive to the boards. RF: team played 2/3 zone. footwork may need work. has bad habit of trying to block every shot ever taken. head fake and she will jump. exposes ball. needs to work on Free throws.
Ashley Judd 4, 6, 66.7, .333 another lanky big player. RF: needs to gain strength
Hilary Howson 2, 5, 40.0, .200
Harmony Hays 2, 2, 100.0, .500

Brittany Weber

Concordia BLM 49, 75, 65.3, .333
Cannon Valley Lutheran 37, 75, 49.3, .253
Made 3s: none
Made FTs: CVL 9, CB 7
Bench: CVL 8, CB 0

Big contrast from the contests yesterday. Both teams are not as polished with the ball, but CB does have better perimeter shooters, and ball handlers. It would be a good idea for CVL that on every half court possession if Quiram touched the ball. She doesn't necessarily have to shoot, but it should touch her once. Also the low post might be better suited for her.

d rebounds, steals, forced turnovers, and blocks leading to offensive possessions
Brittany Weber 11
Madeline Ehrich 7
Tucker Hughes 5
Sarah Kloster 5
Kelsey Judge 3
Stephanie Hasert 3
Victoria Artishon 1
Totals: 35

Michelle Dahle 10
Megan Quiram 8
Trisha Boese 6
Ashley Judd 6
Kyeria Schmidtke 5
Hilary Howson 2
totals: 37

Former MN Viking offensive lineman Milt Sunde coaches Concordia Bloomington.

I will be updating those games from the week past tomorrow in brief.
Tomorrow it will be the week that was #6 with a review of the action this last week, and upcoming games to watch.

Next up: tomorrow morning with the parade of states. plus the Week that was #6 with player and team of the week.

Missouri Valley Opens Conference Play

#4 posting 12.30.2006
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Marquette sunk Navy 67-40

Seton Hall beat Central Michigan 79-55 in the Christmas City Classic.

Yale beat Providence 68-55. Hopkins' Kaitlyn Lillemoe had four off the bench for Yale.

Denver downed New Orleans 68-48. Breck's Megan Givens had 2, and Bloomington Kennedy's Ashly Robinson had 6, both off the bench for Denver.

Northern Iowa flipped Bradley 74-47 to open Missouri Valley action. White Bear Lake's Jackie Norton did not score for UNI.

Illinois State dropped Creighton 70-59. Eastview's Michelle Kaus had 3 as a starter, and Mpls North's Tyrai Bronson had 2 off the bench for Creighton.

Indiana State halted Drake 84-67

New Mexico State foiled Colorado State 71-55. Breck's trio of Kelly Finley (16 points), Emily Neal (8) and Kelly Mullaney (4) provided over half of CSU points.

Iowa State smoked Utah State 70-40. West Central's Megan Ronhovde had 3, Pelican Rapids' Gillian Bjerke had 1 and Woodbury's Amanda Nisleit had 2 for Iowa State.

Northern Illinois had the better of Kansas 82-74. Holy Angels' Kristin Wiener had 17 for NIU.

Nebraska tackled Florida 81-73 to win the Florida State Farm Classic. Cannon Falls' Cory Montgomery had 3 for Nebraska.

Virginia Tech put the clamps on Detroit 71-57 to win their own Lady Luck tournament. Benilde-St. Margaret's Chanica Hall had 6 for Detroit.

Army triumphed over St. Francis, NY 57-43

Maine dropped Northwestern State 79-63 in the Cavalier Classic. Hopkins' Abby Greene had 2, and Breck's Lindsey Hugstad-Vaa had 17, both started for Maine.

Wisconsin is preparing for measuring stick Michigan State. From the Capital Times.

UN Omaha crunched Adams State 93-54. North St. Paul's Cayla Hargrove had 14 for UNO.

North Dakota beat Seattle 75-64

Northern State defeated old Northern Sun rival UM Duluth 60-47. The Aberdeen American News recounts the hard defensive effort by NSU. Noelle Hall, formerly of Lewiston-Altura HS MN, reached the 1000 point mark with 19. She is the 26th player to make it for Northern State.

Augustana's Amy Puthoff is featured in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader with her stepped up offense.

Bethel beat Manchester 66-57. Hancock's JoLynn Thielke led Bethel with 16.

UW LaCrosse beat Dubuque 66-54

UW Stout left no doubt with a 71-45 win over Southwestern TX

Mesabi Range dropped Minneapolis 76-69

Rochester beat Iowa Central 63-53

Next up: an out & about, plus tomorrow The Week That Was #6, the tournament recaps and new years outlooks

North Wins Ashwaubenon Tourney

#3 posting 12.30.2006
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Ashwaubenon Invite
Sheboygan North survived foul trouble to knock off defending state champ Ashwaubenon in their own tournament 55-44. From the Sheboygan Press.

Niki Doedens Holiday Tournament
Arrowhead edged Cedarburg 52-50 in the finals. This leads the Milwaukee journal recaps.

Redwing Invitational
Campbellsport ruined it for Sheboygan South in a 49-40 win in the championship game.

Optimist Classic
Rachel Sheldon returned to the court for Janesville Craig after being involved in a car accident this past summer. Craig used that energy to beat Waukesha West 63-56. From the Janesville Gazette.

Seymour Holiday Classic
Seymour won their own tourney with a 66-49 win over Sturgeon Bay. plus more recaps from the Green Bay Gazette Press.

Southern Door Tournament
West De Pere bumped off Wrightstown 47-31 plus other games in the Appleton Post Crescent.

DeForest tournament
Oregon knocked down Beaver Dam 44-29 from the Beaver Dam Daily Citizen

Manitowoc Roncalli beat Valders 47-31. From the Manitowoc Herald Times.

Jefferson downed Westosha Central 43-35 plus other reports from the Watertown Daily Times.

Mayville beat Baraboo 50-41. plus other recaps from the Beaver Dam Citizen Patriot.

Johnson Creek defeated Palmyra-Eagle 63-44 on Thursday. plus other games from the Watertown Daily Times.

Jessica Bennett, Milwaukee Washington 23 vs Mlw Bradley Tech 54-49
Emily Grayson, West Allis Hale 22 vs Sparta 62-79
Tiffany Overlien, Seymour 25 vs Sturgeon bay 66-49
Lin Zastrow, Jefferson 23 vs Westosha Central 43-35
Steffani Stoeger, Fox Valley Lutheran 22 vs North Fond du Lac 52-50
Amber Payne, Milwaukee University 22 vs Lakeland 47-38
Alyssa Sigler, Wisconsin Rapids 23 vs Marshfield Columbus 71-61

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Next up: college reports, plus an out & about

Aberdeen Downs RC Central

#2 posting 12.30.2006
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Aberdeen bounced back with a 56-35 win over Rapid City Central.

Aberdeen Roncalli beat Hoven 63-44.

Northwestern dropped Oakes, ND 44-38.
All 3 from the Aberdeen American News.

Harrisburg defeated Tea 70-50 in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.

POINT PARADE for games of Dec 29, 2006
Mikayla Barondeau, Leola-Frederick 25 vs Britton-Hecla 43-46 2 ot
Alyssa Fischbach, Northwestern 26 vs Oakes, ND 44-38
Elizabeth Troske, Doland-Conde 24 vs Gayville-Volin 37-47

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Next up: Wisconsin, College reports & one out & about

Tournament Wraps, Robinson 2000

#1 posting 12.30.2006
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MINNESOTA REPORTS second edition
Hopkins Tournament
Champlin Park's 76-67 win over Cretin-Derham Hall gets a big write up in the StarTribune. My story will be back filled later, the numbers are up.

Apple Valley Touranment
Angel Robinson of St. Paul Central reached the 2000 point mark with a fifteen footer with 10:03 in the first half in the 84-50 win against Apple Valley. She finished the game with 19 points and now has 2018. This moves her past Shannon Loeblein '91 of Harding (2013) into 51st place on Minnesota's top career scoring list.

Warrior Club Tournament
#2 AA Winona Cotter survived St. Paul Johnson 65-60. Cotter led by 27 at one point in the second half. From the Winona Daily News.

Fergus Falls Tournament
The hosts won one, which hasn't been the case this tournament season. Fergus Falls beat Mpls Roosevelt 52-42. From the Fergus Falls Daily Journal. Also Craig Olson Sports has details.

Sartell Tournament
#2 AAA Becker beat #4 AAA Detroit Lakes in the championship game 46-40.

The 7th place game was won by Rocori 50-37 over Central Lakes rival Sauk Rapids, plus other area recaps.
both From the St. Cloud Times.

St. Cloud Tech Tournament
St. Cloud Tech knocked Albany off the unbeaten perch 63-51 in the championship game of the Tech tournament. Plus the third place game in the St. Cloud Times.

Lac Qui Parle Valley tournament
Minneota upset Hancock 66-58 to win this tournament. It was Hancock's first loss of the year. From the Marshall Independent and West Central Tribune (with area recaps).

Crusader Classic Mankato
LeSueur-Henderson delivered a strong 64-37 win over Jackson County Central in the championship game in the Mankato Loyola tournament. They have won the tournament two years in a row. From the Mankato Free Press.

Alexandria Tournament
Marshall handed host Alexandria a 54-31 thumping. From the Marshall Independent.

In the other contest in the four team tournament Moorhead beat Armstrong 68-61. From the Fargo Forum.

St. Clair Tournament
MVL finished 3rd in this tournament with a 53-48 win over the hosts. Plus other recaps from the New Ulm Journal.

WildCard Tournament
Willmar had a tough battle with class A KMS 57-54.

New London-Spicer made it to the finals with a 55-50 win over Watertown-Mayer.
Both from the West Central Tribune.

Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Tournament
Pequot Lakes won the 5th place game in the WHA tournament over Nevis 58-51. plus other area recaps in the Brainerd Dispatch.

Luverne Tournament
Luverne won their own tournament with a 58-51 win over SW Star. From the Worthington Daily Globe.

Little Falls Tournament
Worthington beat Foley 64-43 in the opening round of the Little Falls Tournament and will play Little Falls today. Plus other area recaps in the Worthington Daily Globe.

Blooming Prairie beat Glenville-Emmons 68-41. From the Albert Lea Tribune.

Beth Bremer of Martin Luther gets a spotlight in the Fairmont Sentinel.

Brigetta Berg, of Wadena-Deer Creek is the athlete of week in the Brainerd Dispatch.

#1 AA Crookston beat Hawley 67-58 despite allowing 38 points to their 6-2 junior post Angie Jetvig. From the Crookston Times.

Fargo Shanley's Dominique Schuler, and former Breckenridge player too, had 22 when her new team beat her old 64-22. From the Fargo Forum.

POINT PARADE for games of Dec 29, 2006
Jordyn Sears, St. Cloud Tech 36 vs Albany 63-51.
Alyssa Karel, Cretin-Derham Hall 26 vs Champlin Park 67-76
Kiara Buford, St. Paul Central 26 vs Apple Valley 84-50
Katie Loberg, Princeton 33 vs St. Cloud Cathedral (also 23 rebounds, 13 blocks)
Hannah Draxten, Fergus Falls 31 vs Mpls Roosevelt 52-42
Kachine Alexander, Benilde-St. Margaret's 28 vs vs Burnsville 71-65
Hannah Linz, Eden Valley-Watkins 33 vs Buffalo 78-68
Angie Jetvig, Hawley 29 vs Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 63-54
Krista Skoglund, International Falls 29 vs Spring Grove 57-63
Sami Mattson, Esko 27 vs Concordia Roseville 57-53
Elsa Knoblauch, LeSueur-Henderson 25 vs Jackson County Central 64-37
Sarah Hamlin, Lakeview Christian 28 vs Silver Bay 49-41
Kaitlyn Kramer, Fulda 27 vs Windom 87-43
Kaley Mekash, BGMR 25 vs Walker-H-A 66-40

Thanks for the help the readers provide to make this site the go to site for gbb information.

I will also be updating and backfilling my other stories this weekend, to varying degree.
Thanks for your patience.

Next up: later this afternoon with the parade of states.

Out & About: Champlin Park/Cretin-Derham Hall

#9 posting 12.29.2006
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CHAMPLIN PARK rebels 76,


Champlin Park won the first Dick's Sporting Goods tournament in Hopkins. Both teams were within site of each other all night. Early on CDH had leads of four twice, the last coming at 19-15, CP took its first lead at 23-21 on a lay up by Heather Sampson after Natalie Gigler got a rebound. CDH was mired in a 2/14 offensive possession stretch, six each of missed shots, and turnovers. CP also had a drought with 8 straight possessions at the same time. CP stretched that lead to 34-28 late in the half. Then a critical charging foul by Alyssa Karel changed the complexion of the game. It was her third foul with and it came with under a minute to go. CP didn't score on their next possession, but Karel would have to play a bit less aggressively in the second half. Sheila Otto drew a foul for CDH and made her first free throw, Molly Geske got the rebound and kicked it out to Carolyn Dienhart for a three to make it a four point possession for a 34-32 lead for CP at the half.

CP came out and had a 7-0 run to start the second half for a 41-32 lead. Jenny Theisen had five of those points with a pair of free throws and a 3 from the left wing. CDH started the half with 1/8 on their possessions. CDH took their first lead in the second half at 57-55 with five straight scoring possessions. Sarah Hendricks and Molly Geske each had four points in CDH's 10-2 run. Gigler tied it up on the next CP possession and then Theisen took the lead on a rebound basket 59-57. Geske nailed a three on CDH's next possession as the game see sawed back and forth. On CP's next shot, Theisen was fouled with 5:04 to go, but she was fouled behind arc and delivered all three free throws. That started a 7-0 CP run which culminated on a Laura Bruce shot to make it 66-60. Alyssa Karel cut the CP lead to 68-67 with 1:09 to go and was at the line for a free throw after making a steal and lay up. She missed the free throw and Ashley Witte grabbed the key rebound for CP. Ashlynn Fuller drove up court and was fouled by Karel, her 5th, with 1:05 to go. CDH did not score the rest of the way and CP cashed in eight free throws to make the final margin 76-67.

player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %

Michelle Burns 4, 9, 44.4, .222
Heather Sampson 6, 5, 120.0, .600
Ashlynn Fuller 17, 16, 106.3, .500
Jenny Theisen 21, 17, 123.5, .471
Natalie Gigler 22, 17, 129.4, .588
Ashley Witte 0, 6, 0.0, .000
Laura Bruce 2, 5, 40.0, .200
Jessica Hoffman 07 4, 3, 133.3, .667
Jessica Hoffman 08 0, 1, 0.0, .000

Natalie Lyman 0, 2, 0.0, .000
Carolyn Dienhart 6, 9, 66.7, .222
Alyssa Karel 26, 28, 92.9, .429
Molly Geske 21, 19, 110.5, .526
Sheila Otto 3, 2, 150.0, .500
Lauren Alt 2, 5, 40.0, .200
Sarah Hendricks 9, 10, 90.0, .500
Kendra Harris 0, 2, 0.0, .000
Mary Kenney 0, 2, 0.0, .000

Natalie Gigler

Champlin Park 76, 79, 96.2, .430
Cretin-Derham Hall 67, 79, 84.8, .392
Made 3s: CDH 6, CP 5
Made FTs: CP 27, CDH 7
Bench: CDH 11, CP 6,

Free throws really impacted this game not only at the line with points, but forcing players to sit and watch. CP got into the lane and either was fouled or had choice shots.

d rebounds, steals, forced turnovers, plus blocks leading to offensive possessions
Ashley Witte 9
Natalie Gigler 8
Heather Sampson 6
Ashlynn Fuller 5
Jenny Theisen 4
Michelle burns 3
Jessica Hoffman 07 1
totals: 36

Alyssa Karel 12
Sarah Hendricks 6
Molly Geske 4
Carolyn Dienhart 2
Natalie Lyman 2
Kendra Harris 1
Mary Kenney 1
Rosie Malone 1
totals: 29

Next up: Tomorrow morning

Out & About: Benilde-SM/Burnsville

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BENILDE-ST. MARGARET'S red knights 71,


Benilde started off the 3rd place game with a 7-0 lead as Burnsville was 0/6 in their opening possessions, only two of which were turnovers. Burnsville was only getting one shot, and that was usually after 3 passes. BSM did string together six straight and 9/10 scoring possessions to go up 26-16. Burnsville was 6/10 at the same time. Latoya Williams had 5 for BSM during the string with two baskets coming on put backs. BSM had 10 points tied to second chance points in the first half, Burnsville had no 2nd chance points, and led 39-30 at the break.

BSM pushed that lead up to 57-40 with under 8 minutes to go finishing up a 7 possession scoring string outscoring Burnsville 12-6. 7 of those points came at the line with Kachine Alexander delivering six. Burnsville wasn't finished at this point as they went on a 24-10 run to close to 67-64 with under a minute to go. Sarah Wiens knocked down a three from an out of bounds play to cut the margin. Wiens had 10 points in the run. During the run Brittany Mayclin of BSM was slapped with a technical when she tried to get open with a bit more force that the refs deemed necessary against Lauren Safranski. Abby Rittenhouse scored the free throws, but Burnsville didn't make further hay on it. Safranski did turn a missed shot, and a errant pass into four points on consecutive possessions via the transition route. BSM converted 4/6 free throws their last three possessions to close out the win.

player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %

Brittany Mayclin 15, 16, 93.8, .500
Sam Morgan 5, 10, 50.0, .200
Kachine Alexander 28, 18, 155.6, .833
Latoya Williams 17, 9, 188.9, .778
Danielle Bennett 3, 5, 60.0, .400
Colleen Ruane 1, 2, 50.0, .500
Rachel Tondryk 1, 1, 100.0, 1.000
Madelon Morin 1, 1, 100.0, 1.000


Sarah Wiens 13, 11, 118.2
Lauren Safranski 5, 6, 83.3, .500
Danielle Dove 5, 8, 62.5, .250
Caitlyn Von Bokern 0, 2, 0.0, .000
Abby Rittenhouse 22, 16, 137.5, .563
Molly Duehn 7, 8, 87.5, .500
Rachael Moen 6, 4, 150.0, .500
Kelsey Marcks 6, 4, 150,0, .750
Sammie Gardner 1, 2, 50.0, .500

Kachine Alexander

71, 62, 114.5, .597
Burnsville 65, 61, 106.6, .475
Made 3s: Burnsville 7, BSM 3
Made FTs: BSM 26, Burnsville 18
Bench: Burnsville 20, BSM 3

d rebounds, steals, forced turnovers, and blocks leading to offensive possessions
Kachine Alexander 9
Brittany Mayclin 6
Sam Morgan 4
Danielle Bennett 3
Latoya Williams 3
Madelon Morin 1
totals: 26

Molly Duehn 7
Lauren Safranski 5
Sarah Wiens 4
Abby Rittenhouse 3
Caitlyn Von Bokern 1
Rachael Moen 1
Kelsey Marcks 1
Totals: 22

Next up: 1st place

Out & About: Hopkins/Blaine

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HOPKINS royals 62, BLAINE bengals 61

The tightest game of the bunch today. This game also featured the subplot of former Blaine, and now Hopkins player Ana Garcia facing her ex teammates. It was Garcia that drew a charge when Hopkins led 56-55 that put Alyssa Hames on the bench with five fouls. Steph Sension then converted an old style 3 point play, Jackie Kelly came back with her own version to cut the game down to 59-58 Hopkins. Jackie Hiebert knocked down to free throw to put Hopkins up 61-58. Kelly converted one free throw for Blaine to make it 61-59 with 38.3 seconds to go. After a Blaine timeout Sension double dribbled against the pressure to give the ball back to Blaine with 35. 5 ticks left. Kelly's 3 was off, and Hiebert grabbed the vital board. Sension was fouled and she made the second to push the lead back up to 62-59 with 12.6 seconds left. Kelly drove in for a lay up and time expired.

Caitlin Rowland, Hopkins did not play and will be out for a month or more with a stress fracture in the foot. She had the same ailment last year. Adjusting to life after Rowland was a bit off for Hopkins' offense as they started the game 1/9 with their possessions only scoring on an out of bounds play by Jenna Lillemoe. Blaine led early 7-3. Hopkins would not lead until 2:47 to go in the half when Stephanie Sensions converted two free throws for a 21-19 lead. Neither team scored to finish the half.

In the early portion of the second half Blaine scored on 5/6 possessions early and reclaimed the lead at 34-31. Jackie Kelly had five in the outburst with a trey and also a steal and lay up. Two more lead changes put Blaine back in front and they used a four possession scoring streak to claim a 43-35 lead with 10:24 to go. Alyssa Hames had five in this 12-2 run. Hopkins had a 13-5 run with 8 points from Jackie Hiebert's hand. Hames again was off on transition after a rebound and she scored and was fouled by Hannah Muegge, her 5th foul and Blaine led 51-48 with 5:44 to go. It looked like it might be over with the perimeter situation unsettled for Hopkins, but recent roster addition Claire Burmeister and Ana Garcia handled the situation toward the end with only one turnover between them. Hopkins finished the game with 9/11 scoring possessions, the last four by free throws.

player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %

Hanna Muegge 10, 11, 90.1, .455
Ana Garcia 6, 10, 60.0, .400
Jenna Lillemoe 3, 5, 60.0, .200
Stephanie Sension 18, 12, 150.0, .750
Jackie Hiebert 22, 21, 104.8, .524
Claire Burmeister 3, 3, 100.0, .667
Colleen Batty 0, 4, 0.0, .000
Whitney Nelson 0, 0, 0.0, .000


Alex Suda 2, 5, 40.0, .200
Jackie Kelly 23, 20, 115.0, .550
Heather Gillund 6, 13, 46.2, .308
Lindsey Baumgartner 4, 3, 133.3, .667
Alyssa Hames 18, 13, 138.5, .538
Alissa Dombek 4, 7, 57.1, .286
MacKenzie Suda 2, 2, 100.0, .500
Tracy Gillund 2, 3, 66.7, .333
Alex Pafko 0, 1, 0.0, .000

It could have been either post, but Steph Sension gets the nod by a hair

Hopkins 62, 66, 93.9, .485
Blaine 61, 67, 91.0, .433
Made 3s: Blaine 4, Hopkins 1
Made FTs: Hopkins 21, Blaine 19
Bench: Blaine 8, Hopkins 3

d rebounds, steals, forced turnovers, blocks leading to offensive possessions
Jackie Hiebert 9
Stephanie Sension 7
Claire Burmeister 5
Ana Garcia 4
Hanna Muegge 4
Colleen Batty 2
Whitney Nelson 1
totals: 32

Heather Gillund 7
Jackie Kelly 4
Alex Suda 4
Tracy Gillund 3
Alyssa Hames 3
Alissa Dombek 2
Alex Pafko 2
Lindsey Baumgartner 1
Totals: 26

Next up: 3rd place

Out & About: Tartan/Breck

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TARTAN titans 42, BRECK mustangs 39

Breck rallied from a 32-22 deficit with 11 minutes to go in the game to tie it at 36--a 14-4 run with six straight scoring possessions led by Kara Elofson with 6 points. Tartan veteran Jenny Hooper broke the tie, and then Katie Haas delivered the last four points in a game that went down to the wire. Breck's Jamie Erdahl delivered five 3s in the second half, six for the game.

This was the lowest, timing consuming possession game of the four today. Each team milked each possession to make sure they had the choicest shot around. Breck really worked it around against the zone. But Breck also had droughts of five and six in the first half which were huge considering there were only 23 possessions to go around that half and Tartan led 21-11 at the break.

In the second half Tartan led 32-22 when Breck rolled off six scoring possessions to go on a 14-4 run. Only two 3s were involved by Breck. Earlier in the half Jamie Erdahl drained two consecutive 3s from the right and left corner. Tartan broke the tie at about the five minute mark on Jenny Hooper's shot in the paint. Katie Haas added it to the margin two possessions later with an out of bounds basket to make it 40-36. Erdahl connected once again with the three ball with about 3 minutes to go. Tartan turned it over and Breck had a chance to take the lead, but they also threw it away and Lauren Pallowski was there for the steal, but she missed her chance to pad the lead. Breck got the ball back with 1:48 to go, and had a shot, Lauren Himle grabbed the rebound and Breck took a time out with 1:34 to go. The ensuing pass was snatched by Pallowski again and Tartan worked it down to 1:00 to go when they took their time out. This time it was Tartan's turn for the turnover and Erdahl made the steal, but Breck never got it across the time line in the 10 seconds allotted and Tartan had the ball with 47.1 ticks to go. This time Katie Haas scored on the possession for the final margin. Breck didn't get a shot off on their last possession and Haas made the steal. With 1.8 seconds Pallowski was fouled, but Tartan was not near the bonus.

player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %

Katie Perkey 2, 4, 50.1, .250
Jenny Hooper 6, 8, 75,0, .375
Alina Axelrod 0, 2, 0.0, .000
Arianne Johnson 4, 5, 80.0, .400
Katie Haas 14, 18, 77.8, .389
Lauren Pellowski 7, 4, 175.0, .750
Nicole Huset 4, 3, 133.3, .667
Ashley Ebner 5, 6, 83.3, .333


Lauren Himle 0, 5, 0.0, .000
Jamie Erdahl 18, 13, 138.5, .462
Laura Neal 2, 7, 28.6, .143
Kara Elofson 16, 16, 100.0, .500
Tichelle Henderson 3, 7, 42.9, .143
Katie Robinson
0, 0, 0.0, .000

Lauren Pellowski, key steals, delivered on her possessions, off the bench spark

Tartan 42, 50, 84.0, .400
Breck 39, 48, 81.3, .333
made 3s: Breck 7, Tartan 2
Made FTs: Tartan 4, Breck 2
Bench: Tartan 16, Breck 0
Very odd that only six free throws were made in the entire game.

Lauren Pellowski 5
Katie Haas 5
Jenny Hooper 4
Katie Pelkey 3
Nicole Huset 3
Alina Axelrod 2
Ashley Ebner 2
Arianne Johnson 1
totals 25

Lauren Himle 6
Kara Elofson 6
Jamie Erdahl 5
Laura Neal 4
Tichelle Henderson 1
Totals: 22

Next up: 5th place

Friday, December 29, 2006

Iowa Rallies to Beat Minnesota

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Iowa slipped by Minnesota 58-56 after trailing by 17. The StarTribune looks at the second half problems. Also from the Des Moines Register. Osseo's Krista VandeVenter had 10 for the Hawkeyes.

Wisconsin defeated Northwestern 93-72 on freshman point guard Rae Lin D'Alie's career high 17. From the Capital Times and Wisconsin State Journal. Breck's Melissa Miller had 8 for NW.

Purdue put the big hurt on Michigan 79-35.

Michigan State rolled Indiana 74-49. Mpls North's Mia Johnson had 9 for MSU.

The Detroit News looks at the gulf between UM and MSU.

Illinois upended Penn State in overtime 74-65. Bloomington Kennedy's Jenna Smith had 10, Johnston IA's Lori Bjork led with 24 for the Illini.

UW Green Bay beat UI Chicago 59-47. Holy Angels' Jessie Miller had 5, and Eastview's Cassie Johnson did not score for UIC.

South Dakota State rode the Crimon Tide in Alabama 65-54. Megan Vogel of St. Peter had 24 for SDSU.

Iowa State brushed up Colgate 90-53.

Eastern Michigan squeaked out a 64-62 win over Furman.

Augustana steamrolled Upper Iowa 83-37

South Dakota stymied Dakota State 71-52

Bemidji State powered past UW Platteville 90-51.

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Sheboygan North and South Winners

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Sheboygan North took a measure of revenge on Marshfield 63-48.

Sheboygan South also had a strong performance in a 58-50 win over Chippewa Falls.

Random Lake dropped Kewaskum 54-26 plus other recaps.
All From the Sheboygan Press.

Waterford knocked off Eau Claire North 59-56 in the Kettle Moraine Holiday Classic. plus other area recaps from the Racine Journal Times.

Fond du Lac St. Mary's Springs reached the finals of the Whitefish Bay Dominican Christmas Classic tournament with a 43-33 win over Monona Grove. plus other recaps in the Fond du Lac Reporter.

Brillion beat Kiel 41-30. plus other area games from the Manitowoc Herald Times.

Waukesha South's 71-21 thumping of Milwaukee Malcom X leads the Waukesha Freeman's coverage.

Carlo Kumpula of the Ashland Daily Press has an article ripping on the current state of basketball skills these days. Basics are not being pounded into the little children. there is plenty to agree with in his column.

POINT PARADE for games of Dec 28, 2006
Amy Selk, Sheboygan South 30 vs Chippewa Falls 58-50
Brigid Cox, Wauwatosa East 25 vs Nicolet 49-47
Lindsey Wutt, Waterford 23 vs Eau Claire North 59-56
Katie Wolff, Marshfield 23 vs Sheboygan North 48-63
Tasha Randall, Milton 23 vs East Troy 66-46
Gaberil Allen, Milwuakee Bay View 22 vs Brookfield East 50-67
Ashley Imperiale, Greendale 26 vs Richland Center 71-51
Tiffany Overlien, Seymour 26 vs Green Bay Preble 46-44
Taylor Wurtz, Ripon 23 vs Manawa 42-57
Jenna Manzetti, Octonto 23 vs Webster 64-24
Sam Zastrow, Algoma 22 vs Hilbert 54-43

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Stevens Edges Aberdeen

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(and some Nebraska)
Crofton, Nebraska beat Bon Homme 65-51 plus other recaps. From the Yankton Press & Dakotan.

Rapid City Stevens dropped Aberdeen 41-38. From the Aberdeen American News.

Vermillion downed Sioux Falls Christian 54-24. From the Vermillion Plain Talk.

POINT PARADE for games of Dec 28, 2006
Maggie O'Neill, Bennett County 24 vs Stanley County 66-51
Kenzie Dvoracek, Bon Homme 23 vs Crofton, Nebraska 51-65
Lindsey Rogers, Stanley County 22 vs Bennett County 51-66
April Winne, Menno 23 vs Irene-Wakonda 49-51
Becky Christofferson, Summitt 23 vs Pine Ridge 53-64
Cami Koehn, Colman-Egan 22 vs Canistota 75-39

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South Rises in the Battle of Fargo

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South won the battle of Fargo in a convincing way 89-51 over North. From the Fargo Forum.

Fargo Shanley's Dominique Schuler used to play for Breckenridge, MN, but it was all Shanley in a 64-22 thrashing in Breckenridge. From the Wahpeton Daily News.

In West action Bismarck downed Minot 61-41. From the Bismarck Tribune.

POINT PARADE for games of Dec 28, 2006

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Champlin Park vs Cretin-Derham Hall at Hopkins

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second final edition

HOPKINS Dick's Sporting Goods tournament
The best tournament lived up to it's name with two semifinal games decided by five points or less. Champlin Park held on to beat Burnsville 70-65, while Cretin-Derham Hall held off Benilde's comeback 65-64. The finals are tonight at 8 pm.

Rochester Rotary
Lakeville North defeated Rochester JM 48-42 as 8th grader Rachel Banham had 13 to lead LN.

Fergus Falls American Federal Holiday tournament
Fergus Falls and Minneapolis Roosevelt advanced in the FF tournament. FF beat Holdingford 62-43 while Roosevelt defeated Barnesville 63-50. From the Fergus Falls Daily Journal.

Albert Lea Tournament
Albert Lea knocked off Cannon Falls 52-39 in the championship tilt from the AL Tournament. From the Albert Lea Tribune and Red Wing Republican Eagle.

St. Cloud Tech US Bank Holiday Classic
Albany won a revenge match against Eden Valley-Watkins 65-47 and will see St. Cloud Tech in the title game of the US Bank Holiday Classic. St. Cloud Tech beat Buffalo in the other game of the tournament 62-40.

Sartell tournament
Becker defeated Annandale 62-40 and will see Detroit Lakes a 53-49 winner over Sartell. From the St. Cloud Times.

Brainerd Sports Boosters Holiday Classic
Park Center defeated host Brainerd 59-53in the championship game. From the Brainerd Dispatch.

Pierz tournament
Crosby-Ironton beat host Pierz 41-25 in the Pierz championship game. From the Brainerd Dispatch.

Lac qui Parle Valley Eagles girls invitational
Hancock spoiled Lac Qui Parle Valley's tournament with a 68-52 win over the hosts. plus other area results in the West Central Tribune.

St. Clair Holiday Classic
Blue Earth ruined it for host St. Clair 59-25. From the Mankato Free Press.

Mankato Loyola Crusader Classic
Jackson County Central handed Maple River their first loss of the year 56-52. From the Mankato Free Press.
New Ulm downed Martin Luther 69-42 in the consolation round. plus other games. From the New Ulm Journal.

Warrior Club Holiday Basketball Tournament
Caledonia beat Winona in the upper division of the Warrior Classic 47-34.

Chatfield won one division of the Warrior Classic with a 61-46 victory over Mabel-Canton. plus other tournament games in the Winona Daily News.

Redwood Falls Minnwest Bank holiday girls basketball tournament
Redwood Valley held back Lakeview 69-56 in the championship game. From the Marshall Independent.

Luverne Tournament
Southwest Star bumped off Lake Benton-Lincoln HI 62-39 to reach the finals of the Luverne tournament. They will see the hosts in the final. Other recaps in the Worthington Daily Globe.

Columbia Heights Tournament
Columbia Heights was down 21 with 15 minutes to go, and mounted a furious rally to take a lead with 1:07 left, but fell to St. Paul Como Park 46-43.

Norwood-Young America Tournament
Shakopee beat Waconia on Wednesday 38-27 in the Norwood-Young America Tournament. From the Shakopee Valley News.

Monticello/Rogers/Brainerd tournaments
Elk River won, Rogers & Zimmerman lost in the first games in the respective tournaments. From the Elk River Star News.

POINT PARADE for games of Dec 28, 2006
Ali Schwartzwald, St. Francis 27 vs Monticello 68-55
Abby Rittenhouse, Burnsville 25 vs Champlin Park 65-70
Kayla Huether, Branierd 25 vs Park Center 53-59
Kachine Alexander, Benilde-St. Margaret's 28 vs Cretin-Derham Hall 64-65
Robin Nelson, Brooklyn Center 40 vs South St. Paul 57-63
Angie Jetvig, Hawley 38 vs Crookston 58-67
Lynsey Rothstein, St. Cloud Cathedral 30 vs Sauk Rapids 68-61
Kamile Wahlin, Crookston 25 vs Hawley 67-58
Mindy Howard, Pequot Lakes 25 vs Laporte 91-42
Sari Noga, Parkers Prairie 29 vs Deer River 52-36
Gretta Hjesleth, Nevis 27 vs Mt Iron-Buhl 58-56
Autumn Beasley, Heritage 27 vs Bigfork 49-58
Sigrid Casey, Chisholm 25 vs Mpls Southwest 51-57

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Today my little dog Scout had neuter surgery. That is why this is late. So Elizabeth and now Scout are recovering from different surgeries.

Out & About: Centennial/Mounds View

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CENTENNIAL cougars 84, MOUNDS VIEW mustangs 57

Centennial blew the game open late in the first half after trailing 19-18. It started with a four point play by Bridget Schuneman as she scored and was fouled. She missed the free throw, but got her own rebound and scored to put Centennial back in front 22-19. Centennial scored on 13 of their next 15 possessions including the final 9 of the half--a 26-7 run--to make it 44-26 at half. In other words Centennial was at a 173.3 pp100 the last 15 possessions and .867 floor %.

In the second half it was more of the same.
story & numbers to follow

player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %

Emily Becken 3, 10, 30.0, .200
Kellie Schuneman 14, 9, 155.6, .778
Joelle Waytashek 9, 9, 100.0, .444
Megan Nipe 23, 19, 121.1, .632
Katie Huston 6, 6, 100.0, .500
Bridget Schuneman 13, 10, 130.0, .600
Kayla Blom 5, 4, 125.0, .750
Lauren Becchetti 1, 1, 100.0, 1.000
Megan Waytashek 6, 4, 150.0, .500
Marisa Rosebear 0, 2, 0.0, .000
Hannah Steele 2, 1, 200.0, 1.000
Kaylee Buffalo 2, 0, infinity, infinity she was fouled and missed her free throw, Megan Waytashek rebounded so Buffalo does not get credit for the possession althougth she scored.
Amanda McAuley 0, 0, 0.0, .000


Paige Simonson 3, 8, 37.5, .125
Teresa Gazich 3, 10, 30.0, .100
Anna Nordby 17, 13, 130.8, .692
Jenny Holmberg 6, 9, 66.7, .444
Amy Van Meter 8, 10, 80.0, .500
Megan Lauck 11, 10, 110.0, .500
Kelsey Flaherty 4, 7, 57.1, .286
Jill Hengstler 1, 3, 33.3, .333
Kelsey Skildum 2, 3, 66.7, .333
Lauren Westhoff 2, 3, 66.7, .333

Many worthy candidates for Centennial. I am going with Bridget Schuneman for her 4 point play and kick starting the humongous run.

Centennial 84, 75, 112.0, .533
Mounds View 57, 76, 75.0, .395

d rebounds, steals, forced turnovers, and blocks leading to offensive possessions
Emily Becken 7
Katie Huston 5
Joelle Waytashek 4
Megan Nipe 4
Kayla Blom 4
Kellie Schuneman 2
Bridget Schuneman 1
Lauren Becchetti 1
Megan Waytashek 1
Marissa Rosebear 1
Hannah Steele 1
Amanda McAulay 1
totals: 32

Anna Nordby 6
Amy Van Meter 5
Paige Simonson 5
Megan Lauck 3
Kelsey Skildum 3
Jenny Holmberg 1
Teresa Gazich 1
Kelsey Flaherty 1
Catie Sosniecki 1
Totals: 26

Next up: tomorrow morning. On Sunday a massive look back at the 14 games, maybe 19 games over the week just past in the Week that Was #6.

Out & About: Coon Rapids/Duluth East

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COON RAPIDS cardinals 50,

DULUTH EAST greyhounds 46

Coon Rapids, on the strength of a 11-0 run in the first half, beat Duluth East in the first semifinal game at Hill-Murray 50-46. CR led 44-30 before the 3 parade started to rain down from DE. DE hit for 6 in the second half. DE made the six 3s in their last 8 scoring possessions (20 overall possessions), the last coming at the buzzer to make the score appear closer than it really was.

story & numbers to follow

player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %

Randi Hill 5, 11, 45.5, .273
Alyssa Kellas 9, 7, 128.6, .714
Chelsea Lyons 15, 17, 88.2, .412
Michelle Syverson 3, 6, 50.0, .333
GiGi Hudson 8, 13, 61.5, .385
Molli Janni 6, 8, 75.0, .375
Kadie Mullerleile 4, 3, 150.0, .667


Sarah Johnson 6, 6, 100.0, .333
Maria Leider 2, 5, 40.0, .200
Marisa Yernatich 11, 16, 68.8, .313
Becky Anderson 9, 9, 100.0, .444
Alanna Scott 3, 10, 30.0, .100
Julia Rickert
4, 5, 80.0, .400
Brianna Larson 2, 3, 66.7, .333
Jackie Reinemann 5, 6, 83.3, .333
Shannon Preston 4, 5, 80.0, .400
Allie Kneeland 0, 1, 0.0, .000

Chelsea Lyons

Coon Rapids
50, 65, 76.9, .400
Duluth East 46, 66, 69.7, .303

d rebounds, steals, forced turnovers, and blocks leading to offensive possessions
Chelsea Lyons 16 *highest total yet I have charted this year
Alyssa Kellas 7
Randi Hill 4
Molli Janni 4
GiGi Hudson 2
Michelle Syverson 2
Kadie Mullerleile 1
Totals: 36

Becky Anderson 9
Alanna Scott 6
Marisa Yernatich 4
Shannon Preston 3
Maria Leder 2
Brianna Larson 2
Sarah Johnson 2
Allie Kneeland 2
Jackie Reinemann 1
totals: 31

Next up: Hill Murray Semifinal #2

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Big 10 Opens Tonight

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Minnesota opens Big 10 play tonight against Iowa. Ashley Ellis-Milan is going to be counted on to be a force inside. From the StarTribune.
The Pioneer Press analyzes the Gophers' upcoming Big 10 Season.
What is going on South of the Border? The Des Moines Register looks at the Iowa Chances this Big 10 season.

Wisconsin's Mariah Dunham gets two write ups--one in the Watertown Daily Times, the other in the Capital Times. Wisconsin opens against Northwestern.
The Capital Times also previews the Big 10 season. MN is 9th in their preview.

They are counting down to the assist record at Iowa State with Lyndsey Medders waiting to break the mark. From the Des Moines Register.

UW Green Bay opens Horizon play tonight against UI Chicago. Natalie Berglin's shoulder is fine according to the UWGB player. From the GB Press Gazette. They also have a link to the internet broadcast for those that want to catch the flavor.

South Dakota plucked Upper Iowa 92-47.

Augustana won their 13th in a row with a 81-67 defeat of Dakota State. In the game Alison Adamson, formerly of Willmar, MN, picked up her 1000th point for Augustana, #22 in school history.

Northwestern, IA defeated Hope International 80-59 in Fullerton CA.

Carleton Coach Tammy Metcalf-Filzen has her opinion on male practice players.

Next up: tonight with only two out & abouts

Parker Wins Battle of #1s

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In a battle of #1s in was D1 Janesville Parker knocking off D4 Wausau Newman 46-37. From the Janesville Gazette.

Triton Holiday Classic
Green Bay Notre Dame defeated Milw Bay View 54-39. plus other area results From the Green Bay Press Gazette.

Racine Lakeshore Officials Association Holiday Classic
Racine Case got by Union Grove 53-45. From the Racine Journal Times.

Disney Tournament
Mukwonago is down in Florida and won their game against Archbishop Spalding of MD 60-43. From the Waukesha Freeman.

Ashland Holiday Classic
Mellen rallied to beat Washburn 59-50. From the Ashland Daily Press.

Fort Atkinson Tournament
Barneveld beat Lakeside Lutheran 53-43. From the Watertown Daily Times.

Seymour features 3 freshmen in the starting lineup and at 5-2 are making some noise. From the Appleton Post Crescent.

The 13th annual Chris Griffin Holiday Classic takes place at UW Stout at the Johnson Field house on Dec 29 and 30. Park Falls, Rice Lake, Colfax, Mpls North, LaCrosse Aquinas are some of the teams involved in this event. It is not a tournament.

POINT PARADE for games of Dec 27, 2006
Jenilee Klomstad, Pewaukee 24 vs Madison Edgewood 54-44
Lindsey Wetzel, Lakeside Lutheran 23 vs Barneveld 43-53
Rachel Peterson, Gillett 24 vs Evansville 44-39 ot
Marissa Baecker, Cochrane-Fountain City 24 vs Mabel-Canton, MN 40-51
Breanna Boley, Mellen 25 vs Washburn 59-50

Next up: College Reports: Tonight only two out & Abouts. I need to be here to watch the recovery a bit longer for Elizabeth. She had her surgery and is resting fine now.

MN Wednesday Tourament Results

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It was not a good day for hosts as Apple Valley, Bemidji, Columbia Heights, Hill-Murray, Mounds Park, Montgomery-Lonsdale, St. Croix Lutheran all were dropped. Two ranked teams hosting their own touraments--Hopkins and Rogers--also were defeated.

HOPKINS Dick's Sporting Goods Classic
Champlin Park's 78-58 win over Tartan led the coverage in the StarTribune, but their were interesting games along the way in that event.
Burnsville dodged Blaine 63-61 and Benilde-St. Margaret's handed Hopkins their fourth loss of the year 46-42.

Rochester JM scored the last 9 points of the game to beat Osseo 42-39 in the first semifinal. Camille Stenhaug's 3 put JM up 40-39 with 30 seconds left gave JM the lead for good. From the Rochester Post Bulletin.

ALBERT LEA Tiger Basketball Classic
Albert Lea, bucking a trend in which the hosts lost, advanced with a 62-50 win over Henry Sibley. Farmington lost for the first time this season with a xx- loss to Cannon Falls. From the Albert Lea Tribune.

BEMIDJI Wells Fargo Invitational
Mpls South beat the hosts 87-62 and Kittson County Central beat Duluth Central 62-36 in the Bemidji Tournament. From the Bemidji Pioneer.

BRAINERD Holiday Tournament
Brainerd also beat the trend of hosts losing with a 64-41 win over Milaca. From the Brainerd Dispatch.

WINONA STATE Warrior Classic
Winona downed Richfield in the Warrior Classic in Winona. From the Winona Daily News.

ST. CLAIR Holiday Classic
St. James advanced with a 52-38 win over NRHEG. Next up is MVL in the semis. From the Mankato Free Press.
MVL beat United South Central 49-34 in another quarterfinal in that tournament. From the New Ulm Journal.

MANKATO LOYOLA Crusader Classic
LeSueur-Henderson beat Waterville-Elysian-Morristown 60-37. From the Mankato Free Press.

BOLD tournament
BOLD will play in the finals of their own 4 team tournament after a 53-47 win over Buffalo Lake-Hector. They will see Winsted Holy Trinity in the championship. From the West Central Tribune.

GREENWAY Holiday Tournament
Aitkin won their opener in the Greenway tournament with a convincing 56-26 win over Floodwood. This & more in the Brainerd Dispatch.

PELICAN RAPIDS Holiday Tournament
Pelican Rapids got by Norman County East 55-50 in their own tournament. From the Fergus Falls Daily Journal.

LAKE CITY Tournament
Lake City went overtime to beat Meadow Creek Christian 58-51. Also the Cannon Falls/Farmington is recapped. From the Red Wing Republican Eagle.

SARTELL Holiday Tournament
The Sartell tournament (which I covered) is the lead in the St. Cloud Times coverage, but there is boys tournaments in front.

Abby Busch of GFW is featured in the New Ulm Journal. She is chasing her sister's record.

POINT PARADE for games of Dec 27, 2006
Alyssa Hames, Blaine 27 vs Burnsville 61-63
Talisha Barlow, Roseville 27 vs Roch Century 59-51
Kaiya Sygulla, Lakeville North 25 vs Eastview 61-51
Damisha Jackson, Mpls Edison 39 vs Oh Day Aki 72-24
Maranda Dohrn, Lake City 36 vs Meadow Creek 58-51 overtime
Alex Montgomery, Cannon Falls 32 vs Farmington 67-58
Ashley Trosen, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 29 vs Pequot Lakes 69-60
Leah Dietel, Jordan 25 vs St. Louis Park 54-52

I will have more updates later.
I need to take my wife in for carpal tunnel surgery.

Next up: after the surgery.

Out & About: Sartell/Rocori

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SARTELL sabres 56, ROCORI spartans 38

The general theme of the day was intact. The team that attacked with defensive pressure was the victor. Leading the way for Sartell was Courtney Tideman with 14.

numbers & story to follow

player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %

Sarah Schellinger
4, 4, 100.0, .500
Courtney Tideman 14, 13, 107.7, .615
Maggie Bryant 8, 13, 61.5, .308
Rachel Wieme 1, 5, 20.0, .200
Jenna Perske 8, 9, 88.9, .444
Kasey Uran 7, 4, 175.0, .750
Crystal Lade 2, 4, 50.0, .250
Amber Reinert 6, 9, 66.7, .333
Kelsey Yasgar 2, 3, 66.7, .333
Ally Brandt 4, 3, 133.3, .667
Maddie Hysjulien 0, 4, 0.0, .000


Chandra Schmitz 1, 11, 9.1; .091
Melanie Hilsgen 2, 7, 28.6, .143
Alicia Glynn 4, 9, 44.4, .222
Melissa Hansen 3, 5, 60.0, .200
Michelle Toren 4, 4, 100.0, .500
Kendra Plantenberg 0, 2, 0.0, .000
Stacy Svihel 3, 9, 33.3, .111
Quinn Griffin 2, 3, 66.7, .333
Janelle Schneider 6, 5, 120.0, .600
Krystal Jelen 3, 4, 75.0, .500
Ashley Bell 2, 1, 200.0, 1.000
#43 3, 4, 75.0, .250
Kayla Ruegemer 2, 3, 66.7, .333
Amanda Heinen 0, 2, 0.0, .000
#51 3, 2, 150.0, .500

Courtney Tideman

Sartell 56, 69, 81.2, .406
Rocori 38, 71, 53.5, .254

d rebounds, steals, forced turnovers, blocks leading to offensive possessions
Amber Reinert 7
Sarah Schellinger 6
Maggie Bryant 4
Courtney Tideman 4
Jenna Perske 3
Kasey Uran 3
Rachel Wieme 2
#33 2
Kelsey Yasgar 2
Crystal Lade 1
#11 1
#13 1
#21 1
Ally Brandt 1
Totals: 38

Amanda Heinen 4
Quinn Griffin 3
Chandra Schmitz 3
Krystal Jelen 3
#43 3
Michelle Toren 2
Kendra Plantenberg 2
#53 2
Alicia Glynn 2
Melissa Hansen 1
Melanie Hilsgen 1
Ashley Bell 1
#51 1
Stacy Svihel 1
Totals: 29

I am going to bed now. It is past midnight. I will back fill these and the Rochester games at a later date. I have the notes. First I will get the Defensive wraps up. I will have more to say, but in general, the aggressive defense forced poorer ball handling teams into numerous mistakes which led to lay ups.

Next: tomorrow morning