The Minnesota Golden Gophers had not been ranked in The Associated Press Top 25 in nearly 10 years. That drought seemed as if it would keep going when star guard Rachel Banham was lost for the season with a knee injury on Dec. 10.
The football season is over. Thanksgiving is over. Now it’s time for hockey and basketball. The season is already in full swing. David McCoy reported on the featured boys’ hockey game — Roseau vs. Blaine– while Mike Max highlighted the best plays from some non-conference hockey match-ups and girls’ basketball.
It’s state tournament time, so there’s a pretty good chance Dan Westby and the Marshall Tigers are participating. Coach Westby’s philosophy is to start working with his girls’ basketball and volleyball teams early. “The thing I like about our kids is we get them in the fourth grade. They’re with us all the way through,” Westby said. “Our kids are extremely committed, and we feel pretty fortunate that way.”
Bloomington Kennedy is very good in girls basketball every season, and Tonoia Wade personifies the program. That’s why she is our ASPIRE Athlete of the Week.
Park Center’s girls basketball team had never been to a state tournament before, but now they’re on the brink of a state title.
It’s a big week for many high school girls basketball programs across the state. The playoffs are always a fun time to watch since that’s usually when the best teams emerge. When a season is on the line and a state tournament bid is at stake, it gets even better.
These are the moments high school kids will remember the rest of their lives, such is the case for the De La Salle girls basketball team, where close friends and teammates want to finish with a state championship.
When you play for the Hopkins Girls Basketball Team, you play for state titles – which they’ve achieved the past two seasons. It’s not the same team in 2013, but they’re capable again of a high-quality season.
Kids who grow up together often dream of one day playing on a state tournament team together.
Watertown-Mayer senior guard Marissa Janning has been named the Minnesota Associated Press Player of the Year for high school girls basketball.
At 6 feet, 2 inches tall, Onye Osemenam is a leader for Class A, No. 1-ranked Maranatha Christian Academy. With a year to go in her high school career, she’s already set a team record for blocks.
Communication is crucial in all sports, especially basketball. So imagine not being able to talk to your coach or teammates during the game.
In many cases, highly-ranked teams pad their non-conference schedule with beatable opponents so they can juggle lineups and gain confidence heading into the grind of a conference season.
Rachel Banham could’ve scored a lot more than she did over her career at Lakeville North. Ah, but that’s not her game.
Hopkins used a balance attack in reaching the Class 4A state girls basketball tournament and Royals coach Brian Cosgriff knows he can count on any of several players to step forward when needed.