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New York University outlasted Northwestern (St. Paul) 3-2 in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III volleyball tournament in Claremont, Calif.
The Beavers have earned another rare playoff home game. They'll face Central Washington on Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Division II tournament.
Madeline Kohel stood ahead of two-time defending champion Gabby Mauder of Woodbury.
Bethel faces a 9-1 Wisconsin Whitewater team to open the NCAA Division III football playoffs. Two Minnesota teams from the Northern Sun are on the road, too.
This week's girls swimming and diving state meet will be the 48th in the modern era. But Minnesota's true pioneers first competed in the 1920s in pools funded by mining that were called 'the best in the nation.'
Three NSIC teams were included in the 28-team Division II football playoff field and two teams from Minnesota were included in the 32-team Division III bracket.
The 11-yard touchdown run came after the Toreros missed a 28-yard field goal on their overtime possession.
A national signing day this week led to this list of Minnesota high school athletes officially aligning themselves with Division I or II colleges.
Lou Cotroneo, a member of St. Paul Johnson's state championship team in 1947, coached in the Johnson program for 20 years and later worked for the North Stars and Wild.
Bemidji State, Augustana, MSU Mankato and UMD are also battling for spots in the 28-team Division II playoff field, which will be announced Sunday.
Vinny Pearcy led Hill-Murray to the Class 2A boys soccer state championship.
The Gusties have won five games in a row and will play Bethel next week.
St. John's met Bethel in the MIAC's previous two championship games, but Gustavus and Concordia could each go there this time by winning Saturday.
In 1989, Steve Johnson took over a Bethel football team that had won 14 games in a decade and completely turned the program around.
Eddie Snider won a section championship by turning on the speed he had been "polishing up."
Brandon Alt passed for 271 yards and two touchdowns, and Sage Booker rushed for 120 yards and two TDs for No. 12 Bemidji State.
St. Thomas' 29-game home winning streak and four other things to watch in Minnesota college football
After bouncing back from their loss at Drake, the Tommies pounded Stetson last week and return home Saturday to face Marist.
Wayzata earned the top seed for Class 3A boys, Edina for 3A girls.
Augustana is off to its best start since 2010, but Minnesota State Mankato has had its number over the years. Also, St. John's crushed an undefeated MIAC team last weekend and goes on the road this weekend.
The Dragons had the ball only 16 minutes, 37 seconds, but averaged 21.4 yards per completed pass.
In other Minnesota college football action: St. Thomas heads to Des Moines, and Minnesota State Mankato takes a nonconference detour.
The Bulldogs are on a roll, led by quarterback Kyle Walljasper.
Bemidji State and Minnesota State each take a 4-0 record into Saturday's matchup in Bemidji.
The Twins have reached the postseason 14 teams since becoming a franchise in 1961. In that time, they've won five playoff series and two World Series.
The AL Central champion, No. 3 seed Twins will make their way to Denver for the first time since 2014.
The A's (48-108) have their worst record since moving from Kansas City in 1968, though former Twins outfielder Brent Rooker has been a bright spot.
The Angels will face the Twins without probable AL MVP Shohei Ohtani, who underwent elbow surgery Tuesday.
St. Thomas has never lost three games in a row under coach Glenn Caruso. After falling at South Dakota and Harvard, they'll face Morehead State at home. And there's a big MIAC game, too.
The Lynx lost Game 1 by 30, then regrouped to win Game 2 by seven. Now they have a chance to advance in the WNBA playoffs for the first time since 2020.
Minnesota will look to move closer toward the AL Central title with a visit to Cincinnati, which is a half-game behind in the wild-card race.
The Lynx are coming off a 90-60 loss to the Sun in Game 1, the worst in a playoff game in franchise history.
Macalester and Minnesota State Mankato are scoring points in bunches to start the season.
Minnesota holds a 6-3 advantage over Chicago this season but has a 33-38 road record.
The teams are meeting for the first time in the postseason.
The Rays swept the Twins and limited them to three runs in three games when the two teams last met in June.
A No. 5 finishing spot would mean a Dallas playoff matchup, while No. 6 would put them against Connecticut.
Still vying for a postseason spot, the Chicago Sky hold a tiebreaker with the Los Angeles Sparks.
The AL Central-leading Twins have lost 11 of their past 13 games against the Mets, who are out of the playoff race.
The Johnnies head to Wisconsin-Whitewater this week, coming off their biggest rally from a halftime deficit in 29 years.
The Twins maintain a five-game lead over the Guardians in the AL Central as the two rivals clash for the final time in the regular season.
Area college football roundup: St. John's rallies from 17-point deficit in fourth quarter, beats Trinity in OT
Conor Murphy kicked a field goal late in regulation to tie the score and another in overtime for the decisive points.
Phoenix is coming off seven losses in a row and has the league's worst away record.
The teams stand sixth in the standings, though the Dream have swept the Lynx so far this season.
The Rangers are 42-24 at home, second in the American League.
Walleyes in Lake Pepin have been worth the late-summer effort recently, too.
Coming off a loss to the Liberty at home, the Lynx will try to build on their luck on the road when they visit the Mystics in Washington.
St. John's and Bethel are looking forward to big seasons again, and the NSIC has a team picked first in that conference for the first time since 2007.
The teams will play one another six times in 10 days, with three games at each team's home field.
Defeating the Eastern Conference-leading Liberty would help the Lynx cement their No. 5 ranking in the WNBA playoff race.
The intense heat has slowed the bite in metro area lakes.
The two teams are competing for playoff position as the WNBA season hits the final stretch.
The Texas Rangers, who have lost six games in a row, face the Minnesota Twins for the first time this season.
The Wings have a three-game winning streak and are in second place in the Western Conference — they're also 2-0 against the Lynx this season.
The AL Central-leading Twins, who swept the NL Central-leading Brewers in June at Target Field, will look to match those results in Milwaukee.
Seattle has one last chance to avoid going 0-4 this season after winning 15 of the previous 16 matchups against the Lynx.
The two teams will meet against Sunday at Target Center. Seattle has won three of its past four and features Jewell Loyd, the leading scorer in the WNBA.
The Twins ace has thrown 13 scoreless innings over his last two starts. He'll look to keep it going against the Pirates, who are 14-23 in interleague games this season.
Minnesota fishing report: Backwaters of the Mississippi River near Lake Pepin are producing panfish.
Gentry Academy named Kyle Follmer as its boys hockey coach. He had been an assistant coach for the New Mexico Ice Wolves junior team the past two seasons.
The Tigers are 53-65 on the season, but they're 7-4 against the Twins. A two-game series at Target Field figures to be the last time the team's meet this season.
The AL Central-leading Twins continue their seven-game road trip against the defending NL champion Phillies.
Minnesota fishing report: Near the Northwest Angle, the bite has been good for a variety of fish. Here's a look at what's going on in the waters around Minnesota.
Indiana has won three of its past five games against Minnesota, but the team is in poor form, having lost nine of its past eleven.
The last time the Lynx faced the Sky was the season opener in May, on Tuesday they meet in Chicago with Rachel Banham and Dorka Juhász close to returning.
The Twins have won each of the previous six season series against Detroit.
Arizona will feature outfielder Tommy Pham, acquired at the trade deadline.
Their last loss was to Minnesota in New York. Now, the Breanna Stewart-led Liberty visit Target Center on Friday.
Minnesota fishing report: Activity has slowed among some species in Detroit Lakes area. Panfish are biting in Ely.
After losing five consecutive games, the Twins will look to maintain their one game lead in the AL Central as the trade deadline looms.
After two of their best wins of the season, the Lynx end a three-game road trip with the second game of a back-to-back series against Connecticut.
Connecticut is tied with New York for the lead in the WNBA's Eastern Conference.
Napheesa Collier left Wednesday's game — a 97-92 victory over Washington — with 3:21 remaining in the fourth quarter because of an injury to her right ankle
Minnesota fishing report: Fishing also has been solid on chain of lakes in Fairmont area
Byron Buxton is back from the paternity list as the Twins try to end a two-game losing streak as they hit the road for six.
Washington comes into Wednesday's game off a victory despite being severely injury plagued,