High School

Luverne’s dynamic duo

 

By Tim Kolehmainen

Pow! Bam! Crash! While those are the fight sounds of the campy 1960s Batman and Robin television show, they might just as easily be the soundtrack of the exploits of a different potent pair. Luverne senior Chaz Smedsrud and sophomore Jaxon Nelson, nicknamed the “dynamic duo” by teammates and opponents in southwestern Minnesota, have been wreaking havoc on boys’ high school hockey scoring records for the past three years.

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Unbeaten and unfazed

Top-ranked Benilde-St. Margaret’s owns an 18-0-1 record with six games left in the regular season

 

By Pete Waggoner

The Benilde-St. Margaret’s Red Knights sit atop the rankings and boast the only unbeaten record in high school hockey. After posting a 4-2 win over Minnetonka before a full house at the St. Louis Park Rec Center on Jan. 26, the Red Knights improved their record to 18-0-1. They have executed with an entertaining brand of hockey that includes puck possession, creativity, depth and character this year and have surpassed not only expectations from the hockey world but even to a degree themselves.

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NOW is tryout season for the Elite League

 

By Tim Droogsma
Upper Midwest High School Elite League

It’s a little over eight months until the Upper Midwest High School Elite League begins its 16th season, but for players who hope to take part in next fall’s league an important part of the selection process is taking place right now.

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The silent arena

A scary hit in a Duluth East-Eden Prairie varsity game sends Hounds defenseman Nathaniel Benson to the hospital

 

By Pete Waggoner

It was another typical January Saturday afternoon in Minnesota with clear skies and plummeting temperatures. Scores of high school hockey fans were hustling into the Eden Prairie Community Center, home of their hometown Eagles. On their way in, fans passed the Duluth East Greyhounds coach bus that was stationed outside the facility, illustrating that this isn’t just any team – it was the Hounds – and they were playing the highly-talented Eagles. History between these teams date back to Kyle Rau’s dramatic triple overtime winning goal in the 2011 state final.

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Wild horses

Stillwater Ponies racing toward lofty season goals

 

By Pete Waggoner

The Stillwater Ponies have raced out of the gates to an 11-1 record in the first half of the 2015-16 season with their sites set on the team’s first  Suburban East Conference championship in school history. The Ponies’ team goals don’t stop there with designs on the Section 4AA title and winning the 2016 state tournament.

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