High School Sports
The No. 1 team in Minnesota boys high school hockey isn’t Edina, or Eden Prairie or Hill-Murray. It’s a team that’s never won a state title before.
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.
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.
Minnesota joins 32 other states with policies for transgender athletes on high school sports teams. But that doesn’t make it any less controversial. Minnesota transgender students can choose a sports team if parents and health care professionals can prove their gender-related identity. Students don’t need proof of sex-change surgery or hormone therapy.
It’s state tournament time in Minnesota, and it will cost more for some schools to make the trip this year. The Minnesota State High School League has warned schools to expect smaller reimbursement checks at the end of the school year. Mayer Lutheran may only be home to 180 students, but on Friday nearly all of them made the 45-mile trip to St. Paul to see their team compete on the volleyball court.
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.
The Section Playoffs and the march to the Prep Bowl begin Tuesday night. Plenty of games Tuesdsay and several on Friday and Saturday as well. Here is the Radio Rally rundown!
The Minnesota State High School League voted to postpone making a decision on the league’s proposed policy about transgender students who want to play on athletic teams. As WCCO’s Bill Hudson reported, the board wanted the currently written policy to move forward, but also to refine it before it becomes fully implemented.
There was emotional reaction from parents Wednesday afternoon over a controversy involving school sports and gender. The State High School League is trying to offer direction to coaches when a transgender student wants to join a team.
Help your kids learn vital life-long skills like teamwork, sportsmanship and cooperation. Opportunities abound with fall programs at your local high school, park and recreation center and other youth athletic associations.
For the first time in state history, the Minnesota Department of Health is releasing a report about how concussions are impacting high school athletes. Health department officials estimate that there were nearly 3,000 sports-related concussions in Minnesota schools last year.
A new study found the age and brand of football helmets doesn’t lower the risk for concussions. University of Wisconsin researchers looked at more than 2,000 high school football players.
Governor Dayton talks with Dave Lee….to hear that conversation and others from today, Click the link above!
Ray Detlof of the High School Girls Hockey Coaches Association talks with Dave.
Why did former Cooper Star Rashad Vaughn choose to attend UNLV? Click the link above to find out.
The Old Dutch HIGH SCHOOL TEAM IS ANNOUNCED….who is it? Listen to Mike Max….click the link to hear the podcast.
Aaron Peterson ran for 183 yards and two touchdowns as Owatonna earned its first state title by beating Brainerd 24-0 Saturday in the Class 5A Championship. Quarterback Ian Langeberg had 136 yards passing for the top-ranked Huskies (13-0), who have three previous runner-up finishes, including last year. In the title game for the first time, third-ranked Brainerd (12-1) was led by Conor Gessell’s 71 yards rushing. Peterson scored on first-half runs of 3 yards and 1 yard to give the Huskies a 14-0 lead.
Joe Werz ran for a 69-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter and St. Croix Lutheran hung on to beat New London-Spicer 48-44 in the Class 3A title game. Hans Klingenschmitt had 177 yards rushing Saturday at the Prep Bowl and Trever Koester 139 for St. Croix Lutheran (11-2), which won its second title in three years. Adam Essler had 194 yards rushing for New London-Spicer (10-3). Leading by 6, Werz went straight up the middle and sprinted to the end zone and a 42-28 St. Croix Lutheran lead.
Robbie Grimsley more than made up for an early mistake. The junior ran for three long scores — including a Prep Bowl record 92-yard dash — and Hutchinson crushed the Academy of Holy Angels 49-7 Friday in the Prep Bowl to win its second straight Class 4A Championship and 26th straight game. Grimsley, who finished with 261 yards on six carries before rolling his ankle, scored on runs of 76, 57 and 92 yards in the first quarter to put the Tigers (13-0) well on their way to a fifth school title. Tory Adams added three rushing touchdowns and a punt return for a score. “It’s exciting,” said Grimsley, who fumbled away the opening kickoff. “You never want to fumble the football, especially to start the game like that in the state championship. I was lucky the coaches were willing to give me the ball again and trust me.”
No matter what the level of ability a high school student athlete has, parents should understand the value of getting involved in their child’s program of choice as they collectively enter one of the most important chapters of their lives.
Joey Hyde pitched a complete game to guide the Kasson-Mantorville Komets to an 8-1 victory over the Perham Yellowjackets in the Class 2A state championship at Target Field on Monday. Hyde scattered five singles over seven innings while striking out five, letting in the lone run in the second. Nine different players had at least one hit for the Komets (25-6)
There’s something Cretin-Derham Hall sprinter Megan Linder tells herself every time she steps in the blocks. “Just, ‘I believe I can do it.’ It’s kind of hard to say you can do it, because I’m a really humble person. I don’t always say, like, ‘I just gonna win.’ It’s never like that for me. It’s like, ‘Gotta believe it to achieve it,’” Linder said.
Minnesota high school spring sports started practice this week. But with the weather being what it is, they’ve been relegated indoors.
An elite soccer program in Minnesota is sending 26 girls to play at Division I, II and III programs across the country.
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