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Paul Klauda

Team leader | Prep Sports
Phone: 612-673-7280
Paul Klauda is responsible for overseeing coverage of high school sports.
Recent content from Paul Klauda
Back when they played: Delano High School is aglow beneath lights and a setting sun.

Sports cause outbreaks. Restart them anyway? Answer expected today

On Monday the Minnesota State High School League is poised to decide whether thousands of football and volleyball players can resume playing.
COVID shutdown of Eagan girls' soccer shows what schools can face

COVID shutdown of Eagan girls' soccer shows what schools can face

The two-week shutdown of the Eagan girls' soccer program underscores how a positive COVID-19 test have far-reaching impacts as Minnesota high schools restart fall sports.
The racquet tap replaced high fives during Monday's tennis practice at Edina.

They're back! Minnesota's prep athletes return to their sports

Many of the routines have been altered -- and the only football and volleyball players to be seen are those trying out other fall sports. But Monday marked the beginning of workouts in four fall sports.
Farmington girls’ soccer captain Bailey McCuddin and her teammates participated in practice at Dodge Middle School on June 15, the first available d

Shortened or deferred fall seasons two of 4 Minnesota prep sports options

A Minnesota State High School League task force also is considering a traditional season that starts on time as well as having teams practice this fall and seek to play games later in the school year.
Jalen Suggs of Minnehaha Academy is the first two-time winner of the Star Tribune All-Metro Male Athlete of the Year Award.

Even without a state title this year, Jalen Suggs graduates with plenty to smile about

State titles eluded Jalen Suggs as a senior, but oh the memories.
The St. Paul Saints won't be able to use CHS Field as their home stadium for the time being because of coronavirus restrictions. They'll play out of S

Saints to resume playing July 3 with Sioux Falls as their temporary home

The American Association announced a plan to resume play on July 3 with six of its 12 teams playing out of three hub cities until pandemic restrictions ease.
The USA Cup in Blaine is among this summer’s soccer cancellations.

3 Minnesota summer soccer leagues canceled as new practice guidelines emerge

Three prominent summer youth soccer leagues and their affiliated state championships have been canceled because of safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Esko players watched a game from the outfield fence as they waited for their game to start last June 6 at the girls' softball state tournament in Nort

No Minnesota high school spring sports until May 4 at earliest

The move came in response to Gov. Tim Walz ordering state residents to stay at home and limit movements outside their homes beyond essential needs for two weeks beginning this weekend.
Josh Sampson of Mounds View won the 300-meter hurdles at the MSHSL track and field state meet last June.

High school league shuts down all spring sports practices

The announcement came before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday night recommended no gatherings of 50 or more people anywhere.
St. Michael-Albertville fans cheered for their girls' basketball team Wednesday after defeating Lakeville North.

MSHSL cancels floor hockey tourney, restricts fans at basketball to 90 per team

Starting Friday only 90 school-approved fans can attend girls' basketball state tournament and boys' basketball section games, the league said.
Little Falls center Frank Wachlarowicz, shown blocking a shot by Robbinsdale’s Tom Fix in the 1975 Class AA title game, is one of 15 new Minnesota H

When 'Frankie Alphabet' got the ball down low, record-setting play resulted

Little Falls basketball legend Frank Wachlarowicz was among 15 inductees to the Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame.
Former Lakeville South football coach Tyler Krebs has been charged with a misdemeanor for unauthorized computer access in connection with allegations

Former Lakeville South football coach charged with misdemeanor

Tyler Krebs was accused of unauthorized computer access of the account of the Eastview coach, for whom he once worked.
Loons fans at the team’s playoff game at Allianz Field on Oct. 20.

Loons will open MLS season March 1, home opener March 15

Portland is the first opponent, and the first game at Allianz field is against New York Red Bulls.
Throwback mode: The Peach returns for big Gophers-Penn State game

Throwback mode: The Peach returns for big Gophers-Penn State game

A peach-colored newspaper sports section was easy to find in the old days.
Participation in 11-player football nationwide dropped for the fifth straight year, and to its lowest level since 1999-2000.

Prep sports participation drops nationally for first time in 30 years

Declines in football and basketball were the biggest contributors, according to a 2018-2019 nationwide survey. Minnesota showed a tiny increase overall last year and one official said its football numbers are stable.
Jim Bowers belted out the national anthem at the last North Stars home game at Met Center on April 13, 1993.

North Stars' beloved national anthem singer Jim Bowers dies at 84

Jim Bowers' operatic voice thrilled North Stars fans.
Mike Koster of Chaska.

Prep athletes of the week: Chaska's Mike Koster helps get hockey Hawks back on track

The Gophers recruit is bringing life to the Chaska program.

Bullied former Hill-Murray hockey player allowed to play for another school

Student is declared eligible to play after transferring.
Players from Hopkins, left, and St. Michael-Albertville battled in the girls' basketball state tournament. Those matchups will become more routine, wi

Buffalo, St. Michael-Albertville to join Lake Conference in 2019-20

Those two Mississippi 8 schools will expand the Lake Conference to seven.
From left, Jake Borgen, Garrett Mourning, Lane Berning, Kyle Dupont, and Will Rahne of the national champion St. Michael-Albertville clay target team.

St. Michael-Albertville team, New Prague senior-to-be win national clay target titles

The two-time state champion Knights topped a field of 175 teams Sunday at the first national championships in Michigan while two-time state winner Woodrow Glazer took individual honors.

Police called to quell fight with players, fans after Minneapolis North-Brooklyn Center game

The incident Friday in St. Cloud is being investigated. No injuries were reported and no arrests were made.
United head coach Adrian Heath led his team around the stadium to thank fans following the end of last season.

United's full 2018 schedule released; MLS champs here on July 4

The Loons' 34-game regular season schedule was released Thursday. The team opens preseason play next month in South Carolina.
John Pascarella is taking over as Minnesota United's goalkeeping coach. Photo by Joe Sprunger, courtesy of Des Moines Menace

Minnesota United names new goalkeeping coach

John Pascarella spent eight seasons with Sporting Kansas City before taking over in 2017 as head coach of the Des Moines Menace in the Premier Development League.
Minnesota United played its first home match in 2017 in the snow on March 12 against Atlanta United.

Loons home opener on St. Patrick's Day; season starts March 3 at San Jose

United will also face the Portland Timbers for their home opener on April 14, when the Timbers unveil the expansion of Providence Park.
Rendering of the Minnesota United soccer stadium in St. Paul.

United's new soccer stadium will be Allianz Field

The soccer team held a Tuesday morning news conference to introduce its naming rights partner for the $150 million stadium.
Kaylee Gossen, a junior on the Marshall girls' golf team.

Golfer disqualifies herself from state by doing 'the right thing'

After finishing play in the section tournament, junior Kaylee Gossen of Marshall reported an error in her score that kept her from advancing to the state tournament. "Integrity goes a lot (further) than state,'' she explained.
Edina players mob goaltender Anna Goldstein after winning the Class 2A, Section 6 championship game against Cretin-Derham Hall.

Edina is top seed in 2A girls' hockey state tournament

In Class 1A, defending champion Blake drew the No. 1 seed. The tournament begins Wednesday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Following social media controversy, Ken Lien resigns from Mr. Basketball committee

Ken Lien, who has been synonymous with the Mr. Basketball Award program in Minnesota for 40 years, has resigned from the program's committee.

Mr. Minnesota Basketball Award account's tweet draws ire

The coach of the Henry Sibley boys' basketball team went on Twitter Friday to dissociate his program from the Mr. Minnesota Basketball Award because of what he described as racist commentary on Twitter by the award program's figurehead.
Celta's Vadim Demidov from Norway, left, in action with Real Madrid's Karim Benzema from France, during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Balaidos

United was 'really easy choice' for newly acquired Norwegian defender

At age 30, Vadim Demidov is the Loons' oldest player signed to date as they build their Major League Soccer roster for preseason training set to begin Jan. 23.
Miguel Ibarra

United trades goalkeeper with intent of bringing back Miguel Ibarra

Ibarra was a fan favorite during three seasons with the Loons, who still must negotiate with his Mexican club to secure his return.
David Martin, of Prior Lake, held up his Minnesota United FC scarf during a match. Minnesota United’s future in Major League Soccer, on hold in the

Minnesota United's fate in Major League Soccer appears imminent

MLS Commissioner Don Garber, without mentioning the team by name, said an expansion announcement for 2017 will be made "in a couple of weeks.''
The new US Bank stadium..

Record Minnesota soccer crowd expected at first U.S. Bank Stadium sporting event

More than 55,000 tickets have been sold for the Aug. 3 match between Chelsea and A.C. Milan. That would eclipse the 1978 mark set at Metropolitan Stadium when the Minnesota Kicks played the New York Cosmos.
Gary Trent Jr., right, is leaving Apple Valley.

Trent leaving Apple Valley to play basketball at Findlay Prep

Apple Valley star basketball guard Gary Trent Jr. announced Friday that he is transferring to Findlay Prep High School in Las Vegas for his senior season.

Former Gopher Rickey Foggie no longer to coach Eagan football

The ex-quarterback had been offered the head coaching position but later withdrew his name for "personal reasons,'' a school district spokesman said.
Former Vikings linebacker Pete Bercich has been named head football coach at Hill-Murray.

Ex-Viking Pete Bercich named head coach at Hill-Murray

The Vikings radio color analyst becomes the fifth new coach at the Maplewood school since the 2011 season.
JD Spielman will play football at Nebraska.

Nebraska-bound Spielman out for lacrosse season with knee injury

JD Spielman, who starred in lacrosse and football at Eden Prairie, had surgery last Friday after getting hurt in a game on April 23
Hopkins players Nia Hollie, left and Ashley Bates celebrated the Royals' 88-62 victory over Wayzata in the Class 4A, Section 6 championship on March 8

Rare battle of reigning champs opens girls' basketball state tournament

Defending Class 4A top seed Hopkins will play Park Center, winners of the past two Class 3A titles, in the first game on Tuesday.

Undefeated Osseo gets top seed in boys' basketball tournament

The Orioles (29-0) open play on Wednesday against Eden Prairie. In Class 3A top-seed DeLaSalle will be seeking its fifth consecutive title.
Hill-Murray goalie Ava Bailey (1) blocked a shot on goal with her body during the second period of the Class 2A, Section 4 game between the Pioneers a

Hill-Murray, Blake draw top seeds for girls' hockey state tournament

The Pioneers are the defending champion in the Class 2A tournament, which starts Thursday. The Bears reached the title game in Class 1A, which begins play on Wednesday.
A rematch of last season’s Class 6A championship game between Eden Prairie and Totino-Grace, pictured, remains scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2

Many prep football games rescheduled as severe weather looms Saturday

Games that had previously been scheduled to be played Saturday evening will now start as early as noon.

Graphic: Football districts replace conferences

Football conferences are out and 18 districts are in to handle regular-season scheduling of games in Minnesota. Find which schools went where.

East Ridge H.S. forfeits football titles due to ineligible player

The player was found in violation of high school league residency requirements, leading the school to forfeit conference and section championships won in 2013 and 2014.

Orono girls' basketball schooled for deep tourney run

The Spartans learned from killer drills but is poised to make a strong tournament run.

Apple Valley depth wears down boys' basketball foes

The Eagles have overcome the loss of Tyus Jones with a lineup that includes nine players getting considerable minutes.
Protestors on both sides of the argument stand behind Minnesota State High School League board members during Thursday's discussion on eligibility pol

State high school league approves transgender policy

The Minnesota State High School League board has approved a new policy for transgender students that will begin with the 2015-16 school year.
Eden Prairie and Maple Grove are scheduled to play in Edina on Friday night for a Class 6A Prep Bowl berth. The Minnesota State High School League is

High school league mulls rescheduling football semifinals

The winter storm and forecast of colder weather has officials concerned that fields could be unsafe even if the wet snow can be removed.

St. Thomas Academy interim AD returns to job

After meeting with the school's headmaster, Jason Sedlak rescinded his resignation and issued an apology.

Dispatches from the Dome: One last carry for Underwood fullback

A.J. Montgomery was supposed to be Underwood's starting running back this season. Then he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in one of his knees
Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka’s Joe Dubisar (middle, in yellow) scored one of his two goals, helping the Robins edge Dakota United for their si

Robins rally for sixth adapted soccer title in a row

Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka scored twice in the final three minutes to top Dakota United for the PI title.
Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt talks to Edina football players Friday morning, August 9, 2013, at Kuhlman Field in Edina. The Texans are in to

Edina players share practice field with NFL's Texans

Defensive end J.J. Watt also spent five minutes talking with the Hornets and urged them to 'take care of business' in school.
Breaking up the Missota Chanhassen will play in the new Metro West in 2014.
Farmington and Shakopee will play in the South Suburban in 2014.
No certai

Wanted: New conference homes for 10 metro-area schools

Ten metro-area schools are in limbo as a result of one conference dissolving and another losing four teams.
Edina faced St. Thomas Academy in their Schwan Cup gold division hockey game in December. Edina's Tyler Nanne and St. Thomas Academy's Tony Bretzman f

Culture change sweeps safer play through boys' hockey

Conspicuously absent from this week's boys' hockey state tournament is the buzz about player safety that dominated last year's action. In its place, coaches talk of cleaner play along the boards and fewer penalties.
Maple Grove High School head hockey coach Gary Stefano

Maple Grove hockey coach Stefano reinstated

Gary Stefano returned to the Maple Grove helm after a district probe involving his Crimson.
Foley’s Norm Grow once held the state single-game scoring record of 70 points, set in 1958.

Record-setting player was modest about his prowess

Norm Grow, who died Saturday at 72, held several state hoops scoring marks.

More prep teams getting ultimate penalty: forfeit

Ineligible players have been reported more times this year than either of the past two, turning wins into losses.
The legacy of the check from behind that paralyzed Jack Jablonski continues have an effect on the sport. Minnesota youth hockey administrators followe

Passionate discussions retain tougher penalty

A recommendation to undo stiffer penalties for illegal hits was turned down by the Minnesota Hockey board.
Anoka-Hennepin’s Tyler Kurkowski prepared to shoot — and score — during the CI Division championship game against St. Cloud Area on Saturday in

Mighty Anoka-Hennepin rolls to another state championship

Spanning all three adapted sports, the program has won seven consecutive titles.
Duluth East's Trevor Olson celebrated in last year's Class 2A final against Eden Prairie. Duluth East earned the top seed for this year's tournament.

Eagan coach Taylor anticipates four great 2A quarterfinals

Benilde-St. Margaret's and Edina will square off in one of the best matchups of the quarterfinal round.

Complaint about Roseville hockey coaches being investigated

Roseville Area Schools said Thursday that it is investigating a complaint about head boys' hockey coach Jeff Pauletti and assistant coach Carl Hamre.
Dan and Penny Privette talked about their daughter, St. Croix Lutheran senior Jenna Privette, who suffered a serious injury playing hockey Friday nigh

Hockey check hospitalizes another teen

Devastating injuries on checks from behind have the game on edge and looking at how to keep players safe.
Younger brother of Jack Max Lined up with his brothers team wearing his brother jersey, 13, signed by the team [ TOM WALLACE • twallace@startribune.

Amid tears and hope, hockey returns to BSM

Jack Jablonski's team played again -- with word he was moving both his arms.
Shari Hoeft in the downstairs bedroom of one of her daughters. On Wednesday night, much of her home’s lower level was 3 feet deep in sewage. She and

Gushers of 'yuck' in Chanhassen

An unusual water main break backed up sewage into basements of about 18 homes, leaving lots of you-know-what behind.