Regan Smith practiced at Bluewater Aquatic Center in Apple Valley last July.

Left high and dry by shutdowns, Lakeville's Smith keeps positive

Lakeville North senior and two-time world champion Regan Smith just got back in the water Monday, after coronavirus-related shutdowns closed her pool for more than two months.
High Schools
June 5
Micah Koehn finished his game-winning touchdown for Totino-Grace with a flip during the 4A title game of the 2007 Prep Bowl.

Our favorite games: A football miracle and a basketball war

You think the 'Minneapolis Miracle' was the most amazing ending to a football game ever played in Minnesota? Judge that ending against this one.
Gophers
June 4
Ishmael El-Amin (5) played high school basketball at Hopkins.

Ex-Hopkins star El-Amin leading protest tonight at Ball State

The son of former Minneapolis North and UConn star Khalid El-Amin has become a leading activist on the Indiana school's campus.
Best of the best: Prep wrestling, gymnastics honor rolls
Honor rolls Best of the best: Prep wrestling, gymnastics honor rolls
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A look at the top achievers in gymnastics and wrestling during the 2019-20 season. The list is updated every week.
High Schools
June 2
October 18, 1968: Coach Jim Gotta, looked over five of his Moorhead football players. They included (standing, from left) Paul Hanson, Dennis Kovash a

Ex-Moorhead football coach Gotta dies at 93

Jim Gotta, an Ironwood, Mich., native, had a 161-44-3 record in 26 seasons as a prep coach.
Gophers
June 2

Former U basketball player named coach at Benilde-St. Margaret's

Damian Johnson -- who played for the Gophers from 2006-10 -- coached at North St. Paul for three seasons, going 57-25, including 18-9 this season.
Coronavirus
June 2
Some of the last live high school action came in March in the Hopkins-Stillwater semifinal game of the girls' basketball state tournament. The followi

High school league could be looking at million-dollar deficit

Some high school sports might not be played in 2020-21, which means no state tournaments and no ticket revenue. Others might be played before limited crowds due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wayzata received the Bay Bell trophy, part of the rivalry between these two teams. Wayzata beat Minnetonka 14-0. Friday, September 28, 2012
Sports
Talking Preps Podcast
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Star Tribune prep reporters David La Vaque and James Paulsen are bringing all you Minnesota high school sports enthusiasts another way to stay connected to the action.
High Schools
June 1
Coach Larry McKenzie gave instructions to North High's Willie Wilson during a game in 2019.

Scoggins: Young people need mentors like North's coach McKenzie

The legendary North High boys' basketball coach keeps replaying the video of George Floyd in his mind. "That could've been me. That could've been my son. That could've been any of my players."
High Schools
June 1
Star Tribune high school team leader Paul Klauda would love to say prep sports will be back in the fall, but his head is telling him otherwise.

Sports mailbag: Will there be prep sports? Strib too easy on the Twins?

After 10 weeks of reporters and columnists answering questions from readers, the sports editing team took a turn this week in our weekly mailbag.
Inspired
May 31
Jack Traxler is a senior on the golf team at Cretin-Derham Hall. Despite balance and vision problems from a brain tumor, he excels at golf.

When a brain tumor cut short his hockey dream, Cretin-Derham Hall student took up golf

Jack Traxler sees a lot of parallels between golf and his recovery.
Blake forward Carly Bullock (22) is a prolific goal-scorer and a tough player defensively as well. The senior is bound for Princeton next year.
Athletes of the Week Prep athletes of the week
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A look at the top athletes in the metro area from recent high school sporting events.
Coronavirus
May 28
Hastings’ Todd Field is empty now. As for this fall, if the Raiders play, it’s uncertain how those game nights will look: Will there be any fans?

High school league sets summer plans despite hazy fall outlook

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.
Golf
May 26
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.
High Schools
May 26
State Senator Julie Rosen, R-Vernon Center.

Prep sports eligibility rules get fresh heat from government, parents

The Minnesota State High School League is exploring revisions of two contentious league bylaws that help determine student-athlete eligibility.
Phaizon Scott brought the Minneapolis North championship trophy to the crowd after the Polars defeated Rushford-Peterson 30-14. ] Shari L. Gross / sgr
High Schools
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Our 24/7 Live Blog has photos, updates, scores and more from around Minnesota. Check it out for the latest.
High Schools
May 25
Then-Armstrong volleyball coach Dennis Erickson talked to his team in November 1980, when the program won its first of five consecutive Class 2A title

Ex-Armstrong volleyball coach Erickson dead from COVID-19

He led his program to five consecutive Class 2A championships in the 1980s.
High Schools
May 24
C.J. Brown plays basketball and football at Minneapolis North High School. “Social distancing has been challenging for a lot of athletes,” Brown s

It's no fun and no play, a 'devastating' turn for many teens in the city

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.
Coronavirus
May 21
Monrovia Football Academy's U15 team was part of the USA Cup last summer.

Walz allows youth activities in small groups, but USA Cup canceled

Certain youth and recreational activities can go on with "guidance'' and with groups under 10 people but without games as Gov. Tim Walz announced Phase 2 of his Stay Safe MN plan on reopening the state.
Minnehaha Academy celebrated winning the Class 2A girls' basketball title in 2019.
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Watch and listen to high school sports from around the metro area and around Minnesota. Here are the web sites that get you to the games.
High Schools
May 19
The Blooming Prairie Awesome Blossoms and Moorhead Spuds are the top seeds in the MSHSL's nickname tournament.

What's in a name? Best school nickname bracket is on

Can anyone knock off the Awesome Blossoms? Or will the Spuds prevail? Or maybe the Edgerton Flying Dutchmen will spring another upset in the state high school league's top nickname tournament.
High Schools
May 18
Perham boys' basketball coach Dave Cresap has corresponded on social media with coaches as far away as New York and even Spain to share coaching tips

Minnesota prep coaches shift to distance learning

Virtual clinics have replaced in-person sessions and social media ties have spawned more sharing of tips.
High Schools
May 16
Eden Prairie coach David Flom, in December, 2018.

Eden Prairie's Flom named national Coach of the Year in boys' basketball

ESPN ranked Eden Prairie No. 10 in its final national poll.
Puck Drop
May 15
South St. Paul coach Dave Palmquist and Holy Angels coach Lynn Olson flanked Packers eighth-grade forward Kelly Kegley in a commemorative photo later

Breaking the ice: One game started it all for girls' high school hockey

South St. Paul defeated Holy Angels 8-0, but the significance of that night in 1994 goes much deeper than the final score.
Coronavirus
May 12
Youths wore masks to protect themselves from the spread of coronavirus played soccer in Asuncion, Paraguay. Two competing Minnesota youth soccer assoc

Minnesota youth soccer associations pitch plan for return of play

The five-step plan, over time, would take the sport from where it is now back to practice and, at some point, games and tournaments.
High Schools
May 11
Rochester Patriots players and plaers from other teams watched the military jet flyover for the 2013 Minnesota American Legion state baseball tourname

'We cannot take chances': American Legion baseball canceled for 2020

There were 357 teams signed up for this year, making Minnesota the largest state in the nation for American Legion baseball. Minnesota had run a Legion tournament every year since 1926.