High school softball heats up with start of postseason

Here are five things to know as the high school softball playoffs begin this week.

Minnesota is turning into a youth basketball hotbed

May 20
An explosion of year-round basketball for all ages has made Minnesota a prime source of top talent

Even watchful mom almost missed Anna Keefer's record-setting long jump

May 20
Anna Keefer’s record long jump almost escaped her mom, too.
High Schools
May 20

Saturday's prep results

Here's Saturday's high school sports results:
High Schools
May 20

Mounds View's Joel Smith, Nicholas Sharma add to storied track program

Joel Smith and Nicholas Sharma are adding to Mounds View’s extensive track tradition.
Best of the best: Metro wrestling, swimming and gymnastics
Prep honor rolls Best of the best: Metro wrestling, swimming and gymnastics
updated 22 hours 8 mins. ago
Here's a look at the top performers in the metro area in high school wrestling, boys' swimming and gymnastics.
High Schools
May 20

Eastview boys' lacrosse team seeks return to the top

No. 1-ranked Lightning has talent, experience to win it all.
High Schools
May 20

West metro sports notes: Ex-Minnetonka goalie Sydney Rossman goes pro

Former Minnetonka goalie Sydney Rossman signed with the Connecticut Whale of the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL).
High Schools
May 20

South metro sports notes: Burnsville baseball peaking with nine straight wins

During its winning streak, the Blaze scored fewer than four runs only once. Burnsville is averaging 5.1 runs per game for the season.
High school news and scores on our Live Blog
Preps 24/7/365 High school news and scores on our Live Blog
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Get the latest game results, news updates, photo and social media on our always-open high school sports Live Blog.
High Schools
May 20

North/east metro sports notes: Injury doesn't deter Forest Lake softball team

A line drive to the facemask in the Stillwater game on May 3 sidelined starter Megan Baniecke because of a concussion, but sophomore Claire Bakkestuen stepped up, earning victories in four of the Rangers' next six games.
High Schools
May 20

Anna Keefer on her record-setting jump

St. Michael-Albertville's Anna Keefer talks about long jumping and setting a state record.
High Schools
May 20

Jim Petersen: From St. Louis Park to NBA, back when MSHSL banned summer AAU ball

That scenario wouldn’t happen today, of course, because premier players attend national showcases all summer. Athletic secrets don’t exist in the internet age.
Talking Preps Podcast
Sports
Talking Preps Podcast
updated 1 hours 13 mins. ago
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
May 20

Youth basketball growth chart

Thousands of Minnesota youngsters play basketball all year long in programs that provide skill development and, for a growing number, national exposure leading to Division I scholarships.
High Schools
May 20

Top Minnesota high school basketball players by class

Minnesota boasted a five-star player in every high school grade for the first time ever in 2016-17. Recruiting analysts say those four players either are or will be ranked in the top 15 nationally in their class.
High Schools
May 20

The AAU in Minnesota

Twenty-three senior boys were offered Division I scholarships this year. Girls average 25 D-I signees annually.
Prep athletes of the week
Athletes of the Week Prep athletes of the week
updated 14 hours 30 mins. ago
A look at the top athletes in the metro area from recent high school sporting events.
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May 20

One-on-one time often part of training for young basketball players

More kids, even before high school, are seeking private instruction from former college and professional basketball players to improve their skills.
High Schools
May 19

Wayzata boys, Minnetonka girls win True Team titles

Wayzata won its fifth consecutive Class 3A True Team state title and Minnetonka its first since 1992.
High Schools
May 19

Bloomington Kennedy senior completes perfect season with badminton title

Chusang Nhasang of Bloomington Kennedy capped a perfect senior season with a three-set victory over Khao Nou Lor of St. Paul Johnson on Thursday for…
High Schools
May 18

Brumley, Minnehaha Academy hold Holy Angels scoreless in victory

The pitching of Redhawks sophomore right-hander Brock Brumley helped ground the soaring Stars.
High Schools
May 18

Dalen Wasmund steps down as Apple Valley wrestling coach

His coaching career — the last five years as the Eagles' head coach — spans the program's powerhouse years.
High Schools
May 18

Listen: Pitching arm care prompts high school league action

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen step through recently approved prep sports changes, preview the True Team track state meet, and riff on rankings and tweets as news.
High Schools
May 18

Former DeLaSalle basketball star Reid Travis receives extra year of NCAA eligibility

Travis, who was part of the "Big 3" including Tyus Jones and Rashad Vaughn, missed the final 22 games of Stanford's 2015-2016 season with a leg injury.
High Schools
May 18

Minnetonka, Edina ranked among best U.S. public schools for athletes

Niche.com also ranked individual states' top 100 public high schools for athletes. Find out where your school ranks.
High Schools
May 17

Hermantown names former player to replace retiring hockey coach Plante

Hermantown, a longtime 1A power, won its second consecutive state championship this year and finished with a 29-1-1 record in Bruce Plante's final season.