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Preps Insider

Preps Insider is compiled by Star Tribune high school reporters David La Vaque, Jim Paulsen and Ron Haggstrom. Reach them with story ideas and comments via e-mail at preps@startribune.com


Second annual 'Grow the Game' Football Summit set for Saturday

Speakers such as former Minnesota Viking Matt Birk, football advocate Dr. Uzma Samadani and Bethel University football coach Steve Johnson will share their views on the sport's benefits.


First Minnesotan to play for UConn's Auriemma? Go back 25 years

Sarah Northway Maria was inducted into the Brainerd High School Hall of Fame in 2008. She played for the undefeated 1995 Connecticut women's basketbal

When Paige Bueckers committed to UConn, she was touted as becoming the first Minnesota women's basketball player to play at the powerhouse. Wrong. Remember Sarah Northway?


Blind USC long snapper brings inspiring story to St. Thomas Academy

Jake Olson, the blind former long snapper for the University of Southern California football team, brought his inspirational story to St. Thomas Acade

Born with retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer, Olson lost his left eye at 10 months old. He lost sight in his right eye at age 12. But in Sept. 2017, Olson fulfilled his dream of playing football for the USC Trojans.


Yes, Bueckers is the best player ever from Minnesota

Hopkins junior guard Paige Bueckers scored 43 points in a 69-66 victory against Wayzata in February.

Even with a year to go in her high school career, it's time to call Hopkins standout guard Paige Bueckers what she is: The best girls' high school player in state history.


Four former Columbia Heights players tearing up the basketball court in Iowa

Quentin Hardrict, Christian Kelly, Wendell Matthews and Deundra Roberson, who helped the Hylanders take second in the Class 3A boys' basketball state tournament last season, led North Iowa Area Community College to success this season.


All eyes on Friday's Hopkins-Wayzata girls' basketball game

Wayzata's Mimi Schrader (42) drives to the basket while being covered by Hopkins' Kayla Adams (22) during the second half of the Girls' baskeball game

The top two teams in Class 4A, both of them undefeated in 18 games, will square off in the most anticipated high school girls' game of the season.


Hopkins girls' coach thrilled players getting renewed attention from U

Hopkins guard Paige Bueckers (1) and guard Amaya Battle.

Where former Gopher coach Marlene Stollings was nearly non-existent in high school gyms around Minnesota and didn't prioritize the recruitment of local players, Lindsay Whalen has made it important.


Blaine football coach resigns: Says 'vision' doesn't match rest of staff

Blaine football coach resigns: Says 'vision' doesn't match rest of staff

Why would Ben Geisler leave the Bengals, the team he played for in high school and last season guided to an 11-1 record and the Class 6A semifinals?


No. 1 vs 2: Blake-Edina girls; Tonka-Andover boys (outdoors, 21-below forecast)

No. 1 vs 2: Blake-Edina girls; Tonka-Andover boys (outdoors, 21-below forecast)

The hockey gods have graced us with boys' and girls' games involving the No. 1 and 2-ranked teams in a span of about 15 hours, including an outdoor game up north in puck-chilling cold.


Girls' hockey state tournament consolation games staying in St. Paul

TRIA Rink at Treasure Island Center in St. Paul on Jan. 24, 2018.

The six games will be played at TRIA Rink, the practice facility of the Minnesota Wild and home site of the Minnesota Whitecaps of the professional National Women's Hockey League.


Game off: Crush of Tuesday basketball outstrips available officials

Boys High School Basketball
Delano vs Princeton Delano High School December 4, 2018. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

Five metro-area varsity games were forced out of their Tuesday time slots to other days to accommodate a lack of officials.


Class 6A football's Metro District trying to find the right fit

Eden Prairie defensive backs Grant Harstad (26) Aaron Timm (13) tried to stop Minnetonka's Jack Beil during the Class 6A Prep Bowl. (Anthony Souffle /

A meeting of 28 activities directors resulted in some subdistrict changes being made among the state's largest schools, and an attempt to help the weakest football schools be as competitive as possible.


Duluth East boys' hockey battling through some struggles

Duluth East boys' hockey battling through some struggles

A combination of injury, hot opposing goaltenders and a struggling star player have contributed to setbacks in the first half of the season for the fifth-ranked Greyhounds.


Big meets on tap in Minnesota high school gymnastics, Nordic skiing and boys' swimming

High school girls' skiers competed last February at the Nordic skiing state meet at Giants Ridge, which also hosts the annual Mesabi East Invitational

The first Saturday of 2019 will feature three of the highest-profile events of the season for each sport.


'Battle for the St. Paul Cup' benefits larger hockey cause

St. Paul Highland goalie Jack Molter seen during a game last season.

St. Paul Highland Park vs. Johnson headline games at TRIA Rink to support the Minnesota Wild's Blind Hockey program.


Oops, forgetting this on list of prep hockey highlights a no-no

Oops, forgetting this on list of prep hockey highlights a no-no

The Star Tribune's list of 25 boys' hockey state tournament highlights omitted one tradition-rich program. And we heard about it.


Hill-Murray's Zarembinski recovering from brain hemorrhage

Hill-Murray's Zarembinski recovering from brain hemorrhage

The senior, who collapsed from bleeding on the brain during a game in October and had part of his skull removed, was recently released from the hospital.


Benilde-St. Margaret's retiring jersey of Olympic hockey gold medalist Kelly Pannek

Benilde-St. Margaret's retiring jersey of Olympic hockey gold medalist Kelly Pannek

Pannek is the first female hockey player so honored by the St. Louis Park-based private school.


Washburn's Covert leads state's domination of regional Nike run

Senior Emily Covert of Minneapolis Washburn

Minnesota's elite girls' distance runners dominated the Nike Cross Nationals Heartland Regional on Sunday, taking four of the top five spots.


East Ridge football player puts court case on hold after team's loss

Marco Cavallaro, senior defensive lineman at East Ridge, Photo from his family's GoFundMe page

Senior Marco Cavallaro, also a wrestler, is considering missing his first two competitions to fulfill the four-game suspension.