High School Sports Rally
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.
The first Rally of the new year held a huge wrestling tournament, loads of amazing winter sports highlights, and the story of a Minneapolis coach trying to bring new life to the school he once played for.
It’s a unique time for boys high school basketball in Minnesota as the in-state talent seems to get more elite every year. I’m not sure it will ever get to the level that’s out on the east coast, but the brand that’s on display right now on courts throughout the state might be the strongest it’s ever been.
It’s the holiday season, and that means it’s the holiday tournament season. We’ll start with an annual boys hockey tournament — the Schwan’s Cup.
Christmas means a variety of different things for different people. For most of us, it means getting together with family, enjoying some egg nog and opening presents around the tree. It’s also one of the busiest times of the year for high school coaches, athletes and bus drivers.
It’s almost Christmas, and here’s a gift: some interesting winter sports match-ups.
Ten Minnesota high school teams will compete in the High School Hockey Faceoff at TCF Bank Stadium next month. The five-game competition will be held Jan. 11 as part of the Hockey City Classic Winter Festival.
HS Sports took center stage last night on SPORTS TO THE MAX. Click the link to hear Mike’s recap.