Central boys look ahead in volleyball

The Wright Call By Dave WrightLess than 24 hours after his team’s season had ended, Central boys’ volleyball coach David Albornoz was already looking ahead to the 2023 campaign. “We’re going to play beach volleyball this summer,” he said. “I…

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Spartans return to state boys’ tennis tourney

The Saint Paul Academy boys’ tennis team, ranked No. 1 in Class A at press time, plowed its way through the Section 4A playoffs late last month to return to the state team tournament on June 7-8 in Minneapolis.The Spartans…

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Highland’s McDonell wins state badminton title

Highland Park senior HaNeul Jeong McDonell has played her last high school badminton match, and what a match it was when she won the state individual singles championship on May 19.Heading into the state finals against Washington’s Cinderella Nwe, there…

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UST athletic director has busy summer ahead

The Wright Call By Dave WrightIt’s June and Phil Esten can finally catch his breath. It’s been a wild ride for the University of Saint Thomas athletic director for the past year. At this time in 2021, Esten was juggling…

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CDH softball falls twice in finals to just miss trip to state

It could have been one of the best prep sports comeback stories ever, but the Cretin-Derham Hall softball team was unable to write the final chapter. The fourth-seeded Raiders made it to the Section 4AAA finals undefeated in the double-elimination…

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Redhawks have been pleasant surprise in softball

Coach Meghan Thurow knew she was in the minority in her belief early on that the Minnehaha Academy softball team would be greatly improved this spring. So she might be justified if she’s inclined to muster up a little “I…

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Central’s Cole Spitzer sizzles on mound

Central junior Cole Spitzer might just be the best high school pitcher in the state few people have heard of. But like anything else, if you’re good enough you don’t stay unknown forever.The 5-foot-10, 150-pound lefty has a fastball that…

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Boys’ volleyball vote fails despite spike in interest

The Wright Call By Dave WrightAdding boys’ volleyball as a high school varsity sport should be easy to do—at least in theory. There’s little dispute that volleyball has become a popular addition to boys’ athletics. In a relatively short time,…

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Highland baseballers come out swinging

The Highland Park High School baseball team has been hitting on all cylinders this spring. Through May 2, the talented Scots had compiled a 7-0 overall record, including 5-0 in the Saint Paul City Conference. And though it was still…

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