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With little fanfare, he attends to the smallest details, all in the name of supporting student-athletes who often get little support at home.
Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In addition to marches, ceremonies and gatherings in his honor, the holiday has become a day synonymous with high school basketball tournaments.
Gesture is well-received as new U coach plants seeds in recruiting community.
Maple Grove's Tywhon Pickford, recovered from a serious knee injury, is a D-1 recruit again.
Polars were energized by big home crowd vs. archrival.
Minnetonka football coach Dave Nelson, a member of the MFCA Executive Committee and the MFCA Hall of Fame, said he was concerned by the firing's effect on recruiting.
The 17-year veteran with the Hornets, acknowledging that coaching is "now a 12-month job,'' cited a desire to watch his son play football in college.
Delano junior Calvin Wishart has a killer instinct on the court.
Players and teams to watch this girls' basketball season.
Players and teams to watch this boys' basketball season.
The 13-0 Elks routed previously unbeaten Spring Lake Park.
Beating Eden Prairie with power football provides satisfaction for new champions Totino-Grace.
Benilde outlasts Winona after game-breaker Floyd goes down
Eden Prairie junior Solo Falaniko stands 5-6 but plays much bigger.
It matches Totino-Grace, the private school that plays two classes above its size, against Eden Prairie, the most successful high school football program in state history.
The quickness and athleticism of Minneapolis North is no secret. Wabasso coach Joe Kemp knew what North's strengths were and thought the Rabbits had an…
Several teams have the talent to win a girls' state hockey title.
Eagles produce seventh shutout of the season in beating Champlin Park.
Sam Gibas scored three TDs, and the Elks defense shut down Owatonna.
The deficit was double-digits and the game was less than six minutes old. A momentum change was needed if Benilde-St. Margaret's was going to avoid…
The Rebels and Bengals both made 6A state semifinals with backup quarterbacks leading the way.
The Wildcats claimed their third title in four years.
There was bickering on the bench, a coach battling nerves and team that just couldn't get on track unless it had a hole to dig…
Coach Tom Fuglestad said making back-to-back state tournament appearances has put the Heritage program on the volleyball map.
Defeating Eden Prairie is hard enough, but trying to accomplish it while also battling your own mistakes? Maple Grove proved that is darn near impossible.The…
Champlin Park and Eagan advance in straight sets.
The Eagles won their state quarterfinal in convincing style.
Bella Lien rotated to the net at just the right time to help vanquish Underwood.
First-timer Lakeville South among those to advance to semis.
Eagan is seeded first, Champlin Park next in an elite field.
Champlin Park's Sydney Hilley moved from setter to outside hitter this season as a senior.
Two diminutive freshmen led Chanhassen to the cross-country state meet.
Steve Paulsen has donned the same old green golf sweatshirt for the team finals of the Class 2A state tournament for 20 years
Friday is often the most thrilling night of the season: When section champions are crowned.
Both teams won on tiebreaking goals with about 10 minutes left.
The celebration will be during the Class 6A Prep Bowl on Nov. 25. This is the first year that football championship games will be played in the Vikings stadium.
Chaska held to field goal, until Storm starts scoring.
Chanhassen quarterback Alex Spillum, a late-blooming athlete, leads a fleet squad.
Prior Lake holds on when strong first half gives way to difficulty against Woodbury
Opponent and No. 1 seed Sophia Reddy played a match rife with errors.
Biggest schools begin football playoffs looking for a chance at one more game
After upsetting Edina, the Zephyrs beat Eagan for the Class 2A state title.
The Bears lost only one match in the team semifinals and finals.
The Hornets' dynasty, begun before this season's team members were born, was the longest run of championships in state tournament history.
Zephyrs junior Olivia Paradise missed most of season with arm issues.
The launch toward the first Prep Bowl played at U.S. Bank Stadium takes place Tuesday as high school football teams throughout Minnesota, from Nine-man…
But the top-seeded Hornets might be more vulnerable than they have been in years past.
And in Class 6A, Totino-Grace is every bit as good as advertised, and Eden Prairie is still Eden Prairie and has a great chance to win its fifth state title in six years.
Undefeated Stillwater has the top seed in the boys' 2A tournament and will meet Mounds View, which has a sub-.500 record but put together a late-season surge.
For Tara Lee, grit and work are part of life on the court and off. The standout player survived the violent death of her mother with the help of family and sport.
Tara Lee has overcome much in her life to become a standout setter.
It's been 55 years since Osberg, a Minneapolis Washburn graduate, took his first football coaching job at crosstown-rival Roosevelt. He's had stops as a graduate assistant at the University of Nebraska and head coach at Wayzata and Augsburg College.
If Farmington goes on to become a football powerhouse — and with almost-new facilities, a rapidly growing school district and an up-and-coming coach in Adam Fischer, the pieces are certainly in place — then Friday's 28-17 victory over Rosemount will likely be looked at as the program's turning point.
Top-ranked Elk River showed off its ground game to Rogers, then pulled a surprise and went to the air
Unbeaten Elk River's offense averaging 45 points per game, almost all by rushing
The idea, which was endorsed last year, would guarantee every team two games. It triggered a lively discussion at the league's board meeting. It is expected to be decided at its next meeting on Dec. 1.
Fusion Football stresses proper tackling technique while decreasing injuries.
Are you ready for some playoffs?Sure, it's only early October, and the fall sports season extends into late November, but the beginning of the end…
Blaine moved the ball steadily in the second half, but Totino-Grace's defense stiffened in the red zone.
Twice a week, Cooper players go to class in dress shirts and ties, a look catching on with classmates.
There's no question halfway through the regular season that Totino-Grace is the best football team in the metro.
Third-ranked Prior Lake's 5-2 victory over the Hornets adds more intrigue to the upcoming state tournament, which has crowned Edina as champions for 19 consecutive years.
The state has become recognized as a place to find quality volleyball players.
Friday and Saturday will be the busiest days of the fall season so far.
The Benilde-St. Margaret's girls' soccer team is buoyed by two key players back from injuries.
Waconia's Connor Holcomb, a junior with Down syndrome, had never stepped on the field until recently.
RB Wade Sullivan gives Lakeville North a dynamic breakaway threat
Close friends Kate Berg, Morgan Baufield and Kenzie Groechel have a final goal in their sights.
Volleyball's popularity translates into lots of talent as the North Star State churns out collegiate volleyball players
This year marks the 20th anniversary season of the 1997 Edina girls' tennis team that won the first of its current streak of 19 consecutive Class 2A team championships.
The south metro gets the hype, but don't sleep on girls' volleyball in the west metro.
Defense keeps it close in turnover-filled first half to knock off archrival Osseo
Coming on the heels of a frustrating 84-80 loss at Connecticut on Friday, it was clear that something had to change.
Dr. Uzma Samadani, a neurosurgeon and parent of a player, says a proper approach takes the concern out of the game.
The Hornets won the girls' team title in 1997 and every year since then.
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