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After top three finishes last year, Eastview and Orono skiers chasing gold at state

After top three finishes last year, Eastview and Orono skiers chasing gold at state

Senior Maggie Freed, in her fifth Nordic skiing state meet, is the favorite.
Can Eagan's swimming team do the unthinkable again?

Can Eagan's swimming team do the unthinkable again?

The Eagan boys' swimming team is hoping for a strong finish to defend its state title.
One goal in for Lakeville South girls' hockey, two left

One goal in for Lakeville South girls' hockey, two left

Lakeville South, led by a new coach, defended its conference title. Next up: Reaching the X
Farmington senior, injured since eighth grade, braces for a big finish

Farmington senior, injured since eighth grade, braces for a big finish

Injured since eighth grade, Farmington senior Becca Opp battled back to compete again.
South metro notebook: Hot-starting Shakopee girls' basketball faces tests ahead

South metro notebook: Hot-starting Shakopee girls' basketball faces tests ahead

No. 2 Shakopee is off to an 8-0 start this season.
Rosemount wrestling champion goes for two

Rosemount wrestling champion goes for two

Rosemount's Adam Hedin fought through injury last season to win a wrestling title.
New coach, new players, same state tourney goal for Eastview girls' basketball

New coach, new players, same state tourney goal for Eastview girls' basketball

Molly Kasper left Rosemount to coach at Eastview, where high standards are commonplace.

South metro notebook: Upset start buoys Burnsville boys' basketball

The Burnsville boys' basketball program hasn't reached the .500 mark in any of the past six seasons. That isn't keeping Blaze coach Matt Eppen from setting lofty goals for 2015-16.
Top national wrestler from Apple Valley picks Penn State

Top national wrestler from Apple Valley picks Penn State

Senior Mark Hall has won five consecutive state titles and is ranked No. 1 nationally.

South metro notebook: Rosemount girls' soccer turns fortunes with grit

Rosemount nearly doubled its regular-season win total from a year ago.
Despite disability, Burnsville soccer coach sees the positive

Despite disability, Burnsville soccer coach sees the positive

A stage of blindness hasn't dimmed John Soderholm's zeal for coaching — or life.
Rosemount volleyball tandem inspires confident Irish team

Rosemount volleyball tandem inspires confident Irish team

Seniors Erin Slinde and Brittany McLean have Rosemount playing well.
Eagan girls' tennis eyes top finish with deep team

Eagan girls' tennis eyes top finish with deep team

The Wildcats, ranked sixth in a recent poll, are confident they can play with the best.
High hopes for big-achieving Lakeville South volleyball

High hopes for big-achieving Lakeville South volleyball

The loss of more than half of its roster has not diminished lofty expectations this season for the volleyball team at Lakeville South.
Varsity soccer takes the pitch at Jordan

Varsity soccer takes the pitch at Jordan

After playing junior varsity last season, fast-growing high school boys' and girls' teams have moved up to the next level.

New coaches roaming south-metro sidelines

The prep coaching carousel has undergone lots of change in the south metro entering the 2015-16 school year.•There are two new coaches on the football…
South metro notebook: Seniors, young talent lead in girls' soccer, cross-country

South metro notebook: Seniors, young talent lead in girls' soccer, cross-country

Every season there are teams as well as players who fly under the radar. This year is no exception.
Eagan girls' soccer seeks to repeat as 2A champs

Eagan girls' soccer seeks to repeat as 2A champs

There have only been three back-to-back state champions among the large schools since 1980.
Fun takes the field with Lakeville North football

Fun takes the field with Lakeville North football

The team is coming off a 10-2 season, having lost in the Class 6A semifinals to Totino-Grace.
High schoolers taking up the bow in large numbers nationally, locally

High schoolers taking up the bow in large numbers nationally, locally

New Prague's archery program is an excellent gauge to measure the growth of the sport, both state and nationwide.
Elko's baseball legacy remembered as manager wins 900th game

Elko's baseball legacy remembered as manager wins 900th game

The ceremony comes nearly 90 years after the Fredrickson family formed a traveling amateur baseball team of 12 brothers in 1927.
Class 1A baseball: New Life Academy picks up new man, another title

Class 1A baseball: New Life Academy picks up new man, another title

Brad Goulet didn't play a year ago, so he's savoring the Eagles' championship run.

New Life Academy, Springfield win semifinal games by scoring in the seventh inning

Both won their semifinal games by scoring in the seventh inning.

Defending state champion New Life Academy wins

Springfield, Brandon-Evanville, New Ulm Cathedral also win.
Class 2A girls' golf: Detroit Lakes' Kate Smith wins fourth title in a row

Class 2A girls' golf: Detroit Lakes' Kate Smith wins fourth title in a row

Detroit Lakes' Kate Smith won her fourth Class 2A title in a row.
Litchfield's Estrada is Metro Baseball Player of the Year

Litchfield's Estrada is Metro Baseball Player of the Year

When Litchfield's hard-hitting Eddie Estrada steps to the plate, heads turn

Prior Lake girls' lacrosse scores a big first

Prior Lake's girls' lacrosse team earned its initial trip to the state tournament with a 12-10 victory over Eastview.
Lakeville South girls piece together winning golf season

Lakeville South girls piece together winning golf season

Led by two stellar golfers and a cast of others, the Lakeville North girls' team hasn't slowed from its winning ways.

South notebook: Shakopee softball coach finalist for national honor

Shakopee softball coach Neil Johnson is in elite company.
Powerful offense, improved defense key Lakeville South girls' lacrosse

Powerful offense, improved defense key Lakeville South girls' lacrosse

A conference title capped a 13-0 season for the Lakeville South girls' lacrosse team.
Section play will answer questions in four prep sports

Section play will answer questions in four prep sports

Section play in four spring sports will weed out the contenders from the pretenders over the next three weeks.
Section play will answer questions in four prep sports

Section play will answer questions in four prep sports

Section play in four sports will weed out the contenders from the pretenders.
Quick Q&A: Anthony Metcalfe, Eagan tennis

Quick Q&A: Anthony Metcalfe, Eagan tennis

The senior would like nothing better than to finish his prep career with a trip to state for the first time.
Belle Plaine baseball strives for first state bid

Belle Plaine baseball strives for first state bid

After winning a second straight conference title, Belle Plaine baseball feels better prepared to reach the ultimate tournament.

New Prague taps McDonald basketball clan for boys' coach

The New Prague boys' basketball program turned to the first family of coaching for its next mentor.
Boys' lacrosse 'pioneers' at Prior Lake reach state's top

Boys' lacrosse 'pioneers' at Prior Lake reach state's top

A blend of coaching, talent and selfless play has Prior Lake's boys' lacrosse team on the rise and ranked No. 1 in the state.

South metro notebook: Lakeville South girls aim for 4th True Team track title

The Lakeville South girls' track team prides itself on the "true team" concept.
Shakopee tennis driving toward first-ever team state tournament

Shakopee tennis driving toward first-ever team state tournament

Shakopee's tennis team, ranked second in the state, has a veteran group intent on making school history this year.

South metro notebook: South Suburban baseball race tightens

The race for the South Suburban Conference baseball title is taking on a much different look this season.
Wayzata boys' golf driven to win state after consecutive runner-up finishes

Wayzata boys' golf driven to win state after consecutive runner-up finishes

The Wayzata boys' golf program thrives on competition. It can come from within as well as nearby communities.

Apple Valley's McKeag keeps throwing, breaking records

Apple Valley junior Kieran McKeag is making other throwers on the boys' track circuit take notice.
Lakeville South baseball aims to build off late 2014 surge

Lakeville South baseball aims to build off late 2014 surge

Even with big roster turnover, Lakeville South's baseball team hopes to build on last year's postseason playoff success.

South metro notebook: Eastview's Manders sets sights on state discus title

Eastview junior Natalie Manders, the best girls’ discus thrower in the South Suburban Conference, is out to prove she is the best in the state…

Coaches resign at New Prague, Farmington, Lakeville South

Three more coaches of winter sports recently announced their resignations. They are New Prague boys' basketball coach Aaron Jasperson, Farmington girls' basketball coach Sondra Chadwick and Lakeville South boys' hockey coach Kurt Weber.
Lakeville South girls' track returns with excellence at the forefront

Lakeville South girls' track returns with excellence at the forefront

Lakeville South girls' track returns with an expectation of individual excellence and a team culture of getting better.
Lakeville North baseball pining for one more state trip

Lakeville North baseball pining for one more state trip

Lakeville North will field an inexperienced baseball team as it seeks to make a third consecutive trip to state.

South metro prep notebook: Shakopee wrestling coach steps down, not out

Mark Neu has decided to step away from his position as Shakopee wrestling coach, but he plans on staying involved in the program.
Strength across running events buoys hopes for Belle Plaine girls' track

Strength across running events buoys hopes for Belle Plaine girls' track

The Belle Plaine girls' track team hopes to build off last season's strong performance.
South Suburban Conference ends 'incredible' winter for state tournaments

South Suburban Conference ends 'incredible' winter for state tournaments

The South Suburban Conference has quickly become the league to beat during the winter sports season.
Eastview's Madison Guebert named Metro Player of the Year

Eastview's Madison Guebert named Metro Player of the Year

The guard that many thought shouldn't start as a freshman has come a long way.
Rematch set between Maranatha, Battle Lake

Rematch set between Maranatha, Battle Lake

The Red Lake contingent chanted in unison “de-fense, de-fense, de-fense.” It’s a word not synonymous with the Warriors. It caught Maranatha coach Jeff Wall and…
Islanders two wins away from four-peat

Islanders two wins away from four-peat

It was billed as a mismatch. It had an opportunity to be exactly that, but Albany wasn’t bound to back down from No. 1 DeLaSalle.…
Eighth Hanson brother hoping he's first to win a title at Maranatha Christian

Eighth Hanson brother hoping he's first to win a title at Maranatha Christian

Since 1999, eight Hanson brothers have played for Maranatha. One remains.

Senior trio buoys depth of Apple Valley boys' basketball

Apple Valley boys' basketball coach Zach Goring thought his depth would pay off this season. His seniors haven't let him down.
Eastview's Guebert twins finish up as basketball winners

Eastview's Guebert twins finish up as basketball winners

Eastview seniors Madison and Drew Guebert experienced triumphant final seasons.
South metro notebook: New Prague boys' hockey reloads with a purpose

South metro notebook: New Prague boys' hockey reloads with a purpose

The New Prague boys' hockey program could easily have been in rebuild mode after last season, its initial trip to the Class 1A tournament. Instead, it reloaded.
Farmington wrestlers team up for first bid at state title

Farmington wrestlers team up for first bid at state title

Farmington is attempting to win a wrestling state team championship for the first time in school history.

Eagan boys' basketball heals up for tough basketball playoffs

The Eagan boys' basketball team was looking to build off a fifth-place finish in the South Suburban Conference.

South metro notebook: Battle for Apple Valley basketball supremacy brings out sharpshooters

Rivalries have a tendency to bring out the best in teams.
Quick Q&A: Riley Tousignant, Lakeville North girls' hockey

Quick Q&A: Riley Tousignant, Lakeville North girls' hockey

Quick Q&A: RILEY TOUSIGNANT LAKEVILLE NORTH, SR., HOCKEY   Panthers girls’ hockey coach Buck Kochevar will always remember Tousignant for her tenacity. “She’s…
Nordic skiers from Forest Lake, Osseo survive cold to win state titles

Nordic skiers from Forest Lake, Osseo survive cold to win state titles

Seniors Leo Hipp of Forest Lake and Sarah Bezdicek of Osseo raced to individual championships at Giants Ridge in Biwabik.
Alpine skiers from Rochester Century, Northfield win state titles

Alpine skiers from Rochester Century, Northfield win state titles

Century and Northfield skiers and Forest Lake and Brainerd teams all are new to championships
Kennedy skier hopes Nordic title stays in Bloomington

Kennedy skier hopes Nordic title stays in Bloomington

Tamer Mische-Richter has one thing on his mind: Keep the Nordic skiing championship medal in Bloomington
Coach unites four south metro prep foes at Nordic state ski meet

Coach unites four south metro prep foes at Nordic state ski meet

Nordic skiers from four south metro schools will compete at state, all coached by one man.

South Metro Notebook: Lakeville girls' hockey showdown to determine state bid

One doesn't need to travel very far to figure out where the South Suburban Conference or the Class 2A, Section 1 girls' hockey champion will reside.

Scott-West faces four ranked foes in section wrestling

Teams are grappling for position as they prepare to enter section tournament time.
Northfield's DuPay hoping to win third title in her second sport

Northfield's DuPay hoping to win third title in her second sport

Senior Bailey DuPay is one of the state's best athletes in two sports.
Shakopee basketball gets stronger

Shakopee basketball gets stronger

Adversity, and a tougher conference, has helped Shakopee get playoff ready.
Veteran coach Ray Betton to lead Shakopee football

Veteran coach Ray Betton to lead Shakopee football

Ray Betton is ready for yet another challenge in his ever-changing life.
Quick Q&A: Brenon Larson-Gulsvig, Lakeville South boys' basketball

Quick Q&A: Brenon Larson-Gulsvig, Lakeville South boys' basketball

The shooting guard has been counted on to provide more scoring punch for the Cougars in his final season. He is averaging more than 20…
Punishing wrestling style drives New Prague's Parriott

Punishing wrestling style drives New Prague's Parriott

Griffin Parriott's punishing wrestling style has carried over to his New Prague teammates.
Lakeville South swimmers led by strong core

Lakeville South swimmers led by strong core

Nine seniors, on a team led by four captains, have Lakeville South aimed at high standards.

Holiday tourneys bring less joy to to South basketball teams

Apple Valley (boys) and Eastview (girls) were handed their first setbacks of the season over break.
A review of the biggest prep stories in the south metro in 2014

A review of the biggest prep stories in the south metro in 2014

A look back at some of our favorite happenings of the 2014 high school sports year.
Second-half surge carries U past Huskers in Big Ten opener

Second-half surge carries U past Huskers in Big Ten opener

The Gophers clawed back from 17 points down to knock off No. 12 Nebraska.
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