High School Sports Rally
In high school sports, the recruiting pitches are normally reserved for the athletes. But the Minnesota State High School League is launching one towards referees. “Not only do we seem to never have enough, but we’ve also noticed that the officials are getting older.”
Eastview’s softball team is a conference champion, but that’s not what makes the team so special.
“Coaching isn’t about winning,” coach Trevor Monroe said. “I will trade wins for good kids.
You don’t know what it’s like until you’ve sat where they’re sitting and watched what they’re watching.
How their boys come alive when they pick up a bowling ball.
You don’t have to go very far to find entertaining, competitive and intense match-ups on the high school sports scene. The spring prep sports landscape will take shape over the next few weeks as we’ll have playoffs underway, if not decided, in lacrosse, softball, baseball and tennis.
After a brief stint with some rough spring weather, the state’s high school spring sports have been back in action lately as we get ready to head to the postseason. The prep baseball, softball and golf seasons are all taking shape with a few weeks to go before we have playoff brackets and sectional play. Here’s a look at some of the big games Friday on the high school sports scene.
He is a shortstop who can hit, and he’s making a bit of history.
No one knows for sure, but they believe before Minneapolis Southwest’s Jordan Kazicky, a player from Minneapolis hadn’t been recruited to play for the Gophers since the early ’80s.
Do you love lacrosse? You can’t possibly love it as much as Aime Caines.
When Caines is coaching, he’s all in, giving his team every ounce of his energy and every octave in his vocal chords.
Mahtomedi’s Sean Hjelle is made for basketball, and maybe baseball. He’s 6 feet 11 inches tall and he’s good in the low post. But he thinks his future is on the mound. Watch him on the basketball court and you see a kid with potential — big potential.
This time last year, Jones was preparing to graduate and had already signed a letter of intent to attend Duke and play basketball. I’m sure many people thought Jones would have success immediately at Duke, but nobody could have predicted what he would accomplish in his freshman season with the Blue Devils.
Minnehaha Academy junior Sara Kaminski shoots baskets with her father. The last of four athletic siblings, she has built quite a resume; a three-sport athlete whose first love is basketball. But maybe it is what Adrian Peterson demonstrated in his MVP season that makes this story remarkable.
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.
How do you become a hurdler? “You’ll meet a lot of kids at meets that are just like, ‘Ah, my coach threw me in this (laughs),'” St. Croix Lutheran hurdler Jon Tollefson said. Tollefson’s introduction to the hurdles freshman year was similar to most.
Each Minnesota high school football coaches gather for an annual convention. What stays the same are the relationships, renewed and reborn. What changes are the issues, and in 2015, it’s a whole lot about safety.
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.
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.
Championship Saturday is now set for Target Center after four more semifinals Friday.
One of the most intriguing storylines of the state basketball tournament involves Maranatha.
Tim Hanson says he’s an engineer, but his primary job the last 30 years has been driving all his boys to their basketball game.
Mike Max shares the latest on the Class 1A and 2A semifinals.
When parents meet playing basketball in college, you know there is a pretty good chance their kids may gravitate to the sport. The Geuberts look like the all-American family, because, in many respects, they are. Dan and Melissa have three children, two of whom are twins and high school seniors — Madison and Drew.
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.
David McCoy heads to the state wrestling tournament.
Mike Max and Frank Vascellaro highlight the best plays from the big Friday night match-ups in high school sports.
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.
David McCoy covers the Minnesota gymnastics championships at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion. The best high school gymnastics teams and individuals in the state are competing for their state meet
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.
When your dad played in the NBA, your mom was an Olympic sprinter and your big brother’s the number-one pick in the NBA draft — it sets you up for the understatement of the year. “I think we’ve got good genes,” Angelica Wiggins said. “Really good genes.” Her sister, Taya Wiggins, agrees.