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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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Minnesota prep football tournament generates record $1 million

Minnesota prep football tournament generates record $1 million

Coupled with soccer tournament proceeds, the Minnesota State High School League is reaping benefits of rent-free use of U.S. Bank Stadium. Proceeds are expected to go to schools to help defray tournament 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.
Columbia Heights, Centennial coaches back on their old benches

Columbia Heights, Centennial coaches back on their old benches

Basketball coaches Jill Becken and Willie Braziel have returned to programs they led to success.
Minnesota United coach, sporting director on the road eyeing top talent

Minnesota United coach, sporting director on the road eyeing top talent

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.

One-and-done removed from state basketball

A full consolation bracket for the boys' and girls' basketball state tournaments returns for the first time in about 20 years.
United signs first players for MLS season, announces three preseason games

United signs first players for MLS season, announces three preseason games

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.
New Minnesota United coach Heath 'a winner' with personality

New Minnesota United coach Heath 'a winner' with personality

Experienced Adrian Heath hopes his MLS team can be competitive in its first season.
Rochester Lourdes's trick play sets up winning TD

Rochester Lourdes's trick play sets up winning TD

The Eagles' two-lateral gadget set up the winning TD with 25 seconds left.
Totino-Grace beats Eden Prairie, goes undefeated to win Class 6A title

Totino-Grace beats Eden Prairie, goes undefeated to win Class 6A title

Totino-Grace wins its first 6A title, besting perennial powerhouse Eden Prairie
Prep Bowl: Class 6A preview

Prep Bowl: Class 6A preview

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.
Minneapolis North football player Jamire Jackson lost his dad but not his way

Minneapolis North football player Jamire Jackson lost his dad but not his way

North's Jamire Jackson has fought through adversity.
Maple Grove QB Davison is Metro Player of the Year in football

Maple Grove QB Davison is Metro Player of the Year in football

D-I hoops recruit Brad Davison worked hard to become a top-flight QB too.
Class 5A semifinals: Spring Lake Park 14, Mankato West 0

Class 5A semifinals: Spring Lake Park 14, Mankato West 0

Defense drives the Panthers into the final; Mankato West loses its top rusher to injury.
Centennial's Hughes, Linser better on same line

Centennial's Hughes, Linser better on same line

Juniors Gabbie Hughes and Anneke Linser give Cougars a strong 1-2 scoring punch.
Winona Beats Rocori for berth in 4A final

Winona Beats Rocori for berth in 4A final

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…
Totino-Grace edges Blaine in Class 6A semifinal

Totino-Grace edges Blaine in Class 6A semifinal

The Eagles sacked Blaine's QB on two-point conversion try.
United hires ex-Thunder star Magee as player personnel director

United hires ex-Thunder star Magee as player personnel director

The Thunder alumnus will be the MLS team's director of player personnel.
Mankato West gets a big pick and then rolls 28-7 over Mahtomedi

Mankato West gets a big pick and then rolls 28-7 over Mahtomedi

A big play before halftime sparked Mankato West.
Champlin Park's Class 6A victory over Rosemount worth the hurt

Champlin Park's Class 6A victory over Rosemount worth the hurt

Behind backup quarterback, beat-up Champlin Park stuns top-seeded Rosemount in overtime
Minnesota United begins to shape roster for MLS debut

Minnesota United begins to shape roster for MLS debut

The franchise must settle on its current players, coach.
These Minnesota twins seek Prep Bowl berth

These Minnesota twins seek Prep Bowl berth

Spring Lake Park's Zach and Josh Ojile have a long and competitive history.
Edina senior surprisingly wins Class 2A boys state title

Edina senior surprisingly wins Class 2A boys state title

Edina senior surprised everyone, including himself, coach
Maple Grove rallies to beat Edina

Maple Grove rallies to beat Edina

Maple Grove trailed the entire game before converting two fourth-down plays late
They'll be off and running Saturday morning at state cross-country

They'll be off and running Saturday morning at state cross-country

Large-school individual titles should be up for grabs.
Stillwater shuts out Wayzata to win Class 2A boys soccer title

Stillwater shuts out Wayzata to win Class 2A boys soccer title

Stillwater finished 22-0 after its 14 shutout and ranked No. 4 in the nation
Class 2A boys soccer: Stillwater, Wayzata wins set up final match of unbeaten teams

Class 2A boys soccer: Stillwater, Wayzata wins set up final match of unbeaten teams

Stillwater emphatically slams door shut in 6-1 victory.
Wayzata's Brad Anderson resigns as football coach after 18 seasons

Wayzata's Brad Anderson resigns as football coach after 18 seasons

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.
Loss ends an era, and playoff hopes for Minnesota United

Loss ends an era, and playoff hopes for Minnesota United

New York's victory concludes the season for Minnesota United and the long run in Blaine for pro soccer.
United players, fans will say good-bye to NSC Stadium on Saturday

United players, fans will say good-bye to NSC Stadium on Saturday

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.

St. Paul boys' hockey co-op to dissolve, leave city with two public school programs

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.

Minnesota United to donate portion of 2017 season ticket purchases to help loons

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.
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