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

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

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