Preps Insider

Preps Insider

Preps Insider is compiled by Star Tribune high school reporters David La Vaque, Jim Paulsen and Ron Haggstrom. Reach them with story ideas and comments via e-mail at preps@startribune.com


Parents give up on plan to hold state soccer tourney as support withers

Maple Grove celebrated winning the 2A girls' tournament in 2019.

Concerns from coaches and having key partners back away ended the idea of bring together state section winners for an unofficial state tournament.


Monday Night Lights: Rosemount-Woodbury set for unique prep football date

Rosemount High receiver Jonathan Mann (1), who is also a Gopher recruit, heads onto the field with teammates to take on Lakeville North Friday, Sept.

The Irish will welcome Woodbury to town for a 6 p.m. tilt that allows each team the chance to make up for games lost to COVID-19.


Soccer parents trying to organize state tournament after MSHSL won't

Holy Angels celebrated after winning the state 1A soccer final against The Blake School in 2019.

A group representing soccer booster clubs in the metro area is trying to create a state tournament, and is working around -- not with -- the Minnesota State High School League.


'Specatorless games' marked 1918 Minneapolis prep football during influenza surge

'Specatorless games' marked 1918 Minneapolis prep football during influenza surge

Gatherings were banned at places of "amusement,'' including city football games that were put on hold for much of October of that year. When they resumed, some were played without fans.


Cross-country showcase will be alternative to canceled state meet

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Dozens of teams and about 100 individuals will compete in the inaugural TC Running Company Cross-Country Showcase in Atwater later this month.


Dominating the pool: Coon Rapids senior looks to better her 11 school records

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Megan Schultze holds eight individual records for Coon Rapids and also has been a part of three relay teams that have set school marks.


Minnesota prep soccer state tournament proposal denied

Minnesota prep soccer state tournament proposal denied

A girls' and boys' coaches' plan for a six-day tournament was turned back by Minnesota State High School League, citing its Oct. 1 decision to end the fall sports season at the section level "to reduce the gathering of individuals, especially from a variety of communities.''


Questions, concerns persist about new stopgap prep hockey leagues

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Quickly assembled 'bridge season' leagues, created because of the delayed start to the high school season, are confronting an assortment of issues that include coaching and player participation.


Stillwater's Weaver breaks state cross-country record

Analee Weaver of Stillwater High School

Stillwater senior Analee Weaver, the defending Class 2A individual champion, ran a state high school 5K record time of 16:42.6 Thursday, demolishing the previous record by nearly 13 seconds.


Minnesota prep basketball coaches await start date before making plans

Minnesota prep basketball coaches await start date before making plans

"We know there will be basketball played in Minnesota this winter," said Tom Critchley, director of the state's basketball coaches association. "The question is whether it's going to be run by for-profit clubs or by the high schools."


Hockey season proposals await approval amid talk of later starts

Hockey season proposals await approval amid talk of later starts

The Minnesota Hockey Coaches Association proposed two scenarios for boys' hockey, the more ambitious of which features 24 games and full section and state tournaments. The girls' season could be delayed by up to six weeks.


Minneapolis prep soccer teams blend sides to avoid blowouts

Minneapolis prep soccer teams blend sides to avoid blowouts

The trend started in Minneapolis recently when Henry and Southwest decided to play a blended scrimmage instead of a game in which a lopsided outcome would have been certain.


New Rogers Tennis Club gives northwest metro an advantage

New Rogers Tennis Club gives northwest metro an advantage

Almost 30 years in the making, a plan to bring more plentiful indoor tennis opportunities to the metro area's northwest corner has been realized.


Decision to move prep football to spring under review by other states

Decision to move prep football to spring under review by other states

Last week, Michigan went from moving football to the spring to allowing games to resume this fall. On Tuesday, Colorado's governor signaled he's considering the same.


At least 26 former Minnesota prep stars make NFL rosters

At least 26 former Minnesota prep stars make NFL rosters

Eden Prairie has three former players, Cretin-Derham Hall and Burnsville each have two among the 26 former state prep players on the most current NFL rosters. We have the list.


No high school football this fall, but 5 Minnesotans are still playing

No high school football this fall, but 5 Minnesotans are still playing

Five student-athletes from Campbell-Tintah high school near the state's western border are playing football for the Tri-State Tigers, a coop that also include Fairmount (N.D.) and Rosholt (S.D.)


Blaine soccer striker Kendall Stadden nets a high five

Blaine soccer striker Kendall Stadden nets a high five

Stadden, a sophomore standout, scored five goals on Monday in a 6-1 rout of Anoka.


Decorated North Branch golfers reunite to celebrate a lifetime of fairway friendships

Decorated North Branch golfers reunite to celebrate a lifetime of fairway friendships

Largely self-taught and without an official coach, players for underdog North Branch won three consecutive state golf titles from 1964-66.


Boys' volleyball advocates hope to regain momentum with MSHSL

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Before the pandemic walloped high school sports, boys' volleyball was on track to become an MSHSL sport. Now, proponents are trying to pick up where they left off.


Minnesota State High School League targets schools for more money

Minnesota State High School League targets schools for more money

As it approved plans to restart fall sports with limitations, the league's board signaled a new direction for financing its $9 million budget by relying less on state tournaments.