EP 103: Talkin’ Girls Hoops Stars, Dark Horses, & Title Contenders with Prep Girls Hoops’ Grant McGinnis!

It’s a girls high school hoops frenzy for the first time this season on the pod as the crew welcome in Grant McGinnis, a prep basketball scout and writer for PrepGirlsHoops.com in Minnesota!

The gang starts the conversation at (4:38) by keying on Friday’s matchup between Class 4A No. 3 Lakeville North and Class 2A No. 1 Providence Academy, and discussing standout sophomore Maddyn Greenway, her State-wide appeal, and where she fits among recent superstars in the State.

Starting at (17:30), they talk about the headliners of a talented senior class, led by Benilde’s Olvia Olson (Michigan), Hopkins’ Liv McGill (Florida), and Mountain Iron-Buhl sharpshooter Jordan Zubich (UNC), among others.

At (23:58), McGinnis splits hairs to determine Minnetonka and Hopkins’ candidacy as the best team in the State right now, while also not counting out Wayzata, STMA, and others as top title-contenders in Class 4A. At (30:37), Logan and Grant talk about the best girls players they’ve ever seen at the high school level, including a standout 8th grader from Duluth you’ve got to keep an eye on (32:17).

Finally, they discuss other Class 4A teams to follow at (35:36) before Matt, Logan, and Bill talk some hockey and wrestling in their final “notes from the field” of 2023 (49:00).

EP 102: Talking HS Hockey and Classic Barns with the Youth Hockey Hub’s Tony Scott

Tony Zosel, aka “Tony Scott,” from the Youth Hockey Hub joins the podcast to talk about the suprises of the boys and girls high school hockey seasons so far!

Starting at (2:24), they head to the boys side of the ice and discuss the the gap closing between title favorites Minnetonka and the rest of the field as well as the possibility of an undefeated season for the Skippers. They also discuss other contenders to challenge the Skippers in Class AA, including Wayzata (7:00), Chanhassen (9:26), and Benilde-St. Margaret’s (10:18), among others. Other teams and topics include the talent coming up in Moorhead (13:40), Saturday’s top-15 clash between Rogers and Shakopee (16:15), and the depth of the Northwest Suburban Conference this year (23:50).

Starting at (27:39), they transition to girls hockey where they discuss the three remaining unbeatens entering the week in Class AA, including how Hill-Murray are ahead of schedule as title contenders after a summer of upheaval (28:57). They also discuss Lakeville North, Northfield, and some of the best Section Finals to watch out for this winter.

Finally at (35:49), they close the show with Tony’s seven locks and short-list of dark horse candidates for the “Mr. Hockey” award.

EP 101: Previewing the Boys HS Basketball Season with the “TC Hoops Czar!”

Matt and Logan are joined by the “TC Hoops Czar” to talk everything high school hoops as the boys basketball season tips off en masse this week in Minnesota!

They start their in-depth season preview by talking the implications of the shot clock this season (2:51) and the most notable coaching changes around the Metro heading into the year (7:01).

Discussed next are the top players in the Metro to watch going into the year (12:23), including recent Creighton commit Jackson McAndrew of Wayzata, Daniel Freitag (Wisconsin, Breck School), future Colorado State teammates Jon Mokonnen (Eastview) and Kyle Jorgensen (Minneapolis-Washburn), among others.

Starting at (21:26), they discuss pre-season favorites to make the State Tournament in each of the eight Class 4A Sections, before talking title favorites in Class 3A (29:54) and 2A (42:21). They close the show by previewing some of the huge matchups to follow at this weekend’s Hopkins Tip-Off event.