The Holy Angels football team has had their fair share of surprises this season. The Stars went just 3-and-5 on the regular season, lost their starting quarterback before last week’s game against Kasson-Mantorville and then they found a worthy back up who hardly had taken a snap.
There are 28 teams left in the state that still have a chance to be hoisting a state championship trophy the weekend after Thanksgiving. But half of those teams will leave the Metrodome heartbroken by the time the weekend is over.
The state football tournament is well underway, but one of the biggest stories of the day had to do with Minnesota basketball talent.
There are 56 high school football teams still playing in Minnesota, and all of them will be in action between Thursday and Saturday night as the state playoffs get underway at various sites.
It was another big week in prep football around Minnesota and with it came some big performances on fields across the Twin Cities. Conference races are already starting to take shape as we still have six weeks left in the regular season, making every week bigger for several programs.
At least one full week of high school football is in the books for every team in Minnesota. Now it’s back to the drawing board to look at film, make adjustments and get ready for the next opponent for coaches and players.
WCCO-TV kicked off another season of The Rally Friday night with a featured game between St. Croix Lutheran and DeLaSalle.
This week, everybody is in action and most teams will be playing their first games of the season. For a lot of players, it’s the first chance to run out on the field as a varsity football player under the Friday night lights. It’s a thrill for any high school football player.
The word is Joe Coleman is getting a lot of inquiry from major colleges across the country since announcing he’s leaving the University of Minnesota. Richard Pitino is starting to make his imprint, including inquiring about a private workout area across from his office for personal player workouts.
Former Gopher guard Ben Johnson will return to the University of Minnesota as part of head men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino’s staff.
Riley Dearring was well known at Minnetonka. But the big schools were not recruiting him hard — except for Wisconsin. And his skills are a family affair.
When the clock hit zero in the Class 4A title game Saturday night, the emotion that spilled out onto the court said it all.
This time, Tyus Jones has to share the honor. The Apple Valley junior point guard was named Monday the co-winner of the Minnesota Associated Press Player of the Year award for high school boys basketball, with DeLaSalle junior power forward Reid Travis. Jones was the sole recipient his sophomore season.
It feels like March Madness just got started, but it’s wrapping up on the high school level this week with the State Boys Basketball Tournament.
Unless you’re one of the few teams to end a season with a state championship, there’s nothing like the feeling of winning a section title and earning that coveted trip to state.