Robert Smaller, who graduated from St. Paul Central and Inver Hills Community College, will re-enter Bethany Lutheran, where he is projected to again perform as their starting point guard.
Freddy Coleman (Johnson High) received the 2006 Saint Paul Pioneer Press High School Male Athlete of the Year Award. He is bound for North Dakota State on a full basketball scholarship.
He will join former Como Park and North Dakota College of Science star Andre Smith. Smith, incidentally, was the second-leading scorer on North Dakota State’s hoop squad.
Sammy Ricks, Freddy’s best friend, will play for Smith’s alma mater, North Dakota College of Science.
Velnisha Williams, a St. Paul Central and St. Thomas University grad, and Tanysha Scott, a DeLaSalle and University of Minnesota-Duluth alum, were very competent as assistant coaches in the Inner City Classic.
Faith Johnson Patterson, North High coach, proved to be a very competent, energetic and knowledgeable broadcaster as she and veteran sportscaster Troy Russell provided the color and play-by-play commentary on the 2006 Inner City Classic.
Speaking of Russell, he is the new head boys’ basketball coach at Arlington High School in St. Paul. He will continue his educational position at Irondale High while serving as their assistant football coach.
Rene Pulley continues to display one of the best summer basketball leagues in the country. His league features former and present college players. Some of the players in the Pulley League will perform in NBA and Division I basketball leagues. Some will leave for part of this summer to play in summer NBA leagues.
KK recommends the Howard Pulley for all true hoops junkies. Games are on Mondays through Thursdays at 7 and 8:45 pm. The site is West Seventh Street’s Salvation Army in St. Paul. Mitch and I try to see as many games as we can. Come on by!
Jay Pivec at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) has a league geared toward Division II, junior college and NAIA schools. His games are also played Monday through Thursday at Earl Bowman Athletic Center at MCTC. This is exciting ball as well, and we’ll be getting to some of those games, too.
Steve Winfield has finally retired from playing baseball. He now spends his time, along with Johnnie Cotton and others, working with youngsters in the T-Ball circuit.
We recently saw Marcus Fitzgerald, Holy Angels alum, presently starting at wide receiver for Marshall University (W.Va.), where Randy Moss got his start. Fitzgerald has bulked up and could well be the second Fitzgerald to perform in the NFL.
Stacy Robinson, former St. Paul Central, North Dakota State, and New York Giants star, was in town last month to deliver the speech at the Winfield Banquet. He was appreciated for his content and brevity. Good job!