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Brian Stensaas

Digital editor, producer, reporter | Sports
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Brian Stensaas has been with the Star Tribune since 2004. He is a digital editor and sports reporter, with experience covering high schools, the NHL, NBA and professional golf.


A native of Stoughton, Wis., Stensaas graduated with a degree in communications from the University of Minnesota where he covered a variety of Gophers sports teams for the Minnesota Daily. He lives in Apple Valley with his wife and daughter.
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3M Open final round recap

3M Open final round recap

Notes, quotes and anecdotes from Sunday at TPC Twin Cities.
Austin Eckroat, one of several former Oklahoma State golfers in the field at the 3M Open, finished tied for 16th.

3M Open again attracts some of Oklahoma State's best

Two years after Matthew Wolff won and Viktor Hovland performed well at the 3M Open as sponsor exemptions, Austin Eckroat tied for 16th in only his fourth pro event.
Patrick Reed, playing the eighth hole during the Sunday’s final round at the 3M Open in Blaine was called up to participate in the Olympics.

After unexpected call at 3M Open, 'Captain America' heads to Olympics

Patrick Reed became a last-minute replacement after Bryson DeChambeau tested positive for COVID-19 prior to competition in Tokyo.
Camilo Villegas hit from the rough on the 18th hole during the 3M Open on Saturday. Villegas made bogey; other golfers weren’t so lucky.

Day 3 at the 3M Open: Notes, quotes and anecdotes

The 18th hole played to the highest par-5 average to par on the PGA Tour this season.
Keith Mitchell missed his putt at the 18th hole during the third round of the 3M Open. He had birdied seven of the previous eight holes.

Mitchell's birdie streak at 3M Open ties PGA Tour record

Keith Mitchell made seven birdies in a row to begin his third round at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, a mark just three other PGA Tour players have reached.
Grayson Murray celebrates after making a putt for birdie on the 14th green during the final round of the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational.

After withdrawing from 3M Open, Murray tweets PGA Tour is 'absolutely awful'

Hours after pulling out of the tournament in Blaine citing a knee injury, Grayson Murray took to his verified Twitter account to bash the PGA Tour saying it does not help players.
Dustin Johnson hit his second chip shot out of the bunker just off the ninth green at TPC Twin Cities on Friday. The world’s No. 2 golfer missed the

Day 2 at the 3M Open: Notes, quotes and anecdotes

Looking for Dustin Johnson this weekend? Don't bother looking at TPC Twin Cities.
Louis Oosthuizen chipped on to the ninth green Friday at the 3M Open.

Kuchar, Fowler fondly recall 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro

All four of the U.S. men's golf Olympians from 2016 played this week at the 3M Open in Blaine.
Chez Reavie sinks a putt on the 18th green to end his second round at 9-under-par after two days.

Four-way tie for lead midway through second round of 3M Open

If the morning wave is any indication, players the rest of Friday are going to enjoy a birdie-fest at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine.
Adam Schenk watched his tee shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the 3M Open in Blaine.

Opening day at the 3M Open: Notes, quotes and anecdotes

Adam Schenk was among those players who can't complain at all after the first round.
Fans gathered in a tunnel during a weather delay during the first round of the 3M Open in Blaine.

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Stricker scouts, plays at 3M Open

Steve Stricker has six captain's picks to make before September's Ryder Cup.
A weather delay was announced during Thursday’s first round of the 3M Open in Blaine.

3M Open resumes in Blaine with low scores following lightning delay

Scott Stallings, a three-time PGA Tour winner, made three birdies in a row on holes 5-7 then rolled in four more on Nos. 10-13 and led the field at 8-under through 17 holes.
Rickie Fowler teed off on the first hole during a pro-am Wednesday afternoon at the 3M Open in Blaine.

Fowler tees off at 3M Open seeking Fed Ex Cup playoffs spot

At age 32, fan favorite Rickie Fowler is on the cut line for the PGA Tour playoffs, which he has never missed as a full-time professional.
Matthew Wolff teed off from the eighth hole during Round 3 of the 2019 3M Open in Blaine. He wound up winning the tournament, and is back again after

Fans are back and so is some major talent: 3M Open is on for Year 3 in Blaine

A year after crowing a champion in front of no spectators, the 3M Open returns to action this week at TPC Twin Cities. There is plenty for fans to see.
State golf roundup: Two tied for lead after Round 1 in girls' Class 3A

State golf roundup: Two tied for lead after Round 1 in girls' Class 3A

Simley's Reese McCauley and Roseville's Olivia Salonek each shot 2-under 70s.
Prior Lake’s Justin Simonson (5) scored three goals, including the game-winner in overtime, against Edina in the Section 6 championship game. The La

Simonson completes hat trick in overtime, leads Prior Lake boys' lacrosse to Section 6 title

The Lakers' Justin Simonson had three goals against Edina, clinching his team a state tournament berth with the victory.
Prior Lake’s Mackenzie Salentre (21) scored four goals against Edina Thursday evening. The Lakers advanced to next week’s state tournament with an

Prior Lake girls' lacrosse scores eight times in second half to stun Edina

The Lakers came back from a two-goal deficit at halftime with seven unanswered goals in the second half to advance to the state tournament.
Centennial softball completes comeback against Maple Grove, advances to state

Centennial softball completes comeback against Maple Grove, advances to state

The Cougars were down by two runs in the seventh inning but rallied to top the Crimson in eight.
Park of Cottage Grove pitcher Conor Mestemacher (18) struck out three batters and scattered seven hits against Eagan in the first game of the Class 4A

Park of Cottage Grove baseball beats Eagan (twice) to advance to Class 4A state tournament

The Section 3 winners emerged from the losers' bracket to make their first state tourney since 1993.
Chanhassen boys' lacrosse holds on to beat Shakopee

Chanhassen boys' lacrosse holds on to beat Shakopee

The Storm were up early, but the Sabers made it a close score in the final minutes of the game.
Lakeville South’s Emily Moes (11) scored a game-high seven goals in a non-conference matchup against Blake Friday evening. The Cougars defeated the

Lakeville South girls hold off Blake to cap regular season

Emily Moes recorded a game-high seven goals in the Cougars' victory.
Bloomington Jefferson at Blake. May 27, 2021 Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner

Bloomington Jefferson boys' lacrosse tames Blake, shines on the power play

The Bears, averaging 15 goals per game this season, scored just three times while the Jaguars took advantage of a litany of Bears penalties.
Park of Cottage Grove escapes Hastings with seventh-inning score

Park of Cottage Grove escapes Hastings with seventh-inning score

Senior Ben Johnson's sacrifice fly in the seventh inning led the Wolfpack to a narrow victory over the Raiders.
Centennial softball takes Northwest Suburban Conference crown over Elk River

Centennial softball takes Northwest Suburban Conference crown over Elk River

The Cougars needed one offensive outburst to propel themselves over the Elks on Tuesday.
Benilde-St. Margaret’s Sophie Melsness belts a solo home run against St. Anthony Tuesday evening. Melsness scored all three of the Red Knights’ ru

Benilde-St. Margaret's softball hands St. Anthony its first loss

Sophie Melsness worked her magic in scoring each run for the Red Knights to down the Huskies.
Blake sophomore Ellie Morrison (in white) tries to elude Eden Prairie’s Ellie Pearson during the second half of Thursday night’s game. Morrison ha

Lee, Morrison combine for 10 goals to power Blake girls' lacrosse past Eden Prairie

Erin Lee and Ellie Morrison each had five goals, helping the Bears to their sixth consecutive victory.
Shakopee boys' lacrosse hands Rosemount its fourth loss

Shakopee boys' lacrosse hands Rosemount its fourth loss

The Sabers methodically moved through the game to beat the Irish on a rainy evening.
Maple Grove baseball breaks stalemate in walk-off over Champlin Park

Maple Grove baseball breaks stalemate in walk-off over Champlin Park

Hunter Gerber took advantage for the Crimson with the bases loaded in the seventh to beat the Rebels.
Forest Lake softball stays hot with win over Woodbury

Forest Lake softball stays hot with win over Woodbury

Logan Anderson recorded three hits, including a two-run home run, to help lead the Rangers to their seventh consecutive win.
Girls' lacrosse: Early push from Edina holds off Minnetonka

Girls' lacrosse: Early push from Edina holds off Minnetonka

The Hornets used a nine-goal first half to gain some space on the Skippers en route to a victory.
Prior Lake’s Harry Fleek (5) delivers a two-run double in the bottom of the first inning against Belle Plaine Saturday. The Lakers defeated the Tige

Prior Lake strikes for six runs in first two innings, defeats Belle Plaine

Lance Goeschel led the way for the Lakers at the plate, going 3-for-3, coming up a home run shy of the cycle.
Consecutive home runs lift White Bear Lake softball past Cretin-Derham Hall

Consecutive home runs lift White Bear Lake softball past Cretin-Derham Hall

Sisters Heidi and Chloe Barber broke a 2-2 tie with a pair of home runs to help the Bears defeat the Raiders.
Anderson's hat trick propels Stillwater boys' lacrosse past Cretin-Derham Hall

Anderson's hat trick propels Stillwater boys' lacrosse past Cretin-Derham Hall

The Ponies' Aidan Anderson scored three times, including the game-winner in the fourth quarter.
Chanhassen at Benilde-St. Margaret’s May 04, 2021 Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

Girls' lacrosse: Chanhassen turns back slow start to beat Benilde-St. Margaret's

After falling behind 2-0, the Storm rattled off 11 goals to finish the first half with a commanding lead over the Red Knights.
Stillwater softball edges East Ridge to remain unbeaten

Stillwater softball edges East Ridge to remain unbeaten

Cat Smetana hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning to push the Ponies past the Raptors in a Suburban East Conference matchup.
Minnetonka at Eden Prairie. April 27, 2021 Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

Boys' lacrosse: Minnetonka's late scoring surge puts away Eden Prairie

The Skippers had seven goals in the second half to run away with a victory over the Eagles.
Baseball: Argento  leads Wayzata to victory over Minnetonka

Baseball: Argento leads Wayzata to victory over Minnetonka

Nick Argento allowed just one run and struck out nine batters, helping the Trojans secure a 4-1 win over Minnetonka
Girls' lacrosse: Henry Sibley/Gentry Academy beats Hermantown/Proctor

Girls' lacrosse: Henry Sibley/Gentry Academy beats Hermantown/Proctor

The Warriors used an 18-goal first half to build a comfortable lead over the Stealth on Friday.
Prior Lake boys' lacrosse hangs on to top Lakeville North

Prior Lake boys' lacrosse hangs on to top Lakeville North

Ben Mickett scored twice for the Lakers in the victory.
Robbinsdale Armstrong at Robbinsdale Cooper April 16, 2021 Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

Girls' lacrosse: Armstrong puts up 12 goals before halftime, routs rival Cooper

The Falcons flew to their first win of the season with six players scoring two goals apiece.
Pitchers' duel ends with Chanhassen victory over Northfield

Pitchers' duel ends with Chanhassen victory over Northfield

The Storm capitalized in extra innings to beat the Raiders 1-0.
Gentry Academy forward Barrett Hall (15) took a shot on goal while being defended by Dodge County defender James McPeak (20) in the second period. ]

Boys' hockey: 1A finalists bucked trend as first-year entries

Gentry Academy and Dodge County had atypical success in reaching the title game in their first state tournament appearance.
Proctor/Hermantown players swarmed senior forward Alyssa Watkins (22) after she scored the game winning goal in double overtime. ]

Girls' hockey notes: Proctor/Hermantown just fifth public school 1A champ

Notes, quotes and anecdotes from the last day of the girls' state hockey tournament.
Eden Prairie forward Carter Batchelder (11) scored the winning goal on Maple Grove goaltender Jack Wieneke (1) during overtime. ] LEILA NAVIDI • lei

Eden Prairie punches last, knocks out Maple Grove 6-5 in overtime

The back-and-forth game featured a wild third period with the teams scoring four goals in 99 seconds.
Community hockey alive and well in small-town Minnesota

Community hockey alive and well in small-town Minnesota

Little Falls and Dodge County offer examples of kids forming deep bonds starting when they were old enough to skate.
Day 2 boys' hockey All-Tournament Team

Day 2 boys' hockey All-Tournament Team

Eden Prairie, Lakeville South and Maple Grove each have two players listed among those who excelled in Class 2A quarterfinals.
Minnehaha Academy’s Chet Holmgren (34) goes up for a first half dunk against Totino-Grace Friday night. Holmgren had 11 points in the first half as

Boys' basketball story lines: Minnehaha Academy chasing fifth title in as many state tournament trips

After a one-year hiatus caused by the pandemic, the boys open their high school basketball state tournament Wednesday with 16 quarterfinals games across four classes.
Ron Haggstrom handicaps the boys' basketball state quarterfinals

Ron Haggstrom handicaps the boys' basketball state quarterfinals

The quarterfinals aren't seeded 1 through 5 with three random selections like in the past. They are broken down into two groups (North and South), with each being seeded 1 through 4.
Little Falls Flyers goaltender Dane Couture (35) tried to get a glove on the puck before Delano Tigers forward Gunnar Paulson (12) could get his shot

Little Falls edges Delano in 1A quarterfinals

Junior defenseman George Moore scored midway through the third period and gave his Flyers the winning goal.
Rosemount girls' basketball upsets previously unbeaten Farmington

Rosemount girls' basketball upsets previously unbeaten Farmington

The Irish's 52-44 victory was the program's first in a state tournament since 1990.
Hopkins girls' basketball matches state record with 78th straight victory

Hopkins girls' basketball matches state record with 78th straight victory

The Royals opened their pursuit of another title with a convincing 76-44 victory.
Dodge County Wildcats forward Brody Lamb (7) scored his six goal of the game, unassisted in the third period on Hermantown Hawks goaltender Ben Ryan (

Six-goal outburst for Lamb sends Dodge County past undermanned Hermantown

Brody Lamb, the state's scoring leader, led his team to a 7-3 victory over a No. 1 seed playing mostly with junior varsity players.
Chaska guard Kennedy Sanders (2) attempted a shot during the first half Tuesday against Stillwater. ] AARON LAVINSKY • aaron.lavinsky@startribune.co

Chaska defeats Stillwater to advance to 4A girls' basketball semifinals

Kennedy Sanders scored 31 points to lead the Hawks in the battle of unbeaten teams.
Minnetonka’s Grace Sadura (7) gets off a shot for a third period goal agains Holy Family Saturday evening. Sadura added an assist in the Skippers’

Minnetonka defeats Holy Family to return to 2A girls' hockey state tourney

Minnetonka is headed to the Class 2A state tournament for the third consecutive season after knocking off Holy Family Catholic 4-1 on Saturday.
Newhouse powers Minnetonka past Prior Lake in boys' hockey section semifinal

Newhouse powers Minnetonka past Prior Lake in boys' hockey section semifinal

Hunter Newhouse scored twice for the Skippers, sending them to next week's Class 2A, Section 2 championship game.
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New varsity program Gentry Academy advances to 1A girls' hockey state tournament

The Stars' Cara Sajevic scored the game-winner late in the third period against South St. Paul to complete a hat trick and send the program to the state tournament in its first year of varsity competition.
Cooper returns to 4A, Section 6 boys' basketball title game after win over Armstrong

Cooper returns to 4A, Section 6 boys' basketball title game after win over Armstrong

The Hawks led by 22 points at the half over the Falcons and didn't let go of the lead in the second.
Girls' hockey: Benilde-St. Margaret's defeats Wayzata to make Class 2A, Section 6 finale

Girls' hockey: Benilde-St. Margaret's defeats Wayzata to make Class 2A, Section 6 finale

The Red Knights scored first, took a 2-1 lead into the third period and got a pair of insurance goals 1 minute, 34 seconds apart
Three-goal second period leads Lakeville South upset of Maple Grove

Three-goal second period leads Lakeville South upset of Maple Grove

The Cougars, led by Tanner Ludtke's two goals, remained undefeated as they beat the Crimson.
Hill-Murray’s Dylan Godbout (17) circles in the offensive zone moments before scoring his second goal of the game against St. Thomas Academy Tuesday

Godbout notches two goals in Hill-Murray victory over St. Thomas Academy

Dylan Godbout led the Pioneers to a 7-3 rout of the Cadets, including a five-goal second period.
Stillwater girls' hockey rides three-goal second to win over Cretin-Derham Hall

Stillwater girls' hockey rides three-goal second to win over Cretin-Derham Hall

Freshmen Myah Krueger and Brooke Nelson each scored for the Ponies on senior day, showing how important the team's underclassmen are to success this season.
Maple Grove at Andover. March 04, 2021 Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner

Two goals from Kukkonen helps Maple Grove boys' hockey defeat of Andover

Kyle Kukkonen, the state's No. 2 points producer with 55 this year, powered the Crimson past the rival Huskies.
Hart's second-half effort helps Farmington girls' basketball launch past Rosemount

Hart's second-half effort helps Farmington girls' basketball launch past Rosemount

Sophie Hart scored 13 of her 15 points in the second half to help the Tigers remain unbeaten this season.
Chaska’s Mallory Heyer spins for a layup against Wayzata Friday night. Heyer had a team-high 18 points in the Hawks’ 61-59 victory over the Trojan

Heyer's big second half lifts undefeated Chaska girls' basketball past Wayzata

After just scoring two points in the opening half, Mallory Heyer went off for 16 points to help her Hawks rally back to beat the Trojans.
Edina girls' hockey storms back in third period against Benilde-St. Margaret's to stay unbeaten

Edina girls' hockey storms back in third period against Benilde-St. Margaret's to stay unbeaten

For the second time in nine days, the Knights were stung by a two-goal third period from the Hornets.
Minnetonka boys' hockey scores just before time expires, skates to tie with Wayzata

Minnetonka boys' hockey scores just before time expires, skates to tie with Wayzata

The Skippers' Hunter Newhouse had a rebound goal with less than a second on the game clock to tie the game at 3 in the third period.
Minnehaha Academy’s Hercy Miller (15) is fouled by Hopkins’ Elvis Nnaji (15) as he drives for a layup Wednesday night. The Redhawks defeated the R

Balanced Minnehaha Academy attack puts away Hopkins boys

Five Redhawks, led by Chet Holmgren who had a game-high 19 points, scored in double digits.
Cretin-Derham Hall guard Tre Holloman (5) was defended by Cole Sorensen (35) of Mounds View.

Holloman's triple-double paces Cretin-Derham Hall to boys' basketball win

Behind Tre Holloman's strong effort, the Raiders beat previously unbeaten Mounds View, avenging an early loss
Centennial girls' basketball squeezes by Maple Grove 63-60 in overtime

Centennial girls' basketball squeezes by Maple Grove 63-60 in overtime

The Cougars had 14 points at the half but clawed back 49 points to get the three-point victory over the Crimson.
Columbia Heights boys' basketball beats DeLaSalle 62-60

Columbia Heights boys' basketball beats DeLaSalle 62-60

Donnavin Hinsz tied the game at the free throw line and went on to hit the game-winner.
Class 1A, Section 5 Final Breck vs. Orono. February 12, 2020. Photo By Earl J. Ebensteiner

Coach of 3-time defending champion Breck girls' hockey team resigns

Steve Persian, who helped lead the Mustangs to their last two state titles, left the program along with "the majority of the staff,'' he said in a text.
Holy Angels’ Francesca Vascellaro (1) drives toward the basket during the first half of Friday night’s game against DeLaSalle. Vascellaro had a ga

Girls' basketball: Vascellaro pours in 24 points in Holy Angels' rout of DeLaSalle

In addition to Francesca Vascellaro's performance, the Stars got big outings from Kassandra Caron and Grace Massaquoi who had 21 and 19 points, respectively.
Late three-pointer helps Woodbury boys' basketball escape with win over East Ridge

Late three-pointer helps Woodbury boys' basketball escape with win over East Ridge

Bradley Cimperman's three-pointer with seconds left in Friday's game gave the Royals the win after they surrendered a second-half lead as big as 12 points.
Hopkins at Minnetonka. February 18, 2021 Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner

Hopkins girls' surge past Minnetonka for 72nd consecutive victory

Taylor Woodson scored 21 points for the Royals, and teammates Amaya Battle and Maya Nnaji added 20 points apiece.
Duluth East’s Mattie Thompson (31) puts up a short jump shot against Bloomington Jefferson. Thompson had 21 points in the Greyhounds’ 63-54 victor

Duluth East boys' basketball overwhelms Bloomington Jefferson in second half

The Greyhounds got a game-high 22 points from Noah Paulson and Mattie Thompson chipped in 21 points.