David La Vaque | Star Tribune
Reporter | High school sports

David La Vaque has covered high school sports with an emphasis on the North Metro suburbs since 2004.


Successful Eagan soccer coach begins rare double-duty

One coach. One sport. Two teams.Eagan's Bulut Ozturk would just be another coach in cross-country, a sport where coaches often direct two genders. But he's…


State high school league nixes reimbursing schools for state tourney costs

Lower attendance, increasing venue costs prompt board's decision.


Five prep football games to be played at TCO Stadium

Eagan gets the call to host the first of five games at the Vikings' new venue.


North metro sports moments that stand out in a crowd

In a school year of big sports stories for north metro schools, here are snippets of three that stood out for Star Tribune staff writer David La Vaque.


Prior Lake overcomes loss of haltime lead to win boys' lacrosse state title

Benilde's third-quarter charge wasn't enough to drown the Lakers.


Heritage Christian Academy upends defending champ Parkers Prairie in Class 1A

The Eagles took advantage of defensive lapses by Parkers Prairie.


Boys' lacrosse state semifinals: Unbeaten Benilde-St. Margaret's, Prior Lake to vie for crown

Benilde-St. Margaret's patience and freshman Matthew Dowden's poise kept the Red Knights undefeated and a step closer to their boys' lacrosse state championship mission.Dowden scored…


Wayzata senior wins 3A title in boys' golf

Wayzata's Tristan Nelko jumped from 30th place last year to first as a senior.


Blaine seventh-grader wins 3A girls' golf championship

Seventh-grader Kathryn Van Arragon, playing for Blaine, takes first with 1-under total.


Boys' lacrosse quarterfinals: Mahtomedi prevails over Eagan

Zephyrs play smarter against reigning titlists Eagan.