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The Sabers' Tommy Johnson edged unbeaten foe Josh Piechowski at 220 to clinch win — and a perfect 41-0 season
Levi Line clinched the title for the Wolves win a pin at 220 pounds.
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…
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…
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…
The Spartans needed everything to go right to win their section final.
Perham junior Jada Olsen won the all-around title.
It came in Class 2A and in her final competition.
Stressing togetherness, the Hornets lived up to their No. 1 ranking.
Overcoming an early vault stumble, Lakeville North lived up to the No. 1 ranking.
Becca Green of Annandale and Livia Dombeck of St. Michael-Albertville are among the all-around favorites at the gymnastics state meet.
John Henry scored 29 points with seven three-pointers for Eden Prairie.
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's Adalia McKenzie, unrivaled as a scorer, is driven to become an even better person.
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.
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.
Ron Stolski coached football for 58 years, Jeff Ferguson for 42. Both had a lot of success.
Top seeds in basketball, hockey also to be set in coming weeks.
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.
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.
An announced 17,378 saw the home-state Redhawks beat visiting Bronny James, Zaire Wade and their fellow future NBA-talent teammates.
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.
Three stories with Gophers ties: A scholarship player, a preferred walk-on and late offer to a player still considering his options.
Knee injury sidelines Champlin Park star Neu, makes return unlikely
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.
Minnehaha Academy is stocked deep with talent well beyond Jalen Suggs and two other top national recruits.
The Wolverines overcame a 14-0 hole vs. Hancock.
Hawks scored go-ahead TD with 42 seconds left.
Vasser's Prep Bowl-record 49 carries, 285 yards deliver Trojans' 6A crown
The Warriors displayed their speed and strength in shutting out North.
Gabe Hagen caught two TD passes for the Awesome Blossoms.
Champlin Park rebuilt its roster and self-confidence, a combination that has led to Friday night's Prep Bowl matchup with Wayzata.
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.
Cadets rolled up 499 yards of offense to reach the Class 5A championship.
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 creates runaway when offense starts to click.
Lakeville North makes run at Rebels after poor first half.
Minneapolis North scores 30 in final two quarters.
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.…
Dig after dig wears away at second-seeded W-E-M.
The Trojans beat previously unbeaten Eagan in five sets.
The Wayzata D was dented, but it also did damage with a touchdown before halftime.
North St. Paul, St. Louis Park and Elk River are all in the volleyball state tournament for the first time.
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
The Elks edged St. Michael-Albertville to win their fourth section title in a row.
The small, smart Red Knights face their toughest team next.
Pick-six, big stop on fourth down propel Elk River in playoffs.
Cougars scored on first four drives vs. Ponies.
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.
The Hornets on Wednesday won their 23rd state title under Steve Paulsen.
Led by senior Arlina Shen, the Bears won their fifth state title in a row.
Sarah Shahbaz won at No. 1 singles to help Skippers advance.
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, Lakeville South and Totino-Grace are the other No. 1 seeds.
Rogers wins seesaw scoring battle; Elk River finishes game 1 yard short
Miller's late score gives No. 5, 6A Champlin Park just enough to foil Eagles in a defensive duel
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…
Jake Breitbach tore his left ACL in March but played in Armstrong's football opener
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.
Three top teams in Class 6A lost for the first time: Eden Prairie, Mounds View and Cretin-Derham Hall.
The Tigers held high-scoring St. Anthony to seven points — 39 under its average.
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 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.
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 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.