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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
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.
High Schools
November 22, 2017
Listen: New cast of Prep Bowl stars to come out in 7-game spotlight

Listen: New cast of Prep Bowl stars to come out in 7-game spotlight

The Star Tribune's David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen introduce top players you'll be hearing about in the championship games Friday and Saturday, and offer predictions that might surprise you.
High Schools
November 15, 2017
Listen: Volleyball's climactic finish, boys' hockey gets underway and can Maple Grove do it again?

Listen: Volleyball's climactic finish, boys' hockey gets underway and can Maple Grove do it again?

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, the Star Tribune's Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque pontificate on the latest doings in Minnesota's high school sports seasons of transition.
High Schools
November 9, 2017
Listen: A Minneapolis running first kicks off volleyball, football state showdowns

Listen: A Minneapolis running first kicks off volleyball, football state showdowns

In the latest Talking Preps, staff writers David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen do a 5K, go five sets and spend more than five minutes talking football matchups.
High Schools
November 2, 2017
Listen: 6A football playoffs match-ups full of intrigue

Listen: 6A football playoffs match-ups full of intrigue

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen dial up things to watch for in Friday's games and share a little state tournament soccer and cross-country wisdom.
High Schools
October 26, 2017
Listen: Where are the upsets in Minnesota prep football playoffs?

Listen: Where are the upsets in Minnesota prep football playoffs?

In the newest Talking Preps, podcasters David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen prospect for football surprises and reveal what surprised them in their recent Star Tribune series on the changing face of high school sports.
High Schools
October 17, 2017
Listen: Big matchups abound on last night of regular-season football games

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, 2017
Listen: Best start ever for Minnetonka, but do Skippers have the weapons to take down Eden Prairie?

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, 2017
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.
EPISODE 39
September 28, 2017
Eden Prairie High School linebacker Antonio Montero (1) celebrated after scoring a touch down in the second half.

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, 2017
Listen: What's a high school football rivalry if you don't play each other anymore?

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, 2017
Listen: Surprising strong starts dot metro prep football landscape

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, 2017
Listen: Prep football looks ahead; cross-country, soccer crack national rankings

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, 2017
Listen: Expect surprises amid big line play as Minnesota prep football returns

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, 2017
Listen: Fist bump for integrity in high school golf

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, 2017
A gathering of AAU and club basketball players on the Wear Out the Net court in Lakeville, Minn. They are, from left, Jake Runyan, 8th grade, Gavin Pi

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, 2017
Listen: Pitching arm care prompts high school league action

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, 2017
Listen: Superlative performances abound in girls' and boys' track, softball, boys' golf and tennis

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, 2017
Listen: Will Burnsville prospect be first Minnesota prep pitcher to be a first-round MLB pick?

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, 2017
Listen: Preview of top performers' track meet Friday evening at Hamline

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, 2017
Listen: Spring sports ramp up as two big names depart

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, 2017
Listen: Audit thrusts Minnesota prep athlete school transfers into the spotlight

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, 2017
North Woods players, including center George Bibeau (44) and forward Tate Olson (15), celebrated a buzzer beating 3-pointer by guard Cade Goggleye (3)

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, 2017
Listen: 'Star power is tremendous' for boys' basketball state tournament

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.