Saturday, June 30, 2007

Metro Stars Black Wins Dakota Showcase Title

#3 posting 6.30.2007
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Metro Stars Black put together an outstanding tournament going 6-0 to win the Dakota Showcase tournament in Sioux Falls. They did it with strong team performance and good game plans, preparation and execution. Everyone did their share. However if you looked at the roster of 32 teams coming to the tournament. MSB was not considered the favorite.

MSB started the day with a shut down defensive performance with a 51-41 win over Kansas City Hustlers. MSB led 38-18 with about four minutes to go as they stifled KCH every which way they turned. However KCH woke up late, but not early enough as they went on a 11-2 run in about a four possession flurry. MSB was able to hold off the charge and advance to the semifinals.

In the semis MSB beat the bigger All Iowa Attack team 59-51. AIA led at one point in the second half 32-22. A 10-0 run turned the tide for MSB with Courtney Boylan providing four, and Adrea Holler adding three. The game was within site of AIA until with the score at 55-51 when Chelsea Poppens picked up an illegal screen call, her fifth for AIA. That didn't go over too well on the AIA bench which was assessed two technicals. Boylan made four free throws for the final margin.

In the final game MSB beat ECI Gold West 59-55 in overtime. It was a classic confrontation between a souped up, revved up team that looked to push the ball at every opportunity vs MSB's style of deliberate, patient, focused smart ball control. It was the classic story of the tortoise and the hare. The tortoise won. MSB dictated the tempo of the game and was tough in every game when the money was on the table. ECI beat IBCA Select in the quarters 84-82 in a thoroughbred race. There was not going to be any of that in this contest. Coach Frye's squad limited transition baskets, and possessions themselves. ECI was using two plus pages when I was charting their games. In the championship the first half lasted one and a half pages. MSB led 19-17 at half. They stretched it to 40-35 in the second half. ECI went on a six possession 15-2 run to take a 50-42 lead with 3:27 left. Carolyn Dienhart, Adrea Holler and Boylan each kicked in a trey to tie the game at 53. Each team had two possessions late in the game but couldn't convert.

In the two minute overtime ECI won the tip but turned it over. On the ensuing MSB possession Boylan drove the lane and missed on the drive. Laura Weber was there for the put back. ECI missed on their second possession. Hannah Muegge was fouled on the next MSB possession with 23 seconds. Ashley Privratsky scored on a desperation drive to close to 57-55. Boylan finished a perfect weekend in Sioux Falls for MSB with two free throws. It was an outstanding finish to this tournament.

I will have more details in the out & abouts later in the week. You will be getting 13 games.

next up: tomorrow.

Remmerde's Summer

#2 posting 6.30.2007
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College Report

I am having problems with the internet connection here at the hotel. Here is one story I found for the college side today:
Deb Remmerde (Northwestern, IA) is ripping it up in the Game Time League. Is she WNBA worthy? The Sioux City Journal looks at her chances and her legacy.

next up: a look and review of the Dakota Showcase. Check back here for updates until I write my report.

Dakota Showcase Experience

#1 posting 6.30.2007
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From Sioux Falls

Last night I got to the hotel room after 11:30 pm after watching 9 games. Then I was up until 12:50 am trying to figure out how to get on the internet. I wasn't going to write anything then. But here it goes:
Game #1 we got to SF in time to see the 12:30 game and it was Kansas City Hustle beating Midwest Trailblazers 51-43. Danielle Bird for KCH had 18.
#2: IBCA Select I beat Fox Valley Hustle (from Wisconsin) 64-34. FVH led 17-10 with about 7 minutes left in the first half. IBCA Select I finished the game with a 54-17 margin. There half court trap was deadly. Kelly Krei led IBCA Select with a balanced 13.
#3: MN Metro Stars Black defeated Runza (from Nebraska) 54-38. A 22-4 run early in the first half sealed this game. Courtney Boylan had 18 for MSB.
#4: Dakota Hardwood Threat run over Iowa Elite II 75-32. A 15-0 run started an avalanche of points DHTs way midway through the first half. Amber Wollschlager had 16 to lead DHT. They were humming.
#5: ECI West Gold trounced, bounced and flounced Kansas Hoop Service 80-29. It was 20-0 before KHS scored. This game was a hot knife through butter, but butter that was left out in the June sun for 10 hours. Lauren Carew had 18 for ECIWG.
#6: Pinnacle Bank Nebraska beat North Tartan Crosby 60-47. PBN came out hot and built a 14-6 lead. NTC kept scrapping and scraping and cut the margin to 26-23 late in the first half. PBN finished the half on top 32-23. The margin remained close to that in the second half. Shelly Martin of PBN had 15 to top all scorers.
#7: South Dakota Riders topped Iowa Lightning I 63-57. The game was in question with one minute to go, but Shaunteva Ashley added four free throws to leave no doubt. Ashley had 17 to lead all scorers.
#8: This was an interesting game. All Iowa Attack I edged the Mid-Missouri Hustlers 51-48. MMH led early 14-7. The game was tied at half 24 all. Gradually AIA pushed their lead out to 38-28. That lead held up until 3:20 left. MMH but on a furious rally to close to 49-48 with under 30 seconds left. Marni Jacobson dropped two free throws for the final margin. Three players had 11 points between both teams.
#9 They saved the best contest for last. Kansas City Hustle survived Iowa Elite I 62-58. KCH led 35-31 at halftime. IEI kept scrambling back even after falling down 47-40. They led for the first time at 56-55 with about 2:30 left. But KCH closed the deal with a 7-4 run. Drew Roberts had 14 to lead KCH.

Here are the brackets for today. In the Gold division there is one Minnesota team left standing: Metro Stars Black. However Cassie Hooten of Moorhead plays with Dakota Hardwood Threat, another team in the championship mix. Iowa has two teams left standing, same as Nebraska. North Dakota, South Dakota, and Kansas City--I don't know if they are from Missouri or Kansas--are left standing.

We will be watching at least four games today, two quarters, one semi and of course the finals.

The 12u National tournament kicked off yesterday with opening ceremonies in Rochester. From the Rochester Post Bulletin.

Jeff Schoenrock will be the new Royalton girls basketball coach.

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Next up: parade of states, college reports, and later tonight (it won't be as late as last night) a review of the days action.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Olivet Hires

#3 posting 6.29.2007
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College reports

Heather Bateman has been named the women's basketball coach at Olivet. From the Flint Journal.

Next up: Late, Late, Late Tonight with my take on the Dakota Showcase. Until that time you can catch up with the action on the Dakota Showcase site. They have detailed box scores.

OK Expansion

#2 posting 6.29.2007
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Michigan Reports

The Grand Rapids city league will play its last season this next year. After that it will be absorbed in the OK Conference to make a 51 team conference. From the Grand Rapids Press.

Abby Kleinheksel will be a new girls basketball assistant at Grandville. From the GR Press.

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next up: college reports

Tournaments, Camps, Coaches

#1 posting 6.29.2007
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A handful of teams are 2-0 at the Dakota Showcase at Augustana College in Sioux Falls. Metro Stars Black, Dakota Hardwood Threat; IBCA Select I; ECI West Gold all look like they are headed to the championship round. Here is the schedule for today and the result page.
KELO TV in Sioux Falls has a report and video of the activity.
My advice would be to check here for details. I will be headed to SF today and this site will have more details than the Gabcast channel. I will not be phoning it in, but will be reporting on the games in the out & abouts later in the week.

The Rochester Post Bulletin has more details on the 12u AAU National girls basketball tournament that tips off this weekend. There are 62 teams, 4 of which are from Minnesota.

The Rochester Shock will be without Micaela Trainor who was injured last weekend. Again from the Rochester Post Bulletin.

The Minnesota Elite Girls Basketball Camp is looking for about 25 players to fill up the camp, which will be held July 23-26 at Concordia University-St. Paul. If interested, please visit our website at and fill out the "2007 Interested Players" form. We will then contact either your high school coach or AAU coach for a recommendation. All the information for the camp can be found on our website.

Here is a list of some of the players at the recent Gopher Elite camp held last weekend.
Kiara Allums; Kiara Buford; Leah Dietel; Amber Dvorak; Rachel Eckman; Molly Getz; Hannah Linz; Brianna and Nicole Mastey; Brittnye McSparron; Cassie Rochel; Carly Rothfusz; Jackie Voigt; Thierra Taylor; Kate Thompson; Kamille Wahlin.

At the recent team camp at Minnesota, Princeton fell to Waupaca, WI in the championship of the Maroon division. Go to the last two paragraphs in the article in the Princeton Union-Eagle.

Brian Masterson will be taking over for Derek Parendo at Proctor. Brian had been the JV coach for the past three years.

Craig Walker took the Chisago Lakes coaching position. replacing Liz Mundahl, Craig is from Spring Lake Park.

Thanks to the readers for the great help in making this site zoom. It doesn't happen without you. If you have news, go to my profile and email me.

next up: more state news, college reports.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

The AAU Week That Was #13: Ames

#4 posting 6.28.2007

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This marked the second week of the multiple state events.
The weekend started off with a look at the high school team tournament at Rogers. Three different brackets with three different winners. What impressed me about those contests was the shooting of the teams. Already Barnum, Rogers, Chaska and St. Michael-Albertville look like they have some fine outside shooters ready to make some noise when the snow flies. All teams were close, or above the pp100 mark. STMA was only a couple off. The format was good with an opportunity to see all three championship games.
In Ames the trend continued. In the six games I saw there were three teams (one twice) that surpassed the pp100 mark. Two others were knocking at the door with high 90s. These games are much more enjoyable to watch than games where teams are struggling to get to 70 pp100. The skill level is getting better. That makes for better basketball and better viewing. At the younger levels the talent level looks to be deep. Minnesota teams won the 13 and 14 under championships in Iowa. I watched the Minneapolis Lady Cats and they are ferocious when they are on the court. They are quick and work well together. This team is already leaving a solid legacy.
This was the first time I was at the "courts on Duff" site. My only wish was that they would have had concessions. I got there at about 11 am, and as a diabetic I need to have some food. They did have some vending machines, but I was hoping for the standard gymnasium hot dog. I did make it through the day, but I was a bit nervous since I was basically skipping lunch.
Now the action shifts down to Sioux Falls for the Dakota Showcase. Last year gbbrecruit dubbed this the best tournament of the summer. I guess I am expecting the same this year. So far the Minnesota teams are 4-3 in pool play (the tournament started today). Nebraska has 3 wins, Iowa 2, and ND, SD and Wisconsin 1 each. At this stage they are half way through the first day of pool play.
For the third time this season Team Wisconsin Select has won the title. I have seen them three times and each time they have won their tournament. Last weekend I didn't see them in the Summer Jam at Bloomington Kennedy. According to my sources, and from seeing the progression throughout the spring and now summer a couple of points on this team should be made. #1. the role players on the perimeter are starting to step up, make a difference. #2. inside players Bushman and Schuster are getting more consistent. #3. Quilling is a good floor general, and she has started to look for her shot more. In the first tournament I saw she was content to give it up. She still does that but is more aggressive looking for her shot now. #4 overall team timing is improving. This tournament was the best win of the three for TWS17 since they were on the road. The previous two wins were in Menomonie against a younger Viking Club team and against Randolph. All Iowa Attack was rated 2nd (in this poll) coming into the game on Sunday. AIA won the Windy City Classic in April and was runner up in an AAU super regional in Indiana in May. With a 119 pp100 against AIA, Team Wisconsin Select left no doubt. That was the highest of the week and it came in the championship game.
For leading Team Wisconsin Select 17 to the title in Ames the player this week is Hannah Quilling, the third TWS17 player to be honored this season joining Katie Bushman (week 3) and Val Schuster (week 9). Quilling is forced to do double duty at the point since her backups have been injured. That fact hasn't slowed her down despite playing the full game in these marathon events. She was almost flawless in the championship game with All Iowa Attack. She looks to involve her teammates first, shoot second. She has command of the game and steers the team and game in her direction.
I also should mention Katie Bushman was honored for the second time this year as the defensive player of the week. She also won that honor in week 3.
To make the player of the week list (for those of you that don't know) #1. I have to see the player during the week. #2 player needs to reach the gold standard of 100 pp100 and .500 floor %. usually the better players are closer to the 130 pp100 mark and .600 floor % FYI. #3 If I see the player in more than one game I add the numbers and divide by the number of games. #4 winning your game is good.

Emily Cady, Cornhusker Shooting Stars 14s
Casey Mann, Rogers
Meghan Myhre, Barnum
Hannah Quilling, Team Wisconsin Select 17
Tyeshia Smith, Minneapolis Lady Cats
Brooke Brown, Chaska
Kaylee Cardinal, Team Wisconsin Select 17
Chelsea Poppens, All Iowa Attack 16
Jaimee Wickstrom, Barnum
Amanda Zimmerman, All Iowa Attack 16
Addy Bates, All Iowa Attack 15
Aubrey Davis, Minneapolis Lady Cats
Jennifer Dowd, Rogers
Jade Martin, Farview 13
Keegan Marz, Illinois Wolverines 15
Hannah Beeler, All Iowa Attack 15
Katie Bushman, Team Wisconsin Select 17 captain
Aubrey Davis, Minneapolis Lady Cats
Chelsea Poppens, All Iowa Attack 16
Hannah Quilling, Team Wisconsin Select 17
Team...Player of the Week/D player
12: North Tartan.....Jackie Voigt (Park-Cottage Grove) North Tartan/Cody Vandenheuvel (Cadott) Team Wisconsin Select 16
11: Totino-Grace....Amber Dvorak (Hinckley-Finlayson) MN Northern Lights/same
10: NC Heat.....Tayler Hill (Mpls South) NC Heat/same
9: Team WI Select 17.…Val Schuster (Wausau Newman) Team WI Select 17/Nicole Griffin (Milwaukee Vincent) Team WI Select 15
8: MN Stars Borowicz.....Kiara Buford (St. Paul Central) North Tartan/Katya Leick (Park-Cottage Grove) NC Heat
7: MN Metro Stars Black....Courtney Boylan (Chaska) MN Metro Stars Black/Kayla Hirt (Bemidji) Gym Rats 14
6: MN Stars Hested.....Teairra Taylor (St. Paul Central) MN Stars Hosted/Cassie Rochel (Lakeville North) Lakeville North 15
5: NC Heat....Tayler Hill (Mpls South) NC Heat/Katya Leick (Park-Cottage Grove) NC Heat
4: MN AAAA All Stars....Angel Robinson (St. Paul Central) AAAA/Janessa Wolf (Park Rapids) AAA
3: Team WI Select 17....Katie Bushman (Phillips) Team WI Select 17/same
2: Mpls Lady Cats..... Sarina Baker (DeLaSalle) Mpls Lady Cats/Aubrey Davis (Blm Kennedy) Mpls Lady Cats
1: IBCA Select I.....Indy Uhlenhopp (North Butler) IBCA Select I/same
1. Metro Stars
2. Gym Rats
3. Southern Minne Magic
16/17-Junior Girls
1. NC Heat
2. North Tartan Larson
3. IBCA Select I
4. MN Stars Hested
5. Team WI Select 17
6. All Iowa Attack
7. MN Stars Borowicz
8. Iowa Elite I
9. North Tartan Crosby
10. MN Metro Stars Black
11. IBCA Select II
12. MN Stars Antl
13. Quest
14. Randolph
15. Southern Minne Magic Black
1. North Tartan 15
2. MN Metro Stars
3. Team WI Select 15
4. All Iowa Attack
5. MN Stars
6. Lakeville North
7. WI Heat
8. Southern Stars
9. 43 Hoops
10. MSB
10. MN Fury
1. MN Metro Stars
2. North Tartan 14
3. 43 Hoops Williams
4. MN Suns Gold
5. MN Fury
6. MN Suns White
7. MN Stars Blue
8. Gym Rats
9. MN Stars Red
1. Mpls Lady Cats
2. Midtown Lady Monarchs
3. Team WI Select 13
4. St. Paul Central
5. Farview
6. MN Suns
7. North Tartan
8. Rochester Shock
9. Olympic Ice
10. Metro Stars
Next up: tomorrow

Game Time Results

#3 posting 6.28.2007
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Deb Remmerde had 29 points to lead L.L. Pelling/Dan Wiese Marketing Research to a 75-65 win over Coralville Hy-Vee on Tuesday in the Game Time League. From the Daily Iowan.

Wendy Ausdemore had 28 points but it wasn't enough as Goodfellow Printing/Imprinted Sportswear beat Active Endeavors/McCurrys 80-58.

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next up: later today with an early "The AAU Week that was" with polls, player and team of the week.

Lady Vol MVP

#2 posting 6.28.2007
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Michigan Reports

Alum Adam Kurtz-Tipton has been hired as the new girls basketball coach at Flint Northwestern. From the Flint Journal.

Belding sophomore Taylor Johnson was named offensive MVP of the Lady Vol camp last week. From the Ionia Standard-Sentinel.

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Next up: college reports and later today the AAU week that was a day early. Polls, teams and players of the week will be named. I will be in Sioux Falls Tomorrow.

Miss Dakota Basketball Starts Today

#1 posting 6.28.2007
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Jenny Johnson is the new Athletic Director at Edina. It is unclear whether she will continue as the girls basketball coach.

Mike Freistleben is the new girls coach at Holy Family. He is the father of Becca. She averaged 23.8 ppg last season for the 16-9 Fire.

The Miss Dakota Basketball tournament starts today. You can follow the information on their site if you can't make it to Sioux Falls. Nine Minnesota teams will be taking part.

The 12u national tournament begins tomorrow in Rochester. Farview, Minnesota Suns, North Tartan and Rochester Shock are playing at the D-1 level. Here is the D1 Schedule. The AAU D2 national tournament also starts tomorrow and that site will be in Apple Valley. The Minnesota Thunder is playing D-2. Tournament action begins this Friday with the opening ceremony at Target Center starting at 6 p.m. Games begin on Saturday.

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Next up: more state news, college reports, and later today "the early AAU week that was" because I will be in Sioux Falls tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Out & About: Team Wisconsin Select 17s/All Iowa Attack

#6 posting 6.27.2007
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this game took place on Sunday, June 24
Adidas Midwest Classic

Ames, Iowa
16u Championship

Team WI Select used their balance and outside sniping to defeat the bigger hosts 74-61. In tournaments I have seen this year TWS17 have now won three, the most of any teams. One reason for the victories this weekend was the improvement of the role players in their stepped up performances. Their 3 point shooting helped the cause.

It didn't look like that at the start however. AIA went inside early and often as they scored on their first three possessions and built a 5-3 lead. TWS17 first scored from behind the arc as AIA played their zone. Katie Hackbart struck first for Wisconsin, the first of seven 3s in the first half (9 for the game). Wisconsin tied the game at five. Iowa pushed the lead out to 13-7 after a 8-2 urn. Ally Jensen had four points in the outburst. Then Iowa went into a nine possession drought, four of which were turnovers. In the mean time Wisconsin took advantage with an 11-0 run with three 3s in the equation. Briana Radowicz had two of the rainbows for TWS17. Iowa did cut the margin with four straight points by Zimmerman. The game remained tight until late in the half when another flurry of 3s rained down for TWS17. Kaylee Cardinal delivered two straight 3s to push a 23-21 lead to 29-21. TWS17 rode that momentum to a 33-26 halftime lead. Here was a key difference: for AIA Zimmerman and Chelsea Poppens combined for 20 points; TWS17 had five players with five points or more. For the game AIA had four players north of five.

AIA came out revved up in the second half. They opened the half with a 5/7 offensive sequence. But they only shaved two points off the deficit. TWS17 also came out hot with the first three possessions dropping for scores. Hackbart again struck from behind the arc to get things rolling for Wisconsin. The contest stayed in the neighborhood of ten to five points. TWS17 closed the deal with a 6/7 offensive sequence after AIA closed to 57-52. The 13-7 run made the outcome inevitable. A steal by Hannah Quilling made it 70-59 with about 2 minutes left.

Photos: #1 Jamie Elbert, AIA focuses on defense as TWS17 is about to pass the ball in. #2 Amanda Zimmerman, AIA, goes in on the left side with Katie Bushman, TWS17 going up for the block.

player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %

Katie Bushman, Phillips 10, 12, 83.3., 417 post player, much more aggressive on the boards. went up and made snatch rebounds.
Katie Hackbart, Arrowhead 10, 9, 11.1. .444. perimeter bomber
Val Schuster, Wausau Neman 6, 10, 60.0, .300 quieter performance against bigger posts
Hannah Quilling, Eau Claire North 16, 8, 200.0, .875 played an almost flawless game in direct TWS17 to the victory. command of the game. intelligent decisions, totally aware. shot when she needed to. distributed the ball to the right players at the right time.
Kaylee Cardinal, Arrowhead 11, 8, 137.5, .500 another 3 point bomber RF: defensively needs to step in and stop penetration.
Morgan Stueber, Park Falls 0, 4, 0.0, .000
Briana Radowicz, Mukwonago 9, 5, 180.0, .600 delivered from behind the arc
Cassy Schemberger, Park Falls 12, 6, 200.0, .833 will score or get fouled when she has the ball inside. uses body position well. RF: size post HS for a collegiate post.

Amanda Zimmerman, Ballard 21, 18, 116.7. .611 lefthanded post. runs the floor well. fluid. RF: defense needs sharpening.
Chelsea Poppens, Applington-Parkersburg 14, 13, 107.7, .692 aggressive and strong inside presence. when she boards makes herself big, chins the ball, and no one wants to mess with her elbows. RF: needs to be better at the line. If you see her floor % is actually higher than Zimmerman's, but four missed free throws lowered her pp100. She could have had a 138.5 pp10 with those points.
Ally Jensen, Ballard 15, 14, 107.1, .429 point guard. 3 point shooter.
Katie Schechinger, IKM 0, 1, 0.0, .000 a big player that was silent. likes perimeter. needs to be more vocal.
Jamie Elbert, Indianola 2, 4, 50.0, .250 guard. RF: passed to a player totally unaware
Tia Mays, Des Moines East 6, 8, 75.0, .375 another in the post stable. active on the boards
Emily Guenther, SE Polk 0, 1, 0.0, .000
Marni Jacobsen, Spencer 3, 3, 100.0, .333
Dani Lang, Ankeny 0, 1, 0.0, .000

Hannah Quilling
here directing traffic

Team WI Select 17s 74, 62, 119.4, .500
All Iowa Attack 61, 63, 96.8, .492
made 3s: TWS17s 9, AIA 5
made fts: TWS17s 12, AIA 8
bench: TWS17s 21, AIA 9

Katie Bushman 8
Hannah Quilling 7
Cassy Schemberger 6
Katie Hackbart 4
Val Schuster 2
Morgan Steuber 2
Kaylee Cardinal 2
Briana Radowicz 1
totals: 32

Chelsea Poppens 8
Ally Jensen 5
Tia Mays 4
Jamie Elbert 3
Amanda Zimmerman 3
Katie Schechinger 2
Emily Guenther 2
Dani Lange 1
totals: 28

Next up: tomorrow morning

Out & About: Team WI Select 17/Cornhusker Shooting Stars

#5 posting 6.27.2007
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This game took place on Sunday, June 24
Adidas Midwest Classic
Ames, Iowa
16u Semifinals

In a back and forth game it was Team Wisconsin Select prevailing over the Cornhusker Shooting Stars 66-54. It started off rather slowly with TWS17 leading 4-0. CSS started off the game in a four possession drought. Val Schuster led TWS17 early with 8 straight points early as they built up a 10-7 lead. She did it on posts and at the line. Marissa Kastanek almost matched Schuster with seven straight points for CSS as they took a 14-11 lead. The worm turned to TWS17's favor on an 11-3 run. Leading the charge for TWS17 was Kaylee Cardinal with five during the stretch. Fortune than switched sides again with CSS going on a 10-2 run, Katie Birkel had the hot hand with five in that stretch. At this point CSS led 27-24. TWS17 closed out the half with three straight scores including two 3 bombs for an 8-0 run and a 32-27 lead at the break.

The see saw nature of the game continued into the second half. A streak here, a run there, it seemed that whoever had the hot hand at the end would be the winner. CSS had the advantage early with a 4/5 offensive production with a 10-4 run to go up to 37-36. They started off with two 3 point plays, one conventional, one behind the arc. Then it was a 6 possession drought for CSS. TWS17 came back with a 11-4 run. At the tail end of that sequence Cassy Schemberger delivered four straight points. TWS17 led 47-41 with 8:40 left. CSS didn't have any more comebacks after that. CSS endured another five possession drought that didn't help their cause. TWS17 closed the game with a 19-10 advantage. Hannah Quilling really took over and had 11 of those points, but she also had command of the game. TWS17 moved on with a 66-54 win.

player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %

Katie Bushman,
Phillips 7, 11, 63.6, .364 a monster on the boards. had 10 defensive wraps.
Hannah Quilling, Eau Claire North 13, 13, 100.0, .462 total command of the game. With her point guard teammates injured had to play the whole time. Stays out of foul trouble. looks to involve teammates.
Katie Hackbart, Arrowhead 7, 9, 77.8, .333 one of the 3 point snipers. RF: exposes ball. against press didn't execute.
Val Schuster, Wausau Newman 18, 16, 112.5, .563 the "4" to Bushman's 5. went after it early and set the tone for the game. had 12 before half. not afraid to get hit. strong physique. has range
Kaylee Cardinal, Arrowhead 9, 7, 128.6, .571, perimeter trigger puller
Cassy Schemberger, Park Falls 4, 3, 133.3, .667 sneaky scorer for
Morgan Stueber, Park Falls 2, 2, 100.0, .500
Briana Radowicz, Mukwonago 6, 5, 120.0, .400 another in the behind the line executioner

Marissa Kastanek, Crete 14, 19, 73.7, .316 guard, 3 point shooter. RF: turned cold from the floor in the second half. miscommunication or missed signals with Hegert
Lindsay Waller, Crete 0, 1, 0.0, .000
Michaela Houser, Lincoln 13, 19, 68.4, .316 point guard. not afraid to get hit. went to the line four times. RF: most to the reason for the low floor % is due to missed shots. passes sail high. Into the spin.
Melissa MacFarlane, Omaha 0, 3, 0.0, .000 at 6-6 the biggest player in Ames. defensively a factor, changes attack. RF: offensively needs to be quicker.
Katie Birkel, Lincoln 16, 14, 114.3, .500 perimeter player. has 3 range. will also drive
Angela Kuca, Lincoln 6, 6, 100.0, .500 has a 17' range
Morgan Hegert, Waverly 0, 1, 0.0, .000
Eva Benson, Overton 2, 1, 200.0, 1.000
Brooke Wehle, Dennison 3, 2, 150.0, 1.000

Val Schuster

Team WI Select 17 66, 66, 100.0, .470
Cornhusker Shooting Stars 54, 66, 81.8, .379
made 3s: TWS17 5, CSS 5
made fts: TWS17 11, CSS 11
bench: TWS17 12, CSS 11

Katie Bushman 10
Val Schuster 6
Hannah Quilling 4
Kaylee Cardinal 4
Cassy Schemberger 4
Katie Hackbart 2
Briana Radowicz 1
totals: 31

Marissa Kastanek 6
Melissa MacFarlane 4
Katie Birkel 4
Angela Kuca 2
Michaela Houser 2
Eva Benson 2
Kilee Edson 1

Next up: the 16u championship between Team WI Select 17 and All Iowa Attack

Out & About: All Iowa Attack/Illinois Wolverines 15s

#4 posting 6.27.2007
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this game took place on Sunday, June 24
Adidas Midwest Classic
Ames, Iowa
15U Championship

This championship game had the most drama and was the only contest that the hosts claimed victory. Illinois broke free from an 11 all tie to go up 18-13. AIA then ripped off seven straight scores on a 14-2 run to lead 27-20. The mysterious Cassie? had four points (#41). Maybe she is Brazilian and goes by one name. AIA led at half 31-22.

AIA continued to build and add to their lead. Their biggest margin came at 45-32 with about 8 minutes left. A quick flurry of activity by IW on a 9-0 run cut that margin to four 45-41. IW was 4/5 in their offensive series at this stretch with Hayley Stercic providing five of those points. With 3:41 IW tied it on a drive by Mercedes Griffin. AIA scored on four straight possessions, but the only managed to get six points because they missed a couple of free throws. Nevertheless the host team was up 53-47. On IW's next possession they drilled a three. The missed free throw bug bit AIA again and Griffin for IW scored on a drive to make it 53-52 AIA. Under a minute left #11 made one free throw to tie it at 53. IW then went ahead for the first time since the massive first half drought with a bucket by Griffin. Cassie (#41) answered on the next AIA possession and the game was tied at 55 and headed to overtime.

In overtime it was all AIA. They scored 5/6 times in the two minute extra session. Ellen Hansen broke the ice with a pair of free throws and then Addy Bates scored on the next AIA possession on a put back. On the last AIA possession the IW bench was assessed a technical. Hansen scored a free throw and Hannah Beeler added a put back for the icing on the cake. AIA had the victory 65-55.

photos: #1 Addy Bates, AIA drives in for two of her 20 points. #2 Sarah Trump, IW drives by Ellen Hansen.

player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %

Hannah Beeler, Indianola 7, 10, 70.0, .400 extremely active on defense. gets after ball.
Addy Bates, Nevada 20, 16, 125.0, .625 scored from the elbow. handles the ball. decent size for perimeter. knack for getting fouled. crashed offensive boards.
Ellen Hanson, Ames 12, 12, 100.0, .500 went to the line four times. lanky, 3 range. RF: needs to get lower on defense. vision needs to be up on dribble.
Kacy Brown, Dowling Catholic 7, 5, 140.0, ,600 post
Betsy Devenny, Dowling Catholic 6, 8, 75.0, .375 guard
Shelby Dixon, West Des Moines 0, 3, 0.0, .000 RF: fades on shot.
#Forty one 13, 11, 118.2, .636 post. physical RF: stepped away, didn't hold form at free throw.

Kelly McGovern 7, 6, 116.7, .333 uses the glass. guard, another 3 shooter. also drives
Mia Cleary 0, 3, 0.0, .000
Haley Stercic 15, 18, 83.3, .333 guard. 3 shooter (that makes 8 3s in this sentence)
Keegan Marz 17, 13, 130.8, .615 guard, 13 points in the second half. RF: at times forced passes
Sarah Trump 4, 7, 57.1, .429 guard RF: vision on dribble
Mercedes Griffin 6, 9, 66.7, .333 scores off the dribble. quick, aggressive.
Errin Behn 0, 2, 0.0, .000
# twelve 4, 4, 100.0, .500
# two 0, 1, 0.0, .000
# forty one 2, 1, 200.0. 1.000
# five 0, 1, 0.0. .000

Addy Bates

All Iowa Attack 65, 65, 100.0, .477
Illinois Wolverines 55, 65, 84.6, .385
made 3s: IW 6, AIA 2
made fts: AIA 19, IW 11
bench: AIA 13, IW 12

Hannah Beeler 10
Addy Bates 5
Ellen Hansen 5
Cassie ? 3
Betsy Devenny 3
Shelby Dixon 2
Kacy Brown 1
Totals: 29

Keegan Marz 5
Sarah Trump 4
# twelve 4
Kelly McGovern 3
Haley Stercic 3
Mia Cleary 1
Erinn Behn 1
totals: 21

next up: the 16 semifinals

Summit at Sioux Falls

#3 posting 6.27.2007
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College reports

The Summit League is expected to announce that Sioux Falls will be the site of the 2009 and 2010 conference basketball tournament for both men and women. From the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.

Thanks to the readers for the help in making this a stop on the information super highway. If you have news, go to my profile and email me.

next up: three more games from Ames: the 15 championship with All Iowa Attack vs the Illinois Wolverines; the 16 semifinals with Team Wisconsin Select 17 vs Cornhusker Shooting Stars and the finals with Team Wisconsin Select 17 vs All Iowa Attack.

All Star Horkan

#2 posting 6.27.2007
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Wisconsin Reports

Katie Horkan, Mauston played for the D2 North team in the All Star game last Saturday in Madison. Both stories from the Juneau County Star Times.

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next up: college reports, and later today three more games from Ames including the 15 finals, the 16 semis and finals.

Recruiting Talent, Rules, What to Do & Read

#1 posting 6.27.2007
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I have a few news items, that on the surface may not directly impact girls basketball, but I think are pertinent to the discussion.

Here are two stories on recruiting and or evaluating talent: what is important and how the system works.

The first is a look at how Notre Dame football makes their decisions and the adjustments they make in the changing world of recruiting. It talks of how many players they offer at different positions and the success rate--kind of like a baseball batting average. From NBC Sports.

Also with the NBA Draft today here is a look at how the Timberwolves go through their process of evaluating talent. From the technology side to the human side. From the Rochester Post Bulletin.

How do some states deal with recruiting violations in their high schools? In North Dakota, Langdon High School volleyball has been barred from the post season due to recruiting violations. From KXMC Minot.

And in case you missed it, the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association in their rules about contacting junior high players. From ESPN.

Both decisions should be a clear sign for those that think they can end run the MSHSL rules on recruiting.

Tip #1: This has nothing to do with on the court activity. If I were coaching a High School team I would run a screen with the players on their ACT/SAT test scores. I would find out if a player needs extra help and what areas a player needs improvement. We did that at Osseo. I remember helping players get over the hurdle. I would sit and make sure these players understood the test before walking in cold.
Players, and I know a few do look at this, here is some advice: one thing a player can do and improve their test scores is to do some reading. My recommendation is to get a daily newspaper and read the whole thing. Don't dwell on the stupid news of Paris Hilton & the rest of the phony news, but read the opinion pages, and hard news. Know what is going on in the world. After that read a good, solid magazine like Time, Newsweek, Fortune, or a solid science magazine. It will definitely boost your scores.

Here are a couple of books that may be of interest to folks out there.
#1 Go Huskies Beat Felix the Cat. This is a book about all the different kind of nicknames/mascots of high schools throughout the country. This is a for fun book that gives some background on some of the crazier names.
#2 on a more serious note Basketball FundaMENTALS: A Complete Mental Training Guide. The mental side of the game is one that is probably overlooked. This book will help.

Osseo continues to march through the CP summer league with two more wins on Tuesday. They are now 6-0. Totino-Grace and Champlin Park are two games back at 4-2.

This week the games were played in Mt. Iron.
Cook 69, Babbitt Embarrass 61
Virginia 46, Orr 31
Mt.Iron-Buhl 71, Cotton 54

Thanks to the readers for your great help. If you don't see your summer league results posted, email me your scores and I will get them up.

Next up: more states, college reports and the last three games from the Games at Ames. Today it is the older age levels.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Out & About: Mpls Lady Cats/Nebraska Shooting Stars

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this game took place on Sunday, June 24
Adidas Midwest Classic
Ames, Iowa
14u Championship

The Minneapolis Lady Cats won their second 14 tournament in as many weeks with another come from behind win over the taller Cornhusker Shooting Stars. MLC overcame Emily Cady's 26 points for CSS with balanced scoring and their trademark quickness, pressure and aggressive style.
Both teams scored on their first possessions and that set the tempo early. In fact the of the first seven possessions, six found the bottom of the net. The first team that broke free was CSS with a 10-2 run to go up 27-16. Taylor Moore had six points for CSS in the run. MLC had a six possession drought during the run. The Cats did manage to cut the margin to 31-27. Both teams struggled at the end of the first half with a combined nine possession drought. By half time Emily Cady had 14 for CSS, while Baker had 9 for MLC.
The key sequence came in the second half when MLC went on an 11-0 run to go up 45-37. CSS had a nine possession drought during the run, four of which were turnovers. MLC did stretch it out to a 10 point margin. CSS didn't quit. They came back with a 15-5 run to tie it at 54. On one possession MLC led 54-47 when Cady was fouled after a post up basket. She missed the free throw, but Kyley Simmons picked up the rebound for CSS. Moore later in the same possession drilled a three for a five point CSS possession. On the next CSS possession Simmons snatched an errant MLC pass and scored the lay up to tie it at 54. MLC withstood the fire and outscored CSS 11-4 in the last three minutes. Tyeshia Smith, who had foul issues, dropped five free throws down the stretch.
Photos: #1 a scrum for a loose ball. #2. Sarina Baker, MLC drives through the heart of the CSS defense.
player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %
Sarina Baker, DeLaSalle 15, 14, 107.1, .571 tough nosed. competitive. on the floor. defensively alert.
Tyeshia Smith, Mpls South 12, 12, 100.0, .500 a buzz saw. point guard. when the game was on the line she had the ball. no fear. RF: fouls kept her next to coach on the bench.
Brianna Williams, Hopkins 15, 12, 125.0, .583 strong, physical, aggressive. went after boards hard. RF: disputed calls with the ref.
Sadiqah Jihad, Hopkins 2, 6, 33.3, .167 guard
Aubrey Davis, Bloomington Kennedy 9, 8, 112.5, .500 runs the floor. 3 range. anticipates on defense.
Tacita Gonzalez, St. Paul Johnson 6, 13, 46.2, .231 point guard. RF: shot not as on as in the semis.
Kaylani Edwards, Bloomington Kennedy 6, 5, 120.0, .600 post player. can leap.
Laura Thomas, Mpls South 0, 1, 0.0, .000
Cyerra Mills, Benilde-St. Margaret's 0, 1, 0.0, .000
Kyley Simmons, Searant Bluff, IA 6, 11, 54.5, .273 guard. RF: decisions
Kristina Fantroy, Lincoln 2, 5, 40.0, .200 guard. RF: foul issues
Emily Cady, Malcolm 26, 18, 144.0, .667 long, lean, lanky, nice touch, nice leaper. runs the floor. physical tools. doesn't shy away from contact. RF: upper body strength which will take care of itself in the next few years.
Taylor Moore, Milford 14, 14, 100.0, .500 guard. hit a 3. active on defense. runs floor.
Sarah Wood, Superior 2, 8, 25.0, .125 post player
Brittni Donaldson, Sioux City, IA 0, 11, 0.0, .000 guard. gets on the floor.
Faith Fantroy, Lincoln 6, 4, 150.0, .500
Hannah Dostal, Atkinson 0, 1, 0.0, .000
Jamie Van Kirk, Sutton 2, 1, 200.0, 1.000
It is not done too often, but Emily Cady makes the list.
Mpls Lady Cats 64, 72, 88.9, .444
Cornhusker Shooting Stars 58, 73, 79.8, .370
made 3s: MLC 3, CSS 3
made fts: MLC 13, CSS 9
bench: MLC 12, CSS 8
Sarina Baker 9
Brianna Williams 9
Sadiqah Jihad 5
Aubrey Davis 5
Tacita Gonzalez 4
Tyeshia Smith 2
Kaylani Edwards 2
Cyerra Mills 1
totals: 37
Kyley Simmons 8
Emily Cady 6
Taylor Moore 5
Sarah Wood 4
Kristina Fantroy 3
Brittni Donaldson 3
Jamie Van Kirk 3
Faith Fantroy 2
totals: 34
Next up: tomorrow morning

Out & About: Mpls Lady Cats/All Iowa Attack 14s

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This game took place on Sunday, June 24
Adidas Midwest Classic
Ames, Iowa
14u Semifinals

The Minneapolis Lady Cats continued their stellar spring/summer with a 64-42 win over the hosts All Iowa Attack 14s. Normally MLC is a 13u team. For this tournament the Cats added Tyeshia Smith and Tacita Gonzalez to the roster, two jolts of energy at the point. Despite being outsized MLC was relentless with their full court pressure and reaped the benefits with the turnovers. Two Cats had nine defensive wraps (Smith and Aubrey Davis) as they piled up 33 total wraps. The furious nature of the MLC defense allowed only six two point field goals, and one of those was a second chancer.

In the first half the game was tight until Tyeshia Smith dropped two consecutive 3 bombs and then Aubrey Davis converted a conventional 3 point play to put MLC up 19-11. Then MLC went into a 10 possession offensive hibernation. AIA took the lead with a 12-0 run and led 25-21. AIA led at half 29-26.

Tyeshia Smith tied it up with an "&1" on the second MLC possession of the second half. That kicked off a 12-1 run by MLC as they raced to a 38-30 lead. AIA started the half with a six possession drought. AIA managed to cut the margin down to 40-36, but MLC soon connected on 6/7 possessions and when the dust settled led 53-38. Their really was no drama the rest of the way. AIA did close with a 7 possession drought as MLC didn't give an inch.

Photos: #1 Aubrey Davis and Brianna Williams, MLC throw a road block in front of an AIA player. #2 Sarina Baker drives the baseline.

player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %

Sarina Baker, DeLaSalle 4, 10, 40.0, .300 strong. perimeter. not afraid of contact.
Brianna Williams, Hopkins 7, 8, 87.5, .500 active on glass. attack oriented.
Tyeshia Smith, Mpls South 23, 17, 135.3, .588 firecracker point guard. small but explosive and puts on a good show. speedy. a thief. plays to win. hit 3s, drives and dishes.
Aubrey Davis, Bloomington Kennedy 11, 9, 122.2, .556 perimeter. aggressive, assertive
Sadiquah Jihad, Hopkins 0, 2, 0.0, .000 guard. foul problems hampered her play.
Tacita Gonzalez, St. Paul Johnson 10, 6. 166.7, .667 point guard.
Laura Thomas, Mpls South 0, 1, 0.0, .000
Kaylani Edwards, Bloomington Kennedy 5, 6, 83.3, .333 post player.
Elissa Henderson, Mpls Roosevelt 0, 1, 0.0, .000
Cyerra Mills, Benilde-St. Margaret's 2, 2, 100.0, .5000

Sammy Jensen, Ballard 3, 8, 37.5, .125 guard. had nice feeds to the post
Laura Terhark, Algona 16, 12, 133.3, .583 guard, 3 shooter. RF: held scoreless in the second half as defensive focus shifted to her.
Jenna Eells, Cedar Rapids 0, 2, 0.0, .000
Taylor Greenfield, Ballard 4, 12, 33.3, .250 tall thin guard. rebounded well.
Maddie Oliver, Roland 2, 4, 50.0, .000 post player. RF: needs to develop quicker shot
Makenzie Vandermolen, Pella 4, 5, 80.0, .600 another guard. All her points from the line.
Lizzy Stachon, Urbandale 0, 1, 0.0, .000 tall thin. RF: as with most players needs experience and upper body strength which should come in due time.
Markeshia Wright, Waukee 7, 9, 77.8, .444 post player. RF: needs to get more physical.
Melissa Greve, Arcadia 3, 3, 100.0, .333
Devyn Roberts, Ballard 1, 4, 25.0, .250 will take it to the glass.

Tyeshia Smith

Mpls Lady Cats 62, 61, 101.6, .475
All Iowa Attack 14s 40, 61, 65.6, .361
made 3s: MLC 3, AIA 3
made fts: MLC 19, AIA 13

Tyeshia Smith 9
Aubrey Davis 9
Brianna Williams 5
Sarina Baker 3
Tacita Gonzales 2
Kaylani Edwards 2
Elissa Henderson 2
Sadiqah Jihad 1
totals: 33

Taylor Greenfield 7
Laura Terhark 5
Markisha Wright 3
Devyn Roberts 3
Maddie Oliver 2.5
Sammy Jensen 1
Jenna Eells 1
Makenzie Vandermolen 1
Lizzy Stachon 1
Melissa Greve 0.5
totals: 25

next up: the 14u championship game

Out & About: Farview/All Iowa Attack 13s

#3 posting 6.26.2007
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This game took place on Sunday, June 24
Adidas Midwest Classic
Ames, Iowa
13u Semifinals

Farview, a team based in Minnesota, defeated the hosts in a dramatic back and forth game 60-54. Leah Szabla broke a 54 all tie with two consecutive 3s, her 5th and 6th of the day, to provide the winning margin.

Neither team broke free early. Farview did have a 6/7 offensive sequence early in the half and that but them up 15-13 on a 13-8 run. Szabla had six point in the run. Late in the first half AIA did start pulling away from a 20 all tie with a 6-0 run. Farview had a seven possession drought at the time. Farview was able to close the gap to 28-26 with their own 6-2 run. Jenna Power nailed a three at the end of the half to give AIA a bump to 31-26.

AIA maintained their lead and pushed it out to 47-37 with over 8 minutes left in the game. The rest of the way Farview outscored AIA 23-7. Farview was on a tear. They came back with tighter defense, and more aggressive play. The were relentless on the offensive boards, and took advantage of seven AIA in the last 15 possessions. Farview took their first lead at 48-47. Farview's offensive sequence was 5/6 during the stretch with AIA stuck in a six possession drought. AIA did take a 50-48 lead on a 3 by Courtney Hemmen. Farview scored three straight times to go up 54-50. AIA came back to tie it up with two straight scores. After Peyton Mellman made two free throws. That is when Szabla launched her final two 3s for the Farview win.

Photos: #1 Jasmine Scott, Farview puts on the breaks trying to save the ball. #2 Rachel Sage, AIA goes up for a reverse for her only points of the game.

player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %

Heather Bowe 10, 12, 83.3, .417 post player, good jumper
Jasmine Scott 8, 9, 88.9, .444 aggressive guard
Leah Szabla 18, 14, 128.6, .429 point guard. 3 ball is her shot--six on the day
Jade Martin 15, 11, 136.4, .636 continually attack mode. scores off the dribble and second chancers.
Ebony ? 2, 7, 28.6, .143
Tenisha Green 7, 9, 77.8, .444 scores on second chancers

Courtney Hemmen, Mason City 14, 18, 77.8, .333 guard, hit a pair of 3s. runs floor.
Peyton Mellman, Mason City 12, 9, 133.3, .667 challenged defense. plays without fear.
Cheyenne Pritchard, Ames 6, 8, 75.0, .375 post
Jenna Power, Ames 8, 5, 160.0, .600
Rachel Sage, Ames 2, 6, 33.3, .167
Taylor Shull 6, 7, 85.7, .429 guard, 3 shooter, pull up jumper. RF: exposes ball
Claire Till 4, 7, 57.1, .286 RF: one track mind with the ball.
Chandler Schmidt 2, 2, 100.0, .500

For delivering in the clutch Leah Szabla
Here draining one of her six 3s on the day.

Farview 60, 62, 96.8, .435
All Iowa Attack 54, 62, 87.1, .403
made 3s: Farview 6, AIA 5
made fts: AIA 11, Farview 2

Jade Martin 8
Leah Szabla 6
Ebony 6
Heather Bowe 4
Jasmine Scott 3
Tenisha Green 1
totals: 28

Rachel Sage 6
Courtney Hemmen 4
Cheyenne Pritchard 3.5
Peyton Mellman 3
Claire Till 1
Chandler Schmidt 1
Jenna Power 1
Taylor Shull 0.5
totals: 20

Farview played The Midtown Lady Monarchs in the finals.

Next up: the 14u games from Ames.

Watson Verbals

#2 posting 6.26.2007
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College reports

Kellie Watson, Ionia, Michigan 6-2 do everything player has made a verbal to Notre Dame. She is the top Michigan player in her class. Watson was injured with a shoulder problem this past fall. Michigan will be playing this winter. This is a big fish that got away from the new staffs at Michigan and Michigan State. From the Ionia Sentinel-Standard and Detroit Free Press.

Cameron Mahlum and Chuck Anderson have been hired as assistants for Augsburg College. Mahlum has been a coach at Paynesville and White Bear Lake.

Thanks to the readers for the help in putting this site together. Without your help it doesn't happen. If you have news, go to my profile and email me.

next up: the games from Ames out & abouts: with the 13u and 14u games.

NC Heat #3

#1 posting 6.26.2007
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NC Heat is seeded 3rd in the AAU girls basketball national tournament in the junior (16u) division. The Minnesota Suns are also headed to nationals. From Iowa the All Iowa Attack will be there and are seeded 9th. The tournament will be in Orlando, Florida.

The 12u AAU national tournament starts on June 29 in Rochester. Four MN teams are involved. Farview; MN Suns; North Tartan; and Rochester Shock. All Iowa Attack, and Northern Lites (SD) are other neighboring teams headed to Rochester.

Southern Minny Elite won the Star of the North Games in Rochester last weekend. They defeated Dover-Eyota 48-37 in the finals.

Centennial finished first in the Minnesota State Mankato team camp. Worthington was second. Some of the other teams in the camp included Stillwater, Detroit Lakes, Albany, Northfield, Chisago Lakes, St. Paul Central.

Urban Star won the Benilde-St. Margaret tournament this weekend.

The big event is in Sioux Falls with the Miss Basketball Dakota Showcase. Action tips of on Thursday at 9 am. The finals are on Saturday with the final at 8:40 pm.

Thanks to the readers for feeding me news. This site is better because of your help. If you have news, go to my profile and email me

Next up: more state news. College reports and the out & about on the games from Ames: today the younger division games.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Out & About: Rogers/Chaska

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This game took place on Saturday, June 23
Rogers Breakdown Summer Showcase
Gold Bracket Championship
ROGERS royals 46, CHASKA hawks 43

Rogers made it two for the Mississippi 8 conference with their dramatic win over Chaska in the Gold Bracket. St. Michael-Albertville won the Blue Bracket.

Rogers went to a team camp at the University of Montana in Missoula. They finished second to a team from Missoula Big Sky. It was a sudden death overtime loss to a team with 6-5 Joslyn Tinkle. That experience pulled them over the finish line.

Chaska was a team full of guards as their bigger post players had previous commitments. Not only was Chaska limited to guards, but they only had six bodies.

Rogers got out of the gates fast with four straight scores and a 9-6 lead. The Royals continued their hot streak and held an advantage with a 19-11 lead. It looked like that trend was going to continue, but Chaska had other ideas and roared back with a 10-4 finish in the first half to make it 23-21 Rogers. Courtney Boylan had 12 points by half to lead Chaska. Jennifer Dowd led Rogers with 8.

Rogers again came out revved up with a 7-3 start to the half on four straight scores. That pushed the lead to 30-24. Chaska delivered seven 3s on the night to keep Rogers within sight. That six point margin was maintained until 36-30. Then Rogers went into a five possession drought and Chaska used the magic 3 ball in one form or another to go up 39-36. Brooke Brown started the run off with a 3, then Boylan joined her in 3 land. Brown then scored on a drive &1 for the offensive burst. In fact in the second half the only scoring for Chaska came from Brown and Boylan. Chaska enjoyed a 41-37 lead when Rogers started their comeback. Amanda Chesness started the comeback with a post up on a pass from Casey Mann. Rogers slapped a full court press on that caused some headaches. Mann stole the ball and converted the lay up to tie it up at 41. Chaska got down court and Brooke Brown was fouled and delivered both tosses to put the Hawks up once again. On the next Rogers possession Camille Laughlin made one free throw to cut the margin to 43-42. Boylan was sent to the line at the other end, but did convert either. Chesness rebounded and Rogers patiently and methodically worked the ball around. Dowd found an opening at the top of the key and nailed the shot to go up 45-43 with 30 seconds left. Sam Santjer tried a shot for Chaska and Chesness picked up the board again. Heather Brunn got fouled and made one for the final margin.

photos: #1 Jennifer Dowd, Rogers drives with Courtney Boylan, Chaska picking up the foul. #2 Boylan lifts off for a shot.

player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %

Camille Laughlin
6, 5, 120.0, .600 post
Casey Mann 14, 11, 127.3, .727 guard, good choices, plays without fear. a buzz saw
Jennifer Dowd 11, 9, 122.2, .667 point guard. scores off the drive. the other half of the buzz saw
Amanda Chesness 6, 4, 150.0, .750 post, good hands
Heather Brunn 4, 4, 100.0, .750 guard. all points at the line RF: ball exposed
Emily Dosman
2, 4, 50.0, .250
Heather Johnson 2, 3, 66.7, .333
Britni Tokheim 0, 2, 0.0, .000
Amy Stone 1, 1, 100.0, 1.000

Courtney Boylan
21, 17, 123.5, .529 floor general, veteran, leader aggressive. has good vision. No fear.
Brooke Brown 16, 10, 160.0, .600 guard, attack mentality, 3 range
Taylor Brown 3, 8, 37.5, .125 guard, hit a 3 RF: passes with feet in air.
Fernholtz 0, 3, 0.0, .000 forced to play post.
Sam Santjer 0, 2, 0.0, .000
Brenda Wenz
3, 3, 100.0, .333 RF: vision on ball handling.

Casey Mann

Rogers 46, 43, 107.0, .581
Chaska 43, 43, 100.0, .395
made 3s: Chaska 6, Rogers 1
made fts: Rogers 11, Chaska 7
Bench: Rogers 5, Chaska 3
Rogers had a very high .581 floor %. That should have translated into a higher pp100, but with 10 missed free throws that kept their pp100 to a 107. Theoretically the pp100 should have been in the neighborhood of 120.9.
Chaska too had issues at the line. They missed four. Their bigger issues were with the lack of options, or lack of support other than Boylan and Brown.
Both teams used zones often.

Casey Mann 6
Emily Dosman 3
Jennifer Dowd 3
Amanda Chesness 3
Camille Laughlin 2
totals: 17

Fernholtz 5
Courtney Boylan 4
Taylor Brown 3
Brooke Brown 2
Sam Santjer 1
totals: 15

The teams involved in the Gold Bracket included: Mounds View; Alexandria; Tartan; Forest Lake; Hibbing and Lakeville South

Next up: tomorrow morning.

Out & About: St. Michael-Albertville/Morris

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This game took place on Saturday, June 23
Rogers Breakdown Summer Showcase
Blue Bracket Finals
ST. MICHAEL-ALBERTVILLE knights 53, MORRIS tigers 27

In the second championship of the day STMA dominated the last half of the first half and the whole second half to put their mark on the win. Morris actually led early in the contest 9-4 on a 5/6 offensive sequence for Morris. Heather Gagner scored four of the points. After that initial outburst of activity the offensive dried up faster than a pond in the Arizona sun. For the game Morris was at a 49.1 pp100. If you discount the first seven possessions however it was a bone chilling 37.5 pp100 the rest of the game. For the rest of the half they endured stretches of six, seven and again six possessions of offensive inactivity. It was STMA 21-15 at half time.

STMA put the game out of reach with a 9-0 run to go up 34-16 in the second half. The droughts were less frequent for Morris, but they did have a seven possession stretch. STMA did make use of three point plays both conventional and behind the arc. Kasandra Barthel also made three free throws after being fouled from behind the arc. There really wasn't a lot of drama as the game wound down.

It should be noted that Morris was without the services of Kelsey Draper who has an achilles injury.

Photos: #1 Sara Beyer, Morris collides with Lexi Thompson and Lauren Kessler of STMA. #2 Brittani Wiese of STMA goes up for a shot.

player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %

Brittani Wiese 13, 14, 92.9. .429 guard, active. scored off dribble, hit a 3. will pull back to create space. attacks basket
Lauren Kessler 6, 6, 100.0, .500 post player. returning from injury. can jump.
Stacy Hegland 5, 7, 71.4, .286 guard 3 point shooter, good form on shot
Lexi Thompson 7, 7, 100.0, .429 guard. active on both ends.
DeBeer 5, 8, 62.5, .250 post type
Kasandra Barthel 8, 4, 200.0, .750 another in the 3 point arsenal
Yager 6, 6, 100.0, .333
Anna Valerius 2, 3, 66.7, .333 guard


Sara Beyer 7, 13, 53.8, .308 wing. prime rebounder. doesn't mind collisions. has 12' range
Rachel Strobel 2, 4, 50.0. .250 jumped center. has 12' range
Heather Gagner 9, 9, 100.0, .444 point guard RF: passes too high
Nicole Gillespie 6, 13, 46.2, .231 likes baseline drive.
Britney Greenwaldt 2, 3, 66.7, .333
Stephanie Lienemann 0, 3, 0.0, .000
Stephanie Strobel 1, 7, 14.3, .143

Lexi Thompson

STMA 53, 55, 96.4, .382
Morris 27, 55, 49.1, .254
made 3s: STMA 4, Morris 1
made fts: STMA 4, Morris 2

Brittany Wiese 6
Lexi Thompson 6
Lauren Kessler 4
DeBeer 4
Anna Valerius 4
Stacy Hegland 3
Yager 3
Kasandra Barthel 2
totals: 32

Sara Beyer 7
Heather Gagner 3
Nicole Gillespie 3
Britney Greenwaldt 2
Stephanie Lienemann 2
Stefanie Strobel 2
totals: 19

Teams in the blue bracket included: Park-Cottage Grove; Becker; Mayer Lutheran; Eden Valley-Watkins; Ellsworth, WI; and Albert Lea. Not all PCG and Becker players were in attendance.

Next up: the gold championship between Rogers and Chaska

Out & About: Barnum/Pierz

#3 posting 6.25.2007
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this game took place on Saturday, June 23
Rogers Breakdown Summer Showcase
White Championship
BARNUM bombers 50, PIERZ pioneers 36

The small school Barnum Bombers were bombers as they hit for seven 3s in defeating Pierz 50-36 in the Rogers Breakdown Summer Showcase. The format was to place teams with like student population together. So the white division was small. Also the clock was running the entire time. That is why you will see lower scoring games.

Summer ball is a chance to experiment and see how life will be like after the last class graduates. Barnum found out life will be all right despite having Colleen McKay graduate. Replacing her on the inside will be the job of Megan Myhre. She has been a 3 point shooter in the past few years, but definitely has the frame and knack for scoring inside. Pulling the triggers on the 3s looks like the responsibility of Jaimee Wickstrom and Katie Myhre, Megan's sister. Wickstrom hit for five 3s on the day, Katie Myhre had two. Another Myhre sister--Sarah--also started for Barnum. Barnum still is not at full strength with Katie Newman still recovering from her knee injury. She will be back for the start of the season.

Pierz also had a player out due to injury: Kayla Kapsner. Also during the game Pierz lost Gabrielle Boser to an ankle injury. Before she left the contest she had six points and was clicking at 200 pp100--well above the gold standard.

Early on in the first half, Pierz had a 4/5 offensive sequence and led 10-9. Boser had all six of her points in that stretch. Barnum had a 5-0 run to pull in front 14-10. Barnum still led 19-18 when they fell into a seven possession drought to finish the half. Megan Myhre was on the bench during this time. Pierz took advantage of her abssence, went on a 6-0 run and led 24-19 at the half.

Pierz led 34-28 with 12:31 left in the game. They would only manage to score one more field goal. Barnum went on a 9/11 scoring sequence after that on a 22-2 run to take a 50-36. Wickstrom had three of her 3s in the burst. Megan Myhre had 14 of her points in the second half. Pierz finished with an 11 possession drought.

Photos: #1 an unknown Pierz player goes up for a lay up. Part of the problem with summer leagues and tournament is that teams fail to have great uniforms. Either the numbers are way too high (78 anyone?), only on one side, lacking entirely, or you need a microscope to read them. #2 Katie Myhre fires off a three while one Pierz player draws attention to a problem of a teammate.

player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %

Megan Myhre 22, 13, 169.2, .846 has the frame and scoring knack inside to take over for McKay. uses body well to seal. will go to the floor for loose balls. RF: can improve on jump ability. exposes ball.
Jaimee Wickstrom 15, 8, 187.5, .625 5 3s. can pull the trigger from behind the arc. will also drive if given the chance.
Sarah Myhre 0, 5, 0.0, .000
Katie Myhre 8, 7, 114.3, .429 can also fire in the 3s. good follow through.
Darian Bushey 3, 2, 150.0, 1.000 defensive focus. RF: forces offense
Jessica Newman 2, 8, 25.0, .125
Jenna Zmyslony 0, 2, 0.0, .000

Miranda Przybilla 2, 11, 18.2, .091 guard
Gabrielle Boser 6, 3, 200.0, 1.000 was a force early until the injury.
Katie Kimman 11, 10, 110.0, .600 can score inside, has decent jumping ability
Kelsey Saehr 2, 5, 40.0, .200
Kaari Jensen, 3, 0.0, .000 can jump.
Kelsey Meyer 2, 2, 100.0, .500
Mary Waytashek 13, 12, 108.3, .500 not afraid to get hit. Made five free throws on the day.

Megan Myhre

Barnum 50, 45, 111.1, .489
Pierz 36, 46, 78.3, .391
made 3: Barnum 7, Pierz 0
made fts: Barnum 7, Pierz 6

Megan Myhre 5
Jaimee Wickstrom 4
Sarah Myhre 3
Katie Myhre 3
Darian Bushey 2
totals: 17

Katie Kimman 6
Kelsey Saehr 4
Miranda Pryzbilla 3
Kaari Jensen 3
Gabrielle Boser 2
Kelsey Meyer 1
Mary Waytashek 1
totals: 20

Other teams involved in the White bracket: Blake; Rockford; Braham; CHOF; Monticello; and Simley

Next up: the Blue Championship at the Rogers Showcase

Williams Signs

#2 posting 6.25.2007
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Cedar Rapids Washington basketball player Sierra Williams (graduated Senior) has signed to play basketball at Buena Vista College, Storm Lake, Iowa for the 2007-08 season. Sierra played the 5 position at Washington.

I now have two verbal/signings up on my links on the right--the 2007 class and now the 2008 class. If you have any information on either the 2007 or 2008 classes let me know & I will list them. Look for Williams in the 2007 link.

Thanks to the readers for the help in getting me news & information. If you have news, go to my profile and email me.

Next up: later the three championships games from the Rogers Showcase event that was held on Saturday. The Ames games will follow on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Teas' Peeves: Defensive 9-7

#1 posting 6.25.2007
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MSB Elite 15U played in the Adidas Midwest Classic in Ames, and went 3-2. MSB Elite had some great shooting out of two particular players: Britanie Olson averaged 15 points per game and Kelsie Ammann of Lakeville North had 4 3’s in one game and 5 3’s in another game.
MSB played two teams twice over the weekend.

Here are the latest editions of coach Teas' pet peeves. Last week I listed #12-10. You can find the entire list on the right side in the links. Look under the gbbrecruit links 'instruction'

#9: Letting offensive players beat you down the floor. A coach I know well is famous for yelling "Get ahead!"
#8: Not knowing how to switch and recover on screens.
#7: Trying too often to block shots looking for the roar of the crowd. Boys are more guilty of this than girls on this. Bad things happen when you lose your feet: fouls, coming down out of position to block out, mad a fool of by a good ball or head fake.

I came across this on Brian McCormick's site. It is all about ball handling. There is a YouTube video lasting 2:01.

I have updated the scores on the Walker tournament that I posted on Sunday Morning.

Thanks to the readers for the help in getting me news & information. If you have news, go to my profile and email me.

Next up: college reports, and later the three championships games from the Rogers Showcase event that was held on Saturday. The Ames games will follow on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Ames Results

#6 posting 6.24.2007
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Today I traveled three and a half hours to watch six games of basketball. I am pretty bushed from the drive, my buddies ditched me today, so I was flying solo. That made the trip longer. Without any further ado the games
#1: In a 13u semifinal: Fairview (a MN team) defeated All Iowa Attack 60-54. Leah Szabla hit two 3s for Fairview to break a 54 all tie with under 1:28 left in the game.
#2 In a 14u semifinal: Minneapolis Lady Cats rallied for a 64-42 win over All Iowa Attack. MLC trailed at half time 29-26.
#3: In a 16u semifinal: Team Wisconsin Select 17 defeated Cornhusker Shooting Stars 66-53.
#4: In the 14u finals: Minneapolis Lady Cats beat Cornhusker Shooting Stars 65-58. CSS led at half 31-27. This is the MLC 2nd straight tournament championship playing up. Normally they are a 13u team.
#5: in the 15u finals: All Iowa Attack beat the Illinois Wolverines 64-55 in overtime.
#6: in the 16u finals: Team Wisconsin Select 17 beat the hosts All Iowa Attack 74-61.

I will obviously have more details later in the week.
Here is my publication schedule:
The Rogers Showcase games
1. Barnum vs Pierz
2. St. Michael-Albertville vs Morris
3. Rogers vs Chaska
the younger set from Ames
1. Fairview vs All Iowa Attack
2. Mpls Lady Cats vs All Iowa Attack
3. Mpls Lady Cats vs Cornhusker Shooting Stars
the older set of games from Ames
1. All Iowa Attack 15 vs Illinois Wolverines
2. Team Wisconsin Select 17 vs Cornhusker Shooting Stars
3. Team Wisconsin Select 17 vs All Iowa Attack.

Next up: tomorrow morning


#5 posting 6.24.2007
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college reports

Former South Dakota State coach Nancy Neiber is set to retire. Her 37 years has seen many changes in girls sports in South Dakota and for that matter the nation. She first arrived at SDSU in 1984. From the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.

In case you missed it last night, I posted a story from Lafayette paper on the verbal made to Purdue by 6-2 forward, 2009 Sam Ostrello of Stanley County, SD. That is the second 2009 player to verbal from SD.

Next up: later today from the Ames Iowa tournament. You can check out what is going on from my Gabcast channel.

Vicksburg Hires

#4 posting 6.24.2007
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Michigan reports

Mike Roy has been hired as the new girls basketball coach at Vicksburg. Vicksburg has had five coaches in seven years. From the Kalamazoo Gazette.

next up: college reports. then later today a report from the Ames Midwest Classic

South Rules All Star Contests

#3 posting 6.24.2007
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D1: South defeated the North 64-57, end of the story in the Sheboygan Press.
D2: South defeated the North 66-46, tailend of a story in the Maniotowoc Herald Times.
D3: South hammered the North 90-42, again in the Sheboygan Press.
D4: the North managed to get one win over the South 74-63.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has the best details on the event with boxes and copy.

next up: michigan and then college reports. later today, a report from Ames