Reporter | High school sports

David La Vaque is a high school sports reporter for the Star Tribune. 

La Vaque previously spent 18 months covering high school sports at the Woodbury Bulletin. La Vaque has written frequently about Minnesota State High School League news, football, hockey, lacrosse and track and field. A native of St. Paul, La Vaque lives in Woodbury. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Communication Studies, Rhetoric and Applied Business. La Vaque is researching a book on the history of the Minnesota state high school hockey tournament. In his free time, he enjoys running and biking and listening to music.


Schools push back on big fee increases for Minnesota prep sports

Three conferences and a group of Catholic schools say the Minnesota State High School League's plan to collect $3 million puts a disproportionate burden on its smallest schools.


Whistle stops: Pandemic gives high school officials one more call to make

Football gets back on track, but with a noticeably smaller officiating pool.


Limited fans to be allowed for indoor Minnesota prep sports

Indoor events will go from no crowds to two people per participant.


Winter prep sports approved with later starts, shorter seasons

Hockey, basketball and most other Minnesota high school winter sports will start from one to five weeks later than usual in an effort to minimize overlap with fall seasons.


As prep football starts, St. Paul Humboldt players challenge the odds

Only 11 players showed up for the first practice at Humboldt. And with the district in distance learning because of COVID-19, team information isn't as easily shared and transportation isn't readily available.


Minnesota prep football, volleyball approved for fall

The highly anticipated outcome drew more than 400 listeners to the league's virtual board meeting, where they heard impassioned dialogue about the risks involved.


Minnesota prep football, volleyball leagues rush in to fill metro area void

Passing leagues normally held during the summer have sprouted up along with club volleyball leagues in the absence of traditional high school seasons.


Restarting Minnesota prep football, volleyball seasons full of challenges

The Minnesota State High School League called a special meeting for Monday that could reverse its decision six weeks ago to postpone both sports until March.


Fall football, volleyball may happen in Minnesota after all

The Minnesota State High School League is poised to schedule a highly unusual meeting to take up whether to reverse itself and start the football and volleyball seasons this fall.


High school league shocks member schools by raising fees up to 300%

With the pandemic curbing major gatherings for sports, the league has no plans for traditional state tournaments, instead planning on smaller, still-to-be-­determined "culminating events."