High School Sports Rally
Burnsville’s Zach Smith loves to compete, and that’s why he was drawn to basketball.
While the Winter Olympics are just getting underway in Sochi, there’s plenty of winter sports action to take in here at home.
We’re approaching the middle of February, and that means things are heating up all over the high school sports map. It’s playoff time in girls hockey, which means you survive and advance or lose and your season is over. The top girls teams in the state are fighting for the right to play in the state tournament at Xcel Energy Center and Ridder Arena.
A lot of childhood dreams became realities for high school senior football players on Wednesday. What started as throwing the ball around with dad as a youngster, for many, turned into an opportunity to let that talent help a teenager get to college.
If you missed the Rally Friday night, don’t fear. We’ve got all the big basketball and hockey highlights, the Athlete of the Week and a talk with a Minnesota-raised NBA coach in the videos below.
It’s a big time for high school sports all across the state as we close January. Regular seasons are coming to the back stretch in basketball, hockey and wrestling, which means the postseason is just around the corner. Conference races are taking shape, and every game seems to mean more as teams push for their league titles and home playoff games.
Although Minnesotans are enduring bitter blast after bitter blast, the Rally makes everything a bit warmer.
Carlie Wagner is a hooper and a hunter. She is also the biggest name in the senior class of girls basketball this season.
It’s the coldest time of the year to be outside as we’re often stuck in subzero temperatures and painfully freezing wind chills. As cold as it is outside, things are heating up in high school gyms and hockey rinks all over the state. We are in the grind of the conference season all across Minnesota.
January is a great time of the year for winter sports in Minnesota. It’s when many individuals and teams begin to define themselves, and in many cases, separate themselves. She can shoot the basketball, and has some teammates that can do the same. It’s why Centennial’s Jasmine Bretoi is our ASPIRE Athlete of the Week.
And while Hockey Day in Minnesota isn’t until Friday, some great games were played Friday night. Check out a few of the hockey clips and other winter sport highlights.
The best high school basketball players, boys and girls, will take over Chicago, Ill., in early April for the McDonald’s All-American Game. When the final rosters are announced for both games, there’s likely to be plenty of Minnesota flavor on display.
Andrew Rohkohl says he’s been working at being a goalie since he was a little kid. “It’s been a dream, really,” Rohkohl said. “And it takes a lot of effort to get to this place.” He has become a part of the nucleus of a team that leans on veterans, according to Edina hockey coach and former NHL defensemen Curt Giles. “He’s a smart kid,” Giles said. “The thing with him is he fits in perfectly. I mean, we got a good class of seniors with good leadership.”
On Friday, we sent David McCoy to watch Hopkins take on Maranatha Christian Academy. We’ve got that game, and loads of other winter sports highlights.
It’s early January and it’s bitterly cold outside, but that also means high school sports teams are entering the gauntlet that is the conference season. Many teams spent December playing non-conference competition both in tournaments and in some rivalry games to get the competitive juices flowing.