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Wayzata’s Collin Beduhn, at 6-7, is a formidable presence. He recently defeated top-ranked Matthew Fullerton of Edina 6-4, 6-3 in a Lake Conference

Prep Athletes of the Week: Wayzata junior coming into his own on court

Collin Beduhn's powerful serve helps him get into a rhythm, as he showed when he knocked off Class 2A's top-ranked player.
Golfer Madi Hicks of Chanhassen has won four times in five meets this season.

Prep athletes of the week: Chasing fun, finding success on the course

In her senior season, Chanhassen golfer Madi Hicks has won four of her five meets and finished second in the other.
Rosemount’s Owen Rexing recently won medalist honors in the 28-team Bunker Hills Invitational, shooting a 3-under-par 69.

Prep Athletes of the Week: Rosemount senior climbs in golf rankings

Owen Rexing's length and accuracy off the tee sets him up well to go low, as he did in winning the recent Bunker Hills Invitational with a 3-under-par 69.
Jake Clauson opened the season with the first no-hitter in the history of Rogers’ baseball program.

Prep athletes of the week: Rogers senior opens season with no-hitter

Righthanded pitcher Jake Clauson struck out 12 and walked one in a victory over Coon Rapids.
Among the 15 inductees into the Minnesota Prep Basketball Hall of Fame are Barry Wohler of Bird Island-Lake Lillian (center), Tayler Hill of Minneapol

1980s tournament hero Wohler leads 15 into prep hoops hall of fame

The newest class includes three of the highest-profile coaches in state history, officials and players whose profiles were raised by state tournament successes.
Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame to induct 15 members

Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame to induct 15 members

From Barry Wohler to Vicki Davis and Tayler Hill, here are the 15 members who will be honored Thursday.
Annandale forward Robert Olson got a shot off againast Minneapolis North’s Jacob Butler during Saturday’s Class 2A championship game at Williams A

Prep athletes of the week: Annandale senior goes out on top

"We are the best team in Minnesota," said Robert Olson after helping the Cardinals win the Class 2A boys' basketball title.
Wayzata’s Spencer Hall (23) and Drew Berkland (15) pressure Minneapolis South’s Jerome Williams Jr. in the Class 4A, Section 6 championship game o

Boys' basketball state tournament story lines: 2021 champs looking for more

Wayzata is riding a 14-game winning streak. Minnehaha Academy is in Class 2A after winning the 3A title last year. And Hayfield is back with three starters in Class 1A.
The All-Metro first team from left to right: Demarion Watson, Totino-Grace; Braeden Carrington, Park Center; Tre Holloman, Cretin-Derham Hall; Alonzo

Meet the Star Tribune 2021-22 All-Metro teams

A dynamic collection of talent highlights the class, including four Division I recruits.
Wayzata forward Carter Bjerke has averaged a double-double (17.9 points, 10 rebounds) for the Class 4A defending champions this season.

Prep athletes of the week: Wayzata's Carter Bjerke rises to the occasion

The senior forward epitomizes the Trojans program.
Muja Burton of Columbia Heights leads the team in scoring, averaging 22.9 points a game.

Prep Athletes of the Week: Confidence grows for Columbia Heights' Muja Burton

The Hylanders senior forward aims to complete "the process" of reaching the state tournament.
The five members of the Star Tribune All-Metro girls’ basketball first team for 2021-22 are, from left: Olivia Olson, Benilde St. Margaret’s; Mara

Meet the Star Tribune 2021-22 girls' basketball All-Metro teams

You'll find three future Gophers on the first team and players committed to Division I colleges on all three squads.
Iowa forward Monika Czinano (25) shot over Indiana forward Mackenzie Holmes, left, during their Feb. 21 clash in Iowa City.

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

Paige Bueckers is back from her injury, and Monika Czinano helps lead a talented Iowa team into the NCAA women's basketball tournament.
Princeton’s Tyler Wells ran his high school record to 125-1 in winning the 132-pound division in Class 2A wrestling.

Prep athletes of the week: For Princeton's Wells, 3 state titles, 1 loss, so far

The junior is 125-1 in his high school career after going 47-0 this season and winning the Class 2A 132-pound class.
Eastview goaltender Jay Svaren has stopped 146 of 150 shots he faced in the Lightning’s past four games.

Prep Athletes of the Week: Eastview goaltender up to challenge

Junior Jay Svaren made 49 saves in a double-overtime victory over St. Thomas Academy in the section semifinals and has stopped 146 of the 150 shots he's seen in the past four games.
Cooper Camp reached the finish line first in the individual pursuit race at the Nordic state championships in Biwabik, then waited to celebrate a cros

Prep Athletes of the Week: Camp sought fun with friends in Nordic ski racing, and he certainly found it

Senior Cooper Camp led Minneapolis Southwest's boys' skiers to a sweep of the cross-country championships.
Molly Moening is a section champion for the fourth time and will be a state participant for the sixth time.

Inspired by Diggins, Moening seeks third straight Nordic skiing title

A senior from St. Paul Highland Park, Molly Moening would join Olympian Jessie Diggins among three-time winners in Minnesota prep history.
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.
Whitney Tuttle of Rosemount is a big-time scorer who wants to reach the big time: The girls’ hockey state tournament.

Prep athletes of the week: Rosemount star has state tournament goals

Whitney Tuttle has more than 200 career points and 100 goals, but it's a team accomplishment that beckons the Irish girls' hockey senior.
De’Meiko Anderson of Minneapolis North.

Prep athletes of the week: Versatile Minneapolis North star grows in confidence

De'Meiko Anderson has hit buzzer-beaters and led the Polars in scoring, but his improved defense has turned him into an asset at both ends of the court.
Jordan Parent of Forest Lake is working her way toward the state Nordic skiing meet.

Prep athletes of the week: Forest Lake skier excels, then keeps pushing

Jordan Parent, a junior Nordic skier for the Rangers, has been a medalist four times and on a winning relay team twice — but she's her own toughest critic.
Chaska’s Mallory Heyer is part of a four-Minnesotan recruiting class for the Gophers.

How Minnesota became hotbed for girls' basketball recruiting

When women's basketball programs look for top talent, they're spending more and more time in Minnesota. And good news for Gophers basketball fans is many of the state's best are choosing to play for the U.
Simley senior Nico Losinski is a two-time Class 1A champion in the 500-yard freestyle and has the state’s fastest time again this season.

Prep athletes of the week: Simley swimmer finds internal competition

The senior has twice won the Class 1A title in the 500 freestyle and again holds the state's best time in the event, and he showed last week he's ahead of others in the 200.
Andover’s Isa Goettl (12) controlled the puck against a Minnetonka defender during the championship game of the Walser Invitational.

Prep athletes of the week: Andover's Goettl handles the details, and the scoring

The junior girls' hockey standout scored four goals in a game, three of them in a single period, as her team remained undefeated and top-ranked.
Hill-Murray eighth-grader Taylor Voigt medaled at the Wild Mountain Invitational.

Prep athletes of the week: Hill-Murray eighth-grader finds skiing success

Taylor Voigt won the Alpine competition at the Wild Mountain Invitational and is helping an experienced team push toward state meet success.
Charlie Crosby of Breck/Blake will swim for Texas, this week ranked first in the nation, after high school.

Swimming 2021-22 preview: Record-setting seniors make Breck/Blake a force in the pool

Charlie Crosby and James Pan had their hands in six victories at the Class 1A meet last season, accounting for half of the races.
Molly Moening of St. Paul Highland Park cracked a smile when she crossed the finish line and became a state champion in Nordic skiing in March.

Skiing 2021-22 preview: Some go for the grind in Nordic, some chase thrills in Alpine

Here's a look at boys' and girls' competitors and teams likely to be prominent this season.
Ava Pihlstrom from The Blake School in Minneapolis made her second run in the MSHSL Boys and Girls Alpine Skiing State Meet on Wednesday in Biwabik, M

Skiing: Some go for the grind in Nordic, some chase thrills in Alpine

Here's a look at boys' and girls' competitors and teams likely to be prominent this season.
Swimming: Record-setting seniors make Breck/Blake a force in the pool

Swimming: Record-setting seniors make Breck/Blake a force in the pool

Charlie Crosby and James Pan had their hands in six victories at the Class 1A meet last season, accounting for half of the races.
Blake Johnson has scored 10 goals with seven assists, leading Elk River/Zimmerman to a 5-1 start this season.

Prep athletes of the week: Elk River/Zimmerman standout pushes team back to prominence

Senior Blake Johnson, adding scoring to his playmaking, has helped the Elks boys' hockey team start the season 5-1.
Grace Hanson won 14 state championships as a high school swimmer for Hutchinson.

Grace Hanson of Hutchinson is the Girls' Swimmer of the Year

She's headed to college at Missouri after a prep career that included state titles in the same relay race every year since seventh grade.
Boys' basketball 2021-22: best of the rest

Boys' basketball 2021-22: best of the rest

Size abounds in an outstanding group of Twin Cities players who are near the talent peak.
Cretin-Derham Hall’s Tre Holloman is a big reason his team starts the season atop the Metro Top 10

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

Where should a fan go to see the must-see teams and the most-see players? We have that and more in our boys' basketball preview.
Danielle Burgen of Chisago Lakes fired a shot on goal against Minneapolis earlier this season.

Prep athletes of the week: Chisago Lakes' Burgen makes history

Wildcats standout Danielle Burgen has reached milestones with her 100th goal and her 200th point already this season.
Mayer Lutheran’s Elijah Jopp (7) “led our defense all year long,” his coach said.

Prep athletes of the week: Elijah Jopp dedicates win to the seniors, two years' worth

Mayer Lutheran player stood out on defense in helping his team win a state title it didn't get to play for last season.
Grace Hanson broke two freestyle records at the Class 1A state meet last weekend.

Prep athletes of the week: Hutchinson swimmer goes out in style

Senior Grace Hanson broke state records in two events and extended a streak on a winning relay.
Dassell-Cokato running back Eli Gillman (1) has rushed for 1,926 yards and 36 touchdowns on the season for the unbeaten Chargers.

Prep athletes of the week: Dassel-Cokato running back is tough to bring down

Running back Eli Gillman ran 243 yards on 29 carries and four touchdowns for the unbeaten Chargers in the Class 3A state tournament quarterfinals.


Zephyrs captain ignites turnaround
Audrey Barry contributed three goals as Mahtomedi defeat No. 1-ranked Benilde-St. Margaret’s 3-1 in the Class 2A girls’ soccer final, reversing a

Prep athletes of the week: Mahtomedi star scores big in girls' soccer state final

Audrey Barry scored all three goals for the Zephyrs in their victory over No. 1-ranked Benilde-St. Margaret's in the Class 2A final, turning around a 7-0 loss earlier in the season.
Litchfield linebacker/guard Wyatt Larson made 11 tackles when the Dragons upset top-seeded Providence Academy 17-14 in the Class 3A, Section  2 semifi

Prep athletes of the week: Opponents aren't laughing at Litchfield linebacker

Senior Wyatt Larson is the class clown but also ignites the Dragons defense. Plus: A silent assassin on Minnetonka's tennis team and more standouts from around the state.
Class 1A singles title 'one of the classics in state history'

Class 1A singles title 'one of the classics in state history'

Minnehaha Academy teammates Ancele Dolensek and Isabelle Einess played to a tiebreaker, with Dolensek prevailing.
St. Paul Humboldt forward Saw Say Tha had back-to-back two-goal games in the Class 1A, Section 3 tournament and set up the lone goal in a 1-0 win over

Prep athletes of the week: Humboldt junior soars in soccer section play

Forward Saw Say Tha had four goals in helping the Hawks reach the state tournament.
Stillwater’s Edward O’Keefe (39) set broke away for a big second half gain Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021 in Eden Prairie, Minn. The Eden Prairie Eagles

Seedings can be a mystery when it comes to football section playoffs

The road to the Prep Bowl begins Tuesday, and circumstances leading to a team's playoff seed often dictate the reaction of a coach or a team.
Payton Morris, the senior captain of New Prague, has helped steer a dramatic turnaround for the club during the section tournament.

Prep athletes of the week: New Prague senior leads dramatic turnaround

Trojans' soccer captain Payton Morris has led the team to two section tournament victories after finishing the regular season 4-10-1.
Katy Riviere of Wayzata passed to a teammate during the Trojans’ victory over Eden Prairie last Tuesday.

Prep athletes of the week: Wayzata's Riviere sets a serious, and seriously fun, tone

Unbeaten and No. 1, Wayzata volleyball follows its leader. Katy Riviere leads this week's group of top performers from around the metro area.
Woodbury’s Gabby Mauder won the Woodbury Diving Invitational with an 11-dive score of 455.85 points, the state’s best of the season.

Prep athletes of the week: Mauder makes a splash at Woodbury Invitational

Woodbury sophomore Gabby Mauder won her school's diving invitational with an 11-dive score of 455.85 points, the state's best of the season.
Wayzata’s Julian Alfaro Diedrich waited behind more experienced backs in previous seasons but dominated from the backfield Friday.  

Prep athletes of the week: Position not a concern for Wayzata senior

Wayzata senior just wants to contribute
Allison Ball of Nova Classical had 25 assists, three kills and a block in a win over No. 8 Minnetonka.

Prep Athletes of the Week: Setter leads Nova Classical to huge win

Allison Ball lead Class 2A Nova Classical to a victory over Minnetonka, ranked No. 8 in Class 4A. She said that lands in the "very special" category.
Grace Hanson

Girls' swimming and diving season preview: Story lines and athletes to watch

At Minnetonka, the Skippers aim to crash through a barrier to postseason success.
Sam Scott of Minneapolis Southwest topped four higher ranked runners to win the St. Olaf Showcase.

Prep Athletes of the Week: Cross-country standout starts with a sprint

Minneapolis Southwest sophomore Sam Scott won the St. Olaf Showcase, finishing ahead of four competitors with higher rankings.
Cretin-Derham Hall defensive back Tre Holloman (5) makes a play on the ball during a 2019 game against Totino-Grace. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngin

The Tre Ratio, and other tales to take into the prep football season

The Randy Ratio took its place in Minnesota lore in 2002, when the Vikings were set on involving Randy Moss on a large number of plays. Now, Cretin-Derham Hall has a ratio in mind for star Tre Holloman.
Chuck Miesbauer is beginning his third season as Cretin-Derham Hall football coach. The Raiders are looking to return to elite status, after losing th

Can Cretin-Derham Hall regain its place as a prep football power?

After losing their final five games of the 2019 season, the Raiders went 1-6 in 2020, a far cry from the years when they were a state tournament regular.
The Star Tribune Girls’ Golfer of the Year Isabella McCauley of Simle stood for a portrait Thursday at the Southview Country Club. ] ANTHONY SOUFFLE

Simley golfer McCauley is Star Tribune All-Metro Girls' Athlete of the Year

The No. 1-ranked high school girls' player in the state became the youngest in state history to play in the Women's U.S. Open
Three-sport standout Ratzlaff is Star Tribune All-Metro Boys' Athlete of the Year

Three-sport standout Ratzlaff is Star Tribune All-Metro Boys' Athlete of the Year

The Rosemount senior, who excelled in football, hockey and baseball, has this advice to kids: "Play all sports and see what you love to do.''
Farmington’s Kyle Hrncir, left, and Noah Drusch both made a play at second during the bottom of the third inning in the Class 4A baseball quarterfin

State baseball quarterfinal roundup

Among the winners in Class 4A: Minnetonka knocked off No. 1 Stillwater and Farmington blanked Mounds View.
Meet the Star Tribune 2021 All-Metro Baseball Team

Meet the Star Tribune 2021 All-Metro Baseball Team

See who made the second and third teams as well.
Will Rogers, Mounds View senior, Star Tribune 2021 Metro Player of the Year. Photo taken June 11 at Mounds View High School. Photo: Cheryl A. Myers, S

Mounds View's Rogers is Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year

With advice from his father, Mustangs senior Will Rogers took advantage of the canceled 2020 season to develop into one of the nation's top prep catchers.
Sarah Burnham hits from the seventh fairway during the second round of the U.S. Women’s Open at The Olympic Club

Burnham makes a major move at U.S. Women's Open

Maple Grove native Sarah Burnham shot a blistering 5-under 66 on Friday to put herself in contention at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.
Prior Lake’s Cooper Busch (2) works his way out of traffic in the first quarter. Busch was one of eight Lakers to score in a 9-6 win over Prior Lake

Relief mixes with vigilance as state eases mask rules for outdoor sports

While concerns remain, Minnesota high school officials expressed support for no longer requiring that masks be worn during competition or practice outdoors
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