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A look at metro-area athletes succeeding in sports beyond the traditional high school realm.
New coaches at DeLaSalle, Lakeville South and East Ridge embrace the opportunity.
Eagan's attacking scheme buries Benilde, nets title.
Two-out walk is catalyst; wild pitch culminates it.
Cole Powell scored the game-winning goal for the Wildcats in overtime.
Joanna Kim led the Hornets after not playing at state in 2016.
The Trojans' 6-8 senior edged defending champion Ben Sigel by one shot as Wayzata won the team title by two strokes over Minnetonka.
The Trojans beat second-seeded Eden Prairie by one goal.
Anna Keefer and Denzel Brown set the pace Saturday with their performances.
North St. Paul golfer Logan Xiong tied for 65th last spring but set his sights much higher for this week's tournament.
Maple Grove senior runs away in boys' 3,200; girls' winner has a tighter battle.
Notable numbers to ponder as state track and field action begins Friday morning at Hamline University.
If passed, the rule would be in place for 2017 football season.
Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka reigns in the PI division. St. Cloud earned the CI crown.
The Tigers' different energy this spring led to a section title.
Anthony Bengtson, Riley Wisniewski have adapted teams back in championship chase.
Denzel Brown has had hurdles put before him, like learning to trust.
The sophomore holds the program record for the high jump, breaking the previous mark that stood since 1983.
Blaine girls' lacrosse is taking opponents' best shots after making state last year.
Smith, a junior, broke the Mustangs' record in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles, which had stood since 1999. Sharma, a sophomore, is just four-hundreths of a second off tying the program's 100-meter dash mark set 2000.
Wayzata won its fifth consecutive Class 3A True Team state title and Minnetonka its first since 1992.
Beginning next year, early week will focus on arm instruction and conditioning.
Tyler Creelman survived a broken home and found a sport he loved.
"North Dakota is a warning shot across the bow for women's hockey," said Brad Frost, coach of the Gophers women's hockey program. "Hockey is king up there so to see it get cut is an eye-opener."
The Cougars are 4-1 because of pitching and timely hitting.
Denzel Brown and Anna Keefer took the spotlight in the Hamline Elite Meet.
Ben van der Sman has high hopes on the court for himself and the Raptors.
The team met with the MSHSL about holding prep games at Eagan stadium.
Amid a season of high school sports accomplishments came winning performances that emphasized perfection.
Higher ticket prices, moving tournament semifinals and finals to U.S. Bank Stadium and getting the new facility rent-free fueled a revenue surge and drop in expenses.
Every two years the MSHSL reclassifies teams based on enrollment, while section placement is based on geography. Fewer than 10 percent get changed.
Razor-sharp Islanders add speed to the mix, extend 3A title streak to six
The Polars move within one win of a repeat title.
Goanar Mar leads Islanders to championship game against high-flying Austin.
Willie Braziel returned to peaking Columbia Heights, and has the team at state for the first time since 2011.
The Spartans handled Winona, which took second for a second year in a row.
A monster performance from Kiley Borowicz carried the Rams.
The Spartans' playoff run was unexpected; the Winhawks got revenge.
Members of No. 3-seeded Winona said they drew the Class 3A state tournament's toughest random draw in DeLaSalle.Much of the Class 3A quarterfinal game proved…
Monticello/Annandale/Maple Lake coach Eric Nelson learned this week the clothes make the man.Initial curiosity and later respect came as the unseeded and first-time state tournament…
Hermantown savors victory twice after first "winner" is waved off.
A projected first-round pick in the NHL Draft who has committed to play at Minnesota,MIttelstadt scored 23 goals and had 49 assists in 30 games this season.
Monticello/Annandale/Maple Lake is the latest Class 1A state tournament participant to draw concern about its place among the small schools. The Moose is one of…
Grand Rapids upsets Eden Prairie after losing to Eagles in semifinals a year ago
Moments after his team fell just short of perhaps the greatest upset in Class 1A state tournament history, St. Cloud Cathedral coach Derrick Brown gave…
Eden Prairie sought another crack at Wayzata after a title-game loss, but victory came hard.
Hockey state tournament appearances run in the Checco family.
Wayzata is heating up at the right time, but only after coach Pat O'Leary made a point by banning his players from their locker room.
Terrance Fogarty's hockey paintings have become part of tradition.
Mittelstadt took everyone's best shot, but his was even better.
Eagles get reigning champ and Lake Conference rival Wayzata in quarterfinals.
The teams have met in the past four section finals.
Sophomore Kostelecky scores twice in victory over Centennial.
Two teams that met in the 2016 title game advanced to the 2017 tournament.
Boys' hockey section championship games, the final step in a crazed pursuit of a state tournament appearance, run from Wednesday to Friday.
Chosen as the top senior girls' hockey player in the state, Zumwinkle has committed to Minnesota. Breanna Blesi of Maple Grove won top goaltender honors.
No. 1 seed Edina completed its dream season with the program's first championship
Emily Brown, known as a solid stay-at-home defenseman, enjoyed an offensive explosion this season
Blaine and Hill-Murray meet at 6 p.m. Friday in the semifinals, a rematch of a 4-4 tie on Jan. 26
Eight summer teammates representing four prep teams have been rewarded with girls' hockey tournament berths
Armed with an 80-mph rocket, she's earned every bit of her status as the metro's best
The penalty kill led the usually high-scoring Hornets to state.
Minneapolis sophomore's heart remains in the city: He's first public school D-I hockey commit since 1990
While his former youth hockey teammates left in droves for private schools, Jake Hale, who attends Southwest, chose a sense of loyalty over his own options.
The field will be set by Friday night with section title games all week.
The league will receive $8.8 million for the 10-year extension.
Dominik London and Grant Ryerse were warmly welcomed by the Gophers' new staff.
Goalies beware: Breck's Grace Zumwinkle can deliver an 80 mph slapshot.
Last Wednesday's race for Mounds Park Academy Nordic skier Erin Quam was the senior's first with the varsity since open-heart surgery only four months ago to address a newly discovered artery problem that, if left unchecked, could have been fatal.
The Ponies are playing well and playing host to a game on Hockey Day Minnesota.
Christian Ramirez and Miguel Ibarra hope to find success together again.
The job of recruiting high school football players to play for the University of Minnesota likely has grown significantly more difficult in the wake of the school's sexual assault investigation and a subsequent team boycott.
After starting its Major League Soccer roster with three defenders, Minnesota is shifting its focus to two scorers.
The Loons traded their top pick in the MLS expansion for a Montreal midfielder.
Manny Lagos is focused on midfielders and wide forwards.
The X's and O's are just a small part of constructing an MLS franchise and building a brand.
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