Prep Blog: Week 6, Previewing 'The Big 4'It's another huge week in high school football as after Friday night's action, there are just two weeks left in the regular season. That means the focus for many teams has shifted to the playoffs. The primary focus is still the Friday night opponent every week, but teams are now looking at where they might be headed for the postseason.
Prep Blog: Previewing Last Year's 5A State Football FieldLast 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.
High School Skiers, And Dads, Battle At Wild Mountain InvitationalHundreds of high school skiers were in Taylors Falls Friday for one of Minnesota's biggest and most competitive downhill ski competitions -- the Wild Mountain Invitational. It's a good, early test to see who will be contenders at the state meet in February.
Mankato West's Ryan Schlichte Is AP Player Of YearMankato West quarterback Ryan Schlichte has been picked as the Minnesota Associated Press Player of the Year for high school football. The award was announced Tuesday with the AP's all-state teams. Schlichte led the Scarlets to the Class 5A championship with a 42-19 victory Saturday over Simley.
Mankato West Beats Simley To Win Class 5A TitleRyan Schlichte threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as Mankato West beat Simley 42-19 for the Class 5A football championship Saturday at the Prep Bowl.
Simley High Football Content With Underdog StatusIt's a new feeling at Simley High School in Inver Grove Heights -- winning on the football field. At this school, most of the success has come indoor on mats. Quarterback Michael Busch says his team finally gets to feel like the wrestlers. "They're always in the state, competition for a state championship, and we got the opportunity and it's like the atmosphere of wrestling season," Busch said.
Prep Blog: Previewing The Prep Bowl At TCF Bank StadiumIt's state championship week in high school football, what every kid who ever puts on pads and a helmet dreams about. It's also a bittersweet time for coaches and players because now there's a certainty: This is the last football game of the year.
Prep Blog: Previewing The State Football SemifinalsIt's a huge week for the four teams that are left in each class. You're playing for something that might have only seemed like a dream in August: A chance to play for a state championship. The teams that advance this week head to TCF Bank Stadium to play in the Prep Bowl, while the others wonder what might have been after getting so close.
Prep Blog: Previewing The State Football QuarterfinalsEvery high school football player that steps on the field in August has the goal of playing football in November. That means you're in the state tournament, where anything is possible.
Prep Blog: Week 4, Previewing 'The Big 4'There's a huge match-up west of the Twin Cities Friday night that has Wright County Conference title implications later this year as Orono hosts Hutchinson. Both teams are unbeaten at 3-0, and the Spartans are ranked No. 5 in Class 4A, while the Tigers are the top-ranked team and the defending state champions.
TCF Bank To Close 8 Cub Foods BranchesTCF Bank announced Wednesday that they will close eight branches locating inside Cub Foods stores by the end of March. According to a company spokesperson, the branches affected are located in Chanhassen, Elk River, Forest Lake, Hastings, Lakeville South, Mankato West, Northfield and Rogers. Chanhassen, Elk River and Forest Lake will still have free-standing TCF locations.
Prep Blog: State Bids On The Line Friday NightBefore football teams hit the field Friday night, there are 16 squads left in seven classes across the state who all have a shot at the state tournament. By the end of the night, that number will get cut in half. This is the week that pretty much every kid who grows up playing football dreams about.