North Heights Lutheran Church has generously agreed to sponsor the Little Earth Red Bears youth basketball program. Their logo will appear on the new basketball uniforms which were designed by local artist Damien Pettiford. Damien, who created the uniforms as a volunteer, will also coach this season. The entire Little Earth sports program changed its name to the Red Bears to honor Trinidad Flores whose Indian name, Mihkosew Muskwa Inepoweek means Red Bear Standing. The Little Earth 16 and under team is the defending Minneapolis City Champion and will return some of its most important players including Justin Brown, Emilio Reyes, Edward Roberts, Nate Boswell, and Kyle Martin. According to head coach Muck-wa Roberts, the team could be even better than it was last season. In a recent scrimmage against the team from East Phillips, Little Earth won 81-43. The Red Bears were ahead 29-0 at one point. In addition the 11 and under team is shaping up to be a powerhouse this season. Led by the “Three Amigos” Jose, Ernesto, and Victor Rodriguez, the team will play a run and gun style that is sure to be entertaining. For more information contact Nathan Ratner at 612-455-2813 or come by his office at LERA Schedules will be posted around Little Earth so come out and support the youth. Go Red Bears!