It’s Thursday the third week of the season and the excitement for the year is very high. Each night is exciting, so what is tonight? My notes are below.
Games to See
- Totino-Grace played Brooklyn Center last night and won by a score. Their rest will be short as Elk River/T-G is tonight. The Elks beat Buffalo but struggled with STMA.
- Chaska is team we’ve talked about being better than expected and so far they are 3-1. Lakeville North is tonight though and that’s a different animal.
- Sauk-Rapids Storm takes on Sartell tonight and at 1-2 after losing to Bemidji this has to be a must win. With what the Storm has up front they can’t go 1-3.
- After an 0-2 start Woodbury crushed Rosemount to get in the W column. Their schedule is tough again this evening playing Lakeville South. When Coach Getzlaff and Coach Janquart shake hands tonight, I need a photo as that may be as close as we will see to a pair of twins coaching against one another.
- WEM and Maple River are teams that lost a lot and are 2-2 and 1-3 so far this season. Usually they are very good teams but neither can afford another loss right now.
- Rochester Mayo at Mankato East. This is a big game considering that both teams want to challenge Austin and JM for the Big Nine. Who are the top challengers in the league? The winner of this game will still be in striking distance where as the loser has much ground to make up.
- A sleeper game of the night is Morris Area at Minnewaska Area. A team with young talent versus a team with excellent experience.
- Tech at Apollo. Is the rivalry ready for some high intensity? Let’s find out. New coach at Apollo, Tech needs the win.
- Matthew Hurt leads the state in scoring at 44 points per game. What makes that even more amazing is that two of those games were against teams with D1 players on the roster and defenses all coming at him in multiples.
- From the “not shocking” category, Henry Abraham leads the state in threes made so far with 20 in only a few games.
- Matt Hurt is getting 13 boards a game, Michael Schaefer 13.2, Jarvis Omersa 14, and Jake Phipps 15, but the leader is Samuel Ojebode from Hope Academy who is grabbing 16 a contest.
- Daniel Oturu leads the state in blocks and right behind him is Jake Phipps, interesting that we see the big Anoka center’s name pop up again. Nice year so far.
- How about the total assist leaders, it’s who is who of the top PGs: Cal Wishart, Ryan Larson, Colton Codute, Tyrell Terry, Lu’Cye Patterson, and Matt Todd. Another name in the middle of them is Isaac Fink of Springfield giving not only the 7.2 assists but nine boards and 23 points.