The high school football playoffs continue to advance at the Metrodome, with the number of teams dwindling down.
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.
The state football tournament is well underway, but one of the biggest stories of the day had to do with Minnesota basketball talent.
Obsa Ali moved to Richfield from Ethiopia in 2007 to be with his mother. He took up soccer, a sport he had played. But the day he decided to run, he found out he had a gift. Ali had battled injury and the flu just a few weeks before the state cross-country meet. He was questioning himself, so his coach gave him a talk. “I just couldn’t do anything, so I was doing 20-minute runs every day. And then I didn’t know if I was going to get top ten, so my coach took me down there and then gave me this speech or whatnot,” Ali said. “My confidence came back.” Marty Huberty, coach of Richfield’s cross-country team, says his advice was simple.
There’s nothing like a trip to North Dakota to interrupt the duck migration. I spent three days there this week with Joe Berglove and Sever Peterson, and like every trip to North Dakota, I brought Maxie Cam with to help capture it.
Dave asks Mike who will start at QB next week for Minnesota.
One team that makes the WCCO High School Sports Rally highlights often is South St. Paul. The Packers are unbeaten (6-0), ranked No. 2 in Class 4A, and have a senior class and passing combination that makes the Metrodome the obvious goal.
The Vikings have three quarterbacks in Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel and Josh Freeman – but who starts against Carolina? It won’t be Freeman – and will most likely be Cassel – but does the club have an answer in the new arrival from Tampa Bay?
Tuesday night for the Minnesota Lynx is about winning Game 2 and never coming back to Minnesota – just like they did two years ago against Atlanta. Minnesota’s WNBA squad is 1-0 in the series, and has found the star to carry the load at all times. What’s become apparent is the Lynx have the best player on the floor in Maya Moore.
A night before heavy rains were to descend on Minnesota, it was time to start thinking of high school football playoffs and conference champions. As usual, we had cameras at Friday night’s biggest games. And for our featured game, we sent David McCoy to watch Eden Prairie taken on Minnetonka.
The Minnesota Twins are talking to manager Ron Gardenhire about coming back, if he wants to come back. There are a lot of managerial openings projected this offseason. They are negotiating, but the bad news for Gardenhire is that the Twins are so overmatched in talent right now, and there seems to be no light at the end of any tunnel. The teams’ 5-1 loss to Cleveland on Sunday concludes a miserable three-season span, with more than 90 losses in each season.
East Ridge’s Nick Leach turned heads as one of the state’s leading rushers, and the following is why he was named the ASPIRE Athlete of the Week for Sept. 27. Racking up 200 yard a game is no sweat for Leach.
The St. John’s University Johnnies beat the St. Thomas Tommies in a shocking 20-18 win, part of a legendary college football rivalry which brought fans out in droves Saturday to St. Paul. With new head coach Gary Fashing, the Johnnies looked like they were going to meet the same fate as they had in the last three years when the Tommies took an early 8-0 lead. But they bounced back by taking advantage of turnovers, which Sam Sura did this often at South St. Paul High School.
Mike Max and Dave Lee reviewed the Vikings game and talked about Gopher coach Jerry Kill in their Monday morning sports round-up.
Minnesota coach Jerry Kill suffered another game-day seizure, at halftime while the Gophers were playing Western Illinois on Saturday, and was taken to a local hospital as a precaution. The university said Kill was resting comfortably, after he was taken away on a stretcher following his latest episode. Kill was lying on the ground right after the Gophers left for the locker room with a 7-6 lead, writhing back and forth for several minutes with medical staff surrounding him in attempt to keep him as still as possible to prevent injury.