Little League World Series canceled

For the first time in its history, Little League International has canceled the Little League World Series and all regional qualifying tournaments.  Little League has vowed to have the tournament return in 2021 and will commit approximately $1.2 million dollars in support to local leagues. Here is the release from Little League: After a thorough assessment of the impact the devastating COVID-19 pandemic has had on 6,500 community-based Little League® programs in 84 countries and based upon the direction of governmental and public health authorities, and in consultation with medical professionals and our Board of Directors, Little League International has made … Continue reading Little League World Series canceled

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

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