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David La Vaque

Reporter | High school sports
phone: 612-673-7574
David La Vaque has covered high school sports with an emphasis on the North Metro suburbs since 2004.
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United ownership optimistic, but realistic, about MLS leap

United ownership optimistic, but realistic, about MLS leap

Minnesota joins the MLS next season. None of the league's five expansion teams since 2010 posted a winning record in their inaugural seasons.
Concordia Academy volleyball looks for a return to state tourney

Concordia Academy volleyball looks for a return to state tourney

Concordia Academy is taking aim at a volleyball repeat, but that will require new pieces to fill spots opened by graduation.
Minnesota United joining Major League Soccer in 2017

Minnesota United joining Major League Soccer in 2017

The team will keep the Minnesota United FC name and logo when it joins the top league of U.S. soccer in 2017.
It's here: Minnesota's MLS announcement set for today

It's here: Minnesota's MLS announcement set for today

For local soccer fans, years spent watching, waiting and worrying about the sport's future in the Twin Cities professional market will end Friday.
United ends winless streak with shutout of Tampa Bay

United ends winless streak with shutout of Tampa Bay

United's shutout of Tampa Bay, following a stadium site approval, was the ideal lead-in for Friday's MLS announcements.

Richfield hockey is back from the dead in co-op with Southwest Christian

The team will play junior varsity games this season and hopes to be a varsity squad in 2017-18.
United dealing with frustration of winless streak

United dealing with frustration of winless streak

The players' short fuses were evident during a Tuesday practice scuffle.
Summer break is time to shine for prep stars

Summer break is time to shine for prep stars

A little vacation and a lot of successful sports ventures highlighted summer break for three top metro-area athletes.
Minnesota United plans soccer announcement at St. Paul's Union Depot

Minnesota United plans soccer announcement at St. Paul's Union Depot

The Aug. 19 event, first mentioned to fans on Saturday night, is widely expected to confirm the team's move to Major League Soccer in 2017.
Ticket prices increase for prep football, soccer state tournaments

Ticket prices increase for prep football, soccer state tournaments

The MSHSL also will reimburse schools over $500,000 for expenses.
United's Pinho expected to make 'quick recovery' from knee injury

United's Pinho expected to make 'quick recovery' from knee injury

The Loons' second-leading scorer and reigning league MVP was taken off the field on a stretcher in the first half against Miami FC on Saturday night.
United says major announcement coming about MLS status

United says major announcement coming about MLS status

Disappointed fans leaving the Minnesota United FC's worst loss in four years Saturday night in Blaine had their spirits lifted as they received save-the-date cards that point to a long-awaited announcement set for Aug. 19:
'A disgrace.' United coach upset with team after 4-0 loss to Miami

'A disgrace.' United coach upset with team after 4-0 loss to Miami

Minnesota United FC went from unlucky to undisciplined to unhinged in a 4-0 home loss to Miami FC. One fan announced his halftime exit on twitter.
Venue, atmosphere please soccer insiders

Venue, atmosphere please soccer insiders

Coaches, players and fans alike had good things to say about U.S. Bank Stadium.
Meanwhile, in the other soccer game, United FC plays in Blaine

Meanwhile, in the other soccer game, United FC plays in Blaine

United FC claims no hard feelings over its game's conflict with the soccer game that's the first event being held at the new Vikings stadium.
New faces help United to 3-1 victory over Fort Lauderdale

New faces help United to 3-1 victory over Fort Lauderdale

Steward Ceus held his own after replacing Sammy Ndjock in goal.
Venegas' knee injury leaves United thin for Saturday

Venegas' knee injury leaves United thin for Saturday

United FC defender Kevin Venegas was hurt during Wednesday's friendly and will miss Saturday's match against Fort Lauderdale.
United jams video into day of widespread wonderment

United jams video into day of widespread wonderment

After Wednesday night's own goal during a friendly made international soccer headlines, the healing power of humor eased Minnesota United FC's pain.
Own goal among miscues for United in 4-0 loss to EPL team

Own goal among miscues for United in 4-0 loss to EPL team

The visiting Bournemouth Cherries of the English Premier League got a gift Wednesday. Minnesota goalkeeper Sammy Ndjock inexplicably threw a clearing pass into his own goal.
New kids on the metro prep football sideline go to school, too

New kids on the metro prep football sideline go to school, too

Football players aren't the only ones learning during limited summer practices.
United thrashes Carolina in first fall season match

United thrashes Carolina in first fall season match

The Loons scored three goals in the first half and got to five goals for the first time since 2014.
United goalkeeper Ndjock has his focus back for NASL fall season

United goalkeeper Ndjock has his focus back for NASL fall season

Sammy Ndjock says blocking out distractions will get the Loons on track.

Minnesota United to host Premier League team in Blaine next month

United will play an EPL team for the second time. The Loons were host to Swansea City at the National Sports Center in 2014.
United falls to Club Leon in Target Field exhibition

United falls to Club Leon in Target Field exhibition

A two-goal loss to a Mexican squad still is regarded as a positive for the United, playing at Target Field for the first time.
Soccer to take over Target Field for a day

Soccer to take over Target Field for a day

As Loons get ready for their match on the Twins' pitch, their new stadium still needs tax breaks.
Springsfield wins 1A baseball title, 4-2 in 11 innings

Springsfield wins 1A baseball title, 4-2 in 11 innings

Tigers, frustrated losers in eight-inning finale a year ago, put away title with a two-run 11th.
Prior Lake tops Lakeville North to win its first boys' lacrosse state championship

Prior Lake tops Lakeville North to win its first boys' lacrosse state championship

In control from the start, Prior Lake bolted to a 7-0 lead and eased to victory.
Prior Lake, Lakeville North to meet for boys state lacrosse title

Prior Lake, Lakeville North to meet for boys state lacrosse title

Prior Lake, Lakeville North to meet for championship.
United falls 2-1 in extra time to Sporting KC in U.S. Open Cup

United falls 2-1 in extra time to Sporting KC in U.S. Open Cup

Diego Rubio's goal in the 109th minute of the second overtime session held up as the game winner for Sporting Kansas City, the defending U.S. Open Cup champions.
United's match against MLS's Sporting KC is about now and the future

United's match against MLS's Sporting KC is about now and the future

Wednesday night, the Loons will find out how they stack up vs. an MLS club. That league is the next stop for the franchise, meaning the game has added interest.
State lacrosse, golf tournaments delayed again by storms

State lacrosse, golf tournaments delayed again by storms

Lightning and rain halted the boys' and girls' state lacrosse and boys' golf tournaments Tuesday around the metro area. Four lacrosse games were postponed until Wednesday.
United snaps three-match losing streak

United snaps three-match losing streak

Leading scorer Christian Ramirez shook his slump by scoring his first goal in five league matches.
Chanhassen's Caldwell pulls off another 100, 200 double

Chanhassen's Caldwell pulls off another 100, 200 double

Chanhassen's Caldwell tops off stellar prep career with another sweep of 100, 200 meters
Mounds View girls' golf digs deep for state tourney return

Mounds View girls' golf digs deep for state tourney return

The Mustangs reached this week's state tournament behind a balanced team effort.
Minnesota United soccer becomes 'Minnesotan' in falling short of title

Minnesota United soccer becomes 'Minnesotan' in falling short of title

'We became predictable,' coach Carl Craig said of a three-game losing streak that knocked the Loons from the spring title chase. 'Dare I say it, Minnesotan.'
Forest Lake's Benner digs down to win 3,200-meter title

Forest Lake's Benner digs down to win 3,200-meter title

Emma Benner defeated Alexandria's Megan and Bethany Hasz in the Class 2A finals.
Minnesota high school league approves football schedule changes starting in 2017

Minnesota high school league approves football schedule changes starting in 2017

The moves do away with two districts and create two new ones. State champ St. Michael-Albertville is expected to play more traditional powers while Hopkins and Coon Rapids, with less success of late, will likely get more a competitive slate of games.
Dakota United wins PI Division state title, North Suburban CI title in adapted softball

Dakota United wins PI Division state title, North Suburban CI title in adapted softball

Senior Grayson Nicolay fueled Dakota United's first Physically Impaired Division title since 2008 while junior Anthony Bengtson swung a hot bat for North Suburban, first-time champs in the Cognitively Impaired Division. Both players shined Saturday at Coon Rapids High School.
Columbia Heights boys' tennis scores team first reaching state

Columbia Heights boys' tennis scores team first reaching state

The Hylanders will play in their first boys' team state tournament in school history.
Survivors: Four siblings bring competitive fire to adapted sports powerhouse

Survivors: Four siblings bring competitive fire to adapted sports powerhouse

Sports have continued John and Susan France's mission to raise well-rounded children regardless of their challenges. "You think about all the kids that are worse off and that don't have the good life we have," Hana France said.
Fridley's Shaw is freshman pitching wizard

Fridley's Shaw is freshman pitching wizard

Evan Shaw has tossed two no hitters and tied his uncle's school record for wins.
Onetime fiery rival should assist United's offense

Onetime fiery rival should assist United's offense

Bernardo Anor clashed with a Loons teammate in a friendly last year.
Minnesota United focusing on TCF Bank Stadium for 2017 season

Minnesota United focusing on TCF Bank Stadium for 2017 season

Talks are underway for the team, which will join Major League Soccer as early as next year, to play at the home for Gopher football until its newly approved stadium is ready in 2018.
Minnesota United soccer mum after key stadium measure approved

Minnesota United soccer mum after key stadium measure approved

The Legislature passed a key property tax exemption the team sought but Gov. Mark Dayton said he needs more time before signing bills after what he called a "disappointing'' conclusion to the session.
North metro softball teams try to claim first 4A section crown

North metro softball teams try to claim first 4A section crown

Anoka, Elk River, North St. Paul and Park of Cottage Grove will bid to win a new softball title.
'Rough and out of hand:' Hill-Murray lacrosse coach pulls team off field

'Rough and out of hand:' Hill-Murray lacrosse coach pulls team off field

The game against Simley ended with about four minutes left. Hill-Murray players also declined to shake hands with their opponents. The game is expected to be reviewed by conference officials.
Lakeville's Reuvers: Gophers basketball has 'issues'

Lakeville's Reuvers: Gophers basketball has 'issues'

The highly coveted 6-10 forward only spoke with Minnesota's Richard Pitino by phone but had two meetings with Badger coach Greg Gard that, according to his high school coach, ''spoke volumes.''
Parents' beefs, amplified by social media, sting high school coaches

Parents' beefs, amplified by social media, sting high school coaches

Minnesota coaches find themselves the targets of critical Facebook and Twitter posts from increasingly forceful parents.
United blanks Jacksonville, extends unbeaten streak

United blanks Jacksonville, extends unbeaten streak

Stefano Pinho, in his first Loons start, scores in shutout of Jacksonville.
College choice unraveled, Forest Lake ace Wallner keeps impressing

College choice unraveled, Forest Lake ace Wallner keeps impressing

His Division I college choice now on hold because North Dakota is dropping the sport, Matt Wallner's pitching continues to impress.
Minnesota prep lacrosse stars drawing more notice out East

Minnesota prep lacrosse stars drawing more notice out East

Minnesota's growing talent base making a bigger impact at NCAA lacrosse powers
Hamline Elite Meet wrapup: McClellon wins two races for Armstrong

Hamline Elite Meet wrapup: McClellon wins two races for Armstrong

Evan McClellon swept the 100- and 200-meter titles, setting a new meet record each time.
Late goal lifts Loons over defending NASL champion

Late goal lifts Loons over defending NASL champion

Christian Ramirez scored in the final minute of regulation for the Loons.
United hopes to end winless streak vs. Cosmos

United hopes to end winless streak vs. Cosmos

Since joining the NASL in the 2013 fall season, the Cosmos are 4-0-4 against Minnesota. That's zero victories for the Loons. But who's counting? Some players claim they're not. Jeb Brovsky, however, admits to some added motivation.
Family's suit challenges Minnesota H.S. league's eligibility rules

Family's suit challenges Minnesota H.S. league's eligibility rules

Appeals, hearings and sometimes reversals can all be part of the league's process for determining eligibility for athletes. A court hearing looms later this week.
United takes advantage of red card to defeat Fort Lauderdale

United takes advantage of red card to defeat Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale forward Geison Moura, a former United player, put his team down a player in the 21st minute and the Loons prevailed.
Six things to know about Minnesota United FC's season

Six things to know about Minnesota United FC's season

Off-field drama is part of the Loons' lot going into their NASL home opener.

Minnesota State High School League welcomes legislative audit

Examination expected to focus on student eligibility.
MLS is ahead but United players focused on winning now

MLS is ahead but United players focused on winning now

Coach Carl Craig and Minnesota United players are not avoiding the idea that this season could be an MLS audition.
Former NHL player Trent Klatt to stay on as Grand Rapids coach

Former NHL player Trent Klatt to stay on as Grand Rapids coach

Klatt confirmed that he is staying on as coach, less than a week after he had indicated he would give up the job after leading the Thunderhawks to the state tournament.
North/east metro notebook: Bouquets for fine winter performances

North/east metro notebook: Bouquets for fine winter performances

Before spring season sports take hold, a few final bouquets for the North and East metro winter sports.
New Life Academy softball adapts to new coach, tougher opponents

New Life Academy softball adapts to new coach, tougher opponents

One of the state's top softball programs has a new coach, tougher foes and holes to fill.
Goodhue rolls again, rout Maranatha in 1A girls' bfinal

Goodhue rolls again, rout Maranatha in 1A girls' bfinal

Goodhue's Sydney Lodermeier slapped her hand on the Williams Arena court after unsuccessfully diving for a teammate's errant pass.Never mind that her Wildcats were ahead…
Maranatha Christian to play Goodhue for Class 1A state title

Maranatha Christian to play Goodhue for Class 1A state title

Maranatha Christian edged Mountain Iron-Buhl; the top seed rolled.

Minnesota United pairs with new TV partner for 2016

The club announced that MY@9 WFTC will televise all home and away matches this season, which begins April 2.
White Bear Lake pulls off upset

White Bear Lake pulls off upset

The deeper Bears had more energy than second-seeded St. Michael-Albertville in OT.
North metro notebook: Spring Lake Park diver pulls rare double-dip of state titles

North metro notebook: Spring Lake Park diver pulls rare double-dip of state titles

  Spring Lake Park senior Mitch Raihle achieved a rare feat by winning the 1-meter diving state title at both the Class 1A and 2A…
DeLaSalle beasts Fergus Falls for fifth Class 3A title in a row

DeLaSalle beasts Fergus Falls for fifth Class 3A title in a row

The Islanders won their record fifth consecutive Class 3A state title.
No longer United? Team could need new nickname for MLS play

No longer United? Team could need new nickname for MLS play

Major League Soccer is taking steps to change the team's name in preparation for it joining a league that already has a franchise known as D.C. United.
Here it is: The 2016 'All Hockey Hair Team' goes with the flow

Here it is: The 2016 'All Hockey Hair Team' goes with the flow

Here's a look at what's become an annual post-hockey tournament tradition -- The All Hockey Hair Team -- and some thoughts from its mysterious creator.
Blaine forward Riley Tufte is 2016 Mr. Hockey

Blaine forward Riley Tufte is 2016 Mr. Hockey

He was earlier named the Star Tribune's Metro Player of the Year.

Hockey state tournament notes: Big hit sets early tone in Class 2A final

A close encounter between Eden Prairie's Casey Mittelstadt and Wayzata's Hank Sorensen came on the game's opening shift.
Hermantown's Luke Olson seizes spotlight with title-game shutout

Hermantown's Luke Olson seizes spotlight with title-game shutout

The Hermantown goalie kept Breck at bay all game.
Hermantown coach has help

Hermantown coach has help

Sometimes Ryan Sandelin's competitiveness and unrivaled rink savvy make him an extra coach on the bench
1A title game pits Goliath vs. Goliath

1A title game pits Goliath vs. Goliath

Hermantown and Breck — resisting calls to move up — thunder into championship
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