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What’s buzzing, and what should be buzzed about, in the wide world of Minnesota high school sports.

High Schools
October 8

Diverse Roseville boys' soccer team excels in its shared soccer heritage

Seven of the 23 rostered players were born outside the United States and 19 have at least one parent from foreign countries.
Lynx
October 7
Hopkins guard Paige Bueckers (1).

Lynx's Rookie of Year, Hopkins star Bueckers in world 3-on-3 tourney

Hopkins senior Paige Bueckers will join WNBA Rookie of the Year Napheesa Collier of the Lynx and two others to represent the United States in an international 3 on 3 tournament.
Gophers
September 27
State's top junior football recruit Mahlman commits to Wisconsin

State's top junior football recruit Mahlman commits to Wisconsin

Riley Mahlman, a 6-foot-8 1/2, 275-pound tackle at Lakeville South, chose Wisconsin in part because of its history of devoloping offensive linemen who are taken in the first round of the NFL draft.
Gophers
September 19
Rochester basketball star chooses North Carolina over Gophers women

Rochester basketball star chooses North Carolina over Gophers women

Rochester Lourdes senior Alyssa Ustby, a 6-2 senior guard/forward combo, announced her decision to play for the University of North Carolina.
High Schools
September 18
East Ridge forward Ben Carlson (23) blocked a layup attempt by Eastview guard Caden Scales (25) in the first half. ] Aaron Lavinsky ¥ aaron.lavinsky@

Another border-crosser: East Ridge's Carlson chooses Badgers over U

Ben Carlson, a 6-9 power forward, announced on Twitter his intent to play college basketball for Wisconsin one day after Eastview star Steven Crowl did the same thing.
Gophers
September 17
Eastview 6-10 forward Steven Crowl announced he will go to Wisconsin, joining five other Minnesotans already on the Badgers' roster. Crowl, who made t

Eastview's Crowl commits to Wisconsin; Prior Lake's Garcia announces finalists

Steven Crowl, the Lightning's 6-10 senior forward, joins a Big Ten basketball program that already has five Minnesotans on its roster. Garcia included the Gophers among his seven finalists.
High Schools
September 14
#Capstrong: Rosemount fans turn out to honor student battling cancer

#Capstrong: Rosemount fans turn out to honor student battling cancer

The game between Lakeville North and Rosemount on Friday night was dubbed "Cap George Night" in honor of Rosemount junior Cap George, who was diagnosed with brain cancer last summer.
High Schools
September 11
Hannah Brandt named Hill-Murray girls' hockey assistant coach

Hannah Brandt named Hill-Murray girls' hockey assistant coach

The decorated Brandt, who played professionally for the Minnesota Whitecaps last season, will be working with the Pioneers' team as her schedule permits.
High Schools
September 5
'Game-changer' court decision for Minnesota prep coaches falsely accused

'Game-changer' court decision for Minnesota prep coaches falsely accused

Taking heat for coaching decisions is fine. But Waconia girls' basketball coach Carl Pierson said the Minnesota Supreme Court ruling "will do more to protect coaches from malicious, baseless attacks than any level of legislation ever could.''
High Schools
September 3
'No apologies': Sorry seems to be Lakeville North football's hardest word

'No apologies': Sorry seems to be Lakeville North football's hardest word

What does the team's "no apologies" slogan mean? One player explained: "We're not sorry for who we are. We're North. If you walk with us, you do. If you don't, you don't."
High Schools
August 28
Lights! Turf! Action! Minneapolis South field gets huge makeover

Lights! Turf! Action! Minneapolis South field gets huge makeover

The old glass-and-garbage strewn field is gone, replaced by one with new turf, a track, bleachers, a press box, a concession stand, a sound-system and, for the first time, permanent lights.
High Schools
August 22
Eagan and Farmington played under the lights at TCO Stadium

Three high school football games set for TCO Performance Center

For the second year in a row, regular-season high school games will take place at the home of the Vikings. Eden Prairie will play Shakopee, Chaska will play Apple Valley and Rochester Mayo will meet Mankato West.
Puck Drop
August 13
McClanahan of 'Miracle on Ice' fame takes Blake boys' hockey job

McClanahan of 'Miracle on Ice' fame takes Blake boys' hockey job

Rob McClanahan was elevated from assistant coach after Greg May resigned as Blake's head coach to become director of operations for the University of Minnesota men's hockey team.
Gophers
August 9
Danny Striggow of Orono chased after Garsen Schorr of Kasson-Mantorville

State wrestling champ chooses college football, commits to U

The defending Class 2A 220-pound state wrestling champion couldn't resist the pull of the Big Ten and will be a defensive end for the Gophers.
High Schools
August 7
Treyton Thompson

Another state high school basketball star leaving for prep school

Alexandria's 6-11 power forward Treyton Thompson is headed to La Lumiere, a prep basketball powerhouse in Indiana.
High Schools
July 31
Farmington football players vie for Ironman title

Farmington football players vie for Ironman title

Tiger players wrapped up their summer workouts with a seven-event competition designed to bring out their best.
High Schools
July 30

Big honors, new schools: Active summer for top prep athletes, coaches

As the 2019 fall sports season approaches, here's a look at summer successes and changes in the world of high school athletes and coaches, including several key transfers.
Gophers
July 8
Minnehaha's Suggs wins third gold medal with USA basketball

Minnehaha's Suggs wins third gold medal with USA basketball

The incoming senior at Minnehaha Academy, a top recruit of Division I football and basketball programs, scored 15 points to help lead his team to a championship in Greece.
High Schools
July 3
Jalen Suggs, a member of the USA Men's Junior National team from Minnehaha Academy, smiles during warmups.

Prized recruit Suggs eyes 'early August' college commitment

Of Gonzaga, the Minnehaha Academy rising senior said, "I definitely think they're at the top'' of his list of top schools, which also include Marquette, Minnesota, Iowa and Iowa State.
High Schools
May 29
State sprint standout chooses squad goals; Covert returns with win

State sprint standout chooses squad goals; Covert returns with win

Minneapolis Washburn's Emily Covert and Joe Fahnbulleh of Hopkins made different statements at their section track meets on Tuesday.
High Schools
May 20
St. Croix Prep rises from 'rec program' softball to conference champs

St. Croix Prep rises from 'rec program' softball to conference champs

St. Croix Prep in Stillwater made a three-year climb from sub-.500 to a team with state tournament aspirations.
Gophers
May 17
Former Gopher, Wild hockey players chosen to lead Stillwater hockey

Former Gopher, Wild hockey players chosen to lead Stillwater hockey

Mira Jalosuo, who will lead the girls' team, and Greg Zanon, who will coach the boys' team, are both defenders born outside the United States who bring a wealth of experience.
High Schools
May 16
SMB Wolfpack receiver Craig McDonald (7) celebrated his fourth quarter touchdown against Orono, putting his team's deficit within one possession of Or

One of top metro football players ruled ineligible for next season

Minnehaha Academy junior safety Craig McDonald, a top-10 recruit in Minnesota, will have used up his available eligibility at the end of this school year, according to the state high school league.
High Schools
May 15
Elite distance runner inadvertently runs afoul of eligibility rules

Elite distance runner inadvertently runs afoul of eligibility rules

Woodbury's Tierney Wolfgram was given the O.K. to run in a varsity race -- which she won -- despite being ineligible for varsity competition.
High Schools
May 14
Osseo's Kirby Schmalz and Luke Nelson, right, defended an attack by Lakeville South's Calvin Hertel during a match last year. This year, Andover (7-0)

Andover earns top seed for first Minnesota boys' volleyball state tournament

The Huskies head a field of eight teams that will vie Saturday and Sunday for the first state tournament championship in the brief history of boys' volleyball.