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


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.


Minnesota coaches face challenges in push to restart prep sports

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Adhering to safety guidelines only goes so far when kids aren't at practice. Prep sports also have a connection to education that, mindful of COVID-19's ability to spread, distinguishes them from summer and club programs.


Prep sports delayed in 24 states as Minnesota waits on Walz for guidance

Prep sports delayed in 24 states as Minnesota waits on Walz for guidance

The National Federation of State High School Associations says states from the Southeast to Far West have shifted to later starts, some by a few weeks, others by full seasons.


Work of restarting high school sports gets down to the tough stuff

Work of restarting high school sports gets down to the tough stuff

Travel between games, positive COVID tests, athlete safety, spectators and the state's new mask policy were among the things came up during a virtual meeting attended by more than 300 people.


Delays crop up around country as fall practice start nears in Minnesota

Coon Rapids coach Nick Rusin talked to his team after a practice last fall in preparation for its first state tournament appearance since 1983.

As Minnesota and neighboring states hold to August start dates, coronavirus concerns recently prompted California to move all fall sports to winter while Texas has delayed the football season in larger communities.


East Side Pride: Johnson grad designs new logo for tradition-rich team

East Side Pride: Johnson grad designs new logo for tradition-rich team

Recent graduate Ellie Tschida created a new center ice logo honoring the tradition of both the school and its storied hockey program.


Senior Class Salute Tournament takes high school players back out to the ballgame

Senior Class Salute Tournament takes high school players back out to the ballgame

The St. Paul Saints partnered with area baseball coaches to create the Senior Class Salute Tournament, running July 20 through Aug. 2 with most games taking place at the Saints' CHS Field in downtown St. Paul.


Tartan football star Dorian Singer transferring to Arizona high school

Tartan football star Dorian Singer transferring to Arizona high school

Singer is transferring in hopes of raising his college recruiting profile and garner "the recognition I'm not getting" from Power Five conference programs.


'Lucky and blessed' former Osseo prep standout DJ Hebert survives a stray Uptown bullet

'Lucky and blessed' former Osseo prep standout DJ Hebert survives a stray Uptown bullet

Football and basketball standout DJ Hebert recovering after getting shot and wounded in Uptown last weekend.


Seeking diversity, prep athletic directors group looking to make changes

Minneapolis Schools Athletic Director Antony Fisher is leading an initiative to give more minorities and women a chance to hold leadership positions in Minnesota's organization of school athletic and activities directors.


Ferraro back at St. Paul Highland Park hockey program he once relaunched

Ferraro back at St. Paul Highland Park hockey program he once relaunched

In 2008, Brandon Ferraro's work helped a program dormant since 1987 bring back a JV team. He didn't make the varsity jump with the Scots in 2010 but now he is picking up where he left off.


Athletes from 8 metro schools build 8.46-mile fundraiser for Lake St.

Athletes from 8 metro schools build 8.46-mile fundraiser for Lake St.

The Blake School's girls' soccer team has organized a GoFundMe campaign to honor George Floyd's memory and raise funds for the Lake Street Council in Minneapolis.


Hopkins volleyball coach steps down after 25 years

Vicki Seliger-Swenson, right, is stepping down after 25 years as Hopkins volleyball coach.

Citing a need to take some personal time, Vicki Seliger-Swenson announced Thursday she's leaving the Royals.


Preps Mailbag: The best high school games you ever witnessed

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The responses were diverse, from well-known comebacks and overtime thrillers to the more obscure.


Preps mailbag: A different standard for private schools? Let's argue it out

Hill-Murray celebrated their 2A championship victory over Eden Prairie. ] Aaron Lavinsky • aaron.lavinsky@startribune.com Hill-Murray played Eden Pr

Is the current state playoff format, which classifies teams according to enrollment, equitable for both private and public schools? We asked for your opinion. Here's what you said.


Sidelined prep umpires, officials would rather call games than meetings

Darrell "Bozo" Wincek watched his daughter behind home plate during an adapted softball game in 2015.

For many, the lack of games this spring has them just waiting, patiently, for them to return.


Track's star-studded Hamline Elite Meet another coronavirus casualty

Track's star-studded Hamline Elite Meet another coronavirus casualty

The stadium lights in St. Paul will remain dark Friday night instead of illuminating the 15th gathering of the best high school runners, jumpers, vaulters and throwers in Minnesota.


Mailbag: How would you change format of state high school tourneys?

Khalid El-Amin led North High to the 1996 state boys' basketball title. Minnesota had a two-class system at the time and qualifying teams were placed

Readers and Twitter followers weighing in on various sports mostly agreed on finding ways to get more of the best athletes and teams in a state tournament.


Walz gives bleak assessment on chances for spring prep sports

Walz gives bleak assessment on chances for spring prep sports

Those holding onto hope for a start-up of spring sports received no assurances, only sympathies, when Gov. Tim Walz addressed those topics during Monday's news conference.


Minnesota among one of 30 states still considering spring prep sports

Minnesota among one of 30 states still considering spring prep sports

While it waits on whether spring sports will resume, the Minnesota State High School League acknowledged growing logistical challenges to doing so today.