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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.
Luke, left, and Jack Labatte. (Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune)

Running on Rosemount's cross-country is another bond joining twins

Jack Labatte joined Luke, his twin, on Rosemount's cross-country team this fall.
Shakopee’s Rachel Kilkelly, second from the left, and Maddie Wherley, screaming along side her, celebrated a point against Minnetonka. The Sabers ha

Shakopee setter Kilkelly motivated to pass, succeed

Gophers recruit Rachel Kilkelly is trying to be a leader while playing a new position.
Maria Mattaini stretched out during a practice with the Visitation girls' swimming and diving team.

Visitation swim team buoyed by family-like bonds

Blazers have depth to pursue a fifth consecutive team title.
Members of the Lakeville North boys' soccer team bowed their heads for a moment of silence to honor assistant coach Seamus Tritchler and former teamma

Emotionally drained, fully motivated: Lakeville North soccer takes the field

With its world forever changed after the death of a coach and teammate, Lakeville North boys' soccer this season plays with a heavy heart.
Lindsey Henderson

Prior Lake girls' tennis looks to extend, restart streaks

The Lakers have advanced to five Class 2A girls' tennis state tournaments in a row.
Lauren Ferg hit the ball during the first day of practice at Northview Park.

Eagan girls' tennis returns with three No. 1 players

The Wildcats return with three of the winningest players in program history.
Kennedi Orr went for a kill while teammate McKenna Melville tried to block during the first day of volleyball practice at Eagan on Monday.

Eagan jumps back in seeking to defend volleyball title

Volleyball team leaders assume the task of building on success.
The Shakopee High School mountain bike team gathered before a ride at the Bloomington Ferry Unit trail recently.

Mountain bike racing exploding in popularity in high school ranks

From 150 athletes in 2012 to more than 1,000 now, mountain bike racing is exploding as a prep sport.
A group of Minnetonka anglers showed off their catch. Some industry pros believe high school fishing is driving a resurgence in adult angling.

Minnesota high school fishing teams teeming with interest

Sport's growth is expected to top 700 students this year.
Waconia pitcher Dillon Whittaker jumped for joy with catcher Alex Logelin after the Wildcats defeated Hibbing 6-1 for the Class 3A championship and a

Waconia caps unbeaten season with win over Hibbing for Class 3A baseball title

Wildcats take early lead, ride their ace to victory.
Austin Friedrich of Waconia made a putout in traffic during a 3A semifinal decided in Waconia’s final at-bat.

Waconia, Hibbing, post walk-off victories in 3A baseball semifinals

The other finalist, Hibbing, also rallied in seventh.
Waconia’s Alex Logelin reached second base while Sam Lapadat of Mahtomedi waited for the ball.

Waconia beats Mahtomedi in nine innings to stay unbeaten

The 24-0 Wildcats edged Mahtomedi 2-1.

Class 2A golf: Red Wing's Belisle, Visitation's Heck win state titles

Blake's boys, Detroit Lakes' girls win team crowns.
Burnsville’s Sam Carlson became a second-round draft choice by the Mariners on Monday. How did he do it? “You have to motivate yourself,’’ he

Star Tribune metro baseball Player of the Year: Burnsville pitcher Sam Carlson

Burnsville's Sam Carlson, through a dedicated approach, built himself into a dominant player
Sam Carlson, drafted with the No. 55 pick in the MLB draft Monday, will play in the state tournament this week for Burnsville.

Burnsville standout Sam Carlson drafted 55th overall by Mariners

The University of Florida recruit was hoping to become the first high school pitcher from Minnesota to be selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft, which started in 1965.
Visitation senior golfer Anni Heck, a co-medalist at state a year ago, has a final opportunity to claim an outright championship in this week’s 2A t

Edina's Kellar hoping for Hornets three-peat at state golf

The Hornets haven't had any trouble winning the state crown the past two years. They won the title in 2015 by 27 strokes and stretched that margin to 36 shots a year ago.
Senior Anni Heck shared the individual state title last season and will play collegiately at the University of Denver.

Visitation's Heck hopes to repeat as 2A girls' golf champ

Anni Heck is a humble model of consistency.
Eastview first baseman Danny Kapala waited for the pickoff throw from pitcher Patrick Pridgen (Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune)

Prep baseball has a delightful day in Dundas

Section 3 tournament gives great example of the national pastime.

New Prague, Farmington set course on road back to state softball

They are seeded 1-2 in Class 4A, Section 1.
St. Thomas Academy's Jack Rowe during the Metro East Conference meet at the White Bear Yacht Club last week.

St. Thomas Academy, long a hockey power, is finding success on the golf course, too

St. Thomas Academy seeks berth in fourth straight state tourney.
Eastview senior attacker Noah Lindner, driving against Minnetonka, leads the Lightning with 31 goals and 13 assists. He isn’t shy about the team’s

Eastview boys' lacrosse team seeks return to the top

No. 1-ranked Lightning has talent, experience to win it all.
Burnsville's Sam Carlson, a University of Florida recruit and the state’s top draft prospect, is one of many top pitchers affected by new pitch-coun

In prep baseball, with pitch-count limits comes change

Pitch-count limits are altering high school baseball, from strategy to scheduling.
Senior Stephanie Herzog is one of several excellent golfers on an outstanding Red Wing team. The Wingers finished third in the state last year in Clas

Red Wing girls' golf team stays at head of class, 3A or 2A

The Red Wing girls' golf team opted up from Class 2A to Class 3A two years ago. It was the only golf program (girls or boys) in the state to make that decision before the 2015-16 season.
Apple Valley junior Reagan Roelofs, the school’s career scoring leader in girls’ lacrosse, leads an experienced roster.

Apple Valley girls' lacrosse team aiming to soar back to state tournament

Apple Valley girls' lacrosse team wants to build off last year's 14-2 mark.
Belle Plaine pitcher Nathan Herman

Belle Plaine baseball aims to take one more step to a state title

The Tigers advanced all the way to the state final in 2016. This year, they want to finish the job.
DeLaSalle head coach Dave Thorson (Jim Gehrz, Star Tribune file)

DeLaSalle's Dave Thorson leaving school for college job at Drake

Thorson, who has won six consecutive Class 3A boys' basketball titles with the Islanders, is expected to join the staff of Drake head coach Niko Medved, media outlets reported
Lakeville South's Josh Willard is among five senior captains for the Cougars. He's an 800-meter runner.

Lakeville South boys' track aims for top true team performance

Bevy of senior leaders, talent, experience buoys boys' squad.
Burnsville infielder Eric Otto kept track of pitches thrown by teammate Sam Carlson against Eastview, a task of increasing importance because of a new

New MSHSL baseball rule aims to protect arms of young pitchers

A pitch count policy is in effect for varsity games, including mandatory three days rest over 76 pitches and no more than 105 pitches.
Gable Steveson hoisted the prize after Apple Valley’s state title, and he won as an individual, too, in an 11-second final.

Winter wonders from the south metro world of high school sports

Championship moments from the season were served with a touch of revenge and, in one case, stunning swiftness
North High players basked in another title. Next, it’s up to a higher class.

Mpls. North runs away with second consecutive 1A basketball title

Minneapolis North dominates North Woods, taking a hoops curtain call before it jumps a class.
Trent Peper (15) is one of four Cardinals who averages in double figures. He is also one of the team's top three-point shooters.

Annandale hoping for title in fifth straight 2A state trip

The Cardinals are a consistent power, but want their first title.
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