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December 17, 2020
Podcast: With youth sports practices approved, what will it take to start playing games?

Podcast: With youth sports practices approved, what will it take to start playing games?

Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque look past the Jan. 4 start date for high school sports practices to when basketball, hockey and other sports will start to compete,
Preps Insider
December 17, 2020

Complaint from smaller metro schools prompts meeting with MSHSL

A metro-area region representing 67 schools, hinting that members would resist paying big increases in fees sought by the league, will meet Friday with MSHSL executives.
Preps Insider
December 17, 2020

New Hopkins girls' basketball coach: "I just want to get into the gym.''

Highly successful AAU coach Tara Starks, taking over a talented team with a 62-game winning streak, has only been able to virtually coach her players.
High Schools
December 17, 2020
The Minneapolis high school hockey team practiced lin January. Teams will be able to resume practice on Jan. 4, but no date has been set for a return

High school, youth teams can practice Jan. 4, no date set for games

Winter sports for high school and youth teams can hold practice on Jan. 4 with the hope, but no assurance yet, of playing games again by the middle of January.
Gophers
December 16, 2020
Shakopee defensive end Deven Eastern is one of two Minnesota high school players expected to sign scholarship letters of intent to join P.J. Fleck’s

Get to know the next Gophers in this Class of 2021 breakdown

These 17 scholarship players, plus a walk-on and a graduate transfer, signed with P.J. Fleck's Gophers in the early signing period that began Wednesday.
Gophers
December 16, 2020
Shakopee’s Deven Eastern, a four-star defensive end recruit, was upfront with Gophers coach P.J. Fleck about the challenges he has faced, and that h

Shakopee's Eastern upfront about his challenges in joining Gophers

Deven Eastern has been candid about his struggle with emotional behavioral disorders, his mom, his devotion to football, his dream of playing in the NFL — and his desire to be a good man.
High Schools
December 16, 2020
Jordan Titus, left, and Savion Robinson stood for a portrait on Dec. 12 at O’Shaughnessy Stadium on the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.

Making history lures first group of Division I recruits to St. Thomas

Youth football foes Jordan Titus and Savion Robinson are coming back to St. Paul, among at least 11 Minnesota high school stars who are part of the new St. Thomas recruiting class.
High Schools
December 15, 2020

Expected college football early signings by Minnesota prep players

Wednesday is the first day of a three-day early signing period for Division I football and the first day of a one-month early signing period for Division I and II football for mid-year junior-college transfers.
High Schools
December 15, 2020
Totino-Grace’s Joe Alt, at 6-8 and 285 pounds, projects as an offensive tackle for Notre Dame.

Meet the Star Tribune's nine top college football prospects from Minnesota high schools

The Star Tribune's nine top college football prospects from Minnesota high schools include eight headed to Power Five schools and one with his plans as yet undisclosed.
High Schools
December 15, 2020
On both sides of the ball, Emmett Johnson (4) of Holy Angels is one of the top Minnesota high school football players to watch next fall.

Meet five top Minnesota high school football prospects to watch in the Class of 2022

A skilled collection of athletes who in some cases shine in basketball as well.
Preps Insider
December 15, 2020
Dave Stearns, longtime Minnetonka tennis coach

Minnetonka girls' tennis coach Stearns dies at 72

He led Skippers' teams for 33 years, including the last 27 as the girls' team coach.
Preps Insider
December 15, 2020
Deklin Goeden (photo courtesy Goeden family)

Prep athlete going to court to regain eligibility in dispute over learning disability

Deklin Goeden of Ashby repeated seventh grade for academic reasons, a move that cost him two semesters of high school sports eligibility.
High Schools
December 14, 2020

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.
High Schools
December 14, 2020

'Perfect leader' Ethan Vargas is Star Tribune Metro Boys' Cross-Country Runner of the Year

Vargas won all six of Stillwater's meets, defeating highly ranked runners in five of them, and won a year-end meet of top runners from across the state.
High Schools
December 14, 2020

Analee Weaver's new push leads to Star Tribune Metro Girls' Cross-Country Runner of the Year

The Stillwater senior set a new state record for girls in a 5K high school race and won a showcase of top runners at the end of the season.
High Schools
December 14, 2020

Eastview's Karin Young earns Star Tribune Metro Tennis Player of the Year honors

The junior, who won the Class 2A singles title as a sophomore, was undefeated in her matches at No. 1 singles in the shortened 2020 season.
Colleges
December 12, 2020
Former Hopkins star Paige Bueckers is making her college basketball debut Saturday.

Humble and ready to go, Bueckers set to start UConn career Saturday

The former Hopkins star is expected to make her collegiate debut at home after the Huskies' first four games were canceled.
Gophers
December 11, 2020
Wayzata guard Mara Braun (25) picked the Gophers

Coveted Wayzata guard Braun commits to Gophers women

Lindsay Whalen's 2022 recruiting class picked up another big name with junior Mara Braun's announcement that she'll play college basketball for the Gophers.
Coronavirus
December 11, 2020
The sideline benches were sanitized between soccer games played at East Ridge High School on Aug. 27, the first day for games when fall high school sp

Let Them Play MN sues Walz seeking to end youth sports pause

The group has filed a federal lawsuit claiming Gov. Tim Walz's order of a four-week pause "unfairly singles out young people for harm" by shutting down youth sports.
High Schools
December 9, 2020

Ten finalists named for Mr. Football Award

The award to the top senior in the state is presented by the Minnesota Football Coaches Association.