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March mayhem: How about a radical state basketball tournament makeover?

If Minnesota's biggest schools seeded their boys' and girls' basketball postseason without using section play, it could solve a problem of having some of the sweetest match-ups happening before the state tournament.

Forest Lake Nordic ski teams hooked on a family feeling

Eight sets of siblings — 17 skiers in all — help anchor the speedy Ranger boys' and girls' teams, among the favorites to bring home state championships next month.

Rebuilding bridges: Whalen offers U scholarships to 13 state players

Lindsay Whalen is working hard to overcome the lack of interest toward state recruits by her predecessor, Marlene Stollings. The recruiting of a junior from Farmington is an example.

After unbeaten season with state title, Hopkins eyes doing both again

The Royals have a well-known star in UConn recruit Paige Bueckers, but they also have a strong, youthful nucleus.

Butterfly champ Peyton D'Emanuele hopes to dance like a double-winner

Southwest standout swimmer Peyton D'Emanuele is a favorite in two events.

Edina state champion Megan Phillip excels with family diving genes

The senior, whose parents and two older brothers are divers, has her sights set on becoming the second diver in Minnesota history to win four state titles.

Girls' swimming preview: Champs Edina, Visitation to be tested by runners-up Minnetonka, Hutchinson

Expect the Lake Conference, which has dominated the Class 2A girls' swimming and diving state meet, to do the same this fall.Schools from the conference…

Lakeville South raring to pick up where surprising playoff team left off last season

The Cougars are loaded with confidence after riding a five-game winning streak to the Class 6A Prep Bowl semifinals last November.

St. Thomas Academy edges Benilde-St. Margaret's for Class 3A baseball title

Duke Coborn of St. Thomas Academy won a pitchers' duel when an out at home in the sixth preserved his shutout.

Benilde-St. Margaret's overcomes injuries, adversity to have shot at first baseball state title

The turnaround can be traced to a pancake house meeting that helped players open up and overcome a 1-5 start and injuries to six teammates throughout the season.