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Minneapolis South basks in the atmosphere of its first night homecoming game, despite lopsided loss
With rosters thinned by a drop in programs for junior-high athletes, city coaches are often recruiting players based on perceived athleticism because they've had little exposure to fundamentals.
The halfway point of the regular season is a week away. Let's set the usual suspects aside and give a little love to a few metro football teams having success but lacking in fanfare.
The first-year quarterback kept making big plays.
Once thought to be on a path toward basketball, Kaden Johnson is now a linebacker with SMB and the most coveted football recruit in Minnesota this year.
My colleague, David La Vaque, wrote an insightful piece last week about the improvements teams make between the first and second week of the season.…
The Mustangs rallied behind quarterback Cole Stenstrom's legs and arm to beat White Bear Lake
Yes, Eagan will be a force again, but the state's most popular high school sport has top stars in all corners of the Twin Cities area.
If your team has an elite athlete but no signal caller, you'll likely play him at quarterback. That's what several top metro-area football teams did this past week.
Two-way athlete sets physical tone in his first game action in two years
The Knights pulled away from there in the fourth quarter.
The Class 1A powerhouse has high standards, even curfews, but its talented players — many who play together in the offseason — wouldn't have it any other way.
Monday is the first day of high school football practice, and ties to the Vikings make it fresh for Eagan.
Hometown fans go home happy as Saints players shine in American Association All-Star game at CHS Field in St. Paul.
Taylor Swift superfan Todd Van Steensel is one of seven Saints players selected to play in the American Association All-Star Game tonight at CHS Field.
Kendall Brown led East Ridge in scoring last season with 17.6 points per game and is the No. 2-ranked recruit in Minnesota in the Class of 2021 according to Minnesota Prep Hoops
After being held hitless for 4⅓ innings, the Raptors got five runs in the fifth.
A two-run deficit? No problem. Duluth Marshall had trailed by at least that many in each of its first two state tournament games and came…
Self-described "small-town boys'' from New Prague, playing in the program's first state tournament in 39 years, are one victory from the Class 4A championship.
The top two seeds meet for the championship Saturday in Chanhassen.
Her Lakers will play Eden Prairie for the state title.
The baseball state tournament begins Thursday with quarterfinals in Classes 1A, 2A and 3A at different sites. The semifinals in those classes, as well as…
When Lakeville North coach Laura Childs saw that the Panthers had drawn Stillwater as its quarterfinal opponent, she smiled. Stillwater had come out on top…
The Raiders took a 7-0 lead in the second inning against the top seed.
Crimson pitcher Ava Dueck got out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh.
Brynn Hostettler recorded two 14-strikeout games.
NORTH MANKATO, Minn. – According to Maple Grove softball coach Jim Koltes, what the Crimson did Thursday — defeat Edina 2-0 in the quarterfinals…
Wednesday's victory was secured in a matter-of-fact manner, missing that surge of emotion that often accompanies a championship.
An unusual wealth of skilled athletes propelled the Beacons to a 21-4 record and a Class 2A berth in the state tournament that starts Thursday.
For the past five years, it's been impossible to talk Mounds View tennis without talking about the Alex boys, five brothers who have made an indelible mark on the Mustangs.
Eastview star Gavin Young embracing role of a leader.
One 'pathetic' hit after so many early failures helped ignite passion for game of softball
Jade Tomashek's two clutch hits send Crimson to state tournament.
Proposals are for shot clock, Class 4A section seedings.
The state high school league's board of directors is scheduled to vote on a batch of proposals as its meeting on Monday, adding a third or fourth class to five sports.
Urban tennis ace Logan Couillard is winning despite questioning his best shot
The first state tournament of its kind took place Saturday and Sunday at Shakopee High School, a natural progression of a sport that began just two years ago but already has 50 teams and more than 800 athletes competing.
Versatile Joe Fahnbulleh led the Royals boys.
When the Mets released him, the infielder could have gone home to Florida and his unique hobby. But quitting wasn't an options, and he wanted to return to the Saints.
The museum, featuring displays, artifacts, memorabilia and an interactive "tech table," is housed in a 2,000-square-foot addition on the main concourse down the left field line at CHS Field.
The Saints have made the American Association playoffs in three of the past four seasons but have not won a league title since 2004, when they were part of the old Northern League.
Big throws run in Max Otterdahl's family.
Essentials to know about what's going on so far.
Friday is the 14th annual Hamline Elite Meet, a track and field extravaganza that is second only to the MSHSL state meet in terms of the quality of athletes who will display their talents at Hamline University's Klas Field.
Chet Holmgren, one of the Star Tribune's prep athletes of the week, said part of his motivation is proving doubters wrong. "I love the criticism, love the hate," he said. "It pushes me."
Victory over Lakeville North secures Hopkins' 10th state championship
Two younger teammates helped Jalen Suggs carry the Redhawks.
Title game-bound Polars run off 18 points after falling behind 2-0.
The Redhawks will play in their third consecutive final.
For all of the coaches' analysis and postgame thoughts on why Hopkins was able to defeat East Ridge 71-45 in the Class 4A semifinals, one…
John Oxton mouthed the words almost silently rather than say them out loud, but that made them all the more meaningful."Yeah, big relief."Oxton was thinking…
The Raptors, seeded third in Class 4A, open against Eastview on Wednesday.
Royals big man got serious about sharpening his skill set.
Hopkins beats Stillwater for 4A title after finishing second three years in a row
The Redhawks rallied after their top scorer fouled out.
Guard Drake Dobbs led Eden Prairie to a victory.
Centennial had heard about it, saw it on tape, prepared for it in practice. But actually experiencing Hopkins' pressure defense was something the Cougars simply…
The Gophers recruit scored 20 second-half points vs. defending champ
Despite four key player losses, Stars are back in state tournament.
New coach, blended team are transforming program.
Hopkins, DeLaSalle, Roseau and Minneota grabbed the top seeds in their respective classes forthe girls' basketball state tournament that runs Wednesday through next Saturday.The pairings…
The Sabers knocked off section's top seed in final.
The Royals' swarming defense leads to a fifth consecutive trip to the state tourney.
Eastview edged Rosemount on a layup with 25.6 seconds left.
Sebas Swiggum saw an opening and used it to claim a crown.
Jake Svihel, a 126-pound Totino-Grace senior, was a three-time state runner up before Saturday afternoon.
Injured Stillwater star will neither sit out nor settle.
Lynden Wilson was as pleased as possible after his first-round loss to Shakopee's Tyler Jones at 126 pounds in Class 3A. That's because Wilson spent the three previous seasons battling various stages of Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Jake Svihel moved up to 126 pounds this year, and so did the wrestler who defeated him last season, Byron's Mitchel Petersen.
The Sabers overcame high expectations and bad memories to stop Stillwater, and claim the Class 3A team crown
LPGE/Browerville won the first boys' team championship in school history, defeating Kenyon-Wanamingo 35-27 on Thursday.
After two years of shortcomings, Shakopee poised to win state title.
No. 1-seeded Yellowjackets have already beaten top foe Simley.
Low turnout at smaller schools has forced more teams to join forces.
Adopted from an orphanage, he's worked to overcome a learning disability to achieve a 4.0 GPA. After pursuing a state title this week, he's headed to Minnesota to wrestle and pursue a career as a surgeon.
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