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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


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.


Playoff football seeds chosen: Eden Prairie gets 6A bye despite loss

Lakeville linebacker Eli Mostaert (98) celebrates his interception for a TD against Prior Lake with teammates Thomas Jensen (21) and RaJa Nelson (7) d

Lakeville North and Blaine are undefeated, but Eden Prairie got the only bye in Class 6A. And other observations.


White Bear Lake's 1999 OT victory over Mounds View was an all-time classic

Lambert Brown, now the Wayzata football coach, recalls the most memorable game he ever played: White Bear Lake's remarkable 42-35 victory over rival Mounds View in1999 with a state tournament berth at stake.


Frustrated St. Cloud football player leaves sideline to tackle opponent

Frustrated St. Cloud football player leaves sideline to tackle opponent

Trailing by 26 points and frustrated by a season of losing, St. Cloud Cathedral captain Brad Reuter left the sideline to tackle an opposing player who was running for a touchdown.


Finalists for state's Mr. Soccer and Ms. Soccer awards announced

Finalists for state's Mr. Soccer and Ms. Soccer awards announced

Winners in both Class 1A and 2A will be chosen Sunday from lists of five senior boys and girls.


Heath harvests 'food for thought' as Loons move forward from dismal loss

Minnesota United FC and coach Adrian Heath returned to training in the rain Tuesday after their 5-1 loss at Philadelphia on Saturday ended what hope r

'We had a good chat this morning,' Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath said after the team resumed training for the first time since its 5-1 loss at Philadelphia.


While the head coach worries, Dassel-Cokato football relaxes, wins

The Chargers are 6-0 and enjoying their best season in a decade.


Class 6A, home to Minnesota high school football's largest programs, seeks a shakeup

Maple Grove, led by running back Evan Hall, is a good example of the scheduling challenges faced in Class 6A football.

Activities directors want new sub-districts and playoff-focused scheduling.


Griak Invitational titles energize St. Louis Park girls' cross-country

Griak Invitational titles energize St. Louis Park girls' cross-country

St. Louis Park cross-country coach Chris Nordstrom found it fitting that his team would enjoy a memorable day at the Roy Griak Invitational last week.


Who's on top? Latest coaches' association high school polls

Senior Emily Covert of Minneapolis Washburn crossed the finish line of the 2018 Roy Griak Invitational with a time of 17:28. Second place went to soph

State Coaches Association rankings for cross-country, soccer, girls' swimming, girls' Tennis and volleyball (through Sept. 30).


Strong high school girls' field highlights 33rd annual Roy Griak Invitational cross-country races

Strong high school girls' field highlights 33rd annual Roy Griak Invitational cross-country races

Saturday's event features four high school and six collegiate races at the University of Minnesota's Les Bolstad Golf Course.


Vikings say first prep football game at TCO Stadium is a sellout

Vikings say first prep football game at TCO Stadium is a sellout

Participating schools Farmington and Eagan have distributed more than 6,000 tickets for the game Friday, the first of five to be played at the new stadium this season.