January 4, 2007
Al vs Blake, Hopkins vs Henry tonight
They have been teammates for several summers and they will be teammates next year at the University of Minnesota but tonight Blake Hoffarber and Al Nolen Jr. will be on opposite benches tonight when Hopkins travels to Minneapolis to face Henry in a battle of unbeatens. These teams have been taking part in this series for a few years now but never was the outside attention focused on two players like it will be this evening.
The two members of the 2007 Gopher class, Hoffarber and Nolen, they have played together in the spring and summers for the Minnesota Magic for quite a while now. Since Blake committed this past fall, Al and Blake have visited the U together and they were at campus when the U had other visitors as they hoped to attract more talent to the U.
Tonight they square off in a game that matches the 8-0 Hopkins Royals against the 5-0 Henry Patriots. This will be the third straight year I have attended this now annual contest and each and every season the game has been exciting.
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