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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


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.


St. Croix Prep rises from 'rec program' softball to conference champs

St. Croix Prep rises from 'rec program' softball to conference champs

St. Croix Prep in Stillwater made a three-year climb from sub-.500 to a team with state tournament aspirations.


Former Gopher, Wild hockey players chosen to lead Stillwater hockey

Former Gopher, Wild hockey players chosen to lead Stillwater hockey

Mira Jalosuo, who will lead the girls' team, and Greg Zanon, who will coach the boys' team, are both defenders born outside the United States who bring a wealth of experience.


One of top metro football players ruled ineligible for next season

SMB Wolfpack receiver Craig McDonald (7) celebrated his fourth quarter touchdown against Orono, putting his team's deficit within one possession of Or

Minnehaha Academy junior safety Craig McDonald, a top-10 recruit in Minnesota, will have used up his available eligibility at the end of this school year, according to the state high school league.


Elite distance runner inadvertently runs afoul of eligibility rules

Elite distance runner inadvertently runs afoul of eligibility rules

Woodbury's Tierney Wolfgram was given the O.K. to run in a varsity race -- which she won -- despite being ineligible for varsity competition.


Andover earns top seed for first Minnesota boys' volleyball state tournament

Osseo's Kirby Schmalz and Luke Nelson, right, defended an attack by Lakeville South's Calvin Hertel during a match last year. This year, Andover (7-0)

The Huskies head a field of eight teams that will vie Saturday and Sunday for the first state tournament championship in the brief history of boys' volleyball.


Stillwater's winning lacrosse formula: Small plays equal big victories

Stillwater's winning lacrosse formula: Small plays equal big victories

The second-ranked Stillwater boys' lacrosse team enters this week 9-0 and averages 14.5 goals per game.


Eden Prairie's Quentin Matsui earns rare lacrosse honor

Eden Prairie's Quentin Matsui earns rare lacrosse honor

The senior defender is just the third Minnesotan (second male) chosen for the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Game. The 14th annual event takes place June 29 at Johns Hopkins University.


Former St. Louis Park star takes unusual path to Division I soccer

Former St. Louis Park star takes unusual path to Division I soccer

Zinedine Kroeten largely developed through a free-play model with his father's Joy of the People foundation.


Faribault softball's Armbruster following up where she left off

Faribault softball's Armbruster following up where she left off

After leading the Falcons to the 2018 Class 3A title, the senior pitcher has been putting up eye-opening stats this season.


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.