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June 5, 1978 Title IX legislation but may yet face toughest hurdle Stormi Greener , Minneapolis Star Tribune ORG XMIT: MERe4bb0ea864b4e87b409c77ddce03

Eight Minnesota women on what's next in the fight for gender equality in sports

Title IX's 50th anniversary is an opportunity to challenge current thinking and continue the fight for fairness in sports.
Lakeville South’s Emily Moes (23) looked for a shot during the first half. Moes scored twice as South took a 5-0 lead and held a 6-4 halftime lead.

Girls' lacrosse: Late goals lift Lakeville South to state title

The Cougars scored three goals over the final eight minutes to secure their first title.
After a quiet start, Fairmont posts a resounding inning and wins the Class 2A title

After a quiet start, Fairmont posts a resounding inning and wins the Class 2A title

A seven-run sixth in the championship game against Roseau produced the game's only runs.
Farmington players formed a happy heap after completing their run to the Class 4A title.

Stillwater pieces together baseball's key parts, defeating Farmington for the 4A title

Timely hitting and Austin Buck's pitching made for a winning combination against the defending champion.
State baseball: Farmington uses power, Stillwater wields pitching to win 4A semis

State baseball: Farmington uses power, Stillwater wields pitching to win 4A semis

Thursday's victories set up the pairings for championship day Friday at Target Field.
Elk River/St. Michael Albertville pulls off upsets, wins state title in boys' volleyball

Elk River/St. Michael Albertville pulls off upsets, wins state title in boys' volleyball

The cooperative went into the tournament seeded eighth but beat the top two seeds on the way to the championship.
St. Michael-Albertville at Maple Grove. May 21, 2022. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner

Baseball state quarterfinals: Maple Grove taps a fresh resource

The Crimson got a boost from pitcher Aiden McMahon, making his way back from injury.
Forest Lake High School Rangers celebrate after winning the 2022 State Class AAAA championship game at Caswell Park in North Mankato, Minnesota Friday

Forest Lake uses late surge to nab Class 4A softball title

Mankato West won the 3A championship, Chatfield won in 2A and Nicollet took 1A.
Softball state tournament: Forest Lake, Brainerd reach Class 4A final

Softball state tournament: Forest Lake, Brainerd reach Class 4A final

The teams will play for the title Friday at Caswell Park in North Mankato.
Orono team captain Matias Maule hefted the hardware as he and his teammates celebrated after defeating Edina in the Class 2A team tennis final.

Confident Orono wins 2A boys' tennis; SPA tops Breck in 1A

A late-season victory over Wayzata served as the Spartans' launching pad. St. Paul Academy won the 1A title.
Pitcher Chloe Barber has led White Bear Lake to a 21-3 record and the No. 1 seed in the Class 4A softball tournament.

Softball state preview: White Bear Lake is back at state after 20 years

The Bears, despite a lack of tournament background, received the top seed in Class 4A.
Edina’s Matthew Fullerton recorded a point as he played Wayzata’s Collin Beduhn in the boys Class 2A championship singles match. ] ANTHONY SOUFFLE

Loss doesn't mar Eagan's experience at the boys' tennis state championships

The Wildcats agree their first appearance at the tournament since 2013 is what matters most.
Jessa Snippes of Rosemount.

Meet the softball All-Metro squads for 2022

The list starts with 12 of the Twin Cities' best players on the first team.
Sydney Schwartz is 21-0 as a pitcher this season for Chanhassen, and she’s batting .596 with 13 home runs.

Chanhassen's Sydney Schwartz is the Star Tribune Metro Softball Player of the Year

The future University of Minnesota player is an ace on the rubber, a threat at the plate and a dancer with no shame.
Chanhassen players celebrate as Kenna Berman (2) hit an RBI in the bottom of the seventh inning to win the Class 4A championship game against Shakopee

Chanhassen outlasts Shakopee 11-10 for Class 4A, Section 2 softball title

The Storm used a four-run rally in the bottom of the seventh and final inning to pull out the victory.
St. Anthony pitcher Ellie Peterson is 15-1 and batting above .400.

Softball field becomes a postseason proving ground for St. Anthony

The Huskies are regular state tournament participants but have been thwarted in their pursuit of a championship.
Elizabeth Johnson’s feelings on basic training? “I loved it,” she said.

National Guard duties are priority for captain of Farmington High School softball team

Elizabeth Johnson is a senior first baseman for Farmington and also a graduate of basic training, a high school student with a plan for her future.
The boys’ volleyball club league has 55 teams.

Boys' volleyball advocates frustrated after losing sanction bid by one vote

Many administrators were reluctant to give up limited space in facilities that are often in high demand in March and April because of poor spring weather.
Roseville’s Pengsu Thao spiked the ball against Hmong Prep Academy players during a 2021 match.

Boys' volleyball takes another shot at Minnesota State High School League sanctioning

Two previous attempts were shot down by the MSHSL's Representative Assembly. Here are facts for and against.
Roseville’s Pengsu Thao spiked the ball against Hmong Prep Academy players during a 2021 match.

Boys' volleyball takes another shot at getting sanctioned by MSHSL

Two previous attempts were shot down by the Minnesota State High School League's Representative Assembly. Here are facts for and against.
Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan looked to make a long pass during the annual Spring Game Saturday in the team’s indoor football facility

Unconventional ending highlights U spring football game

Overtime was ended by a kicking competition between the the teams' two talented kickers.
Jaxon Howard has visited Miami and plans to attend the Gophers’ spring game and LSU’s spring game.

With 60 D1 football offers, decision nears for Cooper star Howard

Jaxon Howard, one of the most highly coveted prep football players in Minnesota history, is making visits to the Gophers, LSU and Miami before choosing a school.
Brian Cosgriff coached Hopkins to seven state championships in his 21 years there.

Cosgriff, architect of Hopkins' girls' basketball rise, to take over as coach at Minnetonka

The coach who led the Royals to seven state championships in 21 seasons will guide another prominent program.
Brian Cosgriff coached Hopkins to seven state championships in his 21 years there.

Ex-Hopkins girls' coach Cosgriff taking new job with Minnetonka

The coach who led the Royals to seven state titles in 21 seasons is taking on another prominent program — and one of Hopkins' biggest rivals.
Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame induction

Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame induction

Ziggy Kauls, left, greeted Larry McKenzie at the Minnesota Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Kauls coached 45 years at Mounds View; McKenzie

Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame grows by 15

Ziggy Kauls, for 45 years a successful coach, and Tayler Hill, a big-time girls' scorer still deep in the basketball biz, were among inductees in the 2022 class.
Minneapolis North boys’ basketball coach Larry McKenzie revealed during the state tournament that a racist message had been sent to one of his playe

Action coming to combat racism around prep sports

Minnesota State High School League officials indicated schools want set rules and consequences and that students themselves could be part of the solution.
Portraits of Metro Players fo the Year Braeden Carrington,Park Center in St. Paul, Minn., on Sunday, March 13, 2022.

Park Center's Braeden Carrington named Mr. Basketball

Carrington, who has signed with the Gophers, led the Pirates to their first Class 4A state title on Saturday.
Park Center center James Spencer (10) celebrated with forward Joe Burgess (3) after winning the Class 4A state championship game over Wayzata.

Park Center gets best of defending state champion Wayzata in Class 4A championship game

The Pirates become third the boys' basketball team of the day to win their first crown.
Clockwise from top left: Leo Torbor, Park Center; Carter Bjerke, Wayzata; Nasir Whitlock, DeLaSalle; Patrick Bathl, Totino-Grace.

Boys' state basketball tournament: Class 4A, 3A title game capsules

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.
Wayzata guard Hayden Tibbits looked for a way past Cretin-Derham Hall’s Nicolas Coyle in a Class 4A semifinal at Williams Arena on Thursday night. T

Too much Tibbits: Wayzata's depth too much for Cretin-Derham Hall

Cretin-Derham Hall coach Jerry Kline Jr. said that Wayzata's late, game-clinching run in the Class 4A semifinals was jnot having an answer for Wayzata junior Hayden Tibbits
Park Center players Molley Komara(33) and Cody Pennebaker(5) guard against Eastview player Chet Kloss(14) in Minneapolis, Minn., on Thursday, March 24

Class 4A semifinal: Park Center defense suffocates Eastview

The Pirates, with a collection of offensive standouts, turned in perhaps their best defensive showing of the season against the Lightning.
Eastview’s Kayser Hassan, a JV player a year ago who has become a double-digit scorer for the Lightning, went up for an easy basket in a game agains

After back-to-back disappointments, rebuilt Eastview is back at state

A pandemic and an unexpected loss kept the Lightning out of the Class 4A tournament field the past two years. Senior guard Kenji Scales saw to it nothing stopped them this season.
Tre Holloman of Cretin-Derham Hall has committed to Michigan State for next season.

Tre Holloman is Star Tribune Boys' Basketball Metro Player of the Year

The Cretin-Derham Hall point guard will lead the Raiders into the Class 4A state tournament before heading off to Michigan State.
Totino-Grace’s Hannah Herzig (11) brings the ball up court through St. Paul Como Park defender Kaylynn Asberry (24). Photo by Cheryl A. Myers, Sport

Class 3A and 4A girls' basketball: 1 vs. 3 in mirror finals

A look at Saturday's big-school title games
Tessa Johnson split a gap during the section final against Rogers, one more step in getting back to the state tournament.

St. Michael-Albertville's Tessa Johnson ready to show all she learned in a season away

She missed her sophomore year because of a broken femur but returns to the girls' basketball state tournament as a junior and as a more thoughtful player.
St. Paul Como Park is 97-24 since Ronnie Porter became the team’s point guard as an eighth-grader.

Girls' basketball state tournament preview: Story lines range from revenge to redemption

Hopkins has matters to correct in Class 4A, Becker aims for a repeat in 3A, high-scoring youngsters dominate 2A and vengeance is sought in 1A.
Mallory Heyer led Chaska in scoring and rebounding for five years and will join four other All-Metro players as freshmen with the Gophers next season.

Chaska's Heyer is Star Tribune girls' basketball Metro Player of Year

Mallory Heyer and three others from the 2021-22 All-Metro teams form a recruiting class that has sparked optimism for next season at the University of Minnesota.
Kate Cordes and her Shakopee teammates relied on three-pointers, especially the game-winner Cordes made from beyond halfcourt.

Half-court game-winner sends Shakopee to girls' state tournament

Shakopee's Kate Cordes hit a shot from just beyond the halfcourt line at the buzzer lift the Sabres over Eden Prairie. Tap for the story and video of the winning shot.
Minneapolis North coach Larry McKenzie said he took steps to limit ugliness in a 143-4 blowout Thursday.

North High wins 143-4 in sections; coach explains what happened

A first-round game of the Class 2A playoffs pitted the No. 1-seeded Polars and their legacy of basketball excellence against a charter school from Hopkins that had played only five games in 2022.
Hopkins guard Liv McGill scored despite the defense of Wayzata’s Mara Braun.

Hopkins perseveres in girls' basketball section final, defeats Wayzata to make state

The Royals began to pull away late in the first half and earned a chance to win the title that got away last season.
When Simley’s Charli Raymond was declared winner of the 100-pound class, she became the first girls’ wrestling state champion.

Simley's Raymond becomes first girls' state wrestling champ

Edison's Nari Miller cries in triumph; Stillwater's Audrey Rogotzke keeps her end of the deal in a sibling double.
Stillwater’s Hunter Lyden, right, became a three-time state champion with his 11-3 victory over Cole Han-Lindem in the Class 3A 170-pound championsh

Stillwater's Ryder Rogotzke breaks through for state wrestling title with his 44th pin

Ponies' Hunter Lyden wins his third; Waconia's Max McEnelly flips over three-peat; Lakeville North's Zach Hanson scores.
Lakeville North’s Jore Volk, top, overpowered Little Falls’ Austin Litke during a Class 3A 132-pound match.

Lakeville North's Volk brings less hair and the usual dominance to state wrestling

A two-time Class 3A champion, he gave up on the curly locks, powered into the semifinals.
Siblings Ryder and Audrey Rogotzke will pursue high school wrestling state championships over the weekend, and if they pull if off it won’t be their

First girls' wrestling state tournament comes with first-time possibilities

The first girls' state meet makes possible something never before conceivable: A sister-brother state championship duo. Meet Audrey and Ryder Rogotzke of Stillwater, who are each seeded No. 1 in their divisions.
Chase Mills of St. Michael-Albertville took down Stillwater’s Mikey Jelinek in a 106-pound bout during the Class 3A team finals.

St. Michael-Albertville returns to wrestling's peak with authority

A big early lead over Stillwater produced the team's first Class 3A title since 2018 and completed a perfect season.
Jackson County Central wrestlers celebrate with their first place trophy during the Class 1A Minnesota High School Wrestling Team Championship between

Class 1A wrestling: Jackson County Central wins title after eight seasons of waiting

The Huskies finished strong in the semifinals and started fast in the the championship match against Royalton/Upsala.
Waconia junior Max McEnelly hasn’t lost a wrestling match since he was a freshman. He’s 80-0 over the past two years, 43-0 this season.

Two-time state wrestling champ McEnelly keeps it simple: 'I love to dominate'

The Waconia junior heads into the wrestling state meet having not lost in more than two years.
Bruce Williams and Ron Malcolm, finalists in the 138-pound state final in wrestling in 1951, got together 71 years after their match.

Seventy-one years after state title match, opponents meet again

Bruce Williams and Ron Malcolm, who battled for the 138-pound title at the 1951 wrestling state tournament, met recently to rehash the day one changed the course of his life and the other made a decision he regrets but can laugh about now.
Jade Trelsted of Shakopee provided the final touch in Shakopee’s close section victory.

Shakopee wrestlers endure a challenge in new section but arrive safely at state

The Sabers will be back to defend their team championship after a close call against Waconia.
Taylar Schaefer needed to be as good upside-down as right side up Saturday, and she was, winning the Class 2A all-around gymnastics title.

Energizing start vaults St. Cloud's Taylar Schaefer to 2A individual gymnastics title

Teammates Reagan Kelley and Anna Mielke of Watertown-Mayer/Mound Westonka finished first and second in Class 1A.
Sasha Arne of Wayzata posed on the balance beam, the event that led to her team’s championship Friday.

Refusing to wiggle, Wayzata goes big on beam and pulls out a Class 2A gymnastics team victory

Three other teams were positioned to win when the Trojans nailed their final event en route to a state championship.
The North Community High School boy’s basketball team wore special warm up jerseys to honor Deshaun Hill Jr. before their game against Hopkins Satur

North Polars community grieves, honors memory of Deshaun Hill

A Minneapolis North boys' basketball game was the setting for remembering the athlete who was shot and killed Wednesday.
Karyn Bye Dietz, who addressed the U.S. women’s national team in October, will be keynote speaker at the Ms. Hockey Award banquet.

Prep notes: Ms. Hockey banquet again away from usual St. Paul site

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.
Alonzo Dodd, South St. Paul guard, is a playmaker and a scorer.

South St. Paul boys' basketball rallies, keeps winning after coach's arrest

Matt McCollister resigned in January after he was charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud, His team, ranked No. 3 in Class 3A, was undefeated at the time and still hasn't lost.
Gob Gob, a native of Manchester, N.H., sees his attendance at Minnesota Prep Academy as a prime opportunity and an investment in his future.

Twin Cities prep academy thrives in competitive basketball landscape

Minnesota Prep Academy has 26 students who are there to improve their college scholarship chances, while critics question the loss of high school experience.
Sidwell Friends guard Kendall Dudley and Hopkins guard Nu Nu Agara fight for a loose ball in the first half

Hopkins girls' basketball falls short vs. national No. 1 Sidwell Friends

The game, a 12-point loss for the Royals, was the opener of the nationally televised Girls' Basketball Invitational at Hopkins High School, bringing together four of the best teams in the nation.
Anoka junior wrestler Eli Paulson, with father Brandon (right) and Papa Doug, Eli’s grandfather.

Expectations — endured and then embraced — no longer weigh on Anoka wrestling star

Being the only son of an icon comes with baggage. As the son of an Olympic medalist, wrestler Eli Paulson knows this. He's spent a lifetime carrying that baggage, and he's learning to carry it well.
South St. Paul Packers head coach Matthew McCollister.

South St. Paul boys' basketball coach resigns, plans to plead guilty to fraud

Matt McCollister coached the Packers to a perfect record this season and to 30 wins in their past 32 games.
Matt McCollister had coached the South St. Paul boys’ basketball team to an 11-0 record this season before resigning Wednesday.

South St. Paul boys' basketball coach resigns, plans to plead guilty to fraud charges

Matt McCollister coached the Packers to a perfect record this season and to 30 wins in their past 32 games.
Leah Johnson kept pace with a fast break while officiating the first half of the Edina vs. Eagan girl’s varsity game at Eagan High School Monday nig

When the refs are all women, is girls' basketball a better game?

In addition to making an impact as role models, many players and coaches suggest that women officials call the game differently from men, allowing girls to play more physically.
Max McEnelly of Waconia is a back-to-back state champion with only one prep loss in his record.

Wrestling 2021-22 preview: Search for the very best leads to Waconia's Max McEnelly

Also among the angles for the season just beginning: a new girls' state tournament and an old boys' tournament revived.
Anna Mielke is one of a couple of all-around reasons that Watertown-Mayer/Mound-Westonka stands out among gymnastics teams.

Gymnastics 2021-22 preview: Because of club comings and goings, surprises are built in

Among teams, there's evidence that Class 1A Watertown-Mayer/Mound-Westonka is the state's best group.
Anna Mielke, Watertown-Mayer gymnastics, 2021 Star Tribune Metro Gymnast of the Year. Photo taken April 22, 2021. Photo: Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

Gymnastics: Because of club comings and goings, surprises are built in

Among teams, there's evidence Class 1A Watertown-Mayer/Mound-Westonka is the state's best.
Wrestling: Search for the very best leads to Waconia's Max McEnelly

Wrestling: Search for the very best leads to Waconia's Max McEnelly

Also among the angles for the season just beginning: a new girls' state tournament and an old boys' tournament revived.
Max McEnelly of Waconia is a back-to-back state champion with only one prep loss in his record.

Wrestling 2021-22: Search for the very best leads to Waconia's Max McEnelly

Also among the angles for the season just beginning: a new girls' state tournament and an old boys' tournament revived.
Chase Carter

Hoops legacy, football fit: Chase Carter signs with Michigan State

The son of former Gophers basketball player Randy Carter figured he'd play his dad's game, but he and Dad agree now on which is his best opportunity.
Chase Carter, right, and Sanjay Redd signed letters of intent to play college football on Wednesday at Minnehaha Academy. Carter signed with Michigan

Hoops legacy, football fit: Minnehaha's Carter signs with Spartans

The son of former Gophers basketball player Randy Carter figured he'd play his dad's game, but he and Dad agree now on which is his best opportunity.
Hill-Murray at Academy of Holy Angels. September 02, 2021 Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner

Super Preps 365: Nine state prep football stars have Power 5 plans in place

National Signing Day is Wednesday, when five of the standouts plan to sign with the Gophers. The state's No. 1 recruit, Lucas Heyer of Hill-Murray, is headed elsewhere.
Sarah Shahbaz won the Class 2A singles championship, and her Minnetonka squad won the team title.

Sarah Shahbaz of Minnetonka is the Girls' Tennis Player of the Year

Her passion rekindled after burnout as a youth, she won the Class 2A singles title and helped with a team championship.
Chaska at Hopkins. December 04, 2021. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner

Girls' basketball preview: 5 story lines, 1 dream team, 10 teams to watch

Hopkins is back with all of the players who felt the pain of having their 78-game winning streak ended during last year's state tournament. And a look at some future Gophers who are among the state's elite.
Hopkins’ Maya Nnaji went to the basket despite defensive pressure from Cambridge-Isanti’s Amme Sheforgen, left, and Jana Swanson during the second

Prep coaches thrilled by addition of shot clock for 2023-24 season

MSHSL board President Tom Jerome of Roseau said about 75 percent of schools favor the change, and it is even more popular among coaches.
Lakeville South High School quarterback Camden Dean (12) celebrates after defeating Maple Grove High School 13-7 in the Minnesota High School football

Prep Bowl notes: Lakeville South offense suits its quarterback to a Power-T

Camden Dean indicates he doesn't miss the passing stats as much as he likes winning the state title.
Mankato-West High School players celebrate after defeating Mahtomedi High School 24-10 in the Minnesota High School football Class 5A State Championsh

Mankato West finishes as a perfect champion, turning away Mahtomedi in Class 5A

The Scarlets reached high expectations by overcoming the Zephyrs' challenge in the title game.
Lakeville South defensive backs celebrate after Hunter Webster recovered a muffed punt against Maple Grove in the second quarter.

In a late, sudden burst, Lakeville South seizes Class 6A Prep Bowl

A long touchdown run in the fourth quarter broke a tie and some Maple Grove hearts.