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MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) — Cheryl Reeve was once between sets of weightlifting at a Twin Cities-area gym when she saw a skinny young woman working on her game on an empty basketball court. This sixth grader had the moves and the determination. and moxie to get the attention of a WNBA head coach, and Reeve was so impressed she started an impromptu shooting drill for the girl to run over the course of the next half hour. READ MORE: St. Paul Woman Receives Age 21 for Murdering her ex-husband, burying him in the backyard When Paige Bueckers became a star on the local high school scene a few years later, Reeve, who is beginning his 13th season with the Minnesota Lynx, had a revelation. “I know her!” Reeve told herself the day she made the connection. This weekend, Bueckers will return home and lead the Connecticut Huskies to their 14th straight Final Four. Minneapolis is the too-good-to-be-true host city for Bueckers, the smooth-shooting second-year shooting guard who has been working his way back from a serious midseason knee injury. “She’s a generational talent,” Reeve said Tuesday as she reflected. in that first chance encounter with Bueckers, who in 2021 became the first freshman to win AP Women’s National Player of the Year. “You can catch them at a very young age. I was very happy to see that she was a girl, and I needed to acknowledge it. She didn’t know what she would become, but she was happy she was there and wanted to let her know.” ice, Minnesota naturally labels itself as the land of hockey. This is also an avid area for basketball, from the four-time WNBA champion Lynx to little girls learning to pass and dribble. A progressive culture provided fertile ground for Title IX advancements to spur the growth of the women’s game, and the arrival of the Lynx in 1999 gave the Twin Cities a professional team to follow. One of its biggest stars was Lindsay Whalen, who grew up in Minnesota, stayed home to play at the state’s flagship college and led the Gophers to their only Final Four in 2004. According to the most recent participation survey by the Federation National of States High School Associations, made after the 2018-19 school year, Minnesota has the highest per capita rate of female high school basketball players with 12,073. Minnesota had 15 nominees for the women’s McDonald’s All-American game, which was played Tuesday night in Chicago. The only states with more nominees were California, Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. Whalen, who retired from a 15-year career as a WNBA player and is now the head coach at her alma mater, signed a four-player recruiting deal. she classed for the Gophers for the upcoming season which was ranked 10th in the nation by ESPN. The entire quartet is from the Twin Cities area. “Whoever fits into our program, that’s the one we’ll recruit, but there’s no question, being here where there’s so much talent, we’re recruiting the state very hard, Whalen said last fall. READ MORE: MOA celebrates 50 years of Title IX ahead of NCAA Women’s Final Four One such player is Amaya Battle, who hails from the same dynasty at Hopkins High School that sent Bueckers to UConn two years ago. The Royals won Minnesota’s Class 4A state championship earlier this month, their only loss of the season coming against Sidwell Friends School of Washington, DC. “There’s definitely a sense of needing to perform well to put Minnesota on the map,” Battle said. she looking forward to her college career. “Minnesota players are good. That can help attract other younger players to possibly stay at home.” The Hopkins campus is about 10 miles west of the Target Center, where the national semifinals will be played Friday night. The Royals’ head coach is Tara Starks, who coached the Bueckers for a long time on the summer circuit and has known her since she was a fifth grader. As she watched her team perform in recent practice at the Lindbergh Center, the Royals’ home gym, Starks marveled at the game’s growth over the decades since she played for another area powerhouse, Minneapolis North. “We just packed up, went to the park and played. Our gym teacher was our basketball coach in high school,” said Starks, whose daughter is a graduate assistant on staff at UConn. “The opportunities and all the things that are offered now are very different now than when I was playing.” Including having a WNBA team in town to look up to. you’re younger and you’re working on your game, you can emulate Lindsay Whalen, Seimone Augustus and Maya Moore,” Reeve said. “We are so blessed here in Minnesota. I never want to take it for granted. “We are one of only 12 cities in the entire country that has this great opportunity for girls and women, and also for children, because I think it’s important that children see this. They grow up understanding that it’s normal when they look at their female counterparts and see what they’re doing.” Bueckers is one of those basketball-loving kids in the Minnesota area who grew up in the Lynx era, and now she’s well on her way to being one of those oft-emulated players herself. “People gravitate towards her. She’s the kind of girl you can’t help but love,” said Starks, who proudly displays a Bueckers jersey at her home. “His impact on her has been just ridiculous, and she will continue to be that way.” MORE NEWS: State lawmakers consider providing relief to Minnesotans facing high energy bills and surcharges starting in February 2021 Polar Vortex (© Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. 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Gilbert Dominant On Mound To Lift Mariners Past Twins 5-0 – WCCO

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SEATTLE (AP) — At the rate he’s going, Logan Gilbert will find himself pitching in Los Angeles in the All-Star Game a month from now. -Batter in the Mariners’ 5-0 win over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. depression. But the only thing everyone wanted to talk about afterwards was another excellent performance from Gilbert. “It sounds to me like he’s putting together an All-Star season,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “I think he’s certainly setting himself apart as one of the best starters in this league.” Gilbert cut his ERA to 2.22, struck out six and walked one. Gilberto Celestino, batting No. 9, and Carlos Correa hit two singles off Gilbert, but the rest of the Twins’ lineup was unsuccessful. The only time Minnesota threatened was in the sixth with runners on first and second and two out, but Gilbert struck out Max Kepler on a 3-2 pitch. It was the fourth time this year that Gilbert won after a loss in Seattle. “I’m trying to always set the tone when it’s my day, and get ahead and keep zeros on the board and give us a chance to win,” Gilbert said. . “So win or lose, that’s my job. And that’s what I’ve tried to go out and do.” Gilbert (7-2) has allowed three runs or fewer in 12 of his 13 starts this season. He has pitched at least six innings in six straight outings, and only Seattle, wanting to keep the pitching countdown down against the Twins a bit, prevented Gilbert from entering the seventh inning. just a bunch of positive things combined,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “He made good pitches when he had to.” Erik Swanson, Diego Castillo and Matt Festa each worked an inning of relief to finish the shutout. home run an inning later to chase down Minnesota starter Joe Ryan. Sam Haggerty added an RBI double in the seventh. Seattle had scored three runs or fewer in four of the previous six games. The Mariners are 25-10 when scoring four or more this season, even if Gilbert didn’t need that much support.READ MORE: Buxton Homers Vs Seattle Again, Twins Top Mariners 3-2“When he goes out, it’s business, and playing behind a guy like that, he’s a lot of fun,” France said. “The game just flows. Hopefully we can get some racing support tonight.” Ryan (5-3) made his first start since he was placed on the COVID-19 disabled list on May 25. He retired 11 of his first 12 batters before Julio Rodriguez doubled with one. out in the fourth, and Suarez followed with an impressive home run down the left field line. An inning later with Ryan working, France hit a broken ball hanging on the first pitch. Ryan allowed five hits and struck out three in 4 2/3 innings. Injured back that the team expected and would be imagining a bit to see if there is something else at stake. Polanco has sat out the last two games. Mariners: SS JP Crawford was ruled out about an hour before first pitch after experiencing flu-like symptoms, Servais said. Crawford was ready to bat in the leadoff spot. Dylan Moore replaced him at shortstop. Servais seemed pessimistic that Crawford would be able to play Wednesday. … Jesse Winker was given the night off. Servais had planned to give each of his outfielders a day off during this stay at home, but Winker has been a huge disappointment at the plate. He is batting just .208 and has six hits in his last 39 at-bats. ROSTER MOVEMENT To make room for Ryan, the Twins designated Elliot Soto for the INF assignment a day after he was drafted out of Triple-A St. Paul. Soto did not appear in his only game with the Twins. Baldelli was hopeful Soto would remain in the organization if he clears waivers.UP NEXTTwins: Right-hander Sonny Gray (3-1, 2.41 ERA) is expected to be reinstated from the 15-day disabled list after missing time for a strain in the right pectoral. Gray hasn’t started for the Twins since May 29 when he pitched six innings against Kansas City. Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (3-6, 3.63) is making his 13th start of the season. Gonzales lasted 4 1/3 innings in his last start against Boston, allowing two runs on two hits with a career-high six walks. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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Storm wins for fourth straight time to extend Lynx losing streak – WCCO

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Breanna Stewart scored 29 points, including a go-ahead basket with 42.6 seconds left, and the Seattle Storm beat the Minnesota Lynx 81-79 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory. Stewart floated into the lane to break a 79-all tie. After Minnesota was left empty-handed at the other end on a lopsided layup attempt by Moriah Jefferson, Stewart dribbled the clock past it to Jewell Loyd, who missed a contested shot down the lane. But Stewart grabbed the offensive rebound and knocked him out to run out time. Epiphanny Prince made four 3-pointers in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter and finished with 15 points for Seattle (9-5). Loyd added 13 points, including a 3-point play for a 57-54 lead after Seattle started the third quarter on an 18-8 run. Sue Bird did not play due to illness other than COVID. Breanna Stewart (Credit: Steph Chambers/Getty Images) Stewart had 15 points in the first half, but Seattle still trailed 46-39. The Storm finished 12 of 27 from 3-point range. Kayla McBride scored 20 points for Minnesota (3-12), including a 3-pointer to tie it at 79-all with 52 seconds left. Jessica Shepard added 12 points, Nikolina Milic added 11 points and the Aerial Powers had 10 points and seven assists. Minnesota, which has lost four straight, outscored Seattle 51.5% to 38.4 but gave it up 15 times. (© Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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‘We are only here to win’: Benilde-St. Margaret’s Boys Lacrosse team seeks fifth state championship – WCCO

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ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (WCCO) — They’re young, but they’re not insecure. “We are very confident. We know we are the best team in the state. It all comes down to whether we all play together,” said Benilde-St. Margaret’s senior spiker, Cam Gelling. READ MORE: ‘Take What’s Ours’: Championship Softball Turns Ruthless In FinalsThe Benilde-St. Margaret’s boys are back in the state, for the fifth year in a row, undefeated and in first place. “We know what to expect. We know the splendor around the state tournament,” said BSM Head Coach Rob Hunt. Margaret’s has been a sure success, winning the first state title in 2007 and last year. This week they go for title number five. (Credit: CBS) “I think it would just continue to cement our show as one of the best shows in Minnesota, if not the Midwest,” Hunt said. “We want to continue to help elevate the game not just locally, but for the entire state.” READ MORE: MSHSL passes name, image, and likeness policy for student athletes“It would mean a lot to us, especially going back,” Gelling said. The Red Knights have a reputation for winning every game. “I think you’re everyone’s target. Some people have said that. It really doesn’t affect us. We’re just here to win,” junior midfielder Brad Little said. Still, they try to reframe the narrative. “At one point this year, we positioned ourselves in our own locker room as if we were the chasers,” Hunt said. . “We were going to go out and hunt everyone down and let everyone know that we were still here. As the year progressed, it became clear that we were one of the best teams in the state. And we were going to get the best shot of all.” MORE NEWS: The Chanhassen HS lacrosse team is enjoying a dominant season despite few home game opportunities They are ready for whoever comes to take their place at the top.

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