Sports
July 5
Fall colors were still hanging on during the Oct. 13, 2018 matchup between St. John’s and St. Thomas in Collegevillle.

Uncertainty builds for fall sports in MIAC, NSIC during pandemic

Local colleges are still planning to go forward with fall sports, but key decisions loom.
Sports
July 4
Hillcrest Prep five-star recruit Makur Maker elected to play college basketball at Howard rather than one of the sport's perennial powers.

Patrick Plus: Howard University celebrates another whopper of an upset — in hoops recruiting

One of the nation's top college basketball prospects is headed to a historically Black college.
Gophers
July 1
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Sports cancellations starting to pile up among small colleges

Eleven Division III schools have announced they won't field teams during fall semester. More decisions will be made in the next few weeks.
Sports
June 26
Minnesota Crookston football players Joe Warner, left, and Will Cross.

Reusse: Time is right to honor sport's resolute: Meet Joe Warner and Will Cross

They played football at Minnesota Crookston, where victory came around only every few years.
Duluth
June 26
Northwoods League batting helmets from the league's 2013 All-Star Game.

Duluth Huskies cancel Northwoods League season because of pandemic

Most of the league's teams will play, but extra costs will keep Huskies out.
High Schools
June 23
Stillwater point guard Pratt verbally commits to Nebraska Omaha

Stillwater point guard Pratt verbally commits to Nebraska Omaha

Alexis Pratt was part of a Ponies team this season that reached the Class 4A semifinals.
Coronavirus
June 22
Contact sports such as wrestling, hockey and football face many challenges in keeping athletes safe in competition.

Contact sports wrestle with the challenges of playing during a pandemic

For contact sports, social distancing isn't a workable option. As football, hockey and other sports move ahead toward restarting, those involved are aware of the challenges they face. Can they keep their seasons and sports viable?
Gophers
June 22
Fans watched a Northwoods League game in Mankato in 2018.

Four Minnesota teams to begin Northwoods League play next week

A five-team "pod" of Northwoods League teams, including four from Minnesota, will begin a shortened season on July 1 that is scheduled to run through August 20.
Gophers
June 19
St. Thomas could be playing Division I hockey in the 2021-22 season, and the new CCHA is looking for an eighth team.

Hockey updates: Good news for St. Thomas, Don Lucia

The former Gophers coach was named commissioner of the new CCHA earlier this week, while the Tommies received encouraging news on their quest to move to NCAA Division I.
Gophers
June 15
St. Thomas is expected to find out if it can pursue a move into Division I athletics directly from Division III when the NCAA Division I Council meets

After delay, St. Thomas expects to learn its Division I fate this week

If St. Thomas is allowed to go jump directly from Division III, it would become a member of the Summit League in most sports.
High Schools
June 14

Minnesota Scene: Air Force's Schilling (Wayzata) chosen hockey MVP

The sophomore goalie was the starter on Wayzata's Class 2A championship team in 2016 as a senior.
Sports
June 14
Alex Richter (31) and his Augustana (S.D.) teammates celebrated after defeating Lincoln Memorial 90-81 in the NCAA Division II championship basketball

Reusse: Summit League deals blow to Augustana's Division I hopes

Seven months after offering St. Thomas membership, the conference denied the South Dakota's schools application to join.
Gophers
June 12
Baseball is making a comeback in ballparks such as Milroy.

Baseball is back in Minnesota as amateur league creates own path to play

Facing growing unrest from teams, the Minnesota Baseball Association board agreed not to punish teams under MBA rules if they were to start playing this weekend under specific conditions.
High Schools
June 10
Taquarius Wair was honored as a hometown hero on Aug. 18, 2019, by the Vikings at a preseason game.

Minnesotan who overcame burns to play college football wins ESPYs' Jimmy V Award

Taquarius Wair was a starter for the Minneapolis North football team and a backup running back at Mesabi Range College in Virginia, Minn. He lost four fingers and suffered burns over 55% of his body in a 2005 house fire.
Gophers
June 9
The 2003 Concordia College soccer team. Coach Jim Cella is in the top right on the right.

Title-winning coaches: One says he failed, another sees 'blessing' in sports shutdown

A Hall of Fame soccer coach from Concordia College called himself out in a 1,000-word essay about racism while the men's basketball coach at St. Thomas found a blessing in the near complete shutdown of sports.
Gophers
June 9
JD Spielman (10) pulled down a reception for Nebraska against the Gophers on Oct. 12, 2019, at TCF Bank Stadium.

Spielman enters transfer portal. Are Gophers good fit for his final season?

Wide receiver and kick returner JD Spielman of Eden Prairie, whose father is the Vikings' general manager, has entered the NCAA transfer portal.
High Schools
June 8
“It is so important to think of others, especially right now” — Paige Bueckers. Paige is shown here in a senior portrait she shared with the Sta

Bueckers: Class of '20 can overcome what we lost, write a better script

Hopkins senior Paige Bueckers, the best prep girls' basketball player, has kept her focus on the future amid the pandemic. As the Star Tribune salutes the Class of 2020, we share Paige's story and her motivation.
Sports
June 6
Macalester coach Tom Hosier was carried around the field by his players after the Scots ended a 50-game losing streak with a 17-14 victory over Mount

Our favorite games: 89 straight losses vanish in two weekends of joy

Two football losing streaks that lasted most of a decade ended over consecutive weekends: The record-setting streak at Macalester College and another at a rural high school in northern Minnesota.
Gophers
June 5
MSU Mankato hockey coach Mike Hastings

Reusse: MSU Mankato was biggest loser when college hockey shut down

The Mavericks had veterans dedicated to putting past NCAA woes behind them, a 31-5-2 record, another WCHA regular-season title, and a grip on a No. 1 regional seed.
Sports
June 5

UMD's Perunovich receives another top college hockey award

Scott Perunovich, a native of Hibbing, Minn., was named the Jim Johannson College Player of the Year by USA Hockey on Friday.