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Wade Sullivan of Lakeville North named Mr. Football

Wade Sullivan of Lakeville North named Mr. Football

Called a "super-special player'' by his coach, Sullivan combined strength and speed to rush for 1,787 yards and 31 touchdowns this season.
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

It might no longer be one and done for opening-day state basketball losers

The idea, which was endorsed last year, would guarantee every team two games. It triggered a lively discussion at the league's board meeting. It is expected to be decided at its next meeting on Dec. 1.
Modified football game bridges gap between flag and tackle

Modified football game bridges gap between flag and tackle

Fusion Football stresses proper tackling technique while decreasing injuries.

Preps playoffs approach with girls' tennis

Are you ready for some playoffs?Sure, it's only early October, and the fall sports season extends into late November, but the beginning of the end…
Totino-Grace holds off late comeback by Blaine, wins 21-14

Totino-Grace holds off late comeback by Blaine, wins 21-14

Blaine moved the ball steadily in the second half, but Totino-Grace's defense stiffened in the red zone.
Clothes make the football team: Cooper players dressing sharp at school

Clothes make the football team: Cooper players dressing sharp at school

Twice a week, Cooper players go to class in dress shirts and ties, a look catching on with classmates.
Prep football reaches the halfway point

Prep football reaches the halfway point

There's no question halfway through the regular season that Totino-Grace is the best football team in the metro.

Edina girls' tennis suffers rare second loss this season

Third-ranked Prior Lake's 5-2 victory over the Hornets adds more intrigue to the upcoming state tournament, which has crowned Edina as champions for 19 consecutive years.
On national volleyball stage, Minnesota's star is on the rise

On national volleyball stage, Minnesota's star is on the rise

The state has become recognized as a place to find quality volleyball players.
Fall prep sports season heats up with big tournaments

Fall prep sports season heats up with big tournaments

Friday and Saturday will be the busiest days of the fall season so far.
Benilde-St. Margaret's girls' soccer ready to defend title with key players back from injuries

Benilde-St. Margaret's girls' soccer ready to defend title with key players back from injuries

The Benilde-St. Margaret's girls' soccer team is buoyed by two key players back from injuries.
West metro notebook: Final Waconia football play is a keeper for 'Con Man'

West metro notebook: Final Waconia football play is a keeper for 'Con Man'

Waconia's Connor Holcomb, a junior with Down syndrome, had never stepped on the field until recently.
Shifty, tough Wade Sullivan piling up yards for Lakeville North

Shifty, tough Wade Sullivan piling up yards for Lakeville North

RB Wade Sullivan gives Lakeville North a dynamic breakaway threat
Wayzata volleyball trio hopes to finish with first state tournament

Wayzata volleyball trio hopes to finish with first state tournament

Close friends Kate Berg, Morgan Baufield and Kenzie Groechel have a final goal in their sights.
Prep volleyball metro-area season story lines

Prep volleyball metro-area season story lines

Volleyball's popularity translates into lots of talent as the North Star State churns out collegiate volleyball players
In girls' prep tennis, Edina is still the team to beat

In girls' prep tennis, Edina is still the team to beat

This year marks the 20th anniversary season of the 1997 Edina girls' tennis team that won the first of its current streak of 19 consecutive Class 2A team championships.
West Metro volleyball preview

West Metro volleyball preview

The south metro gets the hype, but don't sleep on girls' volleyball in the west metro.
Maple Grove survives, then revives to topple rival Osseo

Maple Grove survives, then revives to topple rival Osseo

Defense keeps it close in turnover-filled first half to knock off archrival Osseo
Lynx win behind Whalen, take over top spot in WNBA

Lynx win behind Whalen, take over top spot in WNBA

Coming on the heels of a frustrating 84-80 loss at Connecticut on Friday, it was clear that something had to change.
Despite rising concerns over concussions, this doctor prescribes football

Despite rising concerns over concussions, this doctor prescribes football

Dr. Uzma Samadani, a neurosurgeon and parent of a player, says a proper approach takes the concern out of the game.
Edina girls' tennis title streak turns 20

Edina girls' tennis title streak turns 20

The Hornets won the girls' team title in 1997 and every year since then.
Lynx players ready to resume play after Olympic break

Lynx players ready to resume play after Olympic break

It's been more than a month since the Lynx last played a regular-season game. Players say they are not worries about rust - or fatigue in the case of their five Olympians.
Crowd greets Lynx players, coach Reeve in return from Rio Olympics

Crowd greets Lynx players, coach Reeve in return from Rio Olympics

When the Lynx — players Lindsay Whalen, Seimone Augustus, Maya Moore, Sylvia Fowles and coach Cheryl Reeve — finally did appear, laden with gold medals, the cheer at MSP International Airport was long and loud.
Fans can meet gold medal-winning Lynx at airport Monday evening

Fans can meet gold medal-winning Lynx at airport Monday evening

Four players and coach Cheryl Reeve return from Rio this evening, and the Lynx want you there to celebrate.
Mound Westonka football looking to take another step

Mound Westonka football looking to take another step

An 8-1 record last year has the White Hawks and their community excited for a promising 2016 season.
As first practices loom, prep football coaches say game is safer

As first practices loom, prep football coaches say game is safer

Football has evolved in recent years because of better education about injuries, increased attention to teaching skills and fundamentals and a desire from coaches and players to hit the ground running.
Concordia-St. Paul gets women's lacrosse started with scholarship players

Concordia-St. Paul gets women's lacrosse started with scholarship players

Mo Dunnigan is the architect of the first Division II college lacrosse program in Minnesota, and the first to offer athletic scholarships
Rave reviews for CHS Field as North wins All-Star Game

Rave reviews for CHS Field as North wins All-Star Game

Tuesday night was more for recognition of the best the American Association has to offer, much of it with a Minnesota connection, than it was about the final score.
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