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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: Fist bump for integrity in high school golf

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, the Star Tribune's David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen recap Marshall golfer Kaylee Gossen's stand-up actions after a scoring mistake and preview the crush of spring state tournaments this month.


Episode : Listen: Minnesota high school basketball soars, with a dose of politics

A gathering of AAU and club basketball players on the Wear Out the Net court in Lakeville, Minn. They are, from left, Jake Runyan, 8th grade, Gavin Pierce, 6th grade, Taryn Hamling, 6th grade, Maya Sampy, 4th grade, Ethen Danh, 4th grade, Matt Hurt, sophomore, Tre Jones, junior, and Paige Bueckers, freshman. (Jeff Wheeler/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS) ORG XMIT: 1202610

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, David La Vaque and Paul Klauda take up Chip Scoggins' report on the rise of Minnesota as a basketball state, True Team team, state tennis and a football coach running for high office.


Episode : Listen: Pitching arm care prompts high school league action

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen step through recently approved prep sports changes, preview the True Team track state meet, and riff on rankings and tweets as news.


Episode : Listen: Superlative performances abound in girls' and boys' track, softball, boys' golf and tennis

In the new Talking Preps podcast, hear about a record-setting long jump, a Minnetonka golfer trying to qualify for the U.S. Open and maybe the best prep softball team in state history.


Episode : Listen: Will Burnsville prospect be first Minnesota prep pitcher to be a first-round MLB pick?

In the latest Talking Preps, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque discuss Sam Carlson's chances, local fallout of the UND women's hockey situation, two-piece wrestling uniforms and the latest from lacrosse.


Episode : Listen: Preview of top performers' track meet Friday evening at Hamline

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, the Star Tribune's David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen set up the Hamline Elite Meet lineup, an unusual no-prelims meet featuring top athletes in every event.


Episode : Listen: Spring sports ramp up as two big names depart

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, the Star Tribune's David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen discuss legacies, discus throws and top performers in golf and softball.


Episode : Listen: Audit thrusts Minnesota prep athlete school transfers into the spotlight

In the latest Talking Preps, the Star Tribune's David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen poke at new findings from a legislative audit of the high school league and sift through new section alignments.


Episode : Listen: Favorite memories of the winter state tournaments

North Woods players, including center George Bibeau (44) and forward Tate Olson (15), celebrated a buzzer beating 3-pointer by guard Cade Goggleye (3) to beat Central Minnesota Christian.

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, the Star Tribune's Jim Paulsen and special guest Jake Lunemann of SportsEngine talk about prep sports hub sites, the shift of teams into different classes and best state tourney moments.


Episode : Listen: 'Star power is tremendous' for boys' basketball state tournament

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, the Star Tribune's David La Vaque and Chip Scoggins break down the big match-ups in a highly anticipated tournament teeming with Division I-bound talent.


Episode : Listen: Undefeated Hopkins, Elk River lead the charge in girls' basketball state tourney

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, the Star Tribune's Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque preview the four-class tourney starting March 14 and look back on a much talked-about boys' hockey tournament.


Episode : Listen: "It's Eden Prairie's tournament to lose''

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, hockey coach Ted Cheesebrough joins the Star Tribune's David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen to break down the boys' hockey state tournament that starts Wednesday.


Episode : Listen: Prep state tournaments hit peak as madness marches on

The Star Tribune's David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen pay homage to last weekend's girls' hockey champions and look ahead to this week's wrestling state tournament and boys' hockey playoffs.


Episode : Listen: Picking all-metro teams sometimes has our experts dropping the gloves

The Star Tribune's All-Metro girls' hockey girls team. Left to right: Grace Zumwinkle, Breck (Metro Player of the Year), Emily Oden, Edina, Taylor Wente, Maple Grove, Grace Bowlby, Edina, Emily Brown, Blaine and Coco Francis, Maple Grove. They posed for a photo at Gray's Bay on Lake Minnetonka.Photo: JERRY HOLT • jerry.holt@startribune.com

As the girls' hockey state tournament starts up, staff writers David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen hash out differences when it comes to the Star Tribune girls' hockey top selections in the latest Talking Preps podcast.


Episode : Listen: What makes Eden Prairie hockey star Casey Mittelstadt so good?

Talking Preps takes up top boys' hockey talent, the boys' basketball award dust-up and previews a possible record-breaking night of wrestling on the eve of the state tournament.


Episode : Listen: Instant replay talk finds its way into prep football

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen get into what makes a state record, who's hot in boys' hockey and who's to beat in boys' basketball.


Episode : Listen: Playoffs already? Girls' hockey starts down the road to the X

Talking Preps podcast takes up signing day, a huge boys' basketball game Monday night and who to watch for -- including last season's title game finalists -- as state tournament girls' hockey looms.


Episode : Listen: Talking Preps surfaces arguably the best prep swimmer in the state

JohnThomas Larson in action, January 2017

Staff writers David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen talk referee impartiality, football signing day, a girls' hockey shot extraordinaire, a border battle and a swimmer with Olympic potential.


Episode : Listen: Talking Preps dissects the best of the bunch in boys' hockey

Prep hockey journalists David La Vaque and Loren Nelson give a 98-save performance of insights into the state of prep puck.


Episode : Listen: Who are the unheralded in metro prep hockey, basketball?

The latest edition of the Talking Preps podcast reveals unsung high school players and teams making noise on the courts and rinks across the Twin Cities this winter.