Saturday, January 1, 2011

The Big Game December 2010

December All-Stars

A player has to be mentioned among the Big Game, the Player and the Coach of the Day entries to be eligible to be a monthly all-star.

Joe Coleman, Hopkins boys
Michael Beasley, Minnesota Timberwolves
Alex Richter, Lakeville South boys
Leah Cotton, Minnesota Gopher women
Blake Hoffarber, Minnesota Gopher men

2nd Team

Anthony Tucker, Winona State men
Jackie Johnson, Eden Prairie girls
Rachel Banham, Lakeville North girls
Michelle Young, Woodbury girls
Trevor Mbakwe, Minnesota Gopher men

3rd Team

Estan Tyler, St. Paul Johnson boys
Apiew Ojulu, Lakeville North girls
Chris Palmer, St. Mary's men
Tysseanna Johnson, DeLaSalle girls
Kristen Dockery, Minnesota Gopher women

Team of the Month

1. Hopkins girls 11-0
2. St. Thomas men 9-0
3. Hopkins boys 8-0
4. Hill-Murray girls 9-0
5. Minnesota Gopher men 11-3
6. Mankato State 9-1
7. Barnum girls 10-0
8. St. Paul Johnson boys 7-1
9. St. Mary's men 8-1
10 (tie). Concordia (Moorhead) women 6-1 and Moorhead State women 7-2

11. Eden Prairie girls 8-2
12. Winona State men 7-2
13. Lakeville North girls 8-2
14. Perham boys 6-0
15. Lakeville South boys 3-2

Coach of the Month

1. Brian Cosgriff, Hopkins girls
2. Erin Herman, Hill-Murray girls
3. Steve Fritz, St. Thomas men
4. Vern Simmons, St. Paul Johnson boys
5. Tubby Smith, Minnesota Gopher men
6. Matt Marganthaler, Mankato State men
7. Kenny Novak, Jr., Hopkins boys
8 (tie). Todd Landrum, St. Mary's men, and Mandy Pearson, St. Mary's women
9 (tie). Karla Nelson, Moorhead State women, and Jessica Rahman, Concordia (Moorhead) women
10. Chris Carr, Eden Prairie girls

11. Myron Glass, Rochester Lourdes girls
12. Randy Myhre, Barnum girls
13. Mike Leaf, Winona State men
14. Mike Durbin, St. Ben's women
15. Dave Cresap, Perham boys

Game of the Month

1. Winona State men 68 Southwest Minnesota State 66 on a half-court shot at the buzzer by Anthony Tucker

2 (tie). Hopkins girls 83 Lakeville North 64 and Hopkins girls 62 Eden Prairie 56
3. St. Thomas men 61 Wisconsin-Stevens Point 54
4. Wisconsin men 68 Minnesota Gophers 60
5 (tie). Hopkins boys 93 Lakeville South 89 and St. Paul Johnson boys 61 Lakeville South 60
6. Minnesota Timberwolves 113 New Orleans 98
7. Eden Prairie girls 60 Lakeville North 46
8. LaCrescent girls defeat Caledonia for the 1st time in 25 years, 80-73
9. Lakeville North girls 64 DeLaSalle 29 and DeLaSalle girls 75 Minnetonka 67 (2 OT)
10. Faribault boys 94 Mankato East 93 (4 OT)

11. Chicago Hyde Park 80 St. Paul Johnson 74, ending the Governors 38 game win streak
12. Baylor women 103 Minnesota Gophers 56
13. Mankato State men 80 Winona State 74
14. Hopkins boys 103 Minnesota Transitions 82
15. Perham boys 60 Crosby-Ironton 21

The Big Game, Player of the Day and Coach of the Day

Friday, 12/31--Michigan State 71 Minnesota
Gopher men 62. The Gophers led 28-22 at the half and still led 41-38 at 13:31. But a 21-3 Spartan run put the Gophers' hopes to rest, as Minnesota scored on just 1-of-13 possessions over the next 8 minutes (7 misses, 5 turnovers). Player of the Day: Trevor Mbakwe, Gopher men 17 points 9 rebounds.

Thursday, 12/30--Hopkins girls 62 Eden Prairie 56. Somebody finally pushed Hopkins. Trailing 33-22 at the half, the Eagles out-scored the Royals 34-29 in the 2nd half but never quite caught up. Player of the Day: Joe Coleman, Hopkins boys 31 points as the Royals easily won the Best Buy Classic title, 101-53 over Chicago Hyde Park. Coach of the Day: Brian Cosgriff, Hopkins girls, and Kenny Novak, Jr., Hopkins boys. Both are unbeaten and clear #1AAAAs going into the 2nd season.

Wednesday, 12/29--Chicago Hyde Park boys 80 St. Paul Johnson 74 in semi's of Best Buy Classic, thus depriving us of a Hopkins-Johnson rematch from last year's title game. Joe Coleman, Hopkins boys, 29 points in 103-82 win over Minnesota Transitions in the other Best Buy semi. Jeff Crosby, Roseville girls, who upset Edina 47-40 at Lakeville South tournament.

Tuesday, 12/28--Wisconsin Badgers 68 Minnesota
Gopher men 60
in Big Ten opener. The Gophers trailed 59-58 at 1:12 and 62-60 at 0:26 but couldn't make any plays down the stretch. Jordan Taylor, Benilde-St. Margaret's grad, Wisconsin Badgers men, could make a play down the stretch, as he had all night, finishing with 22 points and 7 assists. Myron Glass, R
ochester Lourdes girls. I've always wondered, how does he do it? Even when he loses, he gets the maximum mileage out of the resources he's got. This time it's unranked class AA Lourdes losing to defending state AAAA champ and #3 rated Lakeville North by the score of 76-70 and in fact North had to come back from a 14-point deficit with 13 minutes to play. In a sidebar, former Rochester JM player Apiew Ojulu led North with 23 points including the 2,000th of her career.

Monday, 12/27--LaCrescent girls 80 Caledonia 73. The Lancers beat Caledonia for the 1st time in 25 years. Michael Beasley, Timberwolves, followed up last night's heroics with 30 points, 9 boards and 7 assists, as the Wolves not only beat a team with a winning record (1st time all year), they won the 4th quarter (31-21) to do it. One 3 stretched the lead to 92-80 and another put 'em away. Shelley Gates, LaCrescent girls.

Sunday, 12/26--Minnesota Timberwolves 98 Cleveland Cavaliers 97. The Wolves still have the 2nd worst record in the NBA but, hey, 7-24 sounds better than 6-25. Michael Beasley, Timberwolves, scored 28 points, including the game-winner at 5.9 seconds, then defended Antawn Jamison's last-second effort for the Cavs. Kurt Rambis, Timberwolves

Thursday, 12/23--Minnesota Gopher men 85 South Dakota State 73. The Gophers pulled away from a 64-all tie around 6:30, out-scoring the Jackrabbits 9-0 over 3 minutes and 21-9 to the final buzzer. Al Nolen scored 8 of the 21, though Colt Iverson and Devoe Joseph led the way with 15 each. Seth Hinrichs, MCCRAY 33 pts vs. Cooper, though the Wolverines lost 83-80 in the finals of the Benson tournament postponed from December 11. Paul Tinjum, Isle High School girls, who almost pulled off the upset of the year, losing to Barnum 51-45.

Wednesday, 12/22--The #7 D3 St. Thomas Tommies 61 #4 (and defending national D3 champions) University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point 54. The Tommies trailed by 12 in the 2nd half, but finished the game on 9-2 and 36-17 runs.
Katie Loberg, Gopher women. With Jackie Voigt out with an injured foot, coach Pam Borton played Kristen Dockery and Katie Loberg together for significant minutes. Dock responded with 10 points, 11 boards and 4 assists, Loberg with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Still, the Gophers again struggled against a mid-major at the Barn, leading just 73-68 at 1:30 and 78-74 at 0:19 before pulling away (82-74). Andy Meinhardt, Bloomington Jefferson girls. After a very tough loss last night to Eastview 57-49, Meinhardt got his girls to come back the very next night against another tough opponent, Chaska, and to win 60-53.

Tuesday, 12/21--Faribault boys 94 Mankato East 91 (4OT). Chad Hansen did his best Kevin Love impersonation with 30 points and 20 boards for the Falcons, while Michael Emge had 20 points, 12 boards and 6 assists. Alex Beckman, Eastview girls 18 points in 57-49 win over #4AAAA Bloomington Jefferson. Dave Cresap, Perham boys who hammered Crosby-Ironton 60-21 to get to 4-0

Monday, 12/20--Cook County girls 65 Mountain Iron-Buhl 57. The 5-1 Vikings give the Vikings their 1st defeat of the year. Martell Webster, Minnesota Timberwolves 18 points as he continues his return from injury, but the Wolves go down to the lowly L.A. Clippers 113-90. T.J. Super, Cook County girls

Sunday, 12/19--no known games involving Minnesota teams. Tayler Hill, Ohio State (formerly Mpls. South) 14 points, but the Buckeyes were demolished by superpower Connecticut 81-50.

Saturday, 12/18--Mankato State men 80 Winona State 74. Mankato stayed atop the men's NSIC (tied with surprising UMD) standings with this win. Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves 43 points, 17 rebounds. Karla Nelson, Moorhead State women.

Friday, 12/17--Winona State men 68 Southwest State 66. Anthony Tucker banked in a half-court shot as the buzzer sounded to win it for the Warriors. Jordan Miller had made a 3 to give SW State the lead at :06. Anthony Tucker, Winona State 26 points. Jeremy Post, White Bear Lake girls, who edged Stillwater 59-57.

Thursday, 12/16--St. Michael-Albertville girls 42 Rogers 38.
Amber Sorenson, Caledonia, scored 29 pts, including her 1,000th, in a 63-33 win over Fillmore Central.
Kent Hamre, St. Michael-Albertville girls.

Wednesday, 12/15--Gopher men 66 Akron 58. Minnesota made 11-of-their-final-14 shots to pull away from a 38-39 deficit with 11 minutes to go. Not a dominating win by any means, but Akron gave nothin.' The Gophers had to earn this one. Blake Hoffarber, Gopher men 13 pts, 7 assists. Tubby Smith, Gopher men.

Tuesday, 12/14--#1AAAA Hopkins boys 93 at #5AAAA Lakeville South 89. The Cougars battled back from 17 points down to within 1 before falling short. Alex Richter, Lakeville South 38 points in a losing effort. Randy Myhre, Barnum girls, def. Floodwood 65-52.

Monday, 12/13--Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart girls 69 Springfield 45 in the battle of unbeatens. Kayla Hulsebus, St. Croix Lutheran girls 21 pts as her team defeated St. Anthony Village 51-42. Josh Tjosaas, Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart girls, now 4-0

Sunday, 12/12--Gopher women 66 Cal Poly 52. The Gophers, playing without Kiara Buford, slowly pulled away in the 2nd half, out-scoring Poly 33-19. Leah Cotton had the hot hand again with 17 points. Maurika Hickman, Concordia-St. Paul 25 points. Jessica Rahman, Concordia (Moorhead) women who bludgeoned St. Mary's 55-34 to stay unbeaten in the MIAC.

Saturday, 12/11--
Gopher men 71 Ea
stern Kentucky 58. Can't avoid the cliche: There was a blizzard raging outside, but it was colder yet inside Williams Arena blah blah blah. Well, fact is that Eastern opened the 2nd half 0-for-10 and was 9-for-43 total at that time. Maverick Ahanmisi hit a 41-foot 3 at the 1st half buzzer to break a 25-25 tie, and spark the Gophers to an 18-0 run which they then quickly extended to 30-3. Eastern only scored its 1st points of the 2nd half at 10:05. Then, wouldn't you know, the 2 teams combined on 21-for-30 shooting the rest of the way but the Gophers were never threatened. Ralph Sampson, Gopher men 19 pts, 8 boards, 4 assists. Dale Rauvola, Floodwood girls, who def. a good Fulda team 49-44, Fulda having lost to Barnum the previous night 69-59.

Friday, 12/10--Eden Prairie girls 60 at Lakeville North 46. After 35 straight wins, North now has lost 2 straight. EP led 28-17 at the half. The Eagles' Jackie Johnson and North's Rachel Banham each scored 22. Michelle Young, Woodbury girls 36 points. Chris Carr, Eden Prairie girls

Thursday, 12/9--Minnesota Gopher women 63 Southern 48. It was closer than that, as the lead hovered around 10 for much of the 2nd half. Leah Cotton, Gopher women 25. Mark Gerber, Eastview boys, and Paul Goetz, Eastview girls

Wednesday, 12/8--Minnesota Gopher men 83 St. Joseph's 73. The Hawks had come from 36-26 down at the half to within 38-37. The Gophers answered with 13 straight points, as Blake Hoffarber hit a pair of 3s and assisted on another. Trevor Mbakwe, Gopher men 12 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists. Steve Fritz, St. Thomas men. Trailing St. Olaf 44-42, the Tommies blitzed the Oles 45-14 the rest of the way to move to 4-0, 8-0.

12/7--New Life girls 66 Faribault Bethlehem Academy 59. OK, it wasn't the biggest game but, hey, BA is my alma mater and this is my blog. You can read a full report of the game at or click on "Kevin Anderson's blog" to the right. Hello to my friends in Faribault. Tom Schalk, Apple Valley, and Jordan Smith, Orono, 36 points each. Ray Finley, Providence girls

12/6--There was a full slate of MIAC action and 2 games--1 featuring the women and 1 featuring the men--matched teams unbeaten in MIAC play. The Concordia (Moorhead) women hammered Carleton 81-37 in 1, and the Gustavus men came from behind to beat St. Olaf 74-66 in the other. Chris Palmer, St. Mary's men 37 pts. Todd Landrum, St. Mary's men, and Mandy Pearson, St. Mary's women.

12/5--#2 Baylor 103 Gopher women 56. Baylor is all of that. The Gophers led 2-0, then trailed 8-2, 26-7 and 53-23 at the half. Kristen Dockery, Gopher women 6 points, 6 rebounds.

12/4--Hopkins girls 83 Lakeville North 64. And it wasn't even that close as the Royals led 12-4, 20-10, 43-24 at the half and 69-36. Tysseanna Johnson, DeLaSalle, 36 points as DLS outlasted Minnetonka 75-67 in 2 OT. Brian Cosgriff, Hopkins girls, who like the Hopkins boys are now clearly positioned as the best girl's team in the state. Honorable mention to Erin Herman, Hill-Murray girls, whose supporting cast is now coming to the aid of Tessa Cichy and Beth Doolittle to an extent I didn't think was possible.

12/3--St. Paul Johnson 61 Lakeville South 60. Estan Tyler scored the last of his 19 points on a tip-in at the final buzzer. Alex Richter, Lakeville South, 33 points. Vern Simmons, St. Paul Johnson.

12/2--Lakeville North girls 64 DeLaSalle 29. I once saw North hold Eastview to 4 points in the 2nd half. I never thought I would see such a thing again. But, after taking a 27-25 half-time lead, North demolished the Islanders on their own home court in the 2nd half 37-4. Apiew Ojulu and Rachel Banham combined for 39 points.I wrote a full report of this game and sent it over to my buddy Kevin Anderson's Web site. You can see it at or click on his name in the right hand column of this page. Kiara Buford, Minnesota Gopher women, career-high 27 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 steals. Andy Berkvam, Lakeville North girls.

12/1--St. Ben's women 57 St. Kate's 52. The Bennies pulled away from a 52-all tie at :40, and finished the game on a 20-5 run. Laura Kalbfell, St. Kate's 16 points, 13 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 blocks. Aaron Greiss, Augsburg men, who are 5-0 for the 1st time since 1980-1981

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