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Prep Blog: Looking Back On An Eventful Winter Season

It’s transition time in Minnesota’s prep sports scene. The winter season is over and the champions have been crowned. While we have the time, let’s look back on an eventful winter season and reflect on the teams and games that gave us excitement and allowed us to appreciate high schools sports for what they are: Fun, competitive and entertaining.

03/27/2015

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Prep Blog: Apple Valley Completes ‘Unfinished Business’ To Win 2nd State Title

The Champlin Park boys basketball team had a chance to cap off a perfect season with a state championship lat weekend, but Apple Valley and its sense of unfinished business coming in was too much for the Rebels.

03/19/2015

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Prep Blog: State Hockey, Section Basketball Playoffs Highlight Busy Week

It’s poised to be an intense and emotional week in St. Paul and around the Twin Cities as the best boys hockey teams in the state hit Xcel Energy Center for one of the best state tournaments around. That, and state tournament bids get handed out for next week’s boys state basketball tournament at Target Center.

03/03/2015

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Prep Blog: Boys Hockey Playoff Games Highlight Weekend Match-Ups

We’re sprinting towards the end of February, but March Madness is already in full effect on the Minnesota high school sports scene. Our top match-ups this week feature two Friday hockey games with state tournament bids at stake, a top-five match-up in girls basketball and a couple of interesting games in the boys basketball playoffs.

02/27/2015

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Prep Blog: State Gymnastics Meet Highlights Busy Weekend

You have to love this time of year if you’re a high school sports fan. Yes, it’s the middle of February and it’s bitterly cold, but the best programs around Minnesota are flocking to the Twin Cities to take home trophies.

02/20/2015

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Prep Blog: State Dance Competition Highlights Weekend Sports

The state’s best ski teams, both downhill and cross country, are at Giant’s Ridge in Biwabik this week for their perspective state tournaments. This weekend, the best dance teams in Minnesota hit Target Center in Minneapolis to determine the best high kick and jazz programs in three classes in the state..

02/12/2015

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

It’s getting to be that exciting time of the winter high school sports season as we go down to the wire for conference champions and get the postseason started.

02/06/2015

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

A battle of conference unbeatens and two top 10 teams in boys basketball takes place Friday night in Minneapolis as DeLaSalle hosts St. Croix Lutheran in Tri-Metro Conference action.

01/30/2015

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Prep Blog: Friday’s Top High School Match-Ups

There’s a great boys hockey match-up Friday night in the north Twin Cities metro between a pair of ranked teams with a combined five losses in 34 games. One of them was a state runner-up last year.

01/23/2015

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Prep Blog: High School Basketball Highlights Weekend Match-Ups

The middle of January is a great time of year for the winter high school sports season. You’re in the meat and potatoes of the conference season around the state, which means there are great games on a nightly basis.

01/16/2015

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Prep Blog: Timberwolves Shootout Highlights Weekend Match-Ups

This weekend, there are plenty of great match-ups in hockey and basketball. One of the top events of the weekend is the Timberwolves Shootout, an all-day event at Target Center where some of Minnesota’s top teams face talented squads from across the country.

01/09/2015

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Prep Blog: Girls Hockey Tournament Highlights Weekend Match-Ups

This week, South St. Paul is hosting a girls hockey tournament with some traditionally strong programs. There’s also The Clash National Duals in Rochester, which features Minnesota’s top high school wrestling programs as well as some of the top programs from around the country.

01/02/2015

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Prep Blog: Top Teams Hitting Top Holiday Tournaments

For most, the holiday season is a time to be with family and away from the stresses of everyday life. For high school athletes, the time after Christmas and before the start of the new year is among the busiest on the calendar.

12/23/2014

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Prep Blog: Edina Hockey Tournament Highlights Weekend Match-Ups

We’re a week away from Christmas and high school students are ready to mentally check out for the holidays. Once the final exams are over and winter break starts, break out the video games, Ipods and DVDs. Or for the high school athletes, it’s the start of the busiest time of the winter sports year.

12/18/2014

High School Sports Rally 12-7

Prep Blog: Minnesota Transitions Event Highlights Weekend Match-Ups

The football season is over and the trophies for seven state champions are now resting quietly in their school’s cases. We’re now transitioning to winter, which means a move to basketball courts, hockey arenas and wrestling mats.

12/04/2014

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Prep Blog: Previewing The Prep Bowl At TCF Bank Stadium

It’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.

11/20/2014

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Prep Blog: Previewing The State Football Semifinals

It’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.

11/13/2014

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Prep Blog: Previewing The State Football Quarterfinals

Every 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.

11/06/2014

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Prep Blog: Section Championships, Previewing ‘The Big 4′

Eagan at Prior Lake highlights a big night of high school football across Minnesota Friday as state tournament bids are up for grabs. Every athlete that ever puts on football pads dreams of the chance to play for a trip to state. For 112 teams across seven total classes, the opportunity is there this week to celebrate a section championship when the clock hits zero.

10/31/2014

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Prep Blog: Section Semifinals, Previewing ‘The Big 4′

It’s playoff time in high school football in Minnesota. That means we’re in the heart of the fall, and every time a team takes the field the season is on the line. Athletes and teams hit the practice field in August and do the two-a-day practices for what starts now. It’s a chance to have an opportunity to play for a spot in the state tournament.

10/24/2014

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Prep Blog: Week 8, Previewing ‘The Big 4′

There are several conference titles on the line as well as the chance for home field advantage in the playoffs as teams kick off this week, and they’re doing so on short notice. It’s the week of Minnesota’s annual teacher’s conferences, so a majority of teams across the state are on a short week with games on Wednesday night.

10/15/2014

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Prep Blog: Week 7, Previewing ‘The Big 4′

A conference title is on the line Friday night in Arden Hills as a pair of top 5 teams in Class 6A square off. No. 5-ranked Mounds View hosts No. 4-ranked East Ridge, and the Raptors can clinch a share of the Suburban East Conference title with a victory. It The match-up highlights a big night in prep football.

10/10/2014

Roseville Tops White Bear Lake 21-14

Prep Blog: Week 6, Previewing ‘The Big 4′

A great rivalry in the Suburban East Conference will be renewed Friday night as Cretin-Derham Hall travels to Stillwater, with the Ponies looking to stay in the hunt for a league title. It’s our featured game for WCCO-TV’s High School Sports Rally.

10/03/2014

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Prep Blog: Week 5, Previewing ‘The Big 4′

It’s another huge week for high school football, and our Game of the Week features a pair of undefeated teams that are ranked in the top 10 in Class 6A as Totino-Grace heads to Maple Grove in a Northwest Suburban Conference showdown.

09/25/2014

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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.

09/18/2014

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