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Warroad, ranked No 3 in Class 1A, beat host Minneapolis 5-1. But participants saw beyond the scoreboard.
Hockey Day Minnesota is putting the sport's spotlight on Parade Stadium and the teams that practice and play in the city.
The excitement that surrounds the recruitment of top high school prospects in football and basketball is largely absent in hockey, even in hockey-rich Minnesota. Here's why.
Rosemount star receiver Jonathan Mann committed to the Gophers 20 months ago, and on Wednesday made it official.
The Minnesota State High School League heard a proposal to add at least four more teams to the 28-team district. It also approved paid admission at tennis state tournaments.
He scored the winning TD with 38 seconds left.
Wayzata's five up front cleared the way for a title.
The Spartans won in overtime, beating Jalen Suggs on a two-point pass.
Chaska (11-1) has posted five shutouts this season and reached its first state tournament championship game since 1974. The same playing style worked for St. Thomas Academy (11-1), author of six victories by shutout.
Tracy Cassano spoke of "squeezing all the juice from the lemon" in terms of getting everything possible out of players at previous coaching stops…
A total of eight boys' hockey programs are vying for different postseason goals this season.Northfield and Totino-Grace are moving up to play in Class 2A…
A state tournament-ending loss last year taught the Huskies that they need to score more "dirty goals,'' an approach their talented top line has embraced.
A program that came close to winning it all last season has added three top players who played elsewhere last year to a strong returning core.
He rushed for 269 yards and three TDs in 44 carries vs. Lakeville South.
Quarterback called an audible that led to victory.
Wayzata teams have been inspired before games by "In the Air Tonight" from 1981 to now.
St. Thomas Academy knocks off two-time defending 5A champs.
Shabaz, Patterson execute timely gains for Cougars.
Coon Rapids, which recently lost 23 games in a row, is 7-3 this season under a new, energetic coach and has shed its "loser" tag.
The earliest-starting of the high school winter sports seasons drops the puck Thursday night at 16 games, one of them a Class 2A matchup between Andover and three-time state champion Edina.
Coach's emotions spill over in aftermath of his first title.
QB Cole Stenstrom and the Mustangs' defense shined.
Cross-country's state meet demands peak production when stakes are highest.
Mahtomedi girls' soccer coach Dave Wald called Orono goalkeeper Clare Gagne a game-changer, among the best Minnesota-produced players at her position.So as his team trailed…
Time ticked away in overtime of the Class 1A boys' soccer tournament championship game. Gut-wrenching penalty kicks would likely decide the outcome. Holy Angels sophomore…
Miles Sitcawich made the big goal, Nick Wagner the big stop.
Hornets scored twice after a red card on Washburn's keeper.
Benilde-St. Margaret's overwhelmed Holy Angels 50-16 on Saturday in a Class 4A, Section 5 semifinal, a product of the Red Knights' talent and temperament."Our coaches'…
After several close losses, the Sabers survived a hectic finish.
The Cougars, after their coach resigned amid a police investigation, have not lost under interim coach Ben Burk and earned one of four No. 1 seeds for the Class 6A playoffs.
The Stars took an early lead in the rematch and held on.
Girls' Metro Player of the Year: Edina's scoring production took off when Sophia Boman took charge.
Boys' Metro Player of the Year: Washburn's Darley Florvis adds playmaking flair to his scoring touch .
The quarterfinals in Class 2A start Tuesday with the Rebels' girls' team playing Stillwater. The Hornets' boys' team plays Wednesday, when the Class 1A tournament also starts.
Eden Prairie overcame a key injury to top "beat up" St. Michael-Albertville.
Tuesday is championship game day for Class 2A teams, including two teams yet to experience defeat. Class 1A finals are later in the week.
The Titans corrected their troubles at Simley from 2018.
When the occasion calls for a more "scholarly" look, as Rosemount senior Jonathan Mann puts it, he slips on eyeglasses with black and gold frames.One…
Livestream providers say their efforts heighten interest. Those running postseason playoffs, which rely on ticket sales to balance budgets, say they "can't afford to give away the product.''
Shabaz's two TD runs propel Cougars past No. 1 Panthers
The cash-strapped MSHSL could vote on that proposal as soon as Dec. 5.
Trojans utilize a grinding approach to end their seven-year run of losses to rival Eagles
Touches of excellence: How Lakeville North, Champlin Park and Hutchinson moved their best athletes behind center
Lakeville North, Champlin Park and Hutchinson all shifted receiving stars behind center this year
Tyler Krebs took over as the Lakeville South coach in 2017 and guided the Cougars to the Class 6A semifinals in 2018. He'd previously been the coach at Burnsville.
Varsity soccer and volleyball players who don't compete on off-season club teams are increasingly hard to find in the Twin Cities metro area.
The future Gopher scored on a kickoff and three catches.
The Trojans' late winning TD came on a 95-yard drive in the fourth quarter
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
Most prep football coaches say their teams make their biggest improvement from Week 1 to Week 2
Mounds View and Stillwater boys at top.
The Spartans gave coach Kris Pulford his first win.
Lakeville North puts multi-purpose star behind center in season-opening win
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.
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.
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…
Undefeated BSM faces a Prior Lake team playing under a first-year coach.
Simley's Isabella McCauley won the Class 3A girls' championship with a record-tying score.
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.
Veteran presence gives the Eagles stability on both ends of the field.
The Royals won the Class 2A team title in the last event.
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.
Hopkins' relay teams are beating the clock this year.
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…
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…
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.
Games came down to the wire with a walkoff or extra innings needed to win the championships.
Section 2 play for both boys and girls feature three ranked teams.
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.
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.
Representatives from various sport officiating associations will answer questions for prospective official tonight at Tartan High School in Oakdale.
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.
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 won its seventh state title in eight years and 12th overall.
Ryan Dufault had 30 points and Andrew Morgan 23 for Waseca.
The Islanders pulled away from Princeton in the second half.