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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: Wayzata in a 6A runaway? Not this year

Wayzata running back Christian Vasser (4) turned it outside and up the field for a long run, eluding Eden Prairie tackler Justice Sullivan (45) during

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, David La Vaque and JIm Paulsen give the new No. 1 Trojans their due. But with two games left before playoffs, they see a more wide-open field than in many years. Plus the latest on Jalen Suggs, track and field goes to three classes and sections begin in soccer and tennis.


Episode : Listen: Minnesota lands state's top diver and prep football's widening cast of 6A surprises

Listen: Minnesota lands state's top diver and prep football's widening cast of 6A surprises

In the latest Talking Preps, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque recap two news items from Edina and assess the aftermath of surging Wayzata's defeat of Eden Prairie.


Episode : Listen: The biggest football game of the year (so far) is setting up to be 'just like old times'

Listen: The biggest football game of the year (so far) is setting up to be 'just like old times'

In the latest Talking Preps, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque preview Wayzata at Eden Prairie, both undefeated. Plus who's still unbeaten in prep soccer as the season winds down and the puzzling case of Tyler Krebs.


Episode : Listen: After Wisconsin lands two top Minnesota recruits, what's next for Prior Lake's Dawson Garcia?

Shakopee at Prior Lake, 12-18-18. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque serve up fresh basketball recruiting news, set up a first for Minneapolis South, and talk volleyball and soccer as well.


Episode : Listen: Lots of good 6A talent but is it already a two-horse race?

Listen: Lots of good 6A talent but is it already a two-horse race?

Wayzata, Champlin Park, Cretin-Derham Hall and others are off to impressive starts, according to Talking Preps podcasters Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque. But can they keep up with Lakeville North and Eden Prairie? Plus lots of intrigue in Class 4A, insights on the MSHSL budget deficit, a volleyball surprise and a girls' tennis update.


Episode : Listen: Lakeville North's culture of winning touches a nerve

Listen: Lakeville North's culture of winning touches a nerve

Just one game into the season, Talking Preps podcast hosts David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen explore the strong online reaction to the Panthers' "no apologies'' approach, take on unruly parents and call out two trends in the state's ever-improving volleyball scene.


Episode : Listen: Road to the Prep Bowl starts anew Thursday night at high school near you

Listen: Road to the Prep Bowl starts Thursday at high school near you

In the first Talking Preps podcast of the fall, staff writers Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque offer their informed looks at the teams to beat and players to watch as week one kicks off Thursday and Friday night.


Episode : Listen: The last Talking Preps podcast of the school year concludes with ... hockey?

Listen: The last Talking Preps podcast of the school year concludes with ... hockey?

But first, championship golf, lacrosse and a baseball tournament set to wrap up Thursday at Target Field get their due from the Star Tribune's Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque..


Episode : Listen: Champions abound as spring sports race to the finish line

Listen: Champions abound as spring sports race to the finish line

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen recap top state tournament performances in track and field and softball as lacrosse and baseball championships loom in the days ahead.


Episode : Listen: Newsy high school league meeting offers plenty to debate

Listen: Newsy high school league meeting offers plenty to debate

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen don't come close to exhausting the debate about shot clocks, seeding state basketball, and adding more classes to some sports. Oh, and it's state tourney time for softball, tennis and track.


Episode : Listen: Decisions loom for expanding state tournaments, altering prep basketball

Listen: Decisions loom for expanding state tournaments, altering prep basketball

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen foreshadow Monday's high school league meeting where added classes in four sports, implementing a shot clock and seeding big-school basketball are on the agenda.


Episode : Listen: Spring sports dodge raindrops as the playoff season kicks in

Listen: Spring sports dodge raindrops as the playoff season kicks in

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen talk coach ouster transparency, a boys' volleyball first, girls' and boys' lacrosse and golf to admire, the first boys' tennis teams reaching state, and a former football metro player of the year set to coach basketball.


Episode : Listen: Coaching moves and how to catch moves like this one at a track meet

Listen: Coaching moves and how to catch moves like this one at a track meet

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen recount a rite of spring -- mentors on the move -- along with an eligibility issue, a squeeze on officials, state records, and camaraderie on display at the True Team track state meet.


Episode : Listen: Tracktown, Minnesota's lead burner gets it going

Listen: Tracktown, Minnesota's lead burner gets it going

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen highlight Hopkins speedster Joe Fahnbulleh's excellent spring, note a lack of top girls' basketball recruits picking Minnesota and catch up on two high-profile coaching changes.


Episode : Listen: Spring sports hit the backstretch and the records are falling

Listen: Spring sports hit the backstretch and the records are falling

A new 4x100 state mark, a new career leader in softball hits. In the latest Talking Preps podcast, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen highlight other top performers and talk club softball in Minneapolis, college hockey recruiting at young ages, and a football signing ceremony for eighth-graders.


Episode : Listen: How much attention on high school recruiting is too much?

Listen: How much attention on high school recruiting is too much?

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, the Star Tribune's Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque share their views, set up a premier track meet on Friday and wade into baseball, softball, boys' volleyball and adapted bowling.


Episode : Listen: Friday's the day to learn national recruit Matthew Hurt's college basketball future

Listen: Friday's the day to learn national recruit Matthew Hurt's college basketball future

The Rochester John Marshall star plans to announce his school choice on Friday but in the latest Talking Preps podcast, staff writers Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque read signs pointing to which one that will be. And talk a little spring sports, too.


Episode : Listen: Track and softball lead the spring pack, Lacrosse Day Minnesota tries again

Listen: Track and softball lead the spring pack, Lacrosse Day Minnesota tries again

In the Talking Preps podcast of spring, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen brush off the snow to catch up with track and softball seasons in progress and discuss plans for a lacrosse celebration that had to be scrapped last year because of weather.


Episode : Listen: Is UConn-bound Paige Bueckers No. 1 all-time? Has prep recruiting become too over-heated?

Listen: Is UConn-bound Paige Bueckers best ever? Has recruiting become too overheated?

With spring sports still thawing out, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque resume their Talking Preps podcast with give-and-take on the Hopkins star's standing in Minnesota girls' prep history and the state of Twitter-fueled recruiting buzz.


Episode : Listen: Boys' basketball seeds of (mild) discontent and a little too much 'nobody respects us'

Listen: Boys' basketball seeds of (mild) discontent and a little too much 'nobody respects us'

In the last Talking Preps podcast of the winter season, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque look ahead to the boys' basketball tournament field and offer a recap of the girls' championships.