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April 29
Darrell "Bozo" Wincek watched his daughter behind home plate during an adapted softball game in 2015.

Sidelined prep umpires, officials would rather call games than meetings

For many, the lack of games this spring has them just waiting, patiently, for them to return.
High Schools
April 29
The principal of Edina High School, Roland Ring, stopped by Southwest to offer congratulations after the city school beat the Hornets 1-0 for the 1970

50 years later, Southwest's hockey title win over Edina stands taller yet

Minneapolis Southwest vs. Edina was a fierce local rivalry at a time when 11 city schools had hockey teams, and the intersection of 50th and France was known as 'state title crossroad.'
Gophers
April 28
Hopkins star Kerwin Walton (right) dribbled against Minnehaha Academy's Jalen Suggs this season. Walton is going to North Carolina; Suggs to Gonzaga.

N. Carolina-bound Walton didn't feel buzz about delayed college choice

Over the weekend, Kerwin Walton's name was popping up all over social media as he was trying to decide where to play college basketball. "I wasn't paying too much attention," he said with a chuckle.
High Schools
April 28

Ninety-nine Twin Cities-area female student-athletes recognized as Athena Award winners

The COVID-19 pandemic forced cancellation of banquets in St. Paul and Minneapolis that are typically held to honor the winners.
High Schools
April 27

Minnesota Scene: Former Gophers football assistant hired at Hill-Murray

Rob Reeves was tight ends coach at Eastern Michigan before he resigned earlier this year to move back to Minnesota full time.
High Schools
April 27

How Minneapolis Southwest made hockey history

Southwest became the first — and only — city public school to win the boys' hockey state tournament, played at the Met Center 50 years ago.
High Schools
April 27

Tell that story again: A collection of Minnesota sports stories requested by readers

You asked. We listened. With games on hold, the Star Tribune is offering a selection of Minnesota sports stories that readers requested we revisit.
High Schools
April 27

Whitney Colbert named new girls' hockey coach at Blake

Colbert has been an assistant coach with the Chinese national Olympic women's hockey team and previously was an assistant coach at Division I Union and Division III Connecticut College.
Gophers
April 27
Hopkins guard Kerwin Walton (12) was expected to announce his college choice Saturday, but had yet to reveal a decision as of Sunday night

Gophers still waiting as Walton puts off announcing college choice

The mystery surrounding the recruitment of one of the nation's top unsigned seniors continues. The Hopkins star was expected to announce his choice over the weekend.
High Schools
April 26
On what proved to be the last night of the girls' basketball state tournament on March 12, the combined Hopkins and Farmington bands played several tu

Prep basketball teams deprived of tournament get consolation honor

All teams in contention for basketball state titles when the COVID-19 pandemic ended play will be known as "finalists'' and receive trophies and medals.
High Schools
April 24
Track's star-studded Hamline Elite Meet another coronavirus casualty

Track's star-studded Hamline Elite Meet another coronavirus casualty

The stadium lights in St. Paul will remain dark Friday night instead of illuminating the 15th gathering of the best high school runners, jumpers, vaulters and throwers in Minnesota.
Coronavirus
April 24
The Jordan baseball park, also known as the “Mini Met,” has been a frequent host of state tournament baseball games.

Everyone loses as high school spring sports are called off

The Minnesota State High School League made the announcement shortly after Gov. Tim Walz said that Minnesota schools will remain closed for the rest of the academic year.
High Schools
April 22
Khalid El-Amin led North High to the 1996 state boys' basketball title. Minnesota had a two-class system at the time and qualifying teams were placed

Mailbag: How would you change format of state high school tourneys?

Readers and Twitter followers weighing in on various sports mostly agreed on finding ways to get more of the best athletes and teams in a state tournament.
Coronavirus
April 20
Walz gives bleak assessment on chances for spring prep sports

Walz gives bleak assessment on chances for spring prep sports

Those holding onto hope for a start-up of spring sports received no assurances, only sympathies, when Gov. Tim Walz addressed those topics during Monday's news conference.
High Schools
April 20
Minnetonka's Luke Tollefson playing safety in 2018. Of his winless 2019, he said: "Losing every week is tough. You could see it on the faces of the gu

Winless or last place: Three state athletes show dignity amid struggles

A winless season, a last place finish at state and a senior's season ending injury didn't keep these high school athletes from finding strength during the high school season.
High Schools
April 17
The Jordan Baseball Park, also known as the "Mini Met," sits empty, just as ball fields do around the country.

Spring sports shutdown hits preps budgets with pluses and minuses

With schools shut down and sports on hold, expenses are down in athletics departments; but coaches are getting paid. "Regardless of winning or losing, they still have value," one AD said of coaches.
Gophers
April 16
Minnehaha’s Chet Holmgren is the No. 1-ranked junior nationally and can see why the G League could be an option for some.

G League becoming prep stars' alternative to college basketball

Jalen Green's unprecedented move to bypass college, one that could pay him more than half a million dollars, could have ripple effects on the future of basketball recruits nationally — and maybe in Minnesota.
High Schools
April 16

Goring steps down at Apple Valley after 11 seasons, 3 state titles

A 1995 graduate of the school, Goring led a talented cast of Eagles to five state tournament appearances and Class 4A state championships in 2013, 2015 and 2017.
Coronavirus
April 16
Minnesota among one of 30 states still considering spring prep sports

Minnesota among one of 30 states still considering spring prep sports

While it waits on whether spring sports will resume, the Minnesota State High School League acknowledged growing logistical challenges to doing so today.
High Schools
April 15

Rare sweep of sprints by North St. Paul track star in jeopardy

North St. Paul senior Shaliciah Jones hoped to sweep the 100-, 200- and 400-meter races at the state track and field meet but everything is on hold.