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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: '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.


Episode : Listen: Talking Preps podcast kicks off winter season with hockey, basketball surprises

The Star Tribune's David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen discuss teams to watch among boys and girls, including Delano boys' hockey in Class 1A, and throw in a little football recruiting as well.


Episode : Listen: Talking Preps podcast Prep Bowl predictions

The Star Tribune's David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen analyze the seven title games on Friday and Saturday and give their picks.


Episode : Listen: Prep football playoffs move back indoors -- where do you stand?

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, the Star Tribune's David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen offer semifinal game insights and different takes on playing them in U.S. Bank Stadium.


Episode : Listen: Who can stop Elk River? Favorites, surprises and upset specials in the football state tournament

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, Adam Rossow of Northstar Football News joins the Star Tribune's Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque to size up the quarterfinals beginning Thursday.


Episode : Listen: Fall madness intensifies with soccer and cross-country championships, football playoffs

In this week's Talking Preps podcast, Star Tribune prep writers David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen offer bracket insights and more with a busy stretch ahead for prep sports.


Episode : Listen: State tournament soccer, tennis, football previews and a special bonus

See those feet? Check out the latest Talking Preps to find out who they belong to and learn the identities of the Star Tribune boys' and girls' soccer players of the year. The preps postseason is in full swing.


Episode : Listen: Talking Preps podcast football preview and, oh, what does MEA stand for?

As the regular season wraps up, Star Tribune staff writers Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque recount their favorite games and analyze big games to be played Wednesday night because of that two-day school break.


Episode : Listen: Which prep football teams are best positioned to pull off an Osseo?

Osseo linebacker Vesean Mindestrom (34) and linebacker Kordell Russell (5) celebrated after defeating East Ridge in the 6A championship.

The Orioles lost three games before going on a run that won them a Prep Bowl title last year. Adam Rossow of Northstar Football News joins the Star Tribune's Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque to analyze teams with multiple losses that are poised to be big winners.


Episode 6: Listen: Check out early front-runners for metro football player of the year

They are transcendent players who elevate their teams. Staff writers David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen run down the best of the best so far this season.