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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: Edina leads boys' hockey pack into big weekend, top teams fall in boys' hoops

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque talk favorites in girls' and boys' hockey and surprises in basketball. Oh, and brace yourself for new football signing period starting Wednesday.


Episode : Listen: High school basketball roars out of the gate with star power

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, the Star Tribune's Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque set the stage for boys' and girls' basketball seasons bursting with big names and big games.


Episode : Listen: Girls' hockey gets a jump on winter sports and parting Prep Bowl shots

Red Wing at Mahtomedi, girls hockey, 11-9-17. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

In the winter season debut of Talking Preps, staff writers David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen handicap the already-started girls' hockey season, catch up with the just-starting boys and riff on football championships that went about as expected.


Episode : Listen: New cast of Prep Bowl stars to come out in 7-game spotlight

The Star Tribune's David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen introduce top players you'll be hearing about in the championship games Friday and Saturday, and offer predictions that might surprise you.


Episode : Listen: Volleyball's climactic finish, boys' hockey gets underway and can Maple Grove do it again?

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, the Star Tribune's Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque pontificate on the latest doings in Minnesota's high school sports seasons of transition.


Episode : Listen: A Minneapolis running first kicks off volleyball, football state showdowns

In the latest Talking Preps, staff writers David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen do a 5K, go five sets and spend more than five minutes talking football matchups.


Episode : Listen: 6A football playoffs match-ups full of intrigue

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen dial up things to watch for in Friday's games and share a little state tournament soccer and cross-country wisdom.


Episode : Listen: Where are the upsets in Minnesota prep football playoffs?

In the newest Talking Preps, podcasters David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen prospect for football surprises and reveal what surprised them in their recent Star Tribune series on the changing face of high school sports.


Episode : Listen: Big matchups abound on last night of regular-season football games

The Star Tribune's Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque break down several matchups in the state's biggest classes in this week's Talking Preps podcast.


Episode : Listen: Best start ever for Minnetonka, but do Skippers have the weapons to take down Eden Prairie?

In the latest Talking Preps, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen analyze another No. 1 vs. 2 matchup in football, plus other big games Friday and some surprises in the boys' soccer playoffs.


Episode : Listen: 'Kids you can root for' and more on the metro prep football scene

South St. Paul Packers celebrated their win by shooting off fireworks.

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen discuss some of this season's best players as well as an unfortunate season-ending injury to a key athlete at St. Michael-Albertville.


Episode 39: Listen: The best of high school football at the season's midpoint

Eden Prairie High School linebacker Antonio Montero (1) celebrated after scoring a touch down in the second half.

High school sports writers David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen examine the best teams, players and performances of the first half of the high school football season and look ahead to the remaining schedule.


Episode : Listen: What's a high school football rivalry if you don't play each other anymore?

The latest Talking Preps podcast examines prep rivalries reshaped or put on hold by scheduling changes, along with a big Saturday for cross-country and volleyball.


Episode : Listen: Surprising strong starts dot metro prep football landscape

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque turn up some noteworthy 2-0 starts at Irondale, Centennial, Holy Angels and elsewhere that don't appear to be flukes. And share a little volleyball, soccer and girls' tennis love.


Episode : Listen: Prep football looks ahead; cross-country, soccer crack national rankings

This week's Talking Preps podcast analyzes week one football, looks ahead to this week's games and recaps national acclaim for speedy state runners and talented soccer teams.


Episode : Listen: Expect surprises amid big line play as Minnesota prep football returns

Star Tribune staff writers David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen break down opening night and the season ahead in the school year's first Talking Preps podcast.


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.