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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


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.


Miracle Knights: STMA's 29 points in 5 minutes stuns Edina for state berth

Miracle Knights: STMA's 29 points in 5 minutes stuns Edina for state berth

St. Michael-Albertville, on the losing end of a remarkable last-minute rally by Maple Grove in 2017, pull off its own miracle on Friday, coming back from a 28-0 deficit to beat Edina 29-28.


East Ridge player suspended for penalty hopes judge lets him play Friday

East Ridge player suspended for penalty hopes judge lets him play Friday

The judge indicated he would try to issue a decision by Friday, when East Ridge plays Eastview in the second round of the Class 6A playoffs.


Festivities announced for the 75th boys', 25th girls' hockey state tournaments

Festivities announced for the 75th boys', 25th girls' hockey state tournaments

The Minnesota State High School League plans to make each milestone something special.


Hill-Murray football player suffers brain bleed during playoff game

Hill-Murray senior Zach Zarembinski

Zach Zarembinski was taken by ambulance to Regions Hospital during the game on Saturday, received emergency surgery and remained stable overnight.


Breaking barriers: Washburn's Covert sets girls' cross-country record

Breaking barriers: Washburn's Covert sets girls' cross-country record

Senior Emily Covert became the first Minnesota girl to finish a 5,000-meter race in less than 17 minutes.