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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.
Recent content from David La Vaque
Olympic dreams, inspiration for Twin Cities athletes outside high school sports norm

Olympic dreams, inspiration for Twin Cities athletes outside high school sports norm

A look at metro-area athletes succeeding in sports beyond the traditional high school realm.
Summer schooling in session for new boys' basketball coaches

Summer schooling in session for new boys' basketball coaches

New coaches at DeLaSalle, Lakeville South and East Ridge embrace the opportunity.
Eagan outscores Benilde-St. Margaret's for first boys' lacrosse state championship

Eagan outscores Benilde-St. Margaret's for first boys' lacrosse state championship

Eagan's attacking scheme buries Benilde, nets title.

Legacy Christian, Parkers Prairie reach 1A baseball final

Two-out walk is catalyst; wild pitch culminates it.
Eagan edges Mahtomedi in overtime

Eagan edges Mahtomedi in overtime

Cole Powell scored the game-winning goal for the Wildcats in overtime.
Co-medalist Joanna Kim leads Hornets girls' golf to third title in a row

Co-medalist Joanna Kim leads Hornets girls' golf to third title in a row

Joanna Kim led the Hornets after not playing at state in 2016.
Wayzata's Van Holmgren wins 3A boys' golf title, leads team to victory as well

Wayzata's Van Holmgren wins 3A boys' golf title, leads team to victory as well

The Trojans' 6-8 senior edged defending champion Ben Sigel by one shot as Wayzata won the team title by two strokes over Minnetonka.
Wayzata upset Eden Prairie after losing twice to Eagles in regular season

Wayzata upset Eden Prairie after losing twice to Eagles in regular season

The Trojans beat second-seeded Eden Prairie by one goal.
STMA's Keefer, Eden Prairie's Brown combine for five golds in Class 2A track

STMA's Keefer, Eden Prairie's Brown combine for five golds in Class 2A track

Anna Keefer and Denzel Brown set the pace Saturday with their performances.
North St. Paul golfer Xiong seeks top-10 finish at state

North St. Paul golfer Xiong seeks top-10 finish at state

North St. Paul golfer Logan Xiong tied for 65th last spring but set his sights much higher for this week's tournament.
Distance runners Lauren Peterson, Alex Miley win prep state titles with contrasting plans

Distance runners Lauren Peterson, Alex Miley win prep state titles with contrasting plans

Maple Grove senior runs away in boys' 3,200; girls' winner has a tighter battle.
Times, distances, heights: State track and field by the numbers

Times, distances, heights: State track and field by the numbers

Notable numbers to ponder as state track and field action begins Friday morning at Hamline University.
Prep Bowl could adopt instant replay beginning in 2017

Prep Bowl could adopt instant replay beginning in 2017

If passed, the rule would be in place for 2017 football season.
Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka and St. Cloud win adapted softball state titles

Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka and St. Cloud win adapted softball state titles

Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka reigns in the PI division. St. Cloud earned the CI crown.
Fridley boys' tennis returns to state for first time in 35 years

Fridley boys' tennis returns to state for first time in 35 years

The Tigers' different energy this spring led to a section title.

Meet the driving forces behind adapted softball powerhouses

Anthony Bengtson, Riley Wisniewski have adapted teams back in championship chase.
Eden Prairie sprinter pushed his pace in the face of adversity

Eden Prairie sprinter pushed his pace in the face of adversity

Denzel Brown has had hurdles put before him, like learning to trust.
Quick Q&A: Eli Hylen, St. Francis track and field

Quick Q&A: Eli Hylen, St. Francis track and field

The sophomore holds the program record for the high jump, breaking the previous mark that stood since 1983.
Blaine girls' lacrosse now the hunted as section playoffs begin

Blaine girls' lacrosse now the hunted as section playoffs begin

Blaine girls' lacrosse is taking opponents' best shots after making state last year.
Mounds View's Smith, Sharma add to storied track program

Mounds View's Smith, Sharma add to storied track program

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 boys, Minnetonka girls win True Team titles

Wayzata boys, Minnetonka girls win True Team titles

Wayzata won its fifth consecutive Class 3A True Team state title and Minnetonka its first since 1992.
Minnesota high school league adds additional week to baseball season for pitchers' conditioning

Minnesota high school league adds additional week to baseball season for pitchers' conditioning

Beginning next year, early week will focus on arm instruction and conditioning.
Elk River tennis star Tyler Creelman overcomes the odds

Elk River tennis star Tyler Creelman overcomes the odds

Tyler Creelman survived a broken home and found a sport he loved.
Skating scared: N. Dakota's decision to drop women's hockey is a major blow

Skating scared: N. Dakota's decision to drop women's hockey is a major blow

"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."
Centennial baseball off to a fast start

Centennial baseball off to a fast start

The Cougars are 4-1 because of pitching and timely hitting.
Eden Prairie's Brown, St. Michael-Alvbertville's Keefer win three events in Hamline Elite Meet

Eden Prairie's Brown, St. Michael-Alvbertville's Keefer win three events in Hamline Elite Meet

Denzel Brown and Anna Keefer took the spotlight in the Hamline Elite Meet.
East Ridge senior ready for tennis battle

East Ridge senior ready for tennis battle

Ben van der Sman has high hopes on the court for himself and the Raptors.
'Friday Night Lights' prep football envisioned at Vikings' Eagan facility

'Friday Night Lights' prep football envisioned at Vikings' Eagan facility

The team met with the MSHSL about holding prep games at Eagan stadium.
Winter wonders from the northeast metro world of preps

Winter wonders from the northeast metro world of preps

Amid a season of high school sports accomplishments came winning performances that emphasized perfection.
Minnesota prep football tournament generates record $1 million

Minnesota prep football tournament generates record $1 million

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.
Osseo, Minneapolis North and Blake among those getting new postseason homes

Osseo, Minneapolis North and Blake among those getting new postseason homes

Every two years the MSHSL reclassifies teams based on enrollment, while section placement is based on geography. Fewer than 10 percent get changed.
DeLaSalle routs Austin for 3A championship

DeLaSalle routs Austin for 3A championship

Razor-sharp Islanders add speed to the mix, extend 3A title streak to six
Minneapolis North crushes Springfield in Class 1A semifinals

Minneapolis North crushes Springfield in Class 1A semifinals

The Polars move within one win of a repeat title.
DeLaSalle and Austin reach boys' Class 3A final

DeLaSalle and Austin reach boys' Class 3A final

Goanar Mar leads Islanders to championship game against high-flying Austin.
3A: Columbia Heights surprised even its coach with run to state

3A: Columbia Heights surprised even its coach with run to state

Willie Braziel returned to peaking Columbia Heights, and has the team at state for the first time since 2011.
Relaxed Orono dances way to first title

Relaxed Orono dances way to first title

The Spartans handled Winona, which took second for a second year in a row.
Roseau one win away from perfection

Roseau one win away from perfection

A monster performance from Kiley Borowicz carried the Rams.
Orono and Winona advance to Class 3A championship game

Orono and Winona advance to Class 3A championship game

The Spartans' playoff run was unexpected; the Winhawks got revenge.
Class 3A: Winona, Holy Angels advance to semifinals

Class 3A: Winona, Holy Angels advance to semifinals

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…

Moose's play and attire turn heads at/around X

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's disallowed goal in overtime title game added strain to both teams

Hermantown's disallowed goal in overtime title game added strain to both teams

Hermantown savors victory twice after first "winner" is waved off.
Casey Mittelstadt of Eden Prairie chosen as Mr. Hockey

Casey Mittelstadt of Eden Prairie chosen as Mr. Hockey

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.
Prep notes: Monticello cop-op's Class A status drawing concerns

Prep notes: Monticello cop-op's Class A status drawing concerns

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 to play Moorhead for Class 2A state title

Grand Rapids to play Moorhead for Class 2A state title

Grand Rapids upsets Eden Prairie after losing to Eagles in semifinals a year ago
Sandelin's fourth goal gives Hawks OT win

Sandelin's fourth goal gives Hawks OT win

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 almost got too much of what it wanted from Wayzata

Eden Prairie almost got too much of what it wanted from Wayzata

Eden Prairie sought another crack at Wayzata after a title-game loss, but victory came hard.
Notebook: It must be state hockey — a Checco's here

Notebook: It must be state hockey — a Checco's here

Hockey state tournament appearances run in the Checco family.
Tough love for defending state champion Wayzata

Tough love for defending state champion Wayzata

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.
Hockey tournament artist has made an impression over 20 years

Hockey tournament artist has made an impression over 20 years

Terrance Fogarty's hockey paintings have become part of tradition.

Eden Prairie's Casey Mittelstadt named Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year

Mittelstadt took everyone's best shot, but his was even better.

Eden Prairie is top seed for 2A hockey state tournament

Eagles get reigning champ and Lake Conference rival Wayzata in quarterfinals.
Hill-Murray springs upset on growing rival Stillwater

Hill-Murray springs upset on growing rival Stillwater

The teams have met in the past four section finals.
Maple Grove headed to the X after victory over Centennial

Maple Grove headed to the X after victory over Centennial

Sophomore Kostelecky scores twice in victory over Centennial.
Wayzata, Eden Prairie advance to state hockey tournament

Wayzata, Eden Prairie advance to state hockey tournament

Two teams that met in the 2016 title game advanced to the 2017 tournament.
The week ahead in preps: Boys' hockey section finals feature top matchups

The week ahead in preps: Boys' hockey section finals feature top matchups

Boys' hockey section championship games, the final step in a crazed pursuit of a state tournament appearance, run from Wednesday to Friday.
Grace Zumwinkle of Breck named Ms. Hockey

Grace Zumwinkle of Breck named Ms. Hockey

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.
Edina wins first girls' hockey championship by beating Blaine 4-0

Edina wins first girls' hockey championship by beating Blaine 4-0

No. 1 seed Edina completed its dream season with the program's first championship
Girls' hockey state tournament notes: Blaine senior getting used to celebrating

Girls' hockey state tournament notes: Blaine senior getting used to celebrating

Emily Brown, known as a solid stay-at-home defenseman, enjoyed an offensive explosion this season
Girls' hockey notes: Class 2A semifinal presents a chance to break a tie

Girls' hockey notes: Class 2A semifinal presents a chance to break a tie

Blaine and Hill-Murray meet at 6 p.m. Friday in the semifinals, a rematch of a 4-4 tie on Jan. 26
Longtime summer teammates reach girls' hockey state tournament

Longtime summer teammates reach girls' hockey state tournament

Eight summer teammates representing four prep teams have been rewarded with girls' hockey tournament berths
Breck's Grace Zumwinkle is Metro Player of the Year in girls' hockey

Breck's Grace Zumwinkle is Metro Player of the Year in girls' hockey

Armed with an 80-mph rocket, she's earned every bit of her status as the metro's best
Defensive burst carries Edina girls' hockey past Cretin-Derham Hall 2-0

Defensive burst carries Edina girls' hockey past Cretin-Derham Hall 2-0

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

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.
Girls' hockey teams close to setting field for state

Girls' hockey teams close to setting field for state

The field will be set by Friday night with section title games all week.
Minnesota prep tournaments get $8.8 million TV deal extension

Minnesota prep tournaments get $8.8 million TV deal extension

The league will receive $8.8 million for the 10-year extension.
East Ridge running back, kicker forge new U bonds

East Ridge running back, kicker forge new U bonds

Dominik London and Grant Ryerse were warmly welcomed by the Gophers' new staff.
Breck's Grace Zumwinkle is bringin' the heat with her slapshot

Breck's Grace Zumwinkle is bringin' the heat with her slapshot

Goalies beware: Breck's Grace Zumwinkle can deliver an 80 mph slapshot.
After open-heart surgery, a new set of goals for Mounds Park skier

After open-heart surgery, a new set of goals for Mounds Park skier

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.
Stillwater boys' hockey brings success in waves

Stillwater boys' hockey brings success in waves

The Ponies are playing well and playing host to a game on Hockey Day Minnesota.
Minnesota United brings back Ibarra, re-signs Ramirez

Minnesota United brings back Ibarra, re-signs Ramirez

Christian Ramirez and Miguel Ibarra hope to find success together again.
State prep coaches: Recruiting may prove more difficult for Gophers

State prep coaches: Recruiting may prove more difficult for Gophers

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.
United shifting focus to adding scorers such as Johan Venegas, Christian Ramirez

United shifting focus to adding scorers such as Johan Venegas, Christian Ramirez

After starting its Major League Soccer roster with three defenders, Minnesota is shifting its focus to two scorers.
United trades first expansion pick for Montreal midfielder

United trades first expansion pick for Montreal midfielder

The Loons traded their top pick in the MLS expansion for a Montreal midfielder.
Future Loons? MLS releases list of expansion draft players

Future Loons? MLS releases list of expansion draft players

Manny Lagos is focused on midfielders and wide forwards.
Big plans ahead for United constructing an MLS team - and getting bigger

Big plans ahead for United constructing an MLS team - and getting bigger

The X's and O's are just a small part of constructing an MLS franchise and building a brand.
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