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.


Hill-Murray pauses girls' hockey, others affected after 3 with COVID symptoms kept playing

The three players, who later tested positive for the virus, showed ''complete disregard'' for school policy, a letter to hockey families said.


Minnesota wrestling state meet moves to St. Michael-Albertville

The Minnesota State High School League also plans to hold a two-day Nordic skiing state meet instead of combining boys' and girls' races on one day.


Cretin-Derham Hall football moves to Class 5A next fall

The St. Paul private school had long competed with the state's largest programs, including since Class 6A was created in 2012.


Podcast: Too early to talk about state hockey tournament matchups? Nah.

David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen offer up the best boys' and girls' teams in the hunt and discuss a surprise player from the nationally televised boys' basketball game between Minnehaha Academy and Stewartville.


April madness: MSHSL state tournaments are back - if it's safe

Winter sports tournaments will resume March 10 and conclude with hockey and basketball championship games played in April. Expect changes in all of them.


MSHSL challenges ruling in eligibility case over learning disability

The family of Ashby senior Deklin Goeden had sought to restore his eligibility to play sports after he repeated seventh grade.


Talking Preps podcast: In a pandemic, 'it's not just about the wins and losses'

As Minnesota high school winter sports return there is an important new meaning being brought to the court, rink and mats that doesn't show up in the box scores.


Podcast: Hopkins girls' basketball looks even better than last year, if that's possible

The Star Tribune's Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque wondering if the Royals, with a 64-game winning streak, will lose a game this year.


New-look prep state tournaments envisioned for hockey, basketball

A plan discussed by Minnesota State High School League leaders would hold hockey title games on April 3 and basketball finals the following weekend.


Minnesota legislators, parents decry mask order as youth sports restart

During an MSHSL meeting with school officials, executive director Erich Martens said the high school league "did not ask for masks to be worn during competition time periods."