Tuesday, September 30, 2008

3 Ohio Verbals, Young Q&A, Lawsuit, & Six Years

#1 posting 9.30.2008
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Ashley Andrews of Marion Pleasant and Kayla Brown of Riverdale have verballed Findlay a D2 program.
Mikeala Ruef of Beavercreek has verballed Stanford.

This pushes the Ohio verbals from the 2009 class to 44 overall.
Ruef is the 33rd player to verbal a D1 program.
Andrews & Brown are the 9th & 10th to verbal a D2 program.

Laura Jo Kipp of Browning, Montana and Melissa Porter of North Sevier, Utah have signed with MSU Billings.
Kipp is a 6-0 center who averaged 17 ppg last season.
Porter is a 6-3 center who is also on the volleyball team at MSU Billings.
From KXMC.

Michigan has a feature on their site meeting newcomers. Today it is Lauren Young from Edina by way of Colorado State.

The 43 Hoops team, who was shellacked by Hopkins on Saturday at the Roosevelt Fall League semifinals, turned around and beat the very same Hopkins team 38-35 Sunday in Minnetonka in the MYAS Fall League.
Teams that are undefeated after two weeks:
Armstrong Black: Centennial, Armstrong, Champlin Park
Minnetonka: None. Four teams are 3-1--Hopkins Black, Bloomington Kennedy, 43 Hoops Zuck, and NT Gals.
Blaine: Blaine
Concordia St. Paul: Barnum (When they lost to Western WI two weeks ago it was an exhibition contest).
Eagan/Eastview: Lady Lightning, Cannon Falls
Armstrong White: Elks, Gatos, Armstrong White.

Purdue is upset they aren't in the top 25 polls. From the Lafayette Courier-Journal.

With the new season only weeks away we want to get you ready to play at your best. North Tartan is offering the opportunity to help you get your ball handling crisper, get your shot back on track, conditioning and get a few competitive games in before the season begins.
Two separate clinics will be offered:
Alexandria, MN – October 16 – (Thursday) - Alexandria HS
12:00pm – 4:00pm cost$ 35
This is for grades 5th through 12th
Minnetonka, MN – October 17 and 18 – (Friday and Saturday) - Minnetonka HS
9:00am – 12:00pm Friday and 9:00am – 12:00pm Saturday cost $60
This is for grades 6th through 12th
*Make checks payable to North Tartan Area Basketball
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or check the website:
Gerard Coury: 651-303-5262
Please mail checks to:
North Tartan Area Girls Basketball
c/o Gerard Coury
7611 12th Street N.
Oakdale, MN 55128

Former Texas Southern women's basketball coach Surina Dixon has sued the school alleging gender discrimination and retaliation in her firing in June. From the International Herald Tribune.

Former Lexington, Nebraska assistant girls basketball coach Kelsey Peterson was sentenced to six years in prison. She pled guilty to crossing state lines to have sex with someone younger than 18. From the Omaha World Herald.

Marquette and Cornerstone participated in the Race for the Cure this past weekend.

Nebraska held their alumni weekend last Saturday and Sunday.

Here are the Monday Results in the Toronto Star.

Adriana Allen, Pickering 25 vs. Pine Ridge 44-42
Christine Hyde, Ascension 24 vs. Holy Name 71-11
Bouthaina Bennani, Étienne-Brûlé 22 vs. Mary Ward 54-23

Next up: tomorrow unless...

Monday, September 29, 2008

Seven More Verbals, Breakdown Fall League

#1 posting 9.29.2008
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Erica Askew, Chicago Morgan Park, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville
Taylor Foulks, Joliet Township, UIC
Adrienne GodBold, Chicago Marshall, Illinois---from ESPN
Alexis Jenkins, Chicago University High, Illinois State--From Chicago Hoops
Kersten Magrum, 6-0, Frankfort Lincoln-Way-East, Illinois
Candace Nevels, Bolingbrook, Murray State --from the Sun Times
Askew, Foulks, and Magrum, are in the blurb in the Sun-Times News Group.

This pushes the Illinois total to 24 verbals in the 2009 class, 22 headed to D1 programs.

Morgan Albert of Brighton, Michigan has verballed Vermont. From the Livingston Daily.

This makes 21 verbals for the Michigan 2009 class, 16 headed to D1 programs.

Julia Marshall of Wichita Bishop Carroll travelled to New Mexico State on a recruiting trip. From the Las Cruces Sun Times.

The Breakdown Fall Leagues at Kennedy and Becker High School begin in less than 3 weeks. Teams interested should contact the Breakdown.

Registration Form

*Team rate, discounts for multiple teams
*Begins Oct 19th
*5 Week League
*T-Shirts to all participants
*Back to back games
*9th Grade, JV and Varsity Divisions

Teams who have registered:
Eastview, Chaska, Jefferson, Roseville, New Life Academy, Edina, Mpls SW, Waconia, New Prague, Prior Lake, Rochester Century, Forest Lake, Holy Angels, Benilde-SM, Austin, Lakeville North, Lakeville South, Northfield, Red Wing, Tartan, Plainview Elgin Millville, Holy Family, Providence, Farmington, Blake, Henry Sibley, White Bear Lake, Stillwater, St. Paul Central, Woodbury, Mpls South, Hopkins
Kimball, Becker, Watertown-Mayer, Anoka, Andover, Champlin Park, Hutchinson, Elk River, Norwood Young America, Albany, Blaine, Park Center, Princeton, Cambridge, Rogers, Big Lake, Annandale and over 16 teams who have indicated they will be attending.

I will be getting the numbers from the six games this weekend up today.

next up: backfill, Next new information---tomorrow unless news breaks.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Fall League: Richfield/Minneapolis Southwest

#4 posting 9.28.2008
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RICHFIELD spartans 53,

This was the final stop on the three game tour today. It was also a look at the third fall league (so far). This contest was a rematch from last week. This week the Spartans doubled up the younger Lakers 53-26.

This game had a lot in common with game two today. The Spartans used their full court pressure to build a 13-0 lead. SW had problems advancing the ball past the time line. The Spartans stretched their lead out to 21-3 before the Lakers finished with a 7-4 run. It was 25-10 at the break.

There wasn't a lot of mystery in the second half. The Spartans continued to add to their lead. Again at the end of the half SW had a slight advantage. The Lakers closed with a 13-8 run, but the contest by then was decided.

You can see the entire Richfield vs Minneapolis Southwest photo gallery at kevinanderson.photostockplus.com.

The lighting was horrible at Apple Valley meaning the stop was set under 200 so the action gets blurry. My hope is high schools quickly get the new lightning. It is "green" plus costs less to run--not to mention it is much better for photographs.

key: player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %
Vanessa Uko 7, 8, 87.5, .500
Pamela January 13, 10, 130.0, .700 had 8 of the first 13 Richfield points. crashed the boards.
Mandy Poke 17, 13, 130.8, .538
Jessica January 7, 7, 100.0, .571
Kiarra Jeffers 2, 3, 66.7, .333
Briann Guyton 7, 11, .63.6, .364
Hannah Wise 0, 1, 0.0, .000
Jasmine Smith 0, 1, 0.0, .000

Aleyse Huteman 6, 9, 66.7, .333
Mariah Adanene 7, 16, 43.8, .188
Rayna Lindsey 7, 7, 100.0, .429
Vinisha Jackson 0, 4, 0.0, .000
Micah Thornquist 1, 5, 20.0, .200
Frances Mosedale 0, 2, 0.0, .000
Maddy Horan 3, 2, 150.0, .500
Mary Hall 0, 4, 0.0, .000
Siri Keller 0, 1, 0.0, .000
Faith Westberg 2, 3, 66.7, .333

Pamela January

Richfield 53, 54, 98.1, .500
Mpls SW 26, 53, 49.1, .226
made 3s/&1s: Richfield 1/0; SW 2/1
ftm/fta-ft%: Richfield 6/13-.462; SW 2/3-.667
bench: Richfield 7, SW 5

Next up: tomorrow

Fall League: Lady Lightning/Lady Bucs

#3 posting 9.28.2008
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Red Division: Eagan

It was a battle of Ladies today at Eagan it was the Lightning over the Bucs 51-38. The Lightning is made up of Farmington players---freshman and sophs. The Bucs are from Waterville-Elysian-Morristown, a class AA team between Faribault and Mankato.

The Lightning have players that are lean and have the hungry look. The used their full court press to full advantage as they struck for a 17-2 lead. On the first 12 possessions LL scored 8 times. LL had 9 points off second chancers in that run. The LB attacked inside and spent a lot of time at the line. The Bucs attempted 31 shots at the line and converted 12. By half time the Lightning led 31-16.

In the second half the margin didn't move much. The Lightning had 9 players score on the day with point guard Shelby Calhoun leading all scorers with 13 points. Calhoun had three 3s on the day.

You can see the entire Lady Lightning vs Lady Buc photo gallery at kevinanderson.photostockplus.com

key: player, school, points, possessions, pp100, floor %
Taylor Meyer 6, 8, 75.0, .375
Isis Alexander 4, 6, 66.7, .333
Shelby Calhoun 13, 9, 144.4, .556 the point guard, steady, good vision. keeps things moving. made four 3s on the day.
Jaime Keneally 1, 3, 33.3, .333
Alana Knoch 8, 5, 160.0, .800
Dava White 8, 6, 133.3, .667
Paige Steele 7, 7, 100.0, .429
Sarah Silber 2, 2, 100.0, .500
Desi Loftus 2, 2, 100.0, .500
Mariah Minke 0, 2, 0.0, .000

Megan Bakke 8, 9, 88.9, .556
Amanda Barton 5, 7, 71.4, .429
Nicole Gehrke 7, 7, 100.0, .571
Annika Kinniry 5, 7, 71.4, .429
Kylie Dornkamper 0, 1, 0.0, .000
Steph Lindahl 0, 1, 0.0, .000
Cassie Maasberg 6, 7, 85.7, .429
Nicole Brockmiller 3, 4, 75.0, .500
Danielle Mathis 4, 6, 66.7, .333

Shelby Calhoun

Lightning 51, 50, 102.0, .480
Bucs 38, 49, 77.6, .449
made 3s/&1s: Lightning 4/0; Bucs 0/0
ftm/fta-ft%: Bucs 12/31--.387; Lightning 1/2-.500
bench: Lightning 19, Bucs 13
The Lightning only scored two more times than the Bucs. The Bucs were stopped at the free throw line with a chilly 38.7%. If the Bucs made 80% the game would have been tied. The Lightning only made one trip to the free throw line for the contest.

next up: Game three

Fall League: Centennial/Osseo

#2 posting 9.28.2008
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Black Division: Armstrong
CENTENNIAL cougars 53, OSSEO orioles 47

Today I saw three games in three different gyms. Stop one was at Armstrong with a rematch of the 5AAAA championship last year. This time it was Centennial getting a bit of revenge by beating nemesis Osseo 53-47. Megan Nipe led the Cougars with 24 points.

Centennial took the early advantage with a 16-6 lead. The Megan connection Nipe and Waytashek contributed 10 of those points for Centennial. At their widest Centennial led 25-12. Then it was Osseo's turn for resurgence. Between the end of the first half and the start of the second the Orioles went on a 16-3 run. Osseo did take a 37-36 lead after a basket by Jessica Fife. After that There were two ties and two lead changes. Centennial grabbed the lead for good on a put back by Mariah Miller. From that point on the Cougars closed with a 9-5 run with Nipe doing all that damage.

You can see the entire Centennial vs Osseo photo gallery at kevinanderson.photostockplus.com.

key: player, school, points, possessions, pp100, floor %
Megan Nipe 24, 17, 141.2, .647 consistently good. rises to the occassion. When Osseo took their lead in the second half at 37-36 Nipe took over. She had four D stops and had Centennial's last nine points with the game in the balance.
Kahla Becken 6, 11, 54.5, .273
Celia Berg 6, 5, 120.0, .600
Mariah Miller 4, 5, 80.0, .400
Kayla Bilderback 0, 2, 0.0, .000
Megan Waytashek 9, 9, 100.0, .556
Kasey Olson 2, 2, 100.0, .500
Holly Hoffland 0, 2, 0.0, .000
Hannah Steele 2, 5, 40.0, .200

Kylie Gottsman 4, 6, 66.7, .333
Kyana Jones 6, 10, 60.0, .300
Katie Medke 5, 8, 62.5, .250
Jessica Fife 11, 7, 157.1, .714
Danielle Mangen 12, 11, 109.1, .455
Tamara Emerson-Smith 6, 6, 100.0, .500
Kelly McCullough 0, 3, 0.0, .000
Amanda Barfknecht 3, 6, 50.0, .167

Megan Nipe

Centennial 53, 58, 91.4, .448
Osseo 47, 57, 82.4, .368
made 3s/& 1s: Osseo 4/1; Centennial 2/0
ftm/fta-ft%: Centennial 9/12-.750; Osseo 1/9-.111
bench: Centennial 13, Osseo 9
An 8 point advantage at the free throw line helped Centennial in their victory. They made as many as Osseo attempted. 1/9 is below freezing.

Next up: Game 2

Ranger Verbals, Social Dos & Don'ts

#1 posting 9.28.2008
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Breannah Ranger of Niles North, IL has verballed UW Green Bay. The 6-2 center averaged 10 ppg for the 3-24 Vikings last year.
From the Green Bay Press Gazette.

Ranger is the 19th player from the Illinois 2009 class to verbal and the 17th headed to a D1 program.
Lydia Bauer of Lake Zurich, IL
Sarah Eichler of Grafton, WI
Adrian Ritchie of DePere, WI
Sam Zastrow of Algoma, WI
Have all verballed UW Green Bay

Northwestern was the first in the door at Megan Nipe's house.

The Minnesota Stars Showcase event will be held at Bloomington Kennedy next weekend with players coming in as far away as Kansas. Games start at 10 am and the last contest starting close to 5 pm. You can still register, but it needs to be done by tomorrow.

Eric Musselman has a blog posting on Execution and Awareness in the WNBA. Over dribbling is frowned upon.

Former Grand Rapids, MN girls basketball coach Gary Webb passed away on Wednesday. From the Duluth News Tribune.

The Sioux Falls Argus Leader has a reminder (for those that don't know) to all athletes what is and what is not appropriate on social networking sites like Facebook or MySpace. Schools are starting to crack down.

Here are the results from the Toronto Star for Friday and Saturday.

Michelle Asare, Ascension 23 vs Father Goetz 65-28
Charnel Johnson, Applewood Heights 22 vs Cawthra Park 49-23

Next up: Later today with the Sunday Out & Abouts. I will back fill yesterdays games when I have time.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Fall League: Hopkins/Rascals

#4 posting 9.27.2008
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HOPKINS royals 61, RASCALS 43

Hopkins won the first Roosevelt Fall League Championship with a 61-43 victory over the Rascals. Roosevelt is the only fall league that has a playoff format. The Royals went through the entire RFL undefeated. The Hopkins crew has been on a driven mission this fall. This stems from a variety of factors
1. The Royals want to get back to the State tournament in March. They have missed the event the last two seasons.
2. The Royals were not invited to the Sweet 16 and have used that slight as motivation.
3. The Royals have what looks like to be the most competitive line up/roster openings and players are trying to make an impact to secure a spot on the team. Every game in effect is a tryout.

That balance and intensity was felt by the Rascals in the championship. Hopkins went on an 18-4 run in the first half to put their stamp on the contest. The Royals led at the half 30-18.

In the second half Hopkins scored on five straight possessions near the opening of the half to claim a 41-22 lead. The Rascals battled back to 42-33, but the waves wore out the youngsters. The depth and balance took it's toll.

You can see the entire Hopkins vs Rascal photo gallery at kevinanderson.photostockplus.com.

key: player, school, points, possessions, pp100, floor %
Jasmine Mendes 4, 4, 100.0, .500
Hana Potter 6, 9, 66.7, .333
Brianna Williams 9, 9, 100.0, .444
Kara Elofson 13, 9, 144.4, .778 pure lunch bucket player. Rolls up her sleeves and gets the job done. Solid, steady, smart.
Jenna Lillemoe 2, 1, 200.0, 1.000
Sydney Coffey 2, 2, 100.0, .500
Tori Joranson 5, 5, 100.0, .600
Julia Wiemer 0, 2, 0.0, .000
Nia Coffey 4, 3, 133.3, .667
Jill Greenfield 5, 9, 55.6, .333
Ebony Livingston 2, 2, 100.0, .500
Megan Westman 2, 3, 66.7, .333
Courtney Nelson 2, 1, 200.0, 1.000

Morgan Van-Riper Rose (Eden Prairie) 14, 9, 155.6, .556
Allina Starr (Mpls North) 4, 8, 50.0, .250
Kendra Harris (Cretin-Derham Hall) 4, 6, 66.7, .333
Brittany Zins (Bloomington Kennedy) 7, 7, 100.0, .429
Jade Martin (Bloomington Kennedy) 5, 13, 38.5, .154
Jasmine Scott (unknown) 4, 11, 36.4, .182
Sadiqah Jihad (Mpls South) 2, 5, 40.0, .200
Kinesha Green (Bloomington Kennedy) 1, 2, 50.0, .500

Kara Elofson

Hopkins 61, 63, 96.8, .492
Rascals 41, 61, 67.2, .295
made 3s/&1s: Rascals 5/1; Hopkins 1/0
ftm/fta-ft%: Hopkins 8/12-.667; Rascals 6/11-.545
bench: Hopkins 22, Rascals 7

next up: tomorrow morning.

Fall League: Rascals/Roosevelt

#3 posting 9.27.2008
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The Rascals overcame a six point deficit late in the second half and tied it up on Sadiqah Jihad's three to force overtime. In the extra session it was all Rascals as they scored right off the tip and every possession after that. The Rascals were perfect at the line in overtime (6/6).

In the first half Roosevelt had a 21-11 advantage before another patented strong finish by the Rascals. The Orange scored on their last four possessions to cut the margin at half to 21-20.

The Rascals are primarily Bloomington Kennedy players with a smattering of others. Roosevelt is almost exclusively Teddies, but in an ironic twist their primary post is Kaylani Edwards of Kennedy.

You can see the entire Rascal vs Roosevelt photo gallery at kevinanderson.photostockplus.com

player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %
Kendra Harris (Cretin-Derham Hall) 9, 8, 112.5, .500
Jade Martin (Bloomington Kennedy) 10, 14, 71.4, .357
Brittany Zins (Bloomington Kennedy) 10, 11, 90.9, .364
Allina Starr (Mpls North) 6, 5, 120.0, .600
Morgan Van-Riper Rose (Eden Prairie) 11, 6, 183.3, .667 all her points came after half time. A three point sniper--made two from behind the arc. was perfect at the free throw line too.
Kinesha Green (Bloomington Kennedy) 0, 4, 0.0, .000
Jasmine Scott (unknown) 0, 2, 0.0, .000
Sadiqah Jihad (Mpls South) 5, 5, 100.0, .400

Tyesha Wright 13, 16, 81.3, .438
Brittany Fuller 12, 13, 92.3, .462
Suriya McGuire 6, 9, 66.7, .444
Charmel Marshall 8, 8, 100.0, .500
Kaylani Edwards (Bloomington Kennedy) 2, 4, 50.0, .250
Samirah Sa'id 2, 3, 66.7, .333
Breeyana Brittain 0, 2, 0.0, .000

Morgan Van-Riper Rose

Rascals 51, 55, 92.7, .400
Roosevelt 43, 55, 78.2, .345
made 3s/&1s: Rascals 5/3; Roosevelt 4/1
ftm/fta-ft%: Rascals 14/21-.667; Roosevelt 12/27-.444
bench: Rascals 5, Roosevelt 2
A big part of the Rascal win came at the line. Roosevelt had 6 more attempts at the line, but had two fewer than the Rascals. Roosevelt missed 10 free throws in the second half.

Next up: Championship game.

Fall League: Roosevelt Semis: Hopkins/43 Hoops

#2 posting 9.27.2008
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HOPKINS royals 41, 43 HOOPS 29

Roosevelt is the only league that has a championship round and in the semifinals Hopkins advanced to the championship round of the Roosevelt Fall League with a 41-29 win over multiple school 43 Hoops. The Royals used their relentless defense, and deep bench for the victory. At half time Hopkins had a commanding 21-6 lead.
The Royals' Hana Potter led both teams with 10 points.

You can see the entire Hopkins vs 43 Hoops photo gallery at kevinanderson.photostockplus.com.

key: player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %
Hana Potter 10, 11, 90.9, .455 showing steady improvement. a bit more physical, more persistent on the boards.
Kara Elofson 6, 4, 150.0, .750
Brianna Williams 6, 8, 75.0, .375
Jenna Lillemoe 3, 5, 60.0, .400
Jasmine Mendes 0, 1, 0.0, .000
Tori Joranson 6, 4, 150.0, .750
Gracia Hutson 0, 1, 0.0, .000
Nia Coffey 2, 2, 100.0, .500
Sydney Coffey 5, 2, 250.0, 1.000
Ebony Livingston 3, 2, 150.0, .500
Jill Greenfield 0, 1, 0.0, .000
Julia Wiemer 0, 0, 0.0, .000

Keely Brennen (Eden Prairie) 6, 8, 75.0, .500
Schnese (Chaska) 0, 6, 0.0, .000
Kristen Goodroad (Blaine) 6, 12, 50.0, .250
Karin Gibson (Eden Prairie) 5, 4, 125.0, .500
Samantha Bormann (Chaska) 4, 8, 50.0, .250
Angela Tauer (Hutchinson) 8, 4, 200.0, .750
Jessa Zuck (Eden Prairie) 0, 0, 0.0, .000

Hana Potter

Hopkins 41, 41, 100.0, .488
43 Hoops 29, 42, 69.0, .333
made 3s/&1s: Hopkins 1/3; 43H 1/1
ftm/fta-ft%: Hopkins 10/13-.769; 43H 10/17-.588
bench: Hopkins 16, 43H 8

Next up: Semifinal #2

Verbals 09 & 11

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VERBALS 09 & 11
Senior Alex Bentley of Indianapolis Ben Davis has verballed Penn State. The 5-6 guard averaged 15.1 ppg for the 24-2 Giants last season.
From the Indianapolis Star.

Sophomore Torrie Thornton of Carmel has verballed Purdue. The 6-1 forward averaged 7.1 ppg as a freshman.
From the Lafayette Journal and Courier.

Bentley is the 30th player overall in the Indiana class of 2009 to verbal and the 27th headed to a D1 program.
Thornton is the 1st player from the Indiana 2011 class to verbal, and the first 2011 listed in any state (that is covered).

First year player Tia Mays has left the Iowa Hawkeyes. The 6-1 forward from Des Moines East has left to focus on academics.
From the Des Moines Register.

UMKC coach Candace Whitaker has signed a contract extension through 2012-13. UMKC was 11-20 last year.

Hoosier Hysteria takes place on October 17 after the volleyball match

It is former Buckeyes Katie Smith and the Detroit Shock vs Jessica Davenport and the New York Liberty for the WNBA's Eastern Division Finals.

Former Gopher Janel McCarville had 17 points to lead the Liberty past the Shock 60-56 in game 1.

In the West it was the Los Angeles Sparks over the San Antonio Silver Stars 85-70. Becky Hammon of Rapid City was held to 9 points.

Candice Wiggins of the Lynx was named the WNBA's 6th woman of the year.

Louisville held their photo day.

The Metro State women's basketball team spent time painting at Dinosaur Ridge.

The Kennedy Eagles are also undefeated at the Minnetonka site. JFK is without Alexis Holt and Bailey Lund at this point.

Jody Buck Stefonowicz (1989-93) will be inducted into the North Dakota State Hall of Fame. Buck (during her playing days at NDSU) played her high school ball at Lake City (1989) and was the girls basketball coach at Luverne (94-98) and St. Louis Park (98-02).

Next up: later today with out & abouts

Friday, September 26, 2008

Three Verbals

#3 posting 9.26.2008
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Brittany Zins and Alexis Holt, both from Bloomington Kennedy have verballed Northern State.
Zins, a 5-9 forward, averaged 14.1 ppg last season. She played her summer ball with Metro Stars Black.
Holt, a 5-9 forward, averaged 9.6 ppg last season. She injured her knee and did not play in the summer season.
Both were all Lake conference in 2007-08.
Kennedy was 21-7 last season, section 2AAAA runners up to Chaska.

The Kennedy pair are the 27th and 28th player to verbal from the Minnesota 2009 class and the 12th and 13th headed to a D2 program.

Zins on the left in the Sweet 16 championship, Holt on the right vs Chaska in the 2AAAA section championship. photos by Teas.

Ali Wilkinson of Wisconsin Heights has verballed MSU Mankato. Wilkinson is a 6-0 forward that averaged 17 ppg for the Vangaurds last season. She was all conference first team in the Capital South Conference.

Wilkinson is the 20th player overall in the Wisconsin 2009 class to verbal and the 7th headed to a D2 program.

next up: tomorrow or when news breaks

Summer 2009, Fall 2008

#2 posting 9.26.2008
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Girls Basketball coach Neil Dickenson has left Wrenshall to coach the girls team at Moose Lake-Willow River.

The Minnesota AAU Calendar is already set for next year with the Qualifier on May 1-3, and the State tournament May 15-17.

MYAS has listed their events as well. They are holding their state tournament the very same weekend.

In the MYAS Fall Leagues here are the undefeated teams after week one:
Site: Teams
Minnetonka: Hopkins Black, NT Gals
Blaine: Blaine Blue
Concordia: River Falls; Chisago Lakes; Humboldt; Barnum
Eagan/Eastview: Lady Bucs; Lady Lightning; Goodhue; Cannon Falls
Armstrong's results are not up yet.

Roosevelt holds the championships of their fall league tomorrow. Hopkins is undefeated in that league.

The Lady Monarchs are holding try-outs for the 2009 AAU Season – 14U / 15U
Saturday, September 27th, 2008
10:00 am til 1:00 pm
DeLaSalle High School ( 1 DeLaSalle Drive , Mpls 55401)
$25 try-out fee
These young ladies will be coached by Tim Randle, Paul Hill & Jim Dickinson. Coach Randle has been coaching for over 15 years, along with Coach Jim, and has won the AAU State Championship 3 times.
Coach Paul has been coaching for over 15 years as well and has won the AAU State Championship 7 times. He’s also coached his daughter, Taylor Hill, and she is now the Number 1 player in the country!
This past year, the Lady Monarchs have been exposed to some of the top colleges in the country (i.e. UNC, Duke, Creighton, U of WI, U of IA, U of IL, U of NE, U of GA, Hamline, Concordia…)
If you are interested in trying out, please arrive at the gym up to 30 minutes prior to start..
If you have any questions, please email us:
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!!!

Next up: Tomorrow

2 Verbals, More Lawsuit, #9; Nicknames, and Raccoons

#1 posting 9.26.2008
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Jasmine Thomas of Flint Hamady has verballed Michigan State. Thomas averaged 9.7 ppg for the regional runner up. From the Flint Journal.

Thomas is the 20th player from the Michigan 2009 class to verbal and the 15th headed to a D1 program.

Megan Patterson of Columbus, Montana has verballed Weber State. The 5-11 guard averaged 16 ppg last season. From KXMC.

Patterson is the 1st player from the 2009 Montana class to verbal.

The drama at Southern Methodist increases with Jennifer Colli lawsuit vs coach Rhonda Rampola with new allegations. From TXCN.

Marcus Heidorf has been named the new women's basketball coach at Lawrence. Heidorf was an assistant at Alverno. From the Appleton Post Crescent.

Concordia St. Paul coach Paul Fessler is #9 on the active winning % list for D2 coaches.

Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt has had offseason shoulder surgery. Summit injured her shoulder in a confrontation with a raccoon. From the Detroit News.

Whitney Houston of Colorado is out for the year due to an ACL injury.

USA Today looks at "unique" high school nicknames. Blooming Prairie makes the list. Of course they don't include the Devils Lake Satans in the inappropriate column because they are now Firebirds.

Kentucky defeated a proposal aimed at curbing recruiting of middle school athletes. Coaches can still coach club (AAU teams)

The Bloomington Jefferson Varsity Jamboree field has been set. Scrimmages will take place November 22 on the varsity floor as well as the activity center which includes five full size wood floor courts. Teams involved include Bloomington Jefferson, Providence Academy, Burnsville, Rochester Lourdes, New London Spicer, Owatonna, New Life Academy, and Holy Angels.

Grand Rapids, Michigan wants to host the Michigan State Girls Basketball Tournament. From the Grand Rapids Press.

Metro State in Denver is picked for 2nd in the Rocky Mountain East Conference.
Chadron State's Sunni Busch (Todd County, SD) is picked for the first team.

Here is more on the Gophers upcoming clinic Saturday at the Powell Center in Minneapolis.

Former Penn State player Kelly Mazante returns to campus this weekend.

Bill Cosby met with the Indiana women's basketball team.

Smithville has made a $250,000 contribution to the Indiana Women's basketball program.

Iowa's Kristi Smith is featured in the 24 Hawkeyes to Watch.

Iowa will be part of the ESPN Basketball Marathon on November 18 when the Hawkeyes face Kansas.

The Toronto Star has results from Wednesday and Thursday.

Adrianna Allen, Pickering 28 vs Notre Dame 45-53
Tea Rosic, Glenforest 26 vs St. Martin 57-41
Chenel Johnson, Notre Dame 24 vs Central Peel 59-13
Onisha Lyttle, St. Mary 23 vs All Saints 33-60
Jasmine Harris, Thomson 22 vs King 72-25

Shanice Duffus, Boylen 32 vs Fleming 41-32
Muna Nur, Maple 30 vs St. Theresa of Lisieux 46-35
Yvonne Duah-Amankwah, St. Basil 27 vs Loretto Abbey 38-24
Desiree Crawford, Cardinal Carter 23 vs St. Elizabeth 37-26

Next up: tomorrow unless news breaks

Thursday, September 25, 2008

2009 Metro Stars Black Roster Set

#1 posting 9.25.2008
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Meghan Doss of Turkey Run has verballed Vincennes (Ind.) Junior College. Doss is a 5-2 guard. From the Terre Haute Tribune Star.

Hannah Spanich has transferred from New Mexico State to Illinois State. Spanich is a junior forward and will sit out the upcoming season. She was a Tulsa Victory Christian graduate.

After a very competitive tryout the Minnesota Metro Stars Black roster has been set for the 2009 AAU season. With six players checking in a 6' or taller this is the biggest team in the history of the Metro Stars program. Committed players include:
Molly Duehn (Burnsville),
Brianna Tisch (Chaska),
Rachael Moen (Burnsville),
Alyssa Marschner (Armstrong),
Julie Kruse (Maple Grove),
Jennie Kalbfell (Lakeville South),
Haley Thomforde (Eastview),
Erica Gress (Apple Valley),
Ellen Edison (Maple Grove),
Megan Stuart (Roseville).
Cost to play for any team in the Metro Stars program is $400 per player. More information about the Minnesota Metro Stars can be found at http://www.mnmetrostars.com/

North Dakota State's head coach Carolyn DeHoff will be inducted into the Cheyenne East Hall of Fame.

Iowa is facing a ref shortage in rural areas. From the Des Moines Register.

Marshall and UI Chicago have released their 2008-09 schedule.

Dear friend of the Swish Method,
Greetings to you and thanks for your support of the "Swish Method" of shooting a basketball. I will be coming to Minnesota Oct. 9-13 to be part of a Youth Coaches' Clinic at the amazing Colin Powell Leadership Center in south Minneapolis. The Coaches' Clinic is all day Saturday, the 11th. I'll be presenting twice.
Contact Kelby Brothen, Athletic Director for info about this special all-day Clinic:
Work #: 612/638-1014
Cell: 612/720-8852
Email: urbanstars@urbanventures.org
While I'm there I'll be putting on two clinics at the Powell Center, as follows:·
Friday after school, Oct. 10th (5-9PM)·
Sunday evening, Oct. 12th (5-9PM)
These clinics are 4 hours long and I can coach up to 24 kids at a time. Because of the Coaches' Clinic on Saturday, I'm going to open my clinics to both kids AND coaches. The coaches will take the clinic as a student, as that's the best way to coach anything ... be able to do it yourself, be in the "stew" of learning, so to speak. I'll continually point out the coaching points during the clinics.
NOTE: The fees are reduced for these clinics, in light of the challenging economy we are all facing. They are as follows:
Regular fee for a player: $50, which includes the Swish 2 DVD
Fee for siblings, $40, no video (where first sibling pays full price)
Fee for repeaters: $40 (no video)
Fee for coaches: $40 (including Swish 2)
Go to this web page for details on the clinics and the links to enroll On Line:
Colin Powell Center Shooting Clinics
My clinics are getting more and more exciting and effective as I see additional things all the time and new ways to say and coach them. I can see that the main thing I'm doing (and teaching others to do) is coaching kids to be able to coach themselves in these simple principles. As they learn to shoot a basketball -- and, more powerful for them, how to learn anything -- their self images can alter and self esteem rise. This is one of the great things about sports, the potential for growth as human beings. Let's work together to help more kids experience how awesome they truly are!

Next up: tomorrow or when news breaks

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Kebler Verbal, Thievery

#2 posting 9.24.2008
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Leah Kebler of Midland Dow has recently made a verbal to Ferris State. Kebler is in a long line of Dow players continuing their basketball. From the Midland Daily News.

Jeff Haney has resigned as girls basketball coach at Rochester, Michigan. He was at the helm for 8 years with a 120-61 record. From the Hometown Life papers.

KK Houser of Lincoln Southeast set a new Nebraska record for stolen bases adding 6 in a double header over the weekend. Houser played with CSS Bison this summer and has verballed Purdue to play basketball. From the Lincoln Journal Star.

Next up: tomorrow

South Dakota Preview, Anderson to France, All 42

#1 posting 9.24.2008
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Duke was the first in the door at the Tayler Hill house.

Wisconsin's Jolene Anderson (South Shore, WI) is headed to Villeneuve d'Ascq in France with a one year contract.

South Dakota has some familiar faces returning to the Coyotes. From the Yankton Press & Dakotan.

Some Iowa State players (including Amanda Nisleit of Woodbury) met some of their fans at the Aktion Club in Ames, Iowa last week.
Cyclone Coach Bill Fennelly takes his turn with the Cyberside blog feature.

The Minnesota Gophers coaches and players will be holding a mini clinic at the Colin Powell center in Minneapolis on Saturday from 9-12. Urban Ventures is also sponsoring the event. The men's basketball team has their mini clinic later in the day. The Event is already full.

UW Superior is hosting a 5th-8th grade tournament Saturday October 25.

Cedar Rapids Washington will play three games this Sunday at Kirkwood. CRW plays Maquoketa Valley at noon, GMB at 2 pm; and Waco at 3 pm.

North Dakota is planning to redistrict Class B. From KXMB.

Michigan has released their TV schedule. Ohio and Western Illinois has released their 2008-09 schedule.

Here are the results from the Toronto Star for games on Tuesday Night. Notre Dame is #1 in their top 10 poll.

Claire Arrowsmith, York Mills 42 vs Don Mills 42-17
Jamie Liang, Bethune 23 vs Leacock 45-38
Lesha Dunn, Eastern Commerce 22 vs Danforth Tech 85-14
Lee Anna Osei, Eastern Commerce 22 vs Danforth Tech 85-14

Next up: tomorrow, unless...

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Jones Verbals, Three Transfers & one Lawsuit

#1 posting 9.23.2008
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Briana Jones of Toledo Central Catholic has verballed Illinois. Jones is a 6-2 forward. From ESPN.

Desiree Waller has transferred from Angelina JC to Texas A&M Commerce. The point guard from Thibodeaux, Louisiana averaged 16.7 ppg at AJC last year. From the North Texas E-News.

Wichita State has added two Junior College transfers to their roster.
Marisah Henderson, transferred from Arkansas Fort Smith. Henderson is a 5-2 point guard from Kansas City Sumner. AFS was 34-2 last year
Ashley Gladden, transferred from Independence CC. Gladden is a 5-10 junior forward from Catonsville, Md.

Former Southern Methodist player Jennifer Colli is seeking $2 million in a lawsuit against the school and coach Rhonda Rompola. Colli's scholarship was pulled in 2006 due to "serious misconduct." Dreams were shattered. Relationships questioned. From CBS 11 in Dallas.

The "Get Jacked with the Hoosiers" was considered a success.

Ontario holds their high school season in the fall. Here are some results from the Toronto Star.

There are three Bluewater Athletic Association games in the Owen Sound Sun Times.

Holy Trinity beat Rothwell-Osnabruck 48-16. From the Cornwall Standard.

Jajmeela Stephenson, Blessed Mother Teresa 24 vs Cardinal Newman 29-25
Wumi Agunbiade, Dunbarton 23 vs Notre Dame 45-55

Next up: Tomorrow

Monday, September 22, 2008

Haight Verbals

#1 posting 9.22.2008
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Stephanie Haight of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin has verballed MSU Mankato. The 6-0 forward was named to the Wisconsin State Journal's D1 second team.

Haight states, "I am so excited to be playing for them, and to have seen my dreams of playing basketball at the next level come true!!"

Haight is the 19th player from the Wisconsin 2009 class to verbal and the 6th headed to a D2 program.

The Future Collegiate High Exposure League has two more Sundays to go. The League takes place at Wisconsin Lutheran in Milwaukee. Schedules, Rosters, Stats and more are included in the web site.

In the Apple Valley Fall League Richfield beat Minneapolis Southwest yesterday.
Teams include: Apple Valley; Woodbury; Hill-Murray; Cretin-Derham Hall; and Eagan

Here are the brackets for the Minneapolis Roosevelt Fall League.

The Fargo Basketball Academy is now open for business. The FBA will emphasize fundamentals and basketball IQ. From the Fargo Forum.

Texas will hold open tryouts on Monday, October 6.

Next up: tomorrow unless news breaks

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Out & About: Western Wisconsin/Barnum

#3 posting 9.21.2008
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Green Division---Concordia St. Paul

Western Wisconsin slipped by Barnum 27-25. WW rallied from a five point second half deficit to beat the Bombers. WW is made up of players from Amery, Siren and St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. WW was missing Taylor Luke who was bear hunting this weekend. Barnum consisted of only six players. A few of the other Bombers are not able to play during volleyball season.

Western Wisconsin took advantage of 15 points on second chancers on the day to edge the Bombers who lived up to their name with five long range 3s. WW needed those points, because their transition game was a tad off with missed lay ups. Neither team had an advantage in the first half. There were six lead changes and two ties in the first half. WW scored on their first possession on a second chancer by Kendra Schiel. Barnum took their first lead on a trey by Katie Myhre at 9-6. The final play of the first half saw Sarah Myhre scoring on an off balance shot at the buzzer to put the Bombers back in front 17-16.

Barnum scored five points in the first four possessions as Leah Nordvall scored on a cross over drive to give the Bombers their biggest lead at 22-17. After that the Bombers were outscored 10-3. Both teams went into an offensive deep freeze with a combined 11 straight empty trips. WW scored on four of five possessions to finish the scoring. The game winning basket (and free throw) was scored by Hayley Olson on a put back & one with 3:36 left. No one scored after that. Barnum had three possessions and turned it over three straight times. The WW half court trap did it's job. WW had the ball for the last 1:31. They played catch and Barnum never fouled to stop the clock.

You can see the entire Western Wisconsin vs Barnum photo gallery at kevinanderson.photostockplus.com

Key: Player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %
Kendra Schiel, Amery 9, 9, 100.0, .556 crashed the offensive boards. had six points on second chancers. guard. needs to work on protecting the ball.
Kelly Stewart, Amery 9, 12, 75.0, .333 taller guard. handled the ball more often than not. likes the spin dribble. effective from 15 feet.
Sarah Nelson, Amery 0, 2, 0.0, .000 perimeter
Liz Isaacson, Amery 0, 1, 0.0, .000 scrappy guard
Hayley Olson, Amery 3, 2, 150.0, .500 banger inside. scored the game winner.
Carly Emory, Siren 2, 5, 40.0, .200
Marissa Campo, St. Croix Falls 4, 4, 100.0, .500 taller perimeter
Jayney Emory, Siren 0, 1, 0.0. .000

Claire Rogers 0, 4, 0.0, .000 guard/perimeter
Darian Bushey 3, 5, 60.0, .200 developing out side shot. hit a three. does little things.
Sarah Myhre 9, 7, 128.6, .571 shoots the 3. perfect at the line.
Leah Nordvall 4, 13, 30.8, .154 point guard. if given the chance will go to the basket. Likes the cross over. likes the right side. led both teams in stops and assists.
Katie Myhre 9, 8, 112.5, .375 3 point bomber. strong, taller perimeter
Caitlin Rogers 0, 2, 0.0, .000 guard

Kendra Schiel, strong on the offensive boards.

Western Wisconsin 27, 36, 75.0, .361
Barnum 25, 39, 64.1, .256
made 3s/&1s: Barnum 5/0; WW 0/1
ftm/fta-ft%: WW 5/11-.455; Barnum 4/6-.667
bench: WW 9; Barnum 0

Carly Emory 4
Liz Isaacson 4
Kendra Schiel 3
Marissa Campo 3
Sarah Nelson 3
Kelly Stewart 2
Hayley Olson 2
totals: 21

Leah Nordvall 6
Sarah Myhre 3
Katie Myhre 3
Caitlin Rogers 3
Claire Rogers 2
Darian Bushey 2
totals: 19

Kelly Stewart 2
Kendra Schiel 1
Carly Emory 1
Jayney Emory 1
totals: 5

Leah Nordvall 4
Katie Myhre 2
Claire Rogers 1
Sarah Myhre 1
totals: 8

Next up: tomorrow

Out & About: St. Paul Humboldt/Irondale

#2 posting 9.21.2008
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Green Division---Concordia St. Paul
IRONDALE knights 15

The MYAS Fall League opened today with games in six divisions at five different sites. Today I traveled to Concordia St. Paul for Green Division action. In the first contest of the day St. Paul Humboldt used their quickness, and defensive pressure to beat the Irondale Knights. Plus Humboldt had the Hicks trio to buzz around the court.

Actually this was each team's second contest of the day. Humboldt, even thought they won, started off the day with a 13 possession drought. Irondale enjoyed a five point lead before Ayanna Hicks drained the first basket. Both teams struggled to find the basket. Irondale had more trouble retaining possession while Humboldt tried to score deep before cashing in on turnovers. Irondale also had a 13 possession drought. The Hawks scored five straight possessions to put their stamp on the game. At half time Humboldt led 16-9 on the strength of 8 points on transition. Teresa LaRocque had 8 points for the Hawks at the half.

Not much changed in the second half. Irondale finished the second half with 14 straight scoreless possessions. Angeline Hicks had 10 points for the Hawks in the second half with eight coming on lay ups. The Hicks trio had 19 points in the second half.

Irondale was hampered by the absence of Jolene Blood out with mono for the rest of the fall and Mimi Reif who injured her ACL in Chicago in July.

You can see the entire Humboldt vs Irondale photo gallery at kevinanderson.photostockplus.com.

key: player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %
Teresa LaRocque 10, 11, 90.9, .455 scored in transition.
Annessa Hicks 3, 9, 33.3, .111 strong defensive efforts, deft passing
Angeline Hicks 12, 18, 66.7, .333 finished transition baskets
Breanna McDonough 2, 7, 28.6, .143 boarded well.
Cynthia Ibarra 3, 2, 150.0, 1.000
Ayanna Hicks 7, 12, 58.3, .333 made the only three. Also went to the line four times.

Katie Kahoun 5, 11, 45.5, .273 crashed the offensive boards.
Katie Christenson 0, 8, 0.0, .000 passing turnovers vs press.
Brittney Flanigan 1, 8, 12.5, .125
Sarah Parten 4, 4, 100.0, .500
Melissa Aaland 0, 7, 0.0, .000
Afton Ifkewitch 2, 12, 16.7, .167 points came off the line.
Sarah Kahoun 3, 7, 42.9, .286
Anne Neuswinger 0, 1, 0.0, .000

Annessa Hicks---court awareness rules.

St. Paul Humboldt 37, 59, 62.7, .322
Irondale 15, 58, 25.9, .172
made 3s/& 1s: Humboldt 1/1; Irondale 0/0
ftm/fta-ft%: Humboldt 6/12-.500; Irondale 7/20-.350

Breanna McDonough 11
Annessa Hicks 10
Teresa LaRocque 6
Cynthia Ibarra 6
Angeline Hicks 5
Ayana Hicks 4
totals: 42

Brittney Flanigan 6
Sarah Parten 6
Melissa Aaland 6
Katie Kahoun 5
Sarah Kahoun 3
Anne Neusinger 3
Afton Ifkewitch 2
Katie Christenson 2
totals: 33

Angeline Hicks 3
Annessa Hicks 3
Teresa LaRocque 3
Cynthia Ibarra 2
Ayana Hicks 1
totals: 12

Katie Kahoun 2
Sarah Parten 2
Katie Christenson 1
Brittney Flanigan 1
totals: 6

next up: Western Wisconsin vs Barnum

Roosevelt Brackets Set

#1 posting 9.21.2008
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Emily Anderson, a 5-8 forward at Indianapolis Heritage Christian, has verballed Hillsdale College in Michigan.

Anderson is the 29th player overall in the Indiana 2009 class to verbal and the 3rd headed to a D2 program.

The Roosevelt Fall League wrapped up their regular play yesterday with Hopkins finishing undefeated. They needed overtime to get by Minneapolis South. In another overtime match up the Rascals edged St. Paul Central.

Here are the brackets for the Roosevelt Fall League that wraps up next weekend.
#8 St. Paul Central vs #9 St. Paul Johnson 8 am
#1 Hopkins vs #8/#9 winner 10 am
#4 43 Hoops vs #5 Burnsville 9 am
#2 Rascals (Kennedy/Cretin-Derham Hall) vs #10 Columbia Heights 10 am (#7 Totino-Grace will not be there).
#3 Roosevelt vs #6 Minneapolis South 9 am
#1/8/9 vs #4/5 11:30
#2/10 vs #3/6 12:30

Marquette's women's basketball team participated in Briggs & Al's Run & Walk for Children Hospital Saturday morning.

Next up: later today with some out & abouts.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Jenkins Verbals, 2 Coaching Hires, 2 Transfers,

#1 posting 9.20.2008
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Alexis Jenkins of Chicago University High School has verballed Illinois State. The 5-6 guard averaged 27 points per game at CUHS.

In the summer Jenkins plays with Chicago Hoops Express.

Jenkins is the 19th player in the Illinois 2009 class to verbal and the 17th headed to a D1 program.
From the Bloomington Pantagraph.

For those keeping score Ohio has 40 verbals, Indiana 28, Minnesota 26. Here is the verbal list so far.

Eric Nelson has been hired as the new girls basketball coach at Monona Grove, WI. Nelson had been a boys coach at Madison LaFollette with his last season 2003-04. From the Capital Times.

Kevin Perschinske has been hired at Leelanau, Michigan. From the Leelanau Enterprise.

Bri Zabel has transferred from Florida Gulf Coast to UM Crookston as we have reported earlier. The Northfield Times has a feature on that now.

Jennifer Juergens has transferred from Chicago Loyola to Olivet Nazarene to DePaul.

2008-09 OUTLOOK
Michigan State has a "chance to be pretty good," according to coach Suzy Merchant. From the Traverse City Record-Eagle.

Steven Sopko, the janitor that videotaped members of the Concordia Moorhead women's basketball team in the showers, has been sentenced to 350 days in prison. From the StarTribune.

Next up: tomorrow...unless news breaks

Friday, September 19, 2008

Peak Performer, Clinics, Skills, and 3 on 3

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Lon Boike has been approved by the Crookston school board as the new Crookston girls basketball coach. From the Crookston Times.

Former Gopher Lindsay Whalen is a WNBA Peak Performer with 5.4 assists per game.

Former Flint Powers Catholic coach Kathy McGee is heading to the Michigan High School Coaches' Association Hall of Fame. From the Flint Journal.

Air Force, Iowa State, Northern Illinois, Santa Clara, UTEP, and Western Michigan have released their 2008-09 schedules.

The Bonnie Hendrickson coaching clinic will be on Sunday, Oct 26. Download registration material from the site.

Minnesota Stars have added a skill night to their October 4th shootout. Their shootout is a one day event with over 100 girls getting together to showcase their skills for college coaches. It will be held at Bloomington Kennedy activity center, Friday night the 3rd of October from 7-9. The event was added for all girls registered for the shootout for a chance to sharpen their skills and improve their techniques. A Basketball training clinic will be put on by two training organization. MN School of Basketball and Hoopology. These are two of the best training organization in Minnesota. Mark Smith President of the Stars said he is excited about adding this added value to the girls and is confident this will get them ready for the High School season. Check out the Stars web site for more information. www.minnesotastars.org

3 ON 3
Maranatha Christian will hold a 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament on Saturday, October 11 from 7 am to 4 pm.
Maranatha Christian
9201 75th Ave N
Brooklyn Park, MN 55428
Entry Fee: $85 per team. includes t shirt. four players per team. Team captains must submit full amount of payment on behalf of the team. Please wear matching shirts.
Deadline: Final registration deadline is October 6. Return registration with entry fee.
Who: participants must be in 7th, 8th and 9th grades.
For more information contact: jeff.Kauffmann@msn.com

next up: tomorrow unless news breaks

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Sygulla Verbals

#3 posting 9.18.2008
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Kaiya Sygulla of Lakeville North has verballed UM Duluth. The 5-8 point guard averaged 9.7 ppg for the 18-10 Panthers last season.
Sygulla played with North Tartan Crosby this summer.

Sygulla is the 27th player from the 2009 Minnesota class and the 11th player headed to a D2 program.

photo: Sygulla in the Sweet 16 in August. photo by kja

Next up: tomorrow morning

Kamphaus Verbals

#2 posting 9.18.2008
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Alyssa Kamphaus of Seward, Nebraska has verballed Creighton. The 6-4 center averaged 13.8 ppg for the 20-2 B Tournament entry. Kamphaus is a Junior.

Kamphaus played for the Cornhusker Shooting Stars Bison team this summer.

Kamphaus is the 1st player overall from Nebraska 2010 class to verbal.
Kamphaus is the 4th player from the CSS Bison program that has verballed this year.

From the Omaha World Herald.

photo: Kamphaus in the Dakota Showcase. photo by kja

Next up: Tomorrow or when news breaks.

Grayson, Tucker Verbal; Belles Toll; WI Showcase Recap

#1 posting 9.18.2008
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Olivia Grayson of Chapelle has verballed Tulane. The 5-7 guard averaged 16.2 ppg last season when she was named the Class 5A All-State Outstanding Player. From the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Grayson is the 1st verbal from Louisiana 2009 class that has come across my desk.

Sami Tucker of East Lansing has verballed UW Milwaukee. The 5-11 forward averaged 12 points per game last year and was honorable mention in Class A. From the Lansing State Journal.

Tucker is the 12th player in the Michigan 2009 class to verbal and the 10th player headed to a D1 program.

South Dakota State's Andrea Verdegan (Flambeau, WI) has signed a pro contract with Celetris Donar in the Netherlands.

Tanisha Smith of the Gophers has injured her Achilles heel and will be out for the year. From the StarTribune.

The Wisconsin Prep Showcase is recapped with interviews and video. Sarah Eichler of Grafton and Taylor Wurtz of Ripon were co MVPs.

Rethinking Basketball looks at depth and balance as the WNBA starts their postseason.

Grand Valley State helped with a Habitat for Humanity project last weekend.

The West Liberty Belles will be no more. The girls teams are changing their name to the Comets just like the boys. From the Iowa City Press Citizen and Cedar Rapids Gazette.

Michigan is 6th in nationwide high school participation. From the Detroit Free Press.

Here is the Standings and results in the Roosevelt Fall League. Hopkins is alone on top after beating Roosevelt last week 51-27. There is one more regular season round of games. The Playoffs start the next weekend.

The Minnesota Metro Stars will be holding their second round of tryouts for their 16U Black and White teams this Sunday at the Bloomington Jefferson Activity Center from 6:30-8:30. If you missed the first tryout you can still come to the second one and try to earn a spot on one of the teams. More information can be found at www.mnmetrostars.com

Next up: tomorrow unless news breaks.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Boler Transfers

#2 posting 9.17.2008
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Junior point guard Shakila Boler has transferred from Bloomington Kennedy to Minneapolis Roosevelt. The 5-9 guard has started at Kennedy the last three years and averaged 16 points per game for the section 2AAAA runner up Eagles in 2007-08.

Boler has a brother that attends Roosevelt.

Boler verballed Minnesota last September.

This story has been developing since June when the first stories began trickling out she was headed to the Teddies. Boler will be in class at Roosevelt tomorrow. The Boler's have a home in the Roosevelt neighborhood. They also have a residence in the Apple Valley area.

Boler suffered a knee injury in July at an all star camp in Chicago. It is unclear whether she will play the 2009-10 season. Reports have varied to late December to late February for a return to action.

This move throws the 2AAAA section into a horse race. Kennedy did win the Sweet 16 this August without Boler.
If Boler does return to action early for Roosevelt it will set up a very interesting 4AA match up with Jordan who was the AA state runner ups last season.

Photo: Boler, with North Tartan, blocks a shot attempt by Rachel Moen of the Metro Stars during a tournament this spring. photo by kja.

Next up: tomorrow.

Three Verbals, Fall Leagues, and Tryouts

#1 posting 9.17.2008
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Aubrey Minix of Oregon-Davis, Indiana has verballed Murray State. The 5-9 shooting guard 18.1 ppg for the 24-1 Bobcats. From the South Bend Tribune.
Minix is the 27th player overall in the 2009 Indiana class to verbal and the 26th headed to a D1 program.

Two Ohio players have verballed.
Chelsea Hawkins of Bucyrus is headed to the University of Evansville.
Sarah Pearce of Middletown Fenwick has verballed Lehigh University.
The two push the overall Ohio 2009 verbals to 36 and those heading to a D1 program 27.

This is a reminder that the Breakdown Fall Leagues held at Bloomington Kennedy are creating large interest. Bloomington Kennedy has 8 courts available and it looks like we will be using all of them. Many of you were in the league last year and we hope to join us again. This will be the main hub for Girls Basketball players in the Metro, with many schools who from Southern and Central MN who are also attending. It will be a VERY exciting 5 weeks.
* Team Rates* Discounted rates for multiple teams* Free T-Shirt to all players* Well Officiated* Very Organized* Pictures and results posted on website* 9th grade, JV and Varsity levels* Back to back games* All games played at ONE site
Teams who have signed up or indicated participation:
Park of Cottage Grove, Eastview, Eden Prairie, Rosemount, Lakeville North, Burnsville, Roseville, Chaska, Tartan, Mpls South, Lakeville South, Kennedy, Red Wing, Blake, Prior Lake, New Prague, Plainview Elgin Millville, Rochester Century, Woodbury, New Life Academy, Mpls Southwest, Waconia, Austin, Osseo, Benilde-SM, Forest Lake, Centennial, Edina, Hopkins, Bloomington Jefferson, Northfield, Roseville, Mpls South, Holy Angels

Visit our website for registration forms: www.mnsportspreview.com/fallleague.htm

Interest level for this year's Breakdown Fall League in Becker is very high. Schools from Grand Rapids, Andover, Rogers, Champlin, Sartell, Watertown-Mayer, Bemidji, Alexandria, St. Cloud Cathedral, Princeton, Park Center, and teams from West Central and Northern Minnesota have indicated they are coming. The season starts later this year as does our Fall League, but we want to make sure we continue to communicate with you. We are expecting the largest turnout of teams in several years.
* League begins on Sunday, October 19th* Team Rates* 9th Grade, JV and Varsity Levels* Free T-Shirts for all players* Well officiated* Back to back games

We have sent registration forms via US Mail this past week, but you can use this link as well.

Indiana will hold walk on tryouts on October 5.

2009 14u & 15u Minnesota Lady Monarchs Tryouts
The Minnesota Lady Monarchs are holding try-outs for the 2009 AAU Season – 14U / 15U
Saturday, September 27th, 2008
10:00 am til 1:00 pm DeLaSalle High School
(1 DeLaSalle Drive, Mpls 55401)
$25 try-out fee
These young ladies will be coached by Tim Randle, Paul Hill & Jim Dickinson. Coach Randle has been coaching for over 15 years, along with Coach Jim, and has won the AAU State Championship 3 times.
Coach Paul has been coaching for over 15 years as well and has won the AAU State Championship 7 times. He’s also coached his daughter, Taylor Hill, and she is now the Number 1 player in the country!
This past year, the Lady Monarchs have been exposed to some of the top colleges in the country (i.e. UNC, Duke, Creighton, U of WI, U of IA, U of IL, U of NE, U of GA, Hamline, Concordia…)
If you are interested in trying out, please arrive at the gym up to 30 minutes prior to start.
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Purdue will hold Mackey Madness on October 17 after the Boilermaker/Wisconsin volleyball match.

Arkansas State held their Preseason cook out on Monday.

The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union has a revenue shortfall. From the Des Moines Register.

Genesis Lightbourne has a blog at the Iowa State's Cyber Cyd.

Next up: tomorrow....unless news breaks

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Anderson Verbals

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Nicole Anderson of Cannon Falls has verballed St. Cloud State. Anderson was the starting point guard on the Cannon Falls Bombers State Champion team in 2006. As a junior, Nicole averaged 12.3 ppg, 5.8 rebounds pg, and 5.7 steals pg.. CF was 21-8 last year.
Anderson played with MN Stars Smith this summer.

Anderson is the 26th player from the Minnesota 2009 class to verbal and the 10th headed to a D2 program.

photo: Anderson goes airborne for a ball vs Rochester Lourdes in the Hiawatha Valley Championship game in February. Photo by Teas.

Next up: tomorrow morning.

Injury, 2 New Coaches, 2 Athletes of the Year, TV Schedules

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Roseville senior Devyn Smith tore her ACL in her other knee (she missed the majority of the 2007 AAU season and was out until Christmas with the first knee). She is most likely out for the year. She injured it playing soccer.

Stu Hendrickson has been named the new girls basketball coach here at United South Central.

Don Waletich will be the new girls basketball coach at Fairmont. His daughter Sam gets a feature in the Fairmont Sentinel.

Mallory Husz of Lewis Central has been named Athlete of the year by the Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil. Husz is now at the University of Iowa and playing volleyball.

Iowa State's Heather Ezell was named the Iowa Games 2008 Marty McHone Female Athlete of the Year.

Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern, Penn State, and Wisconsin have released schedules with the emphasis on the Big 10 Network contests.

Kent State and Vanderbilt have released their 2008-09 schedule.

You can Get Jacked with the Hoosiers this weekend.

Next up: Tomorrow unless news breaks

Monday, September 15, 2008

Busch, Wyss Verbals

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Abby Busch of GFW has verballed Winona State. The 5-10 forward averaged 20.7 points per game for the 23-6 Thunderbirds.

Busch played this summer with MN Stars Eckmann.

Busch is the 24th player from the 2009 Minnesota class to verbal and the 9th headed to a D2 program.

Kelsey Wyss of Fort Wayne Bishop Luers has verballed Eastern Illinois. Wyss is a 5-10 guard and the Knights were 16-8 last year.

Wyss is the 26th player from the Indiana 2009 class to verbal and the 24th headed to D1.

Next up: Tomorrow morning.

Disparity, Cross Over & MYAS Fall League

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The Flint Journal looks at gender disparity in high school coaches with 71% of coaching spots held by men. Furthermore women make $1000 less.

Cross Over: The New Model for Basketball Development the third edition is available as an e-book from Brian McCormick.

MYAS starts their first Fall Leagues next weekend with six divisions at five different sites.

Next up: tomorrow

Sunday, September 14, 2008

A Trio of Verbals

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Kate Thompson of Wayzata has verballed Michigan. The 6-2 guard averaged 17.2 points per game for the 16-11 Trojans.
Thompson played with Minnesota Stars Borowicz this summer.

Thompson is the 23rd player in the Minnesota 2009 class to verbal and the 15th headed to a D1 program.

Thompson is the 6th player from MN Stars Borowicz to verbal.

Thompson is the second player from Minnesota in recent years headed to Michigan. Miss Basketball 2008 Courtney Boylan of Chaska is a Wolverine.

Thompson is the sixth player to verbal Michigan. The others are:
Samantha Arnold of Lake Park, Illinois
Nya Jordan of Detroit Community
Jenny Ryan of Saginaw Nouval
Rachel Sheffer of Watervliet
Dayeesha Hollins of Cincinnati Winton Woods

Lindsay Moore of Kentwood, Washington has verballed Nebraska. The 5-10 guard averaged 17.8 ppg for the 22-6 Conquerors.
Moore is the first player from the Washington 2009 class to verbal (that has been reported).

Moore is the second player headed to Nebraska joining Katya Leick of Park-Cottage Grove.

Mandi Johnson of Crawfordsville, Indiana has verballed IPFW. Johnson is a 5-10 forward.
Johnson is the 25th player in the Indiana 2009 class to verbal and the 23rd player to verbal a D1 program.
Johnson is the second player headed to IPFW joining Sydney Weinert of Fort Wayne South Side.

At this stage Ohio leads with 25 D1 verbals, followed by Indiana at 23 and Minnesota at 15.

next up: tomorrow.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Fall Out & About: 43 Hoops/Minneapolis South

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43 HOOPS 48,
MINNEAPOLIS SOUTH tigers 47, two overtimes

43 Hoops topped Minneapolis South in two overtimes 47-46 in the Roosevelt Fall League week 3. 43H used the free throw line to good effect with a 13-7 advantage. Karin Gibson made the game winning free throw in second overtime. Tayler Hill led all scorers with 20. Besides that Hill led in D wraps and assists.

43 Hoops is the only multiple school team in the Roosevelt Fall League and today they received some first half help from a pair of Burnsville players---Molly Duehn and Rachel Moen. South was not at full strength. Noticeably absent, as she has been all fall due to work conflicts, was Tyisha Smith.

South led early at 6-5. But the Tigers went stone cold for seven possessions while 43 Hoops ran off 13 straight points to lead 18-6. South woke from their offensive slumber with Hill using her x ray mind reading ability to snatch errant passes. South ran off six straight scoring possessions on a 13-3 run of their own. The Tigers kept that rolling with six more unanswered points to close the half. South led 25-22 at the break.

South stretched their lead to 32-26 after a Europe Guy basket. 43 Hoops hung around and were within shouting distance. It was raining threes for a while with Hill hitting the first to put the Tigers in front 38-33. Karin Gibson answered right away with a trey and then Keely Brennan added another as 43 Hoops took the lead 39-38. From that point there were four lead changes. Two Brennan baskets put 43 Hoops up 46-42 with 1:13 left. South scored on three straight possessions, but only got four points for it. Gabby Roberts went to the line twice and came away with three points. Hill mad a free throw late, but missed the potential game winner. The game headed to overtime. Both teams had opportunities, but failed to score in the first extra session. The second overtime proved to be the finale with Gibson making the second of two free throws for the victory.

You can see the entire 43 Hoops vs Mpls South photo gallery at kevinanderson.photostockplus.com.

player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %
Melissa Borstner (St. Francis) 10, 13, 76.9, .308
Jessa Zuck (Eden Prairie) 0, 2, 0.0, .000
Kristen Goodroad (Blaine) 5, 8, 62.5, .375
Angela Tauer (Hutchinson) 4, 7, 57.1, .286
Karin Gibson (Eden Prairie) 10, 8, 125.0, .625
Molly Duehn (Burnsville) 7, 3, 233.3, 1.000
Rachel Moen (Burnsville) 3, 1, 300.0, 1.000
Samantha Bormann (Chaska) 0, 4, 0.0, .000
Keely Brennen (Eden Prairie) 9, 7, 128.6, .571

Gabby Roberts 7, 7, 100.0, .714
Europe Guy 9, 8, 112.5, .500
Sadiqah Jihad 3, 6, 50.0, .333
Tayler Hill 20, 15, 133.3, .600
Ameshia Kearney 6, 10, 60.0, .300
Amy Miles 0, 3, 0.0, .000
Jenny Houle 0, 3, 0.0, .000
Laura Thomas 2, 2, 100.0, .500
#12 0, 0, 0.0, .000

Karin Gibson

43 Hoops: 48, 53, 90.6, .415
Mpls South: 47, 54, 87.0, .444
made 3s/&1s: 43H 5/1; South 4/0
ftm/fta-ft%: 43H 13/22-.591; South 7/14-.500
bench: 43H 19; South 2

Kirsten Goodroad 6
Angela Tauer 5
Melissa Borstner 4
Karin Gibson 3
Rachel Moen 2
Jessa Zuck 2
Molly Duehn 1
Samantha Bornmann 1
Keely Brennan 1
totals: 25

Tayler Hill 9
Sadiqah Jihad 4
Gabby Roberts 3
Ameshia Kearney 2
Europe Guy 1
Jenny Houle 1
totals: 20

Melissa Borstner 5
Karin Gibson 4
Kirsten Goodroad 2
Jessa Zuck 2
Angela Tauer 1
Rachel Moen 1
Molly Duehn 1
Samantha Bornmann 1
totals: 17

Tayler Hill 6
Ameshia Kearney 3
Gabby Roberts 2
Sadiqah Jihad 1
Amy Miles 1
totals: 13

Next up: tomorrow morning.