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Jim Paulsen

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Jim Paulsen has covered high school sports for two decades. He and colleague David La Vaque can be heard on the weekly podcast "Talkin' Preps."
Recent content from Jim Paulsen
Class 6A semifinal: Minnetonka jumps to lead, fights off late charge by Cretin-Derham Hall

Class 6A semifinal: Minnetonka jumps to lead, fights off late charge by Cretin-Derham Hall

Cretin-Derham Hall was left to second-guess after falling short.
Class 5A semifinal: Old-school game plan suits Elk River to a T in win over Apple Valley

Class 5A semifinal: Old-school game plan suits Elk River to a T in win over Apple Valley

Apple Valley unleashed its offense but couldn't keep up.
MSHSL committee recommends new executive director; some concerned about process

MSHSL committee recommends new executive director; some concerned about process

Erich Martens, a high school principal in central Minnesota, is expected to replace Dave Stead as the organization's executive director.
Holy Angels rallies to edge previously unbeaten Winona

Holy Angels rallies to edge previously unbeaten Winona

They took a few shots, that was expected. But Holy Angels delivered a few of its own and, in the end, the Stars stood firm…

Minnesota prep football replay review gets first reversal

The Minnesota State High School League approved use of instant replay for semifinal and Prep Bowl games at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Lakeville North defeats Eagan for Class 3A volleyball title

Lakeville North defeats Eagan for Class 3A volleyball title

Clicking Lakeville North beats the two-time defending champions in a four-set match
Mayer Lutheran cruises to second Class 1A volleyball title in a row

Mayer Lutheran cruises to second Class 1A volleyball title in a row

There were times this season the Mayer Lutheran players couldn't keep from looking ahead.Senior-heavy and already boasting one state title, the Crusaders sometimes found themselves…
Minnetonka rallies past Prior Lake 10-6 in 6A football playpoffs

Minnetonka rallies past Prior Lake 10-6 in 6A football playpoffs

Minnetonka, bottled up all game, marches 90 yards for the winning touchdown
Lakeville North, Eagan take charge in semifinals, will meet for 3A volleyball crown

Lakeville North, Eagan take charge in semifinals, will meet for 3A volleyball crown

Panthers use defense to stop Moorhead; Eagan returns to title match.
Eden Prairie capitalizes on miscues vs. Lakeville North

Eden Prairie capitalizes on miscues vs. Lakeville North

Blunders put Lakeville North in an early hole.
Mayer Lutheran, Minneota, Bethlehem Academy and Wadena-Deer Creek win in Class 1A state quarterfinals

Mayer Lutheran, Minneota, Bethlehem Academy and Wadena-Deer Creek win in Class 1A state quarterfinals

Minneota, Bethlehem Academy and Wadena-Deer Creek also win.
Prior Lake, Moorhead, Lakeville North and Eagan win in state quarterfinals

Prior Lake, Moorhead, Lakeville North and Eagan win in state quarterfinals

Moorhead, Lakeville North and Eagan also advanced.
Maple Lake volleyball met all challenges to stay unbeaten

Maple Lake volleyball met all challenges to stay unbeaten

The Class 2A-favorite Irish are 33-0 and beat four Class 3A teams in one tournament.
McKenna Melville, Eagan volleyball, Star TribuneMetro Player of the Year

McKenna Melville, Eagan volleyball, Star TribuneMetro Player of the Year

Eagan's star outside hitter has a keen knack for anticipation.
Eagan, Maple Grove win to advance to Class 2A girls' soccer title match

Eagan, Maple Grove win to advance to Class 2A girls' soccer title match

The Wildcats upset the top seed; the Crimson won its match in a shootout.
St. Cloud Tech runs wild with new formation in 40-14 win over Rogers

St. Cloud Tech runs wild with new formation in 40-14 win over Rogers

The Tigers were waiting for right time to unveil it.
Centennial keeps Stillwater on the run in 30-12 football victory

Centennial keeps Stillwater on the run in 30-12 football victory

Cougars' efficient ground game chewed up Ponies to earn a shot at Edina.
Edina's Copeland, after shunning tennis singles, is 2A champ

Edina's Copeland, after shunning tennis singles, is 2A champ

Sophomore Nicole Copeland, who preferred doubles tennis just two years ago, defeated Meagan Brown of Elk River.
The Lineman Life: Edina's Quinn Carroll

The Lineman Life: Edina's Quinn Carroll

Edina OT Quinn Carroll, the state's top D-I prospect, says he relishes making big blocks
Edina wins tennis title, year after its 19-year winning streak was broken

Edina wins tennis title, year after its 19-year winning streak was broken

The Hornets were the best team in Class 2A all year, and they were hungry in a way they hadn't been in past years.

Blake wins third Class 1A girls tennis title in a row

The Bears went wire-to-wire as the No. 1-ranked team in 1A. Their two losses were to Class 2A powers Edina and Wayzata.
Wayzata's challenging schedule pays off at girls' tennis state tournament

Wayzata's challenging schedule pays off at girls' tennis state tournament

Marci Weiner prepared the Trojans for a postseason run by lining up the most difficult schedule she could.
Edina senior Sophia Redy making final run at singles title in 2A tennis

Edina senior Sophia Redy making final run at singles title in 2A tennis

Sophia Reddy, twice a 2A runner-up for Edina, will try to clear that final hurdle.
Club teams become the price of admission to playing youth sports

Club teams become the price of admission to playing youth sports

It's become increasingly rare for an athlete to join a high school team in the most popular sports without extensive training from a club program. This is a second of a three-part series on the state of youth sports.

Field firms up for prep football playoffs, starting Tuesday

Wednesday’s final night of the football regular season cleared a few things up and muddied a few others. The teams atop the metro rankings this…
Top-ranked Eden Prairie football misses out on first-round bye

Top-ranked Eden Prairie football misses out on first-round bye

Coach Mike Grant of 8-0 Eden Prairie said his team deserved the lone football bye in 6A.
No. 1 Eden Prairie takes down Edina 35-10, its third win over a No. 2 foe

No. 1 Eden Prairie takes down Edina 35-10, its third win over a No. 2 foe

Eden Prairie can be explosive. And tricky. And shrewd.The No. 1 team in Class 6A has the talent and the moxie to be all of…
Prep football regular season ends Wednesday

Prep football regular season ends Wednesday

What a finish it will be, with several games deciding subdistrict titles and section playoff seeding.

Big prep football games are looming as end of regular season nears

Wednesday is the final night of the regular season — yes, already — but let's reflect on what we witnessed Friday.• Andover experienced the difficulties of…
Southwest Christian volleyball rose from humble start

Southwest Christian volleyball rose from humble start

Coach Greg Sayuk built Southwest Christian program into a consistent winner.
Top-ranked Eden Prairie shows No. 2 Minnetonka who's boss

Top-ranked Eden Prairie shows No. 2 Minnetonka who's boss

Top-ranked Eden Prairie overcame a bumbling start to down No. 2 Minnetonka
Top football teams Eden Prairie, Minnetonka to meet Friday

Top football teams Eden Prairie, Minnetonka to meet Friday

The Skippers are 6-0, their best record this late in the season since Dave Nelson took over as head coach in 2004. And the Eagles are, well, the Eagles.
Washburn's DeVaughn sets good example on the pitch for younger teammates

Washburn's DeVaughn sets good example on the pitch for younger teammates

Charlotte DeVaughn is an inspiring leader for the No. 2-ranked Millers.

Friday's prep football picks from Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque

An oh-fer last Friday means Jim Paulsen (13-8) lost ground in his lead over fellow Star Tribune prep sports reporter David La Vaque (12-9).
Star Tribune football metro top 10 in action Friday

Star Tribune football metro top 10 in action Friday

Track the best prep football teams in the metro area in action this Friday.

Comparing the legendary football coaching careers of Ron Stolski, Dwight Lundeen

In their combined 102 years as head coaches, Brainerd's Ron Stolski and Becker's Dwight Lundeen have been on the sidelines for a combined 1,055 games.
Two Minnesota prep football coaching greats — Ron Stolski, Dwight Lundeen — oppose each other for first time

Two Minnesota prep football coaching greats — Ron Stolski, Dwight Lundeen — oppose each other for first time

Two coaching greats will oppose each other for the first time Friday

St. Michael-Albertville plays on without Kartes

An MRI revealed a torn ACL and lateral meniscus in Mitch Kartes' knee, ending the season for the Knights' running back/safety.
Totino-Grace upends St. Michael-Albertville 12-7

Totino-Grace upends St. Michael-Albertville 12-7

In a statement game for STMA, the defensive will of the Class 6A Eagles prevailed
Eden Prairie beats Maple Grove

Eden Prairie beats Maple Grove

Maple Grove trailed Eagles only 7-0 at halftime.
Prep football metro Top 10: Coon Rapids enjoying early success

Prep football metro Top 10: Coon Rapids enjoying early success

They dropped a tough season-opener to Chaska in overtime but have reeled off three straight victories since.
Near-record heat kicks in, forcing changes to Friday night prep sports schedules across metro

Near-record heat kicks in, forcing changes to Friday night prep sports schedules across metro

A high temperature of 94 degrees combined with a record-breaking dew point of 73 to make it feel like 101 degrees.
East Ridge nips Roseville 17-16

East Ridge nips Roseville 17-16

Roseville, with its potent offense, hurt by turnovers in first defeat.

Despite losing records, Rosemount, Prior Lake still dangerous

A look at the metro top 10 heading into Week 4
No. 7, 5A Irondale defeats Forest Lake 34-18

No. 7, 5A Irondale defeats Forest Lake 34-18

Unwavering Knights close out victory after 85-yard connection breaks game open
'Confident' Irondale football improving steadily

'Confident' Irondale football improving steadily

In four years, the Knights have gone from 0-9 to No. 7 in the state
Eden Prairie the class of 6A football early on

Eden Prairie the class of 6A football early on

The results two games in indicate there's a gap between the Eagles and the rest.
St. Michael-Albertville pounds Blaine

St. Michael-Albertville pounds Blaine

St. Michael-Albertville has its way with Blaine.
Volleyball story lines: Eagan to beat, and top talent all around

Volleyball story lines: Eagan to beat, and top talent all around

The reigning Class 3A champion Wildcats are loaded again.
Girls' tennis preview: Three story lines for the season

Girls' tennis preview: Three story lines for the season

Mahtomedi ended the Hornets' 19-year run of titles in the semifinals last year, then went on to defeat Eagan in the finals. The Zephyrs have much of their lineup back from a year ago.
Benilde acts like a champ against Waconia

Benilde acts like a champ against Waconia

Red Knights hit Waconia hard and then hold off stubborn Wildcats
Totino-Grace rallies past Cretin-Derham Hall in football opener

Totino-Grace rallies past Cretin-Derham Hall in football opener

The young Eagles rebounded after being shut out in first half.
Three metro area quarterbacks have choice of football or basketball in college

Three metro area quarterbacks have choice of football or basketball in college

Jalen Suggs, David Roddy and Bennett Otto excel both on gridiron and hardwood.
Benilde-St. Margaret's football starts quest for another ring

Benilde-St. Margaret's football starts quest for another ring

Benilde-St. Margaret's seeks to repeat in Class 4A.
Minnehaha Academy boys' soccer back on the field for injured coach, too

Minnehaha Academy boys' soccer back on the field for injured coach, too

It has been nearly two weeks since a natural gas explosion tore through Minnehaha Academy's upper campus in Minneapolis, killing two school workers. Assistant soccer coach Bryan Duffey was severely injured in the blast.
'The right fit.' Apple Valley's Tre Jones follows brother to Duke

'The right fit.' Apple Valley's Tre Jones follows brother to Duke

The Apple Valley basketball star verbally committed Sunday to play at the school where Timberwolves guard Tyus Jones led the Blue Devils to a national championship as a freshman.
Longtime Minnesota State High School League leader to step down

Longtime Minnesota State High School League leader to step down

Dave Stead's 29-year stint as executive director is the second-longest among state high school associations in the nation.
Teen karate champ Alaina Wallock of Blaine set for world competition

Teen karate champ Alaina Wallock of Blaine set for world competition

Alaina Wallock will compete in the world championships in Ireland this month.
Dogged defender: DeLaSalle guard Kalscheur chooses the Gophers

Dogged defender: DeLaSalle guard Kalscheur chooses the Gophers

The shooting guard, who averaged 18.1 points per game for the Islanders last season, becomes the third metro-area senior to commit to the Gophers.
L.L. Bean's Outdoor Discovery School trying to hook beginners on outdoors

L.L. Bean's Outdoor Discovery School trying to hook beginners on outdoors

The mission is simply to soothe the apprehensions of those trying nature on for size.
Parkers Prairie tops Legacy Christian for Class 1A baseball state title

Parkers Prairie tops Legacy Christian for Class 1A baseball state title

The hot-hitting Panthers built a 6-0 lead and held on.
West metro teams won Class 4A football title, four basketball titles

West metro teams won Class 4A football title, four basketball titles

And Edina's streak of winning girls' tennis titles ended at 19.
Eden Prairie blanks Lakeville North, will play Forest Lake in 4A baseball final

Eden Prairie blanks Lakeville North, will play Forest Lake in 4A baseball final

The Eagles' roll hits full speed in a semifinal romp.
Eden Prairie upsets Wayzata, the defending state champion, in Class 4A

Eden Prairie upsets Wayzata, the defending state champion, in Class 4A

The Eagles had lost six in a row to the Trojans.
Woodbury's baseball season shifts from woes to wins

Woodbury's baseball season shifts from woes to wins

Woodbury owes its turnaround, in part, to ace senior pitcher/shortstop Max Meyer.
Farmington, Prior Lake, Blake, Eden Prairie win in girls' lacrosse state quarterfinals

Farmington, Prior Lake, Blake, Eden Prairie win in girls' lacrosse state quarterfinals

The Tigers edged Stillwater on Ashley Steffes' lucky play.
Farmington beats Anoka on walk-off homer in 10th inning for Class 4A softball title

Farmington beats Anoka on walk-off homer in 10th inning for Class 4A softball title

Sophomore hits homer in 10th inning to end scoreless pitchers' duel with Anoka
Winona, Hermantown advance to Class 3A softball championship

Winona, Hermantown advance to Class 3A softball championship

NORTH MANKATO – Pitcher Ashton Hoeppner was in control the entire game against Totino-Grace, giving up just one hit and striking out 13 in…
Farmington and Anoka to play for Class 4A softball championship

Farmington and Anoka to play for Class 4A softball championship

Both teams got brilliant pitching performances in semifinal victories.
Farmington's Muelken keeps pitching after cancer diagnosis

Farmington's Muelken keeps pitching after cancer diagnosis

Maddie Muelken's arm has led Farmington to the state tourney.
Minnetonka repeats as Class 2A boys' tennis champions

Minnetonka repeats as Class 2A boys' tennis champions

The Skippers defended their title, downing East Ridge 4-3 on Wednesday.
Mounds View seventh-grader carries on brother's flair for tennis state tourney dramatics

Mounds View seventh-grader carries on brother's flair for tennis state tourney dramatics

Christo Alex, relegated to exhibition play earlier this season, won the deciding match against Edina to put the Mustangs in the Class 2A team semifinals.
Blake boys' tennis star takes different path during senior season

Blake boys' tennis star takes different path during senior season

The defending singles champion in Class 1A, ranked No. 1 all this season, opts to play for a doubles title at the state tournament.
Chanhassen's Marybeth Olson is the Metro Player of the Year for softball

Chanhassen's Marybeth Olson is the Metro Player of the Year for softball

The senior has fulfilled the expectations set by her coach when the righthander was only an eighth-grader.
Minnetonka's Sigel hopes he and the Skippers can repeat

Minnetonka's Sigel hopes he and the Skippers can repeat

Ben Sigel will play for his team rather than seek a U.S. Open spot.
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