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Two-Man Advantage

David La Vaque has covered all but one state hockey tournament game since 2009 and has worked as a Star Tribune high school sports reporter since 2004. His favorite tournament experiences include cheering for alma mater St. Paul Johnson in 1991 and staying for most of the Apple Valley/Duluth East marathon semifinal game in 1996. Loren Nelson has covered every state tournament since 2009 as the national media editor for Sport Ngin. He attended many, many other Tourney games as a high schooler from the far northern reaches of Minnesota making the annual pilgrimage south to the old St. Paul Civic Center in the 1980s.


Garrett Smith's first varsity goal lifts Eden Prairie over Hermantown

By Loren Nelson, SportsEngine 12/08/2017, 2:00pm CST

Smith scored with 1:22 left in overtime to help the Eagles defeat a determined Hawks' team.

Team Minnesota Red loaded with MVPs

By Loren Nelson 11/06/2017, 12:15am CST

Standouts are abundant in IIT championship victory over Shattuck-St. Mary's.

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Five newcomers to watch this season

By Loren Nelson 10/13/2017, 11:45am CDT

Past dominance does not guarantee future success, but we like these guys' chances at high school level.

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Two-Man's Day 4 All-Tourney Team

By Loren Nelson 03/11/2017, 10:45pm CST

Individual glory and team success align infrequently

By David La Vaque 03/11/2017, 2:45pm CST

Eden Prairie's Casey Mittelstadt has company in the struggle to win everything

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