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Preps Insider

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


Diverse Roseville boys' soccer team excels in its shared soccer heritage

Seven of the 23 rostered players were born outside the United States and 19 have at least one parent from foreign countries.


Lynx's Rookie of Year, Hopkins star Bueckers in world 3-on-3 tourney

Hopkins guard Paige Bueckers (1).

Hopkins senior Paige Bueckers will join WNBA Rookie of the Year Napheesa Collier of the Lynx and two others to represent the United States in an international 3 on 3 tournament.


State's top junior football recruit Mahlman commits to Wisconsin

State's top junior football recruit Mahlman commits to Wisconsin

Riley Mahlman, a 6-foot-8 1/2, 275-pound tackle at Lakeville South, chose Wisconsin in part because of its history of devoloping offensive linemen who are taken in the first round of the NFL draft.


Rochester basketball star chooses North Carolina over Gophers women

Rochester basketball star chooses North Carolina over Gophers women

Rochester Lourdes senior Alyssa Ustby, a 6-2 senior guard/forward combo, announced her decision to play for the University of North Carolina.


Another border-crosser: East Ridge's Carlson chooses Badgers over U

East Ridge forward Ben Carlson (23) blocked a layup attempt by Eastview guard Caden Scales (25) in the first half. ] Aaron Lavinsky ¥ aaron.lavinsky@

Ben Carlson, a 6-9 power forward, announced on Twitter his intent to play college basketball for Wisconsin one day after Eastview star Steven Crowl did the same thing.


Eastview's Crowl commits to Wisconsin; Prior Lake's Garcia announces finalists

Eastview 6-10 forward Steven Crowl announced he will go to Wisconsin, joining five other Minnesotans already on the Badgers' roster. Crowl, who made t

Steven Crowl, the Lightning's 6-10 senior forward, joins a Big Ten basketball program that already has five Minnesotans on its roster. Garcia included the Gophers among his seven finalists.


#Capstrong: Rosemount fans turn out to honor student battling cancer

#Capstrong: Rosemount fans turn out to honor student battling cancer

The game between Lakeville North and Rosemount on Friday night was dubbed "Cap George Night" in honor of Rosemount junior Cap George, who was diagnosed with brain cancer last summer.


Hannah Brandt named Hill-Murray girls' hockey assistant coach

Hannah Brandt named Hill-Murray girls' hockey assistant coach

The decorated Brandt, who played professionally for the Minnesota Whitecaps last season, will be working with the Pioneers' team as her schedule permits.


'Game-changer' court decision for Minnesota prep coaches falsely accused

'Game-changer' court decision for Minnesota prep coaches falsely accused

Taking heat for coaching decisions is fine. But Waconia girls' basketball coach Carl Pierson said the Minnesota Supreme Court ruling "will do more to protect coaches from malicious, baseless attacks than any level of legislation ever could.''


'No apologies': Sorry seems to be Lakeville North football's hardest word

'No apologies': Sorry seems to be Lakeville North football's hardest word

What does the team's "no apologies" slogan mean? One player explained: "We're not sorry for who we are. We're North. If you walk with us, you do. If you don't, you don't."


Lights! Turf! Action! Minneapolis South field gets huge makeover

Lights! Turf! Action! Minneapolis South field gets huge makeover

The old glass-and-garbage strewn field is gone, replaced by one with new turf, a track, bleachers, a press box, a concession stand, a sound-system and, for the first time, permanent lights.


Three high school football games set for TCO Performance Center

Eagan and Farmington played under the lights at TCO Stadium

For the second year in a row, regular-season high school games will take place at the home of the Vikings. Eden Prairie will play Shakopee, Chaska will play Apple Valley and Rochester Mayo will meet Mankato West.


McClanahan of 'Miracle on Ice' fame takes Blake boys' hockey job

McClanahan of 'Miracle on Ice' fame takes Blake boys' hockey job

Rob McClanahan was elevated from assistant coach after Greg May resigned as Blake's head coach to become director of operations for the University of Minnesota men's hockey team.


State wrestling champ chooses college football, commits to U

Danny Striggow of Orono chased after Garsen Schorr of Kasson-Mantorville

The defending Class 2A 220-pound state wrestling champion couldn't resist the pull of the Big Ten and will be a defensive end for the Gophers.


Another state high school basketball star leaving for prep school

Treyton Thompson

Alexandria's 6-11 power forward Treyton Thompson is headed to La Lumiere, a prep basketball powerhouse in Indiana.


Farmington football players vie for Ironman title

Farmington football players vie for Ironman title

Tiger players wrapped up their summer workouts with a seven-event competition designed to bring out their best.


Big honors, new schools: Active summer for top prep athletes, coaches

As the 2019 fall sports season approaches, here's a look at summer successes and changes in the world of high school athletes and coaches, including several key transfers.


Minnehaha's Suggs wins third gold medal with USA basketball

Minnehaha's Suggs wins third gold medal with USA basketball

The incoming senior at Minnehaha Academy, a top recruit of Division I football and basketball programs, scored 15 points to help lead his team to a championship in Greece.


Prized recruit Suggs eyes 'early August' college commitment

Jalen Suggs, a member of the USA Men's Junior National team from Minnehaha Academy, smiles during warmups.

Of Gonzaga, the Minnehaha Academy rising senior said, "I definitely think they're at the top'' of his list of top schools, which also include Marquette, Minnesota, Iowa and Iowa State.


State sprint standout chooses squad goals; Covert returns with win

State sprint standout chooses squad goals; Covert returns with win

Minneapolis Washburn's Emily Covert and Joe Fahnbulleh of Hopkins made different statements at their section track meets on Tuesday.