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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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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.
Andover, Stillwater advance in Class 2A boys' soccer state tournament

Andover, Stillwater advance in Class 2A boys' soccer state tournament

The undefeated Ponies were tied by Mounds View before a 5-goal burst.

United gets up-close look at top MLS draft prospect

Former Duke star Jeremy Ebobisse worked out Wednesday before team executives at the National Sports Center in Blaine. United holds the top pick in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft in January.
In Class 5A, Section 6 quarterfinal, Monticello breaks long streak vs. Rogers

In Class 5A, Section 6 quarterfinal, Monticello breaks long streak vs. Rogers

The Magic got off to a strong start, then had to hold off the hard-charging Royals.
Minnesota United's Jeb Brovsky suffers torn ACL, out for the season

Minnesota United's Jeb Brovsky suffers torn ACL, out for the season

The former MLS midfielder started every match he played in this season. His loss comes as the Loons face a must-win match on Saturday against New York.
March to first Prep Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium begins now

March to first Prep Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium begins now

  The launch toward the first Prep Bowl played at U.S. Bank Stadium takes place Tuesday as high school football teams throughout Minnesota, from Nine-man…
Record soccer crowd at U.S. Bank Stadium watches U.S. women win

Record soccer crowd at U.S. Bank Stadium watches U.S. women win

Captain Carli Lloyd scored twice to spur her team to victory at U.S. Bank Stadium in an exhibition match in front of 23,400 fans.
Record crowd expected for U.S. women's soccer

Record crowd expected for U.S. women's soccer

More than 21,000 tickets have been sold for U.S. vs. Switzerland rematch at U.S. Bank Stadium.
U.S. women's soccer match is one more local net gain

U.S. women's soccer match is one more local net gain

Friendly match against Switzerland latest in string of major soccer events.
Rosemount beats Lakeville North 24-21 in OT, likely securing No. 1 seed in playoffs

Rosemount beats Lakeville North 24-21 in OT, likely securing No. 1 seed in playoffs

Rosemount's field goal in the third OT likely secured a No. 1 seed in Class 6A playoff bracket
United loses coin flip, but gains first pick in MLS SuperDraft

United loses coin flip, but gains first pick in MLS SuperDraft

Atlanta won Sunday's coin flip and chose to take the first pick in the MLS expansion draft. Minnesota will get the first pick in the draft of the nation's top college players.
Blaine freshman backstroker sprints to top of honor roll

Blaine freshman backstroker sprints to top of honor roll

Blaine freshman Isabelle Stadden's backstroke times are falling as her star rises.

Loons among six teams in chase for final NASL playoff spot

Gauging Minnesota United FC's playoff chances is premature because too many games and corresponding standings points remain.What is known: The Loons, tied with Tampa Bay…
Rosemount beats Burnsville, improves to 6-1

Rosemount beats Burnsville, improves to 6-1

Rosemount laments missed opportunities in first half, then puts away sputtering Burnsville with big plays
Rosemount football team lives by extra-strength protection

Rosemount football team lives by extra-strength protection

A mammoth offensive line powers Rosemount's dual-quarterback offense.
High-scoring Fridley boys' soccer has high expectations, too

High-scoring Fridley boys' soccer has high expectations, too

At least that's the guarantee from the senior captain of the high-scoring boys' soccer team.
Fourth down for Blaine twin seniors and their dad as coach

Fourth down for Blaine twin seniors and their dad as coach

Sam and Shea Gerrety are in their final season, with their dad back as a coach.
Late Jacksonville goal beats Minnesota United FC

Late Jacksonville goal beats Minnesota United FC

The Loons lost their fourth in a row but kept their grip on the fourth and final playoff spot.
United working on a better response if an opponent scores

United working on a better response if an opponent scores

Minnesota's three-game losing streak, a first since 2013, makes for a precarious playoff perch.
Cross-country coaches raising awareness of unaware drivers

Cross-country coaches raising awareness of unaware drivers

Coaches work to promote awareness among athletes about distracted drivers without being alarmists.
Elk River's Brown is classy, graceful and 'good enough to win it all' in girls' tennis

Elk River's Brown is classy, graceful and 'good enough to win it all' in girls' tennis

Elk River's much-admired Meagan Brown "is good enough to win it all," her coach says.
Minnetonka lead Wayzata big in the fourth quarter

Minnetonka lead Wayzata big in the fourth quarter

The Skippers' Garrett Olson throws for two TDs, runs for another for 4-0 team
Minnesota United: More than 8,000 season ticket deposits placed for MLS season debut

Minnesota United: More than 8,000 season ticket deposits placed for MLS season debut

Team president Nick Rogers called it "overwhelming support'' for the franchise, which joins Major League Soccer in 2017.
St. Thomas Academy's Flanagan turns to Heisman winner — his great-grandfather — for inspiration

St. Thomas Academy's Flanagan turns to Heisman winner — his great-grandfather — for inspiration

The Cadets' Charley Flanagan can emulate the 1947 Heisman Trophy winner, his great-grandfather
Skol Loons? Minnesota United sets sights on Scandinavian prospects

Skol Loons? Minnesota United sets sights on Scandinavian prospects

Team executive Manny Lagos begins a nine-day trip Friday that includes stops to see teams in Norway, Sweden and Denmark as the team sets about building a Major League Soccer roster for the 2017 season.
Ottawa's late burst costs Minnesota United FC

Ottawa's late burst costs Minnesota United FC

Ottawa scored goals in the 84th and 88th minutes, winning for the first time since late July.

North-east metro notebook: Como Park running star wins Twin Cities meet

Innocent Murwanashyaka, a senior from St. Paul Como Park, earned medalist honors at the Twin Cities Cross Country Championship on Sept. 13. He covered the…
Stillwater boys' soccer just fine with top 2A rank

Stillwater boys' soccer just fine with top 2A rank

The Ponies boys' soccer team is ranked atop Class 2A, and its coach says that's a good thing.
Minnesota United clinging to fourth and final spot in NASL playoffs

Minnesota United clinging to fourth and final spot in NASL playoffs

With 36 points, the Loons are ahead of Miami FC by only four points for the final postseason spot with eight matches to play.
Debate about soccer academies not at all academic

Debate about soccer academies not at all academic

Some soccer coaches are enthused by the United's youth academy; others are opposed.
North St. Paul girls' soccer unfazed by bumpy start

North St. Paul girls' soccer unfazed by bumpy start

The Polars kept their focus vs. tough nonconference foes.
Minnesota United hires director for youth soccer academy

Minnesota United hires director for youth soccer academy

The academy, which is required by the team's move to Major League Soccer, is aimed at developing elite players starting as young as age 13 to improve their chances of playing professionally.
United runs unbeaten streak to five matches with win over Rayo OKC

United runs unbeaten streak to five matches with win over Rayo OKC

Christian Ramirez tallied his North American Soccer League-leading 14th goal, just enough offense for the Loons.
New Pirates build on old success in Park Center boys' soccer

New Pirates build on old success in Park Center boys' soccer

Park Center, coming off a Class 2A tournament appearance, hopes for more diverse offense.
United players trying to impress club enough to take them to MLS

United players trying to impress club enough to take them to MLS

Uncertainty reigns as players try focusing on a playoff push through the final weeks of the NASL fall season. The club is not expected to begin solidifying next season's roster until after it completes play.
North has Washburn's number

North has Washburn's number

Dalton, El-Amin connect for 84-yard touchdown pass in fourth quarter to propel Polars over Millers
Prep Bowl anticipation greater than ever with U.S. Bank Stadium waiting

Prep Bowl anticipation greater than ever with U.S. Bank Stadium waiting

With a trip to U.S. Bank Stadium on the line it's "quite a plumb at the end of the journey."
Prep offensive linemen find unique ways to bond

Prep offensive linemen find unique ways to bond

Offensive linemen labor in obscurity, but the units' bonds speak volumes.
Elk River girls' soccer pins turnaround hopes on return of injured forward

Elk River girls' soccer pins turnaround hopes on return of injured forward

The return of forward Shayne Schoenfelder has Elk River girls' soccer poised for a turnaround.
United ownership optimistic, but realistic, about MLS leap

United ownership optimistic, but realistic, about MLS leap

Minnesota joins the MLS next season. None of the league's five expansion teams since 2010 posted a winning record in their inaugural seasons.
Concordia Academy volleyball looks for a return to state tourney

Concordia Academy volleyball looks for a return to state tourney

Concordia Academy is taking aim at a volleyball repeat, but that will require new pieces to fill spots opened by graduation.
Minnesota United joining Major League Soccer in 2017

Minnesota United joining Major League Soccer in 2017

The team will keep the Minnesota United FC name and logo when it joins the top league of U.S. soccer in 2017.
It's here: Minnesota's MLS announcement set for today

It's here: Minnesota's MLS announcement set for today

For local soccer fans, years spent watching, waiting and worrying about the sport's future in the Twin Cities professional market will end Friday.
United ends winless streak with shutout of Tampa Bay

United ends winless streak with shutout of Tampa Bay

United's shutout of Tampa Bay, following a stadium site approval, was the ideal lead-in for Friday's MLS announcements.

Richfield hockey is back from the dead in co-op with Southwest Christian

The team will play junior varsity games this season and hopes to be a varsity squad in 2017-18.
United dealing with frustration of winless streak

United dealing with frustration of winless streak

The players' short fuses were evident during a Tuesday practice scuffle.
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