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


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.


MSHSL cautiously optimistic for spring sports resuming amid concerns about fall

A common sight this spring around Minnesota: Empty spring sports athletic fields. Photo: Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

The best the league can do right now is assure its member schools that it is gathering all the needed information and considering the various scenarios to make a modified spring sports season work.


No games? Prep teams and athletes are finding way to stay busy

Across the state, spring sports coaches and players are getting creative in seeking ways to stay connected


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.