Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Out & About: Lakeville North/Rochester JM

#8 posting 2.28.2007
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LAKEVILLE NORTH panthers 53,

ROCHESTER JM rockets 44

#3 seed Lakeville North opened their postseason with a strong defensive effort over #6 Rochester JM. This was a replay of the Rochester Rotary Tournament final which was won by LN 48-42. The win snapped a two game losing streak by LN. LN is now 18-9. RJM lost for the first time in five games and finished the year 16-9.

Also in 1AAAA #1 seed Rosemount beat #8 Hastings 67-44.

LN scored on their first possession on a free throw by Latasha Wittmayer. There were six lead changes. JM's Nytor Longar scored the first six points for JM, four on putbacks. JM tied it at 7 on Maija Schmelzer's free throw, but on the second (which did go in) Longar stepped in the lane to quickly. After that RJM went into offensive hibernation with 12 non scoring possessions, 9 of which were turnovers against the hassling LN pressure. LN went on an 8-0 run during the period. Six of those points came by the hand of Rachel Banham on two 3s. RJM did charge back on a 10-2 run over 2:20 minutes. Samantha Sikkink tied it with a three from the right wing. She had two 3s in the run and 7 points total in the run. Cassie Rochel immediately answered for LN on a secondary break post up. LN pushed the lead back to 24-19 on a 3 from Micahael Goris. RJM had a 7-3 run to finish the half with Katherine Block knocking down a 3 from the left wing as time expired. LN led 27-26 at half.

LN never trailed in the second half. RJM did test the lead. LN led 39-30 after Wittmayer's post up. Three straight RJM scores tightened the game to 39-36. Longar had four of the 6-0 run points. Again Rochel answered for LN and once again they stretched the margin out to 45-36. RJM wasn't finished yet and closed the margin to 47-43 with 1 minute to go after a drive by Camille Stenhaug. LN finished their scoring at the line and did so three straight possessions. Banham delivered four points at the line, Sygulla two for the final margin 53-44.

player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %

Casey Radcliffe 2, 5, 40.0, .200 played solid defense and bothered Stenhaug, never letting her get free. RF: size
Michaela Goris 3, 5, 60.0, .200 3 shooter. RF; size
Kaiya Sygulla 13, 20, 65.0, .350 point guard. when she is balanced with her feet stopped under her she is a better shooter. active defensively RF. offensively forces action.
Latasha Wittmayer 10, 12, 83.3, .500 the power forward. strong. had a better second half from the floor. RF; size post HS
Cassie Rochel 7, 5, 140.0, .800 at 6-4 (listed) is a definite specimen. has good feet and hands. RF: needs to be much more active defensively, and opportunity to get some loose balls, stray passes and hung back. Needs to assert herself more both ends. Should demand the ball. She has good enough touch. Needs more possessions on offense, part of that is her hunger for the ball. When warming up didn't use her left hand.
Ashley Prather 2, 4, 50.0, .250 post reserve.
Rachel Banham 12, 7, 171.4, .714 very nice technical shooter. has ice water in her veins. as an 8th grader plays with confidence, poise, and intelligence. RF: look at the numbers-not much to say about that.
Jessica Braaten 4, 4, 100.0, .500 post player. had a hook shot.
Cassie Crego 0, 1, 0.0, .000

Nytor Longar 12, 20, 60.0, .300 7-0 brother plays at Oklahoma. Like name implies is long (6-2) a soph. very active defensively getting 8 defensive boards. strong hands. RF: experience. on offense needs to improve shooting range and passing decisions. Had some footwork problems. These can be overcome
Samantha Sikkink 11, 11, 100.0, .364 guard, had a flurry of activity in the first half when RJM was stalling. has 3 range. RF: only scored at the line in the second half.
Camille Stenhaug 7, 15, 46.7, .267 started to assert herself later in the game. RF: frustrated in the first half and part of second. couldn't shake free for her 3s. picked up some fouls that also hampered her game.
Alyssa Rushton 1, 4, 25.0, .250 permeter player. lefty.
Maija Schmelzer 1, 4, 25.0, .000 their 4. active on boards. RF; no one guarded her when she stepped out on the perimeter.
Katherine Block 12, 9, 133.3, .556 perimeter. Had a strong finish in the first half. has 3 range. RF: needs to improve ball handling, stopping/starting.
Luka Heiderscheidt 0, 1, 0.0, .000 small guard
Apiew Ojulu 0, 0, 0.0, .000 8th grade 6-0. RF needs experience with the ball.

Rachel Banham

Lakeville North 53, 63, 84.1, .429
Rochester JM 43, 64, 67.2, .313
made 3s: RJM 4, LN 3
made fts: LN 14, RJM 12
bench: LN 18, RJM 12
LN's defense prevented their 1000 point scorer Camille Stenhaug from getting on track early. Nothing was easy. RJM ball handlers didn't like the attention.
For the fourth time this year I saw LN. Their numbers have been pretty consistent. They have been in the window of 77.3 to 87.9 pp100. Their floor % has also been between .373 and .429, On the defensive end LN is between 61.3 to 77.9 and floor % .293 to .368. Owatonna, their potential opponent is the high end defensively.

d rebounds, steals, forced turnovers, and blocks leading to offensive possessions
Kaiya Sygulla 7
Latasha Wittmayer 6
Casey Radcliffe 6
Rachel Banham 3
Michaela Goris 2.5
Cassie Rochel 1.5
Ashley Prather 1
Cassie Crego 1
totals: 28

Nytor Longar 11
Maija Schmelzer 6
Samantha Sikkink 5
Camille Stenhaug 3
Katherine Block 3
Apiew Ojulu 1
totals: 29

next up: tomorrow morning

Call Ahead

#7 posting 2.28.2007
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With the unsettled weather approaching, my advice is to call ahead. I am headed to Lakeville North to watch Rochester JM and LN and found out the game time was moved up one hour to 6pm start.
Other sites may have the same issue. No one has contacted me on other changes, but let your fingers do the walking.

By the way right now it is 40 degrees Fahrenheit in Brooklyn Park MN. The bad stuff may come later tonight and tomorrow's schedules could be pushed back later in the week.

Next up: Out & about...I guess you know who I'll be watching.

Shooting Guard to Prison Guard?

#1 posting 2.28.2007
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BIG 10
Jolene Anderson, Wisconsin was named to the Big 10 First team. Her post college career choice? Prison Guard. From the Capital Times.

Hartford broke Maine 58-40. No box,

BIG 12
Nebraska crushed Colorado 90-70. Cannon Falls' Cory Montgomery had 6 for Nebraska. Mounds View's Hannah Skildum had a career high 16 for Colorado.

If you can't get to the Northern Sun Tournament, you can watch on the internet. It will cost $5.50 for one game or $15 for the whole event.

Jackie Carlson, St. Cloud State is the subject of a feature in the St. Cloud Times.

Hannah Skildum, Colorado, Mounds View 16 L
Cory Montgomery, Nebraska, Cannon Falls 6 W
totals: 22 1-1

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A Change in the Air

#5 posting 2.28.2007
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There may be a schedule change due to the weather on Friday. Here is a link to the WEAU news site. Also you can check out Monday's regional finals. It is about 4 minutes worth of action.

Burlington Catholic Central advanced with a 65-32 win over Johnson Creek on Monday. From the Watertown Daily Times.

Boyceville's 54-47 upset of undefeated Colfax is chronicled in the Dunn County News.

Park Falls awaits after beating Chetek 53-47. From the Park Falls Herald.

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Decorah Last Through the Door

#4 posting 2.28.2007
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Decorah edged Charles City 45-43.
I find it puzzling why I can't find a link to this important game when I can find tons of games in MN and the Dakotas up the next day.
Now the state pairings are all set.


Chad Jilek has resigned at Mason City. MC was 9-58 during his 3 years. Interesting comment also on the story from the Mason City Globe Gazette.

Here is a look at the newly proposed Western Valley conference. From the Missouri Valley Times. Teams like Battle Creek-Ida Grove and IKM (along with Manning next year) would be members of the conference.

Eastern Iowa Hawkeye
First Team
Taylor Feldman, West Liberty U
Emily Hershberger, Mid-Prairie U
Jodie Krall, Solon U
Ashley Miller, Tipton U
Kelsey Teubel, Mount Vernon U
MacKenzie Wescott, Williamsburg U
Missy Hershberger, Mid-Prairie
Katelyn Lilienthal, Durant
Jenny Schuelke, Solon
Second Team
Ali Browning, Iowa City Regina
Sara Claypool, Williamsburg
Alicia Goetz, Tipton;
Jacke Kerr, Mount Vernon
Krystal Kopp, Solon
Tonya Lohmeyer, Wilton
Brooke Rugger, Clear Creak-Amana
Chelsea Tanner, Solon
Lizzy Tucker, West Branch
Honorable mention
Ashley Akers, Clear Creak-Amana
Megan Flynn, Mid-Prairie
Calli Kahl, Durant
Caitling Nowicki, Iowa City Regina
Whittni Regan, Durant
Shea Velez-Westphal, Mount Vernon
U=unanimous selection

Mississippi Valley Conference
Mississippi Division

First team
Kelli Krei, Iowa City High, 6-1, Jr.
Danielle Calef, Cedar Rapids Prairie, 6-0, Sr.
Sarah Anciaux, Iowa City High, 5-8, Sr.
Courtney Stoermer, Iowa City West, 5-10, Sr.
Emma Krieger-Kittle, Iowa City West, 5-11, So.
Abby Mohlis, Cedar Falls, 6-0, Sr.
Jaye Hutcheson, Linn-Mar, 5-11, Jr.
Second team
Ashley Koch, Cedar Rapids Prairie, 5-10, Jr.
Rachel Williams, Cedar Rapids Prairie, 6-1, Sr.
Ashley Callahan, Dubuque Hempstead, 6-0, Sr.
Alicia Sieverding, Dubuque Wahlert, 5-8, Sr.
Ally Weaver, Iowa City West, 5-7, Sr.
Kelli Goodrich, Iowa City West, 5-9, Sr.
Caitie Kuempel, Linn-Mar, 5-10, Sr.
Honorable Mention
Caitlin Blau, Cedar Falls
Alyssa Heller, Cedar Falls
Chelsea Becker, Cedar Rapids Prairie
Lindsey Cain, Cedar Rapids Prairie
Stephanie Guy, Dubuque Hempstead
Tara Ernst, Dubuque Hempstead
Emily Walker, Dubuque Wahlert
Angie White, Dubuque Wahlert
Ashley Vitosh, Iowa City
Laura Minchk, Iowa City
Madison Sadecky, Iowa City West
Jill Goodrich, Iowa City West
Kayla Klopfenstein, Linn-Mar
Chelsie Hochstedler, Linn-Mar
Athlete of the Year
Kelli Krei, Iowa City High
Coach of the Year
Bill McTaggart, Iowa City High

Valley Division
First team

Mikayla Sims, Waterloo East, 5-7, Sr.
Krista Moser, Cedar Rapids Jefferson, 6-1, Sr.
Kaitlin Armstrong, Cedar Rapids Washington, 5-6, Jr.
Micha Mims, Cedar Rapids Washington, 5-7, Jr.
Katelin Oney, Cedar Rapids Washington, 5-7, Jr.
El Sara Greer, Waterloo East, 6-2, Sr.
Jade Rogers, Cedar Rapids Kennedy, 5-10 Fr.
Second team
Bailey Dorrington, Cedar Rapids Xavier, 5-9, Sr.
Mariah Duke, Cedar Rapids Kennedy, 5-6, Fr.
Abby Burger, Cedar Rapids Jefferson, 5-10, Jr.
Candis Kertson, Dubuque Senior, 5-10, Fr.
Kelsey Summers, Waterloo East, 5-8, Jr.
Julianne Lord, Cedar Rapids Kennedy, 5-8, Sr.
Courtney Moss, Waterloo West, 6-0, Sr.
Sara Cox, Waterloo West, 5-8, Sr.
Honorable Mention
Katie Inghram, Cedar Rapids Jefferson
Jill Shar, Cedar Rapids Jefferson
Ellie Blankenship, Cedar Rapids Kennedy
Sharon Heyer, Cedar Rapids Kennedy
Andrea Freeman, Cedar Rapids Washington
Mikaela Fisher, Cedar Rapids Washington
Kelsi Karkosh, Cedar Rapids Xavier
Caitlyn Kray, Cedar Rapids Xavier
Ieisha Berry, Dubuque Senior
Kathryn Schilling, Dubuque Senior
Brianna Robinson-Porter, Waterloo East
Stephanie Peters, Waterloo West
Ali Durand, Waterloo West
Athlete of the Year
Mikayla Sims, Waterloo East
Coach of the Year
Rick Uthoff, Waterloo East

Wikipedia has a good background on the Mississippi Valley Conference.

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Four to State

#3 posting 2.28.2007
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Central won the battle of Rapid City 50-46 over Stevens and advances to state. From the Rapid City Journal.

Sturgis survives another day thanks to a 45-44 win over Spearfish. From the Rapid City Journal.

Vermillion advanced again to the state tournmanet with a 63-45 win over Canton. From the Yankton Press & Dakotan.

Sully Buttes is in the state once again with a 44-35 win over James Valley Christian. From the Aberdeen American News.

Timber Lake punched their state ticket with a 37-35 narrow victory over Faith. From the Rapid City Journal.

POINT PARADE for games of Feb 27

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New Salem Holsteins Video

#2 posting 2.28.2007
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KXMB has a video report on the New Salem Holsteins as they get ready for the B tournament in Minot.

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RTR Upset; Hagberg; Miller 1000

#1 posting 2.28.2007
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The first #1 seed fell last night: in the 3A north subsection RTR was ambushed by Dawson-Boyd 53-47. In the reports below the # indicates the seed in the section.

8: #5 Elk River beat #4 Alexandria 64-42 in an upset of seeds, but ER has a stronger schedule and that helped in the victory. From the Elk River Star News.
In a bigger upset #6 Buffalo beat #3 Brainerd on the road 72-70 in two overtimes. From the Brainerd Dispatch.
#1 Moorhead rolled to a 95-63 win over St. Cloud Apollo. St. Cloud Apollo Junior Andrea Hagberg reached 1,000 points (exactly).
#2 St. Cloud Tech advanced with a 55-39 win over Bemidji. plus other recaps From the St. Cloud Times.

2: #1 Marshall began their post season with a solid 68-32 win over Dassel-Cokato. From the Marshall Independent.
#4 Mankato West got some revenge over Hutchinson with a 63-44 win. Hutch beat MW earlier in the year. From the Mankato Free Press.
#2 Worthington moved on with a 74-63 win over Mankato East. From the Mankato Free Press.
There was another #6 upset in overtime of a #3. New Ulm pulled the trick on Litchifeld 49-46. From the New Ulm Journal.

4: #1 Becker trounced Sauk Rapids 83-40
#4 Princeton defeated Annandale 44-32
#3 St. Michael-Albertville edged Monticello 46-43
#2 Sartell beat Big Lake 78-60

7: #3 Grand Rapids ended last years section champ #6 Hermantown's season 55-36. Plus other recaps in the Duluth News Tribune.
#1 Duluth East smushed Duluth Central 72-21
#5 Milaca beat Cloquet 66-48. Milaca's Maggie Doty is now the top scorer boys & girls with 1207.
#2 Hibbing trounced Duluth Denfeld 66-23

1: West #2 Stewartville halted Rochester Lourdes streak of playing in the west sub section final with a 48-34 win.
East: Caledonia beat PEM 65-59 (check the O&A from last night).

2: West: #1 MVL rolled to a convincing 83-32 win over LCWM. From the New Ulm Journal
other top seeds moved on. #3 Fairmont beat St. Peter 81-51. plus other recaps in the Fairmont Sentinel. #2 LeSueur-Hencerson moved forward with a 61-21 win over USC. #4 Blue Earth beat Maple River 64-42.
On the East side Blooming Prairie beat Kenyon-Wanamingo 48-45; Hayfield topped Triton 74-39; and NRHEG edged Montgomery-Lonsdale 42-41.

3. The West Central Tribune has coverage of the North half games led by Lac Qui Parle Valley's 74-58 win over Yellow Medicine East. In that game Mindy Clark passed another Mindy (Schirm) to become the all time leading scorer at LQPV. Clark has 1190.
In the South half St. James beat Redwood Valley 69-39. In the game St. James' Breau Miller joined the 1000 point club. Teammate Anna Tuura made the club last week. Miller is the 10th St. James player to hit the 1000 mark. From the Mankato Free Press. The New Ulm Journal has some other recaps too.
Luverne halted TMB 64-47. From the Worthington Daily Globe.

4: Trinity beat Brooklyn Center 67-59

6: East Central beat Hinckley-Finlayson 44-34

1. If you didn't check out my O&A on the New Life/Bethlehem Academy game you can check. Here is a late report on BA's 79-67 win over Southland from Monday. From the Austin Daily Herald.
In the East subsection semi Lanesboro bumped off Grand Meadow 56-34. From the Rochester Post Bulletin.

2. St. Clair ended Martin Luther's season 58-43. From the Mankato Free Press.

Nicollet passed up JWP 58-49. From the New Ulm Journal.

North: New Ulm Cathedral chained up Lester Prairie 66-33. From the New Ulm Journal. Holy Trinity beat McLeod West 64-53. Cedar Mt-Comfrey beat Buffalo Lake-Hector 65-36.

Sleepy Eye St. Mary's zipped by LeCenter 84-52. From the New Ulm Journal.

3. Here are the details of the Dawson-Boyd upset of #1 RTR in the North Subsection. From the West Central Tribune (plus recaps) and Marshall Independent.
Minneota is the other North winner with a 58-39 victory over Lakeview. From the Marshall Independent.
In the South half #1 SW Star survived Murray County Central 61-55 and #2 seed (#2 in the state) Fulda topped Edgerton 60-40. Edgerton's Amy Kallemeyn passed Dean Veenhof (1961) of the famous Edgerton boys state champion team of 1960 with 1896 points. From the Worthington Daily Globe.

5: Eagle Valley beat Henning 43-37.

7: Cook County edged Orr 39-37; Cromwell ended Fond du Lac's season 62-16; Isle beat Lakeview Christian 83-36.

8: Fertile-Beltrami keeps alive with a 72-23 win over Indus.

This is a preview of a game already played by Nashwauk-Keewatin in 7A. NK has shaken off years of subpar performance. From the Hibbing Daily Tribune.

Devin Bowlin is featured in the Winona Daily News.

The registration deadline for Blueprint Student Athlete Services' March 17th Unsigned Senior/2nd Year JUCO BBall Showcase is this Sunday March 4th. The April 7th Spring Underclassmen Showcase is also filling up very fast.

POINT PARADE for games of Feb 27
Kassie Hooten, Moorhead 26 vs St. Cloud Apollo 95-63
Macie Michelson, Marshall 25 vs Dassel-Cokato 68-32
Robin Nelson, Brooklyn Center 35 vs Trinity 59-67
Mindy Clark, Lac Qui Parle Valley 25 vs Yellow Medicine East 74-58
Brooke Winscher, Royalton 32 vs Swanville 75-35
Molly Mathiowetz, Sleepy Eye St. Mary's 32 vs LeCenter 84-52
Barb Klun, Ely 30 vs Silver Bay 87-31
Kaitlyn Kramer, Fulda 26 vs Edgerton 60-40

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Out & About: Caledonia/Plainview-Elgin-Millville

#8 posting 2.27.2007
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1AA East Subsection Semifinal
CALEDONIA warriors 65,

#6 PEM upset #3 Chatfield last night and had #2 Caledonia on the ropes in the second half with a 48-39 lead before Caledonia rallied for the win.
Caledonia led throughout the first half. Their largest lead was 26-19 with 5:18 left. PEM finished with an 8-3 run. Caledonia sat on the ball the last 1:40 and did not get a great shot off so PEM was quite excited to be down only 29-27 at half. Megan Pick had 12 for PEM at half time, Megan King had 9 for Caledonia.

PEM scored their first five times they had the ball in the second half on an 13-3 run. On their 3rd possession Holly Grobe hit a 3, and was fouled on the block out after the shot, so PEM didn't lose possession. Lindsey Olson scored on the same possession for a five point addition and PEM led for the first time 35-32. PEM was able to stretch it to 9 a couple of times, the last coming at 48-39 on a Kelsey Herrmann shot from the right wing. PEM then had a 7 possession drought, four of which were turnovers off Caledonia pressure. Caledonia put together a 8/10 offensive string and regained the lead at 51-48, and stretched it out to 55-50 when all was said and done. Danielle Frank had 6 points in the 16-2 run. PEM wasn't done however and managed to tie the game at 56 with 5:26 left thanks to three scoring possessions in a row with free throws. Frank again broke the tie with a put back of her own miss. Then pesky Laquita Becker stole a ball in the back court and made the lay up. PEM cut that lead to 60-59 at 51.1 seconds left after Pick made a free throw, missed the second. They maintained possession with the ball going out of bounds. On the ensuing inbounds play Alise Holst scored to make it 60-59. Caledonia finished with three straight scoring possessions, all at the line. PEM had a turnover, and two missed shots for the final margin 65-59.

Also of note: Stewartville beat Rochester Lourdes in the 1AA Sub Section semifinal. It is the first time Lourdes will not be in the finals of Sub section since the start of the 4 class section in 1997.

player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %

Megan King 14, 17, 82.4, .412 point guard
Alecia Fruechte 6, 7, 85,7, .429
Danielle Frank 14, 8, 175.0, .875 6-3 post. good feet. can run. keeps the ball high on the offensive rebound situations. RF: fouls; needs to gain strength; needs to keep ball high after rebounding on the defensive end.
Ashley King 2, 1, 200.0, 1.000
Jane Pettit 6, 8, 75.0, .250
Libby Augedahl 6, 6, 100.0, .500
Laquita Becker 14, 13, 107.7, .462 pesky disrupter.
Briana Vick 0, 1, 0.0, .000
Cassie Gran 2, 4, 50.0, .250
Sarah Colleran 1, 2, 50.0, .500

Megan Pick 17, 18, 94.4, .389 strong frame, gets after defensive boards. RF: didn't score in the second half from the floor.
Holly Grobe 5, 11, 45.5, .091
Kelsey Herrmann 5, 8, 62.5, .250
Lindsey Olson 12, 12, 100.0, .500
Alise Holst 20, 14, 142.9, .643 strong frame. 3 range. goes after offensive boards. likes to drive.
Brittany Gengler 0, 4, 0.0, .000

Danielle Frank

Caledonia 65, 67, 97.0, .463
PEM 59, 67, 88.1, .373
made 3s: PEM 5, Caledonia 4
made fts: Caledonia 15, PEM 11
bench: Caledonia 23, PEM 0

d rebounds, steals, forced turnovers, and blocks leading to offensive possessions
Laquita Becker 7
Jane Pettit 6.5
Megan King 6
Danielle Frank 6
Libby Augedahl 3
Cassie Gran 3
Sarah Colleran 1
Alecia Fruechte 0.5
totals: 33

Megan Pick 9
Alise Holst 6
Lindsey Olson 3
Holly Grobe 1
Kelsey Herrmann 1
Brittany Gengler 1
Olivia Hoekstra 1
totals: 22

next up: tomorrow morning

Out & About: New Life/Bethlehem Acadmey

#7 posting 2.27.2007
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1A West Semifinal
NEW LIFE eagles 73,


After both teams scored on their initial possessions, Bethlehem Academy went into a 19 possession drought. New Life took advantage of that slumber to go on a 13-0 run and led 15-2 before BA scored again, 10 minutes later. Nine of those possessions resulted in turnovers. Also BA was shooting behind the NBA 3 point line. I don't know if the knew the right markings, but they were able to connect on some of those shots later in the night. In fact they scored on six straight possessions and 9/11 to go on a 19-10 run and cut the NL lead to 27-23 with 2:20 to go. Hope McBain struck for 7 points in a row on three possessions for BA, her last poinst a 3. That started a three possession run of 3s with Brittany DeGrood nailing two deep 3s. She added one more to close the run to make it 27-23. That was as close as it was going to get as NL rattled off a 12-2 run to end the half. Jenny Ramey had 5 points in the outburst for NL. NL led at half 39-25.

BA was able to get as close as 8 points a couple of times, but the early hole they dug was too deep to climb out. NL had a four point play after a technical was called on Hope McBain of BA. BA had the ball and McBain was fouled. She retaliated. NL added four points to push the lead to 53-38. Jenna Sheridan for BA had 12 points in the half after being shut out in the first. Free throws ruled in this half with NL cashing in 19 times this half.

player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %

Cara Lutes 12, 11, 109.1, .636 8th grade post player. 6-0 strong, good feet. good hands. keeps ball high. Strong outlets. RF: fouls
Danielle Schmidt 4, 6, 66.7, .333
Jenny Ramey 19, 20, 95.0, .550 point guard, has good change of pace and can zip. strong, good cross over move. RF: size; needs to be more consistent at the line. Left five points at the line in the second half.
Kristin Stein 2, 3, 66.7, .333
Sarah Nisleit 9, 11, 81.8, .364 another post. Has 3 range.
Olivia Mann 14, 16, 87.5, .438 3 range
Rebekah Schmidt 9, 8, 112.5, .625 another 8th grader. faces basket. has good drive game. and has strong frame.
Danielle Cathey 4, 5, 80.0, .400 back up point.
Melissa Mueller 0, 1, 0.0, .000

Hope McBain 9, 12, 75.0, .333 3 range. RF: picked up Tech after being fouled from behind. She gave the kid who fouled her an elbow.
Jenna Sheridan 12, 13, 92.3, .385
Liz Schlobohm 7, 18, 38.9, .222
Brittany DeGrood 16, 14, 114.3, .429 point guard. NBA 3s. active defensively
Nicole Pothen 14, 16, 87.5, .438
Holly Hafemeyer 6, 6, 100.0, .667 6-3 freshman post. changes shots. RF: needs strength, needs to get better position on the floor for glass use.
Kali Van Zuilen 0, 1, 0.0, .000

Jenny Ramey

New Life 73, 81, 90.1, .481
Bethlehem Academy 64, 80, 80.0, .375
made 3s: BA 6, NL 4
made fts: NL 21, BA 12
bench: NL 27, BA 6
NL is young. No seniors. They like to push it. Under the radar.

d rebounds, steals, forced turnovers, & blocks leading to offensive possessions
Cara Lutes 7
Kristin Stein 6
Sarah Nisleit 6
Jenny Ramey 5
Rebekah Schmidt 5
Danielle Cathey 3
Danielle Schmidt 3
Olivia Mann 1.5
Melissa Mueller 1.5
totals: 38

Holly Hafemeyer 10
Jenna Sheridan 9
Brittany DeGrood 8.5
Hope McBain 5
Nicole Pothen 4
Liz Schlobohm 2.5
Kali Van Zuilen 1
totals: 40

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Big 10 All Conference

#6 posting 2.27.2007
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BIG 10
The Big 10 has named their All Conference teams and Wisconsin's Jolene Anderson has been named to the first team.
The MN connections are:
Emily Fox was named to the second team. (writers 3rd team)
Kelly Roysland, Honorable Mention (writers 3rd team), also sportsmanship award
Brittany McCoy, All Freshman team
Bloomington Kennedy's Jenna Smith (Illinois) Honorable Mention, All Freshman team

Minnesota is using the buddy system to help integrate freshmen/newcomers into the program. From the Star Tribune.

Marquette defeated St. John's 69-60. Racine St. Catherine's Krystal Ellis had 19 for Marquette.
Marquette will be the #3 seed in the upcoming Big East tournament.

Oakland won the conference title with a 73-53 win over Centenary. Pewamo-Westphalia's Nicole Piggot had 24 for Oakland.

UMKC bounced Western Illinois 64-61. Okoboji's Alyssa Klein had 12 for UMKC.

Valparaiso stymied Southern Utah 65-47. Prior Lake's Tamra Braun had 13 for Valpo.

Alison Adamson, Augustana was named player of the week in the North Central Conference. It is the second time she made the list this year. You can also see the playoff brackets there.

Erin McCormick, Wayne State was named player of the week in the Northern Sun Conference. It is her first honor this year. You can also see playoff brackets.

McKenzie O'Neill, St. Benedict was named player of the week in the MIAC.

MN POINT EXCHANGE for games of Feb. 26
Tamra Braun, Valparaiso, Prior Lake 13 W

By the way I updated the Point Exchange from yesterday's posting. For some reason I forgot to put it up.

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next up: more distant out & abouts it should be another late night.

Regionals Wrap Up

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Kenosha Tremper advanced with a 64-54 win over Verona. From the Capital Times.

Middleton stopped Holmen 54-34. From the LaCrosse Tribune.

Eau Claire Memorial beat River Falls 48-31
There is a rule regarding jerseys for post season play in WI. Alphabetically the first team wears the dark color and the second team wears the light jersey. Unfortunately, River Falls didn't know that rule and assumed they were the away team and wore their navy blue uniforms. Although Eau Claire Memorial could have switched into their white uniforms, they didn't and instead forced RF to wear the Abes' JV white uniforms.

At one point in the first quarter the score was 15 -15. The half time score was 23-17 EC Memorial. The 3/4 score was 32-21 and the final was 48-31 all EC Memorial.

EC shut down RF's Katie Herum with excellent defense provided by ECM Katie Bethke # 5, Sr. - she also was perfect from the freetrow line 6/6). No one could stop ECM Katie Pospishil who finished with 16. RF's Bailey Franklin had 10 on the night.

EC Memorial goes on to face city rival EC North on Friday night in Wasusa, WI.

Greendale ended Union Grove's season 51-33. From the Racine Journal Times.

Neillsville slammed the door on Witt-Birn 38-23. From the Marshfield News Herald.

Oostburg powered past North Fond du Lac 46-31. From the Sheboygan Press and the Fond du Lac Reporter.

Markesan moves on with a 41-40 win over Pittsville. Brittany Plagenz hit a pair of free throws for the final Markesan points. From the Oshkosh Northwestern and Beaver Dam Daily Citizen.

Eau Claire Regis moves to the sectional semis with a 47-32 win over Prescott.

Osseo-Fairchild chopped down Mondovi 48-37

LaCrosse Aquinas beat Onalaska Luther 51-36. From the LaCrosse Tribune.

Lancaster beat Viroqua 51-36

Watertown Luther Prep edged Poynette 59-54

Independence picked Plum City 44-34. A brief report in the LaCrosse Tribune.

Barneveld beat Hillsboro 55-54 in overtime. From the LaCrosse Tribune briefly.

DeSoto defeated Potosi 48-37. Briefly from the LaCrosse Tribune.

Burlington Catholic Central moves forward with a 65-32 win over Johnson Creek.

Appleton West's Jackie Arnold was 12/12 at the line as they beat Green Bay East last Saturday. Story from the Appleton Post Crescent.

Manawa edged out top seed Menasha St. Mary's Central 50-47. From the Appleton Post Crescent.

POINT PARADE for games of Feb 26, 2007
Ashley Imperiale, Greendale 28 vs Union Grove 51-33
Tanya Kaufmann, DeSoto 25 vs Potosi 48-37
Katie Hall, Union Grove Christian 22 vs Menomonee Falls Christian 44-24

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One Finals to Go

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Decorah plays Charles City tonight in a postponement of a postponement. The game takes place at Luther College in Decorah at 7 pm.

West Des Moines Valley advanced to the state tournament with a 58-34 win over Ottumwa. It is Valley's first tournament since 1997. From the Des Moines Register and Ottumwa Courier.

For the first time in 12 years Dowling Catholic will be on the sidelines for the state tournament. Ames ended the run with a narrow 56-54 win over DC. From the Des Moines Register.

Des Moines Roosevelt survived a shutout in the first quarter and will return to defend their title with a 35-19 victory over Johnston.

Iowa City passed up North Scott 58-32. From the Quad City Times.

Cedar Rapids Washington was humming in a 74-37 win over Davenport West. From the Quad City Times.

Cedar Rapids Jefferson punished Cedar Rapids Kennedy 66-43. not a link to be found.

Ballard returns to the tournament with a 53-35 win over Benton. From the Marshalltown Times-Republican.

Keokuk beat Williamsburg 40-27. no links to see.

Pella beat Grinnell 60-44. ditto on the links

AGWSR had the answers over Emmetsburg in a 56-31 win. From the Marshalltown Times-Republican.

Manson Northwest Webster crunched North Polk 54-27 to earn their first state ticket. From the Fort Dodge Messenger.

WCLT upset Dunkerton 83-73 to go to the show. From the Mason City Globe Gazette.

Highland upset Harmony 47-44 to return to state after a one year absence. From the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

The Sacajawea Tournament held in Sioux City is no more. The funds to run it were not there. From the Sioux City Journal.

Steven Allspach of the Sioux City Journal speculates on what could be a Sioux City first: a champion in the girls tournament.

The Sioux City Journal has named Likeisha Dotson of Sioux City North athlete of the week.

The CIML has named their all conference selections. The Marshalltown Times-Republican has a partial listing.

The Big East has their all conference selections and Andrew's Megan Johnson was MVP. From the Clinton Herald.

POINT PARADE for games of Feb 26, 2007
Krista Moser, Cedar Rapids Jefferson 23 vs CR Kennedy 66-43
Emily Kuhn, Cedar Rapids Washington 22 vs Davenport West 74-37
Amanda Zimmerman, Ballard 26 vs Benton 53-35
Alyssa Schwartz, WCLT 23 vs Dunkerton 83-73
Kayla Waskow, Dunkerton 22 vs WCLT 73-83

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Bennett County Survives

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Sioux Falls O'Gorman stopped Watertown 58-39 plus other recaps in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.
Brandon Valley edged Sioux Falls Washington 51-48. From the SFAL

Huron surprised Aberdeen Central 47-31. From the Aberdeen American News.

Rapid City Central smashed Spearfish 66-27.

Rapid City Stevens stopped Sturgis 54-42.

Both from the Rapid City Journal.

Region 7: Bennett County rallied from 6 down to start the 4th quarter and needed overtime to escape Winner 61-59. From the Rapid City Journal.

Douglas's season is done, but there was marked improvement in results this year. The Rapid City Journal has more on the turnaournd.

POINT PARADE for games of Feb 26, 2007
Lindsey Johnson, Brandon Valley 30 vs SF Washington 51-48
Maggie O'Neill, Bennett County 28 vs Winner 61-59 ot

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Minot Prepares

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Minot is preparing for the West tournament. They are the #5 seed and open with Dickinson on Thursday. Here is a video report from KXMB.

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next up: parade of states, college reports and more distant out & abouts.

Hansen 1000; PEM Upsets Chatfield

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If you didn't know I was in Rochester watching three games last night.
1: Defending section champ Rochester Mayo, however, did come up to the metro to play Hastings, but it was Hastings victorious 53-34. From the Rochester Post Bulletin.

1West: One game I didn't get to was the Rochester Lourdes 48-37 win over Kasson-Mantorville. From the Rochester Post-Bulletin.
The Kingsland/Pine Island game (see my out & about) leads this portion of the Rochester Post Bulletin.
1East: There was one upset with #6 seed Plainview-Elgin-Millville bumping off #3 Chatfield in a make up game from Saturday. This game and the rest of the 1AA action in the Rochester Post Bulletin.
#1 Winona Cotter played much more sharply in a 60-30 win over LaCrescent. From the Winona Daily News.

1 West & East: #1 west Goodhue's 72-49 win over Medford leads this coverage. Again from the Rochester Post Bulletin.
Rushford-Peterson's 61-28 win over Fillmore Central (also done in the out & abouts last night)gets the once over in the Winona Daily News.
Lanesboro 69-46 win over Spring Grove leads the recaps in the WDN.

3 North: Dawson-Boyd survived a scare from Renville County West 44-43. Also #1 RTR advanced with a 71-59 win over Lincoln HI/Lake Benton. Minneota and Lakeview also advanced with wins over Central Christian 71-41 and Red Rock 59-38 respectively. All from the Marshall Independent.
3 South: Fulda will meet Edgerton after a 68-33 win over Hills-Beaver Creek. Edgerton downed Ellsworth 64-51. From the Worthington Daily Globe. #1 seed SW Star survived SW MN Christian 59-50 and Murray County Central upset #4 Adrian 78-62. From the WDG.

Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa downed Upsala 68-59. In the contest BBE's April Hansen reached the 1000 point mark with 19. plus other recaps in the West Central Tribune.

The StarTribune looks at the Metro sections and what could happen.

Duluth East is the focus of the Duluth News Tribune's post season outlook.

Moorhead's Kelsey Jacobson has an article on her shooting (500 shots a day) and post season hopes. From the Fargo Forum.

If you want to know what ever happened to former Fergus Falls Coach Denny Hanson, don't wonder anymore. He went to Arizona coached a team in Fountain Hills and has since retired again. More in the Fergus Falls Daily Journal.

Carl Crawford and Judy Klun coach at Duluth Marshall and Ely and both lost their spouses before the start of the season. Their story in the Duluth News Tribune.

POINT PARADE for games of Feb 26, 2007
Chantel Laplante, Chatfield 25 vs PEM 50-57
Brittney Lodermeier, Goodhue 25 vs Medford 72-49

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Out & About: Rushford-Peterson/Fillmore Central

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1A East Sub Section Semifinals


Thanks for being patient with these postings. The games were in Rochester and didn't finish until after 10:40 pm on Monday

Rushford-Peterson, the #1 seed in the east, steamrolled Fillmore Central. FC did lead once at 6-5 after a basket by Alison Scheevel. But it soon became a tidal wave for RP. Bailey Vitse gave the lead back to RP for good on a three. And that was a pattern for RP in the first half. They connected on 6 3s in the half, with Vitse notching four. She ended up with 16 points at half time. RP had a 19-3 run to take a 24-9 lead. FC had a 2/16 string. RP led 31-13 at half.

Things didn't change in the second half. Vitse ended up with 23 points and both benches emptied early.

player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %

Baily Vitse 23, 13, 176.9, .692 point guard. fast, quick release. very good shooter. can score when getting hit. RF size
Savannah Sawle 7, 8, 87.5, .500 post
Anna Becker 10, 8, 125.0, .500 another 3 shooter
Jade Pelzl 5, 7, 71.4, .286 another 3 shooter.
Danielle Ruberg 9, 10, 90.0, .400 post
Melissa Smith 1, 2, 50.0, .500
Kaylee Helgemoe 0, 1, 0.0, .000
Heather Vix 0, 5, 0.0, .000
Courtney Johnson 4, 4, 100.0, .500
Alyssa Miller 2, 3, 66.7, .333
Rachelle Ruberg 0, 3, 0.0, .000
Michelle Ruberg 0, 1, 0.0, .000
Jackie Holger 0, 1, 0.0, .000

Chelsea Nagle 2, 12, 16.7, .083
Alison Scheevel 8, 6, 133.3, .667
Melody Olstad 0, 7, 0.0, .000
Morgan Mensink 4, 9, 44.4, .222
Kallen Bahl 8, 11, 72.7, .364
Connor Nagle 1, 7, 14.3, .143
Lacey Dols 0, 3, 0.0, .000
Kelsey Ristau 0, 3, 0.0, .000
Katie Tollefson 0, 1, 0.0, .000
Brenda Stackhouse 2, 2, 100.0, .500
Jessica Prinsen 0, 2, 0.0, .000
Katie Melver 3, 3, 100.0, 1.000

Bailey Vitse

Rushford-Peterson 61, 66, 92.4, .409
Fillmore Central 28, 66, 42.4, .242
made 3s:RP 8, FC 0
made fts: FC 6, RP 5
bench: RP 7, FC 6

d rebounds, steals, forced turnovers, and blocks leading to offensive possessions
Anna Becker 5.5
Lakyn Lind 5.5
Savannah Sawle 5
Courtney Johnson 5
Bailey Vitse 4
Alyssa Miller 4
Melissa Smith 4
Danielle Ruberg 3
Kalyee Helgemoe 2.5
Heather Vix 1.5
Amanda Miller 1
Michelle Ruberg 1
Jade Pelzl 0.5
totals: 42

Morgan Mensink 7
Alison Scheevel 4
Chelsea Nagle 4
Kallen Bahl 4
Connor Nagle 3
Brenda Stackhouse 2
Melody Olstad 1
Kelsey Ristau 1
Katie Tollefson 1
totals: 27

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Out & About: Kingsland/Pine Island

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1AA West Sub Section Semifinals
KINGSLAND knights 46, PINE ISLAND panthers 41

Kingsland broke open a tight contest and closed with a 16-10 run to move into the sub section finals. There were four ties in the first half. Kingsland led early 8-5, but Pine Island took the lead at 3:35 to go with a rebound basket by Tina Maley. PI maintained the lead the rest of the half to go to the locker room up 21-18.

After haltime Kingsland drilled two straight 3s on the first two possessions, one by Paisley Larson, one by Emily Greiner to retake the lead 24-21. There would be four more lead changes. PI took their last lead at 8:43 on a back cut by Jade Nielsen to go up 31-30. Kingsland answered on the very next possession with a three from the left corner by Corbin Carlson. That initiated a 9-0 run that had Kingsland up 39-31. The lead remained at the 8/7 split. It was a 45-35 game with 1:06 left. Whitney Carlson hit a 3 for PI and then PI added three free throws down the stretch to cut the margin to 46-41.

player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %

Emily Greiner 11, 10, 110.0, .400 had a lot of weak side boards, has 3 range.
Courtney Jones 0, 4, 0.0, .000
Paisley Larson 13, 17, 76.5, .294 3 point shooter.
Talie Volkart 9, 10, 90.0, .500 inside player
Kala Jensen 0, 5, 0.0, .000
Jessie Oeltjen 7, 8, 87.5, .500
Shannon Spurgeon 2, 2, 100.0, .500
Jordan Sabatke 0, 1, 0.0, .000
Corbin Carlson 3, 4, 75.0, .250
Erin Bernard 1, 1, 100.0, 1.000

Whitney Canton 10, 16, 62.5, .250 point guard, 3 range
Cori Klassen 3, 5, 60.0, .400
Tina Maley 3, 5, 60.0, .400
Laura Canton 4, 8, 50.0, .250 3 point shooter, but didn't connect
Jade Nielsen 10, 12, 83.3, .417 inside player. Has good frame, jumps, and is athletic.
Alyssa Finstuen 3, 6, 50.0, .167
Tricia Newman 0, 3, 0.0, .000
Ashley Bergren 5, 5, 100.0, .600
Amy Tentis 2, 1, 200.0, 1.000

Emily Greiner

Kingsland 46, 62, 74.2, .339
Pine Island 41, 61, 67.2, .328
made 3s: Kingsland 6, PI 4
made fts: Kingsland 12, PI 11
bench: Kingsland 13, PI 10

d rebounds, steals, forced turnovers, and blocks leading to offensive possessions
Emily Greiner 10.5
Talie Volkart 6
Paisley Larson 6
Kala Jensen 6
Courtney Jones 5
Corbin Carlson 2.5
Jessie Oeltjen 2
Erin Bernard 2
totals: 40

Jade Nielsen 7
Laura Canton 6
Tina Maley 5
Whitney Canton 4
Ashley Bergren 3
Cori Klassen 2
Alyssa Finstuen 1
Amy Tentis 1
totals: 27

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Out & About: Stewartville/Byron

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1AA West Sub Section Quarterfinals
STEWARTVILLE tigers 56, BYRON bears 43

Thanks for being patient with these postings. The games were in Rochester and didn't finish until after 10:40 pm on Monday.

This first game was a make up game from the storm on Saturday. Stewartville was the #2 seed, Byron #7. Stewartville had and early advantage up to 13-6 and then 18-10, but then Byron began a comeback and a 10-0 run to take the lead 20-18 on a free throw by Ashlee Ahrens. That is when Leigh Splittstoesser took over. She immediately hit a 3, then had a drive for a score and was fouled, She didn't make the free throw, but on the next possession she hit another 3 from the left corner. She hit 8 points in three possessions and helped propel Stewartville to a 26-20 lead at half.

There wasn't a lot of variation in the second half and Stewartville moves on to the sub section semifinal against Rochester Lourdes.

player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %

Leigh Splittstoesser 12, 14, 85.7, .357 point guard, active defensively.
Julie Rainey 18, 21, 85.7, .381 shooting guard 3 range.
Amanda Thompson 10, 7, 142.9, .571
Nicole Hebl 6, 7, 85.7, .429
Renee Waugh 8, 14, 57.1, .286
Kristi Frank 0, 3, 0.0, .000
Jenyce Mueller 2, 4, 50.0, .250

Kaela Dwyer 11, 17, 64.7, .294
Tiffany Howard 2, 3, 66.7, .333
Chantel Hanson 7, 7, 100.0, .429
Ashlee Ahrens 1, 8, 12.5, .125
Jill Storlie 16, 22, 72.7, .364 6-3 post player. can run, has good feet, good hands, RF; needs to get stronger, needs to use the backboard.
Cassie James 3, 2, 150.0, 1.000
Mackenzie Trom 2, 4, 50.0, .500
Kayla Kramer 1, 4, 25.0. .250
Alissa Ahrens 0, 2, 0.0, .000

Leigh Splittstoesser

Stewartville 56, 70, 80.0, .371
Byron 43, 69, 62.3, .358
made 3s: Stewartville 5, Byron 1
made fts: Byron 20, Stewartville 9
bench: Byron 6, Stewartville 2

d rebounds, steals, forced turnovers, & blocks leading to offensive possessions
Leigh Splittstoesser 10
Amanda Thompson 7.5
Renee Waugh 6
Julie Rainey 2
Kristi Frank 2
Jenyce Mueller 2
Nicole Hebl 1.5
totals: 31

Jill Storlie 12.5
Chantel Hanson 6
Kaela Dwyer 4.5
Ashlee Ahrens 4
Kayla Kramer 3
Mackenzie Trom 2
Tiffany Howard 1
totals: 33

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Monday, February 26, 2007

Radio Broadcasts

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As of 11 am today the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids is ready to host the two 4A regional championships tonight.

Radio station 1600 AM ( will broadcast the CR Washington vs Davenport West beginning at 5:45 pm CT. The station's web site also streams audio. They will carry the CR Jefferson vs CR Kennedy game too following the first game.

If anyone else knows of streaming audio, let me know so the rest of the world can listen to games they can't get to.

Thanks for the tips that fill this site.

Next up: Out & About much later tonight.

Big 10 Tourney Set, Anoka-Ramsey State CC Champs

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BIG 10
Michigan State beat Minnesota 57-50. Mpls North's Mia Johnson had 9 for MSU. Emily Fox had 15 to lead MN. The MN Daily blames poor shooting on the loss. The State News (Michigan State's paper) writes about the being pushed to the limits by the feisty Gophers.

If you liked offense Iowa City was the place to be with Iowa outpointing Wisconsin 103-93. Osseo's Krista VandeVenter had 11 for Iowa. TriCenter's Wendy Ausdemore and Thornton Horizon's Kristi Smith had 24 each to lead Iowa. South Shore's Jolene Anderson had 26, and Watertown's Mariah Dunham wasn't far behind with 25 for Wisconsin. The Daily Iowan writes about the heat in the gym. The Des Moines Register compared the shots to snowflakes piling up.

Penn State topped Indiana 78-68. Marshfield's Jamie Braun had 14 for Indiana.

Ohio State bopped Michigan 72-58. It is OSU's 3rd straight conference title. Carney-Nadeau's Carly Benson had 16 to lead Michigan.

Purdue stopped Illinois 58-48. Bloomington Kennedy's Jenna Smith led Illinois with 18.

The Big 10 tournament seeds are out. Ohio State is #1. MN is #6 and opens with Northwestern on Thursday March 1. If they get by NW the see Michigan State again. Wisconsin is #7, Iowa is #8, with Michigan #10.

Western Michigan defeated Northern Illinois 67-56. Detroit Country Day's Carrie Moore had 32 for WMU. Holy Angels' Kristin Wiener had 19 to lead NIU.

Indiana State beat Bradley 86-50. Waconia's Jenny Van Kirk had 2, and Forest Lake's Renee Frericks did not score for Bradley.

Creighton edged Wichita State 71-68. Eastview's Michelle Kaus had 7, and Mpls North's Tyrai Bronson had 12 for Creighton. Mpls North's Daria Frazier had 6 for WSU.

Northern Iowa sliped by Illinois State 74-73 in overtime. Ottumwa's Tara King had 31 points including the game winner for UNI.

Drake dumped Missouri State 81-68. St. Croix Lutheran's Lauren Dybing had 3 for Drake.

The Des Moines Register looks at the recruiting of Northern Iowa, which is almost exclusively rostered by Iowans, and Drake.

New Mexico beat Texas Christian 75-54. Roseville's Amy Beggin had 4 for New Mexico.

Wyoming lassoed Colorado State 72-37. The two Breck players Emily Neal and Kelly Finley had 9 and 0 points for CSU.

Hawaii beat San Jose State 64-53. Redondo Union CA's Brittany Grice had 14 to lead Hawaii.

Mary's better than expected season in the Northern Sun is reviewed in the Bismarck Tribune.

The North Central tournament begins on Wednesday and Augustana is the 2nd seed.

Gustavus, after losing to St. Benedict in the MIAC Final, received an at large bid in the D3 tournament. It is the 4th time Gustavus has been in the tournament. They open with George Fox on Friday, March 2.

St. Benedict with their automatic entry will play Wheaton. The game will take place at Stout.

UW Stout opens with Simpson in the other contest.

Luther starts off against Concordia WI and will host the first two rounds.

Northwestern IA upended Morningside 68-65. From the Sioux City Journal.

Anoka-Ramsey won the MN State tournament on Sunday with a 51-42 win over Rochester. From the West Central Tribune.

Ridgewater fell twice after the upset on Friday. Rochester beat Ridgewater in the semis 53-49 and then MN West beat Ridgewater in the 3rd place game 63-54. Anoka-Ramsey beat MN West 61-31 in the semis. From the West Central Tribune and Worthington Daily Globe.

Kristin Wiener, Northern Illinois, Holy Angels 19 L
Jenna Smith, Illinois, Bloomington Kennedy 18 L
Tyrai Bronson, Creighton, Mpls North 12 W
Krista VandeVenter, Iowa, Osseo 11 W
Mia Johnson, Michigan State, Mpls North 9 W
Emily Neal, Colordao State, Breck 9 L
totals (5) 69, 3-2

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20 to Go

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There is some unfinished business with the winter storm pushing games into Monday.
There are 20 regionals left the games today
D1 three games

D2 five games

D3 eight games

D4 four games

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15 To Finish

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The winter storm caused havoc with the finals scheduled for Saturday.
Here is WCLT's story of waiting for Dunkerton in Cedar Falls. From the Mason City Globe Gazette.

Parts of Cedar Rapids remain without power due to the storm yesterday. School is already cancelled for Monday due to the spotty outage. The US Cellular Center is still planning to host the CR Washington/Davenport West and CR Kennedy/CR Jefferson games on Monday night.

As it is 15 regional finals will be held, fingers crossed, some time today. Here are the available sites, times and teams from the IGHSAU site.

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next up: parade of states, college report, and out & about later tonight.

Time to Seed the State in AA?

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The Aberdeen American News has a look at the remaining teams in their area and their chances to advance to the state.

Here are the Seeds for SD bigger Classes
1: Sioux Falls Roosevelt --this section is absolutely loaded with O'Gorman, Watertown, and Brookings rounding out the field. obviously the most brutal section in the state. The combined winning % is .800. Brookings is 13-7 and #4. Lincoln (down below) is the BEST at 10-10 in that section. It is probably time to seed the state. That is if you want the best tournament possible.
2: Sioux Falls Lincoln
3: Pierre
4: Rapid City Central
These teams get underway today.
This is the final today
7: Winner vs Bennett County. BC knocked off #1 Pine Ridge last week. and also was in the tournament last year.

If you want to check out who/what/where go to the SDHSAA site.

I couldn't find any compelling stories for ND today.

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next up: parade of states, college report, and out & about later tonight.

Crystal Ball

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These weren't in the Week That Was yesterday
7AA East: Esko; West: Crosby-Ironton
7A North: Chisholm; South: Barnum
4AAA: Becker
8AAAA: Moorhead

Here are my selections to win the AA & A sections. (the seeds in the week that was for AAAA and AAA would be my picks).
1. Winona Cotter
2. Hayfield
3. Pipestone
4. Jordan
5. Eden Valley-Watkins
6. Albany
7. Crosby-Ironton
8. Crookston

1. Rushford-Peterson
2. Cedar Mt-Comfrey
3. Fulda
4. Maranatha
5. Hancock
6. Ada-Borup
7. Barnum
8. Badger-Greenbush-Middle River
Thanks for the solid information from you the loyal readers.

Here is a list of games available today, Feb. 26. you might want to call ahead to see if the games are still on. Many schools have cancelled today. Most interesting match up: 1AA west semi: Kingsland vs Pine Island. From the MN Scores site.

next up: parade of states, college report, and out & about later tonight.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

The Week That Was #14: Glaeser's Theorem

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5 games in 6 days.
For those keeping track it is 103 games so far....

You might say this was top 10 week as I saw 60% of the AAAA top 10 teams in three days. Teams are starting to click with their offenses polished up. Barnum set a season high mark for pp100 at 119.3, and Centennial and SPC each tested that range with 109.0 for Centennial and 110.7 for SPC. SPC did have the best floor % of any team this week with .520.

Also a couple of teams slammed down defensive markers. Park-Cottage Grove and New Prague were rock solid with their defense. PCG held Coon Rapids, a team that had just knocked off Champlin Park for the second time this season, to 43.9 pp100 and .211 floor %.
New Prague also has a fierce defense and halted Prior Lake with a .294 floor% and 60.3 pp100. Both teams make life miserable for teams they see. And don't forget St. Paul Central who held high flying Mpls South to a sub pp100 for the first time we have seen this season.

Barnum, a team in the A class, had the best offense revolving around a post player (Colleen McKay). McKay also had the best off hand of anyone we have seen this year.

Since it is Oscar night I will hand out some prestigious awards:
Best Crowd cheers give & take: Centennial vs Champlin Park.
Toughest road to state by Class for a #1 seed
AAAA: Rosemount
AAA: Rogers....only because of injuries and sickness.
AA: West Central/Pipestone
A: RTR/SW Star--any section that puts Fulda as #2 is playing with fire. I don't know if anyone has fire insurance.
Easiest path to state by class:
AAAA: St. Paul Central. By no means will it be a cakewalk, but comparing the other sections I see flaws for every section. Central wins by process of elimination.
AAA: Becker. in a breeze
AA: Albany. should make a return trip again.
A: Ada-Borup

I should point out that last week in SD two #1s turned in their uniforms: Pine Ridge in A and Mitchell Christian in B. Also, if you are into horror stories, once upon a time the Faribault boys were undefeated and #1 in the state, but lost in the first round of 1AA (then) to Red Wing a 1-20 team.

Every team that wins a region/section/district, whatever the term is, has to play through its bad half. This is "Glaeser's Theorem" which states: in order to win a tournament a team has to survive their bad half." Every team will have a point where things go wrong. It is important to time it so the other team also has their down time at the same time. Of course if you have more than one bad half you are probably turning in uniforms the next day.
Mark Glaeser, my college friend, came up with this theorem back in the 1980's

#1 St. Paul Central is undefeated and made a loud and clear statement on Saturday that they intend to keep it that way with a 83-64 win over Minneapolis champ & #2 South in the Twin City Championship. They did it front of the state's basketball red carpet elites in an overflow blizzard crowd at South.

Central has been demolishing opponents since the first of the year. Central has increased its pp100 41.16 from the start of the year, and their floor % has improved +.203.

Central is the only undefeated team left in the state. They have the best offensive average regardless of class at 85.7; and best margin at 43.6. And these numbers are actually supressed because Central won't go over 100 on their city neighbors when they very easily could, they have flirted with the century mark 12 times with 90s.

Coach Taylor has molded these players together as a team, and speaking from experience with players coming into a school, it is not easy to do. They are definitely clicking and the improvement in Jones for one has been rapid.

This is Central's second time as team of the week. They also was team of the week in week four after they beat Hopkins the second time.

Angel Robinson has also shown improvement from the first game. Her pp100 moved from 74.2 to 90.1 to yesterday's 122.7. her floor % has also zipped up from .323 to .455 to a scintillating .591. She has command of the ball, and her team. She handles the ball as an extension of her body, her passing game is deceptive, she is the state's all time steal leader, and her rebounding is extremely underrated. Her shot selection has improved. Central is much more at ease as is she. Early in the season things seemed forced. That isn't the case now. That spells trouble for the rest of the state.

She has laid down the gauntlet to the rest of the senior class for post season top honors.

Kiara Allums, Centennial
Natalie Gigler, Champlin Park
Georgie Jones, St. Paul Central
Colleen McKay, Barnum
Angel Robinson, St. Paul Central
Megan Myhre, Barnum
Kellie Schuneman, Centennial
Becky Theisen, New Prague
Jenny Theisen, Champlin Park
Jackie Voigt, Park-Cottage Grove

Remember this is based on defensive wraps. I don't measure denials or things like that.
Kiara Allums, Centennial
Georgie Jones, St. Paul Central
Katya Leick, Park-Cottage Grove
Colleen McKay, Barnum captain
Megan Nipe, Centennial

1 Centennial---- Megan Nipe, Centennial
2 Mpls South---- Alyssa Karel, Cretin-Derham Hall
3 Osseo----Janessa Wolff, Park Rapids
4 St. Paul Central----Kachine Alexander, Benilde-St. Margaret's
5 Wayzata----Cassie Rochel, Lakeville North
6 Champlin Park----Kachine Alexander, Benilde-St. Margaret's
7 Bloomington Kennedy---Shakila Boler, Bloomington Kennedy
8 Albany----Sam Larsen, Albany
9 Braham----Bri Zabel, Northfield
10 Champlin Park----Jenny Theisen, Champlin Park
11 Mpls North-----Maurika Hickman, Mpls North
12 Mpls South----Tayler Hill, Mpls South
13 Winona Cotter----Brianna Mastey, Becker

1 East Rushford-Peterson; West Goodhue
2 North Cedar Mountain-Comfrey; South Springfield
3 North RTR; South SW Star
4 North Heritage Christian; South: Southwest Christian Chaska
5 North Battle Lake; South: Hancock
6 East: Nevis; West: Ada-Borup
8 East: Clearbrook-Gonvick; West: Badger-Greenbush-Middle River

1 East Winona Cotter; West Kingsland
2 East Hayfield; West MN Valley Lutheran
3 North West Central; South Pipestone
4 East: Minnehaha; West: Jordan
5 North Eden Valley-Watkins; South: Norwood-Young America
6 East: Pierz; West: Albany
8 North: Crookston; South: Hawley

1 New Prague
2 Marshall
3 DeLaSalle
5 Benilde-St. Margaret's
6 Rogers
7 Duluth East
8 North: Detroit Lakes: South: Willmar

1 Rosemount
2 Hopkins
3 St. Paul Central
4 White Bear Lake
5 Osseo
6 Mpls South
7 Centennial

A time for a look at the weekly seeding the state:
seed, team, section
1 St. Paul Central 3
2 Centennial 7
3 Mpls South 6
4 Hopkins 2
5 Rosemount 1
6 Moorhead 8
7 Osseo 5
8 White Bear Lake 4

1 Becker 4
2 Detroit Lakes 8
3 New Prague 1
4 Holy Angels 3
5 Marshall 2
6 Mpls North 5
7 Rogers 6
8 Hibbing 7

AA and A don't seed. But the hope is that will change for next year.

How is the 2003 class finishing up their college career? 20 started off from that class as freshmen, and held steady for the sophomore year. They are now at 15. 5 started as freshmen, that number jumped to 10 as sophs, and it still is at 10 today. There are 10 that get 20+ minutes a game, with only one player not a starter (also one starter gets less than 20 minutes a game). The 2003 HS class has 3 players that are averaging double figures
Kelly Roysland, Minnesota, Fosston 13.7
Megan Vogel, South Dakota State, St. Peter 18.1
Kristin Wiener, Northern Illinois, Holy Angels 15.1
So where were these kids in the all state lists? and what about the all conference kids from last year?
First off the Miss Basketball 5 were Roysland (see above); Megan Ronhovde (a starter at Iowa State since a freshman); Jamie Broback who quit after last year; Liz Podomonick, who also quit after last season, and Justine Axtell who starts at MN Duluth.
The AP team had the same first five. no other 2003 made the 2nd team.
Braun and Wiener were 2nd team on the MN Basketball news AAA team with Alison Adamson (Augustana), Bri Monahan (Gustavus) and Erika Quigley (St. Cloud State) all making first team. Vogel made the MN BB News first team.
On the coaches All state list Wiener never shows. Braun made it and so did Vogel.
On the Pioneer Press team Vogel and Weiner did not make first or second team.
Wiener was not involved in the all star game either.
Where was Vogel and Wiener on my lists? Wiener was 4th in the power forward division and 16th over all. Vogel came in at #40. Why so low? Probably due to missing stats. After every year I re-evaluate the number crunching and modify variables. This was the first year trying to rate players on the system so it was in "beta" as they say.
Holy Angels was 20-9 Wiener's senior year; St. Peter was 16-9 and lost to MVL in the west finals in 2AA.
Here are the top 5 2003 playing today.
Megan Vogel, South Dakota State, St. Peter 18.1
Kristin Wiener, Northern Illinois, Holy Angels 15.1
Kelly Roysland, Minnesota, Fosston 13.7
Alyssa Nelson, Montana State, Breck 9.8
Tamra Braun, Valparaiso, Prior Lake 9.5
By class only 3 AAAA; 4 AAA; 7 AA; 1 A

Monday, Feb 26
There is some make up games from Saturday postponements, but 1AA is down to their subsection semis starting tonight. 4 sections in 3 classes in action. Best bet: Kingsland vs Pine Island in Rochester.

Tuesday, Feb 27
Things pick up with more sections kicking in. There will be 10 sections going, 3 classes. A lot of preliminary rounds, with 1 vs 8 type games. Interesting match ups include New Ulm at Litchfield and Hutchinson at Mankato West. Hutch beat MW early in the year.

Wednesday, Feb 28
It is quarterfinal night for the AAAs and AAAA in four sections. Interesting match up in 1AAAA with Rochester JM at Lakeville North.

Thursday, Mar 1
16 sections start humming. Chaska at Eden Prairie is a 4/5 match up in 2AAAA; Tartan is at Woodbury in 3AAAA in another 4/5 fight.

Friday, Mar 2
A relatively quiet day with 6 sections playing down. 1AA East and West crown their champs. Pipestone vs St. James could be interesting provided they both win on Tuesday. 3A south and North crown their champs.

Saturday, Mar 3
14 sections topped off with section semis in 3AAAA and 3AAA. Keep this day open.

Iowa wraps up their final selections for the state tournament on Monday after the winter storm wrecked plans. Their state is from March 5-10.
North Dakota's Bs start their tournament in Minot on the 1st. The As have their regionals this weekend.
South Dakota will deciding state entrants all week. Their tournament is the following week.
Wisconsin has a few more regionals to finish on Monday, then they will have the section semis on Friday and finals on Saturday. Their tournament is March 8-10.

Next up: tomorrow morning

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Maine beat MD Baltimore County 79-72. Breck's Lindsey Hugstad-Vaa had 11, and Hopkins' Abby Greene had 6 for Maine.

BIG 12
Oklahoma State slipped by Nebraska 63-60. Cory Montgomery did not score for Nebraska.

Iowa State edged Kansas State 64-61. West Central's Megan Ronhovde had 12 and Woodbury's Amanda Nisleit had 7 for ISU.

Colorado beat Kansas 59-50. Mounds View's Hannah Skildum had 1 for Colorado. Adrian, MI's Kelly Krohn had 9 for Kansas.

Marquette won a school record 23 games with a 75-63 win over South Florida. Chicago Regina Dominican's Chrisitna Quaye had 26 for Marquette.

Northern Arizona beat Montana State 66-47. Devils Lake's Katie Schafer did not score for NAU. Breck's Alyssa Nelson had 10 for MSU.

UW Green Bay rallied to beat Butler 84-70. Bay Port's Nicole Soulis had 19 for UWGB.

Illinois Chicago set a new school record for wins with 18 as they beat Detroit 77-74. Holy Angels' Jessie Miller had 18, and Eastview's Cassie Johnson had 2 for UIC. Benilde-St. Margaret's Chanica Hall had 7 for Detroit.

Wright State beat UW Milwaukee 65-51. Menasha's Traci Edwards once again led UWM with 11.

Columbia beat Yale 66-64. Breck's Chelsea Frazier had 1 for Columbia. Hopkins' Kaitlyn Lillemoe had five for Yale.

Ball State edged Eastern Michigan 74-73. Elkhart Memorial IN's Alyssa Pittman had 16 for EMU.

Buffalo got by Akron 65-59. Jordan's Mandy Holzer had 5 for Akron.

Toledo bopped Central Michigan 73-62. Flint Powers Ann Skufca had 10 points and reached 1000 points for CMU, the 16th in school history. Central Howar OH's Candace Wilson led CMU with 13.

Valparaiso topped UMKC 66-48. Prior Lake's Tamra Braun had 10, and Mpls North's Krystal Taylor had 6 for Valpo.

Oral Roberts stopped Oakland 60-57. The loss snapped a 12 game winning streak for Oakland. Pewamo-Westphalia's Nicole Piggott had 15 to lead Oakland.

American beat Lafayette 60-46. DeLaSalle's Talicia Jackson had 5 for American.

San Diego beat Portland 81-75 in overtime. Plainview's Anne Graner had 4 for Portland.

MSU Mankato beat UN Omaha 90-76. Triton's Alex Andrews had 17 for MSU Mankato. North St. Paul's Cayla Hargrove had 10 for UNO.

North Dakota won the NCC outright with a 69-62 win over UM Duluth. Kittson Central's Ashley Langen had 16 for UND. Morris' Katie Winkelman had 18 for UMD.

South Dakota bumped off St. Cloud State 79-57. Mitchell's Jenna Hoffman had 17 for USD. Duluth East's Erika Quigley had 16 for SCSU.

Concordia St. Paul bounced back with a 79-67 win over SW MN State. St. Croix Lutheran's Amanda Behnke had 24 for CSP. Wabasso's Andrea Fennern had 17 for SW MN State.

Mary upset Northern State 72-68. Bottineau's Lisa Guss had 16 for Mary. Mount Vernon, SD's Jessica Deinert had 14 to lead NSU.

Wayne State beat MSU Moorhead 74-62. Grant, Nebraska's Erin McCormick had 24 for WSU. Forest Lake's Lindsey Anderson had 17 for MSU Moorhead.

Winona State dropped Bemidji State 71-64. Reedsburg's Amanda Reimer had 21 for WSU. Spencer, IA's Amy Lawson had 21 for BSU.

Now comes the Northern Sun Red Barron's Pizza championship held at highest seed left standing Saturday, and Sunday. Wednesday's games are at various sites.

St. Benedict rallied to edge Gustavus 56-54. Waseca's McKenzie O'Neill had 12 for St. Benedict. Hutchinson's Bri Monahan had 16 for Gustavus.

Presentation beat UM Morris 82-73. Platte's Callie Antonsen had 32 for Presentation.

Stout beat Eau Claire in a battle of I94 rivals 73-61. It was Stout's third straight win. Clinton's Kelsey Duoss had 19 for Stout. Eau Claire North's Michelle Burns had 15 for Eau Claire.

Anoka-Ramsey made it a complete sweep for the South in the quarterfinals as they beat Central Lakes 62-35. From the Brainerd Dispatch.

Jessie Miller, Illinois Chicago, Holy Angels 18 W
Megan Ronhovde, Iowa State, West Central 12 W
Lindsey Hugstad-Vaa, Maine, Breck 11 W
Tamra Braun, Valparaiso, Prior Lake 10 W
Alyssa Nelson, Montana State, Breck 10 L
totals: 61 4-1
Amanda Behnke, Concordia St. Paul, St. Croix Lutheran 24 W
Katie Winkleman, UM Duluth, Morris 18 L
Alex Andrews, MSU Mankato, Triton 17 W
Andrea Fennern, Southwest MN State, Wabasso 17 L
Lindsey Anderson, MSU Moorhead, Forest Lake 17 L
totals: 93, 2-3
Bri Monahan, Gustavus, Hutchinson 16 L
Savannah Oeltjen, Stout, Kingsland 13 W
McKenzie O'Neil, St. Benedict, Waseca 12 W
Alaina Benson, UM Morris, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 11 L
Maggie Kuhlman, Presentation, Luverne 10 W
Coressa Leighty, UM Morris, New Ulm 10 L
totals: 62, 3-2

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