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 : Podcast: Coaches raise their hands in favor of seeded 4A basketball tourney

Podcast: Coaches raise hands in favor of seeded 4A basketball tourney

In the latest Talking Preps, the Star Tribune's Ron Haggstrom joins Jim Paulsen to talk about a "hot topic'' idea for generating more competitive state tournament match-ups. Plus a rundown of gymnastics and girls' hockey champions.


Episode : Podcast: Austin -- a success story fueled by sports, ideas and resources

Austin head coach Kris Fadness talked things over with the team as senior Agwa Nywesh leaned over the white board to clarify one of the coaches direct

Go deeper into Chip Scoggins' meticulously reported story about the transformation of Austin, the town of 25,000 people located about 100 miles south of the Twin Cities. It's a tale of immigration, basketball, Hormel and a changing community.


Episode : Podcast: Girls' hockey tourney has clear favorites but threats loom in both classes

Podcast: Girls' hockey tourney has clear favorites but threats loom

From behind the bench to behind the mic, longtime coach Shawn Reid joins David La Vaque to break down who's best equipped to challenge Edina and Breck. Plus a sneak peek at a special sports project coming Sunday in the Star Tribune.


Episode : Podcast: Section finals and state tourneys and 'why we love this job'

High School Girls' Hockey
Eden Prairie vs Minnetonka Pagel Activity Center January 21, 2020. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

The latest Talking Preps from preps writers David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen highlights girls' hockey, gymnastics and the swirl around Hopkins star Paige Bueckers. Plus the state's next best girls' basketball player and new football coaches at two 6A programs.


Episode : Podcast: Minnesota schools to pony up more to help high school league close budget shortfall

St. Michael-Albertville High School football players lined up along the sideline during practice Thursday. ] Aaron Lavinsky • aaron.lavinsky@startri

In the latest Talking Preps, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen discuss the Minnesota State High School League's latest action on two popular topics: How to slay a $407,000 budget shortfall and a new effort to look at student eligibility and transfers.


Episode : Podcast: Sideline sexism, new home on the Range and here come sections

Eastview coach Molly Kasper
High School Girls Basketball
Eastview Lightning vs STMA Knights STMA High School December 13, 2018. Photo by Jeff Lawler,

In the latest Talking Preps, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen take up ingrained sexist attitudes toward girls' basketball coaches and officials, a rivalry ended on the Iron Range and how did we get so close to state tournament time.


Episode : Podcast: Two more biggies in Minnesota high school football coaching walk away

With his players gathered before him on the field after their win, Totino-Grace head coach Jeff Ferguson invited his players to a party downtown near

In the latest Talking Preps, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque spin a few of their own yarns about Totino-Grace's Jeff Ferguson and Brainerd's Ron Stolski, the latest to step down in a winter full of similar big-program departures.


Episode : Podcast: Shovel-ready Hockey Day Minnesota brings its chilly holiday to Minneapolis

Podcast: Shovel-ready Hockey Day Minnesota brings its chilly holiday to Minneapolis

In the newest Talking Preps, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque scrutinize the Minnesota appeal of outdoor hockey and examine the changing world of recruiting the state's most prized future college players.


Episode : Podcast: 'Best team in state history' ignites debate and the curse of being No. 1 in boys' hockey

Minnehaha guard Jalen Suggs (1) celebrated a basket in the second half. ] ANTHONY SOUFFLE • anthony.souffle@startribune.com Minnehaha Academy played

Talking Preps' David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen kick off the new year with Minnehaha Academy's impressive boys' basketball weekend, get caught up on big wrestling and Nordic skiing doings, and look at who's catching notice as boys' and girls' hockey kick into post-holiday gear.


Episode : Podcast: Football recruiting stirs up news, Minnehaha Academy loses again and favorite moments of 2019

Minnehaha Academy football products Kaden Johnson, left to right, Terry Lockett Jr., Craig McDonald made their college football plans official and sig

In their last Talking Preps until January, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen go deep on signing day doings and share their most memorable games of the year. And what kind of hex did Jim put on his self-declared best boys' basketball team ever?


Episode : Podcast: Getting up front with Wayzata's Prep Bowl win and slow starts for some big-name boys' hockey teams

Podcast: Getting up front with Wayzata's Prep Bowl win and slow starts for some big-name boys' hockey teams

The latest Talking Preps podcast shifts into basketball and hockey talk but not without Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque giving football championship credit where it is most heavily due.


Episode : Podcast: Demystifying the Power-T offense, plus the two biggest adjustments for playing in the Prep Bowl

Podcast: Misdirection offense and the biggest adjustments for playing in the Prep Bowl

In a special Talking Preps podcast with the Star Tribune's Jim Paulsen, Elk River football coach Steve Hamilton deconstructs his team's increasingly popular misdirection offense and sheds insight, based on two Prep Bowl trips, into how teams should be preparing this week. And what to look for in the seven championship games Friday and Saturday.


Episode : Podcast: Is there an overlooked team in the 6A field as playoffs move indoors?

Champlin Park quarterback Jaice Miller (4) was mobbed by his teammates in the end zone after he scored a touchdown in the second half. ] ANTHONY SOUFF

In the latest Talking Preps, the Star Tribune's Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque preview football semifinals starting Thursday at U.S. Bank Stadium and salute the state of volleyball after a most excellent day of state championships.


Episode : Podcast: New teams on the block set to make volleyball tournament debut

Stillwater vs. North St. Paul at Roseville on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at Roseville Area High School. Photo by Cheryl A. Myers, SportsEngine

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen set the stage for three days of state tournament volleyball and football quarterfinals starting Thursday.


Episode : Podcast: Surprising rivalry grows as football playoffs decide who goes to state

Centennial vs. Edina. August 29, 2019. Photo By Earl J. Ebensteiner

In a sea of competitive Class 6A matchups, Edina vs. Centennial has some history going for it, according to Star Tribune prep writers Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque. Plus the latest on soccer and cross-country championships.


Episode : Podcast: Soccer state tourney leaps into semis with a little disrespect talk

Max Hand (11) of St. Paul Central shot the ball past Eastview goalie Elliot Brown (1) for a goal in the second half. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ • cgonzalez@s

Unseeded St. Paul Central pulls an upset in 2A boys, giving David La Vaque and JIm Paulsen some grist for this week's Talking Preps. Plus Edina's retiring girls' tennis coach gets one more state title, and the teams no one wants to face in the football playoffs.


Episode : Podcast: Soccer section finals week meets last night of regular-season football

Podcast: Soccer section finals week meets last night of regular-season football

In an earlier-than-usual Talking Preps podcast this week, the Star Tribune's Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque talk playoff soccer and football's busy stretch ahead while weighing whether a BLT can really be called a sandwich.


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.