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.


We ignite the 51 Hours of Fury with a giant slain, a moment to be seized

Fourth seed Elk River-Zimmerman ended Moorhead's streak of section final appearances at 23. Now the Elks face Buffalo/Annandale for a spot in the boys hockey tournament.


Five moments that made Edina a girls hockey state champion

It was no simple season, far separate from those three-peat years of 2017-19, coach Sami Cowger said: "This team showed up and bought in at the right time."


A future Gopher is Ms. Hockey, and a state standout is Senior Goalie of the Year

Ayla Puppe of Northfield was the state's leading scorer with 61 goals and 110 points. Goaltender Grace Zhan propelled Hill-Murray to the Class 2A title game.


State Tourney Insiders: Sights and sounds from the girls hockey championships

Discussed: Opting up holds no interest for 1A champ Warroad. Goalies were stories on both 2A finalists. Analysis of the much-pondered 2A seedings.


Edina puts on a third-period show, wins Class 2A girls hockey title

The Hornets defeated Hill-Murray by bringing a sudden end to a stretch of scoreless dominance by goalies and defenses.


State title games set in girls hockey. Get the updates here.

Edina toppled Minnetonka in Class 2A, the last result of a day when both top seeds were eliminated. Traditional power Warroad sunk Class 1A No. 1 Holy Angels.


State Tourney Insiders: Sights and sounds from Day 3 of girls hockey

Edina toppled top seed Minnetonka after Warroad dropped 1A No. 1 Holy Angels. Hill-Murray's Grace Zhan and Dodge County's Ida Huber issued reminders of the importance of goalies.


Looking for Mr. Hockey: The list of contenders is down to 10.

The award goes to the state's top senior boys skater. Three goaltenders remain in the competition for the Frank Brimsek.


State Tourney Insiders: Sights and sounds from Day 2 of girls hockey

The state tournament draws a variety of fans to the Xcel Energy Center, including some from Minnesota's professional team.


Girls hockey Class 2A state quarterfinals. Get the results here.

Edina shut down Ayla Puppe and Northfield to join Minnetonka, Andover and Hill-Murray in Friday's semifinals. Tap here for game results, updates on games in progress, how to watch and more.