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If Minnesota's biggest schools seeded their boys' and girls' basketball postseason without using section play, it could solve a problem of having some of the sweetest match-ups happening before the state tournament.
Eight sets of siblings — 17 skiers in all — help anchor the speedy Ranger boys' and girls' teams, among the favorites to bring home state championships next month.
Lindsay Whalen is working hard to overcome the lack of interest toward state recruits by her predecessor, Marlene Stollings. The recruiting of a junior from Farmington is an example.
The Royals have a well-known star in UConn recruit Paige Bueckers, but they also have a strong, youthful nucleus.
Southwest standout swimmer Peyton D'Emanuele is a favorite in two events.
The senior, whose parents and two older brothers are divers, has her sights set on becoming the second diver in Minnesota history to win four state titles.
Expect the Lake Conference, which has dominated the Class 2A girls' swimming and diving state meet, to do the same this fall.Schools from the conference…
The Cougars are loaded with confidence after riding a five-game winning streak to the Class 6A Prep Bowl semifinals last November.
Duke Coborn of St. Thomas Academy won a pitchers' duel when an out at home in the sixth preserved his shutout.
The turnaround can be traced to a pancake house meeting that helped players open up and overcome a 1-5 start and injuries to six teammates throughout the season.
Monticello, Benilde-St. Margaret's, Austin, St. Thomas Academy win in Class 3A baseball quarterfinals
Reliever Ethan Bosacker held Duluth Denfeld to one hit in 5⅓ innings.
Sophia Yoemans, Cecil Belisle win in Class 2A.
Drew Gilbert was 7-0 and nearly unhittable for Stillwater this year.
Seven of the eight top finishers are back from last year, including five who are sophomores or younger.
Will Frisch, Drew Gilbert lead a Ponies team that hasn't lost a game in more than a year.
He coached the Raptors to a fourth-place finish in March in their first state tournament appearance and has led teams to 20 or more wins in his last four seasons.
The nation's No. 1-ranked girls' basketball player in the class of 2020 said Monday on social media that she will play for the Huskies.
Henning was inspired by a teammate who had died.
The Hornets surged in the first half and turned game into rout.
Cade Goggleye made it from tough angle with 1.5 ticks left.
Last-minute layup lifts Goodhue over Menahga.
Heritage Christian raced to quick 15-point lead and then weathered every comeback bid by Ada-Borup/Norman County West for a 67-59 victory Thursday afternoon in the…
Katie and Kacie Borowicz of the Rams had 70 points combined.
Eastview built an early nine-point lead against Forest Lake
Royals junior's accolades still missing a 4A crown.
Becca Divine, Lauren Geary have been competing since fourth grade.
Jalen Suggs did it all in leading SMB to a state championship.
Four defending Minnesota girls' swimming state title winners are training with club teams this fall, motivated by a desire for more intense training and competition tied to goals after high school.
Two Tigers stars lead special group with state team title hopes.
Team communication will be critical as senior Rachel Kilkelly, a Gophers recruit, leads the Sabers to what they hope will be a state tournament berth.
After two plays for the ages, what's next for those who helped pull them off?
The year of the unbeatens highlight an outstanding 2017-18 school year south of the Minnesota River.
Mahtomedi's seniors had been 0-for-3 at state.
Twins draft pick did it all for Heritage Christian.
Passed ball in seventh puts Zephyrs in final vs. Rocori.
Closer Austin Jerylo got out of a runner on third and no outs jam in the ninth.
Red Wing junior has record-breaking two days; teammate finishes in second place.
Managing pitching staffs will be a tournament key.
Already a polished catcher, a change to Nick Juaire's swing added more consistency and pop
Minutes after Leah Herzog set a state record, Sophia Yoemans shattered it.
Heading to state contest, golfers are unfazed by underdog status.
Eagles have made huge strides in girls' lacrosse.
Lakeville North's Megan Welch has placed fifth and second in 3A state meets.
Lakeville North senior Nick Juaire headlines a list of six catchers who have either signed letters of intent or verbally committed to play Division I baseball.
The high-scoring Lakers ween't included among the "teams to watch" this season and have come out with a vengeance.
Nick Dittrich doesn't take practice swings. "It's all about tempo,'' he says.
Players reflect the district they grew up in as friends.
Lindsay Whalen is closing in on hiring her first assistant: former Gophers teammate, and current Macalester head coach, Kelly Roysland.
Music soothes, and the mind-set of attacking takes care of the rest for the Eden Prairie junior.
A route to success is identified and followed for the Eagan freshman: "Go for it more."
Epic basketball clash, wrestling, swimming part of the highlight mix.
The once-beaten Grizzlies lost in the final a year ago.
After taking 16-1 lead, it held off Mayer Lutheran.
One team will win its first state title — either Columbia Heights, which ended DeLaSalle's run of six consecutive championships, or Delano, which is getting plenty of help around its Division I recruit.
The Tigers guard had 29 points and 19 rebounds.
Columbia Heights upsets the six-time defending state champion.
Esko exits after Crusaders get last points of each OT.
Sleepy Eye coach Ryan Hulke knew his undersized squad would have its hands full with Lyle/Pacelli's imposing center, Kristi Fett. The challenge grew when Fett…
Both teams advanced with big semifinal wins.
The Thunderhawks wore down and upset the Stars.
Junior McKenna Hofschild is the school's all-time top scorer.
The Lakers start two 6-10 D-I prospects and are 17-3.
Roseville's Kiresuk is healthy and without two usual rivals.
The Raiders have compiled a 17-3 record by relying on those two strengths.
The Panthers have finished second four times, third five times.
The Wildcats last qualified in 2013, but five players won a soccer title last fall.
Matt Todd, who recently surpassed 2,000 career points, is 103 points short of setting the Monticello basketball career scoring record.
The Cougars are trying to make their first state meet as a team since 2008.
Distinctions fade as more large and small school teams seek to mix it up.
Luke Martens is one of the Eagles' multi-sport stars.
Edina's Kelli McCarthy and sister Katie are in the 500-yard freestyle.
The Wildcats avenged a 2016 section final loss to Rosemount on Tuesday.
The Raiders' last state tournament was in 2010, and their lone state title in '97.
Lakeville South senior Ryenne Hathaway was a gymnast before switching sports.
The Lightning has been forced to use more players than usual en route to unbeaten record.