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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.

EPISODE 72
June 20
Stillwater pitcher Andrew Gilbert celebrated his complete game and a 4-0 win over Minnetonka during class 4A baseball championship game at Target Fiel

Listen: Putting a bow on the 2017-18 high school sports year

Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque wrap up the high school tournament season by looking back at lacrosse and baseball championships while also revealing their fondest memories of the entire season.
High Schools
June 6
Listen: Prep coaches want a shot clock so what will it take to get one?

Listen: Prep coaches want a shot clock so what will it take to get one?

In the latest Talking Preps, the Star Tribune's David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen hold court on the recent rejection of a basketball shot clock -- remember that wacky Hopkins-Shakopee game? -- and preview state softball and track and field competition.
High Schools
May 30
Boys' High School LAX Elk River vs Irondale Irondale High School/New Brighton, Minnesota
5/23/18
Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

Listen: Lacrosse growth spawns new success where rankings respect has lagged

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, the Star Tribune's David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen talk about the division of strength in boys' and girls' lacrosse, how new school facilities are serving other community needs, and the upcoming adapted softball state tournament.
High Schools
May 23
Listen: What do Wayzata and St. Paul Johnson have in common this spring?

Listen: What do Wayzata and St. Paul Johnson have in common this spring?

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen start counting down team champions, look ahead to section play in lacrosse, tennis and softball, and ponder spring sports changes to better cope with weather.
High Schools
May 16
Listen: Time to pump the brakes on prep recruiting hype machine?

Listen: Time to pump the brakes on prep recruiting hype machine?

In the latest Talking Preps, Jim Paulsen takes aim at the seemingly unchecked internet-fueled buzz about young high school stars while David La Vaque previews the True Team state track meet and its awesome post-game party scene.
High Schools
May 9
Listen: Do private schools win more than their share of state titles?

Listen: Do private schools win more than their share of state titles?

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, staff writers Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque talk about the compressed softball season, scaled-back football at the Vikings' practice facility, the Lindsay Whalen effect and topics from a recent meeting of local athletic directors.
High Schools
May 3
Listen: Weighted baseballs, impressive track feats and a KARE package that stirs passions

Listen: Weighted baseballs, impressive track feats and a KARE package that stirs passions

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque mix it up over spring sports in full swing and an unusual local TV moment for Edina football star Quinn Carroll.
High Schools
April 25
Eagan at Chanhassen boys' lacrosse, 4-19-18. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

Listen: Enough with the weather -- "Time to get out and play''

In the first Talking Preps podcast of the spring season, with sections barely a month away for some sports, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque find meets begin held, games being played, even some records that have already fallen.
High Schools
March 28
Listen: On sportsmanship, all-tourney teams and a dandy run of boys' basketball

Listen: On sportsmanship, all-tourney teams and a dandy run of boys' basketball

To wrap up the winter season, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque review finely played title games last Saturday and some post-game activity that stirred up the internet.
High Schools
March 20
Hopkins vs Wayzata Boys' Basketball Section 6 Final at Osseo High School. March 14, 2018. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

Listen: Showtime! Panache! Chutzpah! And that's just the first game!

In the latest Talking Preps, staff writers Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque go noun-hunting to describe what's in store for the four classes of the boys' basketball state tournament this week at Target Center and Williams Arena.
EPISODE 62
March 13
Hopkins' Paige Bueckers is the first sophomore ever selected as the Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year in girls' basketball.

Listen: After successful boys' hockey tourney, get ready for girls' hoops powers

Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque recap the boys' hockey state tournament and look ahead to the girls' basketball state tournament.
High Schools
March 6
Eastview forward Zach Anderson (8) eyed the puck as he attacked the goal of St. Thomas Academy goaltender Atticus Kelly (30) in the first period Thurs

Listen: Who will be this week's hot state tourney goalie at the X?

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, hockey sports writer Loren Nelson joins the Star Tribune's David La Vaque to preview the Class 2A and 1A boys' hockey tournaments.
High Schools
March 1
Listen: Hockey section finals create 2-on-1 rush on the wrestling guy

Listen: Hockey section finals create 2-on-1 rush on the wrestling guy

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, the Star Tribune's Jim Paulsen previews this week's wrestling state meet before colleague David La Vaque and hockey "bon vivant'' Ted Cheesebrough analyze boys' hockey matchups to see who gets to the X.
High Schools
February 20
Breck players celebrated their overtime win against Orono. ] RENEE JONES SCHNEIDER • renee.jones@startribune.com Orono verses Breck girls high schoo

Listen: Who will be in victory pile formation on Saturday?

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, staff writer David La Vaque handicaps the Class 2A and surprisingly open Class 1A girls' hockey state tournaments this week at Xcel Energy Center.
High Schools
February 15
Eden Prairie's Becca Divine led after the first run with a time of 35.49. ] AARON LAVINSKY • aaron.lavinsky@startribune.com The alpine skiing state

Listen: Skiing, dance team lead off state tournament madness; girls' hockey, wrestling sections have state feel

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, staff writer David La Vaque and editor Paul Klauda take up section matchups in girls' hockey and wrestling pitting the two top-ranked teams, not to mention other state titles being won this week.
High Schools
February 8
Brooklyn Center High School football player Dayvia Gbor, cq, was greeted by classmates after he signed a college football commitment with the Universi

Listen: Celebrating success in Brooklyn Center, Como Park and other surprises

In the latest Talking Preps, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque talk about an unusal football signing class, a jersey retired in St. Paul, three-point sharpshooters, the timing of the ski season and a wrestling match like no other.
High Schools
January 31
Listen: Two national wrestling champs from Minnesota to battle in rare match

Listen: Two national wrestling champs from Minnesota to battle in rare match

In the latest Talking Preps, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque go deep on parent-coach headbutting, update hockey and basketball top teams and preview what has to be a first in state prep wrestling.
High Schools
January 24
Listen: Streaking high school basketball, hockey teams get notice

Listen: Streaking high school basketball, hockey teams get notice

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, staff writers David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen call out several metro girls' and boys' teams making impressive runs.
High Schools
January 18
Listen: A coach leaves, parents blamed, and an AD wonders what can be done

Listen: A coach leaves, parents blamed, and an AD wonders what can be done

In the latest Talking Preps, the Star Tribune's David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen lend perspective to a Brainerd coach's decision to step down, discuss whether boys' hockey needs more games and set up a big match in girls' hockey.
High Schools
January 10
Listen: That Edina hockey livestream fee thing, Greyhounds on top, hoops and more

Listen: That Edina hockey livestream fee thing, Greyhounds on top, hoops and more

In the latest Talking Preps, the Star Tribune's high school writers David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen talk all things boys' and girls' hockey and basketball, and throw their weight classes around.
High Schools
January 3
Listen: New No.1 in boys' hockey as winter sports conference battles resume in earnest

Listen: New No.1 in boys' hockey as winter sports conference battles resume in earnest

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, the Star Tribune's David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen recap the puck, hoop and wrestling landscapes now that holiday tournament madness is over.
High Schools
December 21, 2017
Listen: All smiles for signing day, hockey, basketball, wrestling

Listen: All smiles for signing day, hockey, basketball, wrestling

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen wrap up the new early signing day and call out, among others, Mahtomedi boys' hockey, White Bear Lake girls' hockey, Eden Prairie boys' basketball and Anoka wrestling.
High Schools
December 13, 2017
Listen: Edina leads boys' hockey pack into big weekend, top teams fall in boys' hoops

Listen: Edina leads boys' hockey pack into big weekend, top teams fall in boys' hoops

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque talk favorites in girls' and boys' hockey and surprises in basketball. Oh, and brace yourself for new football signing period starting Wednesday.
High Schools
December 6, 2017
Listen: High school basketball roars out of the gate with star power

Listen: High school basketball roars out of the gate with star power

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, the Star Tribune's Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque set the stage for boys' and girls' basketball seasons bursting with big names and big games.
High Schools
November 29, 2017
Red Wing at Mahtomedi, girls hockey, 11-9-17. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

Listen: Girls' hockey gets a jump on winter sports and parting Prep Bowl shots

In the winter season debut of Talking Preps, staff writers David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen handicap the already-started girls' hockey season, catch up with the just-starting boys and riff on football championships that went about as expected.