High School

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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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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There’s a Storm brewing on the North Shore


By Tim Kolehmainen

It isn’t always easy when longtime community rivals are forced to join hands. Years of contested games, battling fan bases and coffee shop arguments are suddenly supposed to be buried for the good of the new co-operative. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it falls apart quickly.

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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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Aus bringing Brainerd a winning attitude


By Pete Waggoner

Brainerd Warriors boys’ varsity coach Dave Aus’ résumé speaks for itself. He is in his 17th year of coaching at the high school level and has compiled 248 wins with seven trips to the state tournament, all with Blaine High School. Aus moved to Brainerd in the summer of 2014 and in doing so brought his level of experience, love of the game and coaching acumen to the Warrior program.

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