Jim Paulsen | Star Tribune
Reporter | Sports

Jim Paulsen has covered high school sports for two decades. He and colleague David La Vaque can be heard on the weekly podcast "Talkin' Preps."


Prep athletes of the week: Lakeville North pitcher dominates with 20-strikeout performance

Nathaniel Peterson recorded all but one out via strikeout against Apple Valley.


Saints manager Tsamis aims for 1,000th victory

Despite the upcoming milestone, What eats at George Tsamis is that his managerial career arc has been front-loaded with success.


Practice, patience are keys to Chaska prep golfer Lincoln Johnson' success

When Lincoln Johnson stays relaxed on the course, low scores follow.


Hasty spring preps season nears a conclusion

Boys' tennis kicks off section play with team competition and badminton begins its four-day state tournament this week.


Expect the unexpected from Blake tennis star Barker

Senior Jack Barker seeks to become the first singles champion in two classes.


Former Cretin-Derham Hall pitcher hopes to restart career with Saints

Former Star Tribune first-team member Jake Esch could be the Saints' ace.


Mounds View shows its strength in boys' tennis

The Mustangs won the tough John Rowe Invite.


Weighted baseballs boost pitch speed, but also pose risk to young arms

Minnesota high school pitchers have latched onto the growing popularity of training with heavier balls to improve arm strength and add pitch velocity. Baseball and medical experts stress caution is required as well.


Weighted baseballs boost pitch speed, but raise risk of injury, too

Minnesota high school pitchers have latched onto the growing popularity of training with heavier balls to improve arm strength and add pitch velocity. Baseball and medical experts stress caution is required as well.


After slow start to spring season, big events highlight prep schedules

It didn't take long for teams to get up to full speed last week, and some exceptional results showed how little effect the late spring had on athletes' performances.