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Intimidating Name, Intimidating Lineman: J.C. Hassenauer

It’s not very often that the SEC comes to Minnesota for recruiting college football players. So when Nick Saban and Alabama came calling for East Ridge offensive lineman J.C. Hassenauer, he was happy to listen. Saban offered him a scholarship, and he accepted.

12/21/2013

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ICYMI: High School Sports Rally: Dec. 20, 2013

It’s almost Christmas, and here’s a gift: some interesting winter sports match-ups.

12/20/2013

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Minn. High School Hockey Faceoff Set For Jan. 11

Ten Minnesota high school teams will compete in the High School Hockey Faceoff at TCF Bank Stadium next month. The five-game competition will be held Jan. 11 as part of the Hockey City Classic Winter Festival.

12/19/2013

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TCF Bank Stadium Hosting High School Hockey Faceoff

In anticipation of the Outdoor Hockey City Classic, officials announced Tuesday that eight ranked teams will be involved in a Jan. 11 event at TCF Bank Stadium. The five-game event is called the High School Hockey Faceoff and will feature some of the top boys and girls high school hockey teams in the state.

12/17/2013

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Eden Prairie Wrestling Coach Gears Up For Milestone

The Eden Prairie wrestling program had a chance to witness some history Friday night as its head coach was preparing to reach a milestone. Scot Davis made a name for himself in Owatonna, then took over the Eagles wrestling program. If the Eagles won Friday night, Davis would get his 1,000th career victory as a head coach.

12/14/2013

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ICYMI: High School Sports Rally: Dec. 13, 2013

An interesting coach of the week, a deserving athlete of the week, and a trip to Apple Valley for a national night of basketball — all that was showcased in this week’s Rally.

12/13/2013

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Prep Blog: Looking Back At The Prep Bowl

even state champions were crowned last weekend as the Minnesota State High School League hosted its final Prep Bowl at the Metrodome. For seven teams, getting to hoist a championship trophy last weekend made the extra weightlifting and work over the summer worth it. Over the course of 13 or 14 weeks, teammates became best friends as they all drove toward a common goal: Getting to the Metrodome for the Prep Bowl and winning it.

12/07/2013

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Larry McKenzie Feels Back At Home At Minneapolis North

Larry McKenzie has been a fixture in Minnesota high school basketball for decades, and now he feels he’s back where he belongs. That’s in a city gym in Minneapolis.

12/07/2013

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ICYMI: High School Sports Rally: Dec. 6, 2013

It may be a frozen Friday night outside, but arenas throughout the state were heated up by boys’ high school hockey action. David McCoy was in Lakeville, and reported on our featured game: Lakeville North vs. Benilde.We also had cameras capturing the other hockey showdowns.One of the many standout performers at last week’s Prep Bowl was a running back who became a quarterback, then became a big playmaker. The ASPIRE Athlete of the Week is St. Croix Lutheran’s David Ponath.

12/06/2013

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Roseville’s Gymnastics Team Eyes Another Championship

The Roseville gymnastics team won a state title a year ago. As the team works toward another championship, they do so with a coaching staff that believes culture creates destiny.

12/06/2013

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ASPIRE Athlete Of The Week: David Ponath

One of the many standout performers at last week’s Prep Bowl was a running back who became a quarterback, then became a big playmaker. St. Croix Lutheran’s David Ponath is the ASPIRE Athlete of the Week.

12/06/2013

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Rosemount Marching Band Gears Up For Rose Bowl Parade

They were recently voted on by WCCO-TV viewers as the best marching band in Minnesota, and now they’re going to the Rose Bowl. But the Rosemount High School marching band needs your help to get there.

12/06/2013

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Owatonna Wins Class 5A Title

Aaron Peterson ran for 183 yards and two touchdowns as Owatonna earned its first state title by beating Brainerd 24-0 Saturday in the Class 5A Championship. Quarterback Ian Langeberg had 136 yards passing for the top-ranked Huskies (13-0), who have three previous runner-up finishes, including last year. In the title game for the first time, third-ranked Brainerd (12-1) was led by Conor Gessell’s 71 yards rushing. Peterson scored on first-half runs of 3 yards and 1 yard to give the Huskies a 14-0 lead.

11/30/2013

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Dome Hosts Final High School Prep Bowl

For more than three decades, the weekend after Thanksgiving has been special for high school football players. This weekend will be the last time the Prep Bowl will be held at the Metrodome. The venue is coming down to make way for a new Vikings stadium. For Noah Rockholl, the quarterback on last year’s football team, Friday is a special day. “You can drive through the streets of Underwood today and I guarantee you won’t see a single person or a car in the town,” Rockholl said. “The whole the whole town’s here.”

11/30/2013

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St. Croix Lutheran Wins Class 3A Title

Joe Werz ran for a 69-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter and St. Croix Lutheran hung on to beat New London-Spicer 48-44 in the Class 3A title game. Hans Klingenschmitt had 177 yards rushing Saturday at the Prep Bowl and Trever Koester 139 for St. Croix Lutheran (11-2), which won its second title in three years. Adam Essler had 194 yards rushing for New London-Spicer (10-3). Leading by 6, Werz went straight up the middle and sprinted to the end zone and a 42-28 St. Croix Lutheran lead.

11/30/2013

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Rally: Totino-Grace Beats Spring Lake Park

Totino-Grace came out on top in a 28-6 win over Spring Lake Park.

WCCO-TV's High School Sports Rally (HSSR) covered the White Bear Lake vs. Roseville football game as Roseville came out on top 21-14.

Rally: Roseville Tops White Bear

Roseville topped White Bear Lake 21-14.

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High School Sports Rally At Delano Vs. Hutchinson

WCCO-TV’s High School Sports Rally brings you the latest game coverage of high school football games. Last Friday, the crew went to watch Delano High School play against Hutchinson High School. You can catch HSSR game coverage at 10:20 p.m. Fridays on WCCO TV.

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State Football Semifinals

Friday and Saturday are busy days at the Metrodome as the Minnesota State High School League hosts the State Football Semifinals. We got action from Mahnomen/Sleepy Eye-St. Mary’s in Class A and Mankato West/Bemidji in Class 4A.

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Vikings Pull Out A Win Vs. Cardinals

Adrian Peterson powered in for three first-quarter touchdowns to build a lead large enough even Minnesota couldn’t lose it, and the Vikings finally earned their first victory Sunday by beating the bumbling Arizona Cardinals 34-10.

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Lynx Get Champion’s Welcome Home

2011 WNBA Champions Minnesota Lynx players are welcomed home by a mob of fans on Oct. 8 at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in Minnesota.

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Minnesota Lynx WNBA Finals Game 1

The Target Center in Minneapolis was packed full Sunday night as the Minnesota Lynx hosted the Atlanta Dream in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals. The Lynx won the game 88-74 to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

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