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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
January 3
Listen: Major penalties way down as a new post-Jablonski hockey culture takes root

Listen: Major penalties way down as a new post-Jablonski hockey culture takes root

In the first Talking Preps podcast of 2019, the Star Tribune's David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen discuss how boys' hockey has changed in the seven years since a check from behind left Jack Jablonski paralyzed. Plus a look at the girls' and boys' hockey and basketball seasons as conference play resumes.
High Schools
December 20, 2018
Listen: Who's left unsigned, holiday tourneys to feast on and a boys' hoops name to know

Listen: Who's left unsigned, holiday tourneys to feast on and a boys' hoops name to know

In their last Talking Preps podcast of 2018, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque talk football, hockey, basketball, wrestling and leak an early-season player-of-the-year front-runner.
High Schools
December 12, 2018
High School Boys Hockey
Duluth East Greyhounds vs Andover Huskies Andover Community Center December 8, 2018. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

Listen: Boys' hockey offers up a section final preview already

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen dissect the rankings in boys' and girls' hockey, discuss girls playing on boys' teams and divine signals suggesting more potential classes of state tournament play and perhaps some new sports.
High Schools
December 5, 2018
Minnetonka junior Mack Motzko tries to find space behind the St. Thomas Academy net. Motzko had a goal for the Skippers in their 4-1 victory over the

Listen: Boys' hockey No. 1 -- 'best team going right now' -- might be jinxed

In the first winter sports edition of the Talking Preps podcast, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen turn their attention to pucks and basketballs, including a 63-point, record-setting performance by a 5-foot-3 guard from Prior Lake.
High Schools
November 28, 2018
Listen: Here's to the Prep Bowl and a bunch of questions for next year

Listen: Here's to the Prep Bowl and a bunch of questions for next year

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque discuss Lakeville North's greatness, coach Brian Vossen's profile, Eden Prairie's status, what's up with private schools always winning 4A, and a heckuva bunch that never seems to smile.
High Schools
November 20, 2018
Listen: Do blowouts signal time to seed prep football playoffs?

Listen: Do blowouts signal time to seed prep football playoffs?

In a special Prep Bowl edition of the Talking Preps Podcast, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque talk all-metro football, lopsided semifinal games, and the seven classes of championships on Friday and Saturday.
High Schools
November 14, 2018
Listen: State tournament volleyball shines, football moves inside, hockey pucks start to fly

Listen: State tournament volleyball shines, football moves inside, hockey pucks start to fly

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, staff writers David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen ruminate about a memorable championship Saturday of volleyball, football semifinal match-ups at U.S. Bank Stadium and the start of two anniversary seasons of hockey.
High Schools
November 7, 2018
Listen: A kick for the ages, a couple of firsts for Edina and lots of great football ahead

Listen: A kick for the ages, a couple of firsts for Edina and lots of great football ahead

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque recap a 55-yard goal seen 'round the world and look ahead to three days of volleyball and football state tournaments.
High Schools
November 1, 2018
Listen: Showdowns abound in prep soccer, cross-country, football, even in court

Listen: Showdowns abound in prep soccer, cross-country, football, even in court

An unseeded underdog in state tournament soccer, a speedy star in cross-country, section football, and a suspended East Ridge player's trip before a judge make up this week's Talking Preps podcast with staff writers Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque.
High Schools
October 24, 2018
Listen: Penalize prep football for too many games without enough rest?

Listen: Penalize prep football for too many games without enough rest?

In the latest Talking Preps, staff writers David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen debate safety concerns raised by coaches about the intensified game schedule this month. Plus a look at Friday's games and tennis and soccer state tournament updates.
High Schools
October 17, 2018
Eagan at Lakeville North, 9-27-18, Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

Listen: Soccer section playoffs open the door to fall madness

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, prep writers Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque discuss city vs. suburban soccer supremacy on the road to state and set up Wednesday as the final night of regular-season football.
High Schools
October 10, 2018
Listen: Free-play soccer produces German club visit, 15-year-old takes 6th in elite women's marathon field

Listen: Free-play soccer produces German club visit, 15-year-old takes 6th in elite women's marathon field

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, the Star Tribune's Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque riff on Zinedine Kroeten's unusual soccer path from St. Louis Park, Tierney Wolfgram's stunning Twin Cities Marathon race, and the last regular-season Friday for football.
High Schools
October 3, 2018
Listen: Fast times, fancy digs and free kicks that wouldn't stop going in

Listen: Fast times, fancy digs and free kicks that wouldn't stop going in

In the latest Talking Preps podcast. the Star Tribune's David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen recap a big weekend of cross-country and football in Viking-land, and give some love to unheralded teams and a truly winning girls' soccer performance.
High Schools
September 26, 2018
Listen: Mid-season 'Preppy Awards' bestowed on Minnesota high school football's best so far

Listen: Mid-season 'Preppy Awards' bestowed on Minnesota high school football's best so far

Best surprise team after four games? Top defense? Team of the year? Top player? The Star Tribune's David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen reveal their favorites in the latest "Talking Preps'' podcast.
High Schools
September 21, 2018
Listen: Running obstacles, 'hyper-vigilant officiating,'' and city teams holding their own against the bigs

Listen: Running obstacles, 'hyper-vigilant officiating,'' and city teams holding their own against the bigs

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen talk cross-country, volleyball and soccer before setting up the weekend in Twin Cities metro football.
High Schools
September 13, 2018
Listen: Who should be No. 1 now? Plus some surprising 2-0 and 0-2 teams

Listen: Who should be No. 1 now? Plus some surprising 2-0 and 0-2 teams

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, staff writers Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque re-hash football heading into week three and shine some light on top soccer and volleyball.
High Schools
September 5, 2018
Bloomington Jefferson quarterback Isaiah Watts (5) hurdled a pair of Orono defenders Chad Mrachek (12) for a third-quarter touchdown, giving the Jagua

Listen: Who were the week one prep football surprises?

Talented Isaiah Watts and Bloomington Jefferson knocked off Orono. Eden Prairie needed an end zone interception to preserve its win. Staff writers David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen offer their takes in the latest Talking Preps podcast.
High Schools
August 29, 2018
Listen: Is this the year Minnetonka comes down with a Prep Bowl title?

Listen: Is this the year Minnetonka comes down with a Prep Bowl title?

With the season kicking off Thursday, Ryan Phelps of Minnesota Prep Spotlight joins the Star Tribune's Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque to discuss all manner of high school football in the return of the Talking Preps podcast.
EPISODE 72
June 20, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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.