Apple Valley’s Hall Goes For 6th State Wrestling TitleIf Mark Hall was in basketball instead of wrestling, he'd be as big as LeBron. At least, when LeBron was coming out of high school. "Tons and tons and tons of attention," his coach, Dalen Wasmund, said with a chuckle.
Maple Grove's Davison Leads On Court, GridironSit with Brad Davison and you are sitting with a well-dressed, polite, straight-A high school student.But that is just part of his resume. On Friday nights in the fall, he is the quarterback for the Maple Grove Crimson -- and he is a good one.
Blaine Hockey Ace Tufte Has The NHL In His SightsHe does not look like a hockey player, but he sure plays like one. Riley Tufte has a chance to lead his Blaine High School team to a state title, and he has a chance to play hockey after high school -- for a long time.
Fmr. NBA Player Reaches Out To Teens About AddictionChris Herren is not a name recognized locally, but his story applies to all because it is a story of how you can become addicted. Herren played division one basketball and made it to the NBA -- until heroin took over his life.
Unbeaten Orono Prep For Becker RematchThe Orono Spartans are a football team with great team speed. "We have a couple kick returners, both the running backs and receivers that every time they touch the ball it's exciting because they could go all the way," Coach Jeff Weiland said. They also have a great senior class.
Barber Makes His Own Name At Robbinsdale ArmstrongThomas Barber knows the end is near for his high school career at Robbinsdale Armstrong, and it has been a good one on a good team. "All my friends I've made, I mean, I've created a bond with all these guys growing up from like second grade, third grade, fourth grade," Barber said. "It's finally our senior year and it's just been fun."
Minnesota High School Lacrosse Grows In PopularityThe 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.
Bad Behavior Of Coaches, Parents Causing Referee ShortageIn 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."
Mahtomedi's Sean Hjelle Has Kentucky On His MindMahtomedi'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.
St. Croix Lutheran Hurdler Is Breaking Records, Heading To HarvardHow 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.
Andrew Wiggins' Sisters Have Basketball Dreams Of Their OwnWhen 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.
Mpls. Hockey Conference Aims For Return To GloryIt was considered one of the best hockey conferences in the state in the 1970's -- but times have changed, and enrollments have declined. Minneapolis has consolidated the conference into one high school hockey program, representing the entire city.