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Detroit Lakes seeks a scoring record in gymnastics state meet

Detroit Lakes seeks a scoring record in gymnastics state meet

The Lakers are positioned to set a record for state-meet points.
Controversy or not, here are 10 finalists for Mr. Basketball

Controversy or not, here are 10 finalists for Mr. Basketball

The Minnesota Mr. Basketball committee announced Wednesday night the list of 10 finalists for the 2017 award, given to the top senior boys' player in…

Mr. Basketball finalists named as committee moves on without Ken Lien

The award, given to the top senior boys' player in Minnesota, drew recent criticism when Lien, its longtime leader, made comments on social media that were seen as racist and offensive.
Roseville's absence from gymnastics state meet stands out

Roseville's absence from gymnastics state meet stands out

The Raiders will miss the state meet after 11 consecutive appearances.
Apple Valley wrestling gets revenge on Shakopee, reaches 35th straight state tournament

Apple Valley wrestling gets revenge on Shakopee, reaches 35th straight state tournament

By coming back to get revenge on Shakopee, Apple Valley will make its 35th consecutive state tourney
Two ski champions reach their dreams of winning a gold medal

Two ski champions reach their dreams of winning a gold medal

Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony, Ely skiers win pursuit state titles neither ever expected at one time
'Super fast' trumps previous woes, Ely skier takes girls' Nordic title

'Super fast' trumps previous woes, Ely skier takes girls' Nordic title

Individual winner Erin Bianco led teammates to the team championship as well
Blake's Nellie Ide, Northfield's Elliott Boman win Alpine skiing state titles

Blake's Nellie Ide, Northfield's Elliott Boman win Alpine skiing state titles

Blake's Nellie Ide, the last of four siblings to ski in the state meet, races to the girls' individual title
Elliott Boman repeats, sort of, as boys' Alpine ski winner

Elliott Boman repeats, sort of, as boys' Alpine ski winner

Competing for a Northfield co-op program, the 2015 state champion came back to win again after taking off last year
Kid sister at Blake saves family's best downhill act for last

Kid sister at Blake saves family's best downhill act for last

Nellie Ide won the girls' individual title with the fastest combined time for girls or boys at Giants Ridge in Biwabik.
Mr. Basketball chair apologizes for anti-Muslim tweet amid criticism

Mr. Basketball chair apologizes for anti-Muslim tweet amid criticism

A search of Ken Lien's now-deleted Twitter account showed posts going back to spring of 2016 denouncing Muslims and immigrants: "This is very disturbing to me," North coach Larry McKenzie said.
No. 1 Champlin Park beats No. 2 Maple Grove in boys' basketball

No. 1 Champlin Park beats No. 2 Maple Grove in boys' basketball

The Rebels, the top-ranked team in Class 4A, didn't ace this test, but they came close, outlasting the No. 2 Crimson 70-60 in front of a packed house of 2,400 that forced police to close the doors a half-hour before game time.
'Coach Cos' keeps Hopkins girls' basketball team at the top

'Coach Cos' keeps Hopkins girls' basketball team at the top

Brian Cosgriff, longtime coach of the Hopkins girls' basketball team, is learning new lessons all the time.
Champlin Park-Maple Grove is Monday marquee boys' basketball game

Champlin Park-Maple Grove is Monday marquee boys' basketball game

This is the regular-season equivalent of heavyweight prize fight. It's a game that will feature some of the top talent in the state, in addition to bringing out a who's who of Minnesota basketball in attendance.
Rebuilding? Orono girls' basketball does it in style

Rebuilding? Orono girls' basketball does it in style

Even with a new coach and one returning starter, the Spartans have continued success.
Hopkins' Mafe: 'Calming' Gophers assistant helped seal commitment

Hopkins' Mafe: 'Calming' Gophers assistant helped seal commitment

At one point Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck and Rutgers assistant Jerry Kill both visited Mafe on the same day at his high school.
Weekend settles pressing matters in prep sports

Weekend settles pressing matters in prep sports

Minnetonka is the best boys' swimming team in the state after its decisive victory in the Class 2A True Team Meet on Saturday. And Minnesota boys' basketball can claim superiority over its neighbors to the east, having won six of seven games against teams from Wisconsin in Saturday's Border Battle at Apple Valley.
Edina gymnast battles back from state-meet ending injury

Edina gymnast battles back from state-meet ending injury

Edina's Megan Haug is seeking redemption after last season ended in pain.
After many years of trying, Apple Valley defeats Eastview in girls' basketball

After many years of trying, Apple Valley defeats Eastview in girls' basketball

Eagles' star anticipated long losing streak's end.
Super Preps 2017: Marshall's Andries finds his college home with Gophers

Super Preps 2017: Marshall's Andries finds his college home with Gophers

Blaise Andries heads the Star Tribune's 19th Super Preps class, an annual look at the state's top college football prospects.
Former Viking Leo Lewis makes difference as Mpls. North AD

Former Viking Leo Lewis makes difference as Mpls. North AD

With little fanfare, he attends to the smallest details, all in the name of supporting student-athletes who often get little support at home.
Preps: Martin Luther King Jr. Day means basketball tournaments

Preps: Martin Luther King Jr. Day means basketball tournaments

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.
Gophers' Fleck scores points in contacting Minnesota high schools

Gophers' Fleck scores points in contacting Minnesota high schools

Gesture is well-received as new U coach plants seeds in recruiting community.
Maple Grove's Pickford climbs back onto the radar

Maple Grove's Pickford climbs back onto the radar

Maple Grove's Tywhon Pickford, recovered from a serious knee injury, is a D-1 recruit again.
North defeates Henry for basketball lead in Minneapolis City Conference

North defeates Henry for basketball lead in Minneapolis City Conference

Polars were energized by big home crowd vs. archrival.
Gophers' decision to fire Claeys not popular among state's prep coaches

Gophers' decision to fire Claeys not popular among state's prep coaches

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.
Edina's Reed Boltmann resigns as football coach to watch son play in college

Edina's Reed Boltmann resigns as football coach to watch son play in college

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 gym rat Calvin Wishart does it all, with a little swagger

Delano gym rat Calvin Wishart does it all, with a little swagger

Delano junior Calvin Wishart has a killer instinct on the court.
West metro girls' basketball preview: Younger talent abounds

West metro girls' basketball preview: Younger talent abounds

Players and teams to watch this girls' basketball season.
West metro boys' basketball preview: At the top of the class

West metro boys' basketball preview: At the top of the class

Players and teams to watch this boys' basketball season.
Elk River routs Spring Lake Park in Class 5A title game to finish 13-0

Elk River routs Spring Lake Park in Class 5A title game to finish 13-0

The 13-0 Elks routed previously unbeaten Spring Lake Park.

Totino-Grace muscles up on muscular Eden Prairie

Beating Eden Prairie with power football provides satisfaction for new champions Totino-Grace.
Benilde loses top threat but beats Winona for Clas 4A title

Benilde loses top threat but beats Winona for Clas 4A title

Benilde outlasts Winona after game-breaker Floyd goes down
Undersized running back makes quick believers in Eden Prairie

Undersized running back makes quick believers in Eden Prairie

Eden Prairie junior Solo Falaniko stands 5-6 but plays much bigger.
Prep Bowl: Class 6A preview

Prep Bowl: Class 6A preview

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.
Class 1A mINNEAPOLIS nORTH 16, wABASSO 8North's speed proves too much for Wabasso to stop

Class 1A mINNEAPOLIS nORTH 16, wABASSO 8North's speed proves too much for Wabasso to stop

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…
Talent abounds in west metro girls' hockey again

Talent abounds in west metro girls' hockey again

Several teams have the talent to win a girls' state hockey title.
Eden Prairie runs past Champlin Park

Eden Prairie runs past Champlin Park

Eagles produce seventh shutout of the season in beating Champlin Park.
CLASS 5A ELK RIVER 19, OWATONNA 7Elk River advances to first Prep Bowl in 26 years

CLASS 5A ELK RIVER 19, OWATONNA 7Elk River advances to first Prep Bowl in 26 years

Sam Gibas scored three TDs, and the Elks defense shut down Owatonna.
Benilde-St. Margaret's outscores Marshall

Benilde-St. Margaret's outscores Marshall

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…
Backup plan working well for Champlin Park, Blaine

Backup plan working well for Champlin Park, Blaine

The Rebels and Bengals both made 6A state semifinals with backup quarterbacks leading the way.
Eagan too tall for Champlin Park, wins another Class 3A championship

Eagan too tall for Champlin Park, wins another Class 3A championship

The Wildcats claimed their third title in four years.
Mayer Lutheran wins 1A volleyball title, its first since '82

Mayer Lutheran wins 1A volleyball title, its first since '82

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…

State volleyball notes: Hertiage Christian's successful seniors say farewell

Coach Tom Fuglestad said making back-to-back state tournament appearances has put the Heritage program on the volleyball map.
Eden Prairie throttles Maple Grove, 63-21

Eden Prairie throttles Maple Grove, 63-21

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, Eagan adance to Class 3A volleyball final

Champlin Park, Eagan adance to Class 3A volleyball final

Champlin Park and Eagan advance in straight sets.
CLASS 6A TOTINO-GRACE 42, LAKEVILLE NORTH 14 | No. 1 Totino-Grace is 'locked in'

CLASS 6A TOTINO-GRACE 42, LAKEVILLE NORTH 14 | No. 1 Totino-Grace is 'locked in'

The Eagles won their state quarterfinal in convincing style.
Class 1A volleyball: Bella Lien in front brings Heritage Christian back against Underwood

Class 1A volleyball: Bella Lien in front brings Heritage Christian back against Underwood

Bella Lien rotated to the net at just the right time to help vanquish Underwood.
Top four seeds advance to volleyball state semifinals

Top four seeds advance to volleyball state semifinals

First-timer Lakeville South among those to advance to semis.
Five top-ranked teams reach Class 3A volleyball tournament

Five top-ranked teams reach Class 3A volleyball tournament

Eagan is seeded first, Champlin Park next in an elite field.
Champlin Park's Sydney Hilley is the Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year in volleyball

Champlin Park's Sydney Hilley is the Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year in volleyball

Champlin Park's Sydney Hilley moved from setter to outside hitter this season as a senior.
Chanhassen boys' cross-country led by two fearless freshmen

Chanhassen boys' cross-country led by two fearless freshmen

Two diminutive freshmen led Chanhassen to the cross-country state meet.
Luck o' the green sweatshirt runs out for Edina girls' tennis coach

Luck o' the green sweatshirt runs out for Edina girls' tennis coach

Steve Paulsen has donned the same old green golf sweatshirt for the team finals of the Class 2A state tournament for 20 years
Night of high drama awaits with section finals Friday

Night of high drama awaits with section finals Friday

Friday is often the most thrilling night of the season: When section champions are crowned.
Rosemount to face Centennial for Class 2A girls soccer title

Rosemount to face Centennial for Class 2A girls soccer title

Both teams won on tiebreaking goals with about 10 minutes left.

Prep Bowl past players, coaches to be honored at U.S. Bank Stadium

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.
Chanhassen's defense comes up big when offense falters early

Chanhassen's defense comes up big when offense falters early

Chaska held to field goal, until Storm starts scoring.
Chanhassen quarterback Alex Spillum leads a team of speedsters

Chanhassen quarterback Alex Spillum leads a team of speedsters

Chanhassen quarterback Alex Spillum, a late-blooming athlete, leads a fleet squad.
Don't let the grip slip

Don't let the grip slip

Prior Lake holds on when strong first half gives way to difficulty against Woodbury
Lambert works game to perfection to take 2A singles final

Lambert works game to perfection to take 2A singles final

Opponent and No. 1 seed Sophia Reddy played a match rife with errors.
No more room for error as Class 6A football playoffs kick off

No more room for error as Class 6A football playoffs kick off

Biggest schools begin football playoffs looking for a chance at one more game
Mahtomedi completes coach's goal with state tennis title

Mahtomedi completes coach's goal with state tennis title

After upsetting Edina, the Zephyrs beat Eagan for the Class 2A state title.

Top-ranked Blake repeats as Class 1A champion in girls' tennis

The Bears lost only one match in the team semifinals and finals.
Dynasty over: Edina loses bid for 20th straight girls' tennis title

Dynasty over: Edina loses bid for 20th straight girls' tennis title

The Hornets' dynasty, begun before this season's team members were born, was the longest run of championships in state tournament history.
Mahtomedi tennis gets big boost with Paradise's return to lineup

Mahtomedi tennis gets big boost with Paradise's return to lineup

Zephyrs junior Olivia Paradise missed most of season with arm issues.
March to first Prep Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium begins now

March to first Prep Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium begins now

  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…
Edina's eyes are on 20th consecutive crown in girls' tennis

Edina's eyes are on 20th consecutive crown in girls' tennis

But the top-seeded Hornets might be more vulnerable than they have been in years past.
Class 5A might present the most entertaining prep football tournament

Class 5A might present the most entertaining prep football tournament

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.
High school soccer quarterfinals begin Tuesday

High school soccer quarterfinals begin Tuesday

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.
Volleyball helps Hopkins setter put tragedy in the past

Volleyball helps Hopkins setter put tragedy in the past

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.
Volleyball helps Hopkins setter put tragedy in the past

Volleyball helps Hopkins setter put tragedy in the past

Tara Lee has overcome much in her life to become a standout setter.
At 76, Osseo assistant football coach Jack Osberg continues to leave his mark

At 76, Osseo assistant football coach Jack Osberg continues to leave his mark

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.

Farmington shakes up Metro Top 10 football rankings

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.
Elk River's first big test is handily passed in rout of Rogers

Elk River's first big test is handily passed in rout of Rogers

Top-ranked Elk River showed off its ground game to Rogers, then pulled a surprise and went to the air
Elk River football thriving with antiquated offense

Elk River football thriving with antiquated offense

Unbeaten Elk River's offense averaging 45 points per game, almost all by rushing
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