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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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Burnsville's Kamal Martin signs with Gophers

Burnsville's Kamal Martin signs with Gophers

Martin picked the U and a switch from quarterback to linebacker.
United hires coaching veteran Ian Fuller as assistant

United hires coaching veteran Ian Fuller as assistant

Fuller is the latest in a flurry of administrative moves by United, which begins play in Major League Soccer as soon as the 2017 season.
Inspired play, hustle do the talking in rare Mounds View vs. a deaf academy game

Inspired play, hustle do the talking in rare Mounds View vs. a deaf academy game

Class 4A Mounds View took on a Faribault school for deaf students in a game filled with life lessons.
Osseo's football coach resigns after winning Class 6A title

Osseo's football coach resigns after winning Class 6A title

Derrin Lamker led the Orioles to their first Prep Bowl title this fall but will take a position on the Edina football staff.
MLS checks Target Field, U stadium for possible United soccer in 2017

MLS checks Target Field, U stadium for possible United soccer in 2017

The league, which has approved a franchise for Minnesota United, had a representative visit the Twins' ballpark and TCF Bank Stadium on Tuesday.
More than 700 wins later, Rochester Mayo hockey coach still savors learning look

More than 700 wins later, Rochester Mayo hockey coach still savors learning look

Lorne Grosso, who started coaching boys' hockey when Rochester Mayo opened in 1966, is retiring after the season as the winningest coach in state history.
Scrappy Osseo boys' basketball winning with unselfish play, tough defense

Scrappy Osseo boys' basketball winning with unselfish play, tough defense

With a scrappy, unselfish style, the Orioles started the season with 11 consecutive victories.

North/east metro notebook: St. Croix Prep's Kaetterhenry reaches 1,000 points

St. Croix Preparatory Academy senior Rose Kaetterhenry became the first girls' basketball player in her school's history to score 1,000 career varsity points.
Holiday best: The top high school tournaments around the state

Holiday best: The top high school tournaments around the state

Winter break means holiday tournaments and lots of them. We offer a quick look at some of the best.
Bollinger to replace retiring Mike Scanlan as Cretin-Derham Hall coach

Bollinger to replace retiring Mike Scanlan as Cretin-Derham Hall coach

Retirement opens a door for former Vikings and Badgers QB, who was coaching quarterbacks at the St. Paul private school.
Andover senior Luke Leisner perseveres despite struggles

Andover senior Luke Leisner perseveres despite struggles

Luke Leisner, an Andover forward, keeps plugging away.
Cooper's Francis Kanneh lands D-1 dream after fourth stop

Cooper's Francis Kanneh lands D-1 dream after fourth stop

Francis Kanneh describes himself as a quarterback who can run but prefers to throw the ball.
Goalie Moberg is St. Paul Johnson's hockey ironman

Goalie Moberg is St. Paul Johnson's hockey ironman

Sam Moberg took over in goal for St. Paul Johnson in eighth grade and hasn't missed a start. Looking back, he wasn’t so sure he would last one season, let alone five.
Goalie Sam Moberg is St. Paul Johnson's hockey ironman

Goalie Sam Moberg is St. Paul Johnson's hockey ironman

Johnson's Sam Moberg took over in eighth grade, and hasn't missed a start
Humble, hungry Anoka wrestlers excited to take their shot

Humble, hungry Anoka wrestlers excited to take their shot

With a wrestling power no longer in its section, a veteran Anoka squad is extra pumped.
New United coach eager to move club toward MLS

New United coach eager to move club toward MLS

Moving Craig to coach and his predecessor, Manny Lagos, to sporting director were key steps toward the Loons reworking themselves into an MLS franchise.
Maple Grove gymnast sets bar high in comeback

Maple Grove gymnast sets bar high in comeback

A senior transfer at Maple Grove aims to make state meet.
Quick Q&A: Zach Knollenberg, Spectrum

Quick Q&A: Zach Knollenberg, Spectrum

The big man at little Spectrum school is off to a hot start.
United promotes Lagos, names Carl Craig head coach

United promotes Lagos, names Carl Craig head coach

Minnesota United FC is expected to name a new head coach to replace Manny Lagos, who will assume full-time duties akin to general manager of the MLS-bound franchise.
Mahtomedi boys' hockey sets right tone from the get-go

Mahtomedi boys' hockey sets right tone from the get-go

A season-opening victory sets the right tone for a good boys' hockey team hoping to be great.
'Sad, sad day' as Richfield boys' hockey cancels varsity season

'Sad, sad day' as Richfield boys' hockey cancels varsity season

Richfield, a program with six state tournament appearances from 1962-91 that produced players such as Steve Christoff, Darby Hendrickson and Tom Ward, struggled to stay competitive in recent years.
Mpls. North's season ends with 1A Prep Bowl loss to Minneota

Mpls. North's season ends with 1A Prep Bowl loss to Minneota

The Vikings, playing with their top rusher, pulled away in the second half.
Prep Bowl notebook: Packers build base to dream bigger

Prep Bowl notebook: Packers build base to dream bigger

South St. Paul, now in its 12th season under coach Chad Sexauer, reached the first Prep Bowl in program history.
Becker powers to title repeat

Becker powers to title repeat

Relentless Bulldogs smother inexperienced Packers early on their way to 25th victory in a row
Once rattled, now repaired in Class 6A title game

Once rattled, now repaired in Class 6A title game

Osseo, East Ridge overcame losses of all sorts to emerge as Prep Bowl participants
St. Thomas Academy and St. Michael-Albertville: A pair of comeback kids in 5A

St. Thomas Academy and St. Michael-Albertville: A pair of comeback kids in 5A

St. Thomas Academy, St. Michael-Albertville are tough to vanquish.
Class 6A Prep Bowl preview: East Ridge vs. Osseo

Class 6A Prep Bowl preview: East Ridge vs. Osseo

Two teams with long odds will play for the big school title Friday night.
Edina girls, Hopkins boys win Class 2A cross-country titles

Edina girls, Hopkins boys win Class 2A cross-country titles

The Hornets' girls team and the Hopkins boys won Class 2A state titles.
JD Spielman, Eden Prairie: Metro Football Player of the Year

JD Spielman, Eden Prairie: Metro Football Player of the Year

The 5-8, 175-pound running back is headed to Nebraska where he’ll convert to a wide receiver.
JD Spielman, Eden Prairie: Star Tribune Metro Football Player of the Year

JD Spielman, Eden Prairie: Star Tribune Metro Football Player of the Year

The 5-8, 175-pound running back is headed to Nebraska where he'll convert to a wide receiver.
Eventful season resumes for United in NASL playoffs

Eventful season resumes for United in NASL playoffs

Success would add magic to "surreal" Loons season.
Washburn boys qualify for first cross-country state meet since 1969

Washburn boys qualify for first cross-country state meet since 1969

Washburn placed second at the Section 6 meet, a total of 22 seconds behind top-ranked Hopkins, the state runner-up last fall.
East Ridge overpowers Maple Grove in Class 6A semifinal

East Ridge overpowers Maple Grove in Class 6A semifinal

East Ridge overpowered Maple Grove for its 11th win in a row and a shot at the Class 6A title
Anoka repeats as Class 2A boys' soccer champion

Anoka repeats as Class 2A boys' soccer champion

Tornadoes, down player, rally in the second half
Eagan repeats as 2A girls' soccer champ

Eagan repeats as 2A girls' soccer champ

Wildcats need 100 minutes, shootout to break scoreless tie

East Ridge advances to boys' 2A final

Sam Richardson's play in goal ensured East Ridge's long-awaited finals berth.
Anoka triumphs, moves in on a repeat

Anoka triumphs, moves in on a repeat

Defending Class 2A boys' champion held off Washburn in semifinals.
United's playoff prep is good enough

United's playoff prep is good enough

The Loons completed their regular season by playing San Antonio to a draw.
Maple Grove gets rolling quickly in 32-14 victory over Burnsville

Maple Grove gets rolling quickly in 32-14 victory over Burnsville

Maple Grove and Burnsville looked the part of state tournament veteran and newcomer, respectively, as the Crimson rolled to a 32-14 victory in the Class…
East Ridge beats Wayzata on 42-yard field goal as time expires

East Ridge beats Wayzata on 42-yard field goal as time expires

Grant Ryerse's longest kick of the season sank Wayzata.
Intense, intelligent leaders

Intense, intelligent leaders

What a soccer season it already has been for Minnetonka's Suad Suljic and Hannah Cade of Lakeville North. They were named Mr. and Ms. Soccer…
Spring Lake Park loses quarterback while sneaking past Park Center

Spring Lake Park loses quarterback while sneaking past Park Center

Spring Lake Park reached state, but Zachary Ojile was injured.
Kruah leads Osseo to postseason

Kruah leads Osseo to postseason

Orioles RB rushes for 364 yards, four touchdowns against stubborn Hopkins
Park Center star piles up six TDs in victory over Cooper

Park Center star piles up six TDs in victory over Cooper

Amani Hooker caught three, ran for two and returned one.

North metro notebook: Three coaches depart Northwest Suburban girls' hockey

Coach resignations add to the vastly changed Northwest Suburban Conference girls' hockey landscape.
Top Centennial runner Reed Kurak back on pace after illnesses

Top Centennial runner Reed Kurak back on pace after illnesses

Centennial's Reed Kurak was sidetracked this season, but never lost his will to compete.
Edina beats Mounds View in 6A playoff opener

Edina beats Mounds View in 6A playoff opener

Hobbled Edina QB Boltmann throws for two TDs; fellow two-way player Holm scores clincher
Seeding Class 6A football teams hikes playoffs fervor

Seeding Class 6A football teams hikes playoffs fervor

Unified bracket hailed by big-school coaches.
Tough schedule helps Apple Valley crush Henry Sibley

Tough schedule helps Apple Valley crush Henry Sibley

The Eagles' all-Class 6A diet toughened the team up for the 5A playoffs.
United clinches playoff spot with 2-1 victory

United clinches playoff spot with 2-1 victory

Saturday's triumph at the National Sports Center Stadium in Blaine ran the Loons' unbeaten streak to 11-consecutive matches, including eight victories.
EAST RIDGE 31, WOODBURY 21 | East Ridge puts on a strong finish

EAST RIDGE 31, WOODBURY 21 | East Ridge puts on a strong finish

A TD instead of conservative play finished off Woodbury.

Maple Grove hockey coach resigns after DWI charge involving minors

Tom Starkey's departure came a month after a boat incident involving minors.
Week 8 prep football staff picks

Week 8 prep football staff picks

Subdistrict titles and section seedings are at stake in these outstanding football finales.
United FC runs unbeaten streak to 10 with win over Tampa Bay

United FC runs unbeaten streak to 10 with win over Tampa Bay

Christian Ramirez's 11th goal stood up before announced NSC crowd of 8,932.
Park Center football playmaker electric wherever he lines up

Park Center football playmaker electric wherever he lines up

Park Center's Amani Hooker has emerged as one of the state's top playmakers.
Spring Lake Park wins 42-18 for a share of district title

Spring Lake Park wins 42-18 for a share of district title

Three rapid-fire touchdowns boost Spring Lake Park to victory, share of district championship.
Loons' Ramirez scoring goals again in fall season

Loons' Ramirez scoring goals again in fall season

Christian Ramirez has scored nine goals in 15 fall matches.
Benilde-St. Margaret's running back Ricky Floyd a breakaway threat

Benilde-St. Margaret's running back Ricky Floyd a breakaway threat

Benilde's Ricky Floyd has scored 10 touchdowns of 50 yards or longer.

St. Paul Central football to forfeit two victories

The team, which started the season 6-0, used an ineligible player in two games, which will become losses.
Roseville volleyball gets top ranking, seeks deeper tournament run

Roseville volleyball gets top ranking, seeks deeper tournament run

Roseville's volleyball team has added more balanced offense to its already formidable game.
East Ridge pulls away from Cretin-Derham Hall in second half

East Ridge pulls away from Cretin-Derham Hall in second half

With trouble all around, the Raptors surged in the second half and beat Cretin-Derham Hall
East Ridge thriving despite unexpected losses coming into season

East Ridge thriving despite unexpected losses coming into season

The Raptors are 3-1 after losing their head coach and two key players.
Early start, new rules, same prep football game

Early start, new rules, same prep football game

Prep football teams needed to quickly adjust — and sometimes the players did faster than the coaches
United bounces back from early deficit to beat Carolina

United bounces back from early deficit to beat Carolina

Minnesota rallied for three second-half goals and pushed its unbeaten streak to six matches.
Five sports for Spring Lake Park's good sport

Five sports for Spring Lake Park's good sport

When an injury sidelined Spring Lake Park's Danny Chlebeck, he switched sports.
Versatility, fitness make Loons captain a mainstay

Versatility, fitness make Loons captain a mainstay

Versatile Aaron Pitchkolan made seamless switch to fill a void on the back line.
South St. Paul runs over Simley behind its quarterback

South St. Paul runs over Simley behind its quarterback

Packers QB Dan Pietruszewski scored three TDs, two after halftime to hold off the Spartans
Anoka-Hennepin policy for varsity play frustrates coaches, parents

Anoka-Hennepin policy for varsity play frustrates coaches, parents

Anoka-Hennepin School District must approve seventh- and eighth-graders for varsity play.
Surging United in thick of battle for playoff spot

Surging United in thick of battle for playoff spot

A win Wednesday would give the Loons a tie for second in the overall standings.
North metro notebook: Great sports seasons within prep teams' reach

North metro notebook: Great sports seasons within prep teams' reach

Champlin Park is pinning hopes for a return trip to the state volleyball tournament largely on junior Sydney Hilley.
Lakeville North's defense stymies East Ridge

Lakeville North's defense stymies East Ridge

A late Panthers pick-six sealed a season-opening victory over East Ridge.
Centennial runners have been putting in the miles

Centennial runners have been putting in the miles

This fall, girls' cross-country races go from 4K (2½ miles) to 5K (3.1 miles), equal to the distance run by the boys.
Spring Lake Park football excited to take big next step

Spring Lake Park football excited to take big next step

Hope, excitement and anticipation shot through the Panthers' first day in helmets.
United draws 1-1 with Edmonton, fall winless streak reaches three

United draws 1-1 with Edmonton, fall winless streak reaches three

But Ramirez stayed hot with yet another goal.
High school league suspends state tournament payments

High school league suspends state tournament payments

Rather than dividing the money among hundreds of schools and mailing checks barely worth their postage, the Minnesota State High School League's Board of Directors voted Tuesday to suspend state tournament reimbursement for a year.
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