High School Basketball
When your dad played in the NBA, your mom was an Olympic sprinter and your big brother’s the number-one pick in the NBA draft — it sets you up for the understatement of the year. “I think we’ve got good genes,” Angelica Wiggins said. “Really good genes.” Her sister, Taya Wiggins, agrees.
The best high school basketball team in the state so far has been Champlin Park. The Rebels are unbeaten, and they’re motivated by what they did not do a year ago. Osseo took Champlin Park out in the section finals to go to state in 2014.
David McCoy checks out girls hockey, Blake vs. St. Louis Park. A ‘Super Fan’ in New Prague is inspiring the team. Plus all the best highlights from High School Sports around the state.
Nothing like filling the shoes of one of the greatest players in state history, Tyus Jones. But when that player is also your big brother? “I don’t think about it too much,” Apple Valley guard Tre Jones said. “But if I do hear the stuff, I mean, it just pushes me and makes me feel like I need to get a lot better so I can accomplish some of the things that he has.”
He’s the state’s leading scorer and it’s not even close. Bjorn Broman is averaging 50 — 50 points a game — this season. “I just want to get wins,” Broman said. “And whatever my role is on the team, I’ll do.”
Maple Grove High School has two good basketball teams, and both are state tournament contenders. But last Saturday, their schedule changed because they don’t have a home court. Their gymnasium was flooded due to a pipe burst, leaving it unplayable.
On Saturday night, Eastview meets Bloomington Kennedy for the class 4A title. Eastview is ranked number one in the state, and they have an interesting combination: head coach Melissa Geubert and point guard Madison Geubert are mother and daughter. Melissa tries not to focus on it at the expense of the team.
Brian Goodwin scored 14 of his 24 points in the second half to lead Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa past Rushford Peterson 52-40 in the Minnesota 1A state championship game on Saturday. After blowing an early double-digit lead, the top-ranked Jaguars (31-1) won their second state title in three years thanks to Goodwin’s poise in the final 10 minutes. Down 34-30 with 10:33 to play, Goodwin fueled a 13-5 game-deciding run that included seven-consecutive free throws.
High school tournament time is almost a guarantee for something exciting. In the boys’ basketball, Thursday night’s game between Hopkins and Shakopee was a thriller, going in to a fourth overtime. Many argue you win basketball games by playing the game. Thursday night Hopkins won by not playing.
The Governor has proclaimed today to be “BOB McDONALD DAY IN MINNESOTA.” Dave Lee caught up with Coach this morning.
The rosters for the 2014 McDonald’s All-American Game, featuring the top high school basketball stars in the country, were released Wednesday night. The game will be played in April 2 at the United Center in Chicago, Ill, and it will have a notable Minnesota feel.
You can’t talk about college basketball in Minnesota without talking about the state’s top talent – Tyus Jones. The Apple Valley junior is the most coveted point guard in the country. But you ought to know about one of his teammates.
Highly recruited Tyus Jones had 28 points and 11 rebounds to lead Apple Valley past Park Center 74-57 to win the Class 4A state boys basketball championship Saturday night.
Marcellous Hazzard led Minnehaha Academy with 14 points and John Pryor added 12 as the Redhawks beat Litchfield 56-54 on Saturday for their first Class 2A state title.
Nia Coffey scored 25 points and had 16 rebounds to lead Hopkins to a 68-45 win Saturday over Bloomington Kennedy for the basketball state title.
They did something that had not been done before in the school’s history – made the state tournament. It ended early for Upsala High School, but the team showed how high school sports can energize and entire community.
Friday night’s High School Sports Rally features the State High School Hockey semi-finals! Among the big matches are Hill-Murray versus Wayzata, Duluth East versus Edina, Breck versus Hermantown and East Grand Forks versus St. Thomas Academy.
Nick Anderson grew up wanting to be a basketball player. Friday night, he was just that. The senior at Richfield’s Academy of Holy Angels (AHA) loves the game. But the real story is what he had to overcome to get on the court.
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.
As LeBron James hovers on the precipice of perhaps his first NBA championship, author Tony Meale delves deep into the King’s past, back to the days when he was royalty of the Ohio high school circuit and never lost a game – except for one.
The sophomore class of boys basketball players in the state has one clearly at the head of the class: Apple Valley’s Tyus Jones. But moving up the chart is Robbinsdale Cooper’s Rashad Vaughn. All the big schools are talking to him, and it’s for good reason.
The Red Knights, who exited early from last year’s playoffs despite a 23-5 overall record, are arguably one of the best teams in the state this year, at least night row. They are definitely the hottest team in the state.
Jesse Kieper scored 25 points and Dillon Schultz added 17 to lead Springfield to the boys’ Class 1A title Saturday.
The Robbinsdale Robbins are proof that desire, heart and passion do count for something. The Robbins are castoff players cut by teams at Armstrong and Cooper High Schools. However, adversity has not stopped these kids from chasing their hoop dreams.
Heartbreaking story of 16 year old star athlete.