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September 5

Memories of last game sustain Rocori through 'weird' fall

The Spartans, their season on hold until March, are still basking in a stunning overtime upset of previously undefeated and No 1-ranked SMB in the Class 4A state championship game last November.
High Schools
September 3

Rare Friday night lights to shine for 16 south metro soccer teams

What passes for a full house in the COVID era is expected for the battle of Lakeville schools. Prior Lake is seizing the rare Friday game opportunity to hold its senior night.
High Schools
September 3

Second-half goal lifts Maple Grove boys to victory over Centennial

Christopher Frantz scored the game's only goal, helping the Crimson to a 2-0 record to start the season.
High Schools
September 3

Centennial girls edge Maple Grove in rematch of last fall's Class 2A state final

Khyah Harper's goal, the only score of the game, lifted the Cougars to a defeat of their Northwest Suburban Conference rivals.
High Schools
September 2
St. Michael-Albertville High School football players lined up along the sideline during practice Thursday. ] Aaron Lavinsky • aaron.lavinsky@startri

Podcast: High school football on pause? Not for everyone from Minnesota

In the latest Talking Preps, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen lament the Friday night void ahead but shed light on a few players who are finding ways to suit up this fall.
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 30
Darren Selberg stood and applauded after the Minneapolis Washburn girls’ soccer team finished its game Thursday at Eden Prairie. His daughter, Lilli

High school sports fan policies leave some on the outside looking in

Some metro-area schools and conferences are telling fans to stay away, even from outdoor venues such as stadiums.
High Schools
August 30
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.
High Schools
August 30
Falling family photo honoring Dylan: Father Dustin, mother Michelle and sister Morgan, who will be a freshman at Litchfield High School this fall.

Scoggins: Dylan died this summer and became 'a superhero'

How a 16-year-old student-athlete's decision to donate organs has improved the lives of more than 75 people.
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.
Coronavirus
August 27
COVID shutdown of Eagan girls' soccer shows what schools can face

COVID shutdown of Eagan girls' soccer shows what schools can face

The two-week shutdown of the Eagan girls' soccer program underscores how a positive COVID-19 test have far-reaching impacts as Minnesota high schools restart fall sports.
High Schools
August 26
A Blake player served the ball during a match vs. Minnetonka. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ • cgonzalez@startribune.com – Minnetonka, MN – August 25, 2020,

Podcast: COVID era changes fall sports, athletes just grateful to be playing

In the latest Talking Preps, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque discuss a shift in attitudes since last spring, and how the sports themselves seem less affected than how fans, notably parents, are able to watch.
High Schools
August 25
When asked about how good Paige Bueckers is, Huskies coach Geno Auriemma said: “I’m glad we have her.”

Ex-Hopkins star Bueckers expects to win four NCAA titles at UConn

Although it has taken some time to adjust, it hasn't made it any less special as Paige Bueckers' dreams of being a Husky are finally a reality.
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 19
Podcast: Prep sports band is glad to be back but there's a void, too

Podcast: Prep sports band is glad to be back but there's a void, too

Reunited for their first Talking Preps podcast together since mid-February, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen riff on a most unusual season ahead, one that's expected to end without the usual encore state tournaments.
Vikings
August 19
Jashon Cornell made the Ohio State University "O" sign for a couple of his former coaches during a 2015 visit to the weight room at Cretin-Derham Hall

Former Cretin-Derham Hall star Cornell suffers leg injury at Lions camp

Jashon Cornell, a seventh-round pick out of Ohio State, was carted off the practice field Tuesday. Lions coach Matt Patricia said that the injury was "pretty severe," declining to give more details.
Puck Drop
August 18
East Grand Forks celebrated Class 1A boys' hockey state championships in 2014 and '15. Will EGF be named the Hockeyville USA winner in 2020?

Border Battle: Minnesota, Wisconsin cities are Hockeyville USA finalists

East Grand Forks and River Falls, Wis., are among four finalists in the contest, in which the winning community will receive $150,000 in upgrades to its hockey facilities.
High Schools
August 18
The racquet tap replaced high fives during Monday's tennis practice at Edina.

They're back! Minnesota's prep athletes return to their sports

Many of the routines have been altered -- and the only football and volleyball players to be seen are those trying out other fall sports. But Monday marked the beginning of workouts in four fall sports.
High Schools
August 18
Several fall prep sports got underway Monday, with special rules and considerations during the coronavirus pandemic. (Clockwise from left) The Lakevil

Finally on the field, prep athletes open practice with gratitude

Conspicuously, football and volleyball players weren't even there, except for those trying out for soccer, cross-country, tennis or swimming.