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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.
Basketball coaches Jill Becken and Willie Braziel have returned to programs they led to success.
Adrian Heath, hired by the club last week, will attend the NCAA men's soccer final four this weekend in Houston. Manny Lagos is headed to the MLS Cup championship match in Toronto.
A full consolation bracket for the boys' and girls' basketball state tournaments returns for the first time in about 20 years.
Offensive-minded defenders Kevin Venegas and Justin Davis, the club's longest-tenured players, are the first signings announced by the club as it begins to assemble a roster for 2017 play.
Experienced Adrian Heath hopes his MLS team can be competitive in its first season.
The Eagles' two-lateral gadget set up the winning TD with 25 seconds left.
Totino-Grace wins its first 6A title, besting perennial powerhouse Eden Prairie
It matches Totino-Grace, the private school that plays two classes above its size, against Eden Prairie, the most successful high school football program in state history.
North's Jamire Jackson has fought through adversity.
D-I hoops recruit Brad Davison worked hard to become a top-flight QB too.
Defense drives the Panthers into the final; Mankato West loses its top rusher to injury.
Juniors Gabbie Hughes and Anneke Linser give Cougars a strong 1-2 scoring punch.
Winona coach John Cassellius, no fan of roller coasters, got strapped in the front seat for his team's wild 34-30 Class 4A state tournament semifinal…
The Eagles sacked Blaine's QB on two-point conversion try.
The Thunder alumnus will be the MLS team's director of player personnel.
A big play before halftime sparked Mankato West.
Behind backup quarterback, beat-up Champlin Park stuns top-seeded Rosemount in overtime
The franchise must settle on its current players, coach.
Spring Lake Park's Zach and Josh Ojile have a long and competitive history.
Edina senior surprised everyone, including himself, coach
Maple Grove trailed the entire game before converting two fourth-down plays late
Large-school individual titles should be up for grabs.
Stillwater finished 22-0 after its 14 shutout and ranked No. 4 in the nation
Stillwater emphatically slams door shut in 6-1 victory.
The former Trojans quarterback coached the team to five Prep Bowls in eight seasons, winning the title three times. Assistant coach Lambert Brown replaces him as head coach.
New York's victory concludes the season for Minnesota United and the long run in Blaine for pro soccer.
Saturday's regular-season finale against the New York Cosmos is a must-win not only for the Loons' playoff hopes but to close a chapter of the team's history with smiles.
Players from Como Park and Central, aligned in one program for 10 seasons, are expected to form alliances with teams from Highland Park and Johnson.
The soccer team, which uses the state bird as its nickname, has joined with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to help beef up its loon monitoring program.
The undefeated Ponies were tied by Mounds View before a 5-goal burst.
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