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Faux champions/Why go?


Fri, May 20th, 2011
Posted in Sports

In 1996, a requirement for one of my high school English classes was to complete a persuasive paper. My topic was, "Why college underclassmen basketball players should be allowed to go pro." Centerpiece in my debate was the 1995 draft class. Picks 1-4, Joe Smith, Antonio McDyess, Jerry Stackhouse, and Rasheed Wallace were all college sophomores (who declared early). Pick five, Kevin Garnett, came straight from high school. I don't remember why I argued for their non-amateurism (pro-dom). The freedom to go after the money was probably the most compelling reason. Since then, the trend has only de-escalated, and my stance has done a 180. And by de-escalated, I don't mean "has gotten better." I mean the trend has escalated in the wrong direction. On a routine basis, the nation's pre-eminent HS players come to college (cause an NBA rule mandates it), they stay a year or two (or until they are 19, the NBA's age requirement), and then declare for the draft. Resultantly, on a routine basis, the state of college basketball is in flux. On a routine basis, (sometimes entire) teams turnover their talent season-to-season. Parity then becomes the norm rather than the exception. The NCAA puts on lame National Championship games, like the last two between Duke/UConn and Butler. The NBA, intern, is a bunch of teams with a bunch of indistinguishable players (without college resumes) that no one really cares about.

I know what some people are probably saying; "the Duke-Butler game was an amazing contest between David and Goliath nearly decided at the buzzer by a miraculous half-court shot!" That's true. It also was a contest pitting two teams barely ranked in the top ten at the end of the regular season. It also was a contest where the best players on the court, Duke's Jon Scheyer and Butler's Gordon Hayward, weren't very good. Scheyer didn't even make an NBA squad (played in two games for the Clippers). Hayward got drafted 9th by the Jazz and averaged 16.6 a game, minutes that is (5 points). The 2011 title game wasn't much better. Butler's Shelvin Mack will probably go pro, but he's certainly not a guy NBA scouts are thinking "here comes the next LeBron James!' Even college superstar Kemba Walker, UConn's main-man, isn't that highly regarded. At 6'1," NBA scouts question his height (though he's a projected top 15 pick). These teams certainly fail in comparison to North Carolina's 1982 title squad (with NBA legends Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins, and James Worthy), or .....
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Scoreboard

Mon, May 16th, 2011
Posted in Sports

Baseball

•(5-2) R-P 6, C-SG 10 (RP: Jared Brown 2-4, 2 RBI's; Blake Erickson 2-5, 2B. C-SG: Cole O'Heron 2-4, 2B, HR, 5 RBI's; Houston Halvorson 3-4, 2B, RBI, 2 SB's)

•(5-2) M-C 7, Houston 2 (Dalton Stoen 3-3; Jacolby Bigalk ..... 
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Gopher Five

Mon, May 16th, 2011
Posted in Sports



With three consecutive one-run victories under their belt, Chatfield baseball kept Uncle-Mo on their side. Three days after defeating Fillmore Central, they faced them again. Through three, neither team could put a 'crooked number' on the sc ..... 
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Bulldogs push #1 Southland

Mon, May 16th, 2011
Posted in Sports



Numbers can be deceiving. The 7-0 Southland Rebels baseball team entered their (second) match-up with GMLOK, ranked #1 in the Class A. The Bulldogs entered 2-6, unranked. As the game played out, GMLOK's hitters stood out more prominently. Ca ..... 
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One-win Trojans, Brown's blast, shocks Rebels

Mon, May 16th, 2011
Posted in Sports



...It looked for all-the-world the Southland Rebels had a win nearly secured. Against 1-6 R-P, they jumped out to a 6-1 lead after three. And though R-P tightened the score (6-4) with a 3-run 4th, Southland took a 13-4 lead into the bottom o ..... 
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Scoreboard

Fri, Apr 29th, 2011
Posted in Sports

Baseball

•(4-18) GMLOK 4, L-A 7 (Kirk Nelson 2-3, 2B, RBI, 2 SB; Marshall Oeltjen 1-2, 2 RBI's; Team: 5 hits allowed, 6 errors committed. L-A: Layton Kreidermacher 2-3, 3 RBI's; Luke Buehler 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 10 K, Win)

•(4-18 ..... 
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Vogen slams PEM (too)

Fri, Apr 29th, 2011
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Baseball is a game of anticipation. The delay between every pitch only stokes the hopeful fire. Things particularly heat up when the count turns 3-2, when there are two out in the top of the ninth, or when there are runners in scoring positi ..... 
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Olstad's single completes Falcon comeback

Fri, Apr 29th, 2011
Posted in Sports



In all sports, there is nothing like a good comeback (the bigger the better). A 5-1 deficit entering the bottom of the sixth in high school baseball is sizeable. That's what the Fillmore Central Falcons had to overcome against PEM. Dan Gatzk ..... 
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Falcons-Knights 2-3 at Stewie Invite

Fri, Apr 29th, 2011
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No fewer than 16 area teams descended upon the 18-hole, par 70, Willow Creek Golf Course for the Stewartville Invitational boy's golf tournament. Included were county teams Fillmore Central, Kingsland, Rushford-Peterson, and Lanesboro. And w ..... 
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