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


51 Hours of Fury: Dropping to 1A fostered hope for Armstrong/Cooper

51 Hours of Fury: Dropping to 1A fostered hope for Armstrong/Cooper

After five years of early playoff exits, the AC Wings play Thursday for the right to go to state.


Epic battle: Eden Prairie vs. Minnehaha matches No. 1s in 3A, 4A

Eden Prairie at East Ridge, 12-21-19. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

Undefeated Eden Prairie brings its senior-dominated team to Minnehaha Academy on Tuesday to challenge Gonzaga-bound Jalen Suggs, 7-foot junior Chet Holmgren and the Redhawks.


Minnehaha Academy dispels calls to play in national tournament

Hercy Miller and Jalen Suggs congratulate each other in Minnehaha Academy's victory over Sierra Canyon (Cal.) on Jan. 4

Citing MSHSL rules, the school's athletic department took to Twitter Thursday to address fans who want the team to play in the high school national championships in April.


St. Croix Prep continues compiling a season to remember

St. Croix Prep continues compiling a season to remember

The Lions are 18-0, including a victory over traditional power Minneapolis North, and the boys are ranked No. 5 in Class 2A.


Former Olympians to help Anoka celebrate 75 years of wrestling Friday

Former Olympians Brandon Paulson, Jake Deitchler and Dan Chandler are among alumni expected to attend.


New Iron Range school to end one of state's greatest hockey rivalries

New Iron Range school to end one of state's greatest hockey rivalries

The Eveleth and Virginia schools are combining into a new school that will be known as Rock Ridge. The birth of the Wolverines will mark the end of a historic hockey rivalry.


500th win isn't biggest number for Hill-Murray girls' basketball coach

500th win isn't biggest number for Hill-Murray girls' basketball coach

Erin Herman has led Hill-Murray to seven state tournaments, placing second in 2010 and 2011, and is moved more by a number other than her victory total.


St. Paul Johnson alum Carl Fish commits to Gophers' men's hockey

St. Paul Johnson alum Carl Fish commits to Gophers' men's hockey

Fish, a resiient defenseman, is the first Governors' player to verbally commit to the Gophers in more than 15 years.


Ferguson steps down as football coach at metro power Totino-Grace

Jeff Ferguson

Jeff Ferguson, whose teams won eight state titles in 18 seasons, was asked once about private school recruiting. "Do we recruit? Damn right, we do. We recruit students, not athletes."


Eden Prairie boys' hockey coach Lee Smith welcomed into the 500 club

Eden Prairie Hockey Coach Lee Smith works with his players during practice Tuesday afternoon.] The Eden Prairie boys hockey team welcomes three new st

Smith, who started with the Eagles in 1993-94, became the 16th coach to win 500 career games.


Benilde-St. Margaret's hockey coach Ken Pauly achieves 500th career victory

Benilde-St. Margaret's hockey coach Ken Pauly achieves 500th career victory

"What's been touching to me is how proud everyone is to be a part of it," said Pauly, who in his 30th season became the 15th coach to reach the mark.


Led by new coach, South St. Paul boys' basketball reaching new heights

Led by new coach, South St. Paul boys' basketball reaching new heights

Under coach Matthew McCollister, the Packers are winning for the first time in decades and generating a noticeable buzz in the hallways at school.


Former Minnetonka football coach Nelson receives national award

Minnetonka coach Dave Nelson, during a 2017 Class 6A playoff game

Dave Nelson won the 2019 Power of Influence Award winner, given by the American Football Coaches Association and the American Football Coaches Foundation.


The Max Foundation opens a mental wellness dialogue in Warroad

The Max Foundation opens a mental wellness dialogue in Warroad

Founded after 19-year-old Max Marvin died by suicide, the organization's mission is raising funds "with the intent to support charitable programs, projects, and activities that facilitate mental wellness amongst the youth in the Warroad area."


Bloomington Jefferson boys' basketball has had 2 coaches in 50 years: A father and son

Bloomington Jefferson boys' basketball has had 2 coaches in 50 years: A father and son

A Saturday premiere of an hour-long documentary, produced by former players and a longtime coach, honors the Jaguars' accomplishments and especially the influence of their only two coaches, Jack and Jeff Evens.


Big times at Minnehaha: National signings, tickets on sale for ESPN game

Terry Lockett Jr. (3)

Terry Lockett's Jr.'s commitment to play football for Michigan State isn't the only sports news at Minnehaha Academy, where tickets for its Jan. 4 game vs. Sierra Canyon, Calif., went on sale Tuesday.


Tradition-rich South St. Paul celebrates 75 seasons of boys' hockey

South St. Paul goaltender Gary McAlpine kissed teammate Doug Woog after the freshman scored the lone goal in the Packers' 1959 state tournament quarte

On Jan. 4, the South St. Paul junior varsity plays at 1 p.m., followed by the varsity's 3 p.m. game against Rochester Century and an alumni game at 5 p.m. All the action takes place at Doug Woog Arena.


Ineligible this season, SMB star gets to play in football all-star game

Ineligible this season, SMB star gets to play in football all-star game

Craig McDonald, a senior at Minnehaha Academy and a key member of the SMB Wolfpack's Class 4A championship team in 2018, had run afoul of eligibility rules.


Two prep football coaches, two significant achievements

Verndale's Mike Mahlen is closing in on 400 career victories while Winona's John Casellius, who was 1-26 in his first three seasons, now has an above .500 record.


Two prep football coaches, two significant achievements

Verndale's Mike Mahlen is closing in on 400 career victories while Winona's John Casellius, who was 1-26 in his first three seasons, now has an above .500 record.