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| Raiders Ranked in Top 10 Despite First Loss|
| Raiders Squeak By Stillwater in Overtime|
| Roseville Gains Win at White Bear|
| Willie Vang vs Cancer|
|Raiders Top Moundsview in Conference Opener|
| Part Time Job for Roseville Coaches by BcJ|
|Raiders Top Washburn, Move to 2-0|
|Raiders Top St Louis Park in Opener|
| Backcourt Jester on the Kennedy Scrimmage|
| Kick Off Meeting Documents Available for Download|
|Nutrition Program Expected Family Contribution|
|Kobe Critchley Commits to Crookston|
|Hotel Reservation for Granite City Tournament|
| Captains Named for 2014-15 Season|
Well there's bad news and there's good news.
Roseville suffered its first defeat of the season at the hands of 5th ranked Robbinsdale Armstrong in the Breakdown Sports Tip-Off Classic. The win moved Armstrong to 7-0 on the season, while the Raiders fell to 5-1.
Two factors were critical to Armstrong's victory. The first was the presence of Armstrong big man, Sean Burns a 6'5" inside power. Burns led all scorers with 25 points. The second factor was Roseville's Quinn Johnson going down with an ankle injury in the first half; the loss of Johnson, particularly on the defensive end, cut into the Raider's strength in the match up.
Armstrong was rolling when Burns went to the bench midway through the first half with his second foul and the Raiders took advantage. Roseville clawed its way back into contention, despite a 12-5 imbalance in fouls against, and trailed at half by only 6.
With Burns back on the floor in the second half, Armstrong ran its lead to 13 points, but scrappy Roseville again clawed their way back into contention. When Mitch Poss hit a three pointer from the corner with six minutes left, Roseville found themselves with a 61-60 lead.
With just over two minutes left, the game was tied at 69, but a quick five points scored by Burns provided Armstrong with a small cushion. To counter Armstrong eating the clock, Roseville was forced to foul and Armstrong took advantage to secure the 81-73 victory. For the game, Armstrong shot 10 free throws more than the Raiders, and scored 8 additional points from the line, equal to the final margin of victory.
Roseville again notched four double digit scores, with Kobe Critchley leading the Raiders with 20 and joined by Poss, Joh Farmer and Jesper Horsted. Horsted added 15 rebounds to record his second double-double of the young season.
Roseville's strong showing against the 5th ranked team did not go unnoticed, and the Raider's 5-1 record and strength of schedule propelled them into the state rankings for the first time this season. The Raiders currently hold the #10 rank.
Roseville concludes the pre-holiday portion of its schedule this week with a home game against conference opponent Park of Cottage Grove on Tuesday and then travels to Bloomington Kennedy on Thursday for a 7pm tilt.
It's the dream of every young boy shooting hoops in the driveway: time running out, team needs a big bucket, the ball comes to me, I throw up a well focused prayer and all that time in the driveway (and perhaps in church) pays off, the shot is good, and the stands erupt. In the dream the game is over. On Friday night, when the dream was realized (once and almost twice), there was work yet to be done. Let's rewind to the start.
Stillwater has emerged as Roseville's primary nemesis. The last three times that Roseville was one game away from going to State, they've lost all three critical games, twice at the hands of Stillwater. Two years ago, when Roseville fielded a team that finished the regular season ranked second in the state, they split the season series with Stillwater with both games going into overtime. And then Stillwater knocked them off in the Section Semi-finals.
Heading into this season, Roseville and Stillwater were among the few teams identified as candidates to come out of Section 4AAAA and make the trip to state. Both teams are talented, but very different, each offering a difficult match up for the other. Stillwater has a 'big three', a Division One center, a superb power forward and a shooting guard with one of the sweetest three point shots in the state. Roseville offers a small, quick, talented and deep roster.
The game opened with Stillwater winning the opening tip and working to build an early 7 point lead. Roseville which had been missing from long range started attacking the hoop, closed the gap and went on to forge their own 7 point lead at halftime. Roseville's 14 point turnaround was fueled by Kyler Briggity's aggressiveness as he scored many of his points from the foul line after being hit on his drives, for the second game in a row.
Stillwater came out in the second half, went on an 8-0 run to take the lead and after a Raider hoop, extended their lead to 4 points. Roseville responded with an immediate 7-0 run to take back the lead. And for the second game in a row the second half was a back and forth battle, in this one with 13 lead changes.
From the perspective of the Roseville fans, the reffing was inconsistent and as the game moved into crunch time four Raiders found themselves saddled with four fouls. None on the Stillwater Ponies were so saddled. Outsized by Stillwater, the defensive match ups and defensive aggressiveness were critical to Roseville's chances. Jesper Hoster presented an even match up with Stillwater's power foward Matt Anderson, both stand 6'4" and both are football strong. Stillwater's shooting guard, Connor Gamble is one of the best three point shooters in the state and Roseville's perimeter guards led by Quinn Johnson and supported by Joh Farmer and Kobe Critchley were asked to hold Gamble in check. The most difficult match up was defending 6'10" Kyle McKinley, who has already committed to Division 1 Albany College. The best way for the undersized Raiders to defend McKinley, who is athletic and silky smooth around the basket was to deny him the ball and move him off the block. That heavy lifting fell primarily to 6'2" Mitch Poss who was one of the four Raiders constrained with 4 fouls late in the game.
Things were grim for the Raiders as the second half was winding to a conclusion. Stillwater held a one point lead, key defenders Johnson and Farmer were on the bench having fouled out, and sharpshooter Gamble held the ball with less than 10 seconds remaining. Briggity was forced to foul the sharpshooter; so Briggity joined this teammates on the bench with his fifth foul and Gamble sank two perfectly clean free throws to put the Raiders in dire straights.
Roseville brought the ball up court, needing three points. With the clock ticking towards the final buzzer, the ball was reversed to Kobe Critchley in the corner, who launched a cold blooded three. The buzzer went off and the ball went in, and we were headed into overtime (just like old times). And just like in the driveway dream, the stands did erupt. But Roseville still faced a significant challenge with three of their aggressive guards out of the game and Poss heading into overtime with four fouls.
The teeter totter continued in the extra period. A bucket by Stillwater's Anderson, another 3 pointer by Critchley and back and forth so that when the four minute overtime was down to under 30 seconds, the game was tied and Stillwater had posession of the ball. On an errant pass, Roseville gained control of the ball with 6 seconds remaining, and on a signal from the Stillwater bench, Critchley was fouled and sent to the line to shoot a one-and-one with 4.6 seconds left.
It was a gamble by Stillwater, and perhaps based on ancient history. Two years ago Critchely struggled from the free throw line shooting only 59%, and in the three match ups with Stillwater last year Critchley was 0 for 1 from the line. Add in the fact that Critchley had just missed an overtime free throw, and Stillwater rolled the dice on getting the ball back with a chance to win rather than giving Roseville a chance to kill the clock and shoot to win the game.
The gutsy call by Stillwater's coach was perhaps not informed by the fact that Critchley had put in the work and raised his free throw shooting percentage to 75% overall last season and is sitting at 82% this year. True to new form, Critchley calmly sank both free throws and Roseville had a 2 point lead with under 5 seconds left in overtme.
After a Stillwater time out, on the inbounds play, Gamble threw a half court football pass to tight end Anderson who caught the ball in the front court at the sideline, with both feet just inbounds. The Stillwater bench called a time out. The play had only cost Stillwater two tenths of a second and they now had the ball to inbound within shooting range and plenty of time to get off a potential tying or game winning shot.
As Stillwater got ready to inbound the ball, Roseville called a time out, and the already thick tension in the gym grew thicker. Everyone in the gym knew what to expect - get the ball to an open Gamble to take a three pointer to win the game. As the ball was finally inbounded, Stillwater played against expectations and got the ball to a wide open Anderson for three.
The shot looked good, the ball was in the hoop and in the Roseville stands knees buckled, shoulders drooped and a cloud of disappointment descended. And then the ball, 80% down in the hoop, popped out. Roseville fans exhaled, the cloud shifted 20 feet west, the sun came out and flowers bloomed. Roseville had gutted out a 69-67 victory.
Speaking of flowers there are plenty of bouquets to hand out for the game. Roseville and Stillwater both had four players with double digits and each set of four players combined to score 57 points. The remaining Raiders managed to outscore their Stillwater counterparts by 12-10. Briggity carried the Raiders with this offensive aggressiveness in the first half, and Critchley's heroics at the end of regulation and his clucth free throws are documented above. Critchley and Horsted both had double-doubles, with Critchley out-rebounding Horsted 13-12. And with turn around being fair play, Horsted usurped Critchley's usual role as Roseville's assist leader. The defensive efforts of Johnson and Farmer and Bensen, and the relief work by the bench as the starters fouled out were all important in this squeaker win.
But the largest bouquet should perhaps go to Mitch Poss, who gave away 8" to Stillwater's center and had the responsibility of matching up with him for most the night. Not only did he hold the Stillwater star to 11 points, but he scored 14 himself playing the entire end game with four fouls. Poss fell one rebound short of a double-double himself, but strongly contributed to the most surprising stat of the night. The undersized Raiders outrebounded the Ponies 47-33 on the night!
This game was an example of the best of high school sports, and it was a shame that either team had to walk away dejected in defeat. Roseville best prepare, because Stillwater can be expected to circle their rematch - January 27th at Stillwater High - on the calendar.
But neither team has time to dwell on this game, as both teams will participated in Saturday's Breakdown Sports Tip-Off Classic at Minnetonka High School. Roseville's tilt will be an 8pm game against #5AAAA Robbinsdale Armstrong.
Some things can be deceiving, for example the final score of the Raiders first conference road win of the season. The now 4-0 Raiders traveled to White Bear Lake to take on the Bears, and walked away with a 13 point victory that was anything but as easy as the final score might indicate.
Roseville opened the game with great energy and quickly sprinted to a 12 point lead. But Roseville went cold and for the second game in a row demonstrated an allergy to bunnies, missing a handful of easy shots. White Bear chipped away for the remainder of the half and by halftime had cut the Raider lead to 5.
White Bear came out strong in the second half and quickly tied the game, and moved on to take a 2 point lead. From that point on, the lead shifted back and forth ultimately with 5 lead changes in the second half, with neither team able to put a run together to build a lead. Roseville would open up a small lead and White Bear Lake would quickly close the gap, often by virtue of a three point shot. With just a few minutes left in the game Roseville found themselves in a tie game.
In a scenario that resembled their last game against Moundsview, Roseville was able to take a three point lead into the last two minutes, and like the previous game, the team found an open Mitch Poss in the corner to try a three. Unlike the last game, Poss missed the shot.
After a critical defensive stop, the ball again went to Poss in the corner. With a minute and a half left in the game (again), Poss make a critically important offensive play. A timing dribble drew two defenders, and Poss threaded a beautiful bounce pass off the dribble between them to Jesper Horsted under the basket for two points.
After another defensive stop, White Bear was forced to foul and as they marched to the free throw line, the Raiders made clutch free throw after clutch free throw. The team's free throw shooting in the early season has been pedestrian at best and disappointing in the early stages of this game. But Roseville turned that around at the end, completing 25 of 30 for the game for a dazzling 83%. Kobe Critchley was the primary contributor going 12 of 13 from the line, that single miss costing him two more entries into the Roseville Records book - for most free throws in a game and most free throws in a game without a miss.
As well as they shot from the charity stripe, Roseville had a tough night from three point range. Three point shooting had been a consistent strength for the Raiders in the early going of the season, but on this night that hit only 4 of 19 for a paltry 19%. Their 51% shooting from two point range and their 41 rebounds (to White Bear's 31) were keys to the victory.
Critchley led the scoring with 21 points, and was joined in double digits by the usual suspects, Horsted with 17, Poss with 14, and Kyler Briggity with 10.
The strong rebounding was again led by Chris Spadino who tallied 9 rebounds for the second time in 4 games. He was followed with 7 rebounds by both Horsted and Briggity, the long and short of it, if you will.
The Raiders are always happy to escape the White Bear Lake zoo with a victory, and now set their sights on an important game against conference and section opponent Stillwater on Friday, and a match up in Saturday's Breakdown Sports Tip-Off Classic against #5AAAA Robbinsdale Armstrong.
For those of you who don't know Willie Vang, he is the driving force behind MN Heat AAU basketball. Under Willie's founding and leadership, the MN Heat has grown into one of the largest AAU programs in the nation. And while the Heat serves the charter of many AAU organizations, namely giving high school players a chance to hone and demonstrate their skills in preparation for college, Willie's organization serves a broader set of goals that extend all the way to providing a recreational platform for young players, and a charitable goal of providing a positive opportunity to the socioeconomically disadvantaged.
After a sustained period of serving the community, Willie needs help. Diagnosed with Stage 4 Thyroid Cancer, Willie is in the middle of fighting the cancer and the prognosis is encouraging. Willie will never be 'cured'. But treatment appears to be arresting the growth of the cancer and the hope and belief is that Willie will live a long and fulfilling life, though he will never be cancer free.
To help manage the high costs of the current battle with cancer, funds are being raised by two mechanism. First, one can contribute directly to the fund online. And there will be a Fundraising Event on Sunday Dec 14th (see below) which includes a silent auction in Fridley.
Christmas season has become an expensive and stressful season for many. Help reinvigorate the spirit of generosity and sacrifice that characterize the feast of Christmas. Please consider making a small gift to Willie's fund and help give back to one who has given so much to our local basketball community.
Roseville defeated arch-rival Moundsview in a nip and tuck affair as both teams opened conference play. The game proved to be a demonstration of resilience by the now 3-0 Raiders.
The Raiders, a quick but undersized squad played the game in the absence of last year's team MVP, Jesper Horsted, leaving only Chris Spadino as a rotation player taller than 6'2". It presented a specific challenge in the match up with Moundsview whose core strength revolves around two interior players, Ryan Kaczynski , averaging 28 points per game and an automatic 20 points-per-night forward, and 6'8" Max Van De Werken, a smooth playing athletic center, averaging 21 points per game.
In the absence of Horsted, Roseville started one of their Black Fly formations - five guards all between the heights of 5'10" and 6'2". It looked a little like a slapstick routine when Joh Farmer, generously listed at 6'2", stepped forward to challenge the 6'8" Van De Werken for the opening tip. But Farmer did just enough to challenge and Roseville gained control of the opening tip.
Both teams appeared tight in the early going. Roseville missed a succession of bunnies, and both teams upped the defensive intensity making points even harder to come by.
In the absence of Hosted, Quinn Johnson drew the defensive assignment on the strong Kaczynski. Roseville's confidence in Johnson's defensive prowess is well founded, but two very early fouls against Johnson sent him to the bench. The defensive assignment shifted to Farmer.
With the Raiders trailing 8-5, still in the early going, as Farmer and Kaczynski fought for a rebound, an inadvertent but wild elbow caught Farmer flush on the nose, breaking it and knocking Farmer out of the game. The disadvantage of Horsted's absence was now magnified by the unavailability of Farmer and the need for Johnson to burn some time on the bench.
The adversity of the situation was met by several Raiders who stepped up to meet the challenge. Henry Bensen played effective minutes filling the void, and Chris Spadino and Evan Jones also contributed consistent play, helping Roseville to an anemic 28-23 haltime lead.
The second half see-saw'ed back and forth and the teams found themselves tied at 51 with three minutes to go. An old fashioned three by Kyler Briggity gave Roseville a tenuous three point lead, as both teams missed scoring opportunities in the next few possessions. And then came the key play of the end game.
With a minute and a half left in the game, Kobe Critchley penetrated, drew the defense and kicked the ball to Briggity in the left corner, who passed to Bensen on the high left wing. Bensen reversed the ball to Johnson on the right wing, who in turn passed to Poss in the corner. Poss confidently sank the three. On a night where ball movement was a bit sluggish and certainly not up to the standard set by Roseville in its first two game, on this particular play, all five players touched the ball in the course of four seconds. The basket by Poss stretched the lead to 57-51 and represented the winning points.
From there on, it was a parade of Raiders to the foul line, first Bensen, then Briggity and finally Critchley to push the lead to 63-53. With four seconds left, Moundview's Kaczynski drove the length of the court, relatively uncontested and sank a layup to score the last points of the game and give him his 'automatic' total of 20 for the game.
Poss' game winner from the corner, gave him 11 points for the game and double digits for the third consecutive game. Joining him in the three-for-three in double digit scoring club were the two stars of the game for Roseville. Kobe Critchley matched Kaczynski with 20 points, taking on the challenge to score more in the absence of Horsted. Briggity was agressive to the hoop the whole night, scoring many of his 16 points from the free throw line after getting fouled on his drives.
A final tip of the hat goes out to Quinn Johnson, who played the last 12 minutes of the game with four fouls after spending much of the game on the bench. His defensive play was outstanding, and a play with under five minutes to play was a showcase. Doubling pressure on the ball handler in the backcourt, Johnson first knocked the ball loose from the guard - tricky when you're carrying four fouls, and as the ball headed out of bounds, Johnson chased it down, threw a blind two-handed toss to the top of the key where it was caught by a streaking Henry Bensen who laid it in for two very important points.
The win, especially under the circumstances was a huge early season victory for the Raiders, as they pulled away at the end of a tight horse race, to win by a nose.
Hi Everybody. Backcourt Jester here.
Looks like Coach Critchley was inspired by those stories of moms scrubbing floors to raise money to put their kids through college. And it looks like he's being well supported in that too by his assistant.
Hey, maybe someone should remind Coach that Kobe has a scholarship! Haha till next time. BcJ
The new Wing-Stop restaurant at Har Mar Mall continues its strong support of Roseville athletics by sponsoring a fund raiser for the Roseville Raiders basketball program. On Thursday December 4th, from 5pm to 9 pm, for any order for which the attached flyer is handed over, Wing Stop will donate 50% of the sale to Roseville basketball.
If you are new to Wing Stop, they prepare your order when you order - you are not being served from 'inventory'. You can call ahead or order online so that your delicious wings are waiting for you when you arrive!
Thank you Wing Stop for sponsoring Roseville basketball. Roseville basketball fans: time to repay the favor!
A sluggish Raider start found Roseville in an early hole in their match up against Washburn in the Anoka Ramsey Basketball Showcase. Trailing 15-11 and showing little of the flow that characterized their season opening victory four days earlier, the Raiders needed a boost. Kyler Briggity came down and hit a big three, and then after a defensive stop, Mitch Poss matched Kyler by hitting a 3, giving Roseville a lead that they would never relinquish. By the time Jesper Horsted hit a half court 3 point bank shot at the halftime buzzer, Roseville had completed a 36-12 run, and carried a twenty point lead and momentum into the locker room.
In the second half, the Raiders were never threatened, expanding the lead to 29 points before settling into a comfortable 25 point victory over the #10AAA Millers.
Once again the Raider scoring was well distributed with the four double digit scorers from the season opener - Jesper Hosted, Kobe Critchley, Kyler Briggity and Mitch Poss - again reaching double digits and being joined by Joh Farmer to give Roseville five scorers in double digits.
Other key contributions came from Chris Spadino who led the team with 9 rebounds followed by Horsted with 7 and Farmer with 6. Four of Farmer's came on the offensive end, keeping possessions alive.
The Black Flies were active on the defensive end, led by Kobe Critchley's 5 steals, three of which were 'anticipation' steals where Kobe stepped into passing lanes as the passes were being thown. In addition to his leading steals total, Critchley recorded the Raiders first double double of the season, dishing out 11 assists to go with this 17 points.
The Raiders' inability to get into flow early in the game, may have been partly due to an officiating crew that was led by Whistler's Mother's son. Proudly serving the family legacy, he constrained the game that inched along at a snails pace. This, after the game having started an hour late because of earlier games running late.
Congratulations are in order for Jesper Horsted and Mitch Poss who were named to the All Anoka-Ramsey Showcase First and Second Teams, respectively, by Northstar Hoops Report.
Yes all's well that ends well, and the victory moves Roseville to 2-0 on the season. Conference play is just around the corner as the Raiders host the Moundsview Mustangs on Friday December 5th, at 7:15pm.
The 2014-15 basketball season got off to a flying start as Roseville opened the season running to a 12-0 early lead and then kept their foot on the gas until midway through the second half, at which point the game was turned over to the deep bench.
The Raiders present a mature team this season with the main rotation comprising 9 seniors and 1 junior. Five of those players were point guards on their summer AAU teams, and five of the players have been playing together since 4th grade.
Their unselfishness and skill with the ball were on display in the opener as the Raiders racked up 22 assists on 32 field goals, contributing to their 58% shooting percentage. In some memorable plays Quinn Johnson hit Jesper Horsted underneath with a no-look bullet that surprised everyone in the gym except for Quinn and Jesper; Joh Farmer passed up a chance to reach double digits by feeding Kobe Critchley who had a clearer lane on a 2 on 1 break; and Kobe and Jesper played tit-for-tat with Jesper Horsted fowarding a pass from Quinn Johnson to a streaking Kobe Critchley for a basket, and then Kobe reciprocating with a pretty alley-oop to Jesper next time down the court.
Other notables from opening night include four Raiders reaching double figures in scoring: Kyler Briggity, Mitch Poss, Kobe Critchley and Jesper Horsted. Simba Moringai, new to Roseville, scored his first varsity points. Henry Bensen chipped in with 4 assists and 2 steals off the bench, and Chris Spadino and Evan Jones were stong contributors to the offensive flow.
And finally, Kobe Crtichley's assault on the Raider Records Book continues as his 3 steals in the game lift his career total to 315, surpassing the record previously held by Lucas Brown. Kobe now holds two trifectas in the records book: game, season, and career records in both Assists and Steals. Congratulations Kobe. Kobe has a shot at the career scoring total set two years ago by Mack Johnson, but Kobe may be too unselfish dishing the ball to get there!
A stiffer test awaits the Raiders this coming Saturday night at 6:30pm as they take on a strong Washburn team at the.
Welcome back everybody. I'm The Backcourt Jester, and I gotta start by thanking the webmaster and the other powers that be; they're gonna let me write articles sometimes again this year. Whoop, whoop, whoop.
So I'll tell you about the Kennedy Scrimmage. It was our varsity's final tune up before opening the season. The season starts on Tuesday November 25th at 7:15 at Roseville High School. And if the Kennedy scrimmage was an indicator of how this team will be, then it will be a fun season.
During last summer, when the team was playing summer ball, they picked up the nickname "The Black Flies". It's because the team has a lot of players who are small but really really irritating. They buzz around the court at full speed keeping the other occupants of the court from ever getting comfortable. And that's what they showed at Kennedy, wave after wave of high energy.
So I hope it's gonna be a memorable season. I'll chime in from time to time, when the webmaster lets me. In the meantime, I'll see ya at the games. I'll be the guy wearing the three-pointed hat.
The Backcourt Jester
The RAHS Boys Basketball 9th Grade Team will kick off its season this coming weekend at a tournament hosted at Minnetonka High School.
The first game is against Minnetonka at 7:40pm Saturday (11/22) evening, and is followed by two games Sunday morning. Download a copy of the brackets to see the whole schedule.
If you need driving directions to Minnetonka High School, go to the 9th grade info page, scroll down to the game schedule and click on the location link for these games.
Good luck to the newest Raiders!
The RAHS Boys Basketball Kick Off Meeting for the 2014-15 season was held on Thursday November 13th. Among the presentations and activities, attendees were buried by an informational avalanche. For the sake of those who are digging themselves out and for those who missed the meeting, we are making some of the more critical information available here.
There were two forms that required the writing of checks, one expected and one optional. The expectation is that every family will use the below Nutrition Family Contribution form to either pay their $40 towards the program, or will use the form to opt out of paying. And some families will want to use the Fan Support form to submit a note and photo of their player that will be printed in the annual printed Basketball Season Program. To include a note of support and well wishes costs $25.
Next there were several presentations that talked to the various activities that both support and celebrate the RAHS basketball teams. All families were asked to help pitch in with some effort, large or small, as a way of sharing the work and reward of the RAHS basketball community. The forms showing the various things we do, and the form for volunteering to pitch in are below.
The last of the sets of documents involve soliciting advertising for the annual printed RAHS Basketball Game Program, that is handed out at every home game. If you either know of businesses in the area that might support our program with an ad, or would be willing to help out by approaching companies to support our program, please join the effort. The first form lists a number of companies; if you have a connection at a company and would be willing to ask for support, please submit the form per the instructions on the form and if we have not already approached that company, we will give you the thumbs up to approach on our behalf. The second form is the one completed to submit an ad for printing in the Program.
The families that have recently 'graduated' from the RBBC and the RAHS basketball program have done a great job in elevating the quality of the program. Please kick in with support, no matter how small, to help advance the goals of the program. As a team, we can make great things happen!
If you are new to Raider's Basketball, check out the Nutrition Program found in the main menu.
We ask each family to contribute $40 to the nutrition program for each son they have in the basketball program. The program keeps all our athlete sons - 9th grade through 12th grade - fed and hydrated on game games.
The remaining costs of the nutrition program above and beyond the amount contributed by families is funded by the RBBC. Visit the Family Contribution page to see how to contribute your $40.
If your son is on free or reduced lunch and this contribution would present a hardship for your family, you may opt out, by emailing the booster club treasurer and simply stating you are opting out.
The Roseville basketball season got off to an elongated start on Saturday November 15th with two events that occupied most all of the day.
The day kicked off with a round robin of four scrimmages at Robbinsdale Armstrong High School. The RAHS basketball team measured itself against Chanhassen, Chaska, Lakeville North and Roosevelt and came away feeling good about themselves. The team looked well integrated, an especially good state after only 3 practices.
After the scrimmage broke at 1pm, all the players from the Varsity/JV team headed to Coach Critchely's basement for another basketball tournament, of mano-a-mano NBA 2K15. After hours of competition Kobe Critchley defeated Isaiah Green in the final to take home the trophy. Well, actually, he was already home, so he just carried it upstairs, I guess.
Twelve hours after meeting at the gym in the morning, the party ended and the 2014-15 RAHS basketball team punched out and went home.
On Wednesday morning November 12th, Roseville point guard, Kobe Critchley became the first of this year's basketball team to commit to a college. Heavily recruited, Kobe selected and signed a letter of intent to play college ball at the University of Minnesota, Crookston.
Kobe's achievements as point guard for Roseville are highlighted by the fact that, with a full season left in his career, he already owns the Roseville records for Assists in a game, in a season and in a career. Additionally he owns the record for Steals in a game and in a season. He is 1 steal shy of the career record.
While Kobe was supported by family and teammates who attended the signing ceremony, in nearby Stillwater Kobe's summer AAU teammate, Connor Gamble also signed a letter of intent to play with Kobe at Crookston. Crookston posted a notice on their website announcing the signing of Kobe.
Kobe: the Roseville community congratulates you and wishes you much success, this season and thereafter at Crookston!
The RAHS varsity team will prepare for the start of the new basketball season by participating in scrimmage round robins on Saturday November 15th and Saturday November 22nd.
The November 15th scrimmage will be held at Robbinsdale Armstrong High School. Roseville scrimmages against St Paul Central at 10:30am, Chanhassen at 11:30am, Chaska at 12:00pm, and Roosevelt at 12:30pm.
The November 22nd scrimmage is at Bloomington Kennedy High School and runs from 9:15am to 12:15pm.
The posting of these events on the Varsity Game Schedule page includes driving directions and a map to the two venues.
Roseville's varsity and JV teams will play during the Christmas break in the prestigious Granite City Classic in St Cloud. Games are played on Friday December 26th and Saturday December 27th. Opponents and game times and locations are available on the Varsity Game Schedule page and on the JV Game Schedule page.
A block of hotel rooms has been set aside for the event, but we are competing (even before the tournament) with the families of the other teams for rooms in this block. So reserve early to be sure to get a room.
The block of rooms is available in the Best Western Plus - Kelly Inn, a very nice St Cloud Hotel. Room prices vary according to the number of adult guests in the room: $89 for two people, $99 for three people, and $109 for four people.
To make a reservation call the Kelly Inn at 320-253-0606, ask for a room in the Granite City Classic block of rooms, and let them know if it is for Friday the 26th, Saturday the 27th or for both nights.
Following our annual tradition, RAHS basketball apparel will be sold via Lids Team Sports' website. This sale will only last through November 16th, to guarantee delivery in time for Christmas.
Apparel can be seen and ordered at Lids Team Sports flyer.. These instructions and a listing of available apparel items are available on the downloadable
The Freshman team will be selected on Wednesday, November 5th. The upper three level teams will be formed on Tuesday the 11th.
Then on Thursday the 13th, all teams - players and available family members - are invited to the high school cafeteria at 5:30pm for the annual pot luck get together. New note: no longer a pot luck, pizza will be served. But of course, bring something if you'd like! This gives families a chance to see each other again, or a chance to get to know each other. Come early for the pot luck and join in, or show up whenever to socialize, help with the support banners for the teams, and find out how to plug into the upcoming season.
Good luck to your son at try outs. Hope to see you at the pot luck!
At the October 30th players & parents informational meeting, Roseville Basketball varsity head coach, Ted Critchley announced the captains for the upcoming season.
Congratulations to the four players named as captains: [L to R] Quinn Johnson, Mitch Poss, Joh Farmer and Kobe Critchley.
There will be a meeting for boys planning to try out for all levels of the boys basketball program and their parents or guardians. The meeting will be at the RAHS Media Center from 5:30 - 6:30pm on Thursday October 30th.
The early meeting time is in consideration of the girls volleyball section final being played that night at Washington Magnet School at 7pm. If our Roseville girls win on Tuesday, they will be in that game fighting to go to state.
Regardless of the early meeting time for basketball, please make every effort to make this (mandatory) meeting so you can understand expectations and requirements for the upcoming season.
Tryout dates for the 2014-15 RAHS Boys Basketball teams have been set.
Freshman tryouts come first and will be held on November 3-4-5. Tryouts will take place immediately after school at 3pm.
Upper class teams - Varsity, JV, and B-Squad - will tryout on November 10-11. There will be two sessions each day, 3:00-4:45pm and then after a break 5:15-6:45pm. Players trying out are expected to be at all sessions.
Be sure to mark the dates on your calendars!
The new basketball season each year kicks off with a fun fund raiser, the Free-Throw-athon.
Each RAHS player or player-to-be takes 100 free throws. Players in all grade levels will have recruited supporters who either contribute a set amount or more often than not, an amount for each free throw made of the 100 taken.
The event wraps up with a pizza party for the participants.
This season the FT-athon occurs on Saturday September 6th and runs from 4-6pm. Check with your son, make sure he is aware of it, and it lining up pledges to support his success and the program's.
Parent of all players in RAHS' boys basketball program are invited and encouraged to participate in the Roseville Boys Backcourt Club (RBBC). The RBBC has been in existance for over 25 years, and is a medium for both supporting the basketball program and for learning in greater details what's going on in the program.
RBBC meetings take place the first Wednesday of each month throughout the year. The meetings leading up to and including the upcoming basketball season are on: Sept 3, Oct 1, Nov 5, Dec 3, Jan 7, Feb 4, and Mar 4. Meetings are at 6:30pm in the Teachers Dining Room at the high school.
Please commit to participation and making a better program for you son to enjoy.
The 2013-14 basketball seasoned ended for the core of Roseville's varsity squad at the Breakdown Sports' final Summer Showcase on July 31st at St Michael - Albertville High School.
For most of the players, within a few days of the high school season ending in March, they began play with their respective AAU teams. The summer high school season was blending into those schedules, and Roseville won the East Ridge Summer League and also won the two earlier Summer Showcase events they participated in.
Roseville's chance of three-peating in their Summer Showcases took a blow when Kobe Critchley was unable to suit up because of an ankle sprain, suffered the week early in an AAU tournament in Las Vegas. There was a lot of post-Vegas press praising Critchley for the guts he showed playing through the injury in Las Vegas. The thinking in St Michael was why risk further injury to a key player in a showcase that was really just the cherry on a delightful hot fudge sundae of a summer off-season.
Roseville took third in St Michael, losing in the semifinal to eventual champion Minnetonka before coming back to handle St Cloud - Apollo in the third place game. The post tournament mood was positive, the team taking more pride in the calibre of the play than disappointment on losing their three-peat to a strong Minnetonka squad.
The common rubric is that basketball players are made in the off-season. As the team enters the off-off-season for rest, recovery and of course fall sports, optimism that the off-season was well spent abounds, and the basketball season that sits down the calendar a bit is anticipated with excitement.
The Roseville Boys Basketball varsity team will wrap up its summer competition by playing in Breakdown Sport's Summer Showcase competition at St Michael - Albertville on Thursday July 31st. Games are at 8:25am, 10:20am and 12:10pm at St Michael - Albertville High School.
The Raiders have participated in two of these three game Showcase Tournaments earlier in the summer and won the championship both times. Combine that with their championship in the East Ridge Summer Basketball League and the team will be trying to wrap up a very successful summer season on a positive note.
Tartan, Minnetonka, Chanhassen and Mahtomedi are among the teams that will be competing in our bracket. Here is a link to the full bracket for the Showcase.
Well like everybody else during the summer, the Jester took some mental time off and so the good news is that I get to report about both of the last two weeks of the East Ridge Summer League, in which - prepare the trumpets for their fanfare, - Roseville won the league championship. Cue the trumpets.
After dropping two of three to Cretin and losing one of three to White Bear Lake, both in week three, Roseville came back to take a total of 11 of 12 from New Life Academy, Harding, Park and Hill Murray collectively, to edge Cretin for the league championship.
The road to the championship was made more difficult when a ref made what he admitted was a sympathy call in favor of New Life at the end of the one loss that allowed New Life to hit two free throws to 'steal' a victory.
But the team pulled it out, completing a sweep on the last night of competition.
Trailing Roseville in the standings were three other SEC team, Cretin, East Ridge and White Bear Lake respectively. It looks like a highly competitive year next season in the Suburban East!
Well, everybody, you know I was hoping for a tie in the Summer League, and we got one, just not the kind we were hoping for.
It was awkward to report our record as 9.5-1.5, and so I wanted a tie to be able to report a whole number. Gee, I've loved whole numbers since I learned about them in second grade.
Well, in the third week of Summer League, we got a tie. But it was a 3-3 split of the games played, rather than the tie in a single game that we were hoping for.
Now 3-3 may not be the kind of result we were hoping for, but I gotta tell ya, it was a great 3-3. I told you that our team had been playing like Black Flies, right. Well lately they've been dropping like flies. And, hey, don't blame the messenger.
A turned ankle here, and a sore back there and we only had 5 players at the start of action against Cretin, which was to be followed immediately by action against White Bear Lake. Two hours of basketball without a sub is a pretty big challenge in itself, but when one member of the Black Fly Squadron turned his ankle in the first couple of minutes of play, the challenge grew a lot bigger.
Super sub, Anthony Weber, coming off playing every minute of the JV action that had just ended, re-laced up his sneakers and jumped in to help the varsity. In the three periods against Cretin, our Raiders went 1-2 but the two losses were by a couple of points each and the win was by 10. So great job Raiders.
And then against White Bear Lake, it took a White Bear three pointer in the last 10 seconds of the middle period to keep us from going 3-0. But the tired team going 2-1 still was pretty cool.
Hey, and with the 4th of July coming, if you like to see fireworks, ask Coach Critchley about the quality of the reffing. Haha.
Anyway, the 3-3 now puts us at 12.5-4.5 (awkward!). Way to go Raiders!!
Remember there will be no game on Tuesday July 1st.
Coming off their championship in the Breakdown Sports Showcase in Mankato, the Raiders took the court in a second Breakdown Sports Showcase on Sunday June 22nd in Sauk Rapids. With nagging injuries and players involved in other summer sports, Roseville competed with just 6 players. That was a significant disadvantage in a tournament in which the team played three games in a six hour period.
The Raiders won their first two games to advance to the final game. In game one they defeated out-state power, Moorhead 48-43 and then defeated another strong team, Delano 52-44. This pitted them against perennial conference rival, Stillwater in the championship game.
Surprisingly, Roseville still had their legs in game three and shot the lights out defeating the Ponies 70-63, to win their second championship in 8 days.
The two tournament championships combined with the teams record of 9-1 in their summer league is a strong positive omen for next season's prospects!
Hi everyone, Backcourt Jester reporting.
On Tuesday night June 17th, the Raiders competed in their second of five nights of Summer League play.
In their three games against home town host East Ridge, the Raiders started sluggishly and dug themselves a deep hole. But as they got into rhythm they clawed back against the Raptors and ended up in a tie in the first game. They split the other two games so they went 1.5 - 1.5 against East Ridge.
The second match up was against our nearby neighbor, Concordia Academy. Roseville was able to win all three of these games, and finished the night 4.5 - 1.5 (awkward! Like a World Cup result.) That puts them at 9.5 - 2.5 after two nights (and we need another tie to get out of this awkwardness).
And the first opportunity to tie our way out of awkwardness will come next Tuesday night, June 24th, when the Raiders take on conference rivals White Bear Lake at 7:40pm and Cretin at 8:30pm.
Remember there will be no game on Tuesday July 1st.
Offense wins games, and defense wins championships and the Raiders showed a lot of both during their championship run in the Breakdown Sports Showcase in Mankato on Sunday June 15th.
Playing in the Maroon Varsity 8-team bracket, Roseville averaged 65 points per game while holding their opponents to a 36 point average.
Roseville got started by beating Northfield 57-34.
In the semi-final, the Raiders defeated Redwood 69-37.
And in the final, they topped Mankato East 68-38, and this just after Mankato East had defeated Tartan by 20.
Don't want to get ahead of ourselves, but this small but relentless squad looks like they might amount to something. In any event, a terrific start for the new varsity squad.
Roseville plays in another Showcase in Sauk Rapids on Sunday June 22nd.
The Roseville Raiders, fresh off their championship in the Mankato Showcase, will participate in a second Breakdown Sports Showcase on June 22nd in Sauk Rapids.
The Raiders will play at 1:30, 3:15, and then at either 5:05 or 6:00. Here is a link to their Tournament Brackets. Their opening opponent is Moorhead; teams in the tournament include Stillwater and Prior Lake.
If you are planning to go up and check out the Raider buzz, here is a Google Map to the Sauk Rapids High School.
Hi everyone, Backcourt Jester here. The Webmaster is letting me report on Summer League action this year, so here goes.
On Tuesday night June 10th, the Raiders competed in their first of five nights of Summer League play. This summer the Raiders are participating in the East Ridge Summer League. They play on 5 Tuesday nights, with two games per night, through mid-July.
This league is a lot like other basketball summer leagues, in that the teams play 3 twelve minute games against each opponent. So on any given night a team can record up to 6 victories.
Opening night saw our Raiders taking 2 of 3 from Simley High and all 3 from Hill Murray for a 5-1 record on opening night.
We were kinda a little worried about how the new varsity would match up. We're a little small, but we are quick and smart. At one point, Coach Critchely had five point guards on the floor, at least that is what each of the five play on their summer AAU teams. It turns out, at least for this first night, that speed and smarts will take care of size. Our whole team was relentless, playing great defense with lots of helping, and attacking in waves on offense. I think the other teams must have felt like they were being attacked by a Swarm of Black Flies! When they would try to set up camp on the block, our mighty mites started buzzin' around them and kept them from getting comfortable, caused them to break camp before they wanted.
Here are a couple of video clips to give you an idea.
Video number one shows how the defense didn't back off, attacking their rebounder, speeding them up and then turning right around and attacking the basket ourselves.
Video number two shows just how annoying those black flies can be! Great defense by Kyler Briggity is aided by teammates denying the pass. When a pass is finally made, Kobe Critchley steals it and leads a 5 on 2 Roseville break. And then when we score watch how the defense sprints back to pick up the three stragglers. That's followed by a steal on help defense by Joh Farmer as he goes all the way for a basket. And then those dang black flies fly back again on defense. Now that's basketball!
Go Raiders. Long live the Black Flies! Buzzin' at a Raptors Nest near you on Tuesday nights.
Roseville will jump right into its summer off-season development by competing in the first of Breakdown Sports' Summer Showcase tournaments. The Showcase takes place at the T on the campus of Minnesota State - Mankato on Sunday June 15th. The Raiders will compete in the Varsity Maroon division, an 8 team bracket with each team playing 2:35, 4:25, and 6:20 games.
Here is a link to the Maroon Bracket, which shows the other teams competing in the Varsity Maroon division.
The Raiders will participate in two additional Showcases: a week out on June 22nd and then at the end of July to wrap up off season activities - until Fall Ball, that is.
Roseville's Boys' Basketball program traditionally welcomes next year's entering basketball players with a welcoming picnic at the end of the school year. This year, the tradition continues. Originally scheduled for Tuesday June 10, the picnic has been moved to 5:30 pm on June 12th to resolve a timing conflict.
The picnic will be held at the Falcon Heights Community Park's shelter at the corners of Cleveland Ave and Rosemount Ave.
If your son is considering playing basketball at Roseville High, please come to the picnic (the whole family is welcomed!), connect with other basketball families, and get an early sense of the program and what is available for your son to participate in over the summer.
To help with planning we would like to have an idea of headcount. Please send an email to the organizers with an RSVP by Sunday June 8th. If you miss that deadline, you are still welcomed at the picnic!!
Hope to see you there!
Off season is the time when players work on getting better. What's better than doing that with your teammates. Head Coach Ted Critchley will again hold a Summer Clinic for boys considering playing in the basketball program for the 2014-15 season.
There will be two sessions per week, Monday and Wednesday, one combining 9th and 10th graders (2014-15 school year grade levels) and a second for 11th and 12th graders.
The idea is that players will come to whatever sessions they can make. Most boys will have a conflict on at some point, but the plan is to sign up and attend all the session that fit your schedule.
The clinics will take place in the evening until the RAHS basketball camps conclude and will then shift to the afternoon.
The clinic fee is $50 and the application form requires the signature of a parent or guardian. Here is a link to the Clinic Application; please complete it and return it with the participation fee to Coach Critchley.
RAHS will sponsor a Boys Basketball Camp with Head Coach Ted Critchley from June 16th through June 20th.
Grades 3 - 8 will meet mornings from 8am to 11:30am (grades are grade levels for next fall 2014-15 school year). Grades 9 -12 will meet afternoons from 1pm to 4pm.
The cost of the camp is $80. For registration information, see the Roseville Parks & Recreation Website.
As part of the summer preparation for next season, RAHS will have a Varsity and a JV team participate in the 2014 East Ridge Summer League. Teams will each play two games on each Tuesday night from Tuesday June 10th through Tuesday July 15th. There will be no games on Tuesday July 1st.
Some of the other teams participating in this league are Cretin Derham Hall, East Ridge, White Bear Lake, and Hill Murray among others.
Here is a link to the Schedule of JV games.
And here is a link to the Schedule of Varsity games.
A new element of the summer basketball development plan at RAHS is to have a team participate in the Breakdown Sports Boys' Summer Showcase, a series of 3-games-in-a-day tournaments. Each team will play their games with an hour break between each game; for those of you familiar with MYAS' SuperSavers, this will be a similar format.
The tournaments are spread over June and July and also spread over the state of Minnesota. RAHS will particpate in three of the tournaments.
Sunday June 15th: Mankato - games will be at Minnesota State - Mankato at the Field House and the Taylor Center.
Sunday June 22nd: Sauk Rapids - games will be at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School and Middle School.
Thursday July 31st: St Michael - games will be at the St Michael - Albertville High School.