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David La Vaque

Reporter | High school sports
Phone: 612-673-7574
Location: Minneapolis
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David La Vaque is a high school sports reporter for the Star Tribune. 

La Vaque previously spent 18 months covering high school sports at the Woodbury Bulletin. La Vaque has written frequently about Minnesota State High School League news, football, hockey, lacrosse and track and field. A native of St. Paul, La Vaque lives in Woodbury. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Communication Studies, Rhetoric and Applied Business. La Vaque is researching a book on the history of the Minnesota state high school hockey tournament. In his free time, he enjoys running and biking and listening to music.
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Rosemount receiver Jonathan Mann grabbed a short pass over the middle and scored the second of his four touchdowns vs. Farmington.

Rosemount's Jonathan Mann scores four touchdwowns in rout over Farmington

The future Gopher scored on a kickoff and three catches.
Wayzata’s Christian Vasser plowed into the end zone on a 2-yard run for the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter against Prior Lake. He rushed f

Wayzata edges Prior Lake in football showdown

The Trojans' late winning TD came on a 95-yard drive in the fourth quarter
Cross-country is one of five sports, along with golf, tennis, Alpine and Nordic skiing, that do not charge admission at state championship events. Sit

Minnesota State High School League faces largest budget deficit ever

A projected deficit of $407,000 for the current fiscal year, which would be an unprecedented shortfall, comes as the league recently approved expanding classes in three sports
Coach Brian Vossen’s Lakeville North team, rated No. 1 in the metro, will host Eagan in Week 2.

'Nothing pretty' week one for many prep football teams sets up 'huge jump' in week two

Most prep football coaches say their teams make their biggest improvement from Week 1 to Week 2
Geno Uhrbom of Greenway Nashwauk Keewatin, who won the boys’ Class 1A cross-country championship last November, is back to defend his title as a jun

Cross-country runners, teams to watch this fall already breaking from the pack

Mounds View and Stillwater boys at top.
Richfield quarterback Ryan Miles scored on a 20-yard run in the second half. He also had an 81-yard scoring run and three touchdown passes..

Richfield ends 19-game losing skid

The Spartans gave coach Kris Pulford his first win.
Lakeville North quarterback RaJa Nelson ran 16 times for 110 yards and two touchdowns, including this 44-yard keeper in the third quarter.

Lakeville North begins defense of its state title with victory over Woodbury

Lakeville North puts multi-purpose star behind center in season-opening win
Participation in 11-player football nationwide dropped for the fifth straight year, and to its lowest level since 1999-2000.

Prep sports participation drops nationally for first time in 30 years

Declines in football and basketball were the biggest contributors, according to a 2018-2019 nationwide survey. Minnesota showed a tiny increase overall last year and one official said its football numbers are stable.
Senior forward Olivia Lovick, at practice Monday, is one of four Centennial captains this fall. Photo by David La Vaque, Star Tribune.

Different paths, same goal for Centennial soccer teams' seniors

The girls' team won the Class 2A state title in 2016 and hasn't been back since. The boys reached state for the first time last year and are itching to get back, too.
BOLD’s Jordan Sagedahl rounded third base in the fifth on his inside-the-park home run. He also pitched a one-hitter.

BOLD routs New York Mills in Class 1A baseball title game

Watching the baseball he smacked roll to the right-center field wall, BOLD junior Jordan Sagedahl figured he would reach third base.Getting waved home instead gave…
Jack VanOverbeke (1) drove against St. Thomas Academy’s Ben Mansur in the state semifinals.

Boys' lacrosse championship preview: Prior Lake scheme vs. undefeated Benilde-St. Margaret's

Undefeated BSM faces a Prior Lake team playing under a first-year coach.
Simley’s Isabella McCauley buried the Class 3A girls’ golf field, finishing 9 under par for a record-tying score of 135. No other competitor broke

Patiently aggressive freshman wins Class 3A girls' golf title

Simley's Isabella McCauley won the Class 3A girls' championship with a record-tying score.
Luke Williams of St. Thomas Academy celebrated after scoring one of his five goals.

St. Thomas Academy, Eden Prairie, Benilde-St. Margaret's and Prior Lake win in boys' lacrosse state quarterfinals

The Cadets, first-time entrants, edged Mahtomedi in a state quarterfinal.

Kacie Riggs of Eden Prairie is the Star Tribune girls' lacrosse Metro Player of the Year

Veteran presence gives the Eagles stability on both ends of the field.
Joe Fahnbulleh of Hopkins ran the last leg of the boys’ 4 x 200-meter relay, which Hopkins won in 1:25.58. The Royals also won the 4x400 relay to cl

Hopkins boys, Rosemount girls win track and field state titles

The Royals won the Class 2A team title in the last event.
Blaine’s Madison Schmidt cleared a jump during the girls' high jump competition at the Class 2A track and field state meet Friday at Hamline Univers

Minnesota High jump state record-holder repeats as champ in a jump-off

Blaine junior Madison Schmidt, the first prep girl to clear 6 feet, defended her Class 2A title by winning an unusual two-person competition to determine the state champion.
Members of the Hopkins relay teams (left to right): Wyatt Lubarski, Sam Leervig, Joe Fahnbulleh, George Jackson, Jaylen Champion, and Ty Bennett. Phot

'The buzz is real' for Hopkins' record-setting relay teams

Hopkins' relay teams are beating the clock this year.
Mahtomedi’s Ethan Russell battles a White Bear Lake defender for the ball during the second quarter of Wednesday night’s Section 4 Championship. T

Mahtomedi cruises past White Bear Lake to reach boys' lacrosse state tournament

Colin Hagstrom's role as the Mahtomedi lacrosse faceoff specialist typically is well-defined.Battle for the faceoff, which he often does successfully. And then, get off the…
Top: Mahtomedi’s Ethan Russell, center, battled with multiple White Bear Lake defenders for the ball Wednesday.
Bottom: Stillwater’s Lauren Einan

Stillwater extends girls' lacrosses state tournament streak by beating Hill-Murray

Whether scoring late in the first half or clamping down on defense in the second half, Stillwater never allowed the girls' lacrosse Section 4 final…
Hopkins Kamali Chambers (2) held the ball when the score was tied for most of four overtimes during a 2014 state tournament game against Shakopee.

Basketball coaches executive upset over shot clock, 'Sweet 16' rejections

Hopes for a 35-second clock and a reseeding of teams in the state's largest class were turned away from the Minnesota State High School League board, which approved added classes for three other sports.
Dakota United infielder Samuel Gerten, who drove in the game-winning run, dived to make a defensive stop during his team’s 8-7 victory over Rocheste

Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville and Dakota United win adapted softball state titles

Games came down to the wire with a walkoff or extra innings needed to win the championships.
Senior Brooke Lewis of Eden Prairie, shown here surrounded by Chanhassen players in an April 30 game, said a victory this season over Prior Lake aveng

Loaded sections mark start of girls', boys' lacrosse playoffs

Section 2 play for both boys and girls feature three ranked teams.
The coaches associations in cross-country, soccer, tennis, volleyball and track and field want to add classes for Minnesota State High School League s

More classes for state tournaments? Coaches want them in five sports

The state high school league's board of directors is scheduled to vote on a batch of proposals as its meeting on Monday, adding a third or fourth class to five sports.
Former East Ridge wrestling coach Matt Everson, who works from home, is pushing back against the school district for what he claims are false reasons

Honored wrestling coach speaking out on ouster from East Ridge

Matt Everson won section Coach of the Year honors for leading East Ridge wrestling to its first state tournament berth. Several weeks later he learned he was out of a job.
An official watched as Benilde-St. Margaret's Eric Weber scored over Mahtomedi's Jimmy Walker during last year's boys' lacrosse state tournament semif

Want to be a ref? Clinic tonight aimed at college students, filling need

Representatives from various sport officiating associations will answer questions for prospective official tonight at Tartan High School in Oakdale.
Minneapolis boys' lacrosse coach Aron Lipkin has played and coached the sport for years, but this is his first navigating it as an openly gay man.

Coming out brings freedom, complexity for gay Minneapolis lacrosse coach

Since Aron Lipkin came out publicly last fall, the coach found mostly support, and a new awareness of derogatory behavior that can permeate the sports culture.
University of Minnesota volleyball coach Hugh McCutcheon spoke in support of boys’ volleyball Thursday at the Minnesota State High School League boa

Lakeville schools part section ways, Minnetonka girls' hockey joins loaded Section 6

The changes were approved by the Minnesota State High School League, which also voted against a boys' volleyball bid to get consideration as a league-sanctioned activity.
DeLaSalle’s Tyrell Terry finished with 19 points and 10 assists against Waseca. “He’s arguably the best point guard in the country,” Islanders

DeLaSalle win another championship trophy

DeLaSalle won its seventh state title in eight years and 12th overall.
Malik Willingham, left, and Andrew Morgan, right, hugged an unidentified teammate after Waseca’s 79-69 victory over Austin in the Class 3A semifinal

Two sophomore lead Waseca over Austin in Class 3A boys' basketball semifinals

Ryan Dufault had 30 points and Andrew Morgan 23 for Waseca.
DeLaSalle’s Tyrell Terry was fouled by Reilly O’Neil, left, of Princeton. Terry, who had 22 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, said he is used t

DeLaSalle crushes Princeton in Class 3A boys' basketball semifinals

The Islanders pulled away from Princeton in the second half.
Princeton players celebrated after the Tigers’ 68-63 win over Mahtomedi on Wednesday in the Class 3A boys’ basketball state quarterfinals at Willi

Princeton makes key threes to edge Mahtomedi in boys' basketball

Adam Williams four threes in the second half spark Tigers.
J’vonne Hadley (1), Mahtomedi junior guard.
Class 3A, Section 4 final Totino-Grace vs. Mahtomedi 3/14/19 Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

Absence of 58 years from state tournament but parallels remain for Mahtomedi boys' basketball

Top scorer J'Vonne Hadley broke a school record for points in a game set by a player on the 1961 tournament team.
DeLaSalle players celebrated their 3A championship victory over Becker. It was the Islanders’ fourth state title this decade.

DeLaSalle was just too big for Becker

Islanders use their height advantage to hold down Becker and claim 3A championship
DeLaSalle’s Nurjei Weems went up for a layup. She later made the winning basket.

DeLaSalle edges Holy Angels on layup with eight seconds

Of the seven lead changes in Thursday's Class 3A semifinal featuring DeLaSalle and Holy Angels, six came during a frenzied late stretch.No. 1 seed DeLaSalle…
Becker’s Dani Nuest tried to find a teammate as Cooper’s Jayla Reliford guared her.

Becker upsets Cooper in girls' basketball on two free throws with 10 seconds

One night after praying her three-pointer at the buzzer would drop, guard Courtney Nuest and her Becker teammates received some divine intervention on the defensive…

Holy Angels, DeLaSalle, Cooper win in Class 3A girls' basketball quarterfinals

The best players for Holy Angels and Fergus Falls in a Class 3A quarterfinal Wednesday at Williams Arena were on opposite ends of the emotional…
Stillwater guard Sara Scalia drove toward the basket against White Bear Lake guard Ella Janicki.

After 31-year absence, Stillwater girls' basketball back at state

Early-season losses to strong Hopkins and Wayzata programs taught Ponies what they needed to improve. Those lessons made Stillwater a more complete team.
Senior Bryce Brodzinski of Blaine won the 35th annual Mr. Hockey Award Sunday.

Mr. Hockey Award gives bragging rights to Blaine's Bryce Brodzinski over brothers

Bryce Brodzinski is fourth elite player in his family.

Boys' hockey tournament notes: Replay rulings kill Greenway's early momentum

The referee missed an obvious goal, but the cameras did not. Luke Schmidt's goal was awarded and the second Greenway goal was wiped off the books.
Edina forward Peter Colby dropped to his knees after scoring the Class 2A championship-winning goal in overtime against Eden Prairie on Saturday night

Edina's lucky No. 13 as overtime goal lifts Hornets past Eden Paririe

Hornets score early in overtime to topple Eden Prairie for 13th championship
Greenway forward Nikolai Rajala (19) took a shot on St. Cloud Cathedral goaltender Noah Amundson (30) in the third period. Photo: ANTHONY SOUFFLE •

Upstart Greenway's title-game run cut statewide swath of respect for 1A hockey

Take it from the coach of champion St. Cloud Cathedral, who could sense the extra anticipation and emotion at Xcel Energy Center.
East Grand Forks goaltender Tucker Brown and defenseman Luke Vonesh (2) sandwiched St. Cloud Cathedral forward Blake Perbix in front of the net.

St. Cloud Cathedral reaches first final with rout over East Grand Forks

Finally, on its ninth state tournament trip and seventh semifinal appearance, St. Cloud Cathedral broke through and reached its first championship game.The second-seeded Crusaders defeated…
Edina forward Brett Chorske played to the crowd after scoring on a rebound in the first period against St. Thomas Academy in a Class 2A semifinal.

No. 1 Edina tops St. Thomas Academy 6-3, reached Class 2A title game

Edina was Edina in the first period of Friday's semifinal — fast, quick and relentless. St. Thomas Academy, meanwhile, was unrecognizable.The Hornets pounced, putting the…
Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin forward Donte Lawson (13) celebrates the team's overtime win over Mahtomedi with fans. Photo: LEILA NAVIDI ¥ leila.navidi@

Tiny Greenway: Winning for Iron Range tradition and something 'so much bigger'

The storied program almost wasn't, and now it's playing for glory last experienced 50 years ago.
Ryan O’Neill, right, of St. Thomas Academy celebrated with his teammates after his goal gave the Cadets a 2-1 lead in the third period.

St. Thomas Academy beats Duluth East in boys' hockey

Ryan O'Neill scored twice as St. Thomas Academy finally won a 2A quarterfinal
Eden Prairie forward Jack Jensen, right, celebrated with goalie Axel Rosenlund and forward Sam Wilhite (17) after scoring the game-winning goal.

Eden Prairie's Jack Jensen told himself he had to score on shot in third overtime

Eden Prairie coach anticipated an overtime loss in 2011 and Thursday

North Branch boys' hockey coach makes trip from the Bahamas to the X

North Branch boys' hockey coach Matt Cottingham didn't blink last weekend when shelling out the cash that allowed him to connect with the…
Senior center Bryce Brodzinski leads Blaine in points with 84 on 35 goals and 49 assists. His three older brothers helped him grow up quickly.

Baby brother Brodzinski, all grown up, making Blaine opponents pay

Bryce Brodzinski, the youngest of four brothers, makes Blaine boys' hockey a team to contend with.
The All-Metro boys’ hockey team, from left: Charlie Glockner, Minnetonka; Mason Nevers, Edina; Jack Jensen, Eden Prairie; Player of the Year Mike Ko

Mike Koster of Chaska is the Star Tribune boys' hockey Metro Player of the Year

Senior defenseman who endured lows of Hawks program got to shine as catalyst for a conference champion.
Eden Prairie players, including goaltender Axel Rosenlund (30), celebrated their 3-1 victory over Holy Family in the section finals on Feb, 27 at 3M A

Hockey tourney seeding plants good fortune on Eden Prairie

Instead of falling into an early clash with a top seed, the Eagles became one.
White Bear Lake forward Lleyton Roed (9) scored on Hill-Murray goalie Remington Keopple to give the Bears a two-goal lead in the first period Friday.

Shorthanded goal a big pick-me-up as White Bear Lake edges Hill-Murray

The Bears' decisive goal vs. the Pioneers came on the penalty kill.
Duluth East’s Ryder Donovan found his spot on the game-winning goal, 36 seconds into overtime, against Andover goalie Ben Fritsinger at Amsoil Arena

Duluth East beats Andover in overtime in Class 2A, Section 7 final

The Greyhounds denied Andover its first state tournament berth with an overtime win in the section final for the second year in a row.
Eden Prairie players Jack Jensen (18) and Clayton Shultz (16) celebrated their team’s 3-1 victory over Holy Family in the Class 2A, Section 2 final.

Eden Prairie, Edina reach boys' hockey state tournament

Ninth-ranked Eagles hold off Holy Family Catholic in the closing minutes.
Andover's Ben Fritsinger stretches to make a second period save against Duluth East. Fritsinger had 35 saves in the Huskies' 2-1 overtime victory over

Stir in 'extra juice,' add 'all the pressure:' It's boys' hockey section final week in Minnesota

Loud, partisan crowds and top-caliber competition meet at arenas statewide starting Wednesday with a double-header at Mariucci Arena.
Edina’s Tella Jungels (19) and Olivia Swaim celebrated in the second overtime, when Swaim found herself alone with the puck in front of the net and

Edina beats Brainerd 4-3 in second overtime for Class 2A girls' hockey championship

Edina falls behind three times before scoring in second OT for third title in row

Referee's calls irritate Warroad coach in Class 1A final

Bill Kronschnabel, coordinator of hockey officials for the Minnesota State High School League, said the calls were correct.
Edina defenseman Vivian Jungels scored on Minnetonka goalie Brynn Dulac in the first period. The Hornets led 1-0 after two periods when this edition o

Edina edges Minnetonka in Class 2A girls' hockey semifinal on last-minute goal

Annie Kuehl scored with 38.4 seconds to keep the Hornets' three-peat hopes alive
Cheyenne Abear (5) and Brainerd/Little Falls skated off with a win after only 10 seconds of OT.

Third-seeded Brainerd tops Andover 3-2 on overtime in Class 1A girls' semifinals

Brainerd/Little Falls girls' hockey coach Jim Ernster saw Friday's semifinal against favored Andover as a race to a deciding third goal. As the teams prepared…
Warroad head coach David Marvin (Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune)

Warroad coach carries weight of grief to state tournament

David Marvin's son, Max, died by suicide at the family's home in December. Warroad's girls' hockey team is in St. Paul this weekend vying for a title but there is a void. ""I try to hold it together pretty well with the girls, but they know," David Marvin said.
Carly Bullock
Jody Horak
Lisa Marvin

Silver 25: Minnesota's best girls' hockey players on the biggest stage

Definitive? That's up to individual puck heads. Darn good hockey players? That much is certain when it comes to the Star Tribune's Top 25 players…
High School Girls' hockey All-Metro players Calla Frank, White Bear Lake, Kelsey King, Elk River/Zimmerman, Madeline Wethington, Blake, Mallory Uihlei

Madeline Wethington is the Star Tribune girls' hockey Metro Player of the Year

Blake star defender is defined by her dedication.
Edina’s Mallory Uihlein (8) celebrated her game-winning goal with teammate Annie Kuehl (11) in the Hornets’ 3-2 win over Blake on Friday at Parade

Edina gets top seed for shot at girls' hockey three-peat

The Hornets, who defeated top-ranked Blake in the section finals, open Class 2A state tournament play on Thursday at Xcel Energy Center. Warroad earned the top seed in Class 1A.
Blake junior forward Lily Delianedis put up a shot that Edina senior goalie Elli Strittmater stopped with her blocker during the first period Friday n

Edina takes section title again

Hornets get past Blake for state tournament berth for second consecutive year
Forest Lake goaltender Allyn Goehner skated away as Andover celebrated its 4-3 victory in overtime on a goal by defenseman Madison Kaiser on Thursday

Andover edged Forest Lake in overtime in girls' hockey section final

Andover freshman defenseman Madison Kaiser received the nickname "mad dog" by her girls' hockey teammates this season, owing a little to her first name and…
Lakeville South's Aiden Christensen (22), had his attack denied by Osseo's Kirby Schmalz and Cameron Wresh, right, in a tournament game played in Apri

Boys' volleyball makes pitch for MSHSL sanction

The board is expected to take action on a procedural step at its March 22 meeting after hearing from three leaders of the sport, which is growing in popularity.
Blake's Lily Delianedis (7) skated with the puck as Edina's Vivian Jungels (22) defended. Blake vs. Edina. January 18, 2019. Photo By Earl J. Ebenstei

State tournament-caliber girls' hockey defines loaded Section 6

Predicting the survivor will be tough over the next two weeks in Class 2A's most talent-rich section
Minnetonka players on the bench, which was equipped with heaters, during the outdoor game on Jan. 19 in Bemidji.

Minnetonka star suffers frostbite in outdoor Hockey Day game

Teddy Lagerback missed his team's game Thursday after suffering the injury last Saturday in a Hockey Day Minnesota game played on Lake Bemidji with temperatures near 20 below zero.
Champlin Park senior goaltender Brennan Boynton at practice last week in Brooklyn Park. Photo: BRIAN PETERSON ¥

Champlin Park's third-generation goalie anything but routine

Pregame rituals have gone a long way with Champlin Park goalie Brennan Boynton. So did a vote of confidence from his coaches that kept him in a Rebels sweater.
Hockey official C.J. Beaurline called a tripping penalty at a recent high school game between Centennial and Duluth East.

How high school hockey in Minnesota has changed since Jack Jablonski's injury

A Star Tribune review of high school penalty data from more than 18,000 games played throughout Minnesota over nine seasons reveals a significant drop in calls for checking from behind and boarding infractions.
Lakeville North standout offensive lineman Bryce Benhart, at 6-9 and 305 pounds, said, ''Nebraska felt like the perfect fit.” Star tribune file phot

Bryce Benhart makes it official as freaky big, quick lineman signs with Nebraska

His father, a former pro football quarterback, said his son, who helped lead Lakeville North to a Prep Bowl title, is "a need and a want'' for the Cornhuskers.
Blake won the Class 1A boys' soccer title in October. Soon, a third class could be added.

Adding third class for soccer, track and field gains traction

Soccer and track and field coaches both want three classes for their sport.
The North-South Classic moves to Brainerd this season. Last year Eden Prairie and forward Garrett Smith squared off with Hermantown and goaltender Col

Boys' hockey notebook: North-South Classic moves to Brainerd this year

Also coming: A live-streamed game of the week.
Maple Grove at Andover, 1-9-17. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

Intriguing start, big matchups highlight girls' hockey season to date

  Several games pitting top-ranked teams against one another have produced some intriguing results already this season. Andover entered the week atop the Let’s Play…
Teammates surrounded Rochester Lourdes’ Zach Jungels, center, after his 50-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter made it a 17-7 game. Junge

Rochester Lourdes, powered by ground game, wins fifth state championship

Rochester Lourdes wins its fifth state championship.
Lakeville North defensive back Owen Dugan (25) celebrated with teammates after they tackled Eden Prairie wide receiver Cade Kramer (80) short of the f

Lakeville North defense responds to wake-up call in second half

Lakeville North tapped into its experience to reclaim an edge with the Class 6A Prep Bowl on the line.
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