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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.
Lakeville South's Tavian Laden (6) caught a 23-yard pass or the Cougars' only touchdown in their season-opening loss to Edina on Aug. 30. The offense

Lakeville South turnaround sets up intra-city battle for Prep Bowl spot

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.
Champlin Park players celebrated after defeating Eagan in five sets in the championship game of the Class 3A volleyball state tournament.

Champlin Park edged Eagan for Class 3A volleyball title

The Rebels defeated Eagan in five sets in a rematch of the 2016 final.
Minneota players formed a heap of celebration after their victory in the Class 1A final.

Minneota wins Class 1A volleyball title over Medford

Minneota is the predictable champion, Medford the awestruck overachiever.
Lakeville North defensive lineman Will Mostaert ran out of the pile with the ball after making an interception in the first half of a victory over St.

Lakeville North dominates St. Michael-Albertville

Lakeville North rolled over St. Michael-Albertville, stating its case as best of the big class.
Christine Jurgens of Eagan tipped the ball against Stillwater. Her Wildcats won a Class 3A semifinal match 3-1 on Friday.

Champlin Park, Eagan to meet in Class 3A title match for second time in three years

The 2018 finalists met for the title in 2016, too.
Blaine students entertained themselves by singing and chanting during Thursday’s power outage.

Class 6A football quarterfinals: Eden Prairie's skills are best served cold in edging Minnetonka

Rugged running by Felipe Izumi helped the Eagles hold off Minnetonka.
Stillwater’s Reece Koehler spiked the ball over Shakopee defenders in a Class 3A volleyball quarterfinal at Xcel Center on Thursday.

Stillwater, Lakeville South, Champlin Park and Eagan win in Class 3A volleyball

Ponies edge Shakopee in five sets; Lakeville South, Champlin Park and Eagan also win
Medford players, from left, Emma Kniefel, Journey Anderst and Kiley Nihart , celebrated a point against Mayer Lutheran.

Medford upsets two-time defending Class 1A champion Mayer Lutheran in volleyball

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…
Lakeville South libero Alena Moldan fields a serve during the Class 3A, Section 1 championship game against Lakeville North. “A goldfish has a memor

Lakeville South brings uber-competitive 'goldfish' into volleyball state tourney

How the Cougars fare on the next point, not the last one, guides an approach honed with heated practices.
The All-Metro team, from left, Izzy Ashburn (Champlin Park), Kennedi Orr and Ellie Husemann (Eagan), Rachel Kilkelly (Shakopee), Marissa Hinkle (Rosem

Metro Volleyball Player of the Year: Elizabeth Juhnke

The Lakeville North attacker is always looking to improve.
Woodbury’s Cade Keesling (87) hit the game-winning field goal with about eight minutes left to give the Royals a 16-14 victory over Wayzata in the C

Woodbury's defense, late field goal halts Wayzata in Class 6A quarterfinal

Kicker Cade Keesling did the rest with three field goals.
Minnetonka quarterback Aaron Syverson.

Friday's prep football staff picks

Our reporters look at five Friday night games.
Woodbury players prepare to take the field before their home game against Roseville on Sept. 7, 2018, the second game of the regular season. Photo by

Humbled Woodbury on a roll, buoyed by tight brotherhood

After an early-season stumble, a bonded Royals team has won seven consecutive games despite losing their starting quarterback to injury.
Stillwater’s Spencer Scott, left, celebrated what proved to be the game-winning goal against St. Paul Central with Logan Huber in a Class 2A boys’

Stillwater to play top-seeded Duluth East in Class 2A boys' soccer final

The Ponies edged St. Paul Central; the Greyhounds shut out Minnetonka.
Spring Lake Park quarterback Zack Dunbar evaded the tackle of Irondale’s Jakobe Bass. Dunbar scored twice in the second half.

Spring Lake Park cashes in on turnovers, beats Irondale in 5A playoffs

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…
SMB Wolfpack quarterback Jalen Suggs looked to pass the ball downfield while being chased by Orono offensive lineman David Wilfert in the first quarte

SMB takes the next step with victory over Orono

Wolfpack rallies with two TDs in the fourth quarter.
Prior Lake quarterback Colin O’Connor, who ran for two touchdowns, carried the ball as Buffalo linebacker Ty Zwack reached to try and make the tackl

Late flurry before halftime propels Prior Lake over Buffalo

Prior Lake scored twice in the final minute before halftime and kept rolling.
Nicole Copeland, right, of Edina High School hugs teammate Andrea Jansson after defeating her in two sets to win the Class 2A tennis individual champi

Lunch together, a tennis singles' title match, then back to being friends

Edina's Nicole Copeland successfully defended her Class 2A championship with a victory over teammate and close friend Andrea Jansson.
Edina players charged Nicole Copeland after her win over a Minnetonka player at No. 1 singles in the Class 2A team final. The Hornets beat the Skipper

Swede Andrea Jansson fits well with state girls' tennis champions Edina

Andrea Jansson, who hadn't played team tennis before coming to America last year, helped Edina win its 21st title in 22 years.

Blake cruises to fourth consecutive girls' tennis title

The Bears won by defeating Rochester Lourdes in the semifinals and Litchfield in the final by identical 7-0 scores.
Girls' tennis, boys' and girls' soccer kick off fall state tournament season

Girls' tennis, boys' and girls' soccer kick off fall state tournament season

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.
Mounds View's Taylor Trondson battled Eagan's Lauren Ferg in the girls' tennis state tournament team first round Tuesday at the University of Minnesot

Mounds View tennis captain conditions team for success

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…
With the high school football postseason beginning Tuesday, a growing number of Minnesota coaches such as Elk River's Steve Hamilton are voicing conce

Citing safety fears, Minnesota high school coaches lament crunch of football games

Football teams advancing in the playoffs can play as many as four games in 15 days.
Sisters Maddie Suk (left), a Hopkins senior, and Bella, a Blake freshman, will pursue titles at different sites.

Tennis state tourney double-take: Sisters seek titles for different teams in different classes

Maddie (2A) and Bella (1A) will play state doubles miles apart.
Eden Prairie’s Collin Penn reached the end zone with a dive in the second quarter of the Eagles’ 21-0 victory over Edina on Wednesday. Eden Prairi

Eden Prairie's defiant defense never buckles against Edina

Edina repeatedly drove into Eagles territory but came up empty each time.
Prior Lake receiver Spencer Marlier was upended by Lakeville North defensive back RaJa Nelson after catching a pass during the first half Friday at TC

Metro football Top 10: The picture gets a little clearer

Four teams — Lakeville North, Blaine, Eden Prairie and Edina — have separated themselves from the rest of Class 6A.
Eagan sophomore Kennedi Orr (2) is one of the state’s top volleyball players. Older sister Brie was a three-time All-Metro selection at Eagan before

Metro volleyball sees spike in kid sisters shining like siblings

Several volleyball standouts, including Kennedi Orr of Eagan, are following the lead of talented older siblings.
Edina defensive back Russell Spence celebrated his team's second fumble recovery of the game Friday night against Minnetonka.

Prep football metro Top 10: Defenses standing out

As much as we love offense, it's apparent that defense is just as big a story line in the 2018 season.
Edina running back Matt Cavanagh was brought down by Minnetonka’s senior defensive end Carter Hislop (42), but the senior scored on runs of 68 and 3

Edina jumps on No. 4 Minnetonka early

Early turnovers, running game help No. 6 Hornets to 21-0 first-quarter lead
St. Francis kicker Hunter Dustman practiced kicking field goals at practice Tuesday afternoon. Dustman' powerful leg and dedication to kicking have ma

High school kickers polish their game, and significance, to new heights

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.
Minneapolis North’s Omar Brown is among the athletes making the smaller-school classes in the metro area a place to find good football.

Smaller schools in Twins Cities metro showing football power

From 4A to 2A, the metro area offers high achievers.
Damari Porter extended the ball across the goal line for a touchdown that widened second-ranked Blaine’s lead over Champlin Park on Friday night.

Second-ranked Blaine beats Champlin Park 31-14

Blaine was unflappable even after Rebels' first TD.
For Lakers soccer player Ramzi Ouro-Akondo, the six years he spent in Togo without his immediate family are a distant memory. He joined them here in 2

Soccer helped Minneapolis Southwest player transition from Africa

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.
Blaine players, including linebacker Emmual Mensah, celebrated their 56-20 win over Cretin-Derham Hall

Metro Football Top 10: Observations at the halfway point.

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.
Cretin-Derham Hall’s Peter Udoibok was stripped of the ball near the goal line, and Blaine defensive back Jason Kaul (22) scooped it up for a touchb

Turning over a victory

No. 2 Blaine parlayed early turnovers into a 21-0 first-quarter lead in an easy win
Breck goalkeeper Hudson Haecker makes a leaping save.

Prep athletes of the week: Strong defense helps Breck goalie run shutout streak to five games

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.
Lakeville North linebacker Thomas Jensen and the Panthers have risen to No. 1 (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune)

Metro Top 10: A shake-up at the top

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…
Elk River running back Carter Otto

Elk River, Buffalo stay late to bask in glow of 21-touchdown game

Friday night's likely state record had fans, players flabbergasted.
Elk River running back Adam Nelson (31) ran the ball for a first down as Buffalo’s Parker Vajda collided with him in the first quarter. The Elks sco

A PILE OF PAY DIRT

Elk River prevails in 150-point slugfest with Buffalo, a likely state record
Buffalo coach Todd Bouman congratulates his son, Aidan Bouman, after a touchdown pass in the team's season-opener on Aug. 321. Photo: BRE McGEE, SPECI

Buffalo's chip off the quarterback block calls dad his coach, too

Under the tutelage of his father/coach/best friend, Aidan Bouman stars at Buffalo
Matt McCollister, left photo, conducted a clinic in Zanzibar, an island off the coast of Tanzania. A young Tanzanian held a makeshift basketball. The

Brooklyn Center to Tanzania: Clinic leads to national team coaching job

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.
Lakeville North head coach Brian Vossen

Metro football Top 10: Lakeville North coach Brian Vossen changes his approach

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 running back Brian Curtis Jr. (28) celebrated one of his two second-half touchdowns in the Panthers’ 14-0 victory over top-ranked Ed

The streak is over

Lakeville North gets first victory over Eden Prairie in school's 13-year history
Rosemount defensive specialist Mari Hinkle, who is headed for UCLA after graduating, goes all out to make a save in the Breakdown Side Out tournament

Club volleyball teammates scatter, raise caliber of Minnesota high school game

After winning a national title in July, Northern Lights players scattered to different high schools
Edina’s Nicole Copeland got a confidence boost with her Class 2A title, though it also comes with added expectations.

Girls' tennis season update: Edina's Copeland, teammates back in title pursuit

Hornets resume familiar role as the team to beat in Class 2A.
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

White Bear Lake football savors end of 19-game skid

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

White Bear Lake savors end of 19-game football losing streak

  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…
Buffalo junior defensive back Michael Tweten, left, celebrated his 66-yard kickoff return with teammates on the sideline during the second half agains

Buffalo shows off passing, rushing game in victory over Brainerd

High-flying Buffalo grinds out a critical drive late to help hold back Brainerd
Eden Prairie quarterback Cole Kramer at practice last week. He is the first Eagles quarterback to receive a football scholarship to the University of

Eden Prairie's Cole Kramer combines pedigree, arm for rare shot at back-to-back titles

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.
Champlin Park’s new head coach Nick Keenan at the team’s first practice. ] GLEN STUBBE ï glen.stubbe@startribune.com Monday, August 13, 2018 Cham

New Champlin Park football coach attracts a crowd

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…
White Bear Lake football coach Ryan Bartlett began chemotherapy in April after a diagnosis of Hodgkin’s lymphoma. As summer practice opens, he repor

White Bear Lake football coach has new perspective as practice begins

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.
Minnetonka High School quarterback Aaron Syverson.

After living the dream, what do high school sports stars do for a senior year encore?

After two plays for the ages, what's next for those who helped pull them off?
Minnetonka’s Josh Luedtke

Ten shining moments, west-metro style

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.
Stillwater sophomore Jonathan Koehn strutted after scoring on an error in the fourth inning Monday, giving the Ponies a 2-0 lead over Minnetonka in th

Given opportunity, ace delivers as Stillwater beats Minnetonka for Class 4A baseball title

The Ponies won it all on Drew Gilbert's three-hitter.
Maple Lake players celebrated their 8-4 victory over Duluth Marshall on Saturday at Target Field.

Early rally leads Maple Lake baseball to state title over Duluth Marshall

The Irish scored seven runs in two innings to erase a 3-1 deficit.
St. Michael-Albertville’s Luc Laylin slid safely into second base with a double as Minnetonka shortstop Jake Zaetta covered during the fifth inning.

Minnetonka, Stillwater advance to 4A baseball championship

Skippers, Ponies rally for sometimes-messy wins.
Benjamin Borrman (16) was mobbed by his Stillwater teammates after his pinch-hit single in the bottom of the seventh inning drove in the winning run a

Baseball state tournament: Class 4A quarterfinals

Ponies win their 18th straight game with a walkoff single.
Blaine pitcher Seth Miller has dominated on the mound and in the field, just like the rest of his team.

Blaine baseball zeroes in with loaded pitching staff

The Blaine pitching staff has tossed eight shutouts in a 14-game winning streak, which is why the Bengals are a confident bunch.
Chloe Fisher of Lakeville North celebrated after scoring what was to be the game-winning goal Tuesday at Minnetonka High School. Lakeville North beat

Girls lacrosse quarterfinals: Lakeville North slips by Blaine

Remarkable individual and team play combined to give the Panthers victory.
Shakopee pitcher Payton Marker

Shakopee coach Joe Fittante pitched a different way to make state softball tournament

Eschewing the softball tradition of riding one strong pitcher, the Sabers went with a three-armed, situation-based rotation.
Blake’s No. 2 singles player, Joe Mairs, said the Bears’ Class 2A boys’ tennis title was even sweeter than taking the 1A crown. “This is No. 1

Blake boys' tennis proves it's No. 1, without a doubt

After years of dominating Class 1A, Blake moved up and nabbed the 2A title
Wayzata's number two singles player Jonathan Nudler

Elusive singles point lifts Wayzata into 2A boys' tennis semifinals

Erik Williams delivered a vital point at No. 4 singles in the quarterfinals victory.
Mounds Park Academy junior Parker Law has been ranked No. 1 in Class 1A all season after two would-be competitors from Blake moved up to 2A.

Mounds Park Academy junior earns top seed in 1A tennis tournament

Parker Law has been ranked No. 1 in Class 1A all season after two would-be competitors from Blake moved up to 2A.
Metro player of the year Emily Hansen puts in the extra work to maintain her power stroke and above-.500 batting average.

Buffalo's Emily Hansen is Star Tribune Metro softball player of the year

Gifted Gophers-bound Buffalo slugger blends power, precision and persistence
St. Michael-Albertville junior Joey Bennett worked out in his school’s fitness center Wednesday. The new workout facility is a benefit to Bennett, a

Modern athletic facilities are boon for school districts, communities

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.
Farmington infielder Olivia Hazelbaker celebrated with Emma Frost after the Tigers beat Anoka 1-0 for the 2017 Class 4A softball title.

Preps: State championship picture to become more clear this week

With every high school sport now in midst of determining state tournament appearances, the events of the upcoming week carry added weight.
Nathaniel Peterson of Lakeville North dominated Apple Valley on May 14.

Prep athletes of the week: Lakeville North pitcher dominates with 20-strikeout performance

Nathaniel Peterson recorded all but one out via strikeout against Apple Valley.
Saints manager George Tsamis threw batting practice as the Saints prepared for the season, the home portion of which begins Monday.

Saints manager Tsamis aims for 1,000th victory

Despite the upcoming milestone, What eats at George Tsamis is that his managerial career arc has been front-loaded with success.
Chaska’s Lincoln Johnson, the No. 1-ranked boys’ prep golfer in Minnesota, recently shot a school-record 65 at the Chaska Town Course.

Practice, patience are keys to Chaska prep golfer Lincoln Johnson' success

When Lincoln Johnson stays relaxed on the course, low scores follow.
Defending Class 1A singles champion Jack Barker talked to Blake coach Ted Warner during a recent match. The Bears also are the defending Class 1A team

Hasty spring preps season nears a conclusion

Boys' tennis kicks off section play with team competition and badminton begins its four-day state tournament this week.
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