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    Rebel News And Announcements
Ian Smith ('14) To Play for D2 National Championship
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Congrats to former Rebel Ian Smith for leading his Northern team to the Division 2 National Championship game. The Wolves beat Queens 105-99 on a double overtime thriller. Ian graduated in 2014 and lead the Rebels to the section finals.

Wolves Advance to National Championship

Rebels Fall to Osseo in Double Overtime
The Rebels lost a heartbreaker to Osseo 56-54 Tuesday night. Both teams played great defense and Osseo outlasted the Rebels with an offensive rebound putback as time expired in the second overtime. Here are the highlights from CCX Sports:

Osseo Edges Champlin Park Basketball Thriller

The Rebels finished the season 22-6 and were led on and off the court by seniors Carlston McKenzie IV, Kelvin Tappa and Josiah Strong. Congrats on an impressive season and good luck to the seniors, thank you for your commitment to the program.

Josiah Strong Hits 1,000 point in Victory Over Centennial
Congrats to Josiah Strong for being the sixth player in Champlin Park to score 1,000 points. Josiah joins McKinley Wright ('17) and Theo John ('17) as well as former Mr. Basketball JT Gibson ('15). Strong's freshman year, JT would often spend time shooting with Josiah after practice in a connection that has continued despite Gibson currently playing at the University of Nebraska Omaha. Gibson who was home on break was able to take in his first Rebel game of the season and watch Josiah eclipse the 1,000 mark.

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The Rebels were also able to advance to the section semifinals beating a hot shooting Centennial team 81-78. Next Tuesday the Rebels will take on Osseo at Maple Grove High School at 5PM. Come out and support.

Rebels Seeded #2 in Section 5AAAA
The Rebels earned the #2 seed behind Park Center, despite beating them in early February. The Pirates finished the season with a 22-4 record. The Rebels will open section play Wednesday, March 7 at 7PM vs Centennial at CPHS. Come on out for the final home game of the season and the beginning of the post season. Click on the link to see the bracket.

Section 5AAAA

Rebels Turn Up The Defense To Take Down Crimson
Tuesday night the Rebels turned in a great defensive performance limiting Maple Grove to 45 points. The Rebels were active defensively from the start and quickly jumped out to a 25-10 lead halfway through the first half and never looked back. Josiah Strong led all scorers with 23 points.

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Photo by Carter Jones, SportsEngine.

Here the the full recap from MN Basketball Hub:

Champlin Park punishes Northwest Suburban Conference foe Maple Grove

Champlin Park Alumni
Champlin Park Alumni continue to do great things on their respective college teams. Congrats to the following players for their efforts and good luck on the road into March Madness.

Brennon Witt ('14) Senior River Falls

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River Falls Men's Basketball Falls Short in WIAC Championship

Ian Smith ('14) Junior Northern State


Smith Seals the Deal as the No. 11 Wolves Advance to NSIC Title Game

JT Gibson ('15) Nebraska Omaha

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JT Gibson

Jeremy Johnson ('15) University Milwaukee

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Jeremy Johnson

Theo John ('17) Marquette University


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McKinley Wright ('17) University of Colorado

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Colorado’s McKinley Wright IV breaks Chauncey Billups’ freshman assists record

Rebels Hope To Raise Awareness and Funds With Coaches vs Cancer Fundraiser
The Rebels will look to extend their winning streak Friday night while taking on Armstrong during their Coaches vs Cancer fundraisor. Come cheer on the Rebels, wear pink and bring any cash to donate during a halftime bucket pass.

Next Tuesday, the Rebels will host the Maple Grove Crimson and hold their own Coaches vs Cancer Fundraisor. There will be baskets to bid on in a silent auction as well as collection buckets at halftime. The Crimson bring their 17-6 record which should be a great matchup against two great teams.

Rebels Hold On to Defeat Eden Prairie
The Rebels started the game on fire pushing a first half lead up to 22 points before Eden Prairie came storming back to make it a 49-39 Rebel lead at half. The Rebels held off several Eden Prairie charges as they pulled within two in the 2nd half. The Rebels were able to make stops when needed and make free throws down the stretch to push the lead to 86-80 with 2 seconds left before Eden Prairie hit a three at the buzzer. Josiah Strong lead the Rebels with 26 points and 5 assists.
Bennett Otto finished with 23 points. Photo by Cheryl Myers

Here is the recap from the MN Basketball Hub:

Rebels vs Eden Prairie

Rebels Extend Winning Streak to 8
The Rebels got the best of the Bengals 75-72 avenging an early season loss and the last loss by the Rebels back in Janaury. Since that loss, the Rebels have rattled off 8 wins in a row finding different ways to win in several close games. Last night was a game of runs with Blaine jumping out to a quick 13-3 lead before the Rebels settled in and closed the gap and lead 38-34 at half. The Rebels pushed the lead to 9 before Blaine came storming back with a few big threes in the final two minutes to cut Rebel lead to 73-72 the game with 39 seconds left. The Rebels closed with free throws for a 75-72 final. Check out the highlights from CCX Sports:

Rebels vs Blaine

Josiah Strong CCX Sports Spotlight
CCX Sports did a Spotlight on Captain Josiah this past week. Check it out on the link below:


Rebels Boys and Girls Team Join together for Pasta Feed
Both Girls and Boys Basketball teams joined a pasta feed thanks to their respective booster programs as well as Broadway Pizza in Champlin. Both teams are having solid years and look to make a run for state. Last Saturday both teams played in the Breakdown Community Clash with the Lady Rebels defeating Buffalo 66-62 followed by the Rebels needing overtime to take out Wayzata 89-84.

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Rebels Grab 3 Big Wins in 4 days
The Rebels had a great weekend of basketball. On Friday, the Rebels defeated #6 Park Center 86-81. The Rebels pushed a 6 point halftime lead to 16 points in the 2nd half before Park Center made a run to tie the game late in the 2nd half. The Rebels finished off the the Pirates with great defense and poise in the final minutes. Josiah Strong lead all players with 36 points. Fifteen hours later, the Rebels knocked off Wayzata 89-84 in OT. Bennett Otto lead the Rebels with 36 points. On Monday, the Rebels turned a 43-40 halftime lead to a 96-68 win against Elk River. Next, the Rebels will host Coon Rapids Thursday.

Rebels Bounce Back With 3 Wins
The Rebels bounced back winning the last three games. Last Tuesday the Rebels beat a solid Totino-Grace team on the road 59-55. The Rebels defense came through in the last few minutes to hold of a charging Grace team that came back from 10 at half to before the Rebels prevailed. Friday night the Rebels defeated Centennial 79-40 by holding the Cougars to just fourteen second-half points. Tuesday night the Rebels were fueled by a solid performace by Josiah Strong who lead the team with 6 assists, 4 rebounds and 33 points in a 75-53 victory over Anoka. The Rebels will travel to Park Center on Friday who are coming off a big win versus Osseo last week. Come out and support the Rebels.

Here is a recap from the game Tuesday

Rebels vs Anoka

Rebels Lose Close One to Bengals
The Rebels climbed back from by being down 10 points at halftime, to lead by as much as 4 in the closing minutes versus a hot shooting Blaine team. The Rebels used an improved defensive effort, strong rebounding and a more patient offensive approach to close the gap. It had appeared they Rebels had won the game as Kato Seley drove in for the game-winning layup as time expired but the basket was called off by the referee who called Seley for an offensive foul on the drive. The Rebels were led by Josiah Strong with 20 and Bennett Otto with 16. The Rebels will be back at Totino Grace on Tuesday.

Champlin Park Boys Looking to Rebuild
Here is a story from CCX sports, click on the Rebels link below:

The Champlin Park boys basketball program has been a consistent winner in recent years, and they intend to continue that trend even after graduating much of last year's team.

Mr. Basketball winner McKinley Wright and imposing post player Theo John have moved on the University of Colorado and Marquette University, respectively, and some other talented teammates are gone, too.

This year's Rebels hope to continue the winning ways with a group that has had success on the younger levels.

Two varsity regulars are back in senior Josiah Strong, who started part of the time last season, and sharpshooting junior Bennett Otto, who has just returned from a back injury that kept him out for the entire football season.

Playing time is up for grabs beyond those two for a Rebels team that has good size and talent but just lacks experience.

CCX Sports staff


Rebel ALUMNI playing College Basketball
Ian Smith - Northern State University
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Brennan Witt - University of River Falls - WI
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Jeremy Johnson - University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
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Marty Hill - University of Evansville
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JT Gibson - University of Nebraska - Omaha
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McKinley Wright - University of Colorado - Boulder
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Theo John - Marquette University
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Brian Smith - Waldorf University
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Sam DuBois - Gustavus Adolphus College
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Alec Jonason - Hamline University
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Marcus Hill - NDSCS
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Jack Martin - North Central University
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Recent Scores
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
  Osseo - Section Semifinals 56
  Champlin Park 54
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
  Champlin Park 81
  Centennial Section Quarterfinals 78
Friday, March 2, 2018
  Champlin Park 63
  Spring Lake Park 54
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