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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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Pierz beats turnover-prone St. Croix Lutheran 34-21 in 3A Prep Bowl

Pierz beats turnover-prone St. Croix Lutheran 34-21 in 3A Prep Bowl

Pressure leads to eight St. Croix Lutheran fumbles as Pioneers finish unbeaten.
After Minnetonka's 'Hail Mary' TD, Eden Prairie gets tougher

After Minnetonka's 'Hail Mary' TD, Eden Prairie gets tougher

The Eagles gave up only 72 passing yards to Minnetonka after halftime.
Class 4A: Holy Angels stops Cloquet 14-0 in Prep Bowl for first state title

Class 4A: Holy Angels stops Cloquet 14-0 in Prep Bowl for first state title

Holy Angels makes a few big plays at right time in securing its first championship
Minnetonka football makes a mission to bring back 'brotherhood of trust'

Minnetonka football makes a mission to bring back 'brotherhood of trust'

Unified Minnetonka plays Eden Prairie at 7 p.m. at U.S. Bank Stadium, the third Prep Bowl meeting between Nelson and Eagles coach Mike Grant.
Eden Prairie's Antonio Montero named Metro Player of the Year

Eden Prairie's Antonio Montero named Metro Player of the Year

If it's a big Eden Prairie play, chances are Antonio Montero made it
Minnesota State High School League approves new executive director

Minnesota State High School League approves new executive director

He will replace longtime executive director Dave Stead early next year.
Owatonna quarterback puts on show with seven touchdown passes against Brainerd

Owatonna quarterback puts on show with seven touchdown passes against Brainerd

The Huskies aired it out for 451 passing yards.
North-metro winter sports revving up

North-metro winter sports revving up

Hill-Murray in hockey and Champlin Park gymnast Chaney Neu among those to watch
Class 4A semifinal: Cloquet unleashes bruising ground game to beat South St. Paul

Class 4A semifinal: Cloquet unleashes bruising ground game to beat South St. Paul

Lumberjacks back in title game for first time in 41 years.
MSHSL committee recommends new executive director; some concerned about process

MSHSL committee recommends new executive director; some concerned about process

Erich Martens, a high school principal in central Minnesota, is expected to replace Dave Stead as the organization's executive director.
Class 6A semifinals: Eden Prairie revs up in second half to dispatch Maple Grove

Class 6A semifinals: Eden Prairie revs up in second half to dispatch Maple Grove

Leading by only six points at halftime, the Eagles ground down resilient Maple Grove.
Maple Grove football team moves past the 'one-minute miracle'

Maple Grove football team moves past the 'one-minute miracle'

After Maple Grove's stunning rally, the Crimson now must solve Eden Prairie in the Class 6A state semifinals.
Owatonna runs through Mahtomedi with seven touchdowns from star running back Jason Williamson

Owatonna runs through Mahtomedi with seven touchdowns from star running back Jason Williamson

Jason Williamson has hit that mark twice this year.
Cretin-Derham Hall prevails against Edina

Cretin-Derham Hall prevails against Edina

The Raiders last made it this far in the state tournament six years ago.
First winning season in 45 years lands St. Louis Park in state football tournament

First winning season in 45 years lands St. Louis Park in state football tournament

The season started with four Marines waiting for the Orioles for a morning workout after a lock-in at the school. It continues Friday night with a quarterfinal match-up against Brainerd.
Minneapolis Washburn junior wins Class 2A girls' cross-country title

Minneapolis Washburn junior wins Class 2A girls' cross-country title

Wayzata swept the boys' and girls' Class 2A titles in Northfield.
Wayzata boys, girls teams favored in Class 2A cross-country meet

Wayzata boys, girls teams favored in Class 2A cross-country meet

Two former state champions will duel in Class 1A girls' race.
Stillwater, Wayzata to play for 2A boys soccer title after winning semifinal matches

Stillwater, Wayzata to play for 2A boys soccer title after winning semifinal matches

Ponies answer early goal with five, will play Wayzata in final.
Holy Angels' defense picks up the slack in 34-7 win over Mound Westonka

Holy Angels' defense picks up the slack in 34-7 win over Mound Westonka

The offense put up points but made mistakes along the way.
Blaine routs Armstrong 59-21 in Class 6A playoff

Blaine routs Armstrong 59-21 in Class 6A playoff

Blaine scored on the opening kickoff and was relentless vs. Armstrong
Orono rolls over SMB in football playoffs

Orono rolls over SMB in football playoffs

After brief stutter, Bobby Striggow's three TDs lead Spartans in first round
Crunch time never ends for Minnesota's high school coaches

Crunch time never ends for Minnesota's high school coaches

School teams are less important to today's athletes, but for their coaches, the demands of the job -- and expectations -- continue to grow. The third of a three-part series on the state of youth sports.
Star Tribune Metro Girl's Soccer Player of the Year: Meredith Haakenson

Star Tribune Metro Girl's Soccer Player of the Year: Meredith Haakenson

Fiery drive started early for Meredith Haakenson of Maple Grove.
Star Tribune Metro Boy's Soccer Player of the Year: Matt Lindberg, Edina

Star Tribune Metro Boy's Soccer Player of the Year: Matt Lindberg, Edina

Foot speed, instinctive ball touch propels Edina's Matt Lindberg.
Cretin-Derham Hall muddies playoff picture

Cretin-Derham Hall muddies playoff picture

Danny Callahan threw two touchdown passes as Cretin-Derham Hall defeated Roseville.
Precise offense carries St. Croix Lutheran past Mound Westonka

Precise offense carries St. Croix Lutheran past Mound Westonka

Veer offense run to perfection as St. Croix Lutheran scores first 41 points
Vikings eager to offer a hand to prep football

Vikings eager to offer a hand to prep football

They're honoring prep teams and hope to host games at Eagan site
South St. Paul upsets Mahtomedi

South St. Paul upsets Mahtomedi

The Packers upset the unbeaten Zephyrs.
SMB routs St. Paul Highland Park 42-19

SMB routs St. Paul Highland Park 42-19

Jalen Suggs ignites Wolfpack offense with four TD strikes.
Big first half leads Apple Valley over Park of Cottage Grove

Big first half leads Apple Valley over Park of Cottage Grove

Eagles remain undefeated with strong start, finish against Park.
Eden Prairie star, Gophers recruit Sapp out for season with knee injury

Eden Prairie star, Gophers recruit Sapp out for season with knee injury

Sapp, a defensive back renowned for great speed, has a history of knee injuries and just underwent his third surgery.
Reclassification taking toll on Minnesota high school football traditions

Reclassification taking toll on Minnesota high school football traditions

Football's new landscape has forced teams to redefine rivalries
Centennial beats Anoka for sixth time in a row

Centennial beats Anoka for sixth time in a row

The Cougars made certain they pushed to the end.
Top-ranked Eden Prairie rolls over Lakeville North

Top-ranked Eden Prairie rolls over Lakeville North

Top-ranked Eden Prairie's stars outshine No. 2 Lakeville North
Antonio Montero: Eden Prairie's triple threat

Antonio Montero: Eden Prairie's triple threat

Senior captain Antonio Montero has done it all for the Eagles as linebacker/running back/kicker
Cross-country story lines: Trio of ninth-grade girls tops in nation

Cross-country story lines: Trio of ninth-grade girls tops in nation

Anna Fenske, Tierney Wolfgram and Grace Ping are the fastest in the nation in their class.
Wayzata rallies, then holds off Rosemount in the fourth quarter

Wayzata rallies, then holds off Rosemount in the fourth quarter

The Trojans rallied in the second half and then held on.
Prep football 2017: Story lines include Coon Rapids moving down, STMA up

Prep football 2017: Story lines include Coon Rapids moving down, STMA up

Coon Rapids opted down to Class 5A for the next two high school football seasons while defending Class 5A champion St. Michael-Albertville makes its debut in Class 6A.
Three prep coaches take over programs with high expectations

Three prep coaches take over programs with high expectations

New faces at the helms of big-school programs starved for success don't shrink from challenge.
Andover girls' soccer 'super-pumped' for return shot at state

Andover girls' soccer 'super-pumped' for return shot at state

Eight starters return from the Huskies' third-place team.
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.
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