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Apple Valley's Gable Stevenson could excel in any sport, but chose to dominate wrestling.
Hopkins sophomore Paige Bueckers is drawing accolades and attention, but is driven to win a title
A look at teams and players in the west metro, which also includes most of Minneapolis.
Its ground game provided all the offense it needed, getting Elk River back for 2016
Led by Isaac Hennen, the ground game dominated.
Eden Prairie recaptures momentum after halftime and cruises to 6A championship
Caledonia's leader ties record with six TDs.
Confusion reigns when Elk River is on offense, even if you've seen it before
There are three Hennens and two Buysses on Minneota's current Prep Bowl team.
Royals have reached the past two Class 4A title games, compiling a 60-4 mark.
Cretin-Derham Hall was left to second-guess after falling short.
Apple Valley unleashed its offense but couldn't keep up.
Erich Martens, a high school principal in central Minnesota, is expected to replace Dave Stead as the organization's executive director.
They took a few shots, that was expected. But Holy Angels delivered a few of its own and, in the end, the Stars stood firm…
The Minnesota State High School League approved use of instant replay for semifinal and Prep Bowl games at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Clicking Lakeville North beats the two-time defending champions in a four-set match
There were times this season the Mayer Lutheran players couldn't keep from looking ahead.Senior-heavy and already boasting one state title, the Crusaders sometimes found themselves…
Minnetonka, bottled up all game, marches 90 yards for the winning touchdown
Panthers use defense to stop Moorhead; Eagan returns to title match.
Blunders put Lakeville North in an early hole.
Mayer Lutheran, Minneota, Bethlehem Academy and Wadena-Deer Creek win in Class 1A state quarterfinals
Minneota, Bethlehem Academy and Wadena-Deer Creek also win.
Moorhead, Lakeville North and Eagan also advanced.
The Class 2A-favorite Irish are 33-0 and beat four Class 3A teams in one tournament.
Eagan's star outside hitter has a keen knack for anticipation.
The Wildcats upset the top seed; the Crimson won its match in a shootout.
The Tigers were waiting for right time to unveil it.
Cougars' efficient ground game chewed up Ponies to earn a shot at Edina.
Sophomore Nicole Copeland, who preferred doubles tennis just two years ago, defeated Meagan Brown of Elk River.
Edina OT Quinn Carroll, the state's top D-I prospect, says he relishes making big blocks
The Hornets were the best team in Class 2A all year, and they were hungry in a way they hadn't been in past years.
The Bears went wire-to-wire as the No. 1-ranked team in 1A. Their two losses were to Class 2A powers Edina and Wayzata.
Marci Weiner prepared the Trojans for a postseason run by lining up the most difficult schedule she could.
Sophia Reddy, twice a 2A runner-up for Edina, will try to clear that final hurdle.
It's become increasingly rare for an athlete to join a high school team in the most popular sports without extensive training from a club program. This is a second of a three-part series on the state of youth sports.
Wednesday’s final night of the football regular season cleared a few things up and muddied a few others. The teams atop the metro rankings this…
Coach Mike Grant of 8-0 Eden Prairie said his team deserved the lone football bye in 6A.
Eden Prairie can be explosive. And tricky. And shrewd.The No. 1 team in Class 6A has the talent and the moxie to be all of…
What a finish it will be, with several games deciding subdistrict titles and section playoff seeding.
Wednesday is the final night of the regular season — yes, already — but let's reflect on what we witnessed Friday.• Andover experienced the difficulties of…
Coach Greg Sayuk built Southwest Christian program into a consistent winner.
Top-ranked Eden Prairie overcame a bumbling start to down No. 2 Minnetonka
The Skippers are 6-0, their best record this late in the season since Dave Nelson took over as head coach in 2004. And the Eagles are, well, the Eagles.
Charlotte DeVaughn is an inspiring leader for the No. 2-ranked Millers.
An oh-fer last Friday means Jim Paulsen (13-8) lost ground in his lead over fellow Star Tribune prep sports reporter David La Vaque (12-9).
Track the best prep football teams in the metro area in action this Friday.
In their combined 102 years as head coaches, Brainerd's Ron Stolski and Becker's Dwight Lundeen have been on the sidelines for a combined 1,055 games.
Two Minnesota prep football coaching greats — Ron Stolski, Dwight Lundeen — oppose each other for first time
Two coaching greats will oppose each other for the first time Friday
An MRI revealed a torn ACL and lateral meniscus in Mitch Kartes' knee, ending the season for the Knights' running back/safety.
In a statement game for STMA, the defensive will of the Class 6A Eagles prevailed
Maple Grove trailed Eagles only 7-0 at halftime.
They dropped a tough season-opener to Chaska in overtime but have reeled off three straight victories since.
A high temperature of 94 degrees combined with a record-breaking dew point of 73 to make it feel like 101 degrees.
Roseville, with its potent offense, hurt by turnovers in first defeat.
A look at the metro top 10 heading into Week 4
Unwavering Knights close out victory after 85-yard connection breaks game open
In four years, the Knights have gone from 0-9 to No. 7 in the state
The results two games in indicate there's a gap between the Eagles and the rest.
St. Michael-Albertville has its way with Blaine.
The reigning Class 3A champion Wildcats are loaded again.
Mahtomedi ended the Hornets' 19-year run of titles in the semifinals last year, then went on to defeat Eagan in the finals. The Zephyrs have much of their lineup back from a year ago.
Red Knights hit Waconia hard and then hold off stubborn Wildcats
The young Eagles rebounded after being shut out in first half.
Jalen Suggs, David Roddy and Bennett Otto excel both on gridiron and hardwood.
Benilde-St. Margaret's seeks to repeat in Class 4A.
It has been nearly two weeks since a natural gas explosion tore through Minnehaha Academy's upper campus in Minneapolis, killing two school workers. Assistant soccer coach Bryan Duffey was severely injured in the blast.
The Apple Valley basketball star verbally committed Sunday to play at the school where Timberwolves guard Tyus Jones led the Blue Devils to a national championship as a freshman.
Dave Stead's 29-year stint as executive director is the second-longest among state high school associations in the nation.
Alaina Wallock will compete in the world championships in Ireland this month.
The shooting guard, who averaged 18.1 points per game for the Islanders last season, becomes the third metro-area senior to commit to the Gophers.
The mission is simply to soothe the apprehensions of those trying nature on for size.
The hot-hitting Panthers built a 6-0 lead and held on.
And Edina's streak of winning girls' tennis titles ended at 19.
The Eagles' roll hits full speed in a semifinal romp.
The Eagles had lost six in a row to the Trojans.
Woodbury owes its turnaround, in part, to ace senior pitcher/shortstop Max Meyer.
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