High School Sports Rally

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Prep Blog: Week 2, Previewing ‘The Big 4’

It’s Week 2 in high school football and pretty much every team around the state is back in action Friday night after last week’s unusual Saturday start. We’re now back to Friday night action under the lights, what every high school football player dreams of when they put the pads on for fall practice.

08/27/2015

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Brooks Bollinger Takes Coaching Job At Cretin-Derham Hall

Brooks Bollinger won a Rose Bowl. He spent six years in the NFL and was sacked 49 times. But his most daunting task yet may be coaching at his wife’s alma mater, Cretin-Derham Hall.

08/21/2015

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Prep Blog: Week 1, Previewing ‘The Big 4’

High school football is back. There isn’t a much better concept for football fans than watching their favorite prep teams under the lights on Friday nights. Except this week, it all starts on Saturday night. Here are four of this week’s top match-ups, with a couple other quality games on the side.

08/21/2015

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Prep Blog: Previewing Last Year’s 4A State Football Field

We’ve previewed the 2014 state tournament teams from Class 6A and Class 5A. This week, it’s Class 4A’s turn and it’s a group led by defending state champion Becker. The Bulldogs were somewhat of a surprise to win the Prep Bowl last year after Hutchinson had won state championships the two years prior.

08/14/2015

Roseville Tops White Bear Lake 21-14

Prep Blog: Previewing Last Year’s 5A State Football Field

Last year in Class 5A, Mankato West returned to the top, beating Simley in the Prep Bowl as the Scarlets made their ninth state tournament appearance. It was their fourth championship. So out of last year’s state tournament teams, which has the best chance to be holding the championship trophy at the Prep Bowl? Here is a look at what’s head in Class 5A, based on last year’s state tournament teams.

08/07/2015

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Prep Blog: Previewing Last Year’s 6A State Football Field

It’s a new year in Minnesota high school football with scheduling. Conferences are gone, and now schedules are done regionally. It’s a combined effort to keep games competitive but at the same time, limit traveling expenses for schools. So instead of previewing districts this year, here is a look at how Class 6A could shake out based on last year’s state tournament teams.

07/31/2015

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Prep Blog: Top Seniors Play In All-Star Football Game Saturday

High school football is at its best on Friday nights in the fall, but a game Saturday afternoon in St. Cloud is giving Minnesota’s graduated seniors one more chance to step on the field as prep athletes.

06/26/2015

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Prep Blog: Spring State Champions At A Glance

School is out, the sun is out and summer is here. It officially starts on Father’s Day, but for high school athletes, the spring came to an end both late last week and on Monday as the state’s spring champions were crowned across various sports.

06/19/2015

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Archery Program Aims High In Schools Nationwide

Want your son or daughter to pay attention in class? How about letting them shoot a bow and arrow in school? A nationwide program is doing just that.

06/12/2015

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Minnesota High School Lacrosse Grows In Popularity

The sport that keeps getting more competitive is lacrosse, and the state tournament illustrates just that. The level of competition keeps getting better while they continue to iron out the wrinkles.

06/12/2015

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Prep Blog: Previewing The State Baseball Tournament

It’s starting to feel like summer with the sun out and daily highs getting into the 80s. That also translates to perfect baseball weather. It couldn’t come at a better time as the state’s top high school teams travel across various sites in Minnesota for their perspective state tournaments.

06/10/2015

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Local Multi-Sport Athlete Has Incredible Senior Year

It may be impossible to have a better senior year than the one Nathan Brinker is having. He’s a human highlight reel from a town of just over 600, having won state in football, wrestling and True Team track.

06/05/2015

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With 2 On The Field And 1 In The Booth, Family Stays Together In Lacrosse

It’s a family affair in the sport of lacrosse — that’s what happens when two brothers play on the varsity team, while their younger brother calls their games for a webcast.

06/05/2015

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Prep Blog: A Hodgepodge Of Spring Playoff Action

State tournaments are in action in boys tennis and girls softball. Add the boys and girls state track and field meet at Hamline University this weekend to the mix. Next week, baseball, boys and girls golf and lacrosse take center stage across the state.

06/04/2015

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Rochester Century’s Jessie Aney Goes Undefeated Against The Boys

If you watch Jessie Aney, the biggest difference you will see is the clothing she wears. “She hits as hard as the guys are out there. She moves as well, if not better, than most of the players she plays out here. And in tangibles, she’s a ten out of ten.”

05/30/2015

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Tennis Coach Is Game To Set Consecutive Match Record

The coach of the Faribault girls high school tennis team is trying to break a Guinness World Record.

05/29/2015

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Prep Blog: Section Baseball Playoffs In Full Swing

We have a state tournament field set in boys tennis for both teams and individuals in Class A and AA. The next tournament to be figured it will be in baseball, where section playoffs are well underway and state teams will be decided across Minnesota by next weekend if the weather allows.

05/29/2015

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Bad Behavior Of Coaches, Parents Causing Referee Shortage

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.”

05/23/2015

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Eastview Softball Captains Earn 4.0 GPAs

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.

05/15/2015

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Adapted Bowling Tournament Strikes Brothers’ Fancy

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.

05/15/2015

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Prep Blog: This Weekend’s Top High School Match-Ups

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.

05/14/2015

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Prep Blog: This Weekend’s Top High School Match-Ups

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.

05/07/2015

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Minneapolis Southwest Shortstop Making History

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.

05/01/2015

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He Loves Lacrosse So Much He Coaches 3 Teams

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.

04/24/2015

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Mahtomedi’s Sean Hjelle Has Kentucky On His Mind

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.

04/24/2015

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