Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Adds AP Player of the Year to lengthy list of accolades.
The awards just keep piling up for Apple Valley basketball star Tyus Jones. Jones, recently named the 2011-12 Gatorade Minnesota Boys Basketball Player of the Year, was also named The Associated Press Player of the Year last week. Jones was a unanimous selection as the state's top player, according to reports last week from various media organizations, including WCCO. Eastview senior Joey King was also named to the AP's first-team all-state team, and Lightning senior Darin Haugh and junior Ben Oberfeld were all-state honorable mention. Jones is one of the most heavily recruited players ever in the state, even though he's still got two years of high school hoops left to play. According to Rivals.com, Jones is the seventh-best player in the …
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Gatorade and ESPNHS choose one player from each state as that state's player of the year.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Apple Valley High School sophomore Tyus Jones has been named the best high school boys basketball player in Minnesota by Gatorade and ESPNHS. Jones has received the 2011-12 Gatorade Minnesota Boys Basketball Player of the Year award, according to a press release. Gatorade and ESPNHS give the award to one player in each state each year, recognizing student-athletes for athletic accomplishments, academic achievement and character, the release says. "He's the best kid I have ever seen play the game," said Lakeville South High School boys basketball coach John Sheehan in the release. Jones is now one of 50 finalists for the national boys basketball player of the year award. Jones, who is also a member of USA Basketball's U16 National Team, …
Friday, March 16, 2012
The Lightning won 57-53 in Friday night's section final against the Eagles.
The Eastview boys basketball team is headed to state after beating Apple Valley 57-53 in Friday night's section 3AAAA final. Who Eastview will play in the first round of the state tournament is yet to be determined, but the quarterfinals are scheduled for Wednesday at the Target Center and University of Minnesota Williams Arena. On Friday, the Burnsville High School gym was packed with Apple Valley and Eastview fans, with a line out the door more than an hour before gametime. And while the score wasn't as high as during the teams' previous meetings in January and February this season—they ended 91-84 and 85-75, respectively— the show didn't disappoint. Apple Valley was within five points with one minute left in the second half, and within …
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Thursday, March 8, 2012
Eastview will take on Eagan, and Apple Valley will play Cretin-Derham Hall on Saturday.
The Eastview and Apple Valley boys basketball teams, seeded No. 1 and No. 2 in section 3AAAA, respectively, both advanced to section semifinals after wins on Wednesday night. Eastview trampled No. 8 seed Park Cottage Grove 75-26. Senior Joey King put up 28 points, Jordan Bolger had 14 and Ben Oberfeld had 12. Apple Valley posted a 72-51 victory against No. 7 seed East Ridge on Wednesday. Dustin Fronk led the team with 24 points, followed by Tyus Jones with 18 and Dennis Auston with 13. Eastview will take on No. 4 seed Eagan at 6 p.m. Saturday at Burnsville High School, immediately followed by Apple Valley against No. 3 seed Cretin-Derham Hall at 8 p.m., also at Burnsville High School. Should Eastview and Apple Valley win these games, they'…
Monday, March 5, 2012
Section 3AAAA play kicks off Wednesday, with both local teams at home.
Playoffs begin this week for the Eastview and Apple Valley boys basketball teams. But, though both were ranked among the top five teams in the state for the majority of the season, only one would be able to advance to the state tournament since both play in section 3AAAA. No. 1 section seed Eastview takes on No. 8 Park Cottage Grove at 7 p.m. Wednesday at home. No. 2 seed Apple Valley starts with No. 7 East Ridge at 7 p.m. Wednesday at home. The winners of these games will advance to section semifinals on Saturday. Should they continue to advance, the Eagles and Lightning could meet in the section final game a week from Friday. Last year, it was Apple Valley that made the section final, but lost to Lakeville South. South also stopped …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Both teams will play Saturday in section 3AAAA semifinal games.
The Apple Valley and Eastview girls basketball teams both won handily against their section 3AAAA quarterfinal opponents on Wednesday, and advance to section semifinal games scheduled for Saturday. No. 1-seeded Eastview beat No. 8 Henry Sibley 62-19 at home. Ten players scored points for the Lightning; Madison Guebert led the team with 11. No. 3 Apple Valley earned a 69-39 victory over No. 6 Rosemount at home. Eleven Eagles players had points in the game, led by Jaryn Pipkins with 24. Kati Erb was also in double digits, with 11 points. Eastview is scheduled to take on No. 5 Burnsville, who ousted No. 4 Eagan in the quarterfinals, at 6 p.m. Saturday at Hamline University's Hutton Arena. Apple Valley will face No. 2 Park Cottage Grove, who …
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Apple Valley and Eastview girls basketball play their first playoff games at 7 p.m. Wednesday, both at home.
The Apple Valley and Eastview girls basketball teams begin their quests to make the state tournament at 7 p.m. Wednesday, when both play their first games of the section 3AAAA playoffs. The 21-5 Eastview girls basketball team is seeded No. 1 in the section, and will play No. 8 Henry Sibley at home in the quarterfinal. The 14-12 Apple Valley Eagles are seeded No. 3, and take on No. 6 Rosemount at home as well. Winners of the quarterfinal games will play in the semifinals on Saturday at Hamline University. The section championship is scheduled for March 8 at Hamline, and the state tournament will take place from March 14-17 at the Target Center and University of Minnesota's Williams Arena. More information is available from the Minnesota …
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
In the much anticipated rematch of the two top-ten, cross-town rivals, Eastview held off a late charge by Apple Valley and sophomore Tyus Jones to earn a 85-75 win.
Were you at the game? Did you get Coach K's autograph? What did you think of Tyus Jones' 45-point performance for Apple Valley? Can Eastview go all the way this season? We'd love to hear more. Tell us in the comments below.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Apple Valley's girls team also won on Friday.
The No. 1 Eastview boys basketball team lost its first game of the season in heartbreaking fashion Friday night, by just one point to conference foe and No. 3-ranked Lakeville North. After the 57-56 loss, Eastview, 19-1 overall, is now tied with North, also 19-1, for first place in the South Suburban Conference. Both are 11-1 in conference. Read more about the game from the Minnesota Basketball Hub. The No. 5 Apple Valley boys basketball team, however, pulled out a win on Friday night, with an 83-64 victory against Bloomington Kennedy. Tyus Jones led all players with 32 points; Mitch Hechsel had 12 and Dustin Fronk had 10. The Eagles are 17-3 overall and third in conference with a 10-2 record. The Apple Valley girls team also beat Kennedy—…