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The Minnesota State High School League will allow coaches to start working with athletes on June 15, the first concrete step toward possibly resuming competition later this year.
The Minnesota State High School League is exploring revisions of two contentious league bylaws that help determine student-athlete eligibility.
Billy Buttermore and Colin Hagstrom captured a state championship in their final Mahtomedi athletic season.
Minneapolis Southwest vs. Edina was a fierce local rivalry at a time when 11 city schools had hockey teams, and the intersection of 50th and France was known as 'state title crossroad.'
All teams in contention for basketball state titles when the COVID-19 pandemic ended play will be known as "finalists'' and receive trophies and medals.
The Minnesota State High School League made the announcement shortly after Gov. Tim Walz said that Minnesota schools will remain closed for the rest of the academic year.
A winless season, a last place finish at state and a senior's season ending injury didn't keep these high school athletes from finding strength during the high school season.
Rare sweep of sprints by North St. Paul track star Shaliciah Jones in jeopardy but she keeps leading
North St. Paul senior Shaliciah Jones hoped to sweep 100, 200 and 400.
"We recognize that working with unknowns and a great level of uncertainty is very difficult and can be very frustrating for everyone," MSHSL executive director Erich Martens said.
Edina's Maddie Dahlien and Lakeville North's Bayliss Flynn are finding creative ways to develop their skills in multiple sports, but crave the normalcy of a spring sports season.
Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday gave a strong signal to suggest students would not return to their school buildings before the current academic year ends, which almost certainly would mean no spring sports season.
The private school, one of the metro area's prominent athletic powers, is believed to be the first in the state to extend its sports program cancellations through April.
The star of Hill-Murray's hockey state tournament title run brings a blue-collar mentality to his game, inspired by a brother whose life he helped save in 2015.
The meeting stemmed from what MSHSL executive director Erich Martens called the ''unbelievable and unpredictable'' disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 restrictions challenge prep teams to train in creative ways but the spring sports seasons have not been called off outright.
The girls' basketball state tournament, which still had two days left of tournament play, was called off. No state champions will be determined.
Mahtomedi was outshot 42-12. The previous low for a title-winning team in a championship game came in 1977 Rochester John Marshall had 14 shots on goal vs. Edina.
Two 10-minute misconducts were among the 11 penalties called at the end of the first period — six on Cathedral and five on Hermantown.
Junior defenseman Joey Pierce was dominant in stopping St. Cloud Cathedral.
The Blake School opted up to Class 2A before the 2017-18 season and plays among the largest schools. It was curious timing, since the Bears had not made a Class 1A tournament in the previous 10 years.
Since their Jan. 3 meeting that ended in a 5-5 tie, St. Cloud Cathedral and Hermantown hoped for a state tournament rematch. They got it, in an 11 a.m. Friday semifinal showdown
On the heels of the suburban Anoka County school's girls' team winning its first hockey state title, the No. 1-seeded boys' team has its sights set on the same.
The seeding for the Class 2A and 1A state tournaments reflects considerable parity among teams, on the heels of a tumultuous regular season for top-ranked teams.
The Pioneers trailed 2-0 before beating big rival.
The top-seeded Huskies rolled over Elk River/Zimmerman after losing in the section finals the past two years.
Two top seeds are out in Class 2A, one them thanks to surprising Chaska. State tournament spots are on the line starting Wednesday with a double-header at 3M Arena at Mariucci.
Huskies rallied to beat three-time defending champs for second time this season
Uma Corniea in net was the difference for the Hornets again.
Unlike last year, it was the Huskies who advanced to the finals in overtime.
But don't rule out Minnetonka, other coaches say. In Class 1A, defending champ Breck and Warroad could meet for a third straight year in the finals.
Record-setting Olivia Mobley stands with Mustangs greats.
Private school's hockey profile revives memories.
But No. 1 Edina still navigated its way back to state.
Increases of 33%, set to go into effect next fall, replace a more moderate fee hikes imposed a year ago as the board seeks to close a projected $407,000 deficit.
The Moran sisters — junior Mandy, ninth-grader Marie and seventh-grader Makayla — have amassed 96 points between them and elevated the Eagles' hope of reaching the state tournament for the first time since 2003.
Warroad, ranked No 3 in Class 1A, beat host Minneapolis 5-1. But participants saw beyond the scoreboard.
Hockey Day Minnesota is putting the sport's spotlight on Parade Stadium and the teams that practice and play in the city.
The excitement that surrounds the recruitment of top high school prospects in football and basketball is largely absent in hockey, even in hockey-rich Minnesota. Here's why.
Rosemount star receiver Jonathan Mann committed to the Gophers 20 months ago, and on Wednesday made it official.
The Minnesota State High School League heard a proposal to add at least four more teams to the 28-team district. It also approved paid admission at tennis state tournaments.
He scored the winning TD with 38 seconds left.
Wayzata's five up front cleared the way for a title.
The Spartans won in overtime, beating Jalen Suggs on a two-point pass.
Chaska (11-1) has posted five shutouts this season and reached its first state tournament championship game since 1974. The same playing style worked for St. Thomas Academy (11-1), author of six victories by shutout.
Tracy Cassano spoke of "squeezing all the juice from the lemon" in terms of getting everything possible out of players at previous coaching stops…
A total of eight boys' hockey programs are vying for different postseason goals this season.Northfield and Totino-Grace are moving up to play in Class 2A…
A state tournament-ending loss last year taught the Huskies that they need to score more "dirty goals,'' an approach their talented top line has embraced.
A program that came close to winning it all last season has added three top players who played elsewhere last year to a strong returning core.
He rushed for 269 yards and three TDs in 44 carries vs. Lakeville South.
Quarterback called an audible that led to victory.
Wayzata teams have been inspired before games by "In the Air Tonight" from 1981 to now.
St. Thomas Academy knocks off two-time defending 5A champs.
Shabaz, Patterson execute timely gains for Cougars.
Coon Rapids, which recently lost 23 games in a row, is 7-3 this season under a new, energetic coach and has shed its "loser" tag.
The earliest-starting of the high school winter sports seasons drops the puck Thursday night at 16 games, one of them a Class 2A matchup between Andover and three-time state champion Edina.
Coach's emotions spill over in aftermath of his first title.
QB Cole Stenstrom and the Mustangs' defense shined.
Cross-country's state meet demands peak production when stakes are highest.
Mahtomedi girls' soccer coach Dave Wald called Orono goalkeeper Clare Gagne a game-changer, among the best Minnesota-produced players at her position.So as his team trailed…
Time ticked away in overtime of the Class 1A boys' soccer tournament championship game. Gut-wrenching penalty kicks would likely decide the outcome. Holy Angels sophomore…
Miles Sitcawich made the big goal, Nick Wagner the big stop.
Hornets scored twice after a red card on Washburn's keeper.
Benilde-St. Margaret's overwhelmed Holy Angels 50-16 on Saturday in a Class 4A, Section 5 semifinal, a product of the Red Knights' talent and temperament."Our coaches'…
After several close losses, the Sabers survived a hectic finish.
The Cougars, after their coach resigned amid a police investigation, have not lost under interim coach Ben Burk and earned one of four No. 1 seeds for the Class 6A playoffs.
The Stars took an early lead in the rematch and held on.
Girls' Metro Player of the Year: Edina's scoring production took off when Sophia Boman took charge.
Boys' Metro Player of the Year: Washburn's Darley Florvis adds playmaking flair to his scoring touch .
The quarterfinals in Class 2A start Tuesday with the Rebels' girls' team playing Stillwater. The Hornets' boys' team plays Wednesday, when the Class 1A tournament also starts.
Eden Prairie overcame a key injury to top "beat up" St. Michael-Albertville.
Tuesday is championship game day for Class 2A teams, including two teams yet to experience defeat. Class 1A finals are later in the week.
The Titans corrected their troubles at Simley from 2018.
When the occasion calls for a more "scholarly" look, as Rosemount senior Jonathan Mann puts it, he slips on eyeglasses with black and gold frames.One…
Livestream providers say their efforts heighten interest. Those running postseason playoffs, which rely on ticket sales to balance budgets, say they "can't afford to give away the product.''
Shabaz's two TD runs propel Cougars past No. 1 Panthers