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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
October 17

Listen: Big matchups abound on last night of regular-season football games

The Star Tribune's Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque break down several matchups in the state's biggest classes in this week's Talking Preps podcast.
High Schools
October 11

Listen: Best start ever for Minnetonka, but do Skippers have the weapons to take down Eden Prairie?

In the latest Talking Preps, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen analyze another No. 1 vs. 2 matchup in football, plus other big games Friday and some surprises in the boys' soccer playoffs.
High Schools
October 4
South St. Paul Packers celebrated their win by shooting off fireworks.

Listen: 'Kids you can root for' and more on the metro prep football scene

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen discuss some of this season's best players as well as an unfortunate season-ending injury to a key athlete at St. Michael-Albertville.
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September 28
Eden Prairie High School linebacker Antonio Montero (1) celebrated aft...

Listen: The best of high school football at the season's midpoint

High school sports writers David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen examine the best teams, players and performances of the first half of the high school football season and look ahead to the remaining schedule.
High Schools
September 20

Listen: What's a high school football rivalry if you don't play each other anymore?

The latest Talking Preps podcast examines prep rivalries reshaped or put on hold by scheduling changes, along with a big Saturday for cross-country and volleyball.
High Schools
September 13

Listen: Surprising strong starts dot metro prep football landscape

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque turn up some noteworthy 2-0 starts at Irondale, Centennial, Holy Angels and elsewhere that don't appear to be flukes. And share a little volleyball, soccer and girls' tennis love.
High Schools
September 6

Listen: Prep football looks ahead; cross-country, soccer crack national rankings

This week's Talking Preps podcast analyzes week one football, looks ahead to this week's games and recaps national acclaim for speedy state runners and talented soccer teams.
High Schools
August 30

Listen: Expect surprises amid big line play as Minnesota prep football returns

Star Tribune staff writers David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen break down opening night and the season ahead in the school year's first Talking Preps podcast.
High Schools
June 2

Listen: Fist bump for integrity in high school golf

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, the Star Tribune's David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen recap Marshall golfer Kaylee Gossen's stand-up actions after a scoring mistake and preview the crush of spring state tournaments this month.
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
North Woods players, including center George Bibeau (44) and forward T...

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.