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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
Chanhassen standout pitches with heavy heart as team eyes Class 4A crown

Chanhassen standout pitches with heavy heart as team eyes Class 4A crown

Taylor Manno got plenty of support from teammates after the loss of her father, on the field and off.
High school softball heats up with start of postseason play

High school softball heats up with start of postseason play

Here are five things to know as the high school softball playoffs begin this week.
Even watchful mom almost missed Anna Keefer's record-setting long jump

Even watchful mom almost missed Anna Keefer's record-setting long jump

Anna Keefer's record long jump almost escaped her mom, too.
For Saints, regular-season wins fun but a elusive title still a goal

For Saints, regular-season wins fun but a elusive title still a goal

The St. Paul Saints are coming off the best two-year stretch in team history, a tidy .675 winning percentage. Their remarkable regular-season success, however, hasn't translated to the postseason.
Prep baseball closing in on postseason play

Prep baseball closing in on postseason play

The spring postseason is getting ever closer — boys’ tennis begins section play this week, in fact — yet we have hardly mentioned baseball this…
Annandale softball pitcher Sarah Johnson keeps piling up the strikeouts

Annandale softball pitcher Sarah Johnson keeps piling up the strikeouts

Even rule changes can't stop Annandale's Sarah Johnson from baffling opposing batters.
History-making leap: St. Michael-Albertville's Anna Keefer tops 20 feet in long jump

History-making leap: St. Michael-Albertville's Anna Keefer tops 20 feet in long jump

The senior, who broke the state record by more than three inches, became the first Minnesota high school girl to exceed 20 feet in the long jump.
Minnesota high school football players spend spring promoting their talents

Minnesota high school football players spend spring promoting their talents

With a goal of getting noticed by colleges, players with Division I dreams or just a desire to fit in somewhere are increasingly taking it upon themselves to spread the word on their abilities.
Saints players chase American Association title, and MLB hopes

Saints players chase American Association title, and MLB hopes

The past two seasons have been fruitful for the Saints, with a combined 135-65 record and several players being picked up by MLB organizations.
Edina tennis tournament to include state's top programs

Edina tennis tournament to include state's top programs

May is here. Glance outside and it might be confused for March, but we’re already halfway through the cavalcade of spring athletics despite not having…
Heritage Christian baseball has a star with great supporting cast

Heritage Christian baseball has a star with great supporting cast

Seth Halvorsen leads a talented ballclub at Heritage Christian.
The week ahead: State's best track athletes headed for Hamline meet

The week ahead: State's best track athletes headed for Hamline meet

The Elite Meet ranks among the top high school track events of the season.
Atayev brings a taste of Turkmenistan to Minnetonka's tennis team

Atayev brings a taste of Turkmenistan to Minnetonka's tennis team

There's no intrigue: Ahmed Atayev's mission is to excel at tennis.
Blaine sophomore shoots 9-under 63 at TPC

Blaine sophomore shoots 9-under 63 at TPC

Calm as can be, Caleb VanArragon rolled in a 15-footer for birdie on the last hole to post what is thought to be the best single round of prep boys' golf in Minnesota.
Weather permitting, prep season proceeds on schedule

Weather permitting, prep season proceeds on schedule

There are two things prep sports fans check when making plans for the spring months in Minnesota: the schedule and the weather report.
Alex Velazquez's a perfect fit with Chanhassen softball

Alex Velazquez's a perfect fit with Chanhassen softball

Alex Velazquez plugged the one hole Chanhassen had after winning the Class 4A state title.
Winter pileup of championships line west metro prep sports landscape

Winter pileup of championships line west metro prep sports landscape

Athletic achievement this past season brought team and individual championships a whopping 30 times
Champlin Park's McKinley Wright named Minnesota's Mr. Basketball

Champlin Park's McKinley Wright named Minnesota's Mr. Basketball

Wright led the Rebels to a 31-1 record and a runner-up finish in the Class 4A boys' basketball tournament, averaging 22.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 7.4 assists per game.
Tre Jones lifts Apple Valley over Champlin Park in 4A final

Tre Jones lifts Apple Valley over Champlin Park in 4A final

Go-to guard Tre Jones delivers 4A crown for Apple Valley

Minnehaha braces for criticism after title win

Private school champions tend to generate criticism, deserved or not.
Minnehaha Academy slowed, but not stopped in winning 2A championship

Minnehaha Academy slowed, but not stopped in winning 2A championship

Defense steps up as Minnehaha handles stiff test in "good game."
Crosby-Ironton reaches sixth title game — hoping for first title

Crosby-Ironton reaches sixth title game — hoping for first title

With a 53-42 victory over St. Cloud Cathedral in the Class 2A semifinals, Crosby-Ironton earned one more chance to end what has become a dubious…
Minnehaha Academy routs Annandale

Minnehaha Academy routs Annandale

The Redhawks pulled away from Annandale in the second half.
Tre Jones does everything as Apple Valley reaches final again

Tre Jones does everything as Apple Valley reaches final again

Tre Jones still felt the sting of 2016. Apple Valley was routed in the Class 4A semifinals and Jones, the Eagles' splendid point guard, took…
Center leads Champlin Park over upset-minded Wayzata

Center leads Champlin Park over upset-minded Wayzata

Theo John's 18 points, 10 rebounds, six blocks rally Rebels to final
Full of top talent, 4A boys' basketball tournament worth the wait

Full of top talent, 4A boys' basketball tournament worth the wait

This year's 4A field filled with elite teams, such as Champlin Park, and stars.
Champlin Park's McKinley Wright is Metro Player of the Year in boys' basketball

Champlin Park's McKinley Wright is Metro Player of the Year in boys' basketball

Long hours refined skills, most notably his jump shot.
Elk River proves unbeatable

Elk River proves unbeatable

The Elks finished 32-0 by handing No. 1-ranked Hopkins its only loss
Roseau's a hoops town for one day at least

Roseau's a hoops town for one day at least

The Rams won their first state title and finished the season unbeaten.
Best in preps -- basketball or hockey tournaments?

Best in preps -- basketball or hockey tournaments?

The boys' basketball and hockey tournaments invite a uniquely Minnesota argument: Which one is best?
Class 4A, Section 5 boys' basketball final: Wright scores 31 points as Champlin Park stops Osseo

Class 4A, Section 5 boys' basketball final: Wright scores 31 points as Champlin Park stops Osseo

McKinley Wright's 31 points helped top Osseo.
Mountain Iron-Buhl, 2016 champion Goodhue reach girls' 1A final

Mountain Iron-Buhl, 2016 champion Goodhue reach girls' 1A final

Rangers avenge a loss to Mustangs in '16 1A semis.
Class 4A girls' basketball semifinals: Unbeatens Hopkins, Elk River reach title game

Class 4A girls' basketball semifinals: Unbeatens Hopkins, Elk River reach title game

Elk River and Hopkins will have matching 31-0 records in the Class 4A final.
Notes: Minnehaha Academy eyes future

Notes: Minnehaha Academy eyes future

The Redhawks made the Class 2A girls' basketball state tournament with a lineup packed with freshmen and sophomores.
Hopkins sophomore Chakolis makes family proud

Hopkins sophomore Chakolis makes family proud

It's no surprise Hopkins sophomore forward Dlayla Chakolis is making a name for herself.
Eastview edges Park Center in overtime

Eastview edges Park Center in overtime

After trailing at halftime, the Lightning rallied to force OT and then pulled away

Elk River's Gabi Haack is Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year

Four-year starter worked hard to earn accolades.

Boys' basketball sections feature intriguing games

Less than two weeks remain in the 2016-17 winter sports season with three sports left to determine their champions.
Notebook: It must be state hockey — a Checco's here

Notebook: It must be state hockey — a Checco's here

Hockey state tournament appearances run in the Checco family.
Class 2A boys' hockey quarterfinals: Eden Prairie rewarded in title-game rematch with Wayzata

Class 2A boys' hockey quarterfinals: Eden Prairie rewarded in title-game rematch with Wayzata

After a year — and two frustrating periods — Eden Prairie got back at Wayzata
Andover staves off Anoka rally to win Class 4A, Section 7 girls' basketball title

Andover staves off Anoka rally to win Class 4A, Section 7 girls' basketball title

Huskies are first team to earn a berth in the state tournament.
Basketball is backup plan if prep hockey doesn't suit you

Basketball is backup plan if prep hockey doesn't suit you

Much of the state will be fixated on the boys' hockey state tournament, which runs Wednesday through Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center. For those whose preference leans toward roundball, there is a huge slate of girls' and boys' postseason basketball ahead.
Simley wrestler wins 152 title after season shortened by adversity

Simley wrestler wins 152 title after season shortened by adversity

A season that began with a suspension ended with a title for Anthony Jackson.
Shakopee wrestling wins five individual state championships

Shakopee wrestling wins five individual state championships

Shakopee fell short as a team but was perfect in its pursuit of individual championships
Russian orphan found a home in Shakopee wrestling family

Russian orphan found a home in Shakopee wrestling family

Shakopee's Alex Lloyd claimed his second crown at 145 pounds.
STMA wrestler's win adds fuel to family rivalry

STMA wrestler's win adds fuel to family rivalry

Patrick McKee said he had a little extra motivation to beat Apple Valley's Brady Gross
Apple Valley survives 'biggest scare' en route to 12th straight title

Apple Valley survives 'biggest scare' en route to 12th straight title

Perennial power Apple Valley turned away a challenge from Anoka
Zumbrota-Mazeppa turns pain into glory with 1A wrestling title

Zumbrota-Mazeppa turns pain into glory with 1A wrestling title

Spencer DeFrang recorded two pins and a victory to help the Cougars to a 35-16 victory over Pierz.

Hastings opens Class 3A team wrestling tournament with a reversal

The Raiders defeated Owatonna in the quarterfinals after losing a match last month.
Back from a bad break: Kasson-Mantorville's Berge has sights on 4th state title

Back from a bad break: Kasson-Mantorville's Berge has sights on 4th state title

Brady Berge, one of the nation's best prep wrestlers, seeks a fourth title after last year's "freak" injury.
For Minnehaha Academy's Suggs, athletic excellence is all relative

For Minnehaha Academy's Suggs, athletic excellence is all relative

Jalen Suggs is an amazing athlete in a family full of them.
Vault springs Champlin Park eighth-grade gymnast to Class 2A all-around title

Vault springs Champlin Park eighth-grade gymnast to Class 2A all-around title

Champlin Park's Chaney Neu said it took her 'best' this year to reach the top.

Mahtomedi's Lenarz saves best moves for biggest stage to win 1A all-around

Kasey Lenarz ended her career at Mahtomedi on a high note with the gold medal.
Lakeville North's gymnastics title ends drought for tradition-rich program

Lakeville North's gymnastics title ends drought for tradition-rich program

After a six-year drought, Lakeville North returned to the state meet in 2010 and on Friday won its first title since 2003

Detroit Lakes feasts on another state gymnastics title

Hungry for wins and records, Detroit Lakes ate up the competition for the Class 1A state championship.
Detroit Lakes seeks scoring record in gymnastics state meet

Detroit Lakes seeks 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.
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