Girls’ hoops preview: Players face less uncertainty this season

Willie Taylor, the long-time high school girls’ basketball coach whose career includes two state championships with Central and another last season with Stillwater, is back in the area this winter as the new head coach at Saint Paul Academy.Taylor takes…

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Girls’ hockey preview: For some teams, cooperation is key

Co-op teams are a way of life in high school girls’ hockey these days. Largely because of changing demographics, schools often have to partner up if they want to offer certain sports, especially expensive ones like hockey.“I think co-ops are…

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Local cross-country runners have a very good day

The Wright Call By Dave Wright October 19 was a sunny 74 degrees that many folks may remember as the last really pleasant day they’ll see until, say, April. Brad Moening, however, is likely to remember October 19 for a…

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Prep football teams take field with fewer unknowns this fall

Another prep football season kicks off this week amid rising cases of COVID-19, but there’s still reason for optimism. Though teams are set to begin play knowing guidelines could change in the blink of an eye, many believe there can…

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Saint Paul seeks $2M grant to study Rondo neighborhood streets

A proposed Rondo Neighborhood Streets Improvement Study won support on July 7 from the Saint Paul City Council. The council is now seeking a $2 million federal RAISE (Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity) grant for the three-year study.…

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Local athletes medal in state prep track meets

Minnehaha’s Sanjay Redd, left, edges out Luverne’s Ashton Sandbulte to take second in the state 100-meter dash with a time of 10.99 seconds. Photo by Casey Ek Minnehaha Academy took first in the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 43.51…

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A return to normal for prep athletes

The Wright Call By Dave Wright First, they got the word that players could take off their masks while competing. Now, as the spring seasons head for their climax, there’s a sense that high school sports are slowly returning to…

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Prep preview: Teams playing catchup as baseball returns

It’s a mixed bag of issues for high school baseball coaches this spring. Because of COVID-19, many are finding that they’re having to do a lot more coaching of the game’s fundamentals. That’s because the virus effectively took a full…

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Softball preview: Retaking the field on the fly

The biggest problem facing high school softball coaches this spring is learning what type of team they have. The 2020 season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and prep coaches lost a year of player development. It left some…

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