EP 080: Chopping It Up W/ Eden Prairie Assistant AD & Gopher Legend Trevor Mbakwe

Matt and Bill are away, so Logan takes over with a conversation with current Eden Prairie Assistant AD and Gopher legend Trevor Mbakwe. They discuss his pro career over seas, finding a passion in high school sports administration, coaching through controversy, and how he would hold up on the floor with current EP hoopsters!

EP 79: Back to the Minors with East Ridge Baseball Head Coach Brian Sprout

On the latest episode of the pod, the podcast crew welcome in guest Brian Sprout, the head coach of the No. 2 ranked East Ridge Raptors to talk about one of the hottest baseball teams in Minnesota!

Before their conversation with Coach Sprout, Matt & Bill first discuss some news & notes from the prep landscape, including the doing away of the Gold-Maroon system in 6A football next year, a recent Division 1 committment from a local standout, and some key results from boys lacrosse in the past week.

The interview with Brian Sprout begins at (26:38): Topics include the Raptors’ collection of future Division 1 talent, the East Metro’s strong baseball tradition, and some of Sprout’s experiences playing in the minor leagues, including stints with the St. Paul Saints and drawing a walk against Hall-of-Famer Pedro Martinez.

EP 78: Around the World with the Down the Alley Lacrosse Pod

On the latest episode of the TC Game Time podcast, they guys are thinking Spring as they return to talk a little baseball before diving into their lacrosse preview show with P-Mac and Katie, two of the hosts of the “Down the Alley” Podcast and coaches in the Prior Lake boys & girls programs!

They first discuss some first week observations and the growth of lacrosse before discussing early season baseball storylines (8:29), including the preseason top-10 and standout future Division 1 players in a loaded Suburban East conference featuring heavyweights East Ridge, Mounds View, and Stillwater.

The interview with “Down the Alley” starts at (22:25), previewing each Section in the State beginning with the boys field at (26:46); topics discussed in boys include the likelihood of a Benilde vs Prior Lake rematch, dark horses and favorites in each Section, and a Mr. Lacrosse watch list. The girls preview starts at (45:43) and includes a breakdown of signficant coaching changes from the top-2 teams in the State and favorites in each Section.

EP 77: Wrapping our Heads Around Section Realignment

On their final episode before the start of Spring sports, Matt and Logan get together to talk about the implications of last week’s Section realignments announced by the State High School League!

Before starting Section talk, they hit on some news & notes, including one of the State’s top prep recruits moving to California for his senior year & Tessa Johnson, STMA standout and future South Carolina Gamecock, being named Miss Basketball last week.

The Section conversation starts at (14:00), mostly focusing on implications to winter sports including boys basketball (15:00), girls basketball (22:40), and hockey (29:49).

EP 76: Hey Now, You’re an All-Star with STMA’s Kent Hamre

While waiting for the bitter winter to thaw out, the gang are back for a special episode with Kent Hamre, the 18th year head coach of St. Michael-Albertville Girls Basketball!

They welcome in the State Championship winning coach to talk about his team’s recent title, coaching presumptive Miss Basketball favorite and All-American Tessa Johnson, and preview this Saturday’s upcoming MGBCA All-Star Series streaming on Game Time.

MGBCA All Star Series

Catch both MGBCA All Star Series games as well as the Ms. Basketball Minnesota announcement right here on Game Time Media!

Game Time Media is the home of the 2023 MGBCA All-Star Series

TWIN CITIES, MN (March 30, 2023) – Game Time Media is partnering with the Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association (MGBCA) to present a live stream broadcast of the MGBCA All-Star Series, a high school basketball showcase of the top senior girls basketball players in the State and the announcement of the 2023 Miss Basketball award on Saturday, April 8.

It’s the second straight season that Game Time Media and the MGBCA will be partnering up for the broadcast, available to stream for free starting at 12:45pm on gametimemn.com.

The April 8 showcase will feature two All-Star games, slated for 1pm and 2:30pm at the Academy of Holy Angels High School, featuring 41 of the top girls hoopers in the State in the Class of 2022. At halftime of the second game, the MGBCA will unveil this year’s “Miss Basketball” in the state of Minnesota. Both games and the Miss Basketball presentation will be streamed live on gametimemn.com, presented by Game Time Media, the MGBCA, Twin Cities Orthopedics, New Spaces, Frandsen Bank & Trust, and Roof Time.

Among the 41 players set to be unveiled in the coming weeks will be four of the five Miss Basketball finalists selected by the MGBCA: Hopkins forward Nunu Agara (Stanford), Providence Academy forward Grace Counts (Minnesota-Duluth), St. Michael-Albertville forward Tessa Johnson (South Carolina), Chaska guard Kennedy Sanders (Colorado), and Hopkins forward Taylor Woodson (Michigan). 

Follow @GameTimeMN and @MNgbballAllStar on Twitter for the latest updates on the full list of participating players in both games of the All-Star series leading up to the event.

About Game Time Media

Game Time Media is the Twin Cities’ premier prep streaming service, providing professional live stream broadcasts of high school sporting events. Game Time Media is the streaming home for Eden Prairie, Farmington, Prior Lake, Lakeville North, Lakeville South and Shakopee High Schools as well as the home of the “TC Game Time Podcast,” a weekly show covering prep sports in the Twin Cities as a whole. Aside from providing top-notch coverage and live streaming of prep sports, they provide streaming services for a wide-range of one-off events on and off the field. Learn more at gametimemn.com.

Previous Winners of Minnesota Miss Basketball:

2022: Amaya Battle, Hopkins (Minnesota)

2021: Adalia McKenzie, Park Center (Illinois)

2020: Paige Bueckers, Hopkins (UConn)

2019: Kacie Borowicz, Roseau (North Dakota)

2018: Megan Walstad, Eastview (UW-Milwaukee)

2017: Gabi Haack, Elk River (Bradley)

2016: Nia Hollie, Hopkins (Michigan State)

2015: Madison Guebert, Eastview (South Dakota State)

2014: Carlie Wagner, NRHEG High School (Minnesota, 3rd Round WNBA Pick, MIN)

2013: Rebekah Dahlman, Braham High School (Vanderbilt)

2012: Marissa Jenning, Watertown-Mayer High School (Creighton)

2011: Rachel Banham, Lakeville North (Minnesota, 1st Rd, 4th OVL WNBA Pick, CON)

2010: Cassie Rochel, Lakeville North (Wisconsin)

2009: Tayler Hill, Minneapolis South (Ohio State, 1st Rd, 4th OVL WNBA Pick, WAS)

2008: Courtney Boylan, Chaska (Michigan)

2007: Angel Robinson, St. Paul Central (Marquette, 2nd Rd WNBA Pick, NY)

2006: Jenna Smith, Bloomington-Kennedy (Illinois, 2nd Rd WNBA Pick, WAS)

2005: Katie Ohm, Elgin-Millville (Minnesota)

EP 75: Title Game Rematches & Stars Shining at the State Basketball Tourney, feat. Prep Hoops’ Jared Martinson

The crew are back, this time joined by Prep Hoops Content Creator & Maple Grove Assistant Coach Jared Martinson, to break down last week’s thrilling State Boys Basketball Tourney!

They start by diving into Wayzata’s thrilling run to their second State Championship in three years (5:40), including the iconic shot of the tournament by Hayden Tibbits in the Semis and junior Jackson McAndrew’s complete takeover of the title game in the extra period. They break down standout stars and discuss all eight teams in the large school division!

Moving to Class 3A at (26:30), they discuss the Totino-Grace dynasty and how Ohio State commit Taison Chatman brought his best to the big stage after an up-and-down senior season due to injury. They also talk about a bright future on the hardwood in Alexandria and Nasir Whitlock’s herculean efforts for runner-up’s DeLaSalle.

In Class 2A (35:30), they talk about Minneaha Academy’s suprise upset over favorites Holy Family before talking about Albany eventually taking home the title. Class A Champs Russell-Tyler-Ruthon are also discussed at (44:40), before the guys make their predictions for the “Mr. Basketball” award announcement.

EP 74: Grabbing the Ox by the Horns: A State Basketball Tourney Special with Lakeville North’s John Oxton!

Before an interview with the 31st year head coach of the State-bound Panthers, Logan, Matt, & Bill circle back up to first to recap last week’s action at Williams Arena in the Girls Basketball State Tournament (2:37)! Topics discussed include Tessa Johnson’s herculean performance in the 4A title game for St. Michael, Stewartville’s suprising shakeup in the 3A tourney, and Maddyn Greenway’s dominant showing on the big stage for Providence Academy.

Next, the trio break down the entire Class 4A Boys Tournament field (15:50), discussing standout players, favorites, and potential upset bids in the large school division. They also key-in on the Mr. Basketball Final Five, who will all be showcased this week on the big stage, and discuss title favorites in Class 3A and 2A!

Interview with John Oxton, the Lakeville North Head Coach, starts at (51:00).

EP 73: X Gon’ Give It To Ya & A Battle at the Barn with Bally Sports North’s Sam Ekstrom

Before welcoming in guest Sam Ekstrom, the TV voice of the Gophers and high school hockey on Bally Sports North & play-by-play broadcaster for last week’s Boys Hockey Tournament on the radio, Matt and Bill get together for a Girls Basketball State Tourney Preview starting at (5:07). They discuss every team in the field in Class 4A, upsets in last week’s slate of Section Finals, predictions, top players to watch, and deep dive into favorites in all four classes!

Starting at (36:31), Ekstrom joins the show to help break down the Boys Hockey Tournament last week at Xcel! He discusses Minnetonka rising to the top in a wide-open Class AA field, Mahtomedi’s suprise run to a Class A title, standout players, and some way-too-early predictions on contenders in the State next season!