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Drake Dobbs (left) leads unbeaten Eden Prairie into Section 2 tournament; Paige Bueckers, a UConn-bound senior, is helping Hopkins seek a Class 4A tit

March mayhem: How about a radical state basketball tournament makeover?

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.
The Forest Lake boys’ and girls’ Nordic skiing teams have eight groups of siblings on their rosters. From left, Anthony and Jonathan Rink, Sam and

Forest Lake Nordic ski teams hooked on a family feeling

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.
The Gophers’ offer to Farmington’s Sophie Hart, left, “brought a big smile” to her face. Minnesota hasn’t signed a frontcourt player from th

Rebuilding bridges: Whalen offers U scholarships to 13 state players

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.
Minnehaha Academy and Hopkins players committed to or drawing interest from Division I schools came together for a photo at Minnehaha’s new gym. Pho

After unbeaten season with state title, Hopkins eyes doing both again

The Royals have a well-known star in UConn recruit Paige Bueckers, but they also have a strong, youthful nucleus.
Peyton D’Emanuele of Minneapolis Southwest will be trying to defend her 100-yard butterfly title in the Class 2A girls’ swimming and diving state

Butterfly champ Peyton D'Emanuele hopes to dance like a double-winner

Southwest standout swimmer Peyton D'Emanuele is a favorite in two events.
Edina diver Megan Phillip is seeking her fourth Class 2A state diving title this year. All five members of her family are divers. Photo: CARLOS GONZAL

Edina state champion Megan Phillip excels with family diving genes

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.
Edina’s Claudia Chang swam to first place in the 200 yard free at the 2018 girls’ swimming state meet. She is one of the swimmers to watch this se

Girls' swimming preview: Champs Edina, Visitation to be tested by runners-up Minnetonka, Hutchinson

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…
Lakeville South’s football team hit the field with a team huddle before the first day of practice Monday morning. Photo: BRIAN PETERSON •

Lakeville South raring to pick up where surprising playoff team left off last season

The Cougars are loaded with confidence after riding a five-game winning streak to the Class 6A Prep Bowl semifinals last November.
St. Thomas Academy pitcher Duke Coborn shut out Benilde-St. Margaret’s 1-0, giving up six hits and striking out nine.

St. Thomas Academy edges Benilde-St. Margaret's for Class 3A baseball title

Duke Coborn of St. Thomas Academy won a pitchers' duel when an out at home in the sixth preserved his shutout.
Benilde-St. Margaret's Blake Mahmood, a Tulane recruit, was sidelined for over a month and a half with a stress fracture in his back. He pitched the R

Benilde-St. Margaret's overcomes injuries, adversity to have shot at first baseball state title

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’s Ethan Bosacker allowed one hit in 5⅓ innings as the Magic beat Duluth Denfeld 5-4 in the state quarterfinals.

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 won her third individual Class 2A girls’ golf title and led Red Wing to a come-from-behind team title victory.

Red Wing seniors cap memorable careers with Class 2A golf titles

Sophia Yoemans, Cecil Belisle win in Class 2A.
Drew Gilbert led Stillwater to a 22-2 record this season with his pitching, hitting and outfield play in center.

Stillwater's Drew Gilbert is the Star Tribune baseball Metro Player of the Year

Drew Gilbert was 7-0 and nearly unhittable for Stillwater this year.
Northfield senior Molly Stevens returns for her fourth consecutive state tournament appearance. (submitted photo)

Youthful field, Northfield senior lead the way in 3A girls' golf state tournament

Seven of the eight top finishers are back from last year, including five who are sophomores or younger.
Stillwater senior Will Frisch (15) delivered a pitch as fellow senior team leader Drew Gilbert watched from centerfield in a game on April 26 against

From mound, plate or field, Stillwater duo have champs rolling

Will Frisch, Drew Gilbert lead a Ponies team that hasn't lost a game in more than a year.
East Ridge coach Bryce Tesdahl, Class 4A, Section 4 boys’ basketball final
East Ridge vs Cretin-Derham Hall Hastings High School March 14, 2019. Pho

Bryce Tesdahl leaving East Ridge, to take over as Minnetonka boys' basketball coach

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.
Hopkins guard Paige Bueckers, who plans to attend Connecticut, competed in the Class 4A state championship game on March 16. She was defended here by

Hopkins top girls' basketball recruit Bueckers headed to UConn

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 wins first state title and players remember a late teammate to the end

Henning was inspired by a teammate who had died.
Henning’s Parker Fraki grabbed a rebound against Spring Grove in the first half. He had 15 points and nine rebounds.

Henning routs Spring Grove in Class 1A boys' basketball semifinals

The Hornets surged in the first half and turned game into rout.
North Woods’ Cade Goggleye jumped into the arms of teammate Trevor Morrison after hitting a three-point shot with less than two seconds left to give

Low-percentage three pointer enables North Woods to beat Ada-Borup in boys' basketball semifinals

Cade Goggleye made it from tough angle with 1.5 ticks left.
Minneota’s Abby Hennen, who scored 21 points, drove the ball by Heritage Christian Academy’s Kirstin Robbins.

No. 1 Minneota gets past Heritage Christian

Last-minute layup lifts Goodhue over Menahga.
Taylie Schott of Heritage Christian dribbled past Mariah McKeever of Ada-Borup/Norman County West in a Class 1A quarterfinal Thursday at Maturi Pavili

Heritage Christian, Goodhue, Menahga and Minneota win in Class 1A girls' basketball quarterfinals

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…
Roseau’s Kacie Borowicz put up a shot in the second half. She had 33 points against Redwood Valley.

Roseau sisters combine for 70 points in one-point win

Katie and Kacie Borowicz of the Rams had 70 points combined.
Emma Carpenter of Eastview drove to the basket against Forest Lake in the second half. She had eight points for the tournament-savvy Lightning.

Eastview gets early leads and hold it, beating Forest Lake in girls' basketball

Eastview built an early nine-point lead against Forest Lake
The 2019 Star Tribune All-Metro girls’ basketball team, from left, is: Kallie Theisen, Wayzata; Sara Scalia, Stillwater; Player of the Year Paige Bu

Paige Bueckers of Hopkins is the Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year

Royals junior's accolades still missing a 4A crown.
Lakeville South senior Lauren Geary competes in an Alpine event at Buck Hill in January. Photo by John Hofstad.

Healthy again, Lakeville South's Lauren Geary hoping to finish prep Alpine ski career on top

Becca Divine, Lauren Geary have been competing since fourth grade.
Jalen Suggs of St. Paul Academy/Minnehaha Academy/Blake on Saturday.

Prep athletes of the week: SMB's Jalen Suggs saves the best for the biggest game

Jalen Suggs did it all in leading SMB to a state championship.
Minnetonka sophomore Abigail Kapeller and Blaine junior Abigail Kapeller and Isabelle Stadden both train with the Aquajets club team. They each won st

High school swimming champs step back from school competition to move forward

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.
Junior Lexi Kucera, swimming the 200 yard freestyle at the 2017 state meet.

Hutchinson girls' swimmers set for another shot at 1A champ Visitation

Two Tigers stars lead special group with state team title hopes.
Shakopee volleyball players listened to their coach Monday, the first day of practice.

Shakopee volleyball color codes all speak the same language

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.
Minnetonka High School quarterback Aaron Syverson.

After living the dream, what do high school sports stars do for a senior year encore?

After two plays for the ages, what's next for those who helped pull them off?
Members of the Lakeville North volleyball team celebrated their Class 3A state title at Xcel Energy Center after they knocked off two-time-defending s

Unbeaten and outstanding: South metro sports year in review

The year of the unbeatens highlight an outstanding 2017-18 school year south of the Minnesota River.
Mahtomedi players piled on top of each other after delivering the school its first baseball championship in what was the Zephyrs’ fifth consecutive

Mahtomedi takes care of unfinished business with school's first state baseball title

Mahtomedi's seniors had been 0-for-3 at state.
Seth Halvorsen’s teammates were waiting for him at home after his three-run homer — his second blast of the game — put the finishing touches on

Twins draft pick Seth Halvorsen dominates field to lead Heritage Christian Academy to state title

Twins draft pick did it all for Heritage Christian.
A passed ball allowed Mahtomedi’s Brandon Anderson (10) to score the only run of the game against Alexandria on Friday. Jamie Berg was the first to

Mahtomedi, Rocori advance to 3A baseball final

Passed ball in seventh puts Zephyrs in final vs. Rocori.
Mahtomedi’s Leo Bustos checked a runner on first base in the Zephyrs 3-2 win over Grand Rapids. Mahtomedi is 18-4 on the season and will take on 16-

Baseball state tournament: Class 3A quarterfinals

Closer Austin Jerylo got out of a runner on third and no outs jam in the ninth.
Sophia Yoemans, shown playing last year, shot a state record 9-under-par 63 Tuesday.

Red Wing's Sophia Yoemans wins 2A golf title with state tournament record 15-under

Red Wing junior has record-breaking two days; teammate finishes in second place.

Tightened schedule shifts strategy for state baseball tournament

Managing pitching staffs will be a tournament key.
Lakeville North senior catcher Nick Juaire’s batting average jumped from .307 to .500 this year, but his numbers really climbed in run production: f

Lakeville North's Nick Juaire left his streaky swing behind to win Metro Player of the Year

Already a polished catcher, a change to Nick Juaire's swing added more consistency and pop
Sophia Yoemans, playing in the 2017 Class 3A girls’ golf tournament.

Red Wing golfer shoots record 63 in opening round of Class 2A golf

Minutes after Leah Herzog set a state record, Sophia Yoemans shattered it.
Hanna Morin

Buffalo girls' golfing sisters lead team to fourth state tournament

Heading to state contest, golfers are unfazed by underdog status.
Apple Valley co-captain Reagan Roelofs is the state’s all-time leading scorer in girls’ lacrosse with more than 500 career points.

Apple Valley seniors leave lasting impression in girls' lacrosse

Eagles have made huge strides in girls' lacrosse.
Megan Welch of Lakeville North blasted out of a bunker.

Lakeville North's Welch intense and talkative on golf course

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

Prep catchers shine in role that draws few volunteers

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.
Lexi Peer (25) celebrated with Lauren Wick after Peer’s overtime goal against Apple Valley in an 11-10 win. The Lakers began the season 5-0.

Prior Lake opens lacrosse season with five wins

The high-scoring Lakers ween't included among the "teams to watch" this season and have come out with a vengeance.
Hastings golfer Nick Dittrich plays fast and well; he has qualified for two state meets.

Hastings golfer Nick Dittrich makes every swing count

Nick Dittrich doesn't take practice swings. "It's all about tempo,'' he says.
“We’re a family. Everybody makes me feel comfortable, secure.” - Nawal Abdiwahed

Burnsville badminton 'family' embraces diverse cast of teammates

Players reflect the district they grew up in as friends.
Kelly Roysland played for the Gophers and has been the head coach at Division III Macalester College.

Whalen to hire former Gophers teammate Roysland as assistant

Lindsay Whalen is closing in on hiring her first assistant: former Gophers teammate, and current Macalester head coach, Kelly Roysland.
Becca Divine of Eden Prairie.

Becca Divine, Star Tribune Metro Girls' Alpine Skier of the Year

Music soothes, and the mind-set of attacking takes care of the rest for the Eden Prairie junior.
Camden Palmquist, Eagan Alpine skiing.

Camden Palmquist, Star Tribune Metro Boys' Alpine Skier of the Year

A route to success is identified and followed for the Eagan freshman: "Go for it more."
Eastview guard Emma Carpenter held the team’s championship trophy as she rushed toward the student section with her teammates.

Eastview's girls' basketball title caps lively south metro winter prep sports season

Epic basketball clash, wrestling, swimming part of the highlight mix.
Tate Olson of North Woods scored on a layup in the first half, when the No. 2-ranked Grizzlies took a 33-17 lead.

North Wood routs Cass Lake-Bena in Class 1A boys' basketball semifinals

The once-beaten Grizzlies lost in the final a year ago.
Mayer Lutheran’s Baden Noennig got up for a layup vs. Russell-Tyler-Ruthton on Friday.

Class 1A semifinals Russell-tyler-ruthton 49, Mayer Lutheran 38RTR's defense saves the Knights

After taking 16-1 lead, it held off Mayer Lutheran.
Columbia Heights’ Quentin Hardrict celebrated at the end of Thursday’s victory over DeLaSalle.

Class 3A championship preview: Columbia Heights vs. Delano

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.
Senior guard Calvin Wishart celebrated Delano’s 80-68 upset victory over Austin in the Class 3A quarterfinals.

Delano upset Austin in the Class 3A boys' basketball state semifinals

The Tigers guard had 29 points and 19 rebounds.
Columbia Heights guard Quentin Hardrict put up a shot against DeLaSalle in the second half. He had 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists and thr

Columbia Heights upsets six-time defending champion DeLaSalle in Class 3A boys basketball

Columbia Heights upsets the six-time defending state champion.

Minnehaha Academy routs Jordan in Class 2A boys' basketball quarterfinals

Esko exits after Crusaders get last points of each OT.
Lyle-Pacelli’s Kristi Fett blocked a shot by Sleepy Eye’s McKenzie Cselovszki. The 6-5 Fett had 30 points and 16 rebounds.

Kristi Fett leads Lyle/Pacelli to first girls' basketball state title

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…
Class 1A final
Lyle/Pacelli (31-1) vs. Sleepy Eye (28-4), noon today at Target Center

Either Sleepy Eye or Lyle/Pacelli will win its first girls' basketball state title Saturday

Both teams advanced with big semifinal wins.
Grand Rapids players, from left, forward Meara Beighley, center Maggie Miska and forward Hannah DeMars celebrated their team’s 75-60 over Holy Angel

Grand Rapids upsets Holy Angels in girls' basketball

The Thunderhawks wore down and upset the Stars.
At 5-2, guard McKenna Hofschild “has an incredible vertical,” said Lakers coach Mike Gidley. “I’ve seen her block the shots of big post player

Prior Lake's star guard is small but explosive

Junior McKenna Hofschild is the school's all-time top scorer.
Prior Lake’s 6-10 Dawson Garcia, left, is averaging 21 points and 11 rebounds. Robert Jones, right, also 6-10, is averaging 14 points and 10 rebound

Prior Lake's size, with two 6-10 players, makes its boys' basketball team formidable

The Lakers start two 6-10 D-I prospects and are 17-3.

Path opening up for Roseville skier Elizabeth Kiresuk to have big finish to her career

Roseville's Kiresuk is healthy and without two usual rivals.
Senior center Annika Hoff, in middle above, has played more than 100 games for Northfield.

Northfield girls' basketball defense has team on track to be section favorites

The Raiders have compiled a 17-3 record by relying on those two strengths.
Jackson Stauffacher, longtime pals with Tyler Buesgens, says, “The time has really gone fast.”

Scott West wrestling captains eye first team state title

The Panthers have finished second four times, third five times.
Senior forward Abby Barger is a leader on an Eagan team that already has won 13 games — or as many as all of last season.

Five Eagan girls' soccer players hope to win another title this school year in girls' hockey

The Wildcats last qualified in 2013, but five players won a soccer title last fall.
Monticello's Matt Todd in the 2016 Class 3A semifinals against DeLaSalle, when he was a sophomore. Now a senior, he's on the cusp of the program scori

Prep athletes of the week: Monticello senior on edge of program points record

Matt Todd, who recently surpassed 2,000 career points, is 103 points short of setting the Monticello basketball career scoring record.
Ally Doornbos practices her floor exercise.

Lakeville South gymnasts continue their ascent

The Cougars are trying to make their first state meet as a team since 2008.
Minnehaha Academy will test its 2A talent against many Class 3A and 4A teams.

Boys' basketball preview: Smaller schools eager to prove talent by taking on the bigger guys

Distinctions fade as more large and small school teams seek to mix it up.
Apple Valley wide receiver Luke Martens (11)

Apple Valley athletes change with seasons

Luke Martens is one of the Eagles' multi-sport stars.
Edina’s Kelli McCarthy, top, is the two-time defending champion in the 500-yard freestyle in the Class 2A state meet.

Edina 500 freestyle state champion will get to swim with sister this week

Edina's Kelli McCarthy and sister Katie are in the 500-yard freestyle.
Eagan goalkeeper Megan Plaschko celebrated after her team’s 2-1 win over Rosemount in the Class 2A, Section 3 championship game on Tuesday at Burnsv

Eagan chases third girls' soccer title in four years

The Wildcats avenged a 2016 section final loss to Rosemount on Tuesday.
Northfield quarterback Lars Prestemon held up a play at Tuesday’s practice. The Raiders opened the season 6-0.

Northfield football eyeing spot at state

The Raiders' last state tournament was in 2010, and their lone state title in '97.
Lakeville South senior Ryenne Hathaway is a Division I recruit because she can swim all four competitive strokes well.

Lakeville South's Hathaway found swimming after watching Olympics

Lakeville South senior Ryenne Hathaway was a gymnast before switching sports.
Eastview’s Zack Aday-Nicholson was chased by Apple Valley players during a 2-2 tie on Tuesday. Aday-Nicholson leads the Lightning with 11 goals.

Eastview boys' soccer finds power in numbers

The Lightning has been forced to use more players than usual en route to unbeaten record.