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.


Class 3A football: Litchfield moves on in Section 2 with 13-6 win at Rockford

The No. 5 seed Dragons used a 10-point surge in the third quarter to go ahead of the No. 4 seed Rockets.


Litchfield upends Rockford in football section

Litchfield big man Dom Dietel keyed his team's domination of the line of scrimmage, an advantage the Dragons used to engineer a minor playoff upset…


St. Francis girls, flush with defenders, develop potent offense

Soccer state tournament preview: The Saints won six of their first seven games by scores of 1-0 or 2-0 before discovering better ways to attack.


Eden Prairie knocks off previously undefeated Stillwater

Quarterback Nick Fazi hit Jermell Taylor for a 40-yard score late in the fourth quarter to cap a wild win.


Fridley overcomes sloppiness to beat Columbia Heights 15-6

With the win, its 12th in a row in the series, Fridley likely earned the No. 1 spot and a first-round bye.


Prep football predictions: A monster matchup in Class 6A

Jim Paulsen took over the season lead from David La Vaque by picking all five winners last week. This week they predict five more crucial contests.


Edina girls' soccer team tops Minnetonka to secure state berth

Minnetonka had ended Edina's seasons the last three years, but the undefeated Hornets were led by Maddie Dahlien to the Class 3A, Section 2 title.


Chaska plays keep-away to beat Armstrong 17-6

The Falcons ran just two plays in the third quarter.


Q&A: Mounds View diver pursuing dreams once dashed by injuries

Senior Darah Ostrom is among the state's best divers and has posted scores garnering All-American consideration. She also swims the butterfly and freestyle, which is rare for a diver.


Prep football predictions: Big week for big games

As the regular season winds down, our crew picks the top five games for this week: two on Thursday and three on Friday.