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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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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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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Saint Thomas looks to build on Division I grid success

The Wright Call By Dave WrightBy just about any standard, the University of Saint Thomas’ first season playing Division I football was a success. The Tommies went 7-3 overall and held their own in the Pioneer League, winning six of…

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Timberwolves showing correct mindset

The Wright Call By Dave WrightBy the time you read this, you’ll probably know if the Minnesota Timberwolves succeeded in their first-round NBA playoff series against Memphis. The armchair analysts were in rare form, praising the Wolves after Game 1…

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Bob Tschida ends distinguished coaching career

The Wright Call By Dave WrightWhen the Catholic Athletic Association (CAA) baseball coaches met on April 12 to go over the ground rules for the 2022 season, a longtime regular was noticeably missing. For the first time in over four…

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El-Amin revives Saint Thomas Academy basketball

The Wright Call By Dave WrightThe Saint Thomas Academy basketball season ended on March 12 with an 89-77 loss to South Saint Paul in the Section 3AAA semifinals. However, that did little to dim one of the most remarkable turnarounds…

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Calling a foul on fans’ comments

The Wright Call By Dave WrightThe Highland Park High School boys’ basketball team welcomed their Central High counterparts to the Scots’ gym on February 28. Though neither team was in contention for the Saint Paul City Conference title, the stands…

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Scots win 2nd state Nordic title in three years

The Wright Call By Dave WrightA month or so ago, Highland Park cross-country coach Brad Moening was asked to look ahead and guess who would be the biggest threat to the Scots’ girls’ team in their pursuit of a second…

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Despite cold, Scots sizzle in Nordic skiing

The Wright Call By Dave WrightFor a lot of people, the recent spell of polar weather has been miserable. That includes a group you might not have expected: the Highland Park High School boys’ and girls’ cross-country ski teams. A…

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Willie Taylor now enjoying life at SPA

The Wright Call By Dave WrightTo most high school girls’ basketball teams, losing a game by more than 100 points would qualify as a major disaster and serious setback to the program. To Saint Paul Academy varsity head coach Willie…

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Former QB Walsh returns to coach CDH football

The Wright Call By Dave WrightJudy Garland, a native of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, said it eight decades ago in the role of Dorothy Gale: “There’s no place like home.”Steve Walsh agrees.It’s been almost four decades since Walsh was a three-sport…

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