Radisson Classic provided Thanksgiving excitement


The Minnesota State University Dragons won two games in the highly competitive Radisson Basketball Classic, which was played at Concordia University—St. Paul on November 25 and 26. The Dragons beat Northern Michigan 68-59 and Augustana 77-72.

Concordia split by defeating Augustana 66-45 and losing to Northern Michigan 74-63. Augustana lost two games. The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder All Tournament Team consisted of Cedrick Hensley (Moorhead, MVP), Blake Strouth (Moorhead), Ricky Volcy (Northern Michigan), Will Washington (Northern Michigan), Ty Thomas (Concordia), and Ken Pointer (Concordia).

Interestingly, Northern Michigan had seven brothers, all but one from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. They seemed not to adjust to the long trip until the second night against Concordia. Four seniors — Keder Hyppolite, David Noel, Randy Alexandre and Marco Volcy — two juniors — Ricky Volcy and Will Washington (Chicago) — plus Chris Warner, a freshman, were part of a 13-man team.

Golden Bear women win in overtime

Former Saint Paul Central star Nakia Carlisle scored a career-high 32 points to lead the Concordia women to a tough overtime win over Northwest Missouri State 88-86. She was given good support by Ashley Smith with 17 points and Amanda Behnke, who scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Rikiee Ellis, one of Carlisle’s prep teammates, hit a three-pointer with a little over a minute left to put Concordia ahead by two. NMS hit two freethrows to even the score at 86-86. Janine Kuklis then coolly stepped to the line with seconds left to seal the victory for the Golden Bears.

Volleyball player Fadirepo honored

Senior Funmi Fadirepo (Roseville) made the NSIC Academic Volleyball Team as a member of the number-two nationally ranked Golden Bear volleyball team who maintained an above-3.20 grade point average. She and her teammates are in Kearney, Nebraska, playing for the NCAA Division II national championship.

Golden Bear gridders in Mineral Water Bowl

The Concordia University football team will face Missouri Western on December 3 at the Mineral Water Bowl in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. For more information, contact Brian Jamros at 651-603-6314.

Black NFL coaches 3-3 in week 12

The winners were Tony Dungy’s Indianapolis Colts 26- 7 over Pittsburgh, Lovey Smith’s Chicago Bears 13-10 over Tampa Bay, and Herman Lewis’ Cincinnati Bengals 42-29 over Baltimore.

Losers were the New York Jets coached by Herman Edwards, who lost to New Orleans 21-19; Denny Green’s Arizona Cardinals 17-24 to Jacksonville; and the Romeo Crennel-coached Cleveland Browns, who bowed to the Vikings 24-12.

Read up on Katrina survivor Karnell James

Patrick Reusse has written a brilliant article on the Katrina experience of Karnell James, the former St. Thomas University basketball star from New Orleans. Patrick’s piece is on page one of the Star Tribune Sunday Sports Section C, November 27, 2005, issue. Check it out, you’ll like it.