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Kevin Bertels has led the Star Tribune’s high school sports coverage since fall 2021. Before that, he spent 23 years as the newspaper’s night Sports section coordinator, placing him in charge of the Sports copy desk.

Bertels is a native Kansan and now a determined Minnesotan, living in Oak Grove, where he raised three sons with his wife. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a journalism degree. Kevin dabbles in fishing, canoe camping, golfing and gambling, and he was way too involved in youth sports until his youngest son went to college.


Ms. and Mr. Minnesota Golf finalists, eight of each, are revealed

The awards go to the top high school senior girl and boy in the state.


The champ lands big class' top seed in softball state tournament

Rosemount, undefeated ruler of Class 4A last season, wound up atop the field again. Cretin-Derham Hall is first in 3A, Randolph in 2A and New Ulm Cathedral in 1A.


Team USA finds girls basketball firepower in Twin Cities

Liv McGill of Hopkins was picked to play for the U.S. under-18 team at a tournament in Colombia. Three Twin Cities players are trying out this week for the U17 team.


Neck guards mandated for high school hockey after Johnson's death

The National Federation of High Schools announced that it will mandate neck guards nationwide after Minnesotan Adam Johnson died in October from a skate blade lacerating his throat.


Three area girls basketball stars trying out for national U-17 team

Minnetonka's Aaliyah Crump and Lanelle Wright and Providence Academy's Maddyn Greenway were invited to try out for USA Basketball's under-17 national team.


Randolph is back in the game, at Class 1A boys hockey co-op

Mike Randolph, one victory short of Minnesota's record for coaching victories, is taking over at Northern Lakes.


High school junior golfer moves a step closer to U.S. Open

Cretin-Derham Hall's Sam Udovich was among five players who advanced from a tournament at Troy Burne. Next stop: a 36-hole qualifier June 3.


List of 32 in running for Ms. and Mr. Minnesota Golf is revealed

The awards go to the top high school senior golfers in the state, and the winners will be named June 9.


Tied for state wins record, prep hockey coach Randolph loses job

According to coach Mike Randolph, a St. Thomas Academy official told him that 'little things' led to the decision to let him go as the school's hockey coach.


Holy Family hires boys hockey coach from program on the rise

Zack Friedli, who was associate head coach as Chanhassen reached the Class 2A final, will take over the Fire.