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.


Rosemount overcomes Lakeville South with stern defense and late field goal

Senior kicker Max Ritter broke a tie with a 35-yard field goal with 1:38 to play.


Three girls' soccer teams have taken different paths to perfect records

Coaches of the three teams, all in Class 3A, agreed to tempt fate and share what has made their seasons special to this point.


It's Week 5, and the staffers predicting football winners can't agree on a thing

Can Rosemount do it back-to-back? Who gets to 5-0, Chanhassen or Armstrong? What about the Twin Cities' overachieving underdogs?


Quentin Cobb-Butler makes the game his own and the victory Woodbury's

A junior defensive back, he scored on the opening kickoff, then on a pick-six, and he even made a PAT kick.


Rosemount eyes next game, not rankings, after upsetting No. 1 Eden Prairie

Yes, numbers matter to football coach Jeff Erdmann, but those numbers are scores, not votes in a poll. Next week's challenge is a good reason to take that stance.


Deshaun Hill Jr.'s legacy: North High plays for its slain quarterback

A poster of Hill, who was shot to death near the school in February, hangs inside the main gate at Minneapolis North's football stadium. The school's coach calls the field "sacred ground" but knows trouble lurks beyond its gates.


Prep football picks: No rally here because our pickers are in agreement

Jim Paulsen has pulled two successful predictions ahead of David La Vaque, and the margin won't change because they agree on all three games this weekend.


With strong defense and just enough offense, No. 2 Eden Prairie sinks No. 1 Lakeville South

The Eagles drove for a TD on their first possession of the second half, and the Cougars never came back.


What happens when you combine two football programs used to losing? Perfection

St. Paul schools Harding and Humboldt, after struggling for years, formed a co-op that improved to 3-0 on Thursday.


Week 3 predictions: Nobody's perfect and somebody's ahead

We have a new leader in the annual competition: Staff writer David La Vaque missed twice last week; Jim Paulsen has missed only once in '22.