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Talking Preps

Talking Preps

Star Tribune prep reporters David La Vaque and James Paulsen are bringing all you Minnesota high school sports enthusiasts another way to stay connected to the action.


Episode : Listen: Who will be in victory pile formation on Saturday?

Breck players celebrated their overtime win against Orono. ] RENEE JONES SCHNEIDER • renee.jones@startribune.com Orono verses Breck girls high school Class 1A, Section 5 final on Thursday, February 15, 2018, at Parade Ice Garden in Minneapolis, Minn.

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, staff writer David La Vaque handicaps the Class 2A and surprisingly open Class 1A girls' hockey state tournaments this week at Xcel Energy Center.


Episode : Listen: Skiing, dance team lead off state tournament madness; girls' hockey, wrestling sections have state feel

Eden Prairie's Becca Divine led after the first run with a time of 35.49. ] AARON LAVINSKY • aaron.lavinsky@startribune.com The alpine skiing state meet was held Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 at Giants Ridge in Biwabik, Minn.

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, staff writer David La Vaque and editor Paul Klauda take up section matchups in girls' hockey and wrestling pitting the two top-ranked teams, not to mention other state titles being won this week.


Episode : Listen: Celebrating success in Brooklyn Center, Como Park and other surprises

Brooklyn Center High School football player Dayvia Gbor, cq, was greeted by classmates after he signed a college football commitment with the University of Minnesota at Duluth during a signing ceremony, Wednesday, February 7, 2018 in Brooklyn Center, MN. ] ELIZABETH FLORES ï liz.flores@startribune.com

In the latest Talking Preps, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque talk about an unusal football signing class, a jersey retired in St. Paul, three-point sharpshooters, the timing of the ski season and a wrestling match like no other.


Episode : Listen: Two national wrestling champs from Minnesota to battle in rare match

In the latest Talking Preps, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque go deep on parent-coach headbutting, update hockey and basketball top teams and preview what has to be a first in state prep wrestling.


Episode : Listen: Streaking high school basketball, hockey teams get notice

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, staff writers David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen call out several metro girls' and boys' teams making impressive runs.


Episode : Listen: A coach leaves, parents blamed, and an AD wonders what can be done

In the latest Talking Preps, the Star Tribune's David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen lend perspective to a Brainerd coach's decision to step down, discuss whether boys' hockey needs more games and set up a big match in girls' hockey.


Episode : Listen: That Edina hockey livestream fee thing, Greyhounds on top, hoops and more

In the latest Talking Preps, the Star Tribune's high school writers David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen talk all things boys' and girls' hockey and basketball, and throw their weight classes around.


Episode : Listen: New No.1 in boys' hockey as winter sports conference battles resume in earnest

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, the Star Tribune's David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen recap the puck, hoop and wrestling landscapes now that holiday tournament madness is over.


Episode : Listen: All smiles for signing day, hockey, basketball, wrestling

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen wrap up the new early signing day and call out, among others, Mahtomedi boys' hockey, White Bear Lake girls' hockey, Eden Prairie boys' basketball and Anoka wrestling.


Episode : Listen: Edina leads boys' hockey pack into big weekend, top teams fall in boys' hoops

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque talk favorites in girls' and boys' hockey and surprises in basketball. Oh, and brace yourself for new football signing period starting Wednesday.


Episode : Listen: High school basketball roars out of the gate with star power

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, the Star Tribune's Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque set the stage for boys' and girls' basketball seasons bursting with big names and big games.


Episode : Listen: Girls' hockey gets a jump on winter sports and parting Prep Bowl shots

Red Wing at Mahtomedi, girls hockey, 11-9-17. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

In the winter season debut of Talking Preps, staff writers David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen handicap the already-started girls' hockey season, catch up with the just-starting boys and riff on football championships that went about as expected.


Episode : Listen: New cast of Prep Bowl stars to come out in 7-game spotlight

The Star Tribune's David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen introduce top players you'll be hearing about in the championship games Friday and Saturday, and offer predictions that might surprise you.


Episode : Listen: Volleyball's climactic finish, boys' hockey gets underway and can Maple Grove do it again?

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, the Star Tribune's Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque pontificate on the latest doings in Minnesota's high school sports seasons of transition.


Episode : Listen: A Minneapolis running first kicks off volleyball, football state showdowns

In the latest Talking Preps, staff writers David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen do a 5K, go five sets and spend more than five minutes talking football matchups.


Episode : Listen: 6A football playoffs match-ups full of intrigue

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen dial up things to watch for in Friday's games and share a little state tournament soccer and cross-country wisdom.


Episode : Listen: Where are the upsets in Minnesota prep football playoffs?

In the newest Talking Preps, podcasters David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen prospect for football surprises and reveal what surprised them in their recent Star Tribune series on the changing face of high school sports.


Episode : Listen: Big matchups abound on last night of regular-season football games

The Star Tribune's Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque break down several matchups in the state's biggest classes in this week's Talking Preps podcast.


Episode : Listen: Best start ever for Minnetonka, but do Skippers have the weapons to take down Eden Prairie?

In the latest Talking Preps, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen analyze another No. 1 vs. 2 matchup in football, plus other big games Friday and some surprises in the boys' soccer playoffs.


Episode : Listen: 'Kids you can root for' and more on the metro prep football scene

South St. Paul Packers celebrated their win by shooting off fireworks.

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen discuss some of this season's best players as well as an unfortunate season-ending injury to a key athlete at St. Michael-Albertville.