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Prep athletes of the week: Do-it-all Wayzata guard really did it all in final two games of championship season
Drew Berkland, a future Gophers baseball player and a state champion football player, got hot from long range in adding a basketball championship to his résumé.
The sophomore had a hat trick in both the section semifinals and the section final.
Boys' hockey section finals are also slated for this week, while the boys' and girls' basketball section playoffs hit the throttle.
State wrestling matchups will be set this week. The coaches of the qualifiers in each bracket will vote on seeding, which is expected to be finalized Tuesday.
Offensive lineman Tony Nelson, a three-star recruit from Tracy-Milroy-Balaton, has verbally committed to play for the Gophers.
The winter state tournament season, which seemed so far away, and highly unlikely, six months ago, kicks off this week.
Hopkins' winning streak is now at 73, five short of the state record of 78, set by Fosston from December 1999 to March 2002. Becker has won 36 straight.
The sophomore stood tall with 40 saves in a one-goal victory over Blake.
Chief among the questions to be answered are 7-foot Chet Holmgren's college decision and whether a couple of metro-area teams are really that good.
David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen offer up the best boys' and girls' teams in the hunt and discuss a surprise player from the nationally televised boys' basketball game between Minnehaha Academy and Stewartville.
Dozens have stopped working. But for others the squeak of basketball shoes and lure of the whistle were too hard to resist. And some officials have even found things to like about working under pandemic rules.
The top two teams in Class 2A sport 9-0 records, are deep in talented skaters, play shutdown defense and have top-notch goaltending.
Where it will be held is still unknown, but the March 25-27 event will crown team and individual champions, something that had been much in doubt two months ago.
The Redhawks might be the state's best team, but they're still a step below the top prep teams in the country.
A $10,000 fundraising effort has been started to get patches distributed to all 2,000 game officials in the state.
The addition of junior Kiani Lockett (pictured is Lockett's teammate, guard Desiree Ware), a junior transfer from DeLaSalle, has been a big reason for the Skippers' successful start
As Minnesota high school winter sports return there is an important new meaning being brought to the court, rink and mats that doesn't show up in the box scores.
Jason Ziebarth's third-period goal lifted the Bluejackets over Princeton 2-1, ensuring the traveling trophy between the two programs was coming back after spending the five previous seasons in Princeton.
Game officials have adopted a three-step process for addressing improperly worn masks, preferring to be instructive rather than punitive.
The Star Tribune's Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque wondering if the Royals, with a 64-game winning streak, will lose a game this year.
An injury and a pandemic curtailed Jaden Wollmuth's AAU basketball season. Then a declaration by Gov. Tim Walz put the winter high school sports season on hold, stretching his inactive period for more than a month. The pause was finally lifted Monday.
Highly successful AAU coach Tara Starks, taking over a talented team with a 62-game winning streak, has only been able to virtually coach her players.
Winter sports for high school and youth teams can hold practice on Jan. 4 with the hope, but no assurance yet, of playing games again by the middle of January.
Youth football foes Jordan Titus and Savion Robinson are coming back to St. Paul, among at least 11 Minnesota high school stars who are part of the new St. Thomas recruiting class.
He led Skippers' teams for 33 years, including the last 27 as the girls' team coach.
The junior, who won the Class 2A singles title as a sophomore, was undefeated in her matches at No. 1 singles in the shortened 2020 season.
The group has filed a federal lawsuit claiming Gov. Tim Walz's order of a four-week pause "unfairly singles out young people for harm" by shutting down youth sports.
A talented hockey player who played with the U.S. U-18 national team, Jake Ratzlaff had given a verbal commitment to Minnesota after his freshman year.
OK, we'll pick a champion: With no Prep Bowl, Star Tribune writers name a mythical Class 6A football winner
Before playoffs, a mythical prep titlist was named. We're reviving that tradition.
Gov. Tim Walz's shutdown of youth and high school sports until mid-December delays the start of winter sports as part of new restrictions to curb rapidly increasing COVID-19 cases.
While the director of the MSHSL is urging long-term vision for the return of state tournaments, one board member said some people see opportunities for athletes elsewhere that Minnesota has rejected.
Teams, including some of the best in the Twin Cities, continue scrambling for games as players and coaches watch schedules fall apart and come back together.
Before we get to the Metro Top 10, what can we take out of Week 2?Class 6A: What kind of team is Lakeville North? After…
Tennis season finishes early in 2020 with section finals.
Teams will have to generate their own energy without fans
The suit contends the Minnesota State High School League is failing to follow recent Minnesota Department of Health guidelines with rules it recently adopted because of the pandemic.
Hockey, basketball and most other Minnesota high school winter sports will start from one to five weeks later than usual in an effort to minimize overlap with fall seasons.
Planning for the likelihood of virus outbreaks that result in postponed games has a Minnesota State High School League task force talking of shifting from plans in place for fall sports.
On the first official day of practice -- pushed into late September by coronavirus concerns that temporarily postponed fall seasons into the spring -- the volleyball and football teams at North St. Paul were all about energy and optimism in their returns to the court and field.
The decision to resume football and volleyball this fall, albeit with shortened seasons and most likely without state tournaments, generated plenty of excitement across Minnesota.
Yah Naing Oo's physical presence and skills take a major step up.
Passing leagues normally held during the summer have sprouted up along with club volleyball leagues in the absence of traditional high school seasons.
The Minnesota State High School League called a special meeting for Monday that could reverse its decision six weeks ago to postpone both sports until March.
A motion, filed on behalf of three prep athletes, seeks to undo actions taken by the Minnesota State High School League to postpone football and volleyball until March.
With the pandemic curbing major gatherings for sports, the league has no plans for traditional state tournaments, instead planning on smaller, still-to-be-determined "culminating events."
School just started this first week for many, but fall sports athletes are on a fast and strange track to the shortest season in memory.…
Some metro-area schools and conferences are telling fans to stay away, even from outdoor venues such as stadiums.
Small and strange in some ways, but as competitive as ever in others: Welcome to the beginning of the fall high school sports season.
Former Hornet Jaime Gaard Chapman has handle on safety, an eye toward excellence.
The Minnesota State High School League also cleared soccer and individual-based sports — cross country, girls' tennis and girls' swimming — to start as scheduled Aug 17 with limitations.
On the eve of arguably one of the most anticipated recommendations in its 105-year history, the Minnesota State High School League discussed two scenarios Monday for fall sports.
Coming off a 21-9 record and an NCAA tournament qualification last season, upcoming redshirt sophomore Tyler Eischens must eventually decide if he'll remain at Stanford after wrestling is eliminated.
Charles Adams III, a Northsider since birth and a Minneapolis police officer, will do anything to serve a community he loves.
The head of the Minnesota State High School League said a "differentiated approach'' would allow low-risk sports to have competitions but higher-risk ones might only practice or train.
The Star Tribune Girls' Team Coach of the Year led the Hornets to 23 state titles before retiring.
Weight room fits bill for a team eager to bond again.
With one second left, Elk River says yes to 'Michigan' for improbable football state tournament victory
Elk River hadn't thrown the entire game ... until the final play produced a 57-yard TD.
Bryce Paul endured torn ACLs in back-to-back academic years.
Mistrust of law enforcement was a thread that carried throughout the meeting. "It's not fair how we should go out every day and be scared of police officers," Washburn's Jamar Nelson said.
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.
Schools, parks and clubs are havens for many young people in the Twin Cities. For much of the past two months, they have been shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The need for connection remains strong.
Shared memories buoyed the Panthers after their softball season was lost.
Over the weekend, Kerwin Walton's name was popping up all over social media as he was trying to decide where to play college basketball. "I wasn't paying too much attention," he said with a chuckle.
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.
The Saints are one of two independent baseball teams that would be invited to join the ranks of minor league franchises in a reorganization plan that would eliminate dozens of other teams.
With schools shut down and sports on hold, expenses are down in athletics departments; but coaches are getting paid. "Regardless of winning or losing, they still have value," one AD said of coaches.
Spring is prime time for high school football players to get noticed by college recruiters. But the COVID-19 pandemic is keeping athletes from showing off their skills and coaches from making the personal contact that can lead to scholarships.
With the official start of the season still more than a month away, the 2019 American Association champions are moving forward with just a few changes to their typical preseason regimen.
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 Minnehaha Academy star, who will play basketball at Gonzaga, became the first prep athlete to win the award as the state's top senior in football and basketball.
The COVID-19 restrictions challenge prep teams to train in creative ways but the spring sports seasons have not been called off outright.
The UConn-bound Hopkins star was named Minnesota's top high school girls' basketball senior.
DeLaSalle girls' and boys' basketball teams also saw their seasons end abruptly.
After the state tournament was abruptly called off Friday, Becker's girls' basketball players credited coach Dan Baird for helping them focus on the good - like a team bowling outing.