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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: Running obstacles, 'hyper-vigilant officiating,'' and city teams holding their own against the bigs

Listen: Running obstacles, 'hyper-vigilant officiating,'' and city teams holding their own against the bigs

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen talk cross-country, volleyball and soccer before setting up the weekend in Twin Cities metro football.


Episode : Listen: Who should be No. 1 now? Plus some surprising 2-0 and 0-2 teams

Listen: Who should be No. 1 now? Plus some surprising 2-0 and 0-2 teams

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, staff writers Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque re-hash football heading into week three and shine some light on top soccer and volleyball.


Episode : Listen: Who were the week one prep football surprises?

Bloomington Jefferson quarterback Isaiah Watts (5) hurdled a pair of Orono defenders Chad Mrachek (12) for a third-quarter touchdown, giving the Jagua

Talented Isaiah Watts and Bloomington Jefferson knocked off Orono. Eden Prairie needed an end zone interception to preserve its win. Staff writers David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen offer their takes in the latest Talking Preps podcast.


Episode : Listen: Is this the year Minnetonka comes down with a Prep Bowl title?

Listen: Is this the year Minnetonka comes down with a Prep Bowl title?

With the season kicking off Thursday, Ryan Phelps of Minnesota Prep Spotlight joins the Star Tribune's Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque to discuss all manner of high school football in the return of the Talking Preps podcast.


Episode 72: Listen: Putting a bow on the 2017-18 high school sports year

Stillwater pitcher Andrew Gilbert celebrated his complete game and a 4-0 win over Minnetonka during class 4A baseball championship game at Target Fiel

Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque wrap up the high school tournament season by looking back at lacrosse and baseball championships while also revealing their fondest memories of the entire season.


Episode : Listen: Prep coaches want a shot clock so what will it take to get one?

Listen: Prep coaches want a shot clock so what will it take to get one?

In the latest Talking Preps, the Star Tribune's David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen hold court on the recent rejection of a basketball shot clock -- remember that wacky Hopkins-Shakopee game? -- and preview state softball and track and field competition.


Episode : Listen: Lacrosse growth spawns new success where rankings respect has lagged

Boys' High School LAX Elk River vs Irondale Irondale High School/New Brighton, Minnesota
5/23/18
Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, the Star Tribune's David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen talk about the division of strength in boys' and girls' lacrosse, how new school facilities are serving other community needs, and the upcoming adapted softball state tournament.


Episode : Listen: What do Wayzata and St. Paul Johnson have in common this spring?

Listen: What do Wayzata and St. Paul Johnson have in common this spring?

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen start counting down team champions, look ahead to section play in lacrosse, tennis and softball, and ponder spring sports changes to better cope with weather.


Episode : Listen: Time to pump the brakes on prep recruiting hype machine?

Listen: Time to pump the brakes on prep recruiting hype machine?

In the latest Talking Preps, Jim Paulsen takes aim at the seemingly unchecked internet-fueled buzz about young high school stars while David La Vaque previews the True Team state track meet and its awesome post-game party scene.


Episode : Listen: Do private schools win more than their share of state titles?

Listen: Do private schools win more than their share of state titles?

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, staff writers Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque talk about the compressed softball season, scaled-back football at the Vikings' practice facility, the Lindsay Whalen effect and topics from a recent meeting of local athletic directors.


Episode : Listen: Weighted baseballs, impressive track feats and a KARE package that stirs passions

Listen: Weighted baseballs, impressive track feats and a KARE package that stirs passions

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque mix it up over spring sports in full swing and an unusual local TV moment for Edina football star Quinn Carroll.


Episode : Listen: Enough with the weather -- "Time to get out and play''

Eagan at Chanhassen boys' lacrosse, 4-19-18. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

In the first Talking Preps podcast of the spring season, with sections barely a month away for some sports, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque find meets begin held, games being played, even some records that have already fallen.


Episode : Listen: On sportsmanship, all-tourney teams and a dandy run of boys' basketball

Listen: On sportsmanship, all-tourney teams and a dandy run of boys' basketball

To wrap up the winter season, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque review finely played title games last Saturday and some post-game activity that stirred up the internet.


Episode : Listen: Showtime! Panache! Chutzpah! And that's just the first game!

Hopkins vs Wayzata Boys' Basketball Section 6 Final at Osseo High School. March 14, 2018. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

In the latest Talking Preps, staff writers Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque go noun-hunting to describe what's in store for the four classes of the boys' basketball state tournament this week at Target Center and Williams Arena.


Episode 62: Listen: After successful boys' hockey tourney, get ready for girls' hoops powers

Hopkins' Paige Bueckers is the first sophomore ever selected as the Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year in girls' basketball.

Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque recap the boys' hockey state tournament and look ahead to the girls' basketball state tournament.


Episode : Listen: Who will be this week's hot goalie at the X to carry his team to a championship?

Listen: Who will be this week's hot state tourney goalie at the X?

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, hockey sports writer Loren Nelson joins the Star Tribune's David La Vaque to preview the Class 2A and 1A boys' hockey tournaments.


Episode : Listen: Hockey section finals create 2-on-1 rush on the wrestling guy

Listen: Hockey section finals create 2-on-1 rush on the wrestling guy

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, the Star Tribune's Jim Paulsen previews this week's wrestling state meet before colleague David La Vaque and hockey "bon vivant'' Ted Cheesebrough analyze boys' hockey matchups to see who gets to the X.


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

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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

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 Universi

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.