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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 22
Listen: Spring sports dodge raindrops as the playoff season kicks in

Listen: Spring sports dodge raindrops as the playoff season kicks in

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen talk coach ouster transparency, a boys' volleyball first, girls' and boys' lacrosse and golf to admire, the first boys' tennis teams reaching state, and a former football metro player of the year set to coach basketball.
High Schools
May 15
Listen: Coaching moves and how to catch moves like this one at a track meet

Listen: Coaching moves and how to catch moves like this one at a track meet

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen recount a rite of spring -- mentors on the move -- along with an eligibility issue, a squeeze on officials, state records, and camaraderie on display at the True Team track state meet.
High Schools
May 9
Listen: Tracktown, Minnesota's lead burner gets it going

Listen: Tracktown, Minnesota's lead burner gets it going

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen highlight Hopkins speedster Joe Fahnbulleh's excellent spring, note a lack of top girls' basketball recruits picking Minnesota and catch up on two high-profile coaching changes.
High Schools
May 5
Listen: Spring sports hit the backstretch and the records are falling

Listen: Spring sports hit the backstretch and the records are falling

A new 4x100 state mark, a new career leader in softball hits. In the latest Talking Preps podcast, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen highlight other top performers and talk club softball in Minneapolis, college hockey recruiting at young ages, and a football signing ceremony for eighth-graders.
High Schools
April 25
Listen: How much attention on high school recruiting is too much?

Listen: How much attention on high school recruiting is too much?

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, the Star Tribune's Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque share their views, set up a premier track meet on Friday and wade into baseball, softball, boys' volleyball and adapted bowling.
High Schools
April 19
Listen: Friday's the day to learn national recruit Matthew Hurt's college basketball future

Listen: Friday's the day to learn national recruit Matthew Hurt's college basketball future

The Rochester John Marshall star plans to announce his school choice on Friday but in the latest Talking Preps podcast, staff writers Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque read signs pointing to which one that will be. And talk a little spring sports, too.
High Schools
April 10
Listen: Track and softball lead the spring pack, Lacrosse Day Minnesota tries again

Listen: Track and softball lead the spring pack, Lacrosse Day Minnesota tries again

In the Talking Preps podcast of spring, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen brush off the snow to catch up with track and softball seasons in progress and discuss plans for a lacrosse celebration that had to be scrapped last year because of weather.
High Schools
April 4
Listen: Is UConn-bound Paige Bueckers best ever? Has recruiting become too overheated?

Listen: Is UConn-bound Paige Bueckers best ever? Has recruiting become too overheated?

With spring sports still thawing out, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque resume their Talking Preps podcast with give-and-take on the Hopkins star's standing in Minnesota girls' prep history and the state of Twitter-fueled recruiting buzz.
High Schools
March 20
Listen: Boys' basketball seeds of (mild) discontent and a little too much 'nobody respects us'

Listen: Boys' basketball seeds of (mild) discontent and a little too much 'nobody respects us'

In the last Talking Preps podcast of the winter season, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque look ahead to the boys' basketball tournament field and offer a recap of the girls' championships.
High Schools
March 12
Listen: Life after hockey means girls' basketball rules; can anyone stop Hopkins?

Listen: Life after hockey means girls' basketball rules; can anyone stop Hopkins?

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque put the boys' hockey tournament to bed and take up the next one, including who's best positioned to keep top recruit Paige Bueckers and the Royals from being the ones holding the 4A trophy on Saturday night.
High Schools
March 6
Listen: Fear, danger and surprise in prep boys' hockey when the puck drops at the X

Listen: Fear, danger and surprise in prep boys' hockey when the puck drops at the X

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, staff writer David La Vaque and veteran hockey raconteur Ted Cheesebrough share insights from those who will be behind the bench at this week's 75th boys' hockey state tournament.
High Schools
February 27
Listen: State meet perfection, girls' hockey objection and plenty of speculation

Listen: State meet perfection, girls' hockey objection and plenty of speculation

In the latest Talking Preps, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque re-live what one official called "the most electrifying moment'' he's seen in high school sports, post-game heat after two championship games, and previews of the wrestling state meet and boys' hockey section finals.
High Schools
February 19
Listen: Edina goes for three, two undefeated teams in 1A, and can anyone get the puck past White Bear Lake's goalie?

Listen: Edina goes for three, two undefeated teams in 1A, and can anyone get the puck past White Bear Lake's goalie?

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen scrutinize this week's girls' hockey state tournament, including All-Metro goalie Calla Frank's run of shutouts, and the upcoming gymnastics state meet.
High Schools
February 15
Listen: Girls' hockey finds the net as boys' volleyball tries to find its way

Listen: Girls' hockey finds the net as boys' volleyball tries to find its way

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, staff writer David La Vaque and editor Paul Klauda navigate fast-moving section play leading to the 25th girls' hockey state tournament next week and catch up boys' volleyball's bid for high school league sanction.
High Schools
February 6
High School Girls Hockey
Brainerd/Little Falls vs North Wright County Braemar Arena December 26, 2018. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

Listen: As girls' hockey shifts into section playoffs, an idea for getting outstate boys' teams to the X more often

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen preview girls' teams to watch and debate the merits of ridding three boys' hockey sections of metro teams.
High Schools
January 23
Listen: How cold is too cold for prep sports, and a missed opportunity in these divided times

Listen: How cold is too cold for prep sports, and a missed opportunity in these divided times

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque discuss big Gopher interest in Hopkins girls' basketball, the wisdom of sub-zero Hockey Day and how to move forward after the Trump flag fallout from a basketball game.
High Schools
January 17
Listen: Basketball ref shortage requires new thinking to ease the crunch

Listen: Basketball ref shortage requires new thinking to ease the crunch

Too many games on Tuesday? Fewer officials per game? More games on other nights? In the latest Talking Preps podcast, prep writers Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque add their notions to the issue that flared anew this week in the metro area. Plus a chilly Hockey Day in Minnesota preview.
High Schools
January 9
Listen: Shot clock or not? Six-minute stall creates time for debate

Listen: Shot clock or not? Six-minute stall creates time for debate

It wasn't Hopkins-Shakopee in the state tournament this time but it got the Star Tribune's David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen to join the always-lively topic in this week's all-hoops Talking Preps podcast.
High Schools
January 3
Listen: Major penalties way down as a new post-Jablonski hockey culture takes root

Listen: Major penalties way down as a new post-Jablonski hockey culture takes root

In the first Talking Preps podcast of 2019, the Star Tribune's David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen discuss how boys' hockey has changed in the seven years since a check from behind left Jack Jablonski paralyzed. Plus a look at the girls' and boys' hockey and basketball seasons as conference play resumes.
High Schools
December 20, 2018
Listen: Who's left unsigned, holiday tourneys to feast on and a boys' hoops name to know

Listen: Who's left unsigned, holiday tourneys to feast on and a boys' hoops name to know

In their last Talking Preps podcast of 2018, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque talk football, hockey, basketball, wrestling and leak an early-season player-of-the-year front-runner.
High Schools
December 12, 2018
High School Boys Hockey
Duluth East Greyhounds vs Andover Huskies Andover Community Center December 8, 2018. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

Listen: Boys' hockey offers up a section final preview already

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen dissect the rankings in boys' and girls' hockey, discuss girls playing on boys' teams and divine signals suggesting more potential classes of state tournament play and perhaps some new sports.
High Schools
December 5, 2018
Minnetonka junior Mack Motzko tries to find space behind the St. Thomas Academy net. Motzko had a goal for the Skippers in their 4-1 victory over the

Listen: Boys' hockey No. 1 -- 'best team going right now' -- might be jinxed

In the first winter sports edition of the Talking Preps podcast, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen turn their attention to pucks and basketballs, including a 63-point, record-setting performance by a 5-foot-3 guard from Prior Lake.
High Schools
November 28, 2018
Listen: Here's to the Prep Bowl and a bunch of questions for next year

Listen: Here's to the Prep Bowl and a bunch of questions for next year

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque discuss Lakeville North's greatness, coach Brian Vossen's profile, Eden Prairie's status, what's up with private schools always winning 4A, and a heckuva bunch that never seems to smile.
High Schools
November 20, 2018
Listen: Do blowouts signal time to seed prep football playoffs?

Listen: Do blowouts signal time to seed prep football playoffs?

In a special Prep Bowl edition of the Talking Preps Podcast, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque talk all-metro football, lopsided semifinal games, and the seven classes of championships on Friday and Saturday.
High Schools
November 14, 2018
Listen: State tournament volleyball shines, football moves inside, hockey pucks start to fly

Listen: State tournament volleyball shines, football moves inside, hockey pucks start to fly

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, staff writers David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen ruminate about a memorable championship Saturday of volleyball, football semifinal match-ups at U.S. Bank Stadium and the start of two anniversary seasons of hockey.