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.


MSHSL takes urgent steps to address fall sports, budget woes

The $9 million league set up one task force to prepare for three scenarios of fall sports and another to revamp its funding approach in a move to put more of the cost on schools.


Minn. prep leaders discuss contingency plans as fall sports practice looms

The high school league's plan is expected in two weeks, after Gov. Tim Walz and state officials announce their decision on how Minnesota schools will start the school year.


College, prep football in spring is unpopular option, but may be heading that way

Pandemic may drive the switch, even while tradition -- and school coffers -- absorb a big hit.


Isabella McCauley defeats younger sister for Junior State Championship

Isabella and Reese McCauley, who play golf at Simley High School, entered the final day tied atop the leaderboard after spending entire days together practicing.


With NHL draft delayed, Gophers recruit Ratzlaff eyes football border battle

Rosemount's Jake Ratzlaff committed to Gophers hockey early, but he is also considering football. "He enjoys both and he's pretty good at both," said Chris McAlpine, a family adviser through Octagon Hockey


First title for Andover girls' hockey caps a game and team worth remembering

For bringing home a championship in the program's first title-game appearance, the Huskies are the Star Tribune All-Metro Girls' Team of the Year.


Storing up positivity after hardship, New Life Academy's Ben Zheng inspires teammates

Senior Ben Zheng tried to support his classmates outside of school.


Program-rejuvenator Lambert Brown has Wayzata football back with the best

Star Tribune Boys' Team Coach of the Year Lambert Brown led the Trojans to a Prep Bowl championship in his third year of running the team.


With no season promised, peer motivation returns as 300 Woodbury athletes go all in

The first day of summer workouts used social distancing guidelines, with athletes showing up "in good faith,'' coach Andy Hill said, that their sport of choice will be allowed this fall.


No cancellation this time: Eastview's Rhodes wins girls' golf Senior Showcase

Jaycee Rhodes missed the past two high school seasons because of a transfer and a virus.