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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.
Minnehaha guard Jalen Suggs (1) reacted after blocking a Lake City shot in the first half.

Minneapolis North defeats Perham in Class 2A semifinals

Title game-bound Polars run off 18 points after falling behind 2-0.
Minnehaha Academy guard Jalen Suggs showed satisfaction with a blocked shot in the first half against Lake City.

Minnehaha Academy tops Lake City in Class 2A semifinals

The Redhawks will play in their third consecutive final.

Hopkins' Nnaji shines in win over East Ridge

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…
Park Center’s Detavius Frierson (23) consoled teammate Emmanuel Tamba (20) after the Pirates’ two-point loss.

Lakeville North to play for 4A title

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…
East Ridge coach Bryce Tesdahl in the Raptors Section 4, 4A championship game victory over Cretin-Derham Hall. March 14, 2019. Photo by Jeff Lawler, S

East Ridge talent, Tesdahl take first tournament trip with winning mindset

The Raptors, seeded third in Class 4A, open against Eastview on Wednesday.
Hopkins senior Zeke Nnaji concentrated on working on his skills in the offseason and it paid off as he averaged 24.1 points and 9.4 rebounds a game.

Hopkins' Zeke Nnaji is the Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year

Royals big man got serious about sharpening his skill set.
Hopkins celebrated its 74-45 victory over Stillwater in the 4A championship game, the Royals' seventh state title since 2004 and first undefeated seas

Hopkins wins Class 4A title over Stillwater

Hopkins beats Stillwater for 4A title after finishing second three years in a row
Minnehaha Academy’s Taytum Rhoades collided with Caledonia guard Katie Tornstrom as she drove to the basket. Rhoades scored 16 of her 29 points in t

Minnehaha Academy rallies to beat Caledonia

The Redhawks rallied after their top scorer fouled out.
Eden Prarie’s Ariel Bland went up for a shot against Prior Lake.

Drake Dobbs leads Eden Prairie to section title in boys' basketball

Guard Drake Dobbs led Eden Prairie to a victory.
Amaya Battle (5) of Hopkins was fouled by Sarah Lavell of Centennial in the first half.

Hopkins routs Centennial to return to title game for fifth straight year

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…
Eastview’s Cassidy Carson was defended by the Scalia sisters of Stillwater, Amber, on the right, and Sara, as Ponies coach Willie Taylor watched.

Stillwater rallied to beat defending champion Eastview

The Gophers recruit scored 20 second-half points vs. defending champ
Sophomore Frankie Vascellaro is averaging 19.7 points in a breakout season for Holy Angels.

Vascellaro-led Holy Angels overcomes losses, injuries with run-and-fun

Despite four key player losses, Stars are back in state tournament.
Minneapolis Edison basketball coach Ahmil Jihad led his team to a 15-10 season — its first winning record in decades.

Minneapolis Edison basketball team has reason for hope, pride

New coach, blended team are transforming program.
Hopkins’ Paige Bueckers has a high profile with recruiters but no state championships — a void the junior guard hopes to fill next weekend.

Hopkins, DeLaSalle, Roseau and Minneota are top seeds for girls' basketball state tourney

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…
Shakopee senior guard Jaley Coplin made a layup for two points early in the first half. She also hit a big three-pointer with 2:11 left to play.

Shakopee edged Eden Prairie in girls' basketball

The Sabers knocked off section's top seed in final.
Hopkins’ Dlayla Chakolis drove past Wayzata’s Jenna Johnson for two of her 26 points, helping the Royals to the Class 4A, Section 6 title.

Class 4A, Section 6 girls' basketball final: Hopkins puts pressure on Wayzata

The Royals' swarming defense leads to a fifth consecutive trip to the state tourney.
Eastview guard Emma Carpenter put up a shot against Rosemount in the Class 4A, Section 3 final. Later, she made the winning layup as the Lightning won

Defending Class 4A state champion Eastview edges Rosemount in girls' basketball

Eastview edged Rosemount on a layup with 25.6 seconds left.
Sebas Swiggum of Apple Valley (left)

Opportunity seized as Apple Valley's Sebas Swiggum claims 138-pound wrestling crown

Sebas Swiggum saw an opening and used it to claim a crown.
An emotional Jake Svihel celebrated his first individual state title after finishing as the runner-up three times.

Totino-Grace wrestler Jake Svihel finally wins state title as a senior

Jake Svihel, a 126-pound Totino-Grace senior, was a three-time state runner up before Saturday afternoon.
Reid Ballantyne, of Stillwater, wrestled Apple Valley's Martin Stewart in a Class 3A quarterfinal match Friday.

For a few seconds, pain takes a back seat for Stillwater's Reid Ballantyne

Injured Stillwater star will neither sit out nor settle.
Reid Ballantyne of Stillwater, right, stayed in the running for a repeat at 126 pounds with a victory over Apple Valley’s Martin Stewart in a Class

Hastings wrestler Wilson satisfied despite short run at state

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.
Totino-Grace senior Jake Svihel defeated Brandt Bombard of North Branch in a quarterfinal as he pursues his first state title.

Totino-Grace senior Svihel aims for one position higher at wrestling state tournament

Jake Svihel moved up to 126 pounds this year, and so did the wrestler who defeated him last season, Byron's Mitchel Petersen.
Shakopee’s wrestling team celebrated after defeating Stillwater 35-22 to win the State Class 3A team wrestling championship on Thursday night at Xce

Redemption: Shakopee defeats Stillwater to win Class 3A wrestling title

The Sabers overcame high expectations and bad memories to stop Stillwater, and claim the Class 3A team crown
The stage was set Thursday for the team competition at Xcel Energy Center. LPGE-Grey Eagle won in Class 1A.

Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville wins Class 1A wrestling title

LPGE/Browerville won the first boys' team championship in school history, defeating Kenyon-Wanamingo 35-27 on Thursday.
Shakopee’s Ben Lunn wrestled against St. Michael Albertville’s Brandon Psyk in the Class 3A individual quarterfinals in 2018. Both are competing f

Close-but-not-quite Shakopee looks ready to win it all in Class 3A wrestling

After two years of shortcomings, Shakopee poised to win state title.
Perham’s Daniel Kerkvliet is Class 2A’s defending heavyweight champion and he boasts a perfect 17-0 record this season.

Will top seed Perham change the guard atop 2A wrestling?

No. 1-seeded Yellowjackets have already beaten top foe Simley.

Class 1A wrestling: Co-op programs dominate top seeds

Low turnout at smaller schools has forced more teams to join forces.
Apple Valley wrestler Sebas Swiggum maintains a 4.0 GPA and plans to attend the University of Minnesota after high school.

Apple Valley's Sebas Swiggum unbreakable off the mat, too

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.
Bella Frattalone of Mahtomedi after winning the Class 1A all-around championship Saturday at the gymnastics state meet at Maturi Pavilion at the Unive

Mahtomedi's Bella Frattalone wins 1A gymnastics title, and regains something special

Mahtomedi coach Debbie Driscoll, a veteran of many a stressful moment in her 42 years coaching the Zephyrs, squatted next to the uneven bars as…
Neu scored her perfect 10 on a Yurchenko layout, which involves a roundoff cartwheel onto a springboard and then a flip off the vaulting table, her bo

Champlin Park's Chaney Neu scores first perfect 10 in state meet history

Chaney Neu's masterpiece came in the vault, where she was flawless while executing a Yurchenko layout.
Lakeville North gymnasts told themselves to wait for it, wait for it … before erupting in joy when they were announced as the Class 2A champions Fri

Lakeville North captures Class 2A gymnastics championship

Lakeville North takes gymnastics title as depth on vault pushes it past Stillwater
Detroit Lakes gymnastics team members celebrate after winning the Class 1A team title Friday at Maturi Pavilion at the University of Minnesota. Photo:

Detroit Lakes breaks own state record in winning fifth consecutive gymnastics title

Detroit Lakes' 152.2 topped Class 1A scoring mark it set two years ago.
Ida Bjoerklund, a foreign exchange student from Norway, competes for Stillwate, the defending Class 2A state champion. Here, she is competing on the b

Norwegian talent bolsters defending gymnastics state champ Stillwater

Ida Bjoerklund, studying in Stillwater, brings elite experience to her team.
Edina's Annie Kuehl flew through the air after shooting against Blake goalie Molly Haag during the second period of their Class 2A, Section 6 girls' h

Girls' hockey: Edina wants third straight title; Warroad seeks revenge

The girls' state hockey tournament moves into the X this week while boys' section play gets going, with metro fans keeping a sharp eye on Sections 2AA and 6AA.
Peter Moore of St. Paul Academy raced to the finish line in the boys’ classic 5K race Thursday in the Nordic skiing state meet at Giants Ridge Ski R

Snow, driving wind just fine for Nordic ski champ Peter Moore's comeback

St. Paul Academy's Peter Moore and Wayzata's Mara McCollor won pursuit titles.
Peyton Servais of Lakeville North made her way down the Innsbruck course Wednesday at Giants Ridge in Biwabik en route to the girls' individual Alpine

Lakeville North sophomore surprises herself with Alpine skiing title

Lakeville North's Peyton Servais and Mounds View's Kaarl Damberg won Alpine skiing state titles
Girls competed in the 5k classic race at Giants Ridge in Biwabik, Minn., during last February's cross-country state meet. The Alpine state meet is Wed

First of 2019 Minnesota prep state champs to be crowned this week

The Alpine and Nordic ski racing meets are Wednesday and Thursday in Biwabik.
Hopkins standout Paige Bueckers not only led her team to a 69-66 win over Wayzata on Friday night, but also surpassed the 2,000 career points mark as

Hopkins-Wayzata was a thrilling twin bill in high school hoops

What took place Friday at Hopkins' Lindbergh Center was a regular-season showcase of girls' and boys' basketball, where an estimated 4,000 fans turned out to see games that meant something.
Hopkins’ Paige Bueckers went up for a shot on Friday night on her way to scoring 43 points, reaching 2,000 for her career.

Hopkins' Paige Bueckers reaches 2,000 with flair

She scored 43 points as Hopkins edged Wayzata.
Zeke Nnaji made certain of a basket in the first half.
(22) dunks during the first half against Wayzata Friday, Feb. 1, 2109, at Hopkins High in Minne

Zeke Nnaji lifts Hopkins over Wayzata with 39 points

Free-throw shooting also helps against Wayzata.
Maple Grove's Evan Hull (26) ran for yardage in a Class 6A second-round game against Lakeville North on Nov. 2. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine

Metro area's leading rusher Hull commits to Northwestern

Evan Hull led the metro area in rushing last season with 1,915 yards and 19 touchdowns, and became Maple Grove's career rushing leader
Hopkins brother-sister combo of wrestler R.J, Chakolis and girls' basketball player Dlayla Chakolis. Photo by Jim Paulsen. Star Tribune

Power moves started early for Hopkins sister-brother duo

Dlayla and R.J. Chakolis, who honed their talents by physically competing against each other as youngsters, are leaders for the Royals' girls' basketball and wrestling teams.
Fans (and players) braved subzero cold to watch Minnetonka and Andover play outside on Lake Bemidji during the 13th annual Hockey Day Minnesota on Jan

Big freeze looms over high school sports this week

Go ahead and make plans to attend a sporting event in the next few days. Just be aware that those plans might change because of the snow and cold.
Wayzata standout forward Kallie Theisen last season.

Three prep basketball tournaments honor King's birthday

After a day full of basketball on the holiday, there are some enticing girls' basketball matchups Tuesday night.
Centennial (in red) battled against Moorhead in a 2018 Hockey Day Minnesota game last January at an outdoor rink built on St. Cloud's Lake George.

Hockey Day Minnesota festivities to revolve around Lake Bemidji rink

The 13th annual Hockey Day Minnesota is a celebration of our state's hockey madness that is as much a promotional tool for Fox Sports North as it is a puck party.
Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Ronnie Henderson joked with his fellow officials and coaches before refereeing a game between M

Share-the-wealth guard Ronnie Henderson rewarded with Hall of Fame selection

Share-the-wealth guard Ronnie Henderson headed to High School Basketball Hall of Fame
Peyton Jernberg and Detroit Lakes, the state's top-scoring team, will be competing in Saturday's Lakeville North Invitational gymnastics meet.

Winter prep season gets hot as calendar turns to 2019

More than a month and a half of high school competition is left to enjoy before we reach the postseason.
Forest Lake goalie Ally Goehner made a save in the Rangers' 1-0 victory over Andover on Thursday.

Prep athletes of the week: Forest Lake goalie Ally Goehner leads her pumped teammates to big win

Ally Goehner had back-to-back shutouts, including a 1-0 victory over Andover.
With his father, Vince, seated next to him, wide receiver Treyton Welch of Buffalo High School signed a national letter of intent to play football for

Goal-driven Treyton Welch reaches another by taking pass-catching talents to Wyoming

Buffalo coach and ex-NFLer Todd Bouman called the 6-4 receiver 'the most naturally gifted player' he's coached.
Buffalo wide receiver Treyton Welch (4) made a one-handed catch for a touchdown against Elk River earlier this year, Photo: AARON LAVINSKY • aaron.l

College search lingers for two metro football stars

Evan Hull of Maple Grove and Treyton Welch of Buffalo are two of the best skill position players in Minnesota. Neither has committed to a college yet.
Simley’s Daniel Greg Kerkvliet, considered one of the nation’s top wrestlers in the Class of 2019, is expected to be out until January as he recov

Injury, international disappointment weigh on Daniel Greg Kerkvliet, Minnesota's top prep wrestler

International disappointment, injury weigh on state's top prep wrestler
Paige Bueckers works her way past two Eastview defenders on Saturday. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

Hopkins girls' basketball dominates in rematch with Eastview

If Hopkins expressed any nerves about playing the team that beat it in the finals, it didn't show it.
Running back and Gophers recruit Jason Williamson hoisted the Class 5A state championship trophy after leading Owatonna with 184 yards rushing on 23 c

Gophers recruit Jason Williamson leads Owatonna to its second consecutive Class 5A state title

On the back of its star tailback, Owatonna survives St. Thomas for its second straight title
Mahnomen/Waubun’s Parker Syverson reached the end zone in the fourth quarter for the game-winning two-point conversion. Syverson finished with 190 o

Mahnomen/Waubun wins Class 1A football title in debut season of co-op

Mahnomen/Waubun's debut season ends in title.
Lakeville North celebrated with the 6A championship trophy after defeating Eden Prairie 28-21 Friday night. It was the first state title for the Panth

Class 6A: Lakeville North topples champion Eden Prairie to complete perfect season

Lakeville North topples defending champion Eden Prairie to wrap up 13-0 season
Caledonia quarterback Noah King held off Barnesville defender Hunter Zenzen in Friday’s Class 2A title game. Caledonia turned to its strong defense

2A: Caledonia shuts out Barnesville 21-0 for 4th consecutive title

Warriors take fourth consecutive state crown.
Lakeville North features a punishing running game, but do-everything wide receiver RaJa Nelson (7) will give the Panthers a vertical threat in the Cla

How to pick Lakeville North vs. Eden Prairie? We asked coaches who faced them

Three coaches who lost to both Eden Prairie and Lakeville North supply insights, as do our staff analysts.
Barnesville coach Bryan Strand embraces juniot tight end/defensive end Hunter Zenzen after Barnesville defeaed Hawley 34-23 in the Section 8, 2A champ

On eve of Prep Bowl, Barnesville and its stroke-felled coach are winning at life

Barnesville's coach suffered a stroke in March but has rejoined team
Fairmont wide receiver Dustin Schultz (17) caught a pass for a touchdown in the second quarter against Perham.

Fairmont beats Perham in Class 3A football semifinals

The Cardinals will play in their second Prep Bowl.
Mahnomen/Waubun’s Parker Syverson barreled his way into the end zone in the first half.

Mahnomen/Waubun football overpowers Springfield on both sides of the ball

Mahnomen/Waubun left mark on offense, defense.
Lakeville North wide receiver Raja Nelson celebrated after scoring a Panthers touchdown in the first half of Friday night’s playoff game at U.S. Ban

Lakeville North advances to 6A Prep Bowl with 35-13 win over Lakeville South

Panthers backfield mates team for nearly 400 yards against rival in semis.
Elk River running back Kevin Egbujor was tackled by Owatonna defensive lineman Nick Staska in the first half.

Owatonna stops Elk River's vaunted running attack

He sports a bandana tied across his forehead. Eye black covers the parts of his face not taken up by a beard he's been growing…
SMB’s Craig McDonald lunged for extra yardage after making a first-down catch, with Waseca defensive back Malik Willingham hanging on during SMB’s

Class 4A football semifinal: When in doubt, SMB quarterback Jalen Suggs sorts it out

Waseca had no answer for containing elusive SMB quarterback Jalen Suggs.
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