Reporter | Sports

Jim Paulsen is a high school sports reporter for the Star Tribune. 

High school league sets summer plans despite hazy fall outlook

The Minnesota State High School League will allow coaches to start working with athletes on June 15, the first concrete step toward possibly resuming competition later this year.

It's no fun and no play, a 'devastating' turn for many teens in the city

Schools, parks and clubs are havens for many young people in the Twin Cities. For much of the past two months, they have been shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic.

High-need help: Boys and Girls Clubs at a glance

The need for connection remains strong.

Memories wash away tears for championship-minded Lakeville North softball

Shared memories buoyed the Panthers after their softball season was lost.

N. Carolina-bound Walton didn't feel buzz about delayed college choice

Over the weekend, Kerwin Walton's name was popping up all over social media as he was trying to decide where to play college basketball. "I wasn't paying too much attention," he said with a chuckle.

Everyone loses as high school spring sports are called off

The Minnesota State High School League made the announcement shortly after Gov. Tim Walz said that Minnesota schools will remain closed for the rest of the academic year.

New plan would invite St. Paul Saints to join MLB's minor league system

The Saints are one of two independent baseball teams that would be invited to join the ranks of minor league franchises in a reorganization plan that would eliminate dozens of other teams.

Spring sports shutdown hits preps budgets with pluses and minuses

With schools shut down and sports on hold, expenses are down in athletics departments; but coaches are getting paid. "Regardless of winning or losing, they still have value," one AD said of coaches.

No-look recruiting: Canceled football camps leave prep prospects no place to go

Spring is prime time for high school football players to get noticed by college recruiters. But the COVID-19 pandemic is keeping athletes from showing off their skills and coaches from making the personal contact that can lead to scholarships.

St. Paul Saints 'sitting tight' while pushing toward May 19 opening day

With the official start of the season still more than a month away, the 2019 American Association champions are moving forward with just a few changes to their typical preseason regimen.