Talking Preps Logo

Podcast

Talking Preps

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
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.
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.
High Schools
October 18, 2016

Listen: Talking Preps podcast football preview and, oh, what does MEA stand for?

As the regular season wraps up, Star Tribune staff writers Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque recount their favorite games and analyze big games to be played Wednesday night because of that two-day school break.
High Schools
October 13, 2016

Listen: Which prep football teams are best positioned to pull off an Osseo?

The Orioles lost three games before going on a run that won them a Prep Bowl title last year. Adam Rossow of Northstar Football News joins the Star Tribune's Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque to analyze teams with multiple losses that are poised to be big winners.
EPISODE 6
October 5, 2016

Listen: Check out early front-runners for metro football player of the year

They are transcendent players who elevate their teams. Staff writers David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen run down the best of the best so far this season.
EPISODE 5
September 29, 2016

Listen: Which prep football teams are poised to reach the next echelon?

To get into the conversation with Totino-Grace and Eden Prairie requires several things: a strong running game, an active defense, a jackhammer offensive line. The Star Tribune's David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen talk about which teams are getting there.
EPISODE 4
September 20, 2016
Wayzata received the Bay Bell trophy, part of the rivalry between thes...

Listen: Which prep football teams are falling short of expectations?

Talking Preps podcasters Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque dissect week four of the season, including the west-metro battle for a bell of a trophy.