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The Cardinals will play in their second Prep Bowl.
Mahnomen/Waubun left mark on offense, defense.
Panthers backfield mates team for nearly 400 yards against rival in semis.
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…
Waseca had no answer for containing elusive SMB quarterback Jalen Suggs.
The Cougars overcame a 1-5 start by getting the hang of an old-style offense that has knocked off three higher-seeded opponents. Next up is crosstown rival Lakeville North, the No. 1-ranked team in the state.
The Rebels defeated Eagan in five sets in a rematch of the 2016 final.
Minneota is the predictable champion, Medford the awestruck overachiever.
Lakeville North rolled over St. Michael-Albertville, stating its case as best of the big class.
The 2018 finalists met for the title in 2016, too.
Rugged running by Felipe Izumi helped the Eagles hold off Minnetonka.
Ponies edge Shakopee in five sets; Lakeville South, Champlin Park and Eagan also win
Players for unseeded Medford stepped onto the court Thursday at Xcel Energy Center as volleyball state tournament rookies.The Tigers left with a 3-2 upset of…
How the Cougars fare on the next point, not the last one, guides an approach honed with heated practices.
The Lakeville North attacker is always looking to improve.
Kicker Cade Keesling did the rest with three field goals.
Our reporters look at five Friday night games.
After an early-season stumble, a bonded Royals team has won seven consecutive games despite losing their starting quarterback to injury.
The Ponies edged St. Paul Central; the Greyhounds shut out Minnetonka.
Midway through the third quarter Saturday, Spring Lake Park trailed Irondale 10-6 and had just fumbled the ball. Things were leaning Irondale's way.Two plays from…
Wolfpack rallies with two TDs in the fourth quarter.
Prior Lake scored twice in the final minute before halftime and kept rolling.
Edina's Nicole Copeland successfully defended her Class 2A championship with a victory over teammate and close friend Andrea Jansson.
Andrea Jansson, who hadn't played team tennis before coming to America last year, helped Edina win its 21st title in 22 years.
The Bears won by defeating Rochester Lourdes in the semifinals and Litchfield in the final by identical 7-0 scores.
Seven weeks into the school year and we're already into the process of determining champions. Two of the seven fall sports, girls' tennis and soccer, will start state tournament play this week.
At the start of the season, perhaps the least popular person on the Mounds View girls' tennis team was senior captain Taylor Trondson.Entering her sixth…
Football teams advancing in the playoffs can play as many as four games in 15 days.
Maddie (2A) and Bella (1A) will play state doubles miles apart.
Edina repeatedly drove into Eagles territory but came up empty each time.
Four teams — Lakeville North, Blaine, Eden Prairie and Edina — have separated themselves from the rest of Class 6A.
Several volleyball standouts, including Kennedi Orr of Eagan, are following the lead of talented older siblings.
As much as we love offense, it's apparent that defense is just as big a story line in the 2018 season.
Early turnovers, running game help No. 6 Hornets to 21-0 first-quarter lead
Aided by specialized training, kickers are boosting their college prospects by making clutch field goals and hitting booming punts that also have elevated their value to coaches.
From 4A to 2A, the metro area offers high achievers.
Blaine was unflappable even after Rebels' first TD.
The sport helped Lakers player Ramzi Ouro-Akondo make the adjustment from being separated from family in Togo until he rejoined them and began his new life in Minnesota.
Undefeated Lakeville North is the most complete team in Class 6A and likely the state while Eden Prairie looks vulnerable, at least by its own standards, and the biggest surprise might be Blaine.
No. 2 Blaine parlayed early turnovers into a 21-0 first-quarter lead in an easy win
Hudson Haecker, whose defense keeps shots on goal to a minimum, recorded two shutouts last week to run his stingy streak to five consecutive games without allowing a goal.
And then there were two.Friday night was a wild night of football, one that included a state record set for total points in a game…
Friday night's likely state record had fans, players flabbergasted.
Elk River prevails in 150-point slugfest with Buffalo, a likely state record
Under the tutelage of his father/coach/best friend, Aidan Bouman stars at Buffalo
Matt McCollister just wanted to do a little something, perhaps conduct a basketball clinic or two in Africa. What happened was beyond anything he could have imagined.
In preparing for Eden Prairie, a team that had defeated Lakeville North eight straight times before Friday, coach Brian Vossen on Tuesday instructed his staff to stop watching film and trust their instincts.
Lakeville North gets first victory over Eden Prairie in school's 13-year history
After winning a national title in July, Northern Lights players scattered to different high schools
Hornets resume familiar role as the team to beat in Class 2A.
The victory was the first for the Bears since Oct. 9, 2015. And it came in their first game since coach Ryan Bartlett began his battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which he discovered last winter but is now in remission.
White Bear Lake coach Ryan Bartlett could scarcely speak to his team after the Bears pulled off a last-minute, come-from-way-behind 28-27 victory over Centennial…
High-flying Buffalo grinds out a critical drive late to help hold back Brainerd
For all the talent Eden Prairie has fielded over the years, Cole Kramer is the first Eagles quarterback to receive a scholarship from the Gophers.
Nick Keenan was one of the last coaches out to the practice field Monday morning. The new Champlin Park head football coach was taking care…
Barely six months ago, 34-year-old Ryan Bartlett wasn't sure he'd see the start of his seventh season as the Bears' head coach.
After two plays for the ages, what's next for those who helped pull them off?
Ten of the most notable high school sports moments from the recently completed school year, pulled from the ever-aging brain of staff writer Jim Paulsen.
The Ponies won it all on Drew Gilbert's three-hitter.
The Irish scored seven runs in two innings to erase a 3-1 deficit.
Skippers, Ponies rally for sometimes-messy wins.
Ponies win their 18th straight game with a walkoff single.
The Blaine pitching staff has tossed eight shutouts in a 14-game winning streak, which is why the Bengals are a confident bunch.
Remarkable individual and team play combined to give the Panthers victory.
Eschewing the softball tradition of riding one strong pitcher, the Sabers went with a three-armed, situation-based rotation.
After years of dominating Class 1A, Blake moved up and nabbed the 2A title
Erik Williams delivered a vital point at No. 4 singles in the quarterfinals victory.
Parker Law has been ranked No. 1 in Class 1A all season after two would-be competitors from Blake moved up to 2A.
Gifted Gophers-bound Buffalo slugger blends power, precision and persistence
No longer just places to house their school's teams, they are being seen as revenue generators, available to local youth organizations, club sports teams and just about any organization willing to pay the rental fees.
With every high school sport now in midst of determining state tournament appearances, the events of the upcoming week carry added weight.
Nathaniel Peterson recorded all but one out via strikeout against Apple Valley.
Despite the upcoming milestone, What eats at George Tsamis is that his managerial career arc has been front-loaded with success.
When Lincoln Johnson stays relaxed on the course, low scores follow.
Boys' tennis kicks off section play with team competition and badminton begins its four-day state tournament this week.
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