Reporter | High school sports

David La Vaque is a high school sports reporter who has been the lead high school hockey writer for the Star Tribune since 2010. He is co-author of “Tourney Time,” a book about the history of Minnesota’s boys hockey state tournament published in 2020 and updated in 2024.

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.


Owatonna's Jirele ekes out Class 3A girls golf championship

Amelia Morton, who finished second behind Carmen Jirele, won her second consecutive team title with Maple Grove.


Finding his groove pushes Edina golfer to 3A boys title

Feeling low after his Hornets missed the team tournament, Torger Ohe raises his play for individual title.


Meet the boys lacrosse All-Metro teams, the Twin Cities' best

The players come from all over the metro and will head all over the country for college.


Meet the girls lacrosse All-Metro teams, standouts by the dozen

The first-teamers are aimed at colleges that will take some east to the Atlantic, others west to the Rockies.


About the boys lacrosse Metro Player of the Year: He's back

Quinn Power of Lakeville North took the honor for the second year in a row, making improvements tangible and intangible in 2024.


The girls lacrosse Metro Player of the Year: Star among stars

Tori Tschida grew into an overpowering success and now is the leader of undefeated, loaded Lakeville South.


Seeding produces fresh challenge as lacrosse teams head to state

A pattern involving the top-seeded Benilde-St. Margaret's boys team ended. Lakeville South holds the top seed in the girls bracket.


Irondale athlete stands out in both track and field at state meet

On Day 3 of the championships, Juriad Hughes Jr. won two sprints against elite fields and took the long jump, too. Earlier, St. Peter's Corbin Herron drew cheers when he won a hurdles race, blew out a hamstring in a relay, then taped up and ran one more for pride.


Girls 3,200 record falls hard at track and field state championships

Hutchinson's Isabelle Schmitz finished just ahead of Monticello's Isabel Mahoney, and both broke the Class 2A mark.


Track and field athletes aim to summit the peak: state championships

Champions (see Tobias Williams of Minnetonka and Ashley Fisher of Holy Angels) await challengers (such as Dwyne Smith Jr. of Apple Valley and Brooke Hohenecker of Providence Academy).