Reporter | High school sports

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.


From the very start, White Bear flavor drives Hockey Day Minnesota

A goal by White Bear Lake's Elaina "Squish" Hosfield got the daylong celebration started.


About that 200 club: Count Amber Hegland as a well-qualified member

Three female Minnesota high school girls hockey coaches reached 200 wins, not the two "believed to be" the only ones.


200 times 2: Andover coach Melissa Volk joins the 200-win club

It's not crowded. Tracy Cassano of Minnetonka is believed to be the only other high school girls hockey coach qualified.


Best team in state boys hockey? Tiny, mighty Warroad speaks up

It's not often the two teams ranked No. 1 in the Let's Play Hockey coaches poll decide bragging rights inside the boards. But that's what happened when Wayzata traveled to Warroad.


Solution to high school official shortage? Starting them young

A brother and sister have followed their father's lead by working youth games, and a Twin Cities teacher offers a class in a try at growing a too-small pool of officials and umpires.


Explaining girls hockey rankings: Schedules reveal what records don't

The suddenly streaking Lakeville South girls hockey team has won eight in a row — tops in Class 2A. So why are the Cougars only at No. 13 in the Let's Play Hockey coaches poll?


NHL scouts' rankings reveal who drives state's top boys hockey teams

Five players from top-10 Class 2A programs are listed, but the highest regard is reserved for a 1A standout who just passed an NHL star as his school's all-time leading scorer.


Hermantown travels to Hockeytown USA — and a 10-year streak is ended

The defending state champions traveled to Warroad to take on another small-school boys hockey power, and were beaten after 103 regular-season games without a loss vs. Class 1A competition.


Latest boys hockey rankings are heavy on rise and fall

This week's Let's Play Hockey rankings must be the reason coaches don't pay much attention to their teams' spots — motion sickness might set in. One team climbed nine spots, another dropped by five.


Stability is the statement in the new girls hockey rankings

Little movement happened in Class 2A's top 10, but games Friday and Saturday might change that.