Talking Preps

Talking Preps

Star Tribune prep reporters David La Vaque and James Paulsen are bringing all you Minnesota high school sports enthusiasts another way to stay connected to the action.


Episode : Podcast: What's next for Minnesota preps fall postseason, winter sports?

A pod of Wayzata football players gathered for a meeting after practice Monday.

In the latest Talking Preps, the Star Tribune's David La Vaque and Paul Klauda sort through unfinished business after this week's big news about restarting football and volleyball, including what the rest of the fall and winter landscape will be like.


Episode : Podcast: Will Minnesota prep football, volleyball fall seasons get the OK on Monday?

Totino-Grace quarterback Kristoff Kowalkwoski (11) dropped back out of the pocket to make a long pass as the snow came down in the second half. ] ANTH

The Star Tribune's David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen dissect a surprising turn of events and give predictions with the Minnesota State High School League set to reconsider a postponement decision it made on Aug. 4.


Episode : Podcast: Large high school fee increase a subject of debate, surprise

Evan Siefken, goalkeeper, Lakeville North, senior, in game vs Lakeville South on Sept. 2 at Lakeville South High School. Photo by Cheryl A. Myers, Spo

In the latest Talking Preps podcast, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen talk through some of the biggest aftershocks of COVID-19.


Episode : Podcast: High school football on pause? Not for everyone from Minnesota

St. Michael-Albertville High School football players lined up along the sideline during practice Thursday. ] Aaron Lavinsky • aaron.lavinsky@startri

In the latest Talking Preps, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen lament the Friday night void ahead but shed light on a few players who are finding ways to suit up this fall.


Episode : Podcast: COVID era changes fall sports, athletes just grateful to be playing

A Blake player served the ball during a match vs. Minnetonka. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ • cgonzalez@startribune.com – Minnetonka, MN – August 25, 2020,

In the latest Talking Preps, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque discuss a shift in attitudes since last spring, and how the sports themselves seem less affected than how fans, notably parents, are able to watch.


Episode : Podcast: Prep sports band is glad to be back but there's a void, too

Podcast: Prep sports band is glad to be back but there's a void, too

Reunited for their first Talking Preps podcast together since mid-February, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen riff on a most unusual season ahead, one that's expected to end without the usual encore state tournaments.


Episode : Listen: Lots of questions need answers for playing prep football, volleyball in March

Denfeld head coach Erik Lofald talked to his team about the MSHSL decision to move football to the spring on Tuesday. ] ALEX KORMANN • alex.kormann@

From practicing in already-crowded gyms to hosting football on winter-frozen fields, Star Tribune Talking Preps podcasters Jim Paulsen and Paul Klauda sort through the considerable fallout of making a new season to play two high-profile high school sports.


Episode : Podcast: What now for Minnesota high school sports?

Podcast: What now for Minnesota high school sports?

In the first Talking Preps since the coronavirus shut down sports in March, the Star Tribune's David La Vaque and Paul Klauda discuss critical moves by the Minnesota State High School League to try and get them restarted and address a big budget problem.


Episode : Podcast: The key to stopping undefeated Hopkins from winning another state title

Hopkins’ Paige Bueckers held up the winning trophy after they defeated Wayzata’s 86-76 in the Class 4A, Section 6 girls' basketball championship a

In the latest Talking Preps, girls' basketball insider Grant McGinnis and the Star Tribune's Jim Paulsen walk through all four state tournament classes and shed light on the formula for the improbable: Taking down Paige Bueckers and the juggernaut Royals.


Episode : Podcast: Darkhorse picks for 'fan's dream' boys' hockey state tourney and what scares coaches most

Podcast: Darkhorse picks for 'fan's dream' boys' hockey state tourney and what scares coaches most

In the latest Talking Preps, hockey coach Ted Cheesebrough and the Star Tribune's David La Vaque discuss which teams scare coaches most in the parity-filled tournaments and why they fret most about the first period of their team's first game.


Episode : Podcast: Coaches raise their hands in favor of seeded 4A basketball tourney

Podcast: Coaches raise hands in favor of seeded 4A basketball tourney

In the latest Talking Preps, the Star Tribune's Ron Haggstrom joins Jim Paulsen to talk about a "hot topic'' idea for generating more competitive state tournament match-ups. Plus a rundown of gymnastics and girls' hockey champions.


Episode : Podcast: Austin -- a success story fueled by sports, ideas and resources

Austin head coach Kris Fadness talked things over with the team as senior Agwa Nywesh leaned over the white board to clarify one of the coaches direct

Go deeper into Chip Scoggins' meticulously reported story about the transformation of Austin, the town of 25,000 people located about 100 miles south of the Twin Cities. It's a tale of immigration, basketball, Hormel and a changing community.


Episode : Podcast: Girls' hockey tourney has clear favorites but threats loom in both classes

Podcast: Girls' hockey tourney has clear favorites but threats loom

From behind the bench to behind the mic, longtime coach Shawn Reid joins David La Vaque to break down who's best equipped to challenge Edina and Breck. Plus a sneak peek at a special sports project coming Sunday in the Star Tribune.


Episode : Podcast: Section finals and state tourneys and 'why we love this job'

High School Girls' Hockey
Eden Prairie vs Minnetonka Pagel Activity Center January 21, 2020. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

The latest Talking Preps from preps writers David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen highlights girls' hockey, gymnastics and the swirl around Hopkins star Paige Bueckers. Plus the state's next best girls' basketball player and new football coaches at two 6A programs.


Episode : Podcast: Minnesota schools to pony up more to help high school league close budget shortfall

St. Michael-Albertville High School football players lined up along the sideline during practice Thursday. ] Aaron Lavinsky • aaron.lavinsky@startri

In the latest Talking Preps, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen discuss the Minnesota State High School League's latest action on two popular topics: How to slay a $407,000 budget shortfall and a new effort to look at student eligibility and transfers.


Episode : Podcast: Sideline sexism, new home on the Range and here come sections

Eastview coach Molly Kasper
High School Girls Basketball
Eastview Lightning vs STMA Knights STMA High School December 13, 2018. Photo by Jeff Lawler,

In the latest Talking Preps, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen take up ingrained sexist attitudes toward girls' basketball coaches and officials, a rivalry ended on the Iron Range and how did we get so close to state tournament time.


Episode : Podcast: Two more biggies in Minnesota high school football coaching walk away

With his players gathered before him on the field after their win, Totino-Grace head coach Jeff Ferguson invited his players to a party downtown near

In the latest Talking Preps, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque spin a few of their own yarns about Totino-Grace's Jeff Ferguson and Brainerd's Ron Stolski, the latest to step down in a winter full of similar big-program departures.


Episode : Podcast: Shovel-ready Hockey Day Minnesota brings its chilly holiday to Minneapolis

Podcast: Shovel-ready Hockey Day Minnesota brings its chilly holiday to Minneapolis

In the newest Talking Preps, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque scrutinize the Minnesota appeal of outdoor hockey and examine the changing world of recruiting the state's most prized future college players.


Episode : Podcast: 'Best team in state history' ignites debate and the curse of being No. 1 in boys' hockey

Minnehaha guard Jalen Suggs (1) celebrated a basket in the second half. ] ANTHONY SOUFFLE • anthony.souffle@startribune.com Minnehaha Academy played

Talking Preps' David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen kick off the new year with Minnehaha Academy's impressive boys' basketball weekend, get caught up on big wrestling and Nordic skiing doings, and look at who's catching notice as boys' and girls' hockey kick into post-holiday gear.


Episode : Podcast: Football recruiting stirs up news, Minnehaha Academy loses again and favorite moments of 2019

Minnehaha Academy football products Kaden Johnson, left to right, Terry Lockett Jr., Craig McDonald made their college football plans official and sig

In their last Talking Preps until January, David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen go deep on signing day doings and share their most memorable games of the year. And what kind of hex did Jim put on his self-declared best boys' basketball team ever?