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Paige Bueckers of UConn, Hannaah Sjerven of South Dakota and Monika Czinano of Iowa.

Eight Minnesotans to watch in the NCAA women's basketball tournament

Paige Bueckers is one of several players who proudly represents the state of Minnesota in their quests for an NCAA title this year.
Minnehaha guard Prince Aligbe (10) leapt to grab a rebound as Sierra Canyon forward Terren Frank (15) tried to get his hand on it in the first half. ]

National No. 1 recruit Holmgren leads Star Tribune players to watch

Chet Holmgren and two of his Minnehaha Academy teammates are on the list. And our list of 10 metro teams includes four from Class 3A and 2A.
Keegan Duffy, left, was part of a relay team championship for Edina at the 2019 boys’ swimming state meet, and is trying to build his strength for a

Swimming season tested Edina's Duffy even before the pandemic

The standout proved his determination over the past two years after suffering a back injury while strength training over the summer.
Junior Grace Hanson of Hutchinson, the Star Tribune Metro Girls’ Swimmer of the Year, posed for a portrait underwater in the pool at Hutchinson Midd

Hutchinson's Hanson caps trying season as Metro Girls' Swimmer of the Year

Grace Hanson, who reached her first state meet in 7th grade, couldn't add to her total of 11 state titles because of the pandemic.
The East Ridge boys' soccer team stood for the national anthem while distanced 6 feet apart before a game against Mounds View on Thursday.

The prep life, 2020 style: Those who can play, do

Small and strange in some ways, but as competitive as ever in others: Welcome to the beginning of the fall high school sports season.
Lakeville South girls took advantage of spacing as they worked on dribbling drills in small but enthusiastic groups at Monday’s first fall practice.

Lakeville South girls' soccer to make the most of 'lucky' shot at playing

Lakeville South girls take the field grateful just to play but hopeful for a shot at state.
The Farmington girls' swim team participated in the first available day of summer workouts for high school athletes and coaches in mid-June.

High school sports begin today, with goal of finishing what gets started

Virtual swim meets — each team in its own pool — are on the horizon for some schools as four sports start practice Monday, 156 days after the pandemic shut down high school sports in March.
Farmington center Sophie Hart (32) put up a shot in the first half of the Tigers’ Class 4A semifinal game against St. Michael-Albertville on March 1

Top girls' hoops recruit picks N.C. State over Gophers, others

6-foot-4 center Sophie Hart of Farmington selected the Wolfpack women's basketball team from nearly 20 offers, including one from the Gophers.
Hopkins’ coach Brian Cosgriff led his team during the state tournament on March 11 at Williams Arena.

Leaving at the top: Cosgriff retires from Hopkins with 62-game streak

The leader of the perennial state power, Brian Cosgriff, is leaving the Hopkins girls' basketball coaching job after directing the Royals to seven state championships during his 21-year tenure.
Minnehaha Academy 7-foot center Chet Holmgren on Friday announced his seven finalists for college, with the Gophers among the contenders.

Minnehaha's Holmgren has U among finalists as his game and fame grows

The 7-foot Minnehaha Academy senior, who is rated the nation's top boys' basketball prospect in the upcoming senior class, has Minnesota among seven colleges that he's considering.
Eden Prairie players Drake Dobbs, Austin Andrews, Will Foster, Connor Christensen and John Henry gathered before a December game at East Ridge. The Ea

Trail of big victories leads unbeaten Eden Prairie boys' basketball team to top honor

The Eagles, with a core of players who started playing together and impressing as fourth-graders, are the Star Tribune All-Metro Boys' Team of the Year.
Paige Bueckers is leaving Hopkins with a 62-game winning streak and led the team to five straight 4A state girls' basketball tournaments.

Incomparable Paige Bueckers 'enjoyed every second' of final run with Hopkins

Paige Bueckers left with Hopkins on a 62-game winning streak, the second longest in state history. The UConn-bound basketball star is the Star Tribune All-Metro Female Athlete of the Year.
Hannah Hintermeister of Richfield, the Star Tribune All-Metro Student First Award winner. (submitted photo)

San Diego-bound girls' swimmer Hannah Hintermeister from Richfield wins in the classroom, too

Richfield senior Hannah Hintermeister's hard work and skill earns her the Star Tribune All-Metro Student First Award.
Members of the Farmington High School girls' swim team participated Monday in the first available day of summer workouts for high school athletes and

More weary but still enthused, Farmington girls take nothing for granted

"I had so much free time I didn't know what to do with myself," Tigers swimmer Bailey McCuddin said of the pandemic-driven isolation from working out with teammates.
Trent Palmer of Anoka

Former Anoka HS pitcher Palmer selected in 3rd round by Toronto

Trent Palmer, a junior at Jacksonville University, tied the program record for strikeouts in a single game with 13 in a complete-game victory over Illinois State on March 6.
Max Meyer

Dream realized: Marlins take Gophers pitcher Meyer No. 3 in MLB Draft

Max Meyer, a former high school standout at Woodbury, jumped up the draft board Wednesday. He was the No. 9 overall prospect according to mlb.com.
Gunnar Broin won the Senior Showcase on Tuesday with a 5-under 67. “I was so excited to be playing Bunker Hills one last time,” he said, “that I

With phones, without fans, boys' golfers play one last round

Gunnar Broin, who finished with a 5-under-par 67. was medalist in the Senior Showcase at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids.
Max Meyer of the Gophers pitched against UCLA during the NCAA tournament in 2018.

First-round stuff: U pitcher Meyer should be among top picks in MLB draft

Max Meyer of Woodbury is ranked No. 9 among prospects by mlb.com, and has talked or interviewed with about half of baseball's 30 teams.
Bunker Hills Golf Course, a frequent host of the Class 3A state tournament for boys and girls, is playing host to a senior golf showcase on June 9-10,

Minnesota PGA offers prep seniors one last 18-hole tournament

A pay-to-play senior golf "showcase'' will be held June 9-10 at Bunker Hills for top prep players whose season was canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mounds View senior Ike Mezzenga watched teammates Jack Hentges hit balls during an informal batting practice Friday afternoon.

Mounds View seniors robbed of final swing at baseball state title

Ten Mounds View seniors were expected back this baseball season from a state tournament team last spring.
Gophers pitcher Max Meyer threw in the 10th inning against UCLA in 2018.

U's Meyer could be state's highest draft choice since Joe Mauer

Max Meyer hasn't pitched in a game since the pandemic halted the season, but his MLB draft stock continues to soar, thanks in part to a fastball clocked as high as 100 miles per hour.
Janet Karvonen of New York Mills hit a jump shot during the 1979 state girls' basketball tournament.

Gym door propped open, rebellious Karvonen never stopped shooting

New York Mills' Janet Karvonen emerged as Minnesota's first post-Title IX star in the 1970s, setting a career scoring record that stood for 17 years and leading her team to three consecutive state championships.
A photo of Albany's 1970 baseball state championship team signed by its members.

Glatzmaier's 12-inning title game feat for Albany still stands 50 years later

Dick Glatzmaier pitched a 12-inning shutout to win the 1970 championship baseball game, a state record that never will be broken. And his long-distance adventures were only getting started.
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.
The Blake girls’ lacrosse team played Minnehaha Academy in a game at Blake’s south campus in Hopkins on April 18, 2019.

Blake School extends sports shutdown to May 1; spring coaches hope, wait

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.
Jalen Suggs was photographed Sunday by Star Tribune photographer Carlos Gonzalez at Minnehaha Academy for an upcoming story.

'No-win situation' brings tears, laughter to Eden Prairie net-cutting celebration

COVID-19 concerns derail title dreams for many top hoops teams.
The Henning bench cheered during a win over Fillmore Central in the Class 1A state quarterfinals. It was the Hornets’ last game.

After thrill of back-to-back wins, Henning basketball gets a double dose of heartbreak

Neither of Henning's basketball teams got the chance to win a state title.
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.

Waterville-Elysian-Morristown, Minneota, Cromwell-Wright nd Henning win in Class 1A girls' basketball quarterfinals

Defending champ Minneota also wins as does Cromwell-Wright and Henning.
Drake Dobbs (left) leads unbeaten Eden Prairie into Section 2 tournament; Paige Bueckers, a UConn-bound senior, is helping Hopkins seek a Class 4A tit

March mayhem: How about a radical state basketball tournament makeover?

If Minnesota's biggest schools seeded their boys' and girls' basketball postseason without using section play, it could solve a problem of having some of the sweetest match-ups happening before the state tournament.
The Forest Lake boys’ and girls’ Nordic skiing teams have eight groups of siblings on their rosters. From left, Anthony and Jonathan Rink, Sam and

Forest Lake Nordic ski teams hooked on a family feeling

Eight sets of siblings — 17 skiers in all — help anchor the speedy Ranger boys' and girls' teams, among the favorites to bring home state championships next month.
The Gophers’ offer to Farmington’s Sophie Hart, left, “brought a big smile” to her face. Minnesota hasn’t signed a frontcourt player from th

Rebuilding bridges: Whalen offers U scholarships to 13 state players

Lindsay Whalen is working hard to overcome the lack of interest toward state recruits by her predecessor, Marlene Stollings. The recruiting of a junior from Farmington is an example.
Minnehaha Academy and Hopkins players committed to or drawing interest from Division I schools came together for a photo at Minnehaha’s new gym. Pho

After unbeaten season with state title, Hopkins eyes doing both again

The Royals have a well-known star in UConn recruit Paige Bueckers, but they also have a strong, youthful nucleus.
Peyton D’Emanuele of Minneapolis Southwest will be trying to defend her 100-yard butterfly title in the Class 2A girls’ swimming and diving state

Butterfly champ Peyton D'Emanuele hopes to dance like a double-winner

Southwest standout swimmer Peyton D'Emanuele is a favorite in two events.
Edina diver Megan Phillip is seeking her fourth Class 2A state diving title this year. All five members of her family are divers. Photo: CARLOS GONZAL

Edina state champion Megan Phillip excels with family diving genes

The senior, whose parents and two older brothers are divers, has her sights set on becoming the second diver in Minnesota history to win four state titles.
Edina’s Claudia Chang swam to first place in the 200 yard free at the 2018 girls’ swimming state meet. She is one of the swimmers to watch this se

Girls' swimming preview: Champs Edina, Visitation to be tested by runners-up Minnetonka, Hutchinson

Expect the Lake Conference, which has dominated the Class 2A girls' swimming and diving state meet, to do the same this fall.Schools from the conference…
Lakeville South’s football team hit the field with a team huddle before the first day of practice Monday morning. Photo: BRIAN PETERSON •brian.pet

Lakeville South raring to pick up where surprising playoff team left off last season

The Cougars are loaded with confidence after riding a five-game winning streak to the Class 6A Prep Bowl semifinals last November.
St. Thomas Academy pitcher Duke Coborn shut out Benilde-St. Margaret’s 1-0, giving up six hits and striking out nine.

St. Thomas Academy edges Benilde-St. Margaret's for Class 3A baseball title

Duke Coborn of St. Thomas Academy won a pitchers' duel when an out at home in the sixth preserved his shutout.
Benilde-St. Margaret's Blake Mahmood, a Tulane recruit, was sidelined for over a month and a half with a stress fracture in his back. He pitched the R

Benilde-St. Margaret's overcomes injuries, adversity to have shot at first baseball state title

The turnaround can be traced to a pancake house meeting that helped players open up and overcome a 1-5 start and injuries to six teammates throughout the season.
Monticello’s Ethan Bosacker allowed one hit in 5⅓ innings as the Magic beat Duluth Denfeld 5-4 in the state quarterfinals.

Monticello, Benilde-St. Margaret's, Austin, St. Thomas Academy win in Class 3A baseball quarterfinals

Reliever Ethan Bosacker held Duluth Denfeld to one hit in 5⅓ innings.
Sophia Yoemans won her third individual Class 2A girls’ golf title and led Red Wing to a come-from-behind team title victory.

Red Wing seniors cap memorable careers with Class 2A golf titles

Sophia Yoemans, Cecil Belisle win in Class 2A.
Drew Gilbert led Stillwater to a 22-2 record this season with his pitching, hitting and outfield play in center.

Stillwater's Drew Gilbert is the Star Tribune baseball Metro Player of the Year

Drew Gilbert was 7-0 and nearly unhittable for Stillwater this year.
Northfield senior Molly Stevens returns for her fourth consecutive state tournament appearance. (submitted photo)

Youthful field, Northfield senior lead the way in 3A girls' golf state tournament

Seven of the eight top finishers are back from last year, including five who are sophomores or younger.
Stillwater senior Will Frisch (15) delivered a pitch as fellow senior team leader Drew Gilbert watched from centerfield in a game on April 26 against

From mound, plate or field, Stillwater duo have champs rolling

Will Frisch, Drew Gilbert lead a Ponies team that hasn't lost a game in more than a year.
East Ridge coach Bryce Tesdahl, Class 4A, Section 4 boys’ basketball final
East Ridge vs Cretin-Derham Hall Hastings High School March 14, 2019. Pho

Bryce Tesdahl leaving East Ridge, to take over as Minnetonka boys' basketball coach

He coached the Raptors to a fourth-place finish in March in their first state tournament appearance and has led teams to 20 or more wins in his last four seasons.
Hopkins guard Paige Bueckers, who plans to attend Connecticut, competed in the Class 4A state championship game on March 16. She was defended here by

Hopkins top girls' basketball recruit Bueckers headed to UConn

The nation's No. 1-ranked girls' basketball player in the class of 2020 said Monday on social media that she will play for the Huskies.
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Henning wins first state title and players remember a late teammate to the end

Henning was inspired by a teammate who had died.
Henning’s Parker Fraki grabbed a rebound against Spring Grove in the first half. He had 15 points and nine rebounds.

Henning routs Spring Grove in Class 1A boys' basketball semifinals

The Hornets surged in the first half and turned game into rout.
North Woods’ Cade Goggleye jumped into the arms of teammate Trevor Morrison after hitting a three-point shot with less than two seconds left to give

Low-percentage three pointer enables North Woods to beat Ada-Borup in boys' basketball semifinals

Cade Goggleye made it from tough angle with 1.5 ticks left.
Minneota’s Abby Hennen, who scored 21 points, drove the ball by Heritage Christian Academy’s Kirstin Robbins.

No. 1 Minneota gets past Heritage Christian

Last-minute layup lifts Goodhue over Menahga.
Taylie Schott of Heritage Christian dribbled past Mariah McKeever of Ada-Borup/Norman County West in a Class 1A quarterfinal Thursday at Maturi Pavili

Heritage Christian, Goodhue, Menahga and Minneota win in Class 1A girls' basketball quarterfinals

Heritage Christian raced to quick 15-point lead and then weathered every comeback bid by Ada-Borup/Norman County West for a 67-59 victory Thursday afternoon in the…
Roseau’s Kacie Borowicz put up a shot in the second half. She had 33 points against Redwood Valley.

Roseau sisters combine for 70 points in one-point win

Katie and Kacie Borowicz of the Rams had 70 points combined.
Emma Carpenter of Eastview drove to the basket against Forest Lake in the second half. She had eight points for the tournament-savvy Lightning.

Eastview gets early leads and hold it, beating Forest Lake in girls' basketball

Eastview built an early nine-point lead against Forest Lake
The 2019 Star Tribune All-Metro girls’ basketball team, from left, is: Kallie Theisen, Wayzata; Sara Scalia, Stillwater; Player of the Year Paige Bu

Paige Bueckers of Hopkins is the Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year

Royals junior's accolades still missing a 4A crown.
Lakeville South senior Lauren Geary competes in an Alpine event at Buck Hill in January. Photo by John Hofstad.

Healthy again, Lakeville South's Lauren Geary hoping to finish prep Alpine ski career on top

Becca Divine, Lauren Geary have been competing since fourth grade.
Jalen Suggs of St. Paul Academy/Minnehaha Academy/Blake on Saturday.

Prep athletes of the week: SMB's Jalen Suggs saves the best for the biggest game

Jalen Suggs did it all in leading SMB to a state championship.
Minnetonka sophomore Abigail Kapeller and Blaine junior Abigail Kapeller and Isabelle Stadden both train with the Aquajets club team. They each won st

High school swimming champs step back from school competition to move forward

Four defending Minnesota girls' swimming state title winners are training with club teams this fall, motivated by a desire for more intense training and competition tied to goals after high school.
Junior Lexi Kucera, swimming the 200 yard freestyle at the 2017 state meet.

Hutchinson girls' swimmers set for another shot at 1A champ Visitation

Two Tigers stars lead special group with state team title hopes.
Shakopee volleyball players listened to their coach Monday, the first day of practice.

Shakopee volleyball color codes all speak the same language

Team communication will be critical as senior Rachel Kilkelly, a Gophers recruit, leads the Sabers to what they hope will be a state tournament berth.
Minnetonka High School quarterback Aaron Syverson.

After living the dream, what do high school sports stars do for a senior year encore?

After two plays for the ages, what's next for those who helped pull them off?
Members of the Lakeville North volleyball team celebrated their Class 3A state title at Xcel Energy Center after they knocked off two-time-defending s

Unbeaten and outstanding: South metro sports year in review

The year of the unbeatens highlight an outstanding 2017-18 school year south of the Minnesota River.
Mahtomedi players piled on top of each other after delivering the school its first baseball championship in what was the Zephyrs’ fifth consecutive

Mahtomedi takes care of unfinished business with school's first state baseball title

Mahtomedi's seniors had been 0-for-3 at state.
Seth Halvorsen’s teammates were waiting for him at home after his three-run homer — his second blast of the game — put the finishing touches on

Twins draft pick Seth Halvorsen dominates field to lead Heritage Christian Academy to state title

Twins draft pick did it all for Heritage Christian.
A passed ball allowed Mahtomedi’s Brandon Anderson (10) to score the only run of the game against Alexandria on Friday. Jamie Berg was the first to

Mahtomedi, Rocori advance to 3A baseball final

Passed ball in seventh puts Zephyrs in final vs. Rocori.
Mahtomedi’s Leo Bustos checked a runner on first base in the Zephyrs 3-2 win over Grand Rapids. Mahtomedi is 18-4 on the season and will take on 16-

Baseball state tournament: Class 3A quarterfinals

Closer Austin Jerylo got out of a runner on third and no outs jam in the ninth.
Sophia Yoemans, shown playing last year, shot a state record 9-under-par 63 Tuesday.

Red Wing's Sophia Yoemans wins 2A golf title with state tournament record 15-under

Red Wing junior has record-breaking two days; teammate finishes in second place.

Tightened schedule shifts strategy for state baseball tournament

Managing pitching staffs will be a tournament key.
Lakeville North senior catcher Nick Juaire’s batting average jumped from .307 to .500 this year, but his numbers really climbed in run production: f

Lakeville North's Nick Juaire left his streaky swing behind to win Metro Player of the Year

Already a polished catcher, a change to Nick Juaire's swing added more consistency and pop
Sophia Yoemans, playing in the 2017 Class 3A girls’ golf tournament.

Red Wing golfer shoots record 63 in opening round of Class 2A golf

Minutes after Leah Herzog set a state record, Sophia Yoemans shattered it.
Hanna Morin

Buffalo girls' golfing sisters lead team to fourth state tournament

Heading to state contest, golfers are unfazed by underdog status.
Apple Valley co-captain Reagan Roelofs is the state’s all-time leading scorer in girls’ lacrosse with more than 500 career points.

Apple Valley seniors leave lasting impression in girls' lacrosse

Eagles have made huge strides in girls' lacrosse.
Megan Welch of Lakeville North blasted out of a bunker.

Lakeville North's Welch intense and talkative on golf course

Lakeville North's Megan Welch has placed fifth and second in 3A state meets.
Lakeville North senior Nick Juaire headlines a list of six catchers who have either signed letters of intent or verbally committed to play Division I

Prep catchers shine in role that draws few volunteers

Lakeville North senior Nick Juaire headlines a list of six catchers who have either signed letters of intent or verbally committed to play Division I baseball.
Lexi Peer (25) celebrated with Lauren Wick after Peer’s overtime goal against Apple Valley in an 11-10 win. The Lakers began the season 5-0.

Prior Lake opens lacrosse season with five wins

The high-scoring Lakers ween't included among the "teams to watch" this season and have come out with a vengeance.
Hastings golfer Nick Dittrich plays fast and well; he has qualified for two state meets.

Hastings golfer Nick Dittrich makes every swing count

Nick Dittrich doesn't take practice swings. "It's all about tempo,'' he says.