It’s a new year, and the High School Sports Rally rolls on! David McCoy went to South St. Paul for the 20th annual Kaposia Classic girls’ hockey tournament.
You can’t go far in Wakota Ice Arena without being reminded of the history of South St. Paul hockey. The city started its girls’ hockey program in 1994. And a year later, they started the Kaposia Classic tournament.
The difference in their record was modest, going from ten losses to nine.
The best 15-year-old racquetball player in the world hails from Minnesota.
From basketball, to downhill skiing, to a popular soccer coach fighting the ultimate battle -– this edition of High School Sports Rally has it all. Mike Max and Frank Vascellaro highlight the best plays from big games in high school hockey and basketball.
Hundreds of high school skiers were in Taylors Falls Friday for one of Minnesota’s biggest and most competitive downhill ski competitions — the Wild Mountain Invitational. It’s a good, early test to see who will be contenders at the state meet in February.
The Vikings did not score in the second half Sunday in Detroit. They dropped their record to 6-8 and moved to 0-5 in their division.
Are the good old days back again? Johan Santana will be pitching for the Twins this summer. Well, sort of. “[In the] minor leagues, I was Johan Santana. Then, there was another Johan Santana. You know who that is,” said the Twins’ newest free agent acquisition, starting pitcher Ervin Santana, with a laugh. “They send me his baseball cards every time so I can sign it.”
David McCoy reports on the featured boys’ basketball game – St. Paul Central vs. Minneapolis North. Mike Max and Frank Vascellaro highlight the best plays from other big games in boys’ and girls’ basketball, and in boys’ hockey.
The Vikings are in Detroit on Sunday, in a rematch against the team that gave Teddy Bridgewater his first loss as a starter. It offers a pretty good barometer for the progress he’s made this season. Bridgewater’s first game against Detroit couldn’t have gone much worse: 3-of-14 on third down, three interceptions, eight sacks.
First of all, it’s really improbable. So brace yourself. But I’m telling you there’s a chance. The Minnesota Vikings still have an outside chance to make the playoffs in Mike Zimmer’s first season as head coach.
When Blair Walsh and Jeff Locke aren’t together kicking a football at work, go figure, you’re likely to find them together hitting a cue ball at home.
We have Friday night’s big games, and we have some schools few have heard about. If you weren’t able to make it to any of the great high school games Friday night, take a look at the videos below. David McCoy reports from Minnesota Transitions Charter School in Minneapolis to show us a tourney that’s just getting started — entirely devoted to charter school basketball teams.
Ryan Suter missed his first game since signing with the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night, due to an illness. A day later, the Wild found out what that illness is. And it’s an all-too familiar issue. “Yeah,” Coach Mike Yeo said. “He’s got the mumps.”
The football season is over. Thanksgiving is over. Now it’s time for hockey and basketball. The season is already in full swing. David McCoy reported on the featured boys’ hockey game — Roseau vs. Blaine– while Mike Max highlighted the best plays from some non-conference hockey match-ups and girls’ basketball.
It’s been more than three decades since the last time the Minnesota high school football championship was played outdoors. And like this year, weather played a key part. David McCoy shows why the 1981 was a game memorable for more than just its place in history.
Friday night, Eden Prairie will try to win its fourth-straight state title in football. There are a lot of reasons why the Eagles have had so much success. One of them is a man you’ve likely never heard of — but his impact can be seen in every game. You probably know Coach Mike Grant, son of Vikings legend Bud Grant. He’s the winner of the last three state titles.
Ever challenge your dad to a game of horse in the driveway? Well, that’s kind of what it’ll be like for Richard Pitino Friday night, only on a slightly bigger scale.
The bye week is over and the Minnesota Vikings are back at work, but they are still without star running back Adrian Peterson. The NFL has yet to take Peterson off the exempt list, which he was put on after facing charges of child abuse in Texas after he admitted to striking his 4-year-old son with a switch.
On a beautiful night for football, they played the first round of the state playoffs outdoors. The goal is a date at TCF Bank Stadium and the Prep Bowl. David McCoy reported on the featured game — Eden Prairie Vs. East Ridge — while Mike Max and Frank Vascellaro highlighted the best plays from other big games.
The juggernaut that is the DeLaSalle football team is in the state tournament this weekend for the third year in a row, and the sixth time in the last seven years.
The Eagan Wildcats girls’ volleyball team won 3 to 0 Thursday and will advance to the semifinals for the second year in a row. But as WCCO’s David McCoy says, as much success as the team has had it can’t compare to that enjoyed by one family.
From looking bleak to a winning streak, what a difference a couple weeks have made for the Minnesota Vikings. Now, as players head into their bye week, they feel a lot better about things than they did a couple weeks ago.
Their coach calls them The Iron 5. You can call them a restaurant owner’s worst nightmare. Either way, it’s probably a good thing we didn’t do this interview over lunch.
Think Andrew Wiggins is excited to play his first NBA game? So does he. “I think about it every day, you know. It’s something that I’ve been looking forward to my whole life, so I think about it every day,” Wiggins said. It’s been 125 days since Wiggins was drafted — 67 days since he was traded to the Wolves and 29 days since the start of training camp. Time, he says, he’s used to get better.