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David La Vaque

Reporter | High school sports
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David La Vaque has covered high school sports with an emphasis on the North Metro suburbs since 2004.
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Survivors: Four siblings bring competitive fire to adapted sports powerhouse

Survivors: Four siblings bring competitive fire to adapted sports powerhouse

Sports have continued John and Susan France's mission to raise well-rounded children regardless of their challenges. "You think about all the kids that are worse off and that don't have the good life we have," Hana France said.
Fridley's Shaw is freshman pitching wizard

Fridley's Shaw is freshman pitching wizard

Evan Shaw has tossed two no hitters and tied his uncle's school record for wins.
Onetime fiery rival should assist United's offense

Onetime fiery rival should assist United's offense

Bernardo Anor clashed with a Loons teammate in a friendly last year.
Minnesota United focusing on TCF Bank Stadium for 2017 season

Minnesota United focusing on TCF Bank Stadium for 2017 season

Talks are underway for the team, which will join Major League Soccer as early as next year, to play at the home for Gopher football until its newly approved stadium is ready in 2018.
Minnesota United soccer mum after key stadium measure approved

Minnesota United soccer mum after key stadium measure approved

The Legislature passed a key property tax exemption the team sought but Gov. Mark Dayton said he needs more time before signing bills after what he called a "disappointing'' conclusion to the session.
North metro softball teams try to claim first 4A section crown

North metro softball teams try to claim first 4A section crown

Anoka, Elk River, North St. Paul and Park of Cottage Grove will bid to win a new softball title.
'Rough and out of hand:' Hill-Murray lacrosse coach pulls team off field

'Rough and out of hand:' Hill-Murray lacrosse coach pulls team off field

The game against Simley ended with about four minutes left. Hill-Murray players also declined to shake hands with their opponents. The game is expected to be reviewed by conference officials.
Lakeville's Reuvers: Gophers basketball has 'issues'

Lakeville's Reuvers: Gophers basketball has 'issues'

The highly coveted 6-10 forward only spoke with Minnesota's Richard Pitino by phone but had two meetings with Badger coach Greg Gard that, according to his high school coach, ''spoke volumes.''
Parents' beefs, amplified by social media, sting high school coaches

Parents' beefs, amplified by social media, sting high school coaches

Minnesota coaches find themselves the targets of critical Facebook and Twitter posts from increasingly forceful parents.
United blanks Jacksonville, extends unbeaten streak

United blanks Jacksonville, extends unbeaten streak

Stefano Pinho, in his first Loons start, scores in shutout of Jacksonville.
College choice unraveled, Forest Lake ace Wallner keeps impressing

College choice unraveled, Forest Lake ace Wallner keeps impressing

His Division I college choice now on hold because North Dakota is dropping the sport, Matt Wallner's pitching continues to impress.
Minnesota prep lacrosse stars drawing more notice out East

Minnesota prep lacrosse stars drawing more notice out East

Minnesota's growing talent base making a bigger impact at NCAA lacrosse powers
Hamline Elite Meet wrapup: McClellon wins two races for Armstrong

Hamline Elite Meet wrapup: McClellon wins two races for Armstrong

Evan McClellon swept the 100- and 200-meter titles, setting a new meet record each time.
Late goal lifts Loons over defending NASL champion

Late goal lifts Loons over defending NASL champion

Christian Ramirez scored in the final minute of regulation for the Loons.
United hopes to end winless streak vs. Cosmos

United hopes to end winless streak vs. Cosmos

Since joining the NASL in the 2013 fall season, the Cosmos are 4-0-4 against Minnesota. That's zero victories for the Loons. But who's counting? Some players claim they're not. Jeb Brovsky, however, admits to some added motivation.
Family's suit challenges Minnesota H.S. league's eligibility rules

Family's suit challenges Minnesota H.S. league's eligibility rules

Appeals, hearings and sometimes reversals can all be part of the league's process for determining eligibility for athletes. A court hearing looms later this week.
United takes advantage of red card to defeat Fort Lauderdale

United takes advantage of red card to defeat Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale forward Geison Moura, a former United player, put his team down a player in the 21st minute and the Loons prevailed.
Six things to know about Minnesota United FC's season

Six things to know about Minnesota United FC's season

Off-field drama is part of the Loons' lot going into their NASL home opener.

Minnesota State High School League welcomes legislative audit

Examination expected to focus on student eligibility.
MLS is ahead but United players focused on winning now

MLS is ahead but United players focused on winning now

Coach Carl Craig and Minnesota United players are not avoiding the idea that this season could be an MLS audition.
Former NHL player Trent Klatt to stay on as Grand Rapids coach

Former NHL player Trent Klatt to stay on as Grand Rapids coach

Klatt confirmed that he is staying on as coach, less than a week after he had indicated he would give up the job after leading the Thunderhawks to the state tournament.
North/east metro notebook: Bouquets for fine winter performances

North/east metro notebook: Bouquets for fine winter performances

Before spring season sports take hold, a few final bouquets for the North and East metro winter sports.
New Life Academy softball adapts to new coach, tougher opponents

New Life Academy softball adapts to new coach, tougher opponents

One of the state's top softball programs has a new coach, tougher foes and holes to fill.
Goodhue rolls again, rout Maranatha in 1A girls' bfinal

Goodhue rolls again, rout Maranatha in 1A girls' bfinal

Goodhue's Sydney Lodermeier slapped her hand on the Williams Arena court after unsuccessfully diving for a teammate's errant pass.Never mind that her Wildcats were ahead…
Maranatha Christian to play Goodhue for Class 1A state title

Maranatha Christian to play Goodhue for Class 1A state title

Maranatha Christian edged Mountain Iron-Buhl; the top seed rolled.

Minnesota United pairs with new TV partner for 2016

The club announced that MY@9 WFTC will televise all home and away matches this season, which begins April 2.
White Bear Lake pulls off upset

White Bear Lake pulls off upset

The deeper Bears had more energy than second-seeded St. Michael-Albertville in OT.
North metro notebook: Spring Lake Park diver pulls rare double-dip of state titles

North metro notebook: Spring Lake Park diver pulls rare double-dip of state titles

  Spring Lake Park senior Mitch Raihle achieved a rare feat by winning the 1-meter diving state title at both the Class 1A and 2A…
DeLaSalle beasts Fergus Falls for fifth Class 3A title in a row

DeLaSalle beasts Fergus Falls for fifth Class 3A title in a row

The Islanders won their record fifth consecutive Class 3A state title.
No longer United? Team could need new nickname for MLS play

No longer United? Team could need new nickname for MLS play

Major League Soccer is taking steps to change the team's name in preparation for it joining a league that already has a franchise known as D.C. United.
Here it is: The 2016 'All Hockey Hair Team' goes with the flow

Here it is: The 2016 'All Hockey Hair Team' goes with the flow

Here's a look at what's become an annual post-hockey tournament tradition -- The All Hockey Hair Team -- and some thoughts from its mysterious creator.
Blaine forward Riley Tufte is 2016 Mr. Hockey

Blaine forward Riley Tufte is 2016 Mr. Hockey

He was earlier named the Star Tribune's Metro Player of the Year.

Hockey state tournament notes: Big hit sets early tone in Class 2A final

A close encounter between Eden Prairie's Casey Mittelstadt and Wayzata's Hank Sorensen came on the game's opening shift.
Hermantown's Luke Olson seizes spotlight with title-game shutout

Hermantown's Luke Olson seizes spotlight with title-game shutout

The Hermantown goalie kept Breck at bay all game.
Hermantown coach has help

Hermantown coach has help

Sometimes Ryan Sandelin's competitiveness and unrivaled rink savvy make him an extra coach on the bench
1A title game pits Goliath vs. Goliath

1A title game pits Goliath vs. Goliath

Hermantown and Breck — resisting calls to move up — thunder into championship
Eden Prairie packs a punch of its own

Eden Prairie packs a punch of its own

Casey Mittelstadt's hat trick helped the Eagles top physical Grand Rapids.
Hermantown's speed too much for St. Paul Academy

Hermantown's speed too much for St. Paul Academy

Differences between St. Paul Academy and Hermantown showed early in Friday's semifinal.The Spartans, on their maiden state tournament voyage, were fast. The top-seeded Hawks, second…

Breck shows grit, blocking 29 shots in one-sided game

The Mustangs took 16 minutes worth of penalties but frustrated the Mankato West power-play units by blocking 29 shots.
Five-OT state hockey semifinal remains a classic 20 years later

Five-OT state hockey semifinal remains a classic 20 years later

The 1996 boys' hockey tournament semifinal between Apple Valley and Duluth East stretched five overtimes — a record 93 minutes and 12 seconds.
Blaine's Riley Tufte is Metro Player of the Year for boys' hockey

Blaine's Riley Tufte is Metro Player of the Year for boys' hockey

NHL prospect Tufte cherished returning for final playoff bid with Bengals teammates.
Postseason surprises continue with Class 2A boys' hockey state seeds

Postseason surprises continue with Class 2A boys' hockey state seeds

Eden Prairie picked up the top seed in Class 2A despite six more losses than No. 2 seed Stillwater
Ponies edge Pioneers in OT for Class 2A, Section 4 championship

Ponies edge Pioneers in OT for Class 2A, Section 4 championship

Stillwater made it back for the second time in three years.
Prep hockey: Wayzata tops Cretin-Derham Hall, punches ticket to state

Prep hockey: Wayzata tops Cretin-Derham Hall, punches ticket to state

Tied with Cretin-Derham Hall through two periods, Wayzata seized control with a pair of third-period goals scored a little more than one minute apart.A 4-1…
Minnetonka's Presley Norby named Ms. Hockey

Minnetonka's Presley Norby named Ms. Hockey

The senior star had caught her gym teacher's attention as a freshman — in dodge ball.
Eden Prairie takes advantage, and title

Eden Prairie takes advantage, and title

Scoring on a 5-on-3 OT power play, Eden Prairie tops Maple Grove for its third state title
Tournament notes: Burton emerges as a scoring ace in title game for Blake

Tournament notes: Burton emerges as a scoring ace in title game for Blake

The Bears led St. Paul United 3-0 in the second period when Lucy Burton struck for three goals in a span of 4 minutes and 24 seconds
Referee in state hockey semifinal is married to employee of school that won

Referee in state hockey semifinal is married to employee of school that won

The coordinator of hockey officials for the Minnesota State High School League, said after the game between St. Paul United and Warroad that referee Mark Arriola should not have been assigned to work it.

Official worked girls' hockey game in which he had ties to one team

A top high school hockey official is unhappy about a referee who worked a state tournament semifinal game in which he had a family connection…

Edina, Eden Prairie ready to meet again on biggest stage

The Lake Conference rivals meet Friday night in the Class 2A state tournament semifinals
Minnetonka's Norby is Star Tribune girls' hockey metro player of the year

Minnetonka's Norby is Star Tribune girls' hockey metro player of the year

A goal scorer's fast hands, little ego and a future at Wisconsin define the Skippers' Presley Norby, who has three national team gold medals to go with a top high school career.
Totino-Grace boys' basketball coach teaches through 'odd one out' feeling

Totino-Grace boys' basketball coach teaches through 'odd one out' feeling

Robert Ware took over the program before this season, a rare minority coaching hire in the school's history. "We're not hugely diverse here, so it's great when we have people of color come in," the team's captain said.
Dance team rules revised after protest, suspensions last year

Dance team rules revised after protest, suspensions last year

A new scoring system is in place after last year's state tournament controversy at Target Center that led to an awards-ceremony protest and suspensions at several metro-area schools.
Luverne hockey: The little team on the prairie is turning heads

Luverne hockey: The little team on the prairie is turning heads

In a corner of Minnesota best known in high school basketball lore, Luverne has begun writing a surprising hockey chapter.
Duluth Marshall dreams big, opts up to Class 2A in boys' hockey

Duluth Marshall dreams big, opts up to Class 2A in boys' hockey

Duluth Marshall, with 244 students in grades 4 through 12, made the bold move to move up from Class 1A, where it had experienced considerable success.
Locker space is a big plus for growing Highland Park hockey program

Locker space is a big plus for growing Highland Park hockey program

Highland Park had vanished as a varsity program after 1987. By the late 2000s, strong youth program numbers and interest in developing another high school option in the city brought back Scots hockey.
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.
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