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High Schools
January 14
Boys High School Basketball
Delano vs Princeton Delano High School December 4, 2018. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

Game off: Crush of Tuesday basketball outstrips available officials

Five metro-area varsity games were forced out of their Tuesday time slots to other days to accommodate a lack of officials.
High Schools
January 11
Eden Prairie defensive backs Grant Harstad (26) Aaron Timm (13) tried to stop Minnetonka's Jack Beil during the Class 6A Prep Bowl. (Anthony Souffle /

Class 6A football's Metro District trying to find the right fit

A meeting of 28 activities directors resulted in some subdistrict changes being made among the state's largest schools, and an attempt to help the weakest football schools be as competitive as possible.
High Schools
January 9
Duluth East boys' hockey battling through some struggles

Duluth East boys' hockey battling through some struggles

A combination of injury, hot opposing goaltenders and a struggling star player have contributed to setbacks in the first half of the season for the fifth-ranked Greyhounds.
High Schools
January 3
High school girls' skiers competed last February at the Nordic skiing state meet at Giants Ridge, which also hosts the annual Mesabi East Invitational

Big meets on tap in Minnesota high school gymnastics, Nordic skiing and boys' swimming

The first Saturday of 2019 will feature three of the highest-profile events of the season for each sport.
High Schools
December 22, 2018
St. Paul Highland goalie Jack Molter seen during a game last season.

'Battle for the St. Paul Cup' benefits larger hockey cause

St. Paul Highland Park vs. Johnson headline games at TRIA Rink to support the Minnesota Wild's Blind Hockey program.
High Schools
November 28, 2018
Oops, forgetting this on list of prep hockey highlights a no-no

Oops, forgetting this on list of prep hockey highlights a no-no

The Star Tribune's list of 25 boys' hockey state tournament highlights omitted one tradition-rich program. And we heard about it.
High Schools
November 19, 2018
Hill-Murray's Zarembinski recovering from brain hemorrhage

Hill-Murray's Zarembinski recovering from brain hemorrhage

The senior, who collapsed from bleeding on the brain during a game in October and had part of his skull removed, was recently released from the hospital.
High Schools
November 16, 2018
Benilde-St. Margaret's retiring jersey of Olympic hockey gold medalist Kelly Pannek

Benilde-St. Margaret's retiring jersey of Olympic hockey gold medalist Kelly Pannek

Pannek is the first female hockey player so honored by the St. Louis Park-based private school.
High Schools
November 13, 2018
Senior Emily Covert of Minneapolis Washburn

Washburn's Covert leads state's domination of regional Nike run

Minnesota's elite girls' distance runners dominated the Nike Cross Nationals Heartland Regional on Sunday, taking four of the top five spots.
High Schools
November 5, 2018
Marco Cavallaro, senior defensive lineman at East Ridge, Photo from his family's GoFundMe page

East Ridge football player puts court case on hold after team's loss

Senior Marco Cavallaro, also a wrestler, is considering missing his first two competitions to fulfill the four-game suspension.
High Schools
November 4, 2018
Miracle Knights: STMA's 29 points in 5 minutes stuns Edina for state berth

Miracle Knights: STMA's 29 points in 5 minutes stuns Edina for state berth

St. Michael-Albertville, on the losing end of a remarkable last-minute rally by Maple Grove in 2017, pull off its own miracle on Friday, coming back from a 28-0 deficit to beat Edina 29-28.
High Schools
October 31, 2018
East Ridge player suspended for penalty hopes judge lets him play Friday

East Ridge player suspended for penalty hopes judge lets him play Friday

The judge indicated he would try to issue a decision by Friday, when East Ridge plays Eastview in the second round of the Class 6A playoffs.
High Schools
October 29, 2018
Festivities announced for the 75th boys', 25th girls' hockey state tournaments

Festivities announced for the 75th boys', 25th girls' hockey state tournaments

The Minnesota State High School League plans to make each milestone something special.
High Schools
October 28, 2018
Hill-Murray senior Zach Zarembinski

Hill-Murray football player suffers brain bleed during playoff game

Zach Zarembinski was taken by ambulance to Regions Hospital during the game on Saturday, received emergency surgery and remained stable overnight.
High Schools
October 25, 2018
Breaking barriers: Washburn's Covert sets girls' cross-country record

Breaking barriers: Washburn's Covert sets girls' cross-country record

Senior Emily Covert became the first Minnesota girl to finish a 5,000-meter race in less than 17 minutes.
High Schools
October 18, 2018
Lakeville linebacker Eli Mostaert (98) celebrates his interception for a TD against Prior Lake with teammates Thomas Jensen (21) and RaJa Nelson (7) d

Playoff football seeds chosen: Eden Prairie gets 6A bye despite loss

Lakeville North and Blaine are undefeated, but Eden Prairie got the only bye in Class 6A. And other observations.
High Schools
October 16, 2018

White Bear Lake's 1999 OT victory over Mounds View was an all-time classic

Lambert Brown, now the Wayzata football coach, recalls the most memorable game he ever played: White Bear Lake's remarkable 42-35 victory over rival Mounds View in1999 with a state tournament berth at stake.
High Schools
October 15, 2018
Frustrated St. Cloud football player leaves sideline to tackle opponent

Frustrated St. Cloud football player leaves sideline to tackle opponent

Trailing by 26 points and frustrated by a season of losing, St. Cloud Cathedral captain Brad Reuter left the sideline to tackle an opposing player who was running for a touchdown.
High Schools
October 15, 2018
Finalists for state's Mr. Soccer and Ms. Soccer awards announced

Finalists for state's Mr. Soccer and Ms. Soccer awards announced

Winners in both Class 1A and 2A will be chosen Sunday from lists of five senior boys and girls.
Blogs
October 9, 2018
Minnesota United FC and coach Adrian Heath returned to training in the rain Tuesday after their 5-1 loss at Philadelphia on Saturday ended what hope r

Heath harvests 'food for thought' as Loons move forward from dismal loss

'We had a good chat this morning,' Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath said after the team resumed training for the first time since its 5-1 loss at Philadelphia.
High Schools
October 8, 2018

While the head coach worries, Dassel-Cokato football relaxes, wins

The Chargers are 6-0 and enjoying their best season in a decade.
High Schools
October 5, 2018
Maple Grove, led by running back Evan Hall, is a good example of the scheduling challenges faced in Class 6A football.

Class 6A, home to Minnesota high school football's largest programs, seeks a shakeup

Activities directors want new sub-districts and playoff-focused scheduling.
High Schools
October 2, 2018
Griak Invitational titles energize St. Louis Park girls' cross-country

Griak Invitational titles energize St. Louis Park girls' cross-country

St. Louis Park cross-country coach Chris Nordstrom found it fitting that his team would enjoy a memorable day at the Roy Griak Invitational last week.
High Schools
October 1, 2018
Senior Emily Covert of Minneapolis Washburn crossed the finish line of the 2018 Roy Griak Invitational with a time of 17:28. Second place went to soph

Who's on top? Latest coaches' association high school polls

State Coaches Association rankings for cross-country, soccer, girls' swimming, girls' Tennis and volleyball (through Sept. 30).
High Schools
September 28, 2018
Strong high school girls' field highlights 33rd annual Roy Griak Invitational cross-country races

Strong high school girls' field highlights 33rd annual Roy Griak Invitational cross-country races

Saturday's event features four high school and six collegiate races at the University of Minnesota's Les Bolstad Golf Course.