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.
It was considered one of the best hockey conferences in the state in the 1970’s — but times have changed, and enrollments have declined. Minneapolis has consolidated the conference into one high school hockey program, representing the entire city.
All he wants to do is win his fourth straight state wrestling title. That’s life for Totino-Grace stand out Lance Benick, who will wrestle at Arizona State next season.
A fight in Mankato that lasted only a few seconds changed three young lives forever. One person is struggling to walk and talk because of his injuries. Two others face the possibility of prison. One of them is former Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson.
Here is a glimmer of sports hope on the local landscape. The Gopher wrestling team is ranked number one in the country, with a local wrestler ranked number one as an individual. Dylan Ness knows what it means to work. He was state champion at Bloomington Kennedy High school.
We are getting into the stretch drive for high school winter sports, which means Friday night’s games were extra crucial.
Maple Grove High School has two good basketball teams, and both are state tournament contenders. But last Saturday, their schedule changed because they don’t have a home court. Their gymnasium was flooded due to a pipe burst, leaving it unplayable.
Next year, Jarvis Johnson will join the Gophers basketball team as the first local high school recruit under coach Richard Pitino. He hails from DeLaSalle High School and will join the team as a point guard.
The Minnesota Wild celebrated the life of J.P. Parise before Thursday’s game.
The University of Minnesota men’s hockey team heads to Michigan this weekend ranked No. 9 in the country, which is a bit disappointing. The Gophers started the season ranked No. 1. Now, they’re trying to find a rhythm to what’s otherwise been an inconsistent season.
The University of Minnesota women’s basketball team has taken a strange journey to the top 25 in the national polls. There is irony in the next game on the Gophers’ schedule, and there was a post-practice celebration on Wednesday.
One of the traditions of watching high school athletes is watching them move on to college. Isaac Fruechte starred for his father, Carl, at Caledonia High School. Carl moved from head to assistant coach so he could follow his son more closely when he became a Gopher.
Among the number of people heading down to Florida to watch the Minnesota Gophers take on the Missouri Tigers in the Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Day is the O’Brien family.
Like Teddy Bridgewater, the Minnesota Gophers’ staff carefully monitors the progress of its quarterback — Mitch Leidner. He heads to the Citrus Bowl, ready to take another step. Leidner has grown in the fall of 2014, making strides at a position where you better be good.
Gavin Pugh moved from Wales to Minnesota in 2003. He immediately immersed himself as a soccer coach in the north metro, working with high school teams and at the club levels. He also met his wife here. Last year he got a diagnosis that changed his life — and he found out how many lives he’s touched along the way.
The Minnesota Vikings are not just playing Miami and playing out a season. It’s an audition for some to stay on the roster. Charles Johnson has come from nowhere to “pass” with flying colors, maybe because he thinks he should. Johnson has been working, waiting and anticipating his shot.
There’s a buzz around the University of Minnesota campus and for the first time in a very long time, it’s surrounding the Gophers football program.
A “Pheasant Summit” was held Saturday n Marshall with Gov. Mark Dayton to discuss ways Minnesota can keep birds in play. Earlier this week, I took “Maxi Cam” to South Dakota. And with the help of guide Ryan Sauter, I found out that they know how to keep the pheasant population up.
Welcome to a competition filled with drama. The Minnesota State High School Bowling Tournament gives participants the tingles. “It’s so exciting,” said Derrick Prenot of the Winona bowling team. “We were kind of anxious after the first round because we weren’t sure if we were gonna make it in or not. Then we heard our name and we were like, ‘Whoa!’ And then we kinda kicked butt in, not to brag or anything, we kinda kicked butt in the second round. Now we’re here.”
Minnesota State Mankato is undefeated, and the new coach is the old coach. Todd Hoffner was initially rejected by his team at spring practice. “I don’t think anybody could understand completely everything that I went through, and how difficult and challenging for myself and my wife,” Hoffner said.
It’s the kind of week Gopher fans have waited for: A big game that has Big Ten, national implications and, oh yeah, the opponent happens to be Wisconsin. It’s the battle of the running backs – sort of.
It’s a new feeling at Simley High School in Inver Grove Heights — winning on the football field. At this school, most of the success has come indoor on mats. Quarterback Michael Busch says his team finally gets to feel like the wrestlers. “They’re always in the state, competition for a state championship, and we got the opportunity and it’s like the atmosphere of wrestling season,” Busch said.
Macalester College’s football program has had a breakthrough season and a very special fall. The Scots are winning games, but the season has turned into a different kind of education – one on life. They drafted 4-year-old Caleb Maaske to join the Scots. It’s part of a program called Team Impact, where kids that have a disability align with a team.
It’s guarded optimism for the Gopher football team. They are hoping to pull off an upset against Ohio State at home at 11 a.m. Saturday. But they have confidence coming off of the blow out over Iowa, and, as Mike Max explains, they have confidence because of a tight end that’s quite a weapon.
Charlie Coyle just signed a three-year, $15-million contract with the Minnesota Wild. How did he get there? He grew up in the Boston area and paid the price every day. There were no short cuts. “I just always tried to do little things on and off the ice. I played prep school, public high school, juniors in high school,” Coyle said.
he Gopher football team meets Iowa on Saturday. It’s the first test in a final stretch that features four teams with a winning record. “It’s just one of those things where sometimes things aren’t clicking right away for us,” said quarterback Mitch Leidner. “And, you know, once they click it, like in the second half there, it’s just too late I guess.”