Mike Max returned to WCCO-TV as a sports reporter and anchor in April 2005.
Mike is no stranger to Minnesota sports. He hosts “Sports To The Max” every weeknight fro 7-9 p.m. on WCCO Radio. Prior to hosting the radio show, Mike hosted Sports Connection on the Midwest Sports Channel.
Mike started his career as an intern at WCCO-TV. He was hired as a sports producer and soon began reporting for WCCO-TV.
A true Minnesotan, Mike grew up in Gaylord, Minn. and played football, basketball and baseball.
Mike attended Hamline University and furthered his talents on the court and on the diamond, playing basketball and baseball for the Pipers.
In his spare time, Mike enjoys working out, hunting and spending time with his wife, daughter and son.
He just lived to make others feel good. That’s the way most describe Gopher great Bob McNamara. The legendary halfback and fundraiser died Sunday. He was considered one of the best football players to come through the University of Minnesota.
Vikings Training Camp got underway in Mankato Thursday, but the big news isn’t about the players. It’s coming from Mike Priefer, the team’s special teams coordinator. Priefer has been suspended for the first three games of the regular season for his homophobic slur called out by former punter Chris Kluwe, who has threatened to sue the team.
So many of the players on the All-Star team are familiar to Minnesota fans. One of them is not only a former Twin, but he grew up here too. Pat Neshek cut his teeth as a middle reliever for the Minnesota Twins, with his strange and effective delivery.
How’s this for an all-star experience? They ask you to pitch batting practice to the American League. That was the call for former Gopher and Twins player Brian Raabe, and it gave him an opportunity to forget about a baseball problem at Bethel University.
It’s not just the baseball stars who are going to get the chance to shine in both Monday and Tuesday night’s games.
Among the many other players in the game are the umpires and one happens to be a local. Jeff Nelson wanted this assignment.
The Minnesota Wild continue their developmental camp, and one name to watch down the road hails from Grand Rapids, Minn. Avery Peterson came back for his senior season at Grand Rapid High School, and won Mr. Hockey in the state.
The Timberwolves rookies and prospects are in Las Vegas and one shooting guard who calls Minnesota home is getting his shot to show the team just what he has to offer. Matt Janning is back where he wants to be, taking a shot at the NBA with his hometown team – the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Adam Pribyl was in Brazil for the World Cup. What struck him as much as the game was the raw emotion of each country. “The coolest thing was being from the U.S., seeing what like patriotism is here and then seeing all these other nations and how crazy they get for their country,” Pribyl said. “That’s what inspired me the most being down there.”
Gopher Wrestling coach J Robinson has built a legendary 28-day wrestling camp, where kids come across the country for a month straight of training. But the training is not what you might think.
The floods of the summer of 2014 will be remembered for years to come. But for one area high school basketball coach they are still too real. Randy Carlson and his family lost their home to a mudslide in June. They had to run to escape it. Now, the house is a total loss and none of the damage is covered by insurance.
All-Star game appearances are special, as Minnesota native Terry Steinbach knows. In 1988 he was voted into his first All-Star game, and he was hitting just 217. But that night it didn’t matter for him or his home town of New Ulm, Minn. Steinbach remembers it well what it meant to be named to the All-Star team.
The Minnesota Lynx hope they are starting to peak. Playing well as team has to do with knowing each other well, and Janelle McCarville has shown she knows her teammates strengths and how to highlight them. Now in her second season and second time through Minnesota, she can be the subtle difference the Lynx need to stay ahead.
Sometimes you just stumble into memories that last a life time.
If you journey to downtown Minneapolis you can’t miss the volleyball players. They are everywhere. The biggest tournament in the country is going on at the Minneapolis Convention Center, and the numbers are staggering. Overall, the tournament includes 60 courts and 1,230 teams.
If you’re looking for a player to upgrade in Norv Turner’s offense, it might be a veteran on the cusp – Kyle Rudolph. “Well, the biggest thing normally when you come back for an offseason, you’re already familiar with, you know, your offense or your defense and you’re kinda just working on perfecting your craft out here on the practice field every day,” Rudolph said.