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Jim Paulsen

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Shakopee assistant coach Nick Slack hoisted Ben Reiland after he won his heavyweight match by a fall in just 16 seconds. The win capped the Sabers’

Unbeaten Shakopee repeats as 3A wrestling champ

The Sabers' Tommy Johnson edged unbeaten foe Josh Piechowski at 220 to clinch win — and a perfect 41-0 season

Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville wins Class 1A wrestling title for second straight year

Levi Line clinched the title for the Wolves win a pin at 220 pounds.
Derrick Cardinal of Forest Lake upended Ben Lunn of Shakopee during their Class 3A 120-pound match, which Cardinal won, in the 2019 wrestling state me

Is Shakopee the next Minnesota prep wrestling dynasty?

In a sport that lends itself to dynasties — think Apple Valley, Simley, Kasson-Mantorville and Jackson County Central, all having won at least three consecutive…
Ryan Sokol of Simley held onto the leg of Charlie Pickell of Mankato West in their Class 2A 132-pound match, which Sokol won, in the 2019 wrestling st

With No. 2 already defeated, Simley looks tough to beat in 2A team wrestling

With all respect to other Class 2A teams, likely the biggest team match in the class happened nearly two weeks ago when No. 1-ranked Simley…
Mason Gode of Long Prairie/Grey Eagle-Browerville defeated Bray Olson of Kenyon-Wanamingo in the 132-pound class at the 2019 state meet. Gode and his

Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville the team to beat in 1A wrestling

It wasn't that long ago that Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville was just another program looking to take things to a high level.Now, the Wolves are the…
Orono wrestlers Danny Striggow left and David Wilfert wrestled during practice. Photo: Jerry Holt •
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'Orono wrestling going to state?' Surreal's the word for first-time Spartans

The Spartans needed everything to go right to win their section final.
Jada Olsen of Perham competed on the uneven parallel bars Saturday at the Class 1A gymnastics state meet. Photo: DAVID JOLES • david.joles@startribu

Add Jada Olsen's name to gymnastics power Perham's champion banners

Perham junior Jada Olsen won the all-around title.
Bella Frattalone of Mahtomedi, center, stood tallest after winning the Class 2A all-around title.

Mahtomedi's Bella Frattalone hangs on for another all-around title

It came in Class 2A and in her final competition.
Big Lake gymnastics teammates celebrate with their Class 1A team championship trophy Friday at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul. Photo courtesy Paul

Big Lake gymnastics 'family' gets it together in a championship way

Stressing togetherness, the Hornets lived up to their No. 1 ranking.
Lakeville North’s Kaitlyn Nguyen celebrated her performance on the uneven parallel bars with her gymnastics coaches Friday at Roy Wilkins Auditoriu

Lakeville North repeats as 2A gymnastics team champion

Overcoming an early vault stumble, Lakeville North lived up to the No. 1 ranking.
Livia Dombeck (left) of St. Michael-Albertville and Becca Green (right) left club gymnastics to compete with their high school teams. Both will be amo

Two former club gymnasts flourish in high school, and not just in competition

Becca Green of Annandale and Livia Dombeck of St. Michael-Albertville are among the all-around favorites at the gymnastics state meet.
Austin Andrews of Eden Prairie fouled Jalen Suggs of Minnehaha Academy in the second half . Eden Prairie defeated Minnehaha Academy 78-64 February 18,

Eden Prairie beats Minnehaha Academy in battle of No. 1 teams

John Henry scored 29 points with seven three-pointers for Eden Prairie.
With Hopkins Paige Bueckers and Minnehaha Academy’s Jalen Suggs, front and center and both wearing No. 1, other Division I-bound players on the two

National prep basketball tournament off-limits for star-studded Minnesota teams

A bid to have the Minnehaha Academy boys' team and the Hopkins girls' team play in April in New York was denied by the Minnesota State High School League.
Park Center junior Adalia McKenzie (25) got her team fired up to play before a recent game against Osseo at Park Center High School. Photo: CARLOS GON

Park Center's humble 'scoring machine' sees basketball as avenue to higher calling

Park Center's Adalia McKenzie, unrivaled as a scorer, is driven to become an even better person.
Champlin Park’s Jaice Miller, seeking a chance to play quarterback in college, has commited to the University of Sioux Falls. Photo: ANTHONY SOUFFLE

Jaice Miller, seeking to keep playing quarterback, commits to U of Sioux Falls

The Champlin Park senior, who passed up Division I offers, is expected to sign a letter of intent Wednesday as the NCAA regular signing period opens.
Eastview coach Molly Kasper

Subtle or not, sting of sexism felt by women basketball coaches, refs

Female coaches and officials in Minnesota high school basketball say they still deal with subtle, ingrained sexist attitudes from some game officials, coaches, parents and fans.

One hundred years of Minnesota prep football coaches walks away in two departures

Ron Stolski coached football for 58 years, Jeff Ferguson for 42. Both had a lot of success.
Boys' swimming and diving teams unofficially kick off the winter preps postseason by competing in the True Team state meet at the University of Minnes

True Team swimming marks unofficial start of high school postseason

Top seeds in basketball, hockey also to be set in coming weeks.
Point guard Drake Dobbs (11) is one of four Eden Prairie seniors averaging between 10.6 and 17 points per game for the unbeaten Eagles. Photo by Mark

Eden Prairie looks like best boys' hoops team in state

The undefeated Eagles (12-0) are the poster children for the benefits of teamwork, a throwback for unified play in a time when individual achievements build followings (and brands) and going viral equals validity.
Two of Minnesota's top high school basketball players, Minnehaha Academy's Jalen Suggs (1) and Hopkins' Kerwin Walton, faced each other in a December

Hoops recruiting buzz still humming in Minnesota

After Minnehaha Academy's Jalen Suggs committed to Gonzaga, Hopkins deadeye shooting guard Kerwin Walton is the only top senior in the state left to make a college commitment.
Minnehaha Academy guard Jalen Suggs (1) celebrated after getting a basket and drawing a foul Saturday night at Target Center.

Best in show: Minnehaha Academy tops high-powered Sierra Canyon at packed Target Center

An announced 17,378 saw the home-state Redhawks beat visiting Bronny James, Zaire Wade and their fellow future NBA-talent teammates.
Jalen Suggs of Minnehaha Academy announced at halftime on ESPN2 that he is headed to Gonzaga University

Suggs finds Gonzaga basketball is 'the place for me'

Jalen Suggs, a 6-5 two-sport star from Minnehaha Academy, ended months of speculation that included also getting offers from top Power Five football programs.
Anoka linebacker Cody Lindenberg (13) was not standing out enough. So he went to a football camp in St. Louis. He will sign with the Gophers on Wednes

College football decision day: Different paths, same goal

Three stories with Gophers ties: A scholarship player, a preferred walk-on and late offer to a player still considering his options.
Chaney Neu of Champlin park waited to begin her routine on the uneven bars at the state meet last February. COURTNEY DEUTZ • courtney.deutz@startrib

Three-time champion gymnast Chaney Neu recovering from knee surgery

Knee injury sidelines Champlin Park star Neu, makes return unlikely
Minnetonka coach Dave Nelson, during a 2017 Class 6A playoff game at Minnetonka. Photo: AARON LAVINSKY •

Longtime Minnesota prep football coach Dave Nelson announces retirement

Nelson was head coach at Blaine and later Minnetonka, leading each program for 18 seasons and making a combined six championship game appearances. Now, he says, it's time to spend more time with his wife.
With Hopkins’ Paige Bueckers and Minnehaha Academy’s Jalen Suggs, front and center and both wearing No. 1, other Division I-recruited players on t

Is star-studded Minnehaha Academy the state's all-time best boys' basketball team?

Minnehaha Academy is stocked deep with talent well beyond Jalen Suggs and two other top national recruits.
Mountain Lake Area quarterback Abraham Stoesz ran 5 yards for the go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter.

Mountain Lake Area wins first Nine-Man state football title

The Wolverines overcame a 14-0 hole vs. Hancock.
Chaska players celebrated after defeating the St. Thomas Academy 10-7 on Saturday in the Class 5A championship game. Stevo Klotz scored the Hawks’ t

Chaska edges St. Thomas Academy in defense-dominated Class 5A final

Hawks scored go-ahead TD with 42 seconds left.
Wayzata running back Christian Vasser did not go down easily Friday in the Class 6A title game. Champlin Park defensive back Josh Strong was kept at a

Wayzata wins Class 6A football title, 35-20 over Champlin Park at Prep Bowl

Vasser's Prep Bowl-record 49 carries, 285 yards deliver Trojans' 6A crown
Caledonia wide receiver Eli King evaded a tackle by Minneapolis North’s Elisha Jackson Jr.

Caledonia defeats Minneapolis North for Class 2A title

The Warriors displayed their speed and strength in shutting out North.

Uncoverable receiver lead Blooming Prairie over BOLD in Class 1A title game

Gabe Hagen caught two TD passes for the Awesome Blossoms.
Dom Witt of Champlin Park ran after a catch in the first quarter of the Class 5A semifinals.

Champlin Park's road to 6A Prep Bowl overcame doubts, roster holes to build confidence

Champlin Park rebuilt its roster and self-confidence, a combination that has led to Friday night's Prep Bowl matchup with Wayzata.
Prep Bowl-bound Dassel-Cokato is playing for a teammate Jacob MacDonald, who died two years ago from a peanut allergy. It’s the program’s first st

Perspective from teammate's death teaches Dassel-Cokato players what matters

Dassel-Cokato has reached its first prep football championship game in 47 years with a team that helped a community rally behind a beloved player who died two years ago.
St. Thomas Academy running back Danny McFadden (2) had 216 total yards, three touchdowns and this two-point conversion.

St. Thomas Academy advances to Class 5A football state final

Cadets rolled up 499 yards of offense to reach the Class 5A championship.
Rocori quarterback Jack Steil dodged Winona players as he ran toward the end zone in the first half. He ran for five TDs.

Trailing at halftime, Rocori scores 41 points in second half to rout Winona

After a first-half feeling out period, Rocori found its swagger to start the second half. However it came about, the Spartans went with the feeling,…
Caledonia wide receiver Elijah King touched football to pylon for a two-point conversion in the first half.

Caledonoia wins its 67th in a row, returns to Prep Bowl Class 2A final

Caledonia creates runaway when offense starts to click.
Quarterback Jaice Miller gave Champlin Park some breathing room with a 41-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Champlin Park topples champ Lakeville North

Lakeville North makes run at Rebels after poor first half.
Minneapolis North running back Terrance Kamara rushed for 205 yards and four touchdowns against Paynesville.

Minneapolis North overcomes halftime deficit to defeat Paynesville in Class 2A football semifinal

Minneapolis North scores 30 in final two quarters.
Carter Otto, Elk River football

Prep athletes of the week: Last-second winning TD pass was Elk River junior's memory of a lifetime

CARTER OTTO Elk River • football Elk River was trailing Moorhead 55-52. The clock showed 1.4 seconds left. The goal line was 57 yards away.…
W-E-M middle hitter Delaney Donahue lined up a kill attempt as Minneota’s Abby Hennen rose for a block in the third set.

Minneota sweeps Waterville-Elysian-Morristown, repeats as Class 1A volleyball champion

Dig after dig wears away at second-seeded W-E-M.
Wayzata setter Olivia Johnson (22) celebrated with her teammates after the Trojans defeated Eagan in five grueling sets for the Class 3A state title.

Wayzata edges top-seeded Eagan for Class 3A volleyball state title

The Trojans beat previously unbeaten Eagan in five sets.
Wayzata quarterback Tom Schmidt celebrated his team’s 38-21 Class 6A quarterfinal victory over Centennial on Friday night in Chanhassen, improving t

Wayzata offense steps up against Centennial in Class 6A quarterfinals

The Wayzata D was dented, but it also did damage with a touchdown before halftime.
North St. Paul coach Stephanie Blanda instructs her players during their section final victory over Stillwater. Don't be surprised if you see Blanda a

Freshness dots 3A volleyball field with a familiar state tournament favorite

North St. Paul, St. Louis Park and Elk River are all in the volleyball state tournament for the first time.
The Star Tribune all-metro volleyball team, from left: Metro Player of the Year Kennedi Orr of Eagan, Olivia Tjernagel of Mayer Lutheran, Elizabeth He

Volleyball Metro Player of the Year Kennedi Orr stars on world stage but leading Eagan to state never gets old

From Eagan to Team USA, Orr has shown she can do it all in volleyball
Elk River quarterback Zach Stroh braced for the tackle by Armstrong defensive back Francis Sesay on Friday night.

Elk River back at state again after edging St. Michael-Albertville

The Elks edged St. Michael-Albertville to win their fourth section title in a row.
Benilde-St. Margaret’s running back Joe Marinaro (23) worked out with his teammates during practice Tuesday. Photo: ANTHONY SOUFFLE • anthony.souf

Physical yet calculating, Benilde-St. Margaret's perfects the joy of hitting

The small, smart Red Knights face their toughest team next.
Ryan Wilson broke into open space to score both of Elk River’s touchdowns Saturday at Rogers, on runs of 50 and 68 yards.

Elk River tops Rogers 20-14 in Class 5A playoffs

Pick-six, big stop on fourth down propel Elk River in playoffs.
Centennial quarterback Connor Zulk handed off to Noah Larson, who rushed for 137 yards and scored twice.

Centennial backs carry the load in victory over Stillwater

Cougars scored on first four drives vs. Ponies.
Eastview’s Karin Young took on Edina’s Nicole Copeland in the Class 2A girls’ tennis singles finals Friday at the Baseline Tennis Center at the

Eastview's Karin Young controls defending champ to win her first 2A singles title

The sophomore backed up her No. 1 seeding in the state tournament, using a deft strategy of defense and opportunistic play to defeat Edina's Nicole Copeland.
Edina coach Steve Paulsen fist-bumped Nicole Copeland after the Hornets won the Class 2A team championship on Wednesday.

Edina girls' tennis gives coach Steve Paulsen parting title

The Hornets on Wednesday won their 23rd state title under Steve Paulsen.

Blake wins fifth straight Class 1A title in girls' tennis

Led by senior Arlina Shen, the Bears won their fifth state title in a row.
Minnetonka’s Sarah Shahbaz returned a serve from Becker’s Courtney Nuest on Tuesday in the Class 2A tennis state tournament team competition. Phot

Minnetonka freshman happy she made switch to team tennis

Sarah Shahbaz won at No. 1 singles to help Skippers advance.
Coach Steve Paulsen gave Lizzy Van Ert a fist pump as she and Ingrid Smith played doubles on Oct. 14 during a section tournament match at Lifetime Fit

Retiring girls' tennis coach shares secret of Edina's amazing run

Steve Paulsen admits that in his early days he was apprehensive of the pressure that comes with being at a school renown for student achievement. That was 22 state titles ago.
Champlin Park quarterback Jaice Miller (4) was mobbed by his teammates after he scored a touchdown against Totino-Grace on Oct. 11. The Rebels are one

Wayzata, Champlin Park, Lakeville South, Totino-Grace get top seeds in 6A football tournament

Champlin Park, Lakeville South and Totino-Grace are the other No. 1 seeds.
The Rogers defense made the going tough for Elk River quarterback Zach Stroh.

Rogers finds final answer to put away Elk River 40-36

Rogers wins seesaw scoring battle; Elk River finishes game 1 yard short
Champlin Park quarterback Jaice Miller made a pass under pressure from Totino-Grace defensive end Mason Miller (47) and defensive end Austin Hall (67)

Champlin Park defeats Totino-Grace 12-7

Miller's late score gives No. 5, 6A Champlin Park just enough to foil Eagles in a defensive duel
Armstrong defensive back Rashad Sherwood broke up a pass intended for Coon Rapids wide receiver Tommy Dagogo in the second half on Friday night.

Armstrong rallies after halting start, beats Coon Rapids 35-21 to go 6-0

It was not unexpected, but Armstrong coach Jack Negen was still frustrated by the way his Falcons came out in a 35-21 come-from-behind victory over…
Armstrong quarterback Jake Breitbach (left) and Thai Bowman walked onto the field for team practice in the rain Tuesday afternoon. Photo: Shari L. Gro

Fast-healing quarterback, re-fashioned receiver led 5-0 Armstrong

Jake Breitbach tore his left ACL in March but played in Armstrong's football opener
Eagan's Kendall Kemp (16) blocked a shot by Lakeville South's Kendyl Storlie (8) in a match on Sept. 26 at Lakeville South. Photo: JEFF WHEELER • je

Crowds go wild for kills, but for Minnesota's top volleyball stars, opponent-sapping blocks are No. 1

Stopping a great hitter with a block does more to fire up teammates, coaches and players said. Plus it's harder to successfully execute one than a thundering kill shot.
Wayzata defenders Daniel Sandall and Cole Brown celebrate their fumble recovery on a punt against Eden Prairie

Metro Top 10 football: Undefeateds fall in Class 6A

Three top teams in Class 6A lost for the first time: Eden Prairie, Mounds View and Cretin-­Derham Hall.
Fridley’s Micah Niewald scored on a 54-yard run in the fourth quarter against St. Anthony. His touchdown gave the Tigers a 14-0 lead after the extra

Fridley slows down St. Anthony in battle of unbeatens

The Tigers held high-scoring St. Anthony to seven points — 39 under its average.
Tyler Krebs directed Lakeville South’s football team as it hit the field for the first day of practice on Aug. 12.

Investigation of departed Lakeville South coach tied to computer complaint

Tyler Krebs resigned as Lakeville South head football coach after a complaint was filed alleging unauthorized computer access at Eastview, where Krebs previously taught and coached football.
Tyler Krebs worked with the Lakeville South football team on Aug. 12, the first day of practice this year.

Under investigation, Lakeville South football coach Krebs resigns

Tyler Krebs took over as the Lakeville South coach in 2017 and guided the Cougars to the Class 6A semifinals in 2018. He'd previously been the coach at Burnsville.

Records don't tell the truth about several metro-area football teams

Last week, we looked at four teams flying high but doing it in relative secrecy. This week, let's check out some teams that are better than their sub-.500 records would indicate.
Minneapolis South wide receiver Kader Diop was wrapped up by Washburn wide receiver Zyaire Marshall in the first half of the Tigers’ first night hom

Minneapolis South loses, but raves about night homecoming atmosphere in remodeled stadium

Minneapolis South basks in the atmosphere of its first night homecoming game, despite lopsided loss
The South High School Gallant Tigers football team practiced on their new turf surface Wednesday evening.

Dwindling youth pipeline puts Minneapolis football on edge

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.
Farmington quarterback Alex Berreth sets to pass in a 41-14 season-opening victory over Stillwater.

Four unheralded prep football teams making noise this season

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.
Lakeville North High quarterback RaJa Nelson made a move to elude Rosemount’s Antonio Bugni en route to a long first half touchdown. Nelson also pas

RaJa Nelson leads Lakeville North over Rosemount

The first-year quarterback kept making big plays.
Kaden Johnson

Ego-free, ready to go: SMB's Kaden Johnson is unlikely top football recruit

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.

Improvement stands out in week 2 of high school football

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.…
Mounds View quarterback Cole Stenstrom scored on a 4-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that put the Mustangs ahead. He later threw a touchdown

Mounds View scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to beat White Bear Lake

The Mustangs rallied behind quarterback Cole Stenstrom's legs and arm to beat White Bear Lake
North Branch’s Cianna Selbitschka (11) knocked the ball over the net as Marshall’s Logan Sherman (1) and Paige Andries (6) leapt to defend in a Cl

Metro area teeming with potent prep volleyball talent

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.
Lakeville North's RaJa Nelson was one of several top metro athletes recruited by colleges at different positions who wound up playing quarterback duri

Five observations from Week 1 of prep football

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.
Benilde-St. Margaret’s defender Nick Marinaro (52) went for a takedown of Orono quarterback Teddy Deters while being blocked during the first half o

Benilde-St. Margaret's defeats Orono 21-7 in football opener

Two-way athlete sets physical tone in his first game action in two years
Maple Grove’s Bryce Tiber recovered a fumble by St. Michael-Albertville’s David Collins on Thursday night. The Knights also threw three intercepti

ST. MICHAEL-ALBERTVILLE 27, MAPLE GROVE 6 | Pick-six sends STMA on its way

The Knights pulled away from there in the fourth quarter.