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The New Valley Hoops

Tre Jones in game against Minneapolis North.

Daniel Dessalew, Sports Writer

December 8, 2016

The boys basketball Eagles are back on the court ready for another promising season, with a new-look roster and great aspirations. Last year, the Eagles had an amazing record of 18-0 in the regular season. The team also breezed through sections playoffs, ultimately finishing third in state after l...

Wrestling Drops Opener in Heartbreaker to Shakopee

Shakopee celebrates a victory over top-ranked Apple Valley.

Brady LaBahn, Sports Writer

December 5, 2016

After a back-and-forth match that brought the crowd to its feet several times, Shakopee defeated Apple Valley 29-29 in a highly touted dual that garnered national attention. It was Apple Valley’s first conference dual loss since 1991. The visiting Sabers quickly gained control of the early portion ...

Exciting Year Ahead For Girls Basketball Team

Apple Valley runs its offense against Eagan.

Jack Rosenthal, Sports Editor

December 3, 2016

The Apple Valley girls basketball season is now in full swing, and coach Jeremy Gordon’s team is showing the promise of a great year already. The girls traveled to Minnetonka for their first game of the year on November 26th and upset the defending state champions, 67-52. Last year the girls we...

The History of Thanksgiving Football

Chicago Bears Walter Payton (34) backs into the end zone and looks back at Detroit Lions Dick Jauron (26) in the fourth quarter of Thanksgiving Day game, Thursday, Nov. 24, 1977 in the Pontiac Silverdome. Chicago defeated the lions, 31-14. (AP Photo)

Connor Van Hulzen, Assistant Sports Editor

November 24, 2016

Gathering together as a family or with friends and sitting down to eat a meal on the fourth Thursday of every November is a time-honored tradition in American households. Also commonplace? Watching football together. Football on Thanksgiving became a tradition even before Congress finally establish...

AV Girls Swim Team Makes a Splash at State

Nora Bengtson, Aika Gram, Claudia Dougan Amber Quinones (alternate), and Vivien Duong

Liz Bolsoni, Sports Writer

November 22, 2016

Senior Vivien Duong, sophomore Anika Gram, and freshmen Claudia Dougan and Nora Bengtson all swam at state for the first time on November 16.  Throughout the year, these swimmers put in hours of hard work in the pool every day to ultimately compete against the state's best high school teams at the U...

Eagles Come Back Against the Raptors

Team celebrating after tying goal.

Daniel Dessalew, Sports Writer

November 21, 2016

This past Thursday the Apple Valley girls hockey team finished on top, defeating East Ridge 3-2, in a redemption game after last year’s six-overtime loss. “This game was the first test of the season,” said assistant coach Michelle Gustafson. “We responded well in the third period, tying and winning the game.” The first...

Girls Hockey Enjoys Great Win vs. Burnsville

Senior Lexi Kocken skates along the boards.

Jack Rosenthal, Sports Editor

November 17, 2016

The Apple Valley girls hockey team played a great game against Burnsville on Tuesday, coming out on top in a solid 4-1 win. In spite of their victory, the girls struggled in the first period. The team let up a power play goal in the first five minutes of the period, and weren’t able to create muc...

A Heartbreaker Ends the Eagles’ Season

Senior quarterback Noah Sanders after the final play.

Connor Van Hulzen, Assistant Sports Editor

November 16, 2016

The Eagles’ season was cut just short of their preseason goal of going to U.S. Bank Stadium on two very unfortunate plays. Now, rather than preparing for more games, the Eagles are only left to wonder, “What if?”

Back and Better Than Ever

Players look on during the captains' practice.

Josie Segar and Kealey Jensen

November 11, 2016

Last year the Apple Valley boys hockey team ended with a record of 9-10-1, which is close to winning half of their games.  This year, they've set their sights even higher. The men’s hockey team has set a high standard for this season and fans have a lot to look forward to. “As a staff, our...

Back On The Ice

2016-17 Apple Valley Girls Hockey Team

Daniel Dessalew, Sports Writer

November 8, 2016

As the 2016-17 season approaches, the Apple Valley girls’ hockey team is ready for the puck drop, with new goals and more experience. After finishing eighth place in the South Suburban Conference and losing to East Ridge in a historic game in sections, the team is ready to bounce back this season. “We have a lot of talent and a ...

Late Score Propels Eagles to State Tournament

Apple Valley has seen recent success versus Eastview on the gridiron after years of tough losses.

Brady LaBahn, Sports Writer

November 7, 2016

After a back-and-forth game between Apple Valley and Park of Cottage Grove on Friday night, senior quarterback Noah Sanders ran for a one-yard touchdown with 49 seconds left to give the Eagles a 42-35 lead. An interception by junior cornerback Josh Arnold with 8 seconds on the clock solidified both a ...


Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, center, celebrates with teammates after Game 7 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 19, 2016. The Cavaliers won 93-89. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Jack Rosenthal, Sports Editor

November 4, 2016

“Cleveland against the world!” That was the message Lebron James sent out during the Cleveland Cavaliers ring ceremony before their season opener against the New York Knicks. Last June, the Cavaliers became the first team in history to come back from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals and win the ...

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