If there is one thing that can make a playoff series more dramatic than it already is, it’s the presence of a villain. Whether it’s a player you detest, a guy who just rubs you the wrong way or a person you only tolerate because he’s plays for your team, knowing that if he played anywhere else you would despise them, a villain just makes things more intriguing.
It’s a little early to predict who will be the best of the best in various high school sports around the Twin Cities, but it should be a competitive spring when you look at last year’s spring state champions and what they bring back this year.
Everyone knows the Blues are a good team with a lot of depth and a lot of size. This is going to be a very physical series, but the Wild is a fast team and if they can use that quickness to get out of their zone and on the rush, they’ll be in perfect position.
We are entering the final week of the regular season in the NHL and the Minnesota Wild is looking to lock up another post-season berth. Right now Minnesota currently holds the first wild card spot in the Western Conference with 96 points. With four games left to play in the season, any combination of picking up two points (wins or overtime/shootout losses) should be enough to clinch a playoff berth.
It’s transition time in Minnesota’s prep sports scene. The winter season is over and the champions have been crowned. While we have the time, let’s look back on an eventful winter season and reflect on the teams and games that gave us excitement and allowed us to appreciate high schools sports for what they are: Fun, competitive and entertaining.
With 10 games left to play in the NHL season, the Minnesota Wild is in position to earn a third consecutive trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. If Minnesota does qualify for the postseason, there is a good chance the St. Louis Blues will be their opponent. And if Saturday was an indicator, the Wild will be ready for them.
The bicycle: a nearly perfect contraption whose basic design has remained unchanged for more than a century. Sleek lines, precise geometry and fine-tuned machinery afford the rider a sense of joy not easily duplicated.
The Champlin Park boys basketball team had a chance to cap off a perfect season with a state championship lat weekend, but Apple Valley and its sense of unfinished business coming in was too much for the Rebels.
By now you’ve likely heard of Travail, the popular chef driven restaurant in Robbinsdale. You’ve probably read stories both about the long lines and the amazing dining experience. Perhaps you even read about their new ticketing system, where tickets are purchased well in advance, something I’m a huge fan of.
The St. Thomas men’s basketball team savored the moment after beating Bethel 66-63 in the title game of the MIAC Playoffs Sunday, but there wasn’t a ton of time to celebrate after cutting down the nets.
We decided to help you – and your livers – keep up with the taproom trend by stopping by some of these Twin Cities brewhouses. Next up is St. Louis Park’s expanding tap room, Steel Toe Brewery.
It’s poised to be an intense and emotional week in St. Paul and around the Twin Cities as the best boys hockey teams in the state hit Xcel Energy Center for one of the best state tournaments around. That, and state tournament bids get handed out for next week’s boys state basketball tournament at Target Center.
Since making a trade for Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota has gone 15-3-2 and played their way back into playoff contention. They currently hold the final wild card spot in the Western Conference.
We’re sprinting towards the end of February, but March Madness is already in full effect on the Minnesota high school sports scene. Our top match-ups this week feature two Friday hockey games with state tournament bids at stake, a top-five match-up in girls basketball and a couple of interesting games in the boys basketball playoffs.
Most college basketball teams are fighting for their playoff lives at this point in the season. But for John Tauer and St. Thomas, this week is business as usual. When a team wins as many MIAC titles as Tauer’s Tommies have, expectations are higher than just hoping for a chance. You’re expected to win.
You have to love this time of year if you’re a high school sports fan. Yes, it’s the middle of February and it’s bitterly cold, but the best programs around Minnesota are flocking to the Twin Cities to take home trophies.
The St. Thomas men’s basketball team had reason to celebrate Monday night. The Tommies, ranked No. 3 in Division III, used a suffocating defense and balanced scoring to dominate No. 19-ranked St. Olaf 66-49.
The state’s best ski teams, both downhill and cross country, are at Giant’s Ridge in Biwabik this week for their perspective state tournaments. This weekend, the best dance teams in Minnesota hit Target Center in Minneapolis to determine the best high kick and jazz programs in three classes in the state..
Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he headed over to The Mill Northeast and to make the essential Scotch cocktail, served up in a neighborhood setting.
It’s getting to be that exciting time of the winter high school sports season as we go down to the wire for conference champions and get the postseason started.
A battle of conference unbeatens and two top 10 teams in boys basketball takes place Friday night in Minneapolis as DeLaSalle hosts St. Croix Lutheran in Tri-Metro Conference action.
If you haven’t heard already, the big game is on Sunday. Yes, the Super Bowl. Otherwise known as a perfect excuse to grab friends and throw a fantastic food party.
There’s a great boys hockey match-up Friday night in the north Twin Cities metro between a pair of ranked teams with a combined five losses in 34 games. One of them was a state runner-up last year.
The middle of January is a great time of year for the winter high school sports season. You’re in the meat and potatoes of the conference season around the state, which means there are great games on a nightly basis.
After watching Tuesday’s massacre in Pittsburgh, I actually have a lot of sympathy for the entire Minnesota Wild team. You can see they’re defeated, they hold their heads down and they’re beat well before they even step on the ice.