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.
Jared Allen made a name for himself in Minnesota by sacking quarterbacks and having a constant motor playing defensive end for the Vikings. Now, he’s starting a new path with a familiar rival in the Chicago Bears. But Allen’s passion for his project “Wounded Warriors” brought him back to Minneapolis last week.
It wasn’t that long ago that Tayler Hill was a household name in Minnesota girls high school basketball. She was the best player in the state for most of her prep career at Minneapolis South, and she took her talents to Ohio State University.
It’s been one of the most compelling stories in college sports over the last two years, and it’s all unfolded about an hour south of the Twin Cities. Minnesota State University, Mankato football coach Todd Hoffner has seen it all over the last 20 months.
Minnesota Vikings fans know that Adrian Peterson is number one, but not that Toby Gerhart is gone – who is second in line to carry the ball? His name is Jerick McKinnon, and he’s still making a transition to full time running back. In college he did a number of things, including throwing the ball as a quarterback at Georgia Southern University.
Onas Farfan loves baseball. So much so, that his family moved him to the U.S. to play. Farfan spent most of his youth in Venezuela, but at age 16 his mother and father decided to send to hime Minnesota to live with an aunt, and to chase the American dream.
It’s state tournament time for high school baseball, and in Delano they have a player to watch. In fact, Toby Hanson is a player to watch all year long, as he plays basketball in the winter and football in the fall.
A Mahtomedi pitcher could well be on his way to pitching professionally as he has the tools, strong, hard throws, and is hoping to lead his Mahtomedi team into the state tournament. Michael Baumann, the Mahtomedi baseball star, loves to pitch. He has had that passion since he started playing the game.
Sports provide many opportunities. For some, it’s the opportunity to teach. Kids are more apt to listen and learn if they are studying something they are interested in. One Minnetonka sixth grade teacher found a tool to do just that, the new Minnesota Vikings stadium.
Blaine High School’s Caleb Butler can run. In fact, he can do just about anything he sets his mind to. That’s what makes him special, according to Coach Rob Nick. “He’s a coach’s dream. He does everything we ask of him, his effort is always outstanding, he gives us 100 percent,” Nick said. “He’s just an amazing athlete. His strength is unbelievable, and for a kid to be 6’3′, 220 and to run 110 hurdles. He ran 300 hurdles, shot disc, he’s going to run a 4X1 for us.”
Beating the Texas Rangers and any other team requires the development of young hitters. That’s Tom Brunansky’s job. He’s former Twin turned hitting coach, and he has his hands full.
The construction of the new Saints Stadium means Midway Stadium will be gone after this season. While Midway may not be up to code for Minor League play, as Mike Max reports, it’s still a field of dreams to a high school player.
This week’s bass opener is always a good time to get in a boat and whet a line with area fishing guide Steve Carney. For Carney, it’s a season that takes him across the state. “I start way west, work my way east so I’m actually on hot fish all year because I keep changing lakes and regions.”
Dot Harris is the director of the office of Economic Impact and Diversity for the Obama administration. She’s in Minneapolis to speak on behalf of STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics eduation – and she’s trying to get students to think about entering the field of science.
The Gopher softball team has been impressive again, winning its way to the NCAA Super Regional. And that is where the next challenge becomes significant. They are thrilled to be practicing this week, which means the program has again advanced.
Mounds View’s Sam Hentges is considered one of the best high school baseball players in the state. He carries a 6-foot-7-inch frame, can pitch, hit and uses his size to make an impact.