Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Hayes Verbals, Grand Ledge Wins in 4 OT

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Justine Hayes, Madison Memorial has made a verbal to Cleveland State. The 6-0 forward averaged 14.7 ppg last year. She is the 14th 2007 player from WI to make a verbal. From the Capital Times in Madison.

The Green Bay Press Gazette has a feature on diet and success. Breakfast is an important part of the plan. You are what you eat. There will be a talk "Fueling the Female Athlete" at St. Mary's Hospital Conference Center Thursday night. The event is free.

The MN Daily has campus take on the Gophers & their Big 10 chances.
Also the St. Paul Pioneer Press has a Q & A with Emily Fox and her quick hands.
Also the Capital Times has a full article on the upcoming season for the Gophers.
Wisconsin's Jolene Anderson has been named to the preseason Big 10 team and the Capital Times has more on the South Shore WI grad.
The Michigan Daily has a look at the Wolverine's upcoming season. The outlook is better than last year's winless season.
6-9 Alyssa DeHaan had 14 points, all in the second half, in a scrimmage at Michigan State. From the Grand Rapids Press.

North Dakota State is looking to improve on last year's 9-17 season. Three starters return for the Bison.
Drake has been tabbed to rule the roost in the Missouri Valley Conference. Northern Iowa is picked for third. From the Des Moines Register. Also the MVC is looking at a neutral site for their tournament starting in 2008. If you want to listen to some of the MVC coaches here is the site.
Central Michigan had it's first winning season in coach Eileen Kleinfelter's five years. They are looking to keep that tradition rolling again. From the Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun.

Grand Ledge went four overtimes to beat Jackson 58-55. Jackie Feldpausch knocked down two free throws to help Grand Ledge late in the 4th quarter. From the Lansing State Journal.
Warren Cousino topped Port Huron 48-35 after trailing at half. First game in the Detroit Free Press coverage.
The Catholic League Semis are tomorrow and the Detroit News previews the action along with the Western Lakes and Detroit Public School League tourneys.

Taylor Manley, Belleville is highlighted in the Detroit News Salute section.

Michigan has a proposal that will go before the voters next week. It deals with a constitutional ban on affirmative action programs. Michigan State's coach Joanne P. McCallie is fighting against Proposal 2. From the MLive site and the State News from Michigan State.

Ryan Wright is the new coach at Greenway. He replaces Lori Thompson who moved to the Twin Cities area.

Chris Tommila has moved over to the boys side at Floodwood. He was a boys assistant before taking the girls job two years ago. No word on the new girls coach there.

Beth Brown, Grand Ledge 27 vs Jackson 58-55 4 ot
Cassie Beller, North Farmington 23 vs Oak Park 59-46
Brita Kuiper, Olivet 23 vs Maple Valley 69-51
Aidan Doherty, Bloomfield Hills Sacred Heart 22 vs Flint International 55-27
Joy Jennings, Waterford Christian 26 vs Royal Oak Shrine 49-43

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Monday, October 30, 2006

Preseason Big 10 Picks

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Ohio State grabbed the top honors in the preseason selections by the Big 10. OSU's Jessica Davenport is the preseason player of the year. They also list the top 5 players.

Michigan State has been selected #3 in the preseason poll by both the media and coaches. From the Michigan State News.

Iowa is tapped for #5 in the preseason by both the coaches and media. Megan Skouby is picked to be all Big 10. From the Des Moines Register.
Krista Vande Venter, formerly from Osseo MN HS, sprained her ankle and may miss the season opener exhibition game against Northern State. Again from the DMR.

Wisconsin is selected by both coaches and media for 6th. Jolene Anderson makes the first team for returning players.

Illinois has the 7th spot. Jenna Smith, a MN Miss Basketball from Bloomington Kennedy had 13 points in a Blue/Orange Scrimmage.

The Minnesota Gophers have been selected 8th in the Big 10 this season by coaches and 9th by media. Also the conference schedule looks to go up to a full round robin. Here is the StarTribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press.

SD Mines won their first game Sunday 71-62 over Great Falls. From the Rapid City Journal.

The Detroit Free Press has their All Class top 10 poll and then for each class. I think Detroit Country Day may be too low. Their two losses came when Erica Soloman was out with an injury.

Champlin Park continued their winning ways with two 20 point victories yesterday over Stillwater Black and Albany.

Penn State will be at the Minneapolis South open gym today.
-notice- PSU will NOT be there today.

My second publication is (thank goodness) almost done. The player ratings for three more states should be done by late tonight or early tomorrow and then it is off to the printers.
The numbers don't lie.
Thanks for all the patience.

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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Voigt Verbals

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Jackie Voigt, Park-Cottage Grove has made a verbal to Minnesota. The 6-1 Junior forward averaged 14.9 ppg last year as a sophomore for the 18-8 Wolfpack. Voigt played her AAU ball with North Tartan this summer. She is the 4th MN 2008 to verbal and they all are headed to Minnesota: Kiara Buford St. Paul Central; and twins Brianna and Nicole Mastey from Becker.

Last year both Ashley Ellis-Milan and Katie Ohm were redshirted at Minnesota. They are redshirt freshmen, but they are veteran freshmen. Here is more on their status in the StarTribune.

Black Hills State opened their season with a 83-70 win over Great Falls. Story from the Rapid City Journal.

Northern State will travel to Iowa City to take on the Hawkeyes on Wednesday. Northern State has been selected by the coaches to win the Norhtern Sun. Story from the Aberdeen American News.

Morningside will be young this year. But don't feel sorry for the two time NAIA champ in the last three years. Coach Jamie Sale has talent. Morningside is picked third in the Great Plains Conference. From the Sioux City Journal.

Wyandotte Roosevelt is close to the .500 mark for the first time in a few years. First year coach Rob Sauter is one of the reasons behind the improvement. Here is more on the suburban Detroit team in the Southgate News Herald.

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Next up: tomorrow morning

Saturday, October 28, 2006

ACL Prevention

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ABC12 has a report on the dreaded knee injury. Girls are 10 times more likely to suffer the injury. The thurst of this program is prevention: better strength in the muscles around the knee, and better jumping techniques.

Danielle Davis, Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills 24 vs Creston 56-34
Stephanee Kogelman, Clinton Township Clintondale 28 vs Detroit Finney 70-25
Kaila Corrothers, Detroit Consortium Prep 24 vs Detroit Arts & Science Academy 78-34
Aurielle Thompson, Boyne Falls 28 vs Wolverine 54-28
Tiffany Slabbekorn, West MI Lutheran 22 vs Central Lutheran 34-31

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Friday, October 27, 2006

Oligmueller Verbals, Video Delights

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Jenny Oligmueller, Osseo, MN has made a verbal to MSU Moorhead. The 6-1 center averaged 9.2 ppg for the 10-17 Orioles. She also played for MN Summit this summer in AAU Season. She is the 24th MN 2007 to verbal. Maggie Slawson, Holy Angels, and Jenny Theisen, Champlin Park have also verballed MSU Moorhead.

WWMT has video of the #4C Detroit Community/Kalamazoo Loy Norrix game. Two Miss Basketball candidates faced each other in that game: Keisha Mosley for Community and Cetera Washington from Loy Norrix.
The Kalamazoo Gazette also has a detailed account won by Community, but Washington had a double/double.

ABC12 has three games with Detroit Country Day vs Saginaw Arthur Hill the main event. You will have to get past the football coverage, but about half way in the basketball starts.

#2B Detroit Country Day edged #5A Saginaw Arthur Hill 35-34 in cross class battle. This & more in the Saginaw News.

Detroit Country Day recently added Erica Solomon, a 6-1 junior back to the line up. The Detroit Free Press has a blurb about her return. Scroll down to "Back where she belongs".

The Algonac Muskrats sunk Armada 49-36.
Norianna Brown hit the game winner for Port Huron in a 36-34 win over St. Clair Shores South Lake.
both from the Port Huron Times-Herald.

Kelsey Bragg had seven 3s for Lake Fenton in a 44-32 win over Mt. Morris. From the Flint Journal.

Kalamazoo Christian edged past Hackett Catholic 32-30. This low scoring game and others found in the Kalamazoo Gazette.

Kelsey Bragg, Lake Fenton 23 (7 3s) vs Mt. Morris 44-32
Samantha Mason, Breckenridge 28 vs St. Charles 44-57
Makenna Bohm, Centreville 26 vs Constantine 46-47
Liz Garrett, Clinton 22 vs Onsted 62-54.

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Terrell Leads Parade---again

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Warren Woods Tower's 40-31 win over Warren Cousino leads the Detroit Free Press coverage.
Canton beat Northville for the Western Lakes Title. This leads the Detroit News coverage.

Okemos had a see saw game with Lansing Everett in a 54-49 win.
Lansing Christian pulled away from Dansville late in a 38-31 victory.
Charlotte beat depleted Ionia 44-38 for their first conference win.
All stories from the Lansing State Journal.

Rockford stopped Hudsonville's unblemished OK Red's run with a 40-37 overtime win.
GR Central had 31 turnovers in beating winless GR Union 57-35.
Wyoming Park took a share of the OK Blue title with a 68-53 win over Belding.
Hamilton outscored Caledonia 9-1 in the last two minutes in a 44-36 win.
South Christian beat Wayland to help their OK Gold chances 57-45.
All the above from the Grand Rapids Press.

Brenna Bankston, Frankfort made the Detroit Free Press Prep Stars list.

Alayna Thison, L'Anse Creuse 28 vs Utica 58-48
Erika Grzybowski, Macomb Dakota 22 vs Chippewa Valley 52-49
Heather Austin, East Detroit 22 vs St. Clair Shores Lakeview 35-49
Jessica Crooks, Warren Lincoln 30 vs Warren Mott 63-45
Cassie Snyder, Marine City 27 vs Marysville 55-37
Samantha Hausmann, Coopersville 26 vs Rogers 47-40
Katie Bildner, GR West Catholic 23 vs Calvin Christian 65-48
Emily Ball, Comstock Park 23 vs Sparta 57-34
Sara DeWeerdt, Hamilton 23 vs Caledonia 44-36
Lonnie Terrell, Inkster 37 vs Romulus 78-58
Emily Skaryd, Fulton 24 vs Saranac 45-37
Leslee Rigelman, Maple Valley 22 vs Parchment 48-55
Diana Rogers, West Michigan Acadmey 27 vs Gateway 54-17
Melissa Sandison, Fruitport Calvary 26 vs Kelloggsville 40-68
Najee Brazzle, West Village 25 vs Roseville Connor Creek East 48-39
Danyel Smith-Jackson, Warren Connor Creek 22 vs Christian Leadership 65-61

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Gophers Media Day, Blessed Event

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The Gophers held media day yesterday. If you go to the Gopher site you can view 5 interviews with four players and coach Borton. They are free, but if you want more video you will need to pay for it.

Kelly Roysland stayed with the Gophers when others left the pack. Her leadership and chemistry building have already had an impact. Here is the St. Paul Pioneer Press with her reasons for loyalty.

It appears at this time Roysland and Emily Fox will be starters, but up front? That remains to be seen. Here is the StarTribune with more on those choices.

Both Coach Borton and Dan Monson, the men's coach have a support system. Both were under the gun last year. Here is the St. Paul Pioneer Press with more.

NDSCS will hold the first Cats for Kids clinic on Saturday, Oct. 28. The players will work with youngsters on fundamentals. From the Wahpeton Daily News.

Gogebic Community College is looking forward to improve on their 10-14 record from a year ago. From the Ironwood Daily Globe.

Hope has is looking to defend its D3 title. Here is the Grand Rapids Press on their chances.
Also Aquinas is picked to win the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference. Again the GRP has more.

The victim in the David Janssen sexual abuse case has come forward about what has happened and how she coped with the aftermath. Janssen was the coach at Hortonville before the charges were brought up. From the Appleton Post-Crescent.

Brynn Cameron, the former USC basketball player, gave birth Tuesday. The father, Arizona and former USC quarterback Matt Leinert missed practice on Wednesday. People magazine has photos of the parents, but not the kid......yet.

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Next up: later today with Michigan results

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Chidester's 1000; Catholic League Quarters

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The quarterfinals in the Catholic League tournament took place yesterday. Marine City Cardinal Mooney led the Detroit Free Press recaps with their 45-22 win over Royal Oak Shrine.

In another quarterfinal Amanda Chidester of Allen Park Cabrini went over the 1000 point mark.
The semis are scheduled for next week with Birmingham Marian facing Farmington Hills Mercy. Livonia Ladywood takes on Dearborn Divine Child in the AA division.

#3A Lansing Waverly is winning again, but without the mega stars that dotted their line ups in the past. Basic hard work, and good chemistry is what drives the success. From the Lansing State Journal.

Next up: tomorrow morning

Watson Done; Smith, Carlson, Egge Verbals

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Kellie Watson, Ionia junior all stater has ended her season and will have surgery on her right shoulder. Apparently the injury occurred in softball. She will miss the rest of this season and the softball season as well. Watson has over 1000 points as a junior, and was averaging 23.9 ppg.

In another injury note in Michigan Freshman Taylor Johnson of Belding is done for the year and had knee surgery. She was scoring 17 ppg when injured.

Linnea Henkels, SW Star, MN broke her ankle and won't be able to take the court until January.
The verbals are now falling like leaves. Here are two MN players that have recently made verbals:
Heather Smith, Mahtomedi has made a verbal to Liberty University. The 5-9 point guard averaged 10.4 ppg last year for the 13-15 Zephyrs. Liberty is a D1 school in the Big South Conference.

Kelsey Carlson, Concordia Roseville has made a verbal to Vanguard University. The 5-11 forward averaged 8.7 ppg on the 20-7 Beacons last year. Vanguard University is in Southern California and is a NAIA member in the Golden State Athletic Conference.

Both played for the MN Stars AAU program and it makes 7 players in the 2007 class to verbal, plus two more in 2008 for a grand total of 9. That now makes 23 MN 2007s that have made verbals.

Courtney Egge, Stanley, ND has made a verbal to Jamestown. The 5-11, forward averaged 20.1 ppg and 10.2 rpg last year for the 14-8 Blue Jays. Egge is the fourth ND 2007 player to verbal.

Gateway, a charter school in Michigan is facing budget problems and has cut athletics. The girls season will be done after tonight's game with West MI Academy. Story from the Grand Rapids Press.

Mike Power is back at Briar Cliff where he led the Chargers to a 37-1 finish in 1996. Power then went to Metro State, Bemidji State and SW MN State before return to the scene of former triumphs. One of his players is Mel Shidell, Andover, MN who is out right now with a toe injury. From the Sioux City Journal.

Alyssa DeHaan, the 6-9 freshman for Michigan State is featured in the Michigan State News. DeHaan has added 30 pounds to her frame already.

Badger Coach Lisa Stone is happy to have depth up front this season. From the Capital Times. They have 6-2 Brittany Heins from Postville, IA; and Mariah Dunham from Watertown, WI who can play anywhere, plus junior Ivana Mijalcevic a 6-3 player from Ripanj, Serbia who was at Colby, KS CC.

Whittemore-Prescott is a force in the Northeast Michigan conference long dominated by two others. This is WP's second year in the league. Story from the Bay City Times.

Clinton will leave the Lenawee County Athletic Association and join the Tri-County Conference in 2007-2008. From the Tecumseh Herald.

Ankeny recently had their annual sleepover fundraiser. Younger players got a chance interact with the older players. More in the Des Moines Register.

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Mayclin, Moeller, & Verbal Cornucopia

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Brittany Mayclin, Benilde-St. Margaret's has made a verbal to SW MN State. The 5-9 point guard averaged 9.8 ppg last year at Bemidji where she played for her father Tim. When he resigned, she moved down to the metro and lives with her sister. She played AAU with Triple Threat this past summer. She is the 21st MN 2007 to make a verbal.

Sierra Moeller, Pierre has made a verbal to Boise State. Moeller was injured last year and did not play. She did play AAU this spring/summer with the MN Storm. Scroll down to the this & that section toward the end of the article in the Rapid City Journal.

Readers have alerted me to other verbals from throughout the region. This will be a big list, so pull up a cup of coffee.

Mauvolyene Adams, Bolingbrook, Northern Illinois
Ashley Barrett-Evansville
Brittany Boeke, Rockford Boylan, Loyola
Shanita Boyd, Bollingbrook, Northwestern
Chelsea Buher, Lawrenceville, Illinois
Paris Campbell, Whitney Young, Southern Illinois
Amanda Clifton, Rock Island Alleman, Illinois State
Briana Dunlap, Hillcrest, Miami, OH
Latear Eason, Chicago John Hope, LSU
Hope Elam, Champaign Central, Saint Louis
Paige Fiedorowicz, Johnsburg, Marquette
Kara Fransden-Ball State
Veronica Hicks, Thornwood, Michigan
Claire Janusz, Resurrection, Drake
Taylor Lawless, Wheeling, Southern Illinois
Devon London, Rich East, Chicago State
Emily Maggert-Ball State
Keilani Moeki, Wheaton Warrenville South, BYU
Katie O'Donoghue, St. Ignatius, Illinois-Chicago
Tatiana Ortiz, Chicago Van Steuben, St. Louis
Caitlin Pauley, Marian Catholic, Cincinnati
Deveraux Peters, Fenwick, Notre Dame
Kristin Petrinec, Bloomington, Illinois Chicago
Taylor Pikes, Chicago King, DePaul
Erin Power, Fenwick, Penn
Taryn Randle, Whitney Young, Loyola
Meisha Reed, Hillcrest, Northwestern
Brenna Saline, Galesburg, Southern Illinois
Katrina Swingler, Teutopolis, Southern Illinois
Brittany Thomas, Bolingbrook, Michigan State
Ashley Tomzik, Maine South, Illinois Chicago
Christie Ugaste-Northern Arizona
Courtney Weibel, Hononegah, Marquette
Shari Welton-Northern Illinois
Katie White, St. Charles East, Coastal Carolina
Lauren Woods, Belleville, St. Louis
Samantha Woods, Bollingbrook, Purdue
Elaine Young, Salem, Southern Illinois
Patrice King, Marian Catholic, Ball State

The Indianapolis Star has listed 2007s in all sports.

Azjah Bass, Lawrence North, Butler
Becca Bruszweski, Wheeler, Notre Dame
Kelly Gardner, Bishop Chatard, Davidson
Ebony Jackson, Arlington, Indiana
Sha'la Jackson, Fort Wayne South, Illinois State
Nicole James, Franklin Central, IUPUI
LaTice Jones, Gary Roosevelt, Valparaiso
Megan King, Fort Wayne Canterbury, Charleston
Katie Lyons, New Palestine, Indianapolis
Kaley May-Butler
Samantha Meissel, Terre Haute North, Indianapolis
Lauren Meneghetti, Munster, Southern Indiana
Amberly O'Dell, Argos, Central Michigan
Michelle Oswalt, West Lafayette, Miami, OH
Ta'Shai Phillips-Purdue
Rashida Ray, Harding, Valparaiso
Sydney Smallbone, South Bend St. Joseph's, Tennessee
Stephanie Thomas, Avon, Valparaiso
Jasmine Ussery, Castle, Valparaiso
Ashley Varner, South Bend Washington, Valparaiso
Hillary Wenning, North Decatur, Indianapolis
Deja Willis-Eastern Michigan

Sherryia Armstrong, Muskegon Heights, Central Michigan
Brenna Bankston, Frankfort, Western Michigan
Bianca Brown, Detroit Renaissance, Northern Illinois
Jami Cynecki, Midland Dow, Ohio
Maria Iaquaniello, Dearborn Divine Child, Western Michigan
Brittany Jones, West Bloomfield, UTEP
Jenny Poff, St. Johns, Ohio (Transfer from Michigan State)

Dominique Kelley-Nebraska
Kellie Nelson-Creighton
Cara Gustafson-Creighton

Haylie Linn, Madison Edgewood, Indiana
Jade Hatchett-Utah State
Kristen McComas , West Allis Hale, Weber State
Jineen Williams, Racine Case, UW-Milwaukee

Park-Cottage Grove will be hosting an 8 team scrimmage on Saturday, November 18. Park-CG; Benilde-SM; Apple Valley; Coon Rapids; St Michael-Albertville; Hill-Murray; Hudson, WI; and Lakeville South will be in attendance.
The format is as follows: 3 morning sessions (12 min half court offense, 12 halfcourt defense, 12 min full court: no officials) and 2 afternoon sessions (2 halves of 16 mins running time with officials).

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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Grand Ledge Edges Holt in OT

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Jackie Feldpausch hit the shot that kept the lead for Grand Ledge in a 49-48 overtime win over Holt.
Lansing Everett picked up their first win of the year in a 54-41 win over Lansing Eastern.
Stockbridge edged Onsted 47-42.
All above in the Lansing State Journal with more game reports behind the leads.

With Kellie Watson out due to a shoulder injury Ionia has had trouble scoring as evidenced in Eaton Rapids 32-23 win. From the Ionia Sentinel-Standard.

Battle Creek Lakeview beat Marshall 44-35. This game & more in the Battle Creek Enquirer.

Cadillac edged Traverse City West in a Big North contest 50-47. From the Cadillac News.

Cheboygan moved to 15-1 after a 65-60 win over Alpena. From the Cheboygan News.

North Dickinson crunched Mid Peninsula 71-32. From the Escanaba Daily Press.

St. Charles won a tight low scoring contest 29-28 over Hemlock. From the Saginaw News.

Belleville won a hig scoring affair with Inkster 74-68. Taylor Manley, Belleville had 25, but Inkster's Lonnie Terrell ripped the twine for 33 to win the scoring race. From the Ann Arbor News.

Kalamazoo Central took Portage Central 41-24 in the battle of Centrals. From the Kalamazoo Gazette.

Brethern outlasted Pentwater 62-61. A 13-2 3rd quarter doomed Pentwater. From the Muskegon Chronicle.

#7C Michigan Center won their 5th straight Cascade conference title with a 69-29 thumping of Vandercook Lake. From the Jackson Citizen-Patriot.

#8A Flushing slammed Flint Kearsley 52-15. This & more in the Flint Journal.

#5A Saginaw Arthur Hill got back on the winning side of things with a 47-36 win over Saginaw Heritage. From the Saginaw News.

Bay City Western won for the first time in the Saginaw Valley League since 2004 with a 55-44 over Midland. From the Bay City Times.

Tricia Principe, Mattawan 23 vs Niles 51-40
Chloe Hamilton, Holt 23 vs Grand Ledge 48-51 ot
Simone Trice, Flint Northwestern 30 vs Atherton 83-30
Amanda Blaskowski, Cheboygan 29 vs Alpena 65-60
Kayla Doshier, Millington 26 vs Vassar 49-42
Kelsey Duley, Cadillac 22 vs Travers City West 50-47
Tate Kern, Brethern 28 vs Pentwater 62-61
Barb Clayborn, Michigan Center 23 vs Vandercock Lake 69-29
Jacea Smith, Napoleon 23 vs Columbia Central 70-56
Jackie Walker, Ann Arbor Greenhills 22 vs Whitmore Lake 47-27
Hannah Rothney, Morrice 31 vs Perry 62-41
Jessica Roell, North Dickinson 25 vs Mid Peninsula 71-32
Leigha Wilmot, Kingston 23 vs Carsonville-Port Sanilac 62-53 ot
MaryLynn Brehmer, Ypsilanti Calvary Christian 23 vs Taylor Light & Life 54-26
Kelly Koenigsknecht, Fowler 22 vs Laingsburg 60-46

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Snikkers Leads Parade with 35

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Warren Woods Tower smoked St. Clair Shores Lake Shore 56-15. This game leads the Detroit News stories.
Clawson's 44-39 win over Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood leads the Detroit's Free Press roundup.

Lowell pounded Caledonia 57-39. It was their 11th straight win.
Northview squeeked by East Grand Rapids 40-36.
East Kentwood edged Grand Haven 36-33 in a low scoring contest.
All games in the Grand Rapids Press.

Okemos beat East Lansing at the line 45-42.
From the Lansing State Journal

In the latest HS polls from Michigan there were no changes at the top. The only major change was in D with Chassell moving up to #2 and Auburn Hills Oakland Christian moving down to #6.

Marangelie Marquez, Detroit Western, 29 vs Detroit Chadsey 60-39
Taylor Manley, Belleville, 28 vs Inkster 73-68
Ashley Moore, Redford Thurston 25 vs Highland Park 64-39
Jasmine Brown, Romulus 23 vs Wyandotte 54-48 ot
Katherine LaPrairie, Rockford 23 vs Grandville 52-45
Lena Thomas, Bloomfield Hills Andover, 23 vs Royal Oak 52-21
Briauna Taylor, Livonia Franklin 22 vs Canton 58-59
Carrie Snikkers, Unity Christian 35 vs Muskegon 74-45
Japera English, Detroit University Prep, 31 vs Trenton 50-65
Joanna Howell, Forest Hills Eastern 28 vs Kelloggsville 58-48
Katie Roberts, Trenton, 27 vs Detroit University Prep 65-50
Tiffany Holmes, Spring Lake 25 vs Western MI Christian 49-52
Jasmine Padin, Wyoming Park 25 vs Rogers 80-44
Amanda Moody, Livonia Clarenceville 24 vs Harper Woods 66-37
Molly Davis, Comstock Park 24 vs Cedar Springs 67-41
Demeisha Fambro, Detroit Crockett, 23 vs Detroit Southwestern 53-38
Allisen Kuppe, Macomb Lutheran North, 22 vs Lutheran Westland 64-48
Whitney Clay, Riverview, 22 vs Monroe St. Mary's 41-54
Lonnie Terrell, Inkster, 33 vs Belleville 68-73
Ashley Huntley, Morley Stanwood 24 vs Carson City 69-34

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Next up: another round of MI HS Action later today.

The Pursuit of Excellence

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Fortune Magazine is out with their latest edition and the issue is devoted to Excellence.
They have articles on What it takes to be great. It should not surprise anyone to find out it is practice and hard work. They use sports figures liberally throughout their articles like Tiger Woods in the above article and Moneyball author Michael Lewis has an article about iconoclasts breaking the mold.
Fortune also has 12 Peak Performers tell what goes into success. Adam Vinatieri is featured in this. They also have good articles on Key Skills; Cross Training; and Five Levels of Excellence. But I couldn't find links to these articles.
If you are looking to improve and reach the top of the mountain, perhaps you should pick this magazine up. It says "The Excellence Issue" right across the top of the Fortune name.

Also USA Today is running stories on Soul of a Champion on Tuesdays. you can catch up with the series and do interactive things at soulofachampion.usatoday.com. The series is also on Versus cable. USA Today also has educational information on the series.

The Mid-American Conference has their preseason polls out and Eastern Michigan is tabbed as the number one team in the west side of the conference. From the Detroit Free Press. Central Michigan is viewed for the 6th spot. From the Mt Pleasant Morning Sun.

It is free and on the internet: All Horizon games will be available on the internet. Scroll down to read the info in the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

La Pietra will stay at the DII level and not move up. This makes the ILH happy. LaPietra won the DII title last year with a senior dominated team and was supposed to move up. From the Honolulu Star Bulletin.

Pat Christensen will be doing double duty at West Harrison. He recently was hired to be the boys basketball head coach. He already is the girls head coach. All the ins and outs of the decision from the Missouri Valley News Times.

Next up: later this morning with Michigan HS reports

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Zabel, Patritto, and Farrell Verbals

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Brianna Zabel, Northfield has made a verbal to Florida Gulf Coast University. The 6-0 F averaged 17.4 ppg last season for the 14-11 1AAA runner up. She played her AAU ball with North Tartan. She is the 5th NT player to verbal. She is the 19th player from MN's 2007 class to verbal. She is the 12th to go D1. FGCU is in the process of going D1 and is joining the Atlantic Sun conference in 2007-08. Shannon Murphy from Brighton MI is also going to FGCU.

Anna Patritto, a 5-11 forward from Howell, and Stacey Farrell a 5-7 point guard from #1B St. Clair have both made verbals to Oakland. Patritto averaged 9.7 last year and is scoring 15 ppg this year. Farrell averaged 11.7 last year on a 22-3 team that lost to eventual B champ Detroit Renaissance. This makes 13 & 14 verbals for Michigan. 13 have verballed D1 schools.

Lakeland College assistant Jane Bouche is fighting breast cancer. Her battle & prognosis in the Sheboygan Press.

Halloween came early for 14-0 Clintondale as Marine City Cardinal Mooney came up just short 52-50.

Grand Rapids Christian is one win away from capturing the GR City title. From the GR Press.

John Kramer, coach at Calvin Christian, recently picked up career win 200. from the GR Press.

Taylor Manley of Belleville is ripping up the nets, (20.5 ppg) but has not drawn much attention in the recruiting battles according to the Detroit News. Tonight they get a rematch with Inkster and their premier player Lonnie Terrell.

Danielle Jackson, Detroit Southwestern is one of the prep salutes in the Detroit News.

JD Deloney has recently accepted the Minneapolis Henry boys job that was vacated by long time coach Larry McKenzie. That means that the girls position is open since Deloney was the girls coach. Deloney had a 29-53 record in 3 years with the girls.

Thanks to all the readers that make this site the first and last source of girls basketball news. Keep up the good work. Keep me fed.

I am closing in on the US recruiting book. It should be wrapped up soon. I had to reformat since my oldest computer died. Thanks for your patience.

next up: tomorrow morning, unless news breaks

Monday, October 23, 2006

Hiebert Verbals

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Jackie Hiebert, Hopkins has made a verbal to Ohio University. The 6-1, F/C averaged 10.5 ppg last year for the AAAA State champs. She played with MN Metro Stars White this summer. She is the 19th MN 2007 player to make a verbal, and the 11th headed to a D1 program.

Champlin Park won twice on Sunday with wins over St. Michael-Albertville and Rogers. The Rogers game went into overtime and Jenny Theisen hit the game winner, a 3 pointer, with 15 seconds to go in OT for the 40-37 win.

Mayville State opened their season on Saturday with a dominating 113-41 win over Brandon University. Laura Big Crow, Pine Ridge HS, and Williston State CC led the way with 25 points. Nikki Munneke, formerly of Centennial added 19.

Hopkins will hold a 13 team scrimmage on Nov. 18th, the first Saturday of the winter season. The teams involved are a who's who of basketball powers in MN: Hopkins, Kennedy, Roseville, Breck, Osseo, Eastview, Mpls. South, Mpls. Roosevelt, Rockford, DeLaSalle, Armstrong, Eagan, Little Falls. Hopkins has won two of the last three AAAA tournaments, Kennedy won the other. Five of the teams were in the state tournament last year. More information at the Hopkins site.

The Hamline tournament, held after Thanksgiving has their brackets set. The second game is a doozy---Hopkins vs St. Paul Central at 8 pm on Friday, Nov 24. Centennial faces Mpls North in the early game at 6.

The Holiday Tournament season should be crowded, but time should be set aside for Dick's Sporting Goods Holiday Classic at Hopkins. The field had a record 170-57 last year, a .749 winning %. The big match up will be defending AAA champs Benilde-St. Margaret's vs defending AAAA Champ Hopkins.

The Marshalltown Times Republican has an article on the dropping age of coaches in Iowa. The money, time, and turnover rate are all highlighted as reason this trend is happening.

Cheboygan beat Escanaba on Saturday in strong fashion 61-32. Cheboygan's record is 14-1. From the Cheboygan Daily Tribune.

Sandusky, undefeated, has two battles ahead this weekend against Marlette and Harbor Beach. More in the Port Huron Times Herald.

The Detroit Free Press has their rankings thanks to Mike McCabe. Auburn Hills Avondale rules the roost.

Tori Runner, Drake has a stress fracture and will be out four weeks. From the Des Moines Register.

Nicole VanderPol, Iowa (Grundy Center) is not injured, but their is a story on her battle with Type 1 diabetes. From the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

Andy Meinhardt, Burnsville girls basketball coach and director of the Minnesota Metro Stars AAU Basketball Club, got engaged over the MEA weekend to Teresa Backes. A fall 2007 wedding is planned.

Thanks to all the readers that make this site the first and last source of girls basketball news. Keep up the good work. Keep me fed.

Next up: tomorrow morning

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Recruiting Race

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Elisha Turek, Oral Roberts has been named preseason player of the year in the Mid-Continent conference. Turek is from Council Bluffs Lincoln.

Here is the look at the recruiting race between the states that I cover:
Players making verbals so far from the class of 2007:
Minnesota 18, Michigan 13, Wisconsin 9, Iowa 7, South Dakota 7, North Dakota 3, and Hawaii 1
Players headed to D1 schools
Michigan 11, Minnesota 11, Wisconsin 8, Iowa 7, South Dakota 5, North Dakota 3, Hawaii 1
Players headed to the "big six conferences"
Minnesota 5, Michigan 3, Iowa 2, Wisconsin 1

Class of 2008 verbals
Minnesota 3, South Dakota 2, Iowa 1

Class of 2009 verbals
Iowa 2

My second book should wrap in a few days.

Thanks to all the readers that make this site the first and last source of girls basketball news. Keep up the good work. Keep me fed.

Next up: Tomorrow morning

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Roebuck Gets Extension

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Gene Roebuck, North Dakota coach has signed a three year extension to the 2008-09 year. Roebuck has a 498-85 career record in 19 years. From the AP wire in the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

What's Hoopin' has added a video feature. They have a 1990 Miss Basketball banquet program for a view on the past.

Ashley Wertz, Ontsted 23 vs Dundee 86-38
Kayla Crockett, Stockbridge 22 vs Western 40-48
Kelly Houghton, Lake City 22 vs Mesick 51-41

Next up: tomorrow morning

Friday, October 20, 2006

#4A Saginaw Arthur Hill Upset, Wilson Hits 1000

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Saginaw upset #4A Saginaw Arthur Hill 73-65 in overtime. From the Saginaw News.

#8A Flushing downed Grand Blanc 47-42 in a Big Nine contest. Flushing's Pam Wilson reached the 1000 point mark during the contest.
Swartz Creek got by Fenton 51-32. From the Flint Journal.

Portage Central eeked out a 32-29 win over Coldwater. From the Kalamazoo Gazette.

Michigan Center survived a bruising foul fest with Addison 40-37. This & more in the Jackson Citizen Patriot.

Danielle Powaga, Grass Lake 24 vs Hanover-Horton 65-67
Pam Wilson, Flushing 23 vs Grand Blanc 47-42
I will update this later tomorrow.

Next up Later tomorrow

Manley's 37 Leads Belleville

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The video report is up and running on ABC12 and they lead with Swartz Creek & Fenton. After that they have some other sports highlights.

Plymouth Salem beat Walled Lake Central 56-49 to lead the coverage in the Detroit Free Press.

Over at the Detroit News they lead with Belleville and Taylor Manley in their 13th straight win, a 64-56 win over Southgate Anderson. Manley had a career high 37 points.

Free throws help give the edge to Laingsburg in their 50-45 win over Fulton.
DeWitt held off Haslett 36-35.
Portland won the Mid Michigan B title with a 48-45 victory over Corunna.
All from the Lansing State Journal.

Ottawa Hills beat GR Central Catholic 55-43.
Kent City survived Calvin Christian 44-41.
East GR stopped their scoring slump with a 50-41 win over Wayland.
All from the Grand Rapis Press.

Climax-Scotts beat Waldron in double overtime 32-31. It was C-S's 78th straight SCAA win. From the Battle Creek Enquirer.

Lansing Waverly has a blurb in the Detroit Free Press Ticker. They were State A champs in 2004, and they are undefeated this season.

Sandusky has 8 seniors that are helping them to a 14-0 start, the best since 1999. From the Port Huron Times-Herald

In the Detroit Free Press these players are the weekly Prep Stars: Stephanie Rosado, Pontiac Central; and Amy Walker, Carleton Airport.

Already the college season is upon us. Mount Marty will hold a jamboree on Sunday afternoon with four local schools. From the Yankton Press & Dakotan.

Hope has hope of repeating in D3 this season. They were 33-1 last year on their march to the championship. From the Grand Rapids Press.

Tayler Manley, Belleville 37 vs Southgate Anderson 64-55
Dana Bommarito, Warren Cousino 28 vs New Baltimore Anchor Bay 72-54
Tyler Hardy, Ann Arbor Huron 27 vs Detroit Charlotte Forten 75-52
Megan Bouwens, Huron Valley Lakeland 26 vs Hartland 37-28
Erika Wasson, Romulus 25 vs Ypsilanti 58-40
Katherine LaPrairie, Rockford 25 vs East Kentwood 50-54 OT
Victoria Van Dyke, GR Kenowa Hills 25 vs Forest Hills Central 50-53
Angela Burrell, Detroit Northwestern 24 vs Detroit Central 65-26
Nicole Dennis, St. Clair Shores Lakeview 23 vs Roseville 52-22
Jessica Rodriguez, Woodhaven 22 vs Gibraltar Carlson 67-48
Natasha Thames, Porth Huron Northern 22 vs Romeo 39-66
Cassie Beller, North Farmington 22 vs Rochester Hills Stoney Creek 45-40
Kaira Moore, Detroit Southwestern 34 vs Detroit Chadsey 60-42
Demeisha Fambro, Detroit Crockett 29 vs Detroit Western 62-39
Alyssa Alvarez, Albion 27 vs Leslie 56-20
Sarah Cubr, Riverview 27 vs New Boston Huron 58-30
Jordan Haines, Delton Kellogg 23 vs Olivet 55-63
Dana Schilling, Hastings 23 vs Caledonia 32-49
Stephanee Kogelman, Clintondale 22 vs Center Line 76-32
Brittany Smiley, Dearborn Heights Robichaud 22 vs River Rouge 37-32
Kayla Crockett, Jackson County Western 22 vs Stockbridge 48-40
Lonnie Terrell, Inkster 38 vs Lincoln Park 63-41
Jaylin Feldt, Muskegon Catholic Central 27 vs Muskegon Heights 54-52
Michelle Vanover, Romulus Summit Academy 24 vs Connor Creek East 64-28
Brita Kuiper, Olivet 22 vs Delton-Kellogg 63-55.
Joi Jennings, Waterford Christian 34 vs Auburn Hills Christian 64-13

Next up: later, much later tomorrow. I will be out of town until then.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Stedman Verbals

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Savannah Stedman, Ortonville-Brandon, a 6-2 post has made a verbal to Northwestern (Big 10)

Chloe Hamilton, Holt has been named athlete of the week in the Lansing State Journal.

Kellie Watson, Ionia has recently become the schools all time leading scorer passing Cathy Christensen class of 1991 who had 1160. from the Grand Rapids Press.

Rogers plays Champlin Park in the main event on Sunday.
The MYAS is having their first "Winter Training Camp" on Sunday the 22nd at Hopkins. It looks as if only four teams have signed on.

Kristina Bell, Birmingham Marian 24 vs Farmington Hills Mercy 43-60
Valeir Warr, Oak Park Academy of Michigan 22 vs Inkster Cherry Hill Academy 72-27

Thanks to all the readers that make this site the first and last source of girls basketball news. Keep up the good work. Keep me fed.

Next up: tomorrow morning.

Gonta Verbals

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Megan Gonta, Brighton, MI will play at Northwood University, a D2 school in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference. She will join her sister Katie, now a junior at the school. She is the fourth Brighton player to verbal this season. From the Livingston Daily Argus & Press.

The family that made the accusations against rehired Arrowhead coach Ron Reichle is disappointed. They are now pondering their next move. From the Lake Country Report.

Oklahoma is the choice for the Big 12 first place finisher. Iowa State is 5th. Courtney Paris, Oklahoma is the preseason player of the year. From the Des Moines Register.

Northern State is picked to finish first in the Northern Sun this upcoming season. Noelle Hall, Northern State center and former HS player at Lewiston-Altura is the choice for player of the year. From the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.

Big things are expected at Michigan State from Alyssa DeHaan the 6-9 freshman from Grandville, MI. Dunking and defense, but primarily defense. From the Detroit Free Press.
The State News, Michigan State's paper, talks about how the Spartans need to replace Liz Shimek, Lindsay Bowen among others.

The legal issues are swirling around Penn State, but Rene Portland is focused on the upcoming season. From the MLive site.

Next up: later this afternoon.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Schunemann, Thomas Verbals

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Kellie Schuneman, Centennial, a 5-4, guard has made a verbal to Jamestown. Schuneman averaged 8.3 ppg last year on the 23-7 7AAAA champions. She played with two AAU teams last summer---the MN Stars and later the MN Metro Stars.
Also making a verbal, and an early one at that, is Ashley Thomas out of Willemette Loyola Academy, IL to Wisconsin. The 6-1 junior is coming off of ACL surgery. Thomas played early in her career at Apple Valley, MN.

It appears the Wisconsin men's basketball team led by Bo Ryan has the right approach to recruiting. Brian McCormick writes about the costs involved (the Wisconsin women spend more then the men on recruiting) and what it takes to not only survive, but thrive in the world of recruiting.

St. Clair moved up to claim the new #1B spot in this week's poll. Former #1 Detroit Country Day dropped one, but now has all the pieces of the puzzle.

ABC12 leads with #10A Midland Dow vs #4A Saginaw Arthur Hill. It says there is video, but I didn't find any. You can read the script however.
The traditional print media is more in depth with the Dow/Hill contest. The Saginaw News has more as does the Midland Daily News.

Cetera Washington, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix had 30 points and her team needed every one in a 47-46 win over Marshall. The Kalamazoo Gazette leads with this game. You will need to scroll down in the Battle Creek Enquirer to get to the main event.

Hamady won their 50th consecutive conference game with ease in a 75-16 win over Mt. Morris. From the Flint Journal.

Jackson doubled up Lansing Everett 60-30 to lead the coverage in the Jackson Citizen-Patriot.
Also in the JCP #6C Michigan Center is zeroing in on their fifth straight Cascades conference championship with a 49-39 win over Hanover-Horton.

The Belleville/Monroe game leads the coverage of the Ann Arbor News.

Western Michigan Christian had to rally to beat Whitehall 65-57. This game & more from the Muskegon Chronicle.

Hancock relied on senior leadership to beat Calumet 57-41.
Houghton had four players in double figures in their 77-49 win over L'Anse.
Both From the Houghton Mining Gazette.

Sara Boyer, Rapid River, MI and UW Green Bay player, is headed to Europe to continue to play basketball. She will play for Club Baloncesta Majadahonda in the Spanish League. From the Escanaba Daily Press.

Cetera Washington, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 30 vs Marshall 47-46
Tanika Jackson, Saginaw Arthur Hill 22 vs Midland Dow 68-49
Kristy Becklin, Whitehall 22 vs Western MI Christian 57-65
Kathleen Storm, Hancock 24 vs Calumet 57-41
Jackie Walker, Ann Arbor Greenhills 23 vs Deerfield 65-27
Dana Cook, Addison 22 vs East Jackson 49-36
Lauren Lee, Jackson Christian 28 vs Pittsford 72-31
Laura Burnett, Ann Arbor Rudolf Steiner 23 vs Washtenaw Christian 62-23

Thanks to all the readers that make this site the first and last source of girls basketball news. Keep up the good work. Keep me fed.

Next up: later

Smith's Triple Double Propels Detroit King

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#2A Detroit King beat Detroit Northwestern for the second time this year thanks to a triple double by Diamond Smith (12 points, 15 rebounds, 10 blocks). This story in the Detroit News.
Belleville topped Monroe 53-45, but didn't really roll until the second half. this story leads the area coverage from the Detroit Free Press.

#1D Portland St. Patrick squeezed out a 63-61 win over Pewamo-Westphalia helped by Tonya Weber's 24 points.
East Lansing got by Holt in overtime 59-51.
If you like low scoring nailbiters then the 22-21 win by New Covenant Christian over Capitol City Baptist is for you.
Lissie McAlvey canned two free throws with 3.5 seconds left to lift #8D Lansing Christian to a 49-48 win over Saginaw Buena Vista.
All the above from the Lansing State Journal.

Northview was on fire in a 70-48 win over West Catholic.
Grand Rapids Christian shut down Ottawa Hills in the 3rd quarter in a 62-42 win.
East Kentwood halted Wyoming Park's 9 game home winning streak with a 50-46 win.
All the above from the Grand Rapids Press.

MSU Mankato has a slew of new big people in the middle including two MN players that have returned from D1 programs: Mari Korton, Andover (Bradley) and Teresa Parker, Pequot Lakes (Southern Illinois). You will have to get past the men's story early in the story in the Mankato Free Press.

Iowa State is #23 in the country according to the website SportspageMagazine.com. The site also has listed Minnesota and Penn State in the faltering fours. Jolene Anderson, Wisconsin is listed as an All American. The Des Moines Register also has information.

Dr. Linda Borish, a historian at Western Michigan University, has helped with "Jewish Women in American Sport: Settlement Houses to the Olympics" a documentary.

The charges keep on coming for former Hortonville coach David Janssen as another former player has alleged sexual contact. From the Appleton Post-Crescent. If you want to watch a report check out WBAY's video.

Marangelie Marquez, Detroit Western 31 vs Detroit City 54-25
Cassie Beller, North Farmington 31 vs Farmington Hills Harrison 56-39
Cortlandt Randolph, Detroit Central 28 vs Detroit Northern 60-55
Heather Austin, East Detroit 28 vs Warren Mott 49-37
Stephanie Bradshaw, Livonia Churchill 26 vs Westland Glenn 47-55
Andera Leduc, Dearborn Heights Crestwood 26 vs Gibraltar Carlson 42-26
Samantha Vincenti, Woodhaven 25 vs Ypsilanti Willow Run 63-61
Kelly Bruggemann, Troy Athens 24 vs Waterford Mott 47-49
Lindsey Karpowicz, Grandville 23 vs Lansing Catholic 61-41
Danielle Davis, GR Ottawa Hills 23 vs GR Christian 42-62
Antonice Strickland, Ypsilanti Willow Run 30 vs Woodhaven 61-63
Rachael Kutney, St. Clair Shores Lake Shore 27 vs Warren Cousino 45-42
Kellie Watson, Ionia 25 vs Jackson Lumen Christi 54-38
Joanna Howell, Forest Hills Eastern 25 vs Coopersville 42-45
JerQuila Harvey, Wyoming Godwin Heights 25 vs Tri-Unity Christian 43-44
Lindsay Holmquist, Reed City 22 vs Central Montcalm 52-49
Shonda Long, Saginaw Buena Vista 23 vs Lansing Christian 48-49
Jenna Koets, Calvin Christian 23 vs Rogers 56-51
Tonya Weber, Portland St. Patrick 24 vs Pewamo-Westphalia 63-61
Emily Johnson, Western MI Christian 24 vs Whitehall 65-57

Thanks to all the readers that make this site the first and last source of girls basketball news. Keep up the good work. Keep me fed.

Next up: later today with more MI results

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

3 MN Coaching Moves, Solomon Returns

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There are two hires in SW MN. Tracy-Milroy-Balaton has hired Ryan Kruse. Kruse went to Dakota State and is from Lennox, SD.
Murray County Central has hired Tom Pryor.
Tim Knapper has resigned from Yellow Medicine East. Also assistant Ryan Bremmer has resigned too. Knapper is the AD & Community Ed director so time was tight. YME was AA runner up in 2002.
All stories from the Marshall Independent.
The fallout continues on the Arrowhead rehire of Ron Reichle. Some support the coach, some are stunned. This story is from the Lake Country Report.
Vivian Stringer, current Rutgers coach and former Iowa coach, has been inducted in the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame. From the Des Moines Register.

Wisconsin shuffles the deck and places teams in conferences after long studies. Here is what is happening in the Madison area. From the Wisconsin State Journal.

Galesburg-Augusta edged #10C Olivet 53-52. It was Olivet's first loss in the Kalamazoo Valley Association. From the Kalamazoo Gazette.

Erica Solomon, a Detroit Country Day 6-2 junior, has returned to the line up. She has been recovering from an ACL. From the Detroit News.

Stephanie Rosado, Pontiac Central is one of the prepsters saluted this week in the Detroit News.

Hawaii is looking to win the WAC this season. They feel they have the ingredients to be successful this year. From the Honolulu Advertiser.

Simley is looking for a team to fill their Holiday Tournament. They have seven teams and need an eighth. The tournament takes place on the 27th, 28th, 29th of December. Last year St. Paul Highland Park beat Holy Angels in the championship 76-68.

The MN Suns have named coaches for next year's teams
Our 2007 coaching staff is listed on their as well as a brief bio but here is a short breakdown.
HSE - James Fassett, current head womens basketball coach at MCTC, Minneapolis Community and Technical College
14U - Greg Arbogast, 25 years coaching girls basketball.
13U - Erica Haugen, will be in her 2nd year with the Suns and has several accolades to mention as a player.
12U - Cori Davison, 13 years coaching girls basketball
11U - TBD

Katie LaMuth, Manistique 23 vs Stephenson 41-44

Thanks to all the readers that make this site the first and last source of girls basketball news. Keep up the good work. Keep me fed.

Next up: tomorrow morning, unless major news breaks

Monday, October 16, 2006

Birthday, & Quigley Preseason Player of Year

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The Blog. It is one year old today. There has been an evolution of blog and I will continue to improve and tweak the site. I will probably have more links so you can see all the out & abouts during the year.
You the readers have been a huge part in the success with tips and information sent in. This is why people turn to this site first for information.

Yesterday the Minnesota Gophers held their Hoopla event. It was a chance for the public to meet & greet the new look squad.

Michigan State went for the Fright Night theme, but they probably didn't look at the calendar because Oct. 31 isn't for a few more weeks. By the way coach McCallie was a witch.

Erika Quigley has been named preseason player of the year at the D2 level by Women's Division II Basketball Bulletin.

The Port Huron Times-Herald does an inventory of the players in their neighborhood and how they started the college practice season.

Champlin Park has two players on their roster with the same name---Jessica Hoffman. But beyond that both were out last year with ACLs.

Thanks to all the readers that make this site the first and last source of girls basketball news. Keep up the good work. Keep me fed.

You haven't ordered your MN yearbook yet? check out the links on the right to order.

Next up: tomorrow morning

Out & About: Elk River Red/St. Michael-Albertville

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Elk River Red 28, St. Michael-Albertville 27

Elk River Red's Jaime Sutton made two free throws with 14 seconds left to cap a 7-0 comeback to beat StMA 28-27. StMA led 27-21 with less than 3 minutes to go.

The first half had hardly any possessions due to the multitude of fouls. Both teams only had 17 possessions. ERR led 8-2 early on Sutton had four of those points. STMA tied it with three scores in four possessions. STMA was running and converting late in the half. It looked as if they were crisper with their passes. But it was a low, low, low scoring half with STMA up 12-11.

ERR did lead at 15-14 early in the half on the strength of the free throw line. But then STMA scored on four straight possessions to go up 22-15. ERR was in the midst of a 1/8 scoring possession run. ERR did mount a run with three straight scoring possessions with Metcalfe scoring four points in the 5-2 run. STMA had a 27-21 lead with less than 3 minutes to go. Tempestt Wilson started the ERR comeback with a drive and foul. She made one to make the score 27-22. A turnover and lay up made it 27-24. STMA was not working the clock very well as they came down and attempted a 3. Sutton got the rebound and Britta Hall scored to make it a one point game. STMA's offense didn't produce their last six possessions. With 14 seconds to go Sutton was fouled and she converted both free throws for the final margin. STMA had two chances on their last possession, but neither found the bottom of the net.

player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %

Courtney Metcalfe 8, 8, 100.0, .500 strong, aggressive to the basket. active on the boards, RF: rushing offense flow. Needs to finish at the line consistently
Tempestt Wilson 4, 8, 50.0, .375 athletic, jumps center, RF: forcing passes. I think she should take over a game.
Jaime Sutton 8, 4, 200.0, 1.000 6/7 at the line. active. in right spot, at the right time. strong. Made the money shots at the line late in the game. RF: foot speed post HS
Britta Hall 2, 3, 66.7, .333 post RF: needs to improve ball handling.
Others 7, 17, 41.2, .176

If you have the names, send them to me & I will correct this list
#8 6, 7, 85.7, .571
#4 4, 9, 44.4, .222
#23 0, 3, 0.0, .000
#11 2, 2, 100.0, .500
#42 2, 4, 50.0, .250
#5 4, 7, 57.1, .286 RF: took a 3 when STMA was up 27-24. Needs to know time & score situations.
#31 5, 4, 125.0, .750
#32 2, 2, 100.0, .500
#24 2, 2, 100.0, .500
#33 0, 1, 0.0, .000

Jaime Sutton

Elk River Red 29, 40, 72.5, .375
StMA 27, 41, 65.9, .366
Consistency, late game situations, and offensive execution are all part of the learning curve in the fall league. It can definitely help a team with a comeback win, giving them the confidence that they have the ability to do so in the future.
Still the pp100 and floor % were low.

Coaching Elk River Red was Rich Weiss, a former Osseo youth coach that who is currently living in Becker. He is a long time friend of new coach Reed Caouette.

In the game next to this, Mississippi 8 rivals Rogers beat Becker Blue in overtime with Casey Mann making the winning free throw with no time left 33-32. It was the second loss of the day for Becker Blue.

Next up: tomorrow morning

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Out & About: Champlin Park/Becker

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Champlin Park 34, Becker Blue 30

The Becker Fall League opened today and Champlin Park beat Becker Blue (a split squad) in a rematch from the Sweet 16 semifinals. Champlin Park had more in the tank to top Becker in their home fieldhouse 34-30, or is it 34-32? I had 32 points total. It looks as if the discrepancy happened in the first half as I had 20 points for Becker, and the board had 18.

One main complaint I have in this league is the lack of player #s. It is hard to see or know who is who. Perhaps it is just to get the kids to run up & down to get ready for the HS season. Maybe the league is set up to see what players compete and what players go through the motions. But it makes my job harder trying to figure out who is who.

Any way I am a little bit familiar with the main actors in today's drama. CP drew first blood with a basket by Ashley Witte. CP did take an early 6-2 lead as they scored on three of four possessions, but droughts were more common. CP had a drought of 8, while Becker didn't have a huge stretch, but were 2/11 to open the game. 12 times in the first half the teams lined up for free throws. In fact Becker picked up three fouls in a row on CP's 3rd possession. Both teams did get into better flow late in the half with scores four of the last five possessions. But a pattern was developing that would hurt Becker. CP was converting second shot opportunities. Jessica Hoffman made on to close the gap to 14-13 Becker. Becker did make two free throws on two seperate line appearances in one possession to make it 16-13. Becker made the first free throw, missed got the rebound, was fouled, made the first free throw, missed the second, got the rebound but they missed a potential 4th point on the same possession. Brianna Mastey scored on a back cut from the left side to give Becker an 18-13 lead. Ali Schmidt was fouled at the buzzer and she cashed in both free throws.

CP opened the half with two straight scores, a Natalie Gigler basket, and then a Michelle Burns as they reclaimed the lead 20-18. Rey Robinson made her 3rd triple of the night to give Becker the lead for the last time 21-20. Gigler added another basket for CP. That was the beginning of a 4/5 possession scoring spree and 8-0 run to put some distance between the teams. Hoffman again had two put backs in the run. Brianna Mastey knocked down a three to cut the lead to 28-24 on the next Becker possession. CP's offense went into hibernation with a six possession snooze. Becker only converted once at this time. Becker did close to 30-28 on a player that remains nameless two free throws. CP scored on an Ali Schmidt drive and two CP possessions later Ashlynn Fuller canned two free throws to make it 34-28. Another unknown Becker player matched that free throw exploit, and that ended the scoring.

There are no numbers in this league making it difficult to differentiate players. I will only list players that I am familiar with. The number of team possessions are correct, the points are correct, or are they?

player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %

Michelle Burns, 3, 7, 42.9, .143 main point guard. hit a 3 in the second half. RF: ball handling violations
Ashley Witte 4, 4, 100.0, .500 taller perimeter/could also go inside. in right spot for boards.
Jenny Theisen 2, 6, 33.3, .167 Has made a verbal to MSU Moorhead. RF: needs to be stronger with ball--exposed ball at times. Needs to be more aggressive to glass--quicker and more explosive. She did go to the glass and got fouled early in the first half. needs to convert the free throws. Needs to get open against man defense.
Natalie Gigler 10, 9, 111.1, .556 Recently made a verbal to Winona State. post player. Has decent range, has good first step from the free throw line. RF: needs to get stronger
Ali Schmidt 4, 4, 100.0, .500 guard, tough. finished at the line with no time at the end of the half.
Laura Bruce 0, 2, 0.0, .000
Ashlynn Fuller 3, 6, 50.0, .167 quick and athletic. RF: timing was off today. Forced offense at times. needs to involve others.
Heather Sampson 0, 1, 0.0, .000 big body, strong. RF: rather passive today
Jessica Hoffman 6, 3, 200.0, 1.000 right spot at the right time. Converted on put backs.
Jessica Hoffman, 0, 1, 0.0, .000 That is not a typo there are two JH's at CP
Jazmin Darden 2, 2, 100.0, .500 smaller guard

I will only be able to list a few players
it would be pointless to list blonde with white shorts, etc
Rey Robinson, 10, 9, 111.1, .444 tall perimeter, 3 point bomber with a trio today. RF: forced some passes. could look to drive to the glass to keep the defense off balance
Brianna Mastey 9, 12, 75.0, .333 She & her sister this past week made a verbal to Minnesota. They graduate in 08. good athlete, handles ball for a big person. has 3 range. RF: needs to finish chip shots. Needs to take over and dominate. has the ability to control and dictate the game
Nicole Mastey 0, 4, 0.0, .000 Brianna's sister. another big body. RF: needs to establish herself. needs to finish at the line.
The others 13, 22, 59.1, .318 made 9/10 free throws. however only made two field goals.

Natalie Gigler

Champlin Park 34, 47, 72.3, .362
Becker 32? or 30?, 47, 68.1, .319

As is true in the MN Fall League, running time and free throws take away court time. These games are only 18 minute halves. The rust was evident on both teams--look at the pp100 and floor %. It was not stellar seran wrap defense that was at work. Both teams had decent chances. It was not a game of artistic beauty. The teams, I am sure, will improve their offenses in the coming weeks. When I watched the first week of the MN Fall League Eden Prairie was at 69.4 and .347, Andover 53.1 and .265.

Also in these fall games everyone plays and not everyone will play in the regular HS season.
It should be noted that Becker has a split squad.

Next up: Another Becker Fall game: Elk River/St. Michael-Albertville

Christianson Verbals

#1 posting 10.15.2006
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Nicole Christianson, Chetek WI has made a verbal to MSU Mankato. The 5-11 guard also played with the MN Stars in the AAU Season.

The Muskegon Chronicle chronicles the drop off in scoring in their area, but I think it this story could be written anywhere. Maybe defenses have improved, but I think individual offensive skills have tanked. The article says more team events in the summer is causing the problem. So team activities are taking away from offensive skills. I have shown in previous postings that in MN offensive production has declined from the top year 1997.

The StarTribune looks at the six newcomers on the Gopher squad for this season.

#3A Lansing Waverly made a strong statement last week with two convincing wins over Charlotte 51-27 and Ionia 59-29. From the Delta-Waverly Community News via the Lansing State Journal.

Kendra Anderson, East Kentwood 22 vs Lowell 44-56

Next up: later today after the Becker Fall League

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Arrowhead Hire Questioned

#1 posting 10.14.2006
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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel came out with an editorial questioning why Ron Reichle has been rehired at Arrowhead. The MJS wants the public to know how the decision was made and if the statements he alledgely made are true. Will more information be coming out? Is this the end of the drama? Stay tuned.

Badger coach Lisa Stone is interviewed in the Capital Times about the upcoming season. Young is the operative word on Wisconsin with no seniors on the roster. They do have Jolene Anderson, a member of the 20u national team this past year.

Goodrich stopped an upset bid by Bendle 57-55 in a rare Friday game, but they didn't stop Jessica Trombley who scored 27 points in the loss. From the Flint Journal.

In another rare Friday game due to the Thursday snow postponement defending C Champ & current #2C Houghton beat Marquette 65-64 thanks to a lay up by Josie Riutta with 20.7 seconds left. Marquette tried to go in, but the result was a jump ball Houghton's favor. From the Marquette Mining Journal.

Japera English, Detroit University 24 vs Detroit Allen 65-40
Jessica Trombley, Burton Bendle 27 vs Goodrich 55-57

Next up: tomorrow morning

Friday, October 13, 2006

More Masteys, Becker Schedules

#3 posting 10.13.2006
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The St. Cloud Times ran a story about the recent verbals given by Brianna and Nicole Mastey to the Minnesota Gophers.

Here are the Schedules for the Becker fall League. 42 teams, one site, 4 courts. Its final date to play is Nov. 12, the day before real HS practice begins.

Elicia DeRusha, Engadine has verballed UW Green Bay. DeRusha is a guard. This article is a year old from the St. Ignace News so in effect it is old news.

ABC 12 has their video highlights up and running from last night. They have Saginaw vs Flint Central and Swan Valley vs Birch Run.
The Saginaw News has the Saginaw/Flint Central game plus more action.
If you want to hear some games check out Michigansportsradio.com. They cover mainly western MI action. The Grand Rapids Press has more on the new internet service.

Kalamazoo Loy Norrix put the clamps down on Coldwater 73-21. Cetera Washington had a triple double for KLN.

Rapid River ripped Engadine 85-50 behind 32 points from Lauren Marshall. From the Escanaba Daily Press.

Mount Morris went two overtimes to beat Byron 50-47. Amanda Babcock knocked down two triples with 13 seconds left in the second overtime to get the job done, the last coming with 0.8 seconds to go.
Flint NW downed Kearsley 53-47.
Courtney Walters was 17 for 17 at the line in a Flushing 50-42 victory over Davison.
All stories From the Flint Journal.

The Traverse City Homeschool team is 16-1. The Traverse City Record Eagle describes their long journey up the ladder of success without the benefit of a home gym.

Yes, some games on the Thursday night schedule were blanked out due to the snow storm there. From the Ironwood Daily Globe.

Courtney Walters, Flushing 25 vs Davison 50-42
Cetera Washington, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 23 vs Coldwater 73-21
Destiny Williams, Benton Harbor 23 vs Portage Northern 72-48
Abby Arado, Allegan 29 vs Paw Paw 55-68
Jordan Boyer, Paw Paw 26 vs Allegan 68-55
Simone Trice, Flint Northwestern 25 vs Kearsley 53-47
Britny Adams, Bloomingdale 38 vs Centerville 58-71
Danielle Powaga, Grass Lake 28 vs Manchester 57-39
Ali Dawson, Galesburg-Augusta 22 vs Maple Valley 48-43
Lauren Marshall, Rapid River 32 vs Engadine
Lauren Lee, Jackson Christian 25 vs Hillsdale Academy 57-49

next up: tomorrow morning