Notebook: Tusler is Gatorade and AP Player of the Year

The postseason recognition continues to pour in for Osseo’s Bridge Tusler.

The senior running back/defensive back/return man was named both the Associated Press and Gatorade Player of the Year last week.

Tusler rushed for over 1,100 yards and 16 touchdowns this past season. He also caught three touchdowns, returned two kicks for touchdowns, took back an interception for another score and even passed for one during Osseo’s season.

Tusler was also named the Star Tribune’s Metro Player of the Year, and is the consensus favorite to be named Mr. Football later this week.

Tusler remains uncommitted in regards to his college choice.

A/C girls on a roll

After opening the season with consecutive losses to Eden Prairie and Blaine, the Armstrong/Cooper girls hockey team has since rolled off seven consecutive victories.

The streak started with a 5-1 victory over Shakopee Nov. 15, which was immediately followed by a 5-0 win against Elk River Nov. 17.

The girls then beat Champlin Park 4-2 Nov. 20, before celebrating Thanksgiving by topping both New Prague and Rogers to win a tournament championship in New Prague.

Then last week, Armstrong/Cooper shutout Centennial 2-0 and beat Coon Rapids 2-1.

Emma Terres had a goal and assist in the win over Coon Rapids, and she also scored both goals against Centennial.

Goaltender Ashley Ritten was perfect on 28 shots in the victory over Centennial to earn her second shutout of the season.

This week, the girls will look to continue their strong play in a pair of Northwest Suburban Conference games.

Armstrong/Cooper played at Andover Dec. 4 and then returned home to host Maple Grove at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at the New Hope Ice Arena.

Rebel girls perfect

The Champlin Park girls basketball team opened its season last week with a trio of games, and it resulted in a perfect 3-0 start for the Rebels.

The girls made their debut Nov. 27 by hosting Cretin-Derham Hall. Ali Zopfi scored 18 points, Kalli Zimmerman had 15 and Alexis Alexander and Mariya Sampson seven each as the Rebels started the year with a 54-41 victory.

Two days later, Champlin Park doubled up Spring Lake Park 70-39 at home. Alexander had 16 points in the Nov. 29 victory, Zopfi added 13 and Zimmerman nine.

Then, the very next night, Zopfi and Alexander scored 13 more points each as the Rebels started the Northwest Suburban Conference portion of their schedule with a 49-39 victory in Andover.

The girls were scheduled to play their second league game of the year at home against Park Center Dec. 4 before taking a week off leading up to a Dec. 11 visit to Maple Grove.

Falcons drop opener

The Robbinsdale Armstrong girls basketball team opened up its 2012-13 season with a 63-32 loss at Anoka Nov. 30.

Hana Sacic finished with a team high 14 points in the loss. Rachel Russ added 11 for the Falcons, and Lyrik Williams seven.

The Falcons will be back this week with three games. They played host to Blaine Dec. 4 and then at Andover at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 before turning around to host Shakopee at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7.

Tip-Off Classic

The boys basketball spotlight will be on Minnetonka High School Saturday, Dec 8 with 14 games taking place as part of the Breakdown Tip-Off Classic.

Action begins at 11 a.m., and runs all day long in a pair of MHS gyms.

Five of the games will feature Sun-Post area teams.

Hopkins plays Tartan at 2 p.m., defending Class 4A state champion Osseo faces Eastview at 5:15 p.m., Park Center takes on Tyus Jones and Apple Valley at 6:45 p.m., Robbinsdale Cooper plays Minnetonka at 8:15 p.m., and Robbinsdale Armstrong tips off with Wayzata in the nightcap at 8:30 p.m.

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