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More prep sports head for postseason

More prep sports head for postseason

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.
St. Paul Saints load up with Minnesota talent

St. Paul Saints load up with Minnesota talent

Nine players with Minnesota ties give a local flavor to the 2016 St. Paul Saints roster. The season opens Thursday night at CHS Field.
Lakeville North's Reuvers gives commitment to Wisconsin

Lakeville North's Reuvers gives commitment to Wisconsin

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.
Week ahead in preps: Spring state tournaments are upon us

Week ahead in preps: Spring state tournaments are upon us

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.
Waterloo, Iowa, saw the makings of a natural leader in Gophers AD

Waterloo, Iowa, saw the makings of a natural leader in Gophers AD

Mark Coyle has plenty of fans in Hawkeye country.
Youthful Blake boys' tennis aims for record-tying fourth team title

Youthful Blake boys' tennis aims for record-tying fourth team title

The boys' tennis team, with five starters in ninth grade or below, has title hopes again.
Saints, coming off record-setting baseball season, hold first workout

Saints, coming off record-setting baseball season, hold first workout

  While a cloud of doubt remained stubbornly in place over the denizen of Minneapolis’ Target Field, a much brighter outlook could be found across…
Some softball coaches are making a pitch for change

Some softball coaches are making a pitch for change

Prep softball coaches weigh barring players from playing on clubs during the high school season.
Standout prep contests coming at the right time

Standout prep contests coming at the right time

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.
Osseo's new football coach brings grit, work ethic to defending champs

Osseo's new football coach brings grit, work ethic to defending champs

Augsburg alum Ryan Stockhaus is the new football coach for the Class 6A defending champs.
Big high school meets in track, boys' golf coming up

Big high school meets in track, boys' golf coming up

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.
Nimble Orono lacrosse player Leischow set for Duke next year

Nimble Orono lacrosse player Leischow set for Duke next year

Orono's nimble Blake Leischow to play next year at lacrosse hotbed Duke.
Family's suit challenges Minnesota H.S. league's eligibility rules

Family's suit challenges Minnesota H.S. league's eligibility rules

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.
Minnesota's first Miss Basketball was a pioneer without knowing it

Minnesota's first Miss Basketball was a pioneer without knowing it

When Laura Gardner Stromgren became the first Miss Basketball, it wasn't such a big deal.
One last salute to west metro winter prep champions

One last salute to west metro winter prep champions

Before the sports stage turns to spring, one last peek at some winter season winners

Legislative auditor approves examination of High School League

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.
Minnetonka stops rival Hopkins for Class 4A title

Minnetonka stops rival Hopkins for Class 4A title

Balanced Skippers outlast Lake rival Hopkins, capture first state championship
Hopkins, Minnetonka advance to Class 4A title game

Hopkins, Minnetonka advance to Class 4A title game

The Royals beat Eastview in a rematch between the teams in the 2015 final.
Becker, Winona adance to Class 3A semifinals

Becker, Winona adance to Class 3A semifinals

The Bulldogs upset Como Park; the Winhawks beat Grand Rapids.
Shakopee's Taylor Koenen is the 2016 Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year

Shakopee's Taylor Koenen is the 2016 Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year

Her name is draped all across the Shakopee record book, efforts that led her to North Carolina.
Tackle-flag football hybrid set for private school youth programs

Tackle-flag football hybrid set for private school youth programs

Six private schools pushed for youth-level changes to address safety concerns.
Hopkins beats Lakeville North for Class 4A title

Hopkins beats Lakeville North for Class 4A title

Hopkins used a 15-0 second-half run to beat Lakeville North for its ninth state title
North beats Goodhue for Class 1A title

North beats Goodhue for Class 1A title

The Polars did as expected but had to subdue stubborn Goodhue in the second half.
Class 4A, Section 2 girls' basketball: Skippers win title following Odegard's lead

Class 4A, Section 2 girls' basketball: Skippers win title following Odegard's lead

The senior center set a gritty tone, then made a crucial play at the end.
Class 1A: Mpls. North, Goodhue reach final with contrasting styles

Class 1A: Mpls. North, Goodhue reach final with contrasting styles

Despite turnover woes, Polars fended off Red Lake; Goodhue is other finalist.
Lakeville North upsets Osseo in Class 4A semifinals

Lakeville North upsets Osseo in Class 4A semifinals

Nick Fossey's six late free throws sparked the Panthers to victory.
Royals, Panthers reach final

Royals, Panthers reach final

Hopkins attacked hard to beat Apple Valley for a second time this season.
Lakeville North beats Maple Grove to reach semifinals again

Lakeville North beats Maple Grove to reach semifinals again

For the fourth time in five years, the Panthers, relying on a stingy defense, are in the state semifinals
Minneapolis North finds fire in tradition of boys' basketball

Minneapolis North finds fire in tradition of boys' basketball

The Polars return to the state tournament after a 13-year absence with a goal of honoring their past
Coffey takes accolades, hungers for a title

Coffey takes accolades, hungers for a title

Hopkins star is named Metro Player of the Year for his elite skills in all aspects of the game.
Osseo shows any style fits

Osseo shows any style fits

Win over Mounds View revealed that versatility is just another weapon.
Hopkins denies Cooper's bid for an upset

Hopkins denies Cooper's bid for an upset

Shahid, Coffey guide Royals to state tourney.
Boys' basketball sections: Bad endings to good seasons

Boys' basketball sections: Bad endings to good seasons

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.
Brothers from St. Michael Albertville finish as 3A champions

Brothers from St. Michael Albertville finish as 3A champions

Mitchell McKee, sparked by Patrick's 106-pound win, capped unbeaten season at 138 pounds.
Apple Valley's Mark Hall becomes state's first six-time wrestling champion

Apple Valley's Mark Hall becomes state's first six-time wrestling champion

Record for individual mat titles — at the X, no less — humbles Apple Valley's Mark Hall
Chaska's Olevson wants to win state wrestling title 'for Ethan'

Chaska's Olevson wants to win state wrestling title 'for Ethan'

Chaska/Chanhassen's Brenden Olevson is two wins away from a championship at 152 pounds, and has special motivation for victory.

Defending 1A and 2A state wrestling team champions ousted in semifinals

In Class 2A, Simley was trying to win its eighth title in nine years.
Apple Valley clinches its 11th Class 3A title in a row

Apple Valley clinches its 11th Class 3A title in a row

Once again, Apple Valley topped St. Michael-Albertville for the championship.
Kenyon-Wanamingo wins Class 1A team wrestling title

Kenyon-Wanamingo wins Class 1A team wrestling title

Kenyon-Wanamingo turned dreams into a reality with a 26-24 victory over a gritty Frazee.
Class 3A wrestling's usual suspects are back

Class 3A wrestling's usual suspects are back

Apple Valley and St. Michael-Albertville still rule the roost.
Simley aiming to keep dynasty going with another team title

Simley aiming to keep dynasty going with another team title

The Spartans have won seven Class 2A team titles over the past eight years.
Minneota, Kenyon-Wanamingo clash looms in Class 1A wrestling

Minneota, Kenyon-Wanamingo clash looms in Class 1A wrestling

There's an opinion among veteran wrestling watchers that Kenyon-Wanamingo might be as good as any Class 1A team that Minnesota has produced.
Wrestling state tournament boasts ordered chaos, good tales

Wrestling state tournament boasts ordered chaos, good tales

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.
East Ridge pair finish 1-2 in 2A gymnastics

East Ridge pair finish 1-2 in 2A gymnastics

Maddie Mullenbach won the championship with a season-high score of 38.125.
St. Cloud Tech wins first-ever state gymnastics meet

St. Cloud Tech wins first-ever state gymnastics meet

The Tigers finished just ahead of runner-up Roseville, which had won four consecutive Class 2A titles.

Class 1A gymnastics: Detroit Lakes wins second consecutive team title

The Lakers posted the best team score in either class this season.
Gymnastics coach with MS finds joy and self-worth from her sport

Gymnastics coach with MS finds joy and self-worth from her sport

St. Cloud Tech co-head coach Colleen Stark-Haws instructs and motivates her gymnasts.
St. Paul United goalie skilled on water skis, too

St. Paul United goalie skilled on water skis, too

In the offseason, Catherine Johnson skis for the Prior Lake-­Shakopee Shockwaves, a team that puts on water ski shows across the Midwest.
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.
State's hockey powers have a rugged path through sectionals

State's hockey powers have a rugged path through sectionals

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.
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.
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