Minnesota Sports Blog

Capital career: State government is exhilarating game for ex-Montgomery & Johnnie star Victor Moore

November 14, 2015 in Minnesota Stories

  By Bruce Strand, 2002 March Madness is upon us, and if you ask Vic Moore to hearken back to the Marches of his youth at Montgomery High School, he can summon up some thrilling memories of March. Stinging disappointments, too. "I was fortunate to grow…

‘Thwack!’ is back: Metal ejected for a more pure, safe game, but wood bats are tough on treasuries

November 14, 2015 in Minnesota Stories

  By Bruce Strand, 2002 About 25 years ago, a sweet sound disappeared from amateur baseball parks — the "thwack!" of a horsehide-wrapped baseball…

State football semifinals: dandy dozen for Prep Bowl includes Osseo, slayer of giant-killer Totino-Grace

November 14, 2015 in Minnesota Roundups

Class 6A: Osseo slays giant-killer Totino-Grace, reaches Prep Bowl against East Ridge Six days after Totino-Grace ended Eden Prairie's four-year reign…

From Grow & Karvonen to Broman & Dahlman: the parade of state scoring kings & queens

November 13, 2015 in Minnesota Stories

  By Bruce Strand, 2013 Norm Grow of Foley was the first to wear the crown and he held it the longest, 22 years. Janet Karvonen of New York Mills was next and she held it the second-longest, 11 years. After that, the title of most career points in Minnesota…

The Jock Doc: Alan Markman, ex-Faribault and Dartmouth gridder, has mended a long lineup of athletes from preps to pros

November 13, 2015 in Minnesota Stories

By Bruce Strand, 2004 A bright eighth-grader in Faribault had a chance to attend an elite private school out East in the mid-1960's. He was delivering papers for the Minneapolis Tribune, which made a few scholarships available to ambitious young employees.…

Monticello’s Przybilla lasts 13 years in NBA with guile and grit

November 13, 2015 in Minnesota Stories

by Bruce Strand, 2013 Joel Przybilla was briefly a Gopher basketball hero in the winter of 1999-2000 before turning him-
self into a local villain by quitting school in mid-season. Four months later, the NBA draft happened to be held at the Target Center,…

State football quarterfinal roundup: Totino-Grace upset of Eden Prairie is highlight

November 13, 2015 in Minnesota Roundups

Following are some summaries of prep football quarterfinal games, highlighted by Totino-Grace ending Eden Prairie’s big-school dynasty. CLASS 6A Totino-Grace ends Eden Prairie's awesome run 27-13 When Totino-Grace was racking up seven state championships…

Bittersweetly remembering an athlete dying young

November 9, 2015 in Minnesota Stories

By Bruce Strand, 1988 The time you won your town the race We chaired you through the market place Man and boy stood cheering by And home we brought you shoulder-high Today, the road all runners come Shoulder high, we bring you home And set you at your threshold…

Doubting Darwin: Faribault teacher/coach Rod LeVake loses in Supreme Court but keeps the faith

November 9, 2015 in Minnesota Stories

By Bruce Strand,  2002 Rod LeVake's main ambition came true four years ago when he finally got his chance to teach high school biology in Faribault, after 13 years in junior high general science. A cloud, however, was looming. LeVake did not see eye-to-eye…

Where the heart is: Heise glad she returned to MN Deaf as teacher and coach

November 9, 2015 in Minnesota Stories

By Bruce Strand, 1999 Michelle Heise remembers tears rolling down her cheeks the first time she came up the hill on Ravine Street toward Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf in Faribault. She was eight years old, a farm girl from Lake City, the only member…