Long Road to a Grade State Championship

by Wally Langfellow Of the 878 teams that traveled to this year’s MYAS Boys Grade State Basketball Championships, not many came further than Matt Schonrock’s 3rd grade team from Blue Earth. Located 133 miles southwest of the Twin Cities and … Continue reading Long Road to a Grade State Championship

Girls Grade State Championships breed success, funding

The largest youth basketball tournament in the nation, and an opportunity for a recently formed booster club.By Paul Langfellow This past weekend the Minnesota Youth Athletic Services 2022 Girls Grade State Basketball Championship took place at 26 sites across the … Continue reading Girls Grade State Championships breed success, funding

Preview: 2022 MYAS Girls Grade State Hoops Championships on the Clock

2022 Girls Grade State Championships Preview     by Wally Langfellow The long months of planning are in the books. For the staff of Minnesota Youth Athletic Services, and the hundreds of volunteers who make the Girls Grade State Championships happen, the fun is just beginning as they get set for this weekend’s tournament. “We plan about 10 months out for an event of this magnitude,” says MYAS associate director Jeremy Innes.  And the magnitude is impressive. This year’s Girls Grade State Championships which run February 26-27,  will include a near-record 578 teams (the record is 584 teams in 2017) … Continue reading Preview: 2022 MYAS Girls Grade State Hoops Championships on the Clock

As expected, Pitino fired by Mark Coyle

University of Minnesota Athletics Director Mark Coyle announced this evening that the University has parted ways with men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino. “I recently met with Richard and told him that we were moving in a different direction. Richard is a tremendous person and coach, and I want to thank him, Jill and their family for their commitment to Minnesota. We wish them well in their next endeavor. “Decisions like this are never easy, but after evaluating this season and the previous eight years of our program under Richard, it is clear to me that new leadership is needed. We … Continue reading As expected, Pitino fired by Mark Coyle

AP Poll: MN Boys High School Basketball Rankings

Here are the latest rankings for boys basketball in Minnesota according to the Associated Press prior to games played on Wednesday, January 20: CLASS 4A Hopkins (2-0) Wayzata (1-1) Lakeville South (2-0) Chaska (2-0) Champlin Park (1-0) East Ridge (1-0) Eastview (2-0) Maple Grove (0-1) Duluth East (2-0) Edina (10-0) CLASS 3A Minnehaha Academy (2-0) Totino-Grace (1-0) DeLaSalle (1-0) Richfield (1-0) Hibbing (2-0) Marshall (2-0) South St. Paul (3-0) Mankato East (2-0) Austin (2-0) Columbia Heights (0-0) CLASS 2A Waseca (2-0) Minneapolis North (0-0) Caledonia (2-0) Perham (3-0) Stewartville (2-0) Melrose (2-0) Blake (2-0) St. Charles (1-0) St. Croix Prep … Continue reading AP Poll: MN Boys High School Basketball Rankings

Gophers’ Carr named Co-Big Ten Player of the Week

Redshirt junior Marcus Carr has been named the Co Big Ten Player of the Week, announced today by the conference office. It marks Carr’s first Big Ten weekly award of his career and the first honor this season for Minnesota. The last weekly award dates back to Gabe Kalscheur and Daniel Oturu during the 2019-20 season. Carr produced his third 30-plus game this season and second in a row Friday against Iowa. The Toronto, Ont., native had 30 points against the then-No. 4 Hawkeyes when he went 6-for-13 shooting from 3-point range and eight assists. He also scored a crucial three-pointer to send the game into overtime against … Continue reading Gophers’ Carr named Co-Big Ten Player of the Week

Gopher men crack top 25 for first time since 2017

The University of Minnesota men’s basketball team is currently No. 21 in the Associated Press poll released today. The poll marks the first time since Dec. 10, 2017 that the Golden Gophers have been ranked.  In all, nine Big Ten teams are currently ranked within the AP’s top 25. Wisconsin is ranked No. 6, followed by Iowa at No. 10. Rutgers (No. 14), Illinois (No. 15), Michigan (No. 16), Michigan State (No. 17), Northwestern (No. 19), the Gophers (tied at No. 21) and Ohio State (No. 25) are all ranked in the top 25. Minnesota’s last nonconference opponent, Saint Louis, is … Continue reading Gopher men crack top 25 for first time since 2017