Welcome to the web home of Roseville Area High School's Boys Basketball teams. The Raiders compete in the Suburban East Conference and in Section 4AAAA.
Season Opener: Tues, Nov 25, 7:15pm; St Louis Park at RAHS
Next Game: Sat, Nov 29, 6:30pm; vs Washburn at Anoka-Ramsey
check the Varsity Schedule for directions to the games.
Links to Recent Articles
| Backcourt Jester on the Kennedy Scrimmage|
|9th Grade Team First Games This Weekend|
| Kick Off Meeting Documents Available for Download|
|Nutrition Program Expected Family Contribution|
| Full Day of Basketball Gets Things Started|
|Kobe Critchley Commits to Crookston|
| Pre-season Scrimmages on 11/15 and 11/22|
|Hotel Reservation for Granite City Tournament|
| RAHS Basketball Apparel Sale until Nov 16th|
|Family Meeting after Tryouts Nov 13th|
| Captains Named for 2014-15 Season|
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: Kobe Critchley, Joh Farmer, Quinn Johnson, and Mitch Poss.
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.