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The march to the baseball state tournament includes top west-metro teams in three classes.
Former Gopher Rickey Foggie says he still wants the job after saying he felt forced to turn it down, but it's not clear if the school district considers him in the running.
The former Gophers quarterback said he would contest the request for him to resign.
Rather than the typical look at the week ahead, it seems like a good time to reflect on high school sports that have ended their regular seasons.
Nine players with Minnesota ties give a local flavor to the 2016 St. Paul Saints roster. The season opens Thursday night at CHS Field.
The 6-10 junior forward drew 25 Division I offers, including one from Minnesota, in recruiting that intensified while he played in the high school state tournament.
Last week's fall-like cold stretch served as a sharp reminder of the brevity of the spring sports season. We've barely had the chance to bask in spring warmth and already the postseason, in a few sports at least, is upon us.
Mark Coyle has plenty of fans in Hawkeye country.
The boys' tennis team, with five starters in ninth grade or below, has title hopes again.
While a cloud of doubt remained stubbornly in place over the denizen of Minneapolis’ Target Field, a much brighter outlook could be found across…
Prep softball coaches weigh barring players from playing on clubs during the high school season.
With the state's pro teams finished for the season or out of town, good weather and good games make this a good week for high school sports.
Augsburg alum Ryan Stockhaus is the new football coach for the Class 6A defending champs.
Two of the biggest events of the spring season are on tap this week: the Hamline Elite Track and Field Meet and Tri-State Invitational boys' golf tournament.
Orono's nimble Blake Leischow to play next year at lacrosse hotbed Duke.
Appeals, hearings and sometimes reversals can all be part of the league's process for determining eligibility for athletes. A court hearing looms later this week.
When Laura Gardner Stromgren became the first Miss Basketball, it wasn't such a big deal.
Before the sports stage turns to spring, one last peek at some winter season winners
The request, made by state Rep. Bob Dettmer in early February, is expected to focus on student eligibility, a topic that draws considerable public attention.
Balanced Skippers outlast Lake rival Hopkins, capture first state championship
The Royals beat Eastview in a rematch between the teams in the 2015 final.
The Bulldogs upset Como Park; the Winhawks beat Grand Rapids.
Her name is draped all across the Shakopee record book, efforts that led her to North Carolina.
Six private schools pushed for youth-level changes to address safety concerns.
Hopkins used a 15-0 second-half run to beat Lakeville North for its ninth state title
The Polars did as expected but had to subdue stubborn Goodhue in the second half.
The senior center set a gritty tone, then made a crucial play at the end.
Despite turnover woes, Polars fended off Red Lake; Goodhue is other finalist.
Nick Fossey's six late free throws sparked the Panthers to victory.
Hopkins attacked hard to beat Apple Valley for a second time this season.
For the fourth time in five years, the Panthers, relying on a stingy defense, are in the state semifinals
The Polars return to the state tournament after a 13-year absence with a goal of honoring their past
Hopkins star is named Metro Player of the Year for his elite skills in all aspects of the game.
Win over Mounds View revealed that versatility is just another weapon.
Shahid, Coffey guide Royals to state tourney.
A season's worth of building, practicing and planning can come crashing down in a single evening. That happened to Wayzata and Woodbury over the weekend.
Mitchell McKee, sparked by Patrick's 106-pound win, capped unbeaten season at 138 pounds.
Record for individual mat titles — at the X, no less — humbles Apple Valley's Mark Hall
Chaska/Chanhassen's Brenden Olevson is two wins away from a championship at 152 pounds, and has special motivation for victory.
In Class 2A, Simley was trying to win its eighth title in nine years.
Once again, Apple Valley topped St. Michael-Albertville for the championship.
Kenyon-Wanamingo turned dreams into a reality with a 26-24 victory over a gritty Frazee.
Apple Valley and St. Michael-Albertville still rule the roost.
The Spartans have won seven Class 2A team titles over the past eight years.
There's an opinion among veteran wrestling watchers that Kenyon-Wanamingo might be as good as any Class 1A team that Minnesota has produced.
The nonstop activity can overwhelm first-time visitors, yet the organization of the meet is impeccable and by the time the meet concludes Saturday night, 42 individual and three team champions will have been determined.
Maddie Mullenbach won the championship with a season-high score of 38.125.
The Tigers finished just ahead of runner-up Roseville, which had won four consecutive Class 2A titles.
The Lakers posted the best team score in either class this season.
St. Cloud Tech co-head coach Colleen Stark-Haws instructs and motivates her gymnasts.
In the offseason, Catherine Johnson skis for the Prior Lake-Shakopee Shockwaves, a team that puts on water ski shows across the Midwest.
Armstrong has suffered some head-scratching defeats, but things may be changing.
Benilde-St. Margaret's coach Ken Pauly calls the section playoffs "the best-kept secret in high school sports," referring to the potentially juicy matchups that loom ahead.
The temperature will be chilly at Giants Ridge.
Park Center's Josh Wleh, who is from Liberia, will play at Bemidji State.
In her first trip back as Eden Prairie's coach, the community embraced the woman who brought five girls' state titles to North.
South Suburban powers are among the teams to watch.
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.
Zak Ketterson, Amanda Kautzer bound for Europe to take on world's toughest competition.
It's starting to gain momentum and develop into a tradition: celebrating the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with basketball tournaments.
A St. Cloud camp aims to improve prep kickers who are increasingly vital.
A St. Cloud camp aimed to improve prep kickers who are increasingly vital.
A St. Cloud camp aims to improve prep kickers who are increasingly vital.
St. Louis Park's hopes in girls' hockey were saved by a new affiliation with nearby Hopkins.
Maple Grove's Kayode Awosika isn't in any hurry to decide on his college team before signing day.
Winter break means holiday tournaments and lots of them. We offer a quick look at some of the best.
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.
For Minneapolis North's Tyler Johnson, the basketball season came at just the right time.
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…
Winning Royals coach Ken Novak Jr. downplays the significance of the early-season victory over the Eagles.
Bev Ebbecke, the matriarch of Orono girls' sports, inspires winning basketball.
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.
Staff writer Jim Paulsen's primer on west metro basketball for 2015-16.
Nine teams, lots of talent have girls' hockey in the west metro starting the season strong.
Wayzata's contingent swims, competes and "feed off each other."
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