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Standing just 5-2 hasn't stopped Ziehl from playing goalie in soccer, hockey and lacrosse. "She is a competitor through and through," one of her coaches said.
Signing Day Sports has a new partnership with Minnesota football coaches that could accelerate its goal of connecting overlooked athletes with college programs.
"I don't think I've been this excited in a long time," said Randolph, who coached at Duluth East for 32 years before resigning last year amid an investigation. "My phone has been going nuts. It's humbling."
Tony Nelson of Tracy-Milroy-Balaton broke the shot put record on Friday in the Hamline Elite Meet.
Trent Eigner said he was surprised to learn his contract wasn't being renewed. The team's assistant, longtime Duluth East coach Mike Randolph, said he'll 'probably apply' for the job.
Senior forward Ahjany Lee scored six straight points to fuel late comeback.
Give top seeds Park Center (4A) and Totino-Grace (3A) have an edge in depth and talent, but they'll be facing opponents out to avenge early-season losses.
The Eagles advance to the first championship game in their program's history.
The Islanders, located in Minneapolis, have won 12 state championships, their most recent coming in 2019.
A look at Saturday's big-school title games
The senior forward led the Rams with 36 goals and 78 points.
Senior forward Logan Gravink scored at 8:59 of the second overtime period to win the all-important third meeting this season of rising Northwest Suburban Conference powers.
Hermantown's Beau Janzig and Ty Hanson faced a challenge in Warroad's Daimon Gardner and Jayson Shaugabay but kept them in check.
The Hawks faced a challenge in Warroad's Daimon Gardner and Jayson Shaugabay, but kept them in check.
A day after he scored a winner in double overtime, Gavyn Thoreson got two more goals in the semifinals to lead the Huskies into Saturday's finals against Maple Grove.
Andover coach Mark Manney is establishing himself as the place to go for quotes, for fun, for truth, for humility. He got going Friday night, and he didn't stop until those listening were entertained and informed. That and more from the X.
His overtime goal against Mahtomedi propelled the Warriors into the state final for the first time since 2009.
The senior forward went beyond offense, taking on Prior Lake's standout with words and defensive deeds.
The No. 1 seed Hawks, who fell to the Cardinals this time of year in 2018, scored seven goals in a row.
Despite playing a sport that's almost entirely a South Side pursuit, the hockey players representing the city have crossover appeal. "The name on the jersey is Minneapolis," North High football coach Charles Adams III said.
Regular-season success rates and experience in the postseason range wildly for the schools that qualified.
The tournament features rematches, second chances, Minneapolis coach's nod to history and his goalie thanking cold, hard steel.
Spread over three squads, the list hits east, west, north, south, public, private, big class and small class.
A senior forward, he made himself more important than his 28 goals and 31 assists by blocking shots, backchecking and being "a different Drew."
The Pioneers defeated the Bears in the section final for the 14th time in 19 meetings since the mid-'80s.
Son Brendan is a senior forward for the Hill-Murray Pioneers. Dad Brian ranks as a legend for the White Bear Lake Bears ("My team," he says.) The schools meet tonight in the Section 4AA final.
Marko Belak posted a shutout, and the Raiders will take an 18-game winning streak to Xcel Energy Center.
The victorious players left the ice and waded through dozens of Minneapolis youth hockey players, who looked up at them with wide eyes and smiles after the city cooperative beat Delano for the Section 2A title.
The senior played on two Class 2A championship teams and had 177 career points — the most by a Hornets defenseman.
Edina defenseman Vivian Jungels played on two Class 2A state championship teams and had 177 career points — the most by a Hornets defenseman.
The top-rated team in Class 2A all season, the Huskies weren't accustomed to allowing more than two goals or trailing after two periods. They overcame both to finish a 30-0 season.
The Skippers cleared a semifinal barrier that had stopped them the past three seasons.
The Huskies scored three goals in a burst at the start of the third period.
Ten skaters and three goalies are finalists for the top two individual awards in Minnesota high school hockey.
Victory over Burnsville moves the Skippers into a semifinal against Edina, a familiar opponent.
Northfield goaltender Maggie Malecha stood strong for nearly a period before the defending champs got rolling.
Victory over Albert Lea sends the third-seeded Mirage into the semifinals against No. 2 Orono
It began with four goals in the first period and included a hat trick by Iyla Ryskamp.
Minnesota was the first state to sanction girls' high school hockey and the 28th annual tournament begins today at the X with the Class 1A quarterfinals.
The defending 2A champion Hornets, Minnetonka's senior goalie and a coaching comeback are among things to watch as the state tournament starts its four-day run.
The list runs three teams deep, with college plans for the top dozen players, and stretches across the Twin Cities.
She's a defender with an offensive bent who leads her team in assists. She most certainly is not a goaltender.
A change in assignments means the team stays closer to home for the postseason.
The Skippers reached state for the fourth consecutive time, dispatching the Fire in the section final a second year in a row.
Rosemount scored 24 seconds into the game, and that fired up the Blaze in the section final.
Surrounded by young hockey teammates, senior goaltender Damian VanDanacker sees plenty of shots. But he doesn't take any at his fellow Governors.
Our prep reporters unload their notebooks, including that Olympic gold medalist Karyn Bye Dietz will be the keynote speaker Feb. 27 at Inwood Oaks in Oakdale.
The Spartans, no longer losing players to other programs, are a top seed in section playoffs that begin this week and are hoping for their first-ever trip to state.
The last time a Minneapolis public school team went to the state tournament was 1994. This year's group, comprised of players from around the city, has a 16-4-1 record and is hoping to end that dry spell.
Dave Marvin, whose Warroad team holds the No. 1 rank in Class 1A, said his team benefited from seeing a tough 2A opponent
Isak and Margo Nightingale of Mounds Park Academy compete in each of the skiing divisions offered by the Minnesota State High School League, and they do it well.
Senior Nick Erickson's last game was a Jan. 6 victory at Tartan. He entered the season as the Pioneers' No. 1 goaltender after posting a 14-2 record as a junior.
The Max Foundation, established after Max Marvin died by suicide, is spreading the word on helping young people with their mental health.
Wednesday's ceremony did not signal the start of Lucas Heyer's college football journey. His began more than a month ago when his team lost in the state playoffs.
Spencer Alvarez is believed to be the first Columbia Heights athlete to join a Big Ten football program since the 1980s. His journey hasn't been without setbacks.
A near miss in track and field taught him a lesson about "running to win" that led to a state championship.
A senior, she broke through a barrier, posted the best times of her life and won a state championship.
The top offseason storyline? Cretin-Derham Hall, loaded on the top line, carries great expectations for the 2021-22 season.
Camden Dean indicates he doesn't miss the passing stats as much as he likes winning the state title.
Chargers running back Eli Gillman rushed for 150 yards and three touchdowns.
The Tigers overwhelmed Kasson-Mantorville with their running game, winning 42-14
Either Maple Grove's Matt Lombardi or Lakeville South's Ben Burk will secure his school's first state title.
After a season of picking winners, it's time to pick the champions.
Here are the top defensive players in Twin Cities area prep football, including the All-Metro second team.
Ryan Haley fueled the Scarlets with three second-quarter touchdowns in the final semifinal at U.S. Bank Stadium.
The Bulldogs return to the Prep Bowl for the first time since winning it all in 2002.
The Zephyrs scored on three consecutive first-half possessions as the Hawks struggled to keep pace.
Class 6A semifinal: No. 1 Lakeville South takes advantage of takeaways in 40-14 rout of St. Michael-Albertville
The Cougars turned fumble recoveries into touchdowns early on and rolled from there to stay undefeated.
Head coach Kristen Luedtke and her father Dave, an assistant, built the Bengals into a consistent state meet-caliber program.
Football state tournament semifinal action continues Friday and Saturday at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Breaking down four classes of prep football action at U.S. Bank Stadium.
The biggest story in the offseason? The already powerful Minnetonka Skippers made major roster moves, including some key transfers.
Getting to the semifinals required the Scarlets to stop St. Thomas Academy twice in the fourth quarter.
The Cougars got the go-ahead score from running back Josh Jacobson midway through the fourth quarter.
Crimson senior running back Derrick Jameson ran for touchdowns of 59 and 74 yards.