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Jim Paulsen

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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.
Olivia Tjernagel served the ball during the first day of volleyball practice Monday at Mayer Lutheran High School. Photo: Jerry Holt • Jerry.holt@st

First day of Mayer Lutheran volleyball practice is 'like Christmas morning'

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.
Eagan leaders, from left, Charles Otu, Zach Wollack, coach Nick Johnson and Zack Merwin are bought in on turning around a program that has won only on

Vikings' presence, enthused new coach inject more buzz in win-starved Eagan football

Monday is the first day of high school football practice, and ties to the Vikings make it fresh for Eagan.
St. Paul Saints pitcher Todd Van Steensel talked to his girlfriend Natalie Misk before the start if the American Association All-Star Game.

Shoemaker draws early ovation at CHS Field as North All Stars win

Hometown fans go home happy as Saints players shine in American Association All-Star game at CHS Field in St. Paul.
St. Paul Saints pitcher Todd Van Steensel still has the ball control skills he learned playing soccer in his native Australia, before he committed to

Ex-Twins minor-leaguer brings career of quirks to All-Star Game

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 practiced with his D1 Minnesota Basketball AAU team last week in Eden Prairie.

East Ridge basketball star Brown leaving for Kansas prep school

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
East Ridge pitcher Ryan Thelen threw a six-hitter to beat New Prague 7-2 at Target Field. He struck out five and walked one.

East Ridge wins Class 4A baseball title

After being held hitless for 4⅓ innings, the Raptors got five runs in the fifth.
Maddux Baggs, left, Peter Hansen and Ben Pedersen celebrated Duluth Marshall’s 4-2 win over Minnehaha Academy in the Class 2A title game at Target F

Duluth Marshall rallies to win Class 2A baseball title

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…
New Prague players celebrated in front of their fans at CHS Field last Friday after defeating Blaine in the Class 4A semifinals. Photo: NICOLE NERI �

Father knows best and the whole town of New Prague is cheering

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.
Payton Bloedow, right, is one of Prior Lake’s scoring threats.

Girls' lacrosse championship preview: Prior Lake matches up well with experienced Eden Prairie

The top two seeds meet for the championship Saturday in Chanhassen.
Prior Lake High School’s Josie Kropp, right, took a shot as Breck’s Alex Kozikowski defended. Kropp scored six times.

Prior Lake to meet Eden Prairie for girls' lacrosse state title

Her Lakers will play Eden Prairie for the state title.
Blaine senior Jack Haring is the ace the Bengals' pitching staff, which has shut out seven opponents and given up just four runs since a May 13 defeat

Baseball state tournament begins Thursday, ends next Thursday

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…
Olivia Mattis of Lakeville North celebrated her second-half goal Tuesday. She had five total.

Lakeville North edges Stillwater in rematch in girls' lacrosse quarterfinals

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…
Anika Guggisberg scored Northfield’s fourth run in the first inning. Mankato West catcher Bri Stoltzman tried to make the tag.

Northfield takes 7-0 lead en route to win over Mankato West for state title

The Raiders took a 7-0 lead in the second inning against the top seed.
Her Maple Grove teammates cheered for pitcher Ava Dueck (26) as she neared home plate after hitting a home run against Stillwater in the first inning.

Maple Grove edges Stillwater for Class 4A softball title

Crimson pitcher Ava Dueck got out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh.
Cloquet’s Kiana Bender was safe under the tag of Mankato West’s Kenzie Grunst on Thursday.

A better state experience for Northfield pitcher

Brynn Hostettler recorded two 14-strikeout games.
Dorothy Dueck of Maple Grove scored an insurance run in the sixth inning against East Ridge on Thursday in the Class 4A semifinal game.

Maple Grove and Stillwater advance to Class 4A softball final

NORTH MANKATO, Minn. – According to Maple Grove softball coach Jim Koltes, what the Crimson did Thursday — defeat Edina 2-0 in the quarterfinals…
Mounds View senior Petro Alex hoisted the championship trophy for the second time in his prep career — the Mustangs also won in 2015 when he was an

Mounds View wins second boys' tennis team title in five years

Wednesday's victory was secured in a matter-of-fact manner, missing that surge of emotion that often accompanies a championship.
Concordia Academy’s Taylor Brunn, batting at practice Monday afternoon, set a state career record for hits this season. Photo: JEFF WHEELER • jeff

Talented Concordia Academy softball enjoying special season to the end

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.
Mounds View’s Petro Alex beat Lakeville South’s Adam Harvey 6-2, 6-3 in the Class 2A team quarterfinals Tuesday.

Trio of Alex brothers leads Mounds View into boys' tennis semifinals

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’s Gavin Young has a strong tennis pedigree. His dad is the University of Minnesota coach and his mom played for the Gophers.

Eastview tennis star Gavin Young stays team-minded as he manages high expectations

Eastview star Gavin Young embracing role of a leader.
Ava Dueck, in the circle and at the plate, has helped lead Maple Grove to its fourth state tournament appearance in six seasons and eighth overall.

2019 player of the year Ava Dueck, Maple GroveLove at first contact

One 'pathetic' hit after so many early failures helped ignite passion for game of softball
Sophie Culhane of Maple Grove tried to get her teammates fired up after hitting a double in the fourth inning on Thursday against Champlin Park. ] CAR

Maple Grove softball advances to Class 4A state tournament

Jade Tomashek's two clutch hits send Crimson to state tournament.
A boys’ basketball state tournament game between Hopkins and Shakopee on March 13, 2014, went to four overtimes, sparking calls for a shot clock. Mu

Minnesota basketball coaches ready to seed 4A tournaments, add shot clocks

Proposals are for shot clock, Class 4A section seedings.
The coaches associations in cross-country, soccer, tennis, volleyball and track and field want to add classes for Minnesota State High School League s

More classes for state tournaments? Coaches want them in five sports

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.
Minneapolis Edison tennis player Logan Couillard returned a shot while he played in a match against Minneapolis South on May 6 in Minneapolis. Photo:

Minneapolis Edison tennis star's forehand, confidence rooted in having fun

Urban tennis ace Logan Couillard is winning despite questioning his best shot
Andover’s Derek Owens blocked St. Paul Harding’s Newjai Chang during the boys’ volleyball state tournament championship.

Boys' volleyball crowns a first state champion — Andover

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.
Rosemount's Lauren Peterson, far right, led the pack of runners early on her way to winning the girls' 3200-meter run with a time of 10 minutes, 54.82

Hopkins boys, Rosemount girls win True Team track and field state titles

Versatile Joe Fahnbulleh led the Royals boys.
Saints second baseman Josh Allen took batting practice Monday. The team’s season opener is Thursday.

After taste of majors, Saints' alligator hunter wouldn't think of quitting

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.
Saints ushers Tom Mattson left, and John Wenzel looked over an interactive display at the the City of Baseball Museum at CHS Field

St. Paul Saints add free baseball museum to their lineup

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.
Josh Allen took batting practice during Saturday's St. Paul Saints workout at CHS Field.

'It's about winning': Saints seek elusive American Association title

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.
Rosemount's Max Otterdahl set a meet record in the discuss throw with a distance of 181 feet, 2 inches.

Prep athletes of the week: Rosemount thrower sets sights on brothers' records

Big throws run in Max Otterdahl's family.
Stillwater senior Will Frisch pitched on Friday.

In the shank of the spring prep sports season, much is not settled

Essentials to know about what's going on so far.
Hopkins sprinter Joe Fahnbulleh is one of the top athletes expected to compete in Friday's 14th annual Hamline Elite Meet.

Hamline Elite Meet early measuring stick for best in prep track

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.
Minnehaha Academy's Chet Holmgren (34) slam dunked the ball above Minneapolis North Darius Hanson (44).in the Class 2A title game.

Seven-foot Minnehaha sophomore Holmgren has breakout tourney

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."
Hopkins forward Zeke Nnaji (22) held a central position as he and teammates savored a 55-40 victory over Lakeville North and a Class 4A title. Nnaji h

Hopkins tops Lakeville North for Class 4A title

Victory over Lakeville North secures Hopkins' 10th state championship
Minnehaha Academy’s Jalen Suggs passed to a teammate because he was double-teamed.

Minnehaha Academy wins third Class 2A title in a row

Two younger teammates helped Jalen Suggs carry the Redhawks.