High-SchoolMinnesota: Five Days of List-Mas

Five Days of List-Mas: Wild card edition!

December, 16, 2011
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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: The best mascots in Minnesota high school sports.

Any school can be a mascot like the Hawks or the Bulldogs. It takes a creative school to come up with something that is a little more exciting. And some of the Minnesota schools have some awfully creative mascots. But which schools made our top five? Read below, and let us know if you think your school should have made the cut.

5. McGregor Mercuries

4. Roosevelt Teddies

3. Sauk Centre Mainstreeters

2. Aitkin Gobblers

1. Blooming Prairie Awesome Blossoms

Honorable mention: Blackduck Drakes, Edgerton Flying Dutchmen, Edison Tommies, St. Paul Johnson Governors, Lanesboro Burros, Mahtomedi Zephyrs, Moorhead Spuds, Two Harbors Agates, Winona Winhawks, Wrenshall Wrens

So now it's your turn. Hit me up @CParishESPNHS and tell me what you think the best mascot in Minnesota is, and maybe we'll publish some responses in a later blog. And from all of us here at ESPNHS, Merry List-Mas!

Five Days of List-Mas: NBA players from Minnesota

December, 15, 2011
12/15/11
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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: The five best NBA players ever to come out of Minnesota.

Tyus Jones, Siyani Chambers and Riley Dearing are all standout basketball recruits who are likely headed to D-I colleges — and possibly beyond. Minnesota has sent its share of school players to the NBA. But who’s been the best? Here’s our list of the five best players from the state to play in the NBA.

5. Myer “Whitey” Skoog
Credentials: A 1944 graduate of Brainerd, Skoog is widely credited with attempting the first-ever jump shot. He went on to play at Minnesota and then the Minneapolis Lakers, winning three NBA titles during his eight-year career.

4. Mark Olberding
Credentials: A 1973 graduate of Melrose, Olberding spent one season at Minnesota before playing in the ABA and later the NBA. He scored more than 8,000 points and pulled down more than 5,000 rebounds and he currently coaches at UT-San Antonio.

3. Devean George
Credentials: A 1995 graduate of Benilde-St. Margaret’s, George spent four years at Division III Augsburg College before being selected with the No. 23 overall pick by the Los Angeles Lakers. He won three titles with the Lakers and later played for the Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors.

2. Vern Mikkelsen
Credentials: Born in California, Mikkelsen attended school in Askov until enrolling at Hamline University. He was selected in 1949 by the Minneapolis Lakers and went on to win four NBA titles, make six All-Star games and score more than 10,000 points over his 11-year career. He made the Hall of Fame in 1995.

1. Kevin McHale
Credentials: McHale graduated from Hibbing in 1976 and spent four years at Minnesota before being selected with the No. 3 overall pick by the Boston Celtics in 1980. McHale won three NBA titles, made seven All-Star games and was twice named the NBA’s Sixth Man. He made the Hall of Fame in 1999 and currently coaches the Houston Rockets.

Tomorrow: Wild Card! Check back tomorrow to find out what our list is.

POWERADE Minnesota Hoops Rankings: Week 1

December, 14, 2011
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After games ending Sunday, Dec. 11

It's very early in the Minnesota basketball season, but teams are taking care of business early on. Hopkins and Eden Prairie have won all of their early contests, while Benilde St. Margaret's and Apple Valley have looked strong despite early-season losses. Lakeville North and Wayzata, meanwhile, have had hot starts to the season too great to ignore. We'll see if those teams can hang on as the schedules start to get tougher.

1. Hopkins (4-0)

2. Eden Prairie (3-0)

3. Apple Valley (2-1)

Click here for the full POWERADE Minnesota Weekly Rankings.

Five Days of List-Mas: MN's underclass football players

December, 13, 2011
12/13/11
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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: The top underclassmen in high school football.

The state championships are over and the Class of 2012 had a great run, but it’s never too early to start looking at the impressive players in the Class of 2013 and beyond. Who’s going to rule the gridiron in Minnesota next season? We give you the early rundown of who to watch for.

5. Jake Disterhaupt (JR), Moose Lake/Willow River, RB
Credentials: Associated Press All-MN first-teamer, led team to state finals, rushed for more than 2,200 yards and 33 TDs

4. John DeMarais (JR), Winona Cotter, QB
Credentials: Second in the state in passing yards with 1,818, threw 59.9 percent completions, 19 TDs

3. Jason Williams (JR), Washburn, DL
Credentials: Posted 14 sacks this season, had 65 total tackles (46 solo), four forced fumbles, one blocked punt

2. Karl Finkel (JR), Lakeville North, DL
Credentials: Led team to Class AAAAA quarterfinals; posted 60 tackles, 11 sacks, made All-St. Paul Pioneer Press first team

1. Ryan Marotz (JR), Highland Park, WR
Credentials: Conference Player of the Year, 60 receptions, 867 yards, six TDs

Tomorrow: The POWERADE Minnesota Weekly Rankings.

Five Days of List-Mas: MN's A-List

December, 12, 2011
12/12/11
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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: Minnesota's A-Listers.

In the NFL, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are A-Listers. In the NBA, it’s LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. But who are the A-Listers in Minnesota? That’s where today’s list comes in. Regardless of sport, here’s our list of the top five A-List athletes in the state. Can you think of an A-Lister we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments.

5. Andrew Larson (SR), Eden Prairie, Football
Credentials: State champ, ESPNHS All-State first-teamer, scored pivotal TD in Class AAAA title game

4. Brandon Kingsley (SR), Apple Valley, Wrestling
Credentials: State champ, Minnesota recruit, nation’s No. 4 wrestler at 152 pounds by InterMat

3. Philip Nelson (SR), Mankato West, Football
Credentials: Gatorade State Player of the Year, Minnesota Associated Press Player of the Year, Minnesota recruit, 35 TD passes

2. Justin Kloos (SR), Lakeville North, Hockey
Credentials: 90-point scorer last year, ESPNHS All-State first-teamer, led Upper Midwest Elite League in scoring in the fall, Minnesota recruit

1. Tyus Jones (SO), Apple Valley, Basketball
Credentials: Nation’s No. 25 recruit in ESPNU 25, U.S. Under-16 National Team member, recruited by more than 10 major programs

Click here to check out some of the other states in our Five Days of List-Mas.

Tomorrow: The top underclassman football players from Minnesota.

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