Go deeper into Chip Scoggins' meticulously reported story about the transformation of Austin, the town of 25,000 people located about 100 miles south of the Twin Cities. It's a tale of immigration, basketball, Hormel and a changing community.
From behind the bench to behind the mic, longtime coach Shawn Reid joins David La Vaque to break down who's best equipped to challenge Edina and Breck. Plus a sneak peek at a special sports project coming Sunday in the Star Tribune.
The latest Talking Preps from preps writers David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen highlights girls' hockey, gymnastics and the swirl around Hopkins star Paige Bueckers. Plus the state's next best girls' basketball player and new football coaches at two 6A programs.
In the latest Talking Preps, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen discuss the Minnesota State High School League's latest action on two popular topics: How to slay a $407,000 budget shortfall and a new effort to look at student eligibility and transfers.
In the latest Talking Preps, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen take up ingrained sexist attitudes toward girls' basketball coaches and officials, a rivalry ended on the Iron Range and how did we get so close to state tournament time.
In the latest Talking Preps, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque spin a few of their own yarns about Totino-Grace's Jeff Ferguson and Brainerd's Ron Stolski, the latest to step down in a winter full of similar big-program departures.
In the newest Talking Preps, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque scrutinize the Minnesota appeal of outdoor hockey and examine the changing world of recruiting the state's most prized future college players.
Talking Preps' David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen kick off the new year with Minnehaha Academy's impressive boys' basketball weekend, get caught up on big wrestling and Nordic skiing doings, and look at who's catching notice as boys' and girls' hockey kick into post-holiday gear.
In their last Talking Preps until January, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen go deep on signing day doings and share their most memorable games of the year. And what kind of hex did Jim put on his self-declared best boys' basketball team ever?
In a special Talking Preps podcast with the Star Tribune's Jim Paulsen, Elk River football coach Steve Hamilton deconstructs his team's increasingly popular misdirection offense and sheds insight, based on two Prep Bowl trips, into how teams should be preparing this week. And what to look for in the seven championship games Friday and Saturday.
In the latest Talking Preps, the Star Tribune's Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque preview football semifinals starting Thursday at U.S. Bank Stadium and salute the state of volleyball after a most excellent day of state championships.
In a sea of competitive Class 6A matchups, Edina vs. Centennial has some history going for it, according to Star Tribune prep writers Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque. Plus the latest on soccer and cross-country championships.
Unseeded St. Paul Central pulls an upset in 2A boys, giving David La Vaque and JIm Paulsen some grist for this week's Talking Preps. Plus Edina's retiring girls' tennis coach gets one more state title, and the teams no one wants to face in the football playoffs.
In the latest Talking Preps podcast, David La Vaque and JIm Paulsen give the new No. 1 Trojans their due. But with two games left before playoffs, they see a more wide-open field than in many years. Plus the latest on Jalen Suggs, track and field goes to three classes and sections begin in soccer and tennis.
In the latest Talking Preps, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque preview Wayzata at Eden Prairie, both undefeated. Plus who's still unbeaten in prep soccer as the season winds down and the puzzling case of Tyler Krebs.
Wayzata, Champlin Park, Cretin-Derham Hall and others are off to impressive starts, according to Talking Preps podcasters Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque. But can they keep up with Lakeville North and Eden Prairie? Plus lots of intrigue in Class 4A, insights on the MSHSL budget deficit, a volleyball surprise and a girls' tennis update.
Just one game into the season, Talking Preps podcast hosts David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen explore the strong online reaction to the Panthers' "no apologies'' approach, take on unruly parents and call out two trends in the state's ever-improving volleyball scene.
In the first Talking Preps podcast of the fall, staff writers Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque offer their informed looks at the teams to beat and players to watch as week one kicks off Thursday and Friday night.
In the latest Talking Preps podcast, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen recap top state tournament performances in track and field and softball as lacrosse and baseball championships loom in the days ahead.