572 Teams Come Together for Girls Grade State Championships

Story by Paul Langfellow and Wally Langfellow Photo gallery by Paul Langfellow It was a basketball bonanza on March 7 and 8, as 572 girls traveling teams from across Minnesota clashed in the 30th annual MYAS Girls Grade State Championships at 13 different locations. The tournament featured over 1100 games and is the largest of its kind for girls basketball, drawing more teams and players than any tournament throughout the season.   This year’s spectacle not only drew hundreds of teams and fans, but also served as an important  fundraiser benefiting many schools and youth programs. Doug Erlien, head girls basketball … Continue reading 572 Teams Come Together for Girls Grade State Championships

March Madness – MYAS style: Grade State Basketball Championships

When the term “March Madness” came into being, it was generally in reference to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. And while that tournament is now at 68 teams, it pales in comparison to what MYAS has going with its own version of March Madness, the Grade State Basketball Championships..  Now in its 30th year, the Grade State basketball tournament is the largest tournament of its kind anywhere in the country and will again this year include over 1500 teams and 13 thousand players. Staggering numbers. “There are a variety of reasons for the continued growth of the tournament” said Eric … Continue reading March Madness – MYAS style: Grade State Basketball Championships

Rising to the Top

MYAS Rising Stars event grows in popularity By Wally Langfellow Late January and February traditionally is the time of year for all-star games as the NBA, NHL and NFL celebrate their sport’s top stars. Thanks to MYAS, the month of March has now become the time for the top youth basketball players from across the state of Minnesota to show off their skills. Now in its 8th year, the Rising Stars Showcase features up to 32 players per grade per division from 4th grade through 8th grade. Last year there were 759 participants in what has turned out to be … Continue reading Rising to the Top

Coon Rapids boosts program; Hospitality House rolls to 7B title

Story and Photos by Paul Langfellow There was a 38-team invasion this past weekend at Coon Rapids High School, where the Coon Rapids Booster Club hosted an MYAS Winter Shoot Out. The one-day boys basketball tournament featured teams from 4th … Continue reading Coon Rapids boosts program; Hospitality House rolls to 7B title

Robins, MYAS Offer Competitive Option for High School Players

Story and photos by Paul Langfellow The start of the high school basketball season across the state of Minnesota also means tryouts, cuts and players who have played the game they love for years, looking for a place to play. … Continue reading Robins, MYAS Offer Competitive Option for High School Players

“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