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What’s buzzing, and what should be buzzed about, in the wide world of Minnesota high school sports.

High Schools
October 22
Holy Angels celebrated after winning the state 1A soccer final against The Blake School in 2019.

Soccer parents trying to organize state tournament after MSHSL won't

A group representing soccer booster clubs in the metro area is trying to create a state tournament, and is working around -- not with -- the Minnesota State High School League.
High Schools
October 22
'Specatorless games' marked 1918 Minneapolis prep football during influenza surge

'Specatorless games' marked 1918 Minneapolis prep football during influenza surge

Gatherings were banned at places of "amusement,'' including city football games that were put on hold for much of October of that year. When they resumed, some were played without fans.
High Schools
October 22
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Cross-country showcase will be alternative to canceled state meet

Dozens of teams and about 100 individuals will compete in the inaugural TC Running Company Cross-Country Showcase in Atwater later this month.
High Schools
October 15
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Dominating the pool: Coon Rapids senior looks to better her 11 school records

Megan Schultze holds eight individual records for Coon Rapids and also has been a part of three relay teams that have set school marks.
High Schools
October 13
Minnesota prep soccer state tournament proposal denied

Minnesota prep soccer state tournament proposal denied

A girls' and boys' coaches' plan for a six-day tournament was turned back by Minnesota State High School League, citing its Oct. 1 decision to end the fall sports season at the section level "to reduce the gathering of individuals, especially from a variety of communities.''
High Schools
October 12
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Questions, concerns persist about new stopgap prep hockey leagues

Quickly assembled 'bridge season' leagues, created because of the delayed start to the high school season, are confronting an assortment of issues that include coaching and player participation.
High Schools
October 2
Analee Weaver of Stillwater High School

Stillwater's Weaver breaks state cross-country record

Stillwater senior Analee Weaver, the defending Class 2A individual champion, ran a state high school 5K record time of 16:42.6 Thursday, demolishing the previous record by nearly 13 seconds.
High Schools
September 30
Minnesota prep basketball coaches await start date before making plans

Minnesota prep basketball coaches await start date before making plans

"We know there will be basketball played in Minnesota this winter," said Tom Critchley, director of the state's basketball coaches association. "The question is whether it's going to be run by for-profit clubs or by the high schools."
High Schools
September 28
Hockey season proposals await approval amid talk of later starts

Hockey season proposals await approval amid talk of later starts

The Minnesota Hockey Coaches Association proposed two scenarios for boys' hockey, the more ambitious of which features 24 games and full section and state tournaments. The girls' season could be delayed by up to six weeks.
High Schools
September 25
Minneapolis prep soccer teams blend sides to avoid blowouts

Minneapolis prep soccer teams blend sides to avoid blowouts

The trend started in Minneapolis recently when Henry and Southwest decided to play a blended scrimmage instead of a game in which a lopsided outcome would have been certain.
High Schools
September 14
New Rogers Tennis Club gives northwest metro an advantage

New Rogers Tennis Club gives northwest metro an advantage

Almost 30 years in the making, a plan to bring more plentiful indoor tennis opportunities to the metro area's northwest corner has been realized.
High Schools
September 9
Decision to move prep football to spring under review by other states

Decision to move prep football to spring under review by other states

Last week, Michigan went from moving football to the spring to allowing games to resume this fall. On Tuesday, Colorado's governor signaled he's considering the same.
High Schools
September 8
At least 26 former Minnesota prep stars make NFL rosters

At least 26 former Minnesota prep stars make NFL rosters

Eden Prairie has three former players, Cretin-Derham Hall and Burnsville each have two among the 26 former state prep players on the most current NFL rosters. We have the list.
High Schools
September 2
No high school football this fall, but 5 Minnesotans are still playing

No high school football this fall, but 5 Minnesotans are still playing

Five student-athletes from Campbell-Tintah high school near the state's western border are playing football for the Tri-State Tigers, a coop that also include Fairmount (N.D.) and Rosholt (S.D.)
High Schools
September 2
Blaine soccer striker Kendall Stadden nets a high five

Blaine soccer striker Kendall Stadden nets a high five

Stadden, a sophomore standout, scored five goals on Monday in a 6-1 rout of Anoka.
High Schools
August 28
Decorated North Branch golfers reunite to celebrate a lifetime of fairway friendships

Decorated North Branch golfers reunite to celebrate a lifetime of fairway friendships

Largely self-taught and without an official coach, players for underdog North Branch won three consecutive state golf titles from 1964-66.
High Schools
August 21
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Boys' volleyball advocates hope to regain momentum with MSHSL

Before the pandemic walloped high school sports, boys' volleyball was on track to become an MSHSL sport. Now, proponents are trying to pick up where they left off.
High Schools
August 5
Minnesota State High School League targets schools for more money

Minnesota State High School League targets schools for more money

As it approved plans to restart fall sports with limitations, the league's board signaled a new direction for financing its $9 million budget by relying less on state tournaments.
High Schools
July 31
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Minnesota coaches face challenges in push to restart prep sports

Adhering to safety guidelines only goes so far when kids aren't at practice. Prep sports also have a connection to education that, mindful of COVID-19's ability to spread, distinguishes them from summer and club programs.
High Schools
July 29
Prep sports delayed in 24 states as Minnesota waits on Walz for guidance

Prep sports delayed in 24 states as Minnesota waits on Walz for guidance

The National Federation of State High School Associations says states from the Southeast to Far West have shifted to later starts, some by a few weeks, others by full seasons.
High Schools
July 23
Work of restarting high school sports gets down to the tough stuff

Work of restarting high school sports gets down to the tough stuff

Travel between games, positive COVID tests, athlete safety, spectators and the state's new mask policy were among the things came up during a virtual meeting attended by more than 300 people.
High Schools
July 22
Coon Rapids coach Nick Rusin talked to his team after a practice last fall in preparation for its first state tournament appearance since 1983.

Delays crop up around country as fall practice start nears in Minnesota

As Minnesota and neighboring states hold to August start dates, coronavirus concerns recently prompted California to move all fall sports to winter while Texas has delayed the football season in larger communities.
Puck Drop
July 20
East Side Pride: Johnson grad designs new logo for tradition-rich team

East Side Pride: Johnson grad designs new logo for tradition-rich team

Recent graduate Ellie Tschida created a new center ice logo honoring the tradition of both the school and its storied hockey program.
High Schools
July 16
Senior Class Salute Tournament takes high school players back out to the ballgame

Senior Class Salute Tournament takes high school players back out to the ballgame

The St. Paul Saints partnered with area baseball coaches to create the Senior Class Salute Tournament, running July 20 through Aug. 2 with most games taking place at the Saints' CHS Field in downtown St. Paul.
High Schools
July 15
Tartan football star Dorian Singer transferring to Arizona high school

Tartan football star Dorian Singer transferring to Arizona high school

Singer is transferring in hopes of raising his college recruiting profile and garner "the recognition I'm not getting" from Power Five conference programs.