June 13, 2007 - American Basketball Association (ABA) - Minnesota Ripknees
Good afternoon everyone. I'd like to give you an update on what we've been doing. Since our first season has finished we've been preparing for our second and working towards making it an even better one than the last. Thanks for all of your support and feel free to shoot me an email if you need additional information or have any questions.
Season Tickets On Sale
Season tickets for the 2007-2008 season are on sale for $20 until 6/15/07. Hurry and get yours before the deal ends!
The Ripknees New Forum
Legandary Roy Wilkins Auditorium will play host to the Minnesota Ripknees this upcoming season. The auditorium boasts 44,800 sq. ft. and offers fans 4,166 seats. Fans can find the auditorium next to the Xcel Energy Center in Downtown St. Paul:
199 West Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN, 55102
Jamel Staten Overseas
The Ripknees' Jamel Staten spent the spring playing ball in Saudi Arabia. He was there from April 18 to May 23, playing for the Saudi Arabian Al Ahli. Their competition ranged from Morrocco to Egypt to Lebanon. The Al Ahli beat the rival Saudi Arabian team in the semifinals to make it to the league championship. They ended up losing to a talented Lebanon team in the championship after being down and having the game forfeited due to unruly fans.
Jamel said that the league had some tough competition. There were some dirty players and plenty of fights. Half of the teams had about three Americans on their rosters, while the remaining spots were filled by Middle Easterners. The Ripknees are happy to have Jamel back from the Saudi heat in order to gear up for the upcoming season.
Ripknees Jerseys On Sale
Official Replica Jerseys of Jamel Staten (#44), Mitch Ohnstad (#11), Tyrell Sledge (#3), and Johnnie Gilbert (#33) are on sale.
Screen Printed: $39.99
New Member in the Ripknees Family
Tanysha Scott is the new Director of Business Operations for the Ripknees. Tanysha grew up in North Minneapolis and went to Ascension School from first to eighth grade. She went on to DeLaSalle High School and starred on their basketball team. Tanysha recently graduate from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in '05; majoring in Political Science with a minor in Sociology. She was a four year starter on the basketball team there.
The Ripknees finished the 2006-2007 season with a 113-100 victory over the Quad City Riverhawks to claim the Conference Championship. They finished the season with a 24-8 record to lead the ABA standings.
Anyone interested in joining the Ripknees organization in making a positive impact on the Twin Cities metropolitan area should contact Mike Barr at (612)968-5606.
Chance to Win Free Weekend
If you forward this email to 15 people and copy firstname.lastname@example.org, you enter yourself in a raffle to win a free weekend for two at the Best Western Kelly Inn in Downtown St. Paul in mid July.
Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis
From noon to 6 PM, players and coaches will be running basketball hoops, hoola hooping, a water balloon toss, three legged races, and book readings.
Minneapolis Red, White, & Boom
St. Anthony Main St. and 6th Ave. in Minneapolis
From 3 PM to 9:30 PM there will be basketball hoops, book readings, hoola hoops, and autography signings.
Church & Youth Conference
Shilo Temple in North Minneapolis on Broadway Ave.
From noon to 3 PM there will be a meet and greet with Ripknees players.
August 11 & 12
Gus Macker Tournament
The Guidant John Rose MN Oval in Roseville
Players and coaches will be present as the Ripknees sponsor the dunk contest.
Ripknees Camp For Champs
St. Paul Salvation Army Minneapolis YWCA
June 18-22 June 25-29
Rogers High School
July 30-August 3
All camps start at 8:30 AM and end at 5:00 PM.
The registration fee is $200, which includes camp t-shirt, basketball, planner, and 4 Ripknee tickets.
Internships & Volunteers
As a small organization we are always in need of some help. Interns and volunteers get a chance to work behind the scenes, get some great experience, and earn college credit. Contact us at (651)647-5633.
Send your positive thoughts and prayers to Jack Jurewicz and his family as Jack is going through treatment for lymphoma cancer at Abbott Nothwestern Hospital. Cards and letters can be sent to the Ripknees office:
161 St. Anthony Ave.
St. Paul, MN, 55103
Note: OurSports Central no longer actively covers the American Basketball Association (ABA) as a professional league due in part to its inability to publish and play a schedule and the transitory nature of many of its teams. For information on professional minor leagues, please see OSC's basketball section.