High School Sports Rally
The first Rally of the new year held a huge wrestling tournament, loads of amazing winter sports highlights, and the story of a Minneapolis coach trying to bring new life to the school he once played for.
It’s a unique time for boys high school basketball in Minnesota as the in-state talent seems to get more elite every year. I’m not sure it will ever get to the level that’s out on the east coast, but the brand that’s on display right now on courts throughout the state might be the strongest it’s ever been.
It’s the holiday season, and that means it’s the holiday tournament season. We’ll start with an annual boys hockey tournament — the Schwan’s Cup.
Christmas means a variety of different things for different people. For most of us, it means getting together with family, enjoying some egg nog and opening presents around the tree. It’s also one of the busiest times of the year for high school coaches, athletes and bus drivers.
It’s almost Christmas, and here’s a gift: some interesting winter sports match-ups.
Ten Minnesota high school teams will compete in the High School Hockey Faceoff at TCF Bank Stadium next month. The five-game competition will be held Jan. 11 as part of the Hockey City Classic Winter Festival.
HS Sports took center stage last night on SPORTS TO THE MAX. Click the link to hear Mike’s recap.
The Eden Prairie wrestling program had a chance to witness some history Friday night as its head coach was preparing to reach a milestone. Scot Davis made a name for himself in Owatonna, then took over the Eagles wrestling program. If the Eagles won Friday night, Davis would get his 1,000th career victory as a head coach.
An interesting coach of the week, a deserving athlete of the week, and a trip to Apple Valley for a national night of basketball — all that was showcased in this week’s Rally.
even state champions were crowned last weekend as the Minnesota State High School League hosted its final Prep Bowl at the Metrodome. For seven teams, getting to hoist a championship trophy last weekend made the extra weightlifting and work over the summer worth it. Over the course of 13 or 14 weeks, teammates became best friends as they all drove toward a common goal: Getting to the Metrodome for the Prep Bowl and winning it.
It may be a frozen Friday night outside, but arenas throughout the state were heated up by boys’ high school hockey action. David McCoy was in Lakeville, and reported on our featured game: Lakeville North vs. Benilde.We also had cameras capturing the other hockey showdowns.One of the many standout performers at last week’s Prep Bowl was a running back who became a quarterback, then became a big playmaker. The ASPIRE Athlete of the Week is St. Croix Lutheran’s David Ponath.
The Roseville gymnastics team won a state title a year ago. As the team works toward another championship, they do so with a coaching staff that believes culture creates destiny.
One of the many standout performers at last week’s Prep Bowl was a running back who became a quarterback, then became a big playmaker. St. Croix Lutheran’s David Ponath is the ASPIRE Athlete of the Week.
Chatfield’s defense came up big when it mattered most. A group of Gophers stopped Austin Buysse just shy of the goal line on the opening play of the fourth quarter and Chatfield went on to beat Minneota/Lincoln HI 17-7 Friday in the Class 2A Championship game at the Prep Bowl.
It’s what every kid who has ever put on a football uniform dreams of: Playing at the Metrodome the weekend after Thanksgiving for a state championship. Between Friday and Saturday, 14 teams will play for titles and seven will finish their seasons as state champions.