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Class 3A baseball: Chanhassen scores just enough for a state title

Class 3A baseball: Chanhassen scores just enough for a state title

Two early runs held up as Chanhassen won its first team championship.
Class 2A baseball: St. Cloud Cathedral has that unbeatable feeling

Class 2A baseball: St. Cloud Cathedral has that unbeatable feeling

Brindley Theisen pitched on short rest to lead the Crusaders to their 50th consecutive victory.
Lakeville North edges Northfield to reach title game

Lakeville North edges Northfield to reach title game

After a rain delay, the Panthers’ savvy showed in a win over Northfield.
Northfield, Chanhassen, Lakeville North win in Class 3A

Northfield, Chanhassen, Lakeville North win in Class 3A

Northfield takes down two-time defending champion Mounds View
Lakeville South, Eden Prairie reach girls' lacrossse state final

Lakeville South, Eden Prairie reach girls' lacrossse state final

The Cougars edged Blake, which had won five titles in a row, in the first semifinal. Eden Prairie won in overtime in the other over Stillwater
Stillwater gains revenge, edges Prior Lake in girls lacrosse quarterfinals

Stillwater gains revenge, edges Prior Lake in girls lacrosse quarterfinals

The last time Stillwater lost a girls’ lacrosse match to a team from Minnesota, the opponent was the same one the Ponies were staring at…
Prep school year finishes with state tournaments in three sports

Prep school year finishes with state tournaments in three sports

Schools are out, but there still are state champions to be determined. The state tournaments in three spring sports — golf, lacrosse and baseball — are on tap this week.
Unlikely hero drives Kasson-Mantorville softball past Maple Lake

Unlikely hero drives Kasson-Mantorville softball past Maple Lake

Laura Kosberg delivered after a stint on the bench.
New Life Academy softball powers up to end state title drought

New Life Academy softball powers up to end state title drought

The Eagles won their last state title in 2011.
Eastview outlasts Anoka for Class 3A softball crown

Eastview outlasts Anoka for Class 3A softball crown

Kerrigan Hoshaw helped the Lightning survive a tight affair for the title.
Strong pitching helps Eastview, Anoka advance in 3A softball

Strong pitching helps Eastview, Anoka advance in 3A softball

Eastview (23-3) will play Anoka in Friday’s Class 3A championship game.

Maple Lake, Kasson-Mantorville ride wave in 2A

Maple Lake’s in-your-face style is paying dividends. Kasson-Mantorville sits in the way of a state title.
Mounds View wins 2A boys' tennis title

Mounds View wins 2A boys' tennis title

The Alexopoulos brothers left Greece knowing nothing of indoor tennis but led Mounds View to the Class 2A title.
Back at state, 2A softball teams use same mentality

Back at state, 2A softball teams use same mentality

Kasson-Mantorville, Le Sueur-Henderson aren’t overlooking any opponent.
Captain gave up spot in lineup so girls' star could join boys' team

Captain gave up spot in lineup so girls' star could join boys' team

When Brendan Yates helped convince Jessie Aney to join the Rochester Century boys' tennis team, he also took himself out of the lineup for a team that will play for the 2A title on Wednesday.
Thunder rocks Buffalo's state-bound softball team

Thunder rocks Buffalo's state-bound softball team

A big-hitting mix of veterans and younger players have Buffalo’s softball team set to make a run at school history.

West notebook: Wayzata singles champ stronger, ready to defend

This year, Nick Beaty is surprising no one. The Wayzata junior is fine with that.
Rochester Century's Aney joins her brother on boys team seeking title

Rochester Century's Aney joins her brother on boys team seeking title

The 2011 singles champ hopes to help thwart longtime powerhouse Rochester Mayo.
Metro softball player of the year: Maple Grove's Sydney Smith

Metro softball player of the year: Maple Grove's Sydney Smith

Sydney Smith of Maple Grove blends intimidating skills and a fiery attitude in the circle.
Edina boys' tennis team still hanging around, bound for state

Edina boys' tennis team still hanging around, bound for state

After an atypical .500 season, the Edina boys’ tennis team summoned mental toughness to reach the state tournament.
This week in preps: State's top two girls' lacrosse teams to play this week

This week in preps: State's top two girls' lacrosse teams to play this week

So it’s not Packers/Vikings or Gophers/Badgers. However, from the perspective of the local girls’ lacrosse landscape, among the roughly 460 scheduled regular-season games, one stands…
Fun fuels Jefferson softball's bid for fifth state tourney

Fun fuels Jefferson softball's bid for fifth state tourney

Bloomington Jefferson softball, a state tournament staple, is mixing lots of fun into its bid for a fifth consecutive appearance.

West metro notebook: Wayzata relay-strong for True Team track title bid

It makes sense that the state’s largest school in terms of enrollment would field its strongest track and field team.
For Forest Lake senior Toby Boyer, it's now all tennis, all the time

For Forest Lake senior Toby Boyer, it's now all tennis, all the time

The senior has refined his focus and is determined to capture a state singles title.
For Forest Lake senior Toby Boyer, it's now all tennis, all the time

For Forest Lake senior Toby Boyer, it's now all tennis, all the time

The senior has refined his focus and is determined to capture a state singles title.
Badminton kicks off spring state tourney run

Badminton kicks off spring state tourney run

State tournaments are upon us for some sports, while others wait a bit to pique interest.
West Lutheran softball rolling through best season ever

West Lutheran softball rolling through best season ever

West Lutheran, behind two key pitchers and contagious hitting, is having the best softball season in the school’s history.

West metro notebook: Two girls' teams shine in national basketball tourney

How good has girls’ basketball in Minnesota become? Let the finals of the recently completed Deep South Classic tell that tale.
Prep week ahead: Top 3A baseball powers to clash

Prep week ahead: Top 3A baseball powers to clash

A couple of baseball rematches featuring four of the top five teams in the Class 3A rankings take center stage this week.
Prep baseball's late-inning rally for more athletes

Prep baseball's late-inning rally for more athletes

Coaches and supporters of the sport, vibrant in some school districts and lagging in others, keep trying new methods of drumming up more interest.
This week in preps: Best in boys' tennis to gather in Edina

This week in preps: Best in boys' tennis to gather in Edina

Thanks to an unparalleled field of teams, the best team in Minnesota is likely to be determined Saturday at Edina’s venerable John Rowe Invitational.
This week in preps: Best in boys' tennis to gather in Edina

This week in preps: Best in boys' tennis to gather in Edina

Thanks to an unparalleled field of teams, the best team in Minnesota is likely to be determined Saturday at Edina’s venerable John Rowe Invitational.

Inexperienced Wayzata grows with tough tennis schedule

With Wayzata returning only four experienced players from its back-to-back Class 2A championship boys’ tennis teams, coach Jeff Prondzinski anticipated a few missteps.
Track and field's elite to gather at Hamline meet

Track and field's elite to gather at Hamline meet

The best track and field athletes in Minnesota — well, most of them — will gather Friday at Klas Stadium in St. Paul for the…
Former football, reality star retools the Millers tennis team

Former football, reality star retools the Millers tennis team

Ryan Hoeg, after stints in pro football and reality television, has rebuilt the Washburn tennis team into a contender.

Early returns look good for young Chanhassen softball

Few team sports depend on a single player as much as fastpitch softball. One dominant pitcher is generally all it takes to make a team…

Top Class 3A baseball teams to square off

OK, so the bloom is off the Twins’ rose and there’s a sour smell emanating from Target Field. It’s spring in Minnesota and there is…

June 27 all-star football game lands 12 from west metro

Twelve players with west metro ties have been selected to play in the Minnesota Football Coaches Association All-Star Game.
New Blake girls' lacrosse coach plans to stay on successful path

New Blake girls' lacrosse coach plans to stay on successful path

A new coach for the Blake girls’ lacrosse team is unlikely to mean big changes in the team’s highly successful approach.

West metro prep notebook: Three private schools propose single football program

Dwindling participation numbers have forced three metro private schools to submit a plan.

Early Bird catches Edison's Lewis sprinters in speedy stride

The Early Bird Indoor Track and Field Trials were held Saturday at the University of Minnesota Field House.
West-metro winter memorable in prep sports

West-metro winter memorable in prep sports

There was plenty of good and a healthy dose of great in the west metro this season.
Hopkins back on top after win over Eastview for 4A title

Hopkins back on top after win over Eastview for 4A title

Hopkins crowned big-school state champion after avenging its only loss of season
Park Center defeats Marshall, repeats as 3A champion

Park Center defeats Marshall, repeats as 3A champion

Marshall was turned back again as the Pirates found the hot hand needed to win.
Sauk Centre, Dover-Eyota in 2A girls' basketball final

Sauk Centre, Dover-Eyota in 2A girls' basketball final

Having run past most of its opponents this season, Sauk Centre wasn’t accustomed to being muscled. But state tournament basketball is often more about fight…
Class 4A semifinals: Hopkins, Eastview roll into final

Class 4A semifinals: Hopkins, Eastview roll into final

It’s all about hesitation. Against Hopkins, even the slightest pause can be painful.Just ask Shakopee. The Sabers got a lesson in high-pressure basketball as No.…
'Quiet professional' Schiller among 8 U wrestlers in NCAAs

'Quiet professional' Schiller among 8 U wrestlers in NCAAs

Determination drives Scott Schiller as he and his Gophers teammates head to the NCAAs.
Class 3A girls' basketball: Orono, Marshall roll into semis

Class 3A girls' basketball: Orono, Marshall roll into semis

Both teams eased their way into the Class 3A semifinals on Tuesday night.

Holy Family's Dahl gets belated huzzah for basketball season

Justin Dahl stood out for the Fire in a mediocre season — Holy Family finished 14-14. He averaged 19 points and 16.5 rebounds
Apple Valley knocks off Champlin Park in 4A; DeLaSalle rolls in 3A

Apple Valley knocks off Champlin Park in 4A; DeLaSalle rolls in 3A

Apple Valley handed Champlin Park its first loss of the season in the Class 4A boys' basketball championship while DeLaSalle made it four titles in a row in Class 3A on Saturday.
Class 4A title: Apple Valley holds off previously unbeaten Champlin Park

Class 4A title: Apple Valley holds off previously unbeaten Champlin Park

Relentless Apple Valley squelched Champlin Park’s unbeaten dreams in Class 4A.
Champlin Park subdues Shakopee

Champlin Park subdues Shakopee

The unbeaten Rebels struggled to get past the stubborn Sabers.
Lakeville North upsets third-seeded Hopkins in 4A quarterfinals

Lakeville North upsets third-seeded Hopkins in 4A quarterfinals

Momentum — Lakeville North’s late-season ace in the hole — toppled Hopkins.
Class 4A basketball: No. 1 Champlin Park cruises

Class 4A basketball: No. 1 Champlin Park cruises

  Jitters? What jitters? The only question surrounding Champlin Park was how well the Rebels would handle their first state tournament appearance since 2010. After…

West metro notebook: Boys' teams lose rematches in basketball playoffs

Maple Grove, Minneapolis North and Breck lose to rivals.
Champlin Park's J.T. Gibson is Metro Player of the Year

Champlin Park's J.T. Gibson is Metro Player of the Year

Sticking around home paid off for him — and the Rebels.
Champlin Park's J.T. Gibson's perseverance pays off

Champlin Park's J.T. Gibson's perseverance pays off

Sticking around home paid off for him — and the Rebels.
Unbeaten Champlin Park wins Section 5 championship

Unbeaten Champlin Park wins Section 5 championship

Victory over Wayzata keeps state title goal alive.
St. Paul Johnson slows place, moves on with win

St. Paul Johnson slows place, moves on with win

Two weeks after its epic victory over Minneapolis North in the Twin City Championship game, St. Paul Johnson showed a basketball savvy that fans rarely…
Hopkins survives Eden Prairie for state berth

Hopkins survives Eden Prairie for state berth

The Royals advanced on a pair of free throws with 1.3 seconds to play.

West metro notebook: St. Michael-Albertville wrestlers make it oh-so-close

St. Michael-Albertville came within a final match pin of upsetting Apple Valley in the Class 3A team finals.
Key games this week in basketball playoffs

Key games this week in basketball playoffs

With this little get-together called the boys’ hockey state tournament (perhaps you’ve heard of it?) at Xcel Energy Center this week, it would be easy…
Apple Valley's Hall wins fifth Class 3A state wrestling title

Apple Valley's Hall wins fifth Class 3A state wrestling title

In line for history, Apple Valley junior Mark Hall won his fifth state championship Saturday night at Xcel Energy Center.
Wrestling state tournament: 2A and 1A roundup

Wrestling state tournament: 2A and 1A roundup

In Class 2A, Lance Benick won at 195 pounds and gave the crowd what it wanted.
Henry senior enjoys state meet despite his loss

Henry senior enjoys state meet despite his loss

Anthony Jones, a senior, never had considered becoming a wrestler until fall of his junior year.

Despite coach's ailments, DeLaSalle girls' basketball making tourney noise

It seemed unlikely at the start of the season, but the DeLaSalle girls’ basketball team has made itself relevant.
Apple Valley wins 10th title in row on freshman's pin at heavyweight

Apple Valley wins 10th title in row on freshman's pin at heavyweight

The Eagles edged St. Michael-Albertville on a pin at heavyweight by freshman Gable Steveson.

Minneota wins first Class 1A wrestling title

Success on mat follows football championship.
Apple Valley remains master of prep wrestling, but faces contenders

Apple Valley remains master of prep wrestling, but faces contenders

Apple Valley’s string of 10 Class 3A titles could be challenged by St. Michael-Albertville
Apple Valley wrestler takes hold of his future

Apple Valley wrestler takes hold of his future

Apple Valley’s Mark Hall, seeking his fifth wrestling title, has his eyes on much more.
Apple Valley wrestler takes hold of his future

Apple Valley wrestler takes hold of his future

Apple Valley’s Mark Hall, seeking his fifth wrestling title, has his eyes on much more.
State gymnastics: DuPay wins third Class 2A all-around title

State gymnastics: DuPay wins third Class 2A all-around title

The senior standout became the first gymnast to win three all-around state titles in Class 2A.
Roseville beats pressure to win Class 2A gymnastics team championship

Roseville beats pressure to win Class 2A gymnastics team championship

There was a little more drama than usual at the Class 2A gymnastics team championships Friday.

Detroit Lakes finally wins 1A state gymnastics team title

The Lakers’ “gritty effort” pushed them to the top.
Metro gymnasts inspired by 'MVP,' a tot fighting cancer

Metro gymnasts inspired by 'MVP,' a tot fighting cancer

Taylor Grace Nguyen lost her battle with leukemia, but Roseville’s gymnasts take inspiration from her energy and joy. “She is such an inspiration,” senior Ellie Dahms said. “She was always happy and always upbeat. It pushes us to want to be better.”
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