Thursday, April 3, 2014

2014 MN Hoops Awards

Player of the Year 

The readers have spoken! And this year I agree with you. The MN Hoops Player of the Year--both the "official" version and the reader's version--is Carlie Wagner of NRHEG.

2. The readers like J.P. Macura but our pick is Tyus Jones, Apple Valley.
3. The readers like Rachel Banham but we like Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx.
4. Rachel Banham. Minnesota Gophers women
5. J. P. Macura, Lakeville North

Team of the Year

Well, let's see…no college team did a whole lot this year in terms of national impact. At the high school level, somebody's got to win but was there a super team? Not according to the national rankings. So this is easy!

1. Minnesota Lynx 33-8, WNBA champs 2nd time in 3 years

2. Lakeville North boys 27-5 Class AAAA champs
3. Eastview girls 32-1 Class AAAA champs
4. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa boys 31-1 Class A champs 3rd finals in 4 years
5. St. Mary's women 24-4 MIAC regular season champions

Coach of the Year

1. Mandy Pearson, St. Mary's women--the Cards have gone from doormats to powerhouse under coach Pearson

2. John Oxton, Lakeville North boys
3. Cheryl Reeve, Minnesota Lynx
4. Melissa Guebert, Eastview girls
5. Dan Westby, Marshall girls

Game of the Year

1. Lakeville North boys 84 Hopkins 82 Class AAAA final

2. Park Center girls 73 Marshall 71 (3OT) Class AAA final
3. Minnesota Gopher men 63 Ohio State 53
4. Eden Prairie girls 61 Hopkins 56 Section 6AAAA semi-final
5. Eastview girls 64 Bloomington Kennedy 61 Class AAAA final

Friday, March 28, 2014

Minnesota Player of the Year 2013-2014

Yeah, I know, I've been pretty much MIA this year, here on MN Hoops. I hope I saw all of you girls hoops fans over at www.northstargirlshoops.com. But now it's time for our annual Minnesota Player of the Year Award.

As always we'll pick a winner. But we'll also let our readers--thanks to those of you who have persevered to keep coming back despite the lack of new content, by the way. But we'll let our readers pick their own winner as well.

The only catch is the you, the voters, have to vote for one of ten finalists that we've selected. The finalists are, in alpha order:

Player of the Year Finalists

Rachel Banham, Minnesota Gophers, junior guard--led the Big Ten in scoring at 22 ppg

Chase Coley, Mpls. Washburn, senior post--averaged 25 points, 18 boards, 9 blocks, 6 assists, 5.5 steals, earned Minnesota's Gatorade Player of the Year Award and is a Ms. Basketball finalist

Austin Hollins, Minnesota Gophers, senior guard--scored 12 ppg, with 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals

Tyus Jones, Apple Valley, senior guard--the Duke recruit scored 27 ppg with 9 assists, and has won every major Player of the Year award, including Mr. Basketball

Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves, forward--the perennial candidate scored 26 ppg this year, with 13 boards, 4 assists and a steal, though his team failed to improve as expected and missed the playoffs for the umpteenth time

J.P. Macura, Lakeville North, senior guard--the Xavier recruit is the #2 scorer in the state with 33 points per game, and led the Panthers to their first state title, shocking Hopkins with 2 late 3s and 43 total points in the final

Zack Monaghan, Mankato State, junior guard--named to the 2nd D2 all-American team, he scored 15 ppg with 8 assists, best in the nation in D2

Jordyn Sammons, Hamline, junior guard--Sammons led the MIAC with 21 ppg, and added 10 rebounds and 3 steals

Carlie Wagner, New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva, senior guard--Wagner scored a record 53 points in a state tournament game and a record 130 in three tournament games, and finished with more than 3,900 career points. More importantly, her Panthers successfully defended their Class AA state title.

Amanda Zahui B., Minnesota Gophers, freshman center--the 6-5 Swede was the Big Ten freshman of the year with 15 ppg, along with 12 rebounds and 3 blocks per game.

History

And, just to jog your memory, our Players of the Year have been:

2011--our official winner and our readers' choice were both Kevin Love, Timberwolves forward

2012--we picked Lindsey Whalen, Lynx; readers picked Taylor Young of St. Thomas

2013--last year we picked Carlie Wagner, NRHEG; readers picked Anders Broman of Lakeview Christian

Minnesota Players of the Year

Players of the Year 1901-2010

3 awards each--George Tuck, Frank Lawler, Marty Rolek, Jim McIntyre, George Mikan, Kevin Garnett, Lindsay Whalen
2 awards each--William Deering, Harold Gillen, Dick Arney, Tony Jaros, Hal Haskins, Ron Johnson, Lou Hudson, Mark Olberding, Kevin McHale, Randy Breuer, Carlie Wagner

1901--George Tuck, Mpls. Central
1902--William Deering, Minnesota
1903--Deering
1904--Tuck, Minnesota
1905--Tuck
1906--Garfield Brown, Minnesota

1911--Frank Lawler, Minnesota
1912--Lawler, various senior teams
1913--Lawler, The Ineligibles
1914--Harold Gillen, Stillwater
1915--Al Rehder, Red Wing Company L
1916--Bill Conlin, Red Wing Company L
1917--Gillen, Minnesota
1918--Street, Carleton
1919--Erling Platou, Minnesota

1920--Martin Norton, Mpls. Central
1921--Arnold Oss, Minnesota
1922--Ozzie Cowles, Carleton
1923--Carl Nordly, Carleton
1924--Mally Nydahl, Mpls. South
1925--Black Rasey, Minnesota
1926--Bennie Lichtenegger, Gaylord
1927--Otto Rortvedt, Henning
1928--Cliff Halmrast, Moorhead
1929--Earl Moran, Moorhead

1930--Chuck Wagner, The Ascensions
1931--Ray Buffalo, DeLaSalle
1932--Dick Arney, Carleton
1933--Arney
1934--Marty Rolek, Mpls. Edison and the Dominiums
1935--Wally Zimmerman, Hamline
1936--Johnny Dick, Buhl
1937--Marty Rolek, Minnesota
1938--Rolek
1939--Clint Wager, St. Mary's

1940--Tony Jaros, Mpls. Edison
1941--Arnie Johnson, Bemidji State
1942--Johnny Norlander, Hamline
1943--Hal Haskins, Alexandria
1944--Jim McIntyre, Mpls. Patrick Henry
1945--McIntyre
1946--Jaros, Minnesota
1947--McIntyre, Minnesota
1948--George Mikan, Minneapolis Lakers
1949--Vern Mikkelson, Hamline

1950--Haskins, Hamline
1951--Bill Simonovich, Gilbert
1952--Mikan
1953--Dave Tschimperle, Hopkins
1954--Mikan
1955--Dick Garmaker, Minnesota
1956--Ron Johnson, New Prague
1957--Jon Hagen, Belview
1958--Norm Grow, Foley
1959--Elgin Baylor, Minneapolis Lakers

1960--R. Johnson, Minnesota
1961--Terry Kunze, Duluth Central
1962--Eric Magdanz, Minnesota
1963--Dan Anderson, Augsburg
1964--Lou Hudson, Minnesota
1965--Hudson
1966--Archie Clark, Minnesota
1967--Jim Hill, St. Paul Central
1968--Bob Zender, Edina
1969--Tony Jenkins, Shattuck

1970--Tom Mulso, Sherburn
1971--Como Pontliana, Duluth Central
1972--Jim Brewer, Minnesota
1973--Mark Olberding, Melrose
1974--Olberding
1975--Frank Wachlarowicz, Little Falls
1976--Steve Lingenfelter, Bloomington Jefferson
1977--Mychal Thompson, Minnesota
1978--Janet Karvonen, New York Mills
1979--Randy Breuer, Lake City

1980--Kevin McHale, Minnesota
1981--Kelly Skalicky, Albany
1982--Darryl Mitchell and Trent Tucker, Minnesota
1983--Breuer, Minnesota
1984--Joe Regnier, White Bear Lake
1985--Laura Coenen, Minnesota
1986--McHale, Boston Celtics
1987--Kevin Lynch, Bloomington Jefferson
1988--Jessica Beachy, Concordia (Moorhead)
1989--Willie Burton, Minnesota

1990--Richard Coffey, Minnesota
1991--Joel McDonald, Chisholm
1992--Laurie Trow, St. Thomas
1993--Voshon Leonard, Minnesota
1994--Carol Ann Shudlick, Minnesota
1995--Coco and Kelly Miller, Rochester Mayo
1996--Khalid El-Amin, Mpls. North
1997--Bobby Jackson, Minnesota
1998--Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves
1999--Garnett

2000--Jake Sullivan, Tartan
2001--Rick Rickert, Duluth East
2002--Lindsay Whalen, Minnesota
2003--Whalen
2004--Garnett
2005--Janelle McCarville, Minnesota
2006--Isaiah Dahlman, Braham
2007--Angel Robinson, St. Paul Central
2008--John Smith, Winona State
2009--Tayler Hill, Mpls. South

2010--Rachel Banham and Cassie Rochel, Lakeville North
2011--Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves
2012--Whalen, Minnesota Lynx
2013--Carlie Wagner, New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva
2014--Wagner

Winners of the Minnesota Hoops Readers Poll

2011--Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves
2012--Taylor Young, St. Thomas
2013--Anders Broman, Lakeview Christian
2014--Wagner

Team of the Year

Minnesota Hoops Team of the Year

Multiple Awards--Minnesota Gophers 22 The Ascensions 5 Carleton 3 Rock Spring Sparklers 3 Mpls. Patrick Henry 3 Hamline 3 Minnesota Aggies 2 Mpls. Central 2 Moorhead 2 Minneapolis Lakers 2 Hopkins 2 Mpls. Roosevelt 2 Austin 2 DeLaSalle 2 Edina 2 Duluth Central 2 St. Thomas women 2 Bloomington Jefferson girls 2 Winona State 2 Minnesota Lynx 2

1895--Minnesota Aggies (U of M Ag School), Twin City League champs
1896--Minneapolis YMCA, TC champions
1897--Minnesota Aggies, TC champions
1898--Red Wing Company G
1899--Macalester

1900--Minnesota Gophers 10-3
1901--Minnesota Gophers 11-1
1902--Minnesota Gophers 15-0, Helms national champion
1903--Minnesota Gophers 13-0, Premo national champion
1904--Minnesota Gophers 10-2
1905--Minnesota Lady Gophers 45-6 over 8 years
1906--Red Wing Red Men 33-6
1907--Minnesota Gophers 10-2, Big Ten co-champions
1908--Minnesota Gophers 12-7
1909--The Ascensions

1910--The Ascensions
1911--Madison high school, mythical state champions
1912--The Ascensions
1913--Fosston 14-1, state champions
1914--Stillwater 14-2, state champions
1915--Chaska senior men
1916--Red Wing Company L 20-0
1917--Minnesota Gophers 17-2, Big Ten co-champions
1918--Minnesota Gophers 13-3
1919--Minnesota Gophers 13-0, Helms national champions

1920--Mpls. Central
1921--Mpls. Central 13-1, state champions
1922--Red Wing 15-2, state champions
1923--Carleton, MIAC champions
1924--Carleton 14-0, Midwest Conference champions
1925--St. Paul Mechanic Arts 17-1, state champions
1926--Gaylord 20-3, state champions
1927--Henning school, state Class B champions
1928--Moorhead 19-3, state champions
1929--Moorhead 24-3, state champions

1930--The Ascensions, state AAU champions
1931--DeLaSalle, national Catholic champions
1932--Carleton, Midwest Conference champions
1933--The Ascensions, state AAU champions
1934--The Dominions, state AAU champions
1935--Rock Spring Sparklers, state AAU champions
1936--Rock Spring Sparklers, state AAU champions
1937--Minnesota Gophers 14-6, Big Ten co-champions
1938--Minnesota Gophers 16-4
1939--Minnesota Gophers 14-6

1940--St. Mary's College, MIAC champions
1941--Bemidji State, NTC champions
1942--Hamline, NAIA national champion
1943--Rock Spring Sparklers
1944--Mpls. Patrick Henry 24-1, state champions
1945--Mpls. Patrick Henry 24-1, state champions
1946--Austin 22-3, state champions
1947--Mankato State 18-4, NTC champions
1948--Minneapolis Lakers 51-19, NBL and World Professional champions
1949--Hamline 31-3, NAIA national champion

1950--Minneapolis Lakers 62-19, NBA champions
1951--Hamline, NAIA national champion
1952--Hopkins 25-1, state champions
1953--Hopkins 23-0, state champions
1954--Gustavus Adolphus, MIAC champions
1955--Minnesota Gophers 15-7
1956--Mpls. Roosevelt 20-3, state champions
1957--Mpls. Roosevelt 27-0, state champions
1958--Austin 20-3, state champions
1959--DeLaSalle, state Catholic champions

1960--Edgerton 27-0, state champions
1961--Duluth Central 27-0, state champions
1962--St. Cloud State 23-4, NIC champions
1963--Marshall 25-1, state champions
1964--Luverne 20-5, state champions
1965--Minnesota Gophers 19-5
1966--St. Thomas 24-4, MIAC champions
1967--Edina 27-0, state champions
1968--Edina 26-1, state champions
1969--Shattuck, state independent champions

1970--Sherburn 26-0, state champions
1971--Duluth Central 23-1, state champions
1972--Minnesota Gophers 18-7, Bit Ten champions
1973--Minnesota Gophers 21-5
1974--Melrose 27-0, state champions
1975--Little Falls 26-1, state champions
1976--Mpls. Marshall-University 28-0, state A champions
1977--Minnesota Gophers 24-3
1978--Bloomington Jefferson girls 24-0, state AA champions
1979--New York Mills girls 25-1, state A champions

1980--Albany girls 26-0, state A champions
1981--Minnesota Gopher women 28-7, Big Ten tournament champions
1982--Minnesota Gopher men 23-6, Big Ten champions
1983--Woodbury boys 24-0, state AA champions
1984--White Bear Lake boys 26-0, state AA champions
1985--White Bear Lake boys 26-0, state AA champions
1986--Mankato State women 25-4, NCC champions
1987--Bloomington Jefferson boys 26-0, state AA champions
1988--Concordia (Moorhead) women 31-1, NCAA D3 champions
1989--Minnesota Gopher men 19-12

1990--Minnesota Gopher men 23-9
1991--St. Thomas women 29-2, NCAA D3 champions
1992--St. Thomas women 27-1, MIAC champions
1993--St. Benedict's women 28-2, MIAC champions
1994--Bloomington Jefferson girls 26-2, state AA champions
1995--North Tartan 15 & Under girls, national AAU champions
1996--Mpls. North boys 29-1, state champions
1997--Minnesota Gopher men 31-4, Big Ten champions
1998--Mpls. North girls 29-0, state AAA champions
1999--St. Benedict's women 28-2, MIAC champions

2000--Mpls. Patrick Henry boys 28-1, state AAA champions
2001--Osseo boys 30-1, state AAAA champions
2002--Minnesota Gopher women 22-8
2003--Minnesota Gopher women 25-6
2004--Minnesota Gopher women 25-9
2005--Braham boys 33-0, state AA champions
2006--Winona State men 32-4, NCAA D2 champions
2007--St. Paul Central girls 32-0, state AAAA champions
2008--Winona State men 38-1, NCAA D2 champions
2009--Mankato State women 32-2, NCAA D2 champions

2010--Lakeville North girls 32-0, state AAAA champions, and St. Paul Johnson boys 32-0, state AAA champions
2011--St. Thomas men 30-3, NCAA D3 champions
2012--Minnesota Lynx 34-8, WNBA champions
2013--Hopkins girls 31-1, 3rd straight Class AAAA champions
2014--Minnesota Lynx 33-8, WNBA champions

Game of the Year

I never got around to picking a Game of the Year through the decades of Minnesota basketball. I previously had picked 3 games per decade, but it's time for a more thorough job. The games listed in boldface are the ones I will plan on going back to see as soon as I get my time machine running.

Multiple Awards (Minnesota teams)--Minnesota Gophers 18-15 Winona State 4-0 Minnesota Gopher women 3-0 Carleton 3-1 Stillwater 2-0 Ascensions 2-0 Buhl 2-0 Red Wing 2-0 Buhl 2-0 St. John's 2-0 White Bear Lake 2-0 Bloomington Jefferson 2-0 St. Thomas (University) 2-0 Minnesota Aggies 2-1 Moorhead 2-1  Mpls. North 2-2 Minneapolis Lakers 2-3 Holy Cross Church 1-1 Mountain Lake 1-1 Marshall 1-1 Augsburg 1-1 Duluth Central 1-2 Hopkins 1-2 Rock Spring Sparklers 0-2 Crosby-Ironton 0-3 Hamline 0-3 Bemidji 0-3

(Non-Minnesotans)--Ohio State 3-0 Phillips Oilers 2-0 Michigan 2-0 Chicago 2-1 Wisconsin 2-1 Indiana 1-1 Crawfordsville (IN) HS 1-1 Harlem Globetrotters 1-1 Columbia 1-2 Iowa 0-2

1896 Minnesota Aggies 9 Hamline 3 in the first intercollegiate game anywhere in the world
1897 Minnesota Aggies 19 Minnesota Gophers 3
1898 Red Wing Company G 22 Minneapolis YMCA 19 marking the end of the YMCA's dominance
1899 Minnesota Gophers 20 Minnesota Aggies 9 after Aggies beat Gophers 10 straight times

1900 Minnesota Lady Gophers 12 Stanley Hall 6 in 1st game ever for Lady Gophers
1901 Minnesota Gophers 42 Wisconsin 15
1902 Minnesota Gophers 32 Yale 23 in a match game for the national collegiate title
1903 Stillwater 26 Minneapolis Central 21, claims the mythical state high school championship
1904 Minnesota Gophers 28 Crawfordsville (IN) HS 23 after Gophers beat Indiana and Purdue easily
1905 Columbia 27 Minnesota 15 as Gophers fail to beat #1 in the nation.
1906 Red Wing Red Men 20 Stockton (CA) 14 in match-up of 2 state champion senior men's teams
1907 Minnesota Gophers 21 Chicago 10 to clinch 1st Big 10 title
1908 Minnesota Gophers sweep Columbia 9-8, 16-11
1909 Chicago 27 Minnesota Gophers 2

1910 Minnesota Gophers split with Chicago 15-10, 15-18
1911 Madison HS 29 Ada 10 in match game for mythical state high school championship
1912 Wisconsin sweeps Minnesota Gophers 22-12, 29-26
1913 Fosston 29 Mountain Lake 27 to win 1st state high school tournament final
1914 Stillwater 30 Winona 4 in state high school final
1915 Red Wing HS 21 Red Wing Company L 19
1916 Virginia 20 St. Paul Mechanic Arts 9 in state high school final
1917 Minnesota Gophers 31 Iowa 19 to clinch Big 19 title
1918 Waseca 29 Duluth Central 10 in state high school final
1919 Minnesota Gophers 26 Illinois 9 to cap undefeated season and national title

1920 Crawfordsville (IN) 21 Mpls. Central 16; Central settles for 3rd in national HS tournament
1921 Indiana 24 Carleton 23
1922 Lexington (KY) 27 Duluth Cathedral 26; Cathedral also takes 3rd
1923 Aurora 24 Austin 14 in state high school final
1924 Carleton wins at Michigan State
1925 Ohio State 32 Minnesota Gophers 20 in 1st game at Kenwood Armory
1926 Gaylord 13 Gilbert 9 in state high school final
1927 Henning 28 Chisago City 18 in state high school Class B tournament final
1928 Ohio State 48 Minnesota 40 in 1st game at fieldhouse
1929 Jesse M. Stasch 27 Holy Cross Church 25 in Minnesota AAU championship

1930 Ascensions 31 Davis Hunt Club (Kansas City) 24 in national AAU
1931 DeLaSalle 23 Jaspar (IN) Academy 21 in national Catholic tournament final
1932 Thief River Falls 21 Chisholm 15 in state high school final
1933 Carleton 34 Wisconsin 29
1934 Dominium Electric 27 Rock Spring Sparklers 20 to win state AAU title
1935 Carleton 29 Minnesota Gophers 26
1936 Buhl 41 Mpls. Edison 32; huge upset, Buhl shoots 50% at a time when 20% is "good"
1937 Minnesota Gophers 34 Northwestern 33 to clinch Big 10 title
1938 Minnesota Gophers 56 Long Island U 41 at Madison Square Garden
1939 Mountain Lake 37 Mpls. Marshall 31 in state high school final

1940 Ascensions 41 Holy Cross 23 in state AAU final
1941 Bemidji State 41 San Diego State 32, beating defending national NAIA champs
1942 Buhl 30 Marshall 29 in state high school final
1943 Washington Bears 42 Rock Spring Sparklers 21 in national professional tournament
1944 Mpls. Henry 51 Crosby-Ironton 42 in state high school final
1945 Minnesota Gophers 45 DePaul 36, holding George Mikan to lowest college total of 11 points
1946 Lynd 58 Crosby-Ironton 47 in state high school final
1947 Duluth Denfeld 46 Crosby-Ironton 44 in state high school final
1948 Harlem Globetrotters 61 Minneapolis Lakers 59
1949 Philips Oilers sweep Hamline 52-38 and 49-46

1950 Minneapolis Lakers 75 Harlem Globetrotters 60
1951 Minnesota Gophers 61 Kentucky 57 Gophers open Williams Arena vs. national champs
1952 Ft. Wayne 19 Minneapolis Lakers 18 famous stall game
1953 Red Wing 92 Braham 73 in Region 4 high school final
1954 North Carolina State 85 Minnesota Gophers 84
1955 Minnesota Gophers 59 Purdue 56 (6 OT)
1956 Minneapolis Roosevelt 101 Blue Earth 54 in state high school final
1957 Minneapolis Roosevelt 73 Bemidji 70 (OT) in state high school 1st round
1958 Minneapolis Lakers 111 Harlem Globetrotters 100
1959 Boston Celtics 173 Minneapolis Lakers 139

1960 Edgerton 63 Richfield 60 (OT) in state high school semi-finals
1961 Duluth Central 51 Bemidji 50 in state high school final
1962 Minnesota Gophers split with Indiana: win 104-100, lose 105-104
1963 Marshall 75 Cloquet 74 in state high school final
1964 Augsburg 72 Duluth Branch 71 for right to play in national NAIA tournament
1965 Michigan sweeps Minnesota Gophers 91-78, 88-85
1966 Edina 62 Henning 55 (3OT) in state high school semi-finals
1967 Moorhead 73 Duluth Central 69 in state high school semi-finals
1968 Moorhead 108 St. Paul Highland Park 89 in state high school 1st round
1969 St. John's sweeps Winona State 53-50, 66-61 (OT) to move on to NAIA tournament

1970 Sherburn 78 South St. Paul 62 in state high school final
1971 St. Thomas 64 Augsburg 63 to move on to NAIA tournament
1972 Ohio State 50 Minnesota Gophers 44 in "basketbrawl"
1973 Iowa 79 Minnesota Gophers 77 to knock Gophers out of Big 10 title
1974 Melrose 58 Bemidji 42 in state high school "overall" final
1975 Little Falls 54 Chisholm 50 in state high school "overall" final
1976 Bloomington Jefferson 60 Hibbing 51 in state high school Class AA final
1977 Prior Lake 52 Duluth Central 49 in state high school Class AA final
1978 St. John's 98 Moorhead State 85 to move on to NAIA tournament
1979 New York Mills girls 61 Albany 52 in state high school girls Class A final

1980 Virginia 58 Minnesota Gophers 55 in NIT final
1981 Kansas 67 Minnesota Gopher women 61 in regional final
1982 Minnesota Gophers 57 Iowa 55 (3OT) en route to Big 10 title
1983 Woodbury 56 Coon Rapids 50 (OT) in state high school Class AA final
1984 White Bear Lake 51 Mpls. North 47 in state high school Class AA final
1985 White Bear Lake 67 Mpls. North 62 in state high school Class AA final
1986 Bloomington Jefferson 52 Duluth Central 51 in state high school Class AA final
1987 Blaine 62 Moorhead 56 (5 OT) in state high school Class AA semis
1988 Concordia (Moorhead) women 65 St. John Fisher 57 for NCAA D3 championship
1989 Duke 87 Minnesota Gophers 70 in Sweet 16

1990 Minnesota Gophers 82 Syracuse 75 in Sweet 16
1991 St. Thomas women 73 Muskingum 55 for NCAA D3 championship
1992 Minnesota Gophers 62 Georgetown 61 for NIT title
1993 Cretin-Derham Hall 72 Elk River 69 (2OT) in state high school Class AA semi
1994 Minnesota Gopher women 81 Notre Dame 76 in NCAA tournament
1995 Mpls. North 54 Staples-Motley 52 in state high school Sweet 16 final
1996 Mpls. North 67 St. Thomas 65 in state high school Sweet 16 semi-final
1997 Wabasso 117 Red Lake 113 (OT) in state high school Class A semi's
1998 Anoka Ramsey CC women 73 DuPage (IL) 48 for NJCAA D3 title
1999 Washington (St. Louis) women 74 St. Benedict's 65 for NCAA D3 title

2000 Minnesota Timberwolves 101 Indiana 100 on half-court shot by Malik Sealy
2001 Lakeville girls 53 Woodbury 52 (OT) in state high school girls Class AAAA 1st round
2002 Minnesota Gopher women 92 Wisconsin 85
2003 Minnesota Gopher women win at #9 Stanford to advance to NCAA Sweet 16
2004 Minnesota Gopher women 82 #1 Duke 75 for a trip to the Final Four
2005 Hopkins 71 Eastview 60 (OT) in state Class AAAA final; Hoffarber's "butt shot"
2006 Winona State 74 Mankato State 71 after trailing by 16 in NCAA D2 regional game
2007 Winona State 69 Minnesota Gophers 64 in exhibition game
2008 Jordan girls 79 Crookston 74 as Chambers scores 47 in state high school girls Class AA semi
2009 Mankato State women 103 Franklin Pierce 94 in D3 women's championship game

2010 St. Paul Johnson boys 86 Hopkins 78 in matchup of 2 state champions
2011 St. Thomas 78 Wooster 54 in NCAA D3 championship game
2012 Osseo boys 87 Hopkins 86 (3OT) state AAAA semi-final
2013 New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva girls 60 Braham 59, Class AA final
2014 Lakeville North boys 84 Hopkins 82, Class AAAA final

The Four-Class Era in Review

Minnesota Players of the Year

1997--Bobby Jackson, Minnesota Gophers
1998--Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves
1999--Garnett
2000--Jake Sullivan, Tartan
2001--Rick Rickert, Duluth East
2002--Lindsay Whalen, Minnesota
2003--Whalen
2004--Garnett
2005--Janelle McCarville, Minnesota
2006--Isaiah Dahlman, Braham
2007--Angel Robinson, St. Paul Central
2008--John Smith, Winona State
2009--Tayler Hill, Mpls. South
2010--Rachel Banham and Cassie Rochel, Lakeville North

2011--Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves
2012--Whalen, Minnesota Lynx
2013--Carlie Wagner, New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva girls
2014--Wagner

Banham and Rochel are the 3rd PoY pairing. The 1st was Trent Tucker and Darryl Mitchell 1982, and the 2nd was Coco and Kelly Miller in 1995.

Top 4C-Era Players

C- Janelle McCarville, Minnesota Gophers
F- Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves
F- Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves
G- Lindsay Whalen, Minnesota Gophers, Minnesota Lynx, 21C MVP
G- Tayler Hill, Mpls. South Tigers
6th- Carlie Wagner, NRHEG


Team of the Year

1997--Minnesota Gopher men 31-4
1998--Mpls. North girls 29-0
1999--St. Ben's women 28-2

2000--Mpls. Patrick Henry boys 28-1, state AAA champions
2001--Osseo boys 30-1, state AAAA champions
2002--Minnesota Gopher women 22-8
2003--Minnesota Gopher women 25-6
2004--Minnesota Gopher women 25-9
2005--Braham boys 33-0, state AA champions
2006--Winona State men 32-4, NCAA D2 champions
2007--St. Paul Central girls 32-0, state AAAA champions
2008--Winona State men 38-1, NCAA D2 champions
2009--Mankato State women 32-2, NCAA D2 champions
2010 (tie)--Lakeville North girls 32-0, state AAAA champions, and St. Paul Johnson boys 32-0, state AAA champions

2011--St. Thomas men 30-3, NCAA D3 champions
2012--Minnesota Lynx 27-7 (regular season), WNBA champions
2013--Hopkins girls 31-1, state AAAA champions
2014--Minnesota Lynx 26-8 (regular season), WNBA champions

2010 saw the 1st ever co-Team of the Year.

Top 4C-Era Teams

1. Minnesota Gopher women 2002-2004
2. Minnesota Lynx 2011-2013
3. Minnesota Gopher men 1997
4. Winona State men 2006-2008
5. St. Paul Central girls 2007
6. Minnesota Timberwolves 2004


Coach of the Year

1997--Clem Haskins, Minnesota Gopher men
1998--Kevin McHale and Flip Saunders, Minnesota Timberwolves
1999--Mike Durbin, St. Ben's women

2000--Larry McKenzie, Mpls. Patrick Henry boys
2001--Dan Smith, St. John's men
2002--no award
2003--Mark Hanson, Gustavus Adolphus men
2004--Pam Borton, Minnesota women
2005--Myron Glass, Rochester Lourdes girls
2006--Mike Leaf, Winona State men
2007--Matt Marganthaler, Mankato State men
2008--Paul Fessler, Concordia (St. Paul) women
2009- Pam Gohl, Mankato State women
2010--Vern Simmons, St. Paul Johnson boys

2011--Steve Fritz, St. Thomas men
2012--Rick Adelman, Minnesota Tmberwolves
2013--Brian Cosgriff, Hopkins girls
2014--Mandy Pearson, St. Mary's women

Top 21C Coaches

1. Steve Fritz, St. Thomas men
2. Mike Leaf, Winona State men
3. Brian Cosgriff, Hopkins girls
4. Mike Durbin, St. Ben's women
5. Myron Glass, Rochester Lourdes girls
5. Matt Marganthaler, Mankato State men
6. Paul Fessler, Concordia (St. Paul) women


Game of the Year

1997--Wabasso 117 Red Lake 113 (OT)
19978--Anoka Ramsey CC 73 DePage, IL 73-48
2000--Litchfield boys 74 Tartan 49
2001--St. Michael-Albertville girls 63 New London-Spicer 48
2002--Minnesota Gopher women 92 Wisconsin 85
2003--Mpls. North boys 82 Osseo 73 (2OT)
2004--Minnesota Gopher women 82 Duke 75
2005--Hopkins boys 71 Eastview 60 (2OT)
2006--Winona State men 74 Minnesota State-Mankato 71
2007--Winona State men 69 Minnesota Gophers 64
2008--Minnesota Gopher men 59 Indiana 58
2009--Minnesota State-Mankato women 103 Franklin Pierce 94
2010--St. Paul Johnson boys 86 Hopkins 78

2011--St. Thomas men 78 Wooster 54
2012--Osseo boys 87 Hopkins 86 (3OT)
2013--New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva girls 60 Braham 59
2014--Lakeville North 84 Hopkins 82

Top 21C Games

1. Minnesota Gopher women 82 Duke 75, 2004
2. Hopkins boys 71 Eastview 60 (2OT), 2005
3. Osseo boys 87 Hopkins 86 (3OT), 2012
4. Winona State 74 Minnesota State-Mankato 71, 2006
5. New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva girls 60 Braham 59, 2013
6. Mpls. North boys 82 Osseo 73 (2OT), 2003

Friday, March 14, 2014

Class A Boys Hoops at Target Center Friday afternoon March 14

Rushford-Peterson (31-1), the #3 seed, will meet Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (30-1), the #1, in the Class A final

Rushford-Pete hangs on 53-51 

The Trojans led 29-19 at the half and scored the first 4 points of the 2nd half, and looked to be in control. But Maranatha picked up the defensive intensity and rallied to tie at 44 at 5:15 and 51 at 1:50.

But Rushford Pete responded each time. Cole Kingsley drove to the rim for a 2 + 1 the first time, and Jorli Hauge followed with a 2 off the offensive glass for a 49-44 lead at 3:00. But Maranatha came back on 2 throws by Jake Meyen, a 2 off the dribble drive by Damario Armstrong, and a 3 from the left corner by Josh Goldschmidt.

But Austin O'Hare scored off the offensive glass at 1:25 to make it 53-51 and neither team could score the rest of the way. A Goldschmidt 3 from the left wing bounced away at the buzzer.

O'Hare and Kingsley scored 14 and 13 for RP, Goldschmidt, Armstrong and Meyen 13, 12 and 11 for Maranatha. RP shot 51 percent for the game, but Maranatha had 7 3s to 3 for RP, and the Mustangs also made 8-of-8 FT to stay in the game.

Rushford-Peterson in command of Maranatha 29-19 at the half-way point

Rushford-Peterson's disciplined offense has produced a 50 percent shooting performance so far, exemplified by a last second basket by Cole Kingsley to account for the half-time score. RP held the ball for 54 seconds, then with 1 second left in the first half Kingsley took it into the lane for an easy 8-footer.

The turnovers are 8-2 and the points off turnovers 8-0 in favor of RP. Alex Vix leads all scorers for RP with 9 points.

Belgrade-Brooten-Elrose advances to its third state final in four years

BBE defeated Fond du Lac Ojibwe 76-58 to advance to the Class A final. It was an entertaining game that often made the fans at Target Center smile. But FDO's high risk/high reward game didn't click quite often enough. The Ogichidaag shot 34 percent from the field, 29 percent on 3-pointers and had 22 turnovers.

Of course BBE shot just 3-of-19 3-pointers and so were unable to put FDO away until midway through the second half. BBE led 45-32 at the half. FDO got within 45-38 and 54-46 when the shots really stopped falling. A 12-3 BBE run with Brian Goodwin scoring 9 made it 66-49 at 7:30, and FDO never challenged after that.

Goodwin scored 25 and Billy Borgerding 21 for BBE. Davonte Williamson scored 18 for FDO but fouled out 75 feet from the hoop at 6:56 to pretty much put an end to the hopes of the Ogichidaag (Ojibe for warrior).

At the half: BBE 45 FDO 32

FDO has lived up to its billing on the offensive end of the court with some 3-point shots and some great slashes to the basket. Then there was an alley oop dunk by 6-3 junior forward Davonte Williamson. Win, lose or draw, FDO is giving fans a reason to smile.

But BBE is getting to the rim at will both with the ball and on the offensive glass. FDO is plenty quick horizontally, but they don't get off the feet and up in the air after the rebound on either end of the floor with any alacrity at all. So if BBE misses on its initial offense, it's scoring off the glass.

BBE is shooting 47 percent to 37 for FDO, rebounds are 25-19 BBE, turnovers are 12 for FDO and 7 for BBE. Billy Borgerding has 14 for BBE to lead all scorers. His teammates Brian Goodwin has 12. FDO's Williamson has 13, Trevontae Brown has 12. Jordan Diver, who scored 25 per game on the year, has just 2.

Class A Semi-Finals: A Very Short Preview

It can't have the drama that we had yesterday with 7 OT and two game-winning buzzer-beater shots totaling 90 feet, but the Class A semis should be interesting games.

Fond du Lac Ojibwe's run and gun team vs. #1 seed Belgrade-Brooten-Elrose, who have no problem with running. First to 80 wins? 90? 100?

And Maranatha scored 95 yesterday, too, so you could see some scoring there. Except Rushford-Peterson will probably try to slow 'em down if it feels that Maranatha as too much of an advantage up-tempo.

We'll have a half-time report and a final report for each of today's Class A semis.