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Matt Thuli has stepped down as boys' basketball coach at Holy Family but will remain at the school as AD and assistant principal. In a statement released this morning, Thuli cited wanting to spend more time with his family as the reason. Thuli's sons are entering first and fourth grade in the fall.
The only coach Holy Family has had since opening in 2000, Thuli led the boys' basketball program to conference championships in 2006 and 2007. The Fire also won the Class 2A state championship in 2007, defeating Maple River.
In six years covering high school sports here at the Star Tribune, one of the neatest moments I've seen is was when Holy Family won that game. The players, fans and assistant coaches went nuts. Thuli simply walked a few steps onto the court, one arm raised above his head with a clenched fist. And he kept it there for what seemed to be minutes - almost as if he couldn't believe his made-from-scratch team had just won a title. Holy Family won just three games in 2001, its inaugural season.
"I'm still really trying to figure out what happened," Thuli said shortly after the team won its 2007 championship.
Joe Burger, a former assistant at Holy Family and interim head coach at Minnetonka for the end of last season, has already been named as the new head coach for the Fire.
Around midnight last night, Kevin Noreen signed to play basketball at West Virginia. Today, he was already in summer classes.
Minnesota Transitions boys' basketball coach John Sherman confirmed this afternoon that Noreen, Minnesota's Mr. Basketball this season who originally was headed for Boston College, will instead join the Mountaineers.
"We got a request out of the blue for Kevin's transcript to be sent to West Virginia on Friday," Sherman said. "That's how quickly this happened."
Noreen averaged 36.5 points and 16 rebounds per game this past season and finished his high school career with 4,086 points.
Before West Virginia's inquiry, Noreen was set to sign with either Arkansas, Providence or Washington State. But ...
“This offer just trumped everything else,” said Sherman, who spoke with Noreen on Tuesday morning. “A chance to play on a team that went to the Final Four and is in the upper echelon in the Big East was too good to pass up. He liked those other schools, but the difference is he loves West Virginia.”
Well this should be interesting. Tom Dasovich, who played under Ken Novak. Jr. at Hopkins, is now in close proximity to his former coach. That should ratchet up the Minnetonka-Hopkins rivalry a notch or three.
Here's the press release:
Tom Dasovich of Henry Sibley High School is returning to Minnetonka High School as a social studies teacher and head basketball coach.
Hope Minnesota Transitions Charter School forward Kevin Noreen left room on his basketball resume, because he was named Mr. Basketball today. Noreen, a 6-10 forward who led MTS to the Class 1A state title on Saturday, broke the state record for career scoring this season with an unofficial total of 4,086 points.
Noreen previously signed to play college basketball at Boston College. But the program just parted ways today with coach Al Skinner. MTS coach John Sherman indicated in an email that Noreen is watching the situation. "Kevin wants to hold off on making a comment until he finds out who gets the Boston College job," Sherman wrote.
St. Cloud Tech overcame a rough start to pull within 27-25 late in the half, but Hopkins' DJ Peterson rattled off seven consecutive points to help the No. 1-seeded Royals take a 36-27 lead into the break. Alex Hanks from St. Cloud Tech leads all scorers with 11 points.
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