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Star Tribune prep reporters David La Vaque and James Paulsen are bringing all you Minnesota high school sports enthusiasts another way to stay connected to the action.

High Schools
May 24

Listen: Minnesota high school basketball soars, with a dose of politics

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, David La Vaque and Paul Klauda take up Chip Scoggins' report on the rise of Minnesota as a basketball state, True Team team, state tennis and a football coach running for high office.
High Schools
May 18

Listen: Pitching arm care prompts high school league action

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen step through recently approved prep sports changes, preview the True Team track state meet, and riff on rankings and tweets as news.
High Schools
May 11

Listen: Superlative performances abound in girls' and boys' track, softball, boys' golf and tennis

In the new Talking Preps podcast, hear about a record-setting long jump, a Minnetonka golfer trying to qualify for the U.S. Open and maybe the best prep softball team in state history.
High Schools
May 4

Listen: Will Burnsville prospect be first Minnesota prep pitcher to be a first-round MLB pick?

In the latest Talking Preps, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque discuss Sam Carlson's chances, local fallout of the UND women's hockey situation, two-piece wrestling uniforms and the latest from lacrosse.
High Schools
April 27

Listen: Preview of top performers' track meet Friday evening at Hamline

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, the Star Tribune's David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen set up the Hamline Elite Meet lineup, an unusual no-prelims meet featuring top athletes in every event.
High Schools
April 20

Listen: Spring sports ramp up as two big names depart

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, the Star Tribune's David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen discuss legacies, discus throws and top performers in golf and softball.
High Schools
April 5

Listen: Audit thrusts Minnesota prep athlete school transfers into the spotlight

In the latest Talking Preps, the Star Tribune's David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen poke at new findings from a legislative audit of the high school league and sift through new section alignments.
High Schools
March 30
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Listen: Favorite memories of the winter state tournaments

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, the Star Tribune's Jim Paulsen and special guest Jake Lunemann of SportsEngine talk about prep sports hub sites, the shift of teams into different classes and best state tourney moments.
High Schools
March 21

Listen: 'Star power is tremendous' for boys' basketball state tournament

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, the Star Tribune's David La Vaque and Chip Scoggins break down the big match-ups in a highly anticipated tournament teeming with Division I-bound talent.
High Schools
March 13

Listen: Undefeated Hopkins, Elk River lead the charge in girls' basketball state tourney

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, the Star Tribune's Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque preview the four-class tourney starting March 14 and look back on a much talked-about boys' hockey tournament.
High Schools
March 7

Listen: "It's Eden Prairie's tournament to lose''

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, hockey coach Ted Cheesebrough joins the Star Tribune's David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen to break down the boys' hockey state tournament that starts Wednesday.
High Schools
February 28

Listen: Prep state tournaments hit peak as madness marches on

The Star Tribune's David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen pay homage to last weekend's girls' hockey champions and look ahead to this week's wrestling state tournament and boys' hockey playoffs.
High Schools
February 21

Listen: Picking all-metro teams sometimes has our experts dropping the gloves

As the girls' hockey state tournament starts up, staff writers David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen hash out differences when it comes to the Star Tribune girls' hockey top selections in the latest Talking Preps podcast.
High Schools
February 14

Listen: What makes Eden Prairie hockey star Casey Mittelstadt so good?

Talking Preps takes up top boys' hockey talent, the boys' basketball award dust-up and previews a possible record-breaking night of wrestling on the eve of the state tournament.
High Schools
February 10

Listen: Instant replay talk finds its way into prep football

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen get into what makes a state record, who's hot in boys' hockey and who's to beat in boys' basketball.
High Schools
February 3

Listen: Playoffs already? Girls' hockey starts down the road to the X

Talking Preps podcast takes up signing day, a huge boys' basketball game Monday night and who to watch for -- including last season's title game finalists -- as state tournament girls' hockey looms.
High Schools
January 27

Listen: Talking Preps surfaces arguably the best prep swimmer in the state

Staff writers David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen talk referee impartiality, football signing day, a girls' hockey shot extraordinaire, a border battle and a swimmer with Olympic potential.
High Schools
January 20

Listen: Talking Preps dissects the best of the bunch in boys' hockey

Prep hockey journalists David La Vaque and Loren Nelson give a 98-save performance of insights into the state of prep puck.
High Schools
January 13

Listen: Who are the unheralded in metro prep hockey, basketball?

The latest edition of the Talking Preps podcast reveals unsung high school players and teams making noise on the courts and rinks across the Twin Cities this winter.
High Schools
January 5

Listen: Talking Preps podcast kicks off winter season with hockey, basketball surprises

The Star Tribune's David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen discuss teams to watch among boys and girls, including Delano boys' hockey in Class 1A, and throw in a little football recruiting as well.
High Schools
November 22, 2016

Listen: Talking Preps podcast Prep Bowl predictions

The Star Tribune's David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen analyze the seven title games on Friday and Saturday and give their picks.
High Schools
November 17, 2016

Listen: Prep football playoffs move back indoors -- where do you stand?

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, the Star Tribune's David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen offer semifinal game insights and different takes on playing them in U.S. Bank Stadium.
High Schools
November 10, 2016

Listen: Who can stop Elk River? Favorites, surprises and upset specials in the football state tournament

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, Adam Rossow of Northstar Football News joins the Star Tribune's Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque to size up the quarterfinals beginning Thursday.
High Schools
November 2, 2016

Listen: Fall madness intensifies with soccer and cross-country championships, football playoffs

In this week's Talking Preps podcast, Star Tribune prep writers David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen offer bracket insights and more with a busy stretch ahead for prep sports.
High Schools
October 24, 2016

Listen: State tournament soccer, tennis, football previews and a special bonus

See those feet? Check out the latest Talking Preps to find out who they belong to and learn the identities of the Star Tribune boys' and girls' soccer players of the year. The preps postseason is in full swing.