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Falcons begin converting close losses into victories

Falcons begin converting close losses into victories

Armstrong has suffered some head-scratching defeats, but things may be changing.
Cold weather a concern for state ski meets

Cold weather a concern for state ski meets

The temperature will be chilly at Giants Ridge.
Park Center lineman Wleh living the American dream

Park Center lineman Wleh living the American dream

Park Center's Josh Wleh, who is from Liberia, will play at Bemidji State.
Patterson has emotional return to North as Eden Prairie coach

Patterson has emotional return to North as Eden Prairie coach

In her first trip back as Eden Prairie's coach, the community embraced the woman who brought five girls' state titles to North.
Girls' hockey section playoffs highlight the week ahead

Girls' hockey section playoffs highlight the week ahead

South Suburban powers are among the teams to watch.
North turns the tables in hoops rematch with 1A champs

North turns the tables in hoops rematch with 1A champs

For the second consecutive season, the Minneapolis North boys' basketball team carried a No. 1 ranking in Class 1A into a Saturday matinee at Rushford-Peterson, a longtime small-school basketball power located about 50 miles southeast of Rochester.
Two elite skiers on track for sport's biggest stage

Two elite skiers on track for sport's biggest stage

Zak Ketterson, Amanda Kautzer bound for Europe to take on world's toughest competition.

MLK Day features high school basketball buffet

It's starting to gain momentum and develop into a tradition: celebrating the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with basketball tournaments.
Metro-area kickers polish skills at St. Cloud football camp

Metro-area kickers polish skills at St. Cloud football camp

A St. Cloud camp aims to improve prep kickers who are increasingly vital.
Metro-area kickers polish skills at St. Cloud football camp

Metro-area kickers polish skills at St. Cloud football camp

A St. Cloud camp aimed to improve prep kickers who are increasingly vital.
Metro-area kickers polish skills at St. Cloud football camp

Metro-area kickers polish skills at St. Cloud football camp

A St. Cloud camp aims to improve prep kickers who are increasingly vital.
New Hopkins/Park girls' hockey co-op making strong strides

New Hopkins/Park girls' hockey co-op making strong strides

St. Louis Park's hopes in girls' hockey were saved by a new affiliation with nearby Hopkins.
West metro notebook: Maple Grove lineman shows signing day patience

West metro notebook: Maple Grove lineman shows signing day patience

Maple Grove's Kayode Awosika isn't in any hurry to decide on his college team before signing day.
Holiday best: The top high school tournaments around the state

Holiday best: The top high school tournaments around the state

Winter break means holiday tournaments and lots of them. We offer a quick look at some of the best.
DeLaSalle mindful of proud basketball tradition as it pursues five-peat

DeLaSalle mindful of proud basketball tradition as it pursues five-peat

If DeLaSalle grinds its way to a fifth title in a row, an extended family of Islanders alumni who preceded them will share in their joy.
Basketball timing perfect for Minneapolis North's Tyler Johnson

Basketball timing perfect for Minneapolis North's Tyler Johnson

For Minneapolis North's Tyler Johnson, the basketball season came at just the right time.
Champlin Park takes DeLaSalle in 2nd half

Champlin Park takes DeLaSalle in 2nd half

McKinley Wright turned a frustrating first half into a fulfilling second, lifting Champlin Park to a 75-68 victory over DeLaSalle in the Breakdown Sports Tip-Off…
Hopkins beat Apple Valley in matchup of state's top two teams

Hopkins beat Apple Valley in matchup of state's top two teams

Winning Royals coach Ken Novak Jr. downplays the significance of the early-season victory over the Eagles.
Orono girls' sports matriarch inspires winning basketball

Orono girls' sports matriarch inspires winning basketball

Bev Ebbecke, the matriarch of Orono girls' sports, inspires winning basketball.

West metro notebook: Minnehaha Academy impressing in basketball, boys' hockey

If the first few weeks of the winter sports season are any indication, Minnehaha Academy fans are in for a lot of fun over the next few months.
West metro basketball boasts plenty of early pizazz

West metro basketball boasts plenty of early pizazz

Staff writer Jim Paulsen's primer on west metro basketball for 2015-16.
Girls' hockey off to a sizzling start in the west metro

Girls' hockey off to a sizzling start in the west metro

Nine teams, lots of talent have girls' hockey in the west metro starting the season strong.
Wayzata wins third straight 2A swimming title

Wayzata wins third straight 2A swimming title

Wayzata's contingent swims, competes and "feed off each other."
Albert Lea swimmer Lindsey Horejsi sets national record

Albert Lea swimmer Lindsey Horejsi sets national record

Lindsey Horejsi set a national high school record in the 100-=yard breaststroke in Thursday's Class 1A preliminaries.
Roseville sophomore diving for her twin sister, family

Roseville sophomore diving for her twin sister, family

Michelle Schlossmacher Smith's sister Adrianna, a former diver, had to drop the sport because of a brain injury.
St. Michael-Albertville wins 5A final over St. Thomas Academy in Prep Bowl

St. Michael-Albertville wins 5A final over St. Thomas Academy in Prep Bowl

St. Michael-Albertville lost two star players but didn't let it stand in the way of its first state title.
Osseo's last-minute TD beats East Ridge 14-13 to win Class 6A crown

Osseo's last-minute TD beats East Ridge 14-13 to win Class 6A crown

A final-minute touchdown seals Osseo's first Class 6A state championship
Belle Plaine plans new final chapter in 2A girls volleyball

Belle Plaine plans new final chapter in 2A girls volleyball

The Tigers again have to get by defending champ.
Lakers' game stays the same in Class 3A volleyball

Lakers' game stays the same in Class 3A volleyball

Top-seeded Prior Lake played like it, dispatching Hopkins in Class 3A.
Heritage Christian, Bethlehem Academy, Tracy-Milroy, W-E-M win in Class 1A quarterfinals

Heritage Christian, Bethlehem Academy, Tracy-Milroy, W-E-M win in Class 1A quarterfinals

Bethlehem Academy and Tracy-Milroy — final foes last year — advanced, too.
Class 6A Prep Bowl preview: East Ridge vs. Osseo

Class 6A Prep Bowl preview: East Ridge vs. Osseo

Two teams with long odds will play for the big school title Friday night.
Polars QB Tyler Johnson brings pride back to North Side

Polars QB Tyler Johnson brings pride back to North Side

QB Tyler Johnson, a U recruit, led Minneapolis North to school's first Prep Bowl
Section move assists Hopkins in qualifying for state volleyball

Section move assists Hopkins in qualifying for state volleyball

The Royals overcame injuries, and beat an unbeaten in their section final.
St. Michael-Albertville edges Mankato West in 5A semifinals

St. Michael-Albertville edges Mankato West in 5A semifinals

Final fourth-down stop leaves Scarlets just short.
Osseo rallies, keeps on rolling

Osseo rallies, keeps on rolling

Two late TDs and a two-point conversion carried the Orioles past Totino-Grace.

Sophomore Spencer Overturf's hat trick leads Orono

Sophomore gets hat trick in victory over Faribault.
Breck keeper Hudson Haecker shuts out St. Thomas Academy

Breck keeper Hudson Haecker shuts out St. Thomas Academy

Hudson Haecker made five saves in an upset of St. Thomas Academy.
Orono's 'Soccer Girls' reach dream final vs. Benilde-St. Margaret's

Orono's 'Soccer Girls' reach dream final vs. Benilde-St. Margaret's

The defending champion Spartans get to play their arch-nemesis next.

Benilde-St. Margaret's shuts out Princeton in girls' soccer semifinals

The No. 1 Red Knights beat Princeton to reach final.
Sydney Hilley, Champlin Park: Metro Volleyball Player of the Year

Sydney Hilley, Champlin Park: Metro Volleyball Player of the Year

Playing for a world title in Peru honed Sydney Hilley's skills.
Totino-Grace ends Eden Prairie's title run at four

Totino-Grace ends Eden Prairie's title run at four

Mitch Bourgerie's 42-yard field goal on the last play decides the game
Millers are having a banner volleyball season

Millers are having a banner volleyball season

Washburn's volleyball team is unbeaten and unflappable, after years of modest success.

West Point freshman remembers Saunders' influence as 9-year-old

Like many Minnesotans, Will Culliton was shocked by the recent death of Flip Saunders and was moved to write a tribute to the former Gophers player and Timberwolves coach.
Totino-Grace sends Eden Prairie out to end winning streak at 40

Totino-Grace sends Eden Prairie out to end winning streak at 40

Loss ends Eden Prairie's 40-game streak and four-year run of titles

Confidence carries Chanhassen senior to Class 2A girls' tennis crown

Hayley Haakenstad won the singles title after a runner-up finish in 2014.
Armstrong stars as Oseo beats Lakeville North

Armstrong stars as Oseo beats Lakeville North

Damario Armstrong made the biggest plays for the Orioles in their victory over Lakeville North.
Edina beats Prior Lake for 19th girls' tennis title in a row

Edina beats Prior Lake for 19th girls' tennis title in a row

The Hornets beat top seed Prior Lake 5-2 to avenge a loss earlier this season.
Eagan girls' tennis advances in Class 2A after win in marathon singles match

Eagan girls' tennis advances in Class 2A after win in marathon singles match

Edina's state tournament match win streak hit 55 with Tuesday's matches.
Edina is the team to beat in tennis

Edina is the team to beat in tennis

Prior Lake and Mahtomedi are serious about ending the Hornets' Class 2A title run.
High school soccer and girls' tennis head into the postseason

High school soccer and girls' tennis head into the postseason

The sprint to the finish of the fall prep sports season begins this week with the girls' tennis and soccer state tournaments.
Delano steps up to first girls' tennis state meet

Delano steps up to first girls' tennis state meet

The Tigers defeated Wayzata 5-2 in the finals to advance to the state tournament for the first time in team history.
Burnsville blazes trail to state berth

Burnsville blazes trail to state berth

Burnsville earned its first state tournament bid in 20 years.

West metro notebook: Minnetonka's turn for girls' True Team swimming title

The The Skippers slipped past Wayzata to win the Class 2A championship.
Park Center turns slight into a rout against Southwest

Park Center turns slight into a rout against Southwest

The Pirates thought they deserved a bye, but felt better 64 points later.
Elk River roars from the start, trounces Sauk Rapids-Rice

Elk River roars from the start, trounces Sauk Rapids-Rice

The efficient Elks led Sauk Rapids 35-0 by halftime.
Eighth-grade football champs in 2011 are making waves as 2015 seniors

Eighth-grade football champs in 2011 are making waves as 2015 seniors

Stars of a 2011 eighth-grade juggernaut are leading four north metro squads in '15
New methodology used in football playoff seeding

New methodology used in football playoff seeding

Saturday was perhaps the most controversial day of the high school football season — section seeding day, when teams find out where they rank in their section and who their first-round opponent will be.
White Hawks were once the nail, now the hammer

White Hawks were once the nail, now the hammer

Mound Westonka spent decades trying to field a winning football team. Now it is undefeated.
Rosemount capitalizes on opportunities to hand Lakeville North first loss

Rosemount capitalizes on opportunities to hand Lakeville North first loss

Rosemount builds lead through Lakeville North mistakes, hands Panthers first defeat
St. Michael-Albertville edges Monticello in OT

St. Michael-Albertville edges Monticello in OT

The Magic went into the game 7-0, but SMA won its seventh game in a row.
Week 8 prep football staff picks

Week 8 prep football staff picks

Subdistrict titles and section seedings are at stake in these outstanding football finales.
High school postseason arrives suddenly

High school postseason arrives suddenly

Girls' tennis players arrive there this week, while football teams play one final tuneup.
Top-ranked Holy Angels boys' soccer eyes deep playoff run

Top-ranked Holy Angels boys' soccer eyes deep playoff run

The Stars' No. 1 ranking is vindication, validation and justification.

West metro notebook: Chanhassen girls' tennis player back despite rankings slip

Hayley Haakenstad had been ranked No. 1 until last week, when she fell completely out of the rankings.

West metro notebook: Edina-Mahtomedi dual match will decide girls' tennis tourney

Rainy weather and lengthy matches forced the postponement of the championship match of Edina's Jim Jones Invitational tennis tournament Sept. 19.
No. 4 Rosemount trounces Farmington

No. 4 Rosemount trounces Farmington

Irish ride 24-point first quarter, five rushing TDs to victory.
Irish have 'something to prove'

Irish have 'something to prove'

Rosemount bounced back — and then some — from 2014 letdown
Eight top Minnesota juniors have volleyball commitments to D-I schools

Eight top Minnesota juniors have volleyball commitments to D-I schools

Over the past decade or so, Minnesota has become renowned as a high school volleyball hotbed.

Cross-country hits peak time

Saturday was a big day for some of the state's best boys' teams, and next Saturday will be the biggest day of the regular season for Minnesota's runners on grassy surfaces.
Hopkins' Martin has 'through-the-roof' volleyball potential

Hopkins' Martin has 'through-the-roof' volleyball potential

Foregoing her basketball roots, Hopkins junior Jasmyn Martin has become a volleyball force.
West metro notebook: Mound Westonka football racking up wins

West metro notebook: Mound Westonka football racking up wins

Perhaps no team has benefited as greatly as Mound Westonka from the new football scheduling model.
Lakeville South strikes a blow, wins loaded SW Minnesota volleyball tournament

Lakeville South strikes a blow, wins loaded SW Minnesota volleyball tournament

The fourth-rated Cougars handled many stiff tests in capturing 32-team volleyball tournament.
Washburn girls' soccer phenom plays through pain

Washburn girls' soccer phenom plays through pain

Minneapolis Washburn soccer's Maya Rajacich has battled back from injuries to both knees.
Orono surges past Holy Angels 35-10

Orono surges past Holy Angels 35-10

The Spartans hit Holy Angels with four TD drives and 301 rushing yards after halftime.
Football helps Holy Angels pair cope

Football helps Holy Angels pair cope

Holy Angels has rallied around two of its captains — one whose father died and one whose father has cancer.
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