“Rebirth” of the Minneapolis Lakers

By Wally Langfellow Photos by Paul Langfellow In 1947, pro basketball came to Minnesota in the form of the Minneapolis Lakers. Led by Hall of Famer George Mikan the Lakers were one of the NBA’s elite teams in the 1950’s before relocating to Los Angeles prior to the 1960-61 NBA season.  Some 52 years later the Minneapolis Lakers name was revived and is now being proudly adorned on the powder blue and gold jerseys of 4th through 8th grade youth basketball players in Minneapolis. “We wanted a name that honored some heritage that people can be proud of and get … Continue reading “Rebirth” of the Minneapolis Lakers

Columbia Heights draws statewide excitement for one day tournament

Story and photos by Paul Langfellow   Photo Gallery The MYAS one-day Winter Shootout basketball tournaments are back and this past weekend the Columbia Heights Basketball Association hosted a boys tournament at Columbia Heights High School. The tournament featured teams in grades 4th through 8th with 24 teams facing off against each other. The November 9th tournament included boys basketball teams from the Twin Cities metro as well as teams from across the state.   Unique to last Saturday’s tournament were teams that made the long journey from their home courts such as Hermantown located north near Duluth, and Stewartville, located … Continue reading Columbia Heights draws statewide excitement for one day tournament

Top teams tip off traveling basketball season

Story and photos by Paul Langfellow It wasn’t the state tournament, but it very well could have been a preview of what’s to come this season. The “best of the best” boys and girls traveling basketball teams collided this past weekend in the inaugural MYAS Pre-Season Invite. Wayzata, Maple Grove and Osseo High Schools were the sites for the first MYAS tournaments of this fall/winter season. Wayzata hosted the girls invitational while the boys tournaments were held at Maple Grove and Osseo High Schools. Each tournament featured teams from 5th through 8th grade and included the top “A”  teams from … Continue reading Top teams tip off traveling basketball season

Minnesota Score and Minnesota Youth Athletic Services team up to provide complete coverage of community based youth basketball and baseball

Minneapolis, MN (September 25, 2019) Minnesota Youth Athletic Services (MYAS) and Minnesota Score Magazine and Radio today announced a new partnership that will fill a void for coverage of youth sports throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.  “Working with Minnesota Score is a unique way to provide the coverage and content that our partners, the parent-volunteer sports associations, deserve,” said Dawson Blanck, Executive Director, Minnesota Youth Athletic Services. The intent of this joint effort is to showcase the dedicated individuals who volunteer countless hours of time in order to provide safe, positive and productive experiences for youth athletes in Minnesota and … Continue reading Minnesota Score and Minnesota Youth Athletic Services team up to provide complete coverage of community based youth basketball and baseball