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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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East Ridge football coach resigns amid player eligibility probe

East Ridge football coach resigns amid player eligibility probe

Mike Pendino’s program had used ineligible players.
Despite setbacks, United coach Lagos expects big crowds, wins

Despite setbacks, United coach Lagos expects big crowds, wins

Manny Lagos expects wins and big crowds in fall season.
Loons fans bid Ibarra a sad farewell after 3-2 loss to Fort Lauderdale

Loons fans bid Ibarra a sad farewell after 3-2 loss to Fort Lauderdale

The last player introduced, Miguel Ibarra received a standing ovation from an announced team record crowd of 9,342 fans and another when he scored.
Mexican team buys contract of United's Ibarra for 'seven figures'

Mexican team buys contract of United's Ibarra for 'seven figures'

Midfielder Miguel Ibarra will play his final match with Minnesota at Blaine’s National Sports Center Stadium on Saturday and then depart for Club Leon, a team in Liga MX, the top level of the Mexican soccer league system.
Ibarra to leave United for top-tier Mexican pro team

Ibarra to leave United for top-tier Mexican pro team

His last game as a Loon will be Saturday in Blaine.

Class 1A golf: For Mounds Park's Bliese, there's good sharing and bad sharing

The freshman celebrated the team title with friends, but reluctantly was a co-medalist.
Lakeville North edges Blake in boys' lacrosse quarterfinals

Lakeville North edges Blake in boys' lacrosse quarterfinals

The timeout Lakeville North boys’ lacrosse coach Jeff Wright didn’t call in Tuesday’s state tournament quarterfinal became his best move all game.With his team clinging…
North-metro baseball gets two shots at a title

North-metro baseball gets two shots at a title

The Class 3A baseball state tournament features defending champion Mounds View and, after a 20-year absence, Anoka.

Gutsy sprinter Lucille Hoelscher leads Minnetonka girls' relay champs

Lucille Hoelscher carried the baton and the flu on her anchor leg of the Skippers’ 4x800-meter relay.
Roman Rohrbach is Star Tribune boys' lacrosse Metro Player of Year

Roman Rohrbach is Star Tribune boys' lacrosse Metro Player of Year

Lakeville North's Rohrbach will play lacrosse at the Air Force Academy next season. The focus now is the state tournament, beginning with a game against The Blake School on Tuesday.
Eagan's Zenner anchors record relay, wins 100-meter

Eagan's Zenner anchors record relay, wins 100-meter

The all-around athlete also won the 100-meter title as other state records fall.
Top runners from Hopkins, Alexandria win 3,200-meter state titles

Top runners from Hopkins, Alexandria win 3,200-meter state titles

Joe Klecker outkicked injuries, then a solid field in the Class 2A 3,200.
Boys state track: Hopkins' Klecker on solid footing

Boys state track: Hopkins' Klecker on solid footing

Past injuries have upended the Hopkins distance runner, but he is healthy and top-seeded.
Maple Grove back in hunt for state softball title

Maple Grove back in hunt for state softball title

Maple Grove, a runner-up last season in the state softball tournament, returns with something to prove.

North notebook: Mounds View 8th-grader vaults 11 feet, not done yet

Soaring more than 11 feet off the ground is rare altitude for an eighth-grader. No one told Mounds View newcomer Julia Fixsen, however.
Four dance team head coaches suspended for one year

Four dance team head coaches suspended for one year

Taking more drastic action than four school districts before it, the Minnesota State High School League suspended the coaches after a protest at the state tournament that the league’s president deemed the “worst I’ve seen.”
4 head coaches suspended for year over dance team protest

4 head coaches suspended for year over dance team protest

The league’s action goes significantly beyond disciplinary actions approved earlier by the Chaska, Eastview, Lakeville South and Wayzata school districts.
Miguel Ibarra: Face of the United franchise

Miguel Ibarra: Face of the United franchise

Miguel Ibarra helps put Minnesota United FC on the map
Cosmos ties United on goal in 90th minute

Cosmos ties United on goal in 90th minute

United FC scored early in the latest match, but remains winless against the New York club.
Two unbeaten teams win first adapted softball titles

Two unbeaten teams win first adapted softball titles

Anoka-Hennepin and Chanhassen/Chaska/Prior Lake/Shakopee won state championships.
Sisters made right call in officiating high-school adapted sports

Sisters made right call in officiating high-school adapted sports

Siblings Michelle Schneider and Jacki Wincek are rare female officials working Minnesota high school adapted soccer, floor hockey and softball games. Players sometimes cheer when they arrive at games.

Can Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound-Westonka make it seven adapted softball titles in a row?

  Can anyone unseat the Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound-Westonka adapted softball dynasty? The Robins won a sixth consecutive crown in the PI Division (physically impaired) last season. In…
Mounds View boys' tennis refocused to win it all

Mounds View boys' tennis refocused to win it all

The Mounds View boys’ tennis team takes motivation from last season’s section tourney as it seeks to win the title this year.
For young Americans, a time to serve, not play

For young Americans, a time to serve, not play

At the end of World War II 70 years ago, America finally got back to baseball, boxing and all the games we love. Former Vikings coach Bud Grant, now 88 years old, and others remember the era.
Tough United soccer defender Davis always in the game

Tough United soccer defender Davis always in the game

Justin Davis has developed into one of the NASL’s top players because of his toughness.
Coon Rapids girls' lacrosse spreads goals around

Coon Rapids girls' lacrosse spreads goals around

Team depth and smart ball distribution has the Coon Rapids girls’ lacrosse team poised for a strong playoff run.

Anoka pitcher last to realize he had 'something special'

Anoka baseball players didn’t need to avoid Alex Farley for fear of jinxing his no-hitter
Edison sisters sprint to success

Edison sisters sprint to success

Edison coach says of Lewis sisters, ‘Their gifts can influence many’
Edison sisters sprinting to success

Edison sisters sprinting to success

The Lewis sisters helped the Tommies’ program balloon from a combined eight boys and girls in 2013 to 50 to 60 kids on the two rosters this season. Most of the 26 girls are sophomores or younger.

North metro notebook: True Team title first up for track squads

The 29th annual True Team track and field state meet takes place Friday.
Minnesota United FC gets first win of season

Minnesota United FC gets first win of season

Minnesota United FC defeated previously unbeaten Atlanta before 9,000-plus in Blaine.
United keepers Ndjock, Hildebrandt get aggressive

United keepers Ndjock, Hildebrandt get aggressive

The Loons’ top goalkeepers resemble sweepers at times.
North metro notebook: New disc helps net new records for Park Center senior

North metro notebook: New disc helps net new records for Park Center senior

The sound of metal crashing into metal at track and field meets this spring marks Terrance Howard’s arrival into the pantheon of elite discus throwers.
United seeing interest soar after MLS franchise granted

United seeing interest soar after MLS franchise granted

Business in the United FC front office in Golden Valley since the MLS announcement has been anything but usual — and that’s a good thing, said Todd Abramson, chief operating officer.
Fans pack stadium, United draws 2-2 in home opener

Fans pack stadium, United draws 2-2 in home opener

In front of a record 9,233 fans Saturday night, the Loons gave up a late goal after a controversial call to draw with San Antonio.
Soggy Hamline Elite meet offers plenty of action

Soggy Hamline Elite meet offers plenty of action

New records and surprise finishes were part of Friday's action at Hamline for the 10th Hamline Elite Meet.
Hamline Elite Meet: All out with the best

Hamline Elite Meet: All out with the best

The Hamline Elite Meet, which turns 10 this Friday, has proved to be a track and field showcase.

Legacy Christian's Peterson hits, pitches to victories

Legacy Christian Academy sophomore Josh Peterson enjoyed a solid week from the plate and the mound, leading the Lions to a pair of victories.Peterson, a…
Girls' lacrosse has a concussion quandary

Girls' lacrosse has a concussion quandary

Mandatory headgear would change the game too much, state coaches say.
Girls' lacrosse has a concussion quandary

Girls' lacrosse has a concussion quandary

Mandatory headgear would change the game too much, state coaches say

Spring Lake Park hockey coach Benson loses job

  Leading Spring Lake Park to its first boys’ hockey state tournament and winning Class 1A coach of the year honors were not enough for…
United shooting for title this season after falling just short

United shooting for title this season after falling just short

The Loons, the NASL’s best team in 2014, have nearly everyone back plus several key additions

Robbinsdale adapted softball tourney expands to eight teams

The Robbinsdale Robins PI Division adapted softball team will host its second annual Lloyd Olson adapted softball tournament Friday and Saturday at Armstrong High School in Plymouth.

North metro prep notebook: Legacy Christian girls' golf set for another title run

With three seniors in its top six, maybe the girls’ golf team at Legacy Christian Academy isn’t that young anymore.
MLS banking on unique appeal to new Twin Cities market

MLS banking on unique appeal to new Twin Cities market

MLS was sold on untapped fan base in crowded Twin Cities market
A bright day for the Dark Clouds: MLS coming to Minnesota

A bright day for the Dark Clouds: MLS coming to Minnesota

Wednesday's announcement of a Major League Soccer franchise for Minnesota was attended by a group of enthusiastic soccer supporters.
Minnesota soccer fans excited for promotion to MLS

Minnesota soccer fans excited for promotion to MLS

Major League Soccer, the top league in the U.S., is expected to announce Wednesday that Minnesota is getting an expansion franchise, most likely for the 2018 season.
Fridley's fab five girls' golfers ready to swing for state

Fridley's fab five girls' golfers ready to swing for state

The Fridley girls’ golf team is led by a fivesome who have played together since middle school.
Andover, St. Francis track get off to good indoor starts

Andover, St. Francis track get off to good indoor starts

Track and field meets in March in Minnesota don’t offer the luxury of blue skies, sunshine and grass. Solid indoor performances, however, still count.
Class 2A girls' basketball: Dover-Eyota dominates Sauk Centre at end

Class 2A girls' basketball: Dover-Eyota dominates Sauk Centre at end

Eagles win title in first state tournament.
Empty seats in huge arenas a losing game for prep tourneys

Empty seats in huge arenas a losing game for prep tourneys

Venue expenses have surged 55 percent in the past 10 years to about $2 million in 2013-14, according to the Minnesota State High School League. During that same span, ticket sales for all tournaments with paid admission rose about 5.2 percent.
Class 3A girls' basketball semifinals: Marshall, Park Center to meet in rematch of title game

Class 3A girls' basketball semifinals: Marshall, Park Center to meet in rematch of title game

Marshall’s Sarah Buysse walked to the free-throw line late in Thursday’s tight game, steeling herself for two big shots.“I was thinking, ‘I’ve done this a…
Kasson-Mantorville, Park Center reach girls' semis in 3A

Kasson-Mantorville, Park Center reach girls' semis in 3A

Just 1 minute and 19 seconds into the Class 3A quarterfinal between New Prague and Kasson-Mantorville on Wednesday, trainers helped KoMets senior guard Cori Kennedy…
Class 4A quarterfinals: Shakopee, No. 1 Hopkins move on

Class 4A quarterfinals: Shakopee, No. 1 Hopkins move on

The Sabers used offensive rebounding to edge White Bear Lake, although their leading scorer had to nurse a sore ankle.
No joke: Columbia Heights track foursome can fly

No joke: Columbia Heights track foursome can fly

Meet the fastest foursome in the history of Columbia Heights’ track program.
Three north-metro basketball teams go out close to the top

Three north-metro basketball teams go out close to the top

If the old saying is true that history is written by victors, then three top north metro boys’ basketball programs will have to settle for being 2015 state tournament footnotes.
Apple Valley knocks off Champlin Park in 4A; DeLaSalle rolls in 3A

Apple Valley knocks off Champlin Park in 4A; DeLaSalle rolls in 3A

Apple Valley handed Champlin Park its first loss of the season in the Class 4A boys' basketball championship while DeLaSalle made it four titles in a row in Class 3A on Saturday.

Apple Valley's Bertram makes his presence known inside

Big Brock Bertram shined throughout the Eagles’ 64-61 state championship victory.
Maranatha, Rushford-Peterson to meet for Class 1A title

Maranatha, Rushford-Peterson to meet for Class 1A title

The teams met in the Class 1A semifinals the past two years, each winning once.
DeLaSalle, St. Paul Johnson run away with victories in 3A

DeLaSalle, St. Paul Johnson run away with victories in 3A

Grab-and-go, a term usually reserved for a grocery store’s deli section, aptly described DeLaSalle’s performance Thursday against Mankato East. However the top-ranked Islanders’ defenders got…
Class 3A preview: Johnson's players waited full year for second shot

Class 3A preview: Johnson's players waited full year for second shot

The Governors were upset by St. Paul Central in the section finals in 2014.

St. Francis marches back to boys' basketball tourney

Ryan Hauge knew public perception about his team was less than positive after graduating 11 seniors from last season’s Class 4A state tournament team.
Dec. 4: High School League approves transgender policy

Dec. 4: High School League approves transgender policy

The controversial measure passed as an overflow crowd looked on at the Minnesota State High School League offices in Brooklyn Center.
Jake Jaremko of Elk River/Zimmerman is named Mr. Hockey 2015

Jake Jaremko of Elk River/Zimmerman is named Mr. Hockey 2015

Jake Jaremko followed in footsteps of multiskilled Elks standout Paul Martin.
Lakeville North completes 31-0 season with 2A boys hockey title

Lakeville North completes 31-0 season with 2A boys hockey title

Lakeville North turns back scrappy Greyhounds for 2A title and flawless season

Hermantown ponders one more second-place finish

A record sixth consecutive Class 1A championship game appearance by Hermantown ended with another loss, this one in overtime
Injured Edina star suffers from the worst seat in the house

Injured Edina star suffers from the worst seat in the house

Injured Edina star Dylan Malmquist couldn’t play as the Hornets lost chance for a third title in a row.

Lakeville North scores four in third to pull away from Eden Prairie

Lakeville North sputtered a bit until scoring four goals in the third period.
Green Wave wears down favored Zephyrs

Green Wave wears down favored Zephyrs

East Grand Forks saw one of its players checked hard into the Mahtomedi bench. The Zephyrs’ goalie was dazed as the Green Wave crashed the…
State tournament: Wild's Yeo misses out on son's appearance

State tournament: Wild's Yeo misses out on son's appearance

Wild coach Mike Yeo watches hockey at least 41 nights a season inside the Xcel Energy Center. Unfortunately, Thursday was not one of those nights.
Everyone's talking about possible Edina-Lakeville North 2A final — except coaches

Everyone's talking about possible Edina-Lakeville North 2A final — except coaches

Lakeville North and Edina, a combined 52-1-2 and on opposite sides of the bracket, aren't looking ahead.

Hockey tournament notes: No stress seen from five-time runner-up

Back in the Class 1A tournament after five consecutive championship games losses, Hermantown brought only one item along for luck.
Three state-tournament hat tricks turned Spehar into a legend

Three state-tournament hat tricks turned Spehar into a legend

Twenty tears ago, Dave Spehar led Duluth East to the Class 2A state title with a remarkable three games.
Toughness personifies Blaine boys' hockey in return to state tourney

Toughness personifies Blaine boys' hockey in return to state tourney

Blaine carved a new identity to forge its return to the boys’ hockey state tournament.

North metro notebook: Humble Anoka wrestler Njos quietly proves he's No. 1

The letter “J” in Matt Njos’ last name is silent. So, too, was the Anoka senior’s celebration after winning the Class 3A state wrestling championship at 160 pounds.
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