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Home Page Photo The Minnesota State High School League’s state baseball tournament, played annually since 1947, is this week at four championship-round locations. The Class A tournament is played at Jordan, Class AA in St. Cloud, Class AAA at Siebert Field on the University of Minnesota campus and Class AAAA at CHS Field in downtown St. Paul. Championship games in the four enrollment classes are scheduled for Monday, June 19 at Target Field. In the event of inclement weather, the make-up date is Tuesday, June 20 at CHS Field.

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Tickets: Single session --- $8 adults, $5 student; CHS Field session --- $9 adults; $6 student; Championship session --- $10 adult; $7 student.
Webcast: GrandStadiumTV will live stream the championship games from Target Field. For more information, www.prep45.com .
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Lacrosse State Tournament
Home Page Photo Eden Prairie girls win third consecutive title, fifth overall; Eagan boys earn first championship

The Eden Prairie girls won their third consecutive championship after defeating The Blake School of Minneapolis 16-10. It was the fifth overall title for the Eagles. In addition to the past three years, they also won in 2007 and 2009. This was the second consecutive runner-up showing for The Blake School.

Sophomore forward Abby Johnson scored six goals on seven shots to power Eden Prairie Senior midfielder Naomi Rogge added four goals and an assist and senior forward Sammie Morton chipped in three goals and an assist.

Despite the loss, The Blake School still holds a 5-4 edge in championship matchups. The Bears won five consecutive championships from 2010-14 with four of those titles coming against Eden Prairie.

The Blake School opened the scoring with three consecutive goals in the early minutes. But Eden Prairie scored nine of the next 12 goals to build a 9-6 lead at the break. Johnson had four goals in the spree and Rogge had three.

The Bears pulled to within 9-7 early in the second half on a goal from junior midfielder Sophie Skallerud, but the rest of the way, The Blake School couldn't climb any closer than a two-goal deficit. Skallerud finished with four goals for the Bears and ninth-grade forward Georgia Nolan had three.

Prior Lake defeated Farmington 14-4 in the third-place game and Cretin-Derham Hall of St. Paul beat Blaine 13-8 in the consolation final.

On the boys’ side, the Wildcats of Eagan won their first championship in their third appearance. They defeated Benilde-St. Margaret’s of St. Louis Park 19-12 in the title game. The Wildcats earned consolation honors in 2016.

Eagan’s balanced attack was spurred with three goals each from junior forward Isaac Peifer, senior midfielder Darby Sorenson, and senior attacker Brandon Wuertz, who also contributed three assists.
Benilde-St. Margaret’s built a 5-2 lead in the first half, but the Wildcats scored three consecutive goals to end the second quarter to create a 5-all deadlock. Peifer and Wuertz scored late goals first-half goals to create the deadlock.

Eagan didn’t stop there, scoring the first three goals of the third quarter to build an 8-5 advantage. After the Red Knights pulled to within 9-7 late in the third quarter, Eagan answered with four of the next five goals to build a 13-8 lead with one quarter to play.

Senior midfielder Ben Scherer had three goals and an assist for the Red Knights, who were attempting to win their fourth state championship and first since 2011.

Wayzata went home with the third-place hardware after posting a 9-8 overtime victory over Mahtomedi. In the consolation final, Eden Prairie defeated the defending champions from Prior Lake 5-4.
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St. Michael-Alberrtville, New Prague's Glazer capture gold medals
Home Page Photo St. Michael-Albertville won top honors in the 2017 Minnesota State High School League’s Clay Target State Tournament on Saturday, June 24 at the Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake.

In winning the fourth annual state tournament, presented jointly with the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League, the Knights compiled a score of 480 to win the championship in the 40-team field. Hibbing was second with a score of 474 and Blaine was third at 470. A perfect score for the team of five participants is 500. Delano was fourth in the team competition with 469, and Apple Valley, which had the highest score during team qualifying at Alexandria, Minn., was fifth with a score of 467.

Junior Lane Berning led the Knights with a perfect score of 100. He had scores of 50 in both of his sessions. Senior Cody Schoen was second in St. Michael-Albertville’s team scoring with a 97. He had a 49 in his first session of shooting and a 48 in the second. Senior Josh Tutland registered a two-session score of 95 while junior Kyle Dupont and freshman William Rahne, both had scores of 94. STMA’s alternates were sophomores Tony Steffens and Jake Borgen. The Knights are coached by Scott Berning.

The individual competition was delayed because of weather. When the short storm passed, the individual portion of the tournament resumed.

New Prague sophomore Woodrow Glazer was one of the early finishers in the competition. He sat atop the leaderboard with a perfect score of 100, but no one could catch him. Glazer, who finished 10th in the 2016 MSHSL state tournament, had five competitors behind him tying for second with scores of 99. After the reverse-run tie-breaking criteria was applied, Alexandria sophomore Jeremy Knight finished second with a score of 99 and a reverse-run of 98.
St; Michael-Albertville junior Lane Berning, who earlier had led the Knights to the team championship, was third with a score of 99 and a reverse-run of 49. He was followed by teammate Cody Schoen, a senior, had a 99 with a reverse-run of 42. Blaine’s Jesse Groen and Brandon-Evansville’s Jake Nohre rounded out the group of finishers at 99. Lakeville South teammates Zac Olson and Jake Johnson finished seventh and eighth, respectively.

The top eight finishers were selected to the Mills Fleet Farm Top Gun All-State Team.

During the 2017 season, there were 11,300 Minnesota State High School League participants in Clay Target representing 345 teams.
      


Waconia Makes History, Completes Perfect Season
Posted by John Millea(jmillea@mshsl.org)- Updated 6/19/2017 10:48:45 PM

Waconia High School baseball coach Mark Grundhofer knew what had just happened: His Wildcats had completed a perfect season by defeating Hibbing 6-1 Monday at Target Field in the Class 3A state championship game.

They became only the ninth baseball team in MSHSL history to win every game. When that fact was mentioned to Grundhofer, he grinned and said, “That’s crazy. In this game? Seriously? Who wins all their games?”

MSHSL state baseball tournaments have been held for 70 years. The first team to finish unbeaten was Chisholm, which went 16-0 in 1948. Four other schools did the same in the one-class era: Halstad went 13-0 in 1952, Austin went 15-0 in 1954, Little Falls finished 13-0 in 1957 and Richfield went 25-0 in 1965.

In the multi-class era, Cretin-Derham Hall was 29-0 in 1998, Eden Valley-Watkins was 27-0 in 2010 and St. Cloud Cathedral finished 25-0 in 2015.

Waconia’s record a year ago was 12-12, a fact that didn’t provide much of an omen for the Wildcats’ history-making 2017 season.

“No, you can’t see this coming,” Grundhofer said. “I knew the kids, the senior guys, those six guys, they learned a lot last year. We had a lot of mistakes last year that we got through. They came back here determined.”

Waconia pitcher Dillon Whittaker held Hibbing (19-9) hitless for three-plus innings, by which time the Wildcats held a 4-0 lead. Whittaker struck out six and walked none in going the seven-inning distance. Waconia banged out 10 hits, with Robbie Smith getting three and Alex Longelin and Austin Friedrich two apiece.

The Wildcats won their state quarterfinal and semifinal games in dramatic fashion, defeating Mahtomedi and Marshall by scoring the winning run in the bottom of the seventh.

“They’re just mentally tough kids, Grundhofer said. “You could see the confidence they have in each other. They were ready to play and they wanted to get it done and not have to wait until the last inning. It helps the old coach out, that’s for sure.”

Class 1A: Parkers Prairie Takes The Next Step

One year after falling in an 11-inning state championship game, the Parkers Prairie Panthers defeated Legacy Christian 6-3 to claim their first baseball state title. In the 2016 championship game, Springfield defeated Parkers Prairie 4-2.

Levi Arnold, who finished the season with a 12-0 record on the mound, pitched a complete-game six-hitter as Parkers Prairie finished with a 26-2 record. He threw 92 pitches, striking out two and walking two. Travis Yohnke, Casey Peterson and Matt Ferley each had two hits for the Panthers. Jarvey Hill had two hits for Legacy Christian (21-5).

Class 2A: Minnehaha Academy Repeats

In a rematch of last year’s state semifinals, Minnehaha Academy defeated Pierz 6-4 to claim its second consecutive state title. In last year’s state semis, Minnehaha Academy defeated Pierz 4-2.

The Redhawks (26-2) broke a 4-4 tie with two runs in the seventh inning. With one out, a ball hit by Simon Huyck glanced off the first base bag and rolled deep into right field as Huyck went to second. Noah Dehne singled to score Huyck, and Dehne later scored on a double by Alex Evenson.

Alex Jordan had three hits for the Redhawks, while Lane Girtz and Matthew Kummet each had two hits for the Pioneers (26-3).

Class 4A: Unseeded Eden Prairie Wins

The Eden Prairie Eagles were seeded fourth in the Section 2 playoffs and not seeded among the top five teams in the eight-team state tourney field. But they are now state champions after defeating Forest Lake 5-1.

Winning pitcher Jack Zigan gave up three hits in seven innings for the Eagles (18-9). Forest Lake starter Cameron Kline struck out 12, walked two and gave up seven hits in six innings for the Rangers (20-7). Ryan Wrobleski and Matthew Dolan each drove in two runs for the Eagles.

Special Recognition For Merkle

Kevin Merkle, who has served with passion, dedication and commitment as an MSHSL associate director for 16 years, was honored during a brief ceremony before the Class 4A championship game. Kevin will transition to a part-time role with the MSHSL later this summer; longtime Mounds View High School activities director Bob Madison will succeed Kevin as associate director in charge of baseball, football, boys basketball and dance.

Twins president Dave St. Peter presented Kevin with a Twins jersey that had “Merkle” stitched on the back. St. Peter later Tweeted: “Few have had a more positive impact on MN HS athletics + activities than Kevin.”

All-Tournament Teams

Class 1A


Jesse Sather, Brett Sundquist, Fosston; Liam Blaschko, Wabasha-Kellogg; Taylor Bunting, Trevor Pederson, Skyler Reddemann, Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove; Josh Peterson, Nils Anderson, Ethan Mocchi, Legacy Christian;
Andrew Johnson, Travis Yohnke, Levi Arnold, Parkers Prairie.

Class 2A Wyatt White, New London-Spicer; Joe Macken, Rochester Lourdes; Derrick Winn, Peter Hansen, Duluth Marshall; Hunter Malachek, Ben Reilley, Maple Lake; Lane Girtz, Matthew Tautges, Matthew Kummet, Pierz; Alex Evenson, Justin Evenson, Bennett Theisen, Minnehaha Academy.

Class 3A Jamie Berg, Mahtomedi; Jake Rascher, St. Thomas Acasdemy; Conner Hammerback, Jake Drew, Alexandria; Mason Penske, Logan Tomasek, Marshall; Travis Carruth, Dylan Mattson, Anthony Kanipes, Hibbing; Dillon Whitaker, Jacob Hendricks, Alex Logelin, Waconia.

Class 4A Charlie Horton, Maple Grove; Tyler Young, Wayzata; Ronald Sweeny III, Max Meyer, Woodbury; Nick Split, Gavin Baker, Lakeville North; Cameron Kline, Jake Wensmann, Forest Lake; Zack Elliot, Connor Kehl, Bailey DeMets, Jack Zigan, Eden Prairie.

BY THE NUMBERS
*Schools/teams John has seen/visited: 800
*Miles John has driven in the Toyota Camry in 2016-17: 12,001
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The True Purpose of Sports


Sports are a valued part of our culture. We value sports because we believe the students who are involved acquire something through their participation. But have we ever looked closely at how they benefit? What do the students who participate in our programs actually get and what is the purpose of education-based sports.

In a recent message to his school community, Charlie Campbell, the Athletic Administrator at Brainerd High School stated,

"The high school sports experience is squeezed between two models that challenge school communities on the purpose of education-based programs. It's easy to be confused. On one end of the continuum, the media, through their constant focus on professional and 'big-time' collegiate sports, continually tells us that sports, and the athletes that participate in them have value if they win and only if they win. The end of each season brings about the firing and hiring of coaches, and players are traded, demoted, or drafted in hopes of winning more games. And, of course, in this entertainment-based system of sport there is one primary objective and that is to make money. On the other end of the continuum, well-intentioned youth, traveling and club programs are creating teams for 8, 9, and 10-year old children and trying to 'win' myriad weekend tournaments, creating all-star teams, vying for national championships and generally reinforcing the notion that if you're good (at age 8, 9, or 10) you have value.

For Athletics to be education-based, whereby we are developing better people and not just better athletes, we must be intentional—we must be awake and understand the purpose. Purpose must resonate with us in our human condition. If you Google 'purpose' the first hit (after the definitions) is Rick Warren's best-selling book, The Purpose Drive Life. Wikipedia says that as of 2007, over 30 million copies have been sold and that Purpose Driven Life is the 2nd most translated book after The Bible. It seems purpose is something we are all searching for. Webster would say Purpose is, 'The reason for which something is done, or for which something exists.' To put it more simply, it is the WHY."

The great call of a coach is to be awake—mindful of what students in our programs are really getting. Our main role as a coach in education-based athletics is the human development of every student on our team. Winning is the by-product of something bigger, an awareness in us that transforms a game of throwing a ball through a hoop into an opportunity to create caring, empathetic, responsible members of society. When coaches are awake, they take the student's learning of physical skills and Xs and Os to the next level. They concurrently teach them the WHYs, the lasting values acquired through the learning of those same physical skills. For this to happen, coaches must understand their purpose and WHY they coach. Campbell states,

"Though most coaches are fiercely competitive, and they work tirelessly to help young athletes win and find success, when you ask them about their purpose, you will hear them talk about instilling discipline, developing mental and physical toughness, teaching students to dream big, demanding accountability, creating a positive family culture where every student belongs, cooperation, passion, the necessity of intense preparation, sportsmanship and perseverance. And so this is our platform in education-based athletics; to teach core values and qualities that transcend the outcome on the scoreboard and contribute to the well-being and human growth and development of the student-athletes we serve."

Consciously creating a game plan is necessary to transform a student's experience from only Xs and Os to value-filled WHYs. Asking the right questions, creating awareness, and providing experiences with greater depth are key to lasting success. When this happens, success will no longer be measured only by the outcome on the scoreboard or the acquisition of a new physical skill. Instead, the true measurement of success will be seen in the students who learn the valuable life lessons participation in education-based athletics provides.      

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St. Clair High School student finishes 8th in discus at USATF Junior Nationals in Sacramento.

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RIP Buck Turnbull. He was a treasure for sports fans who grew up in Iowa, and I was lucky enough to work with him.desmoinesregister.com/story/sports/2

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Complete results from 2017 clay target state championships:claytargetscoring.com/tournament/hig

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Photo gallery from 2017 clay target state championships on Facebook page. facebook.com/mshsl.org/

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The 2017 clay target state championships were held Saturday at Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake. This was the fourth year of clay target shooting as an MSHSL activity.St. Michael-Albertville had a score of 480 to win the championship in the 40-team field. Hibbing was second with a score of 474, followed by Blaine at 470, Delano at 469 and Apple Valley at 467 in the top five.In the individual competition, New Prague's Woodrow Glazer led the field with a perfect score of 100. Alexandria's Jeremy Knight was second at 99, followed by (using tiebreakers) St. Michael-Albertville's Lane Berning and Cody Schoen, Blaine's Jesse Groen and Brandon-Evansville's Jake Nohre, all at 99. Lakeville South teammates Zac Olson and Jake Johnson finished seventh and eighth at 98.Complete results are available at this link... https://www.claytargetscoring.com/tournament/highGun.php?class=all&userType=tournpub&tournamentID=31&tournDateID=58&tournState=MN&tournType=mshsl

John Millea
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State champion clay target shooter with perfect score of 100: Woodrow Glazer of New Prague.

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Individual medalists at clay target state championships.

John Millea
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Woodrow Glazer of New Prague is clay target state champ.

John Millea
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St. Michael-Albertville Knights: 2017 clay target state champions.

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St. Michael-Albertville is the team state champion at clay target championships.

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St. Michael-Albertville is the team state champion at clay target championships.

John Millea
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clay target state championships.

John Millea
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Final event of 2016-17 happening Saturday: Clay target state championships. Details on Facebook page.facebook.com/mshsl.org/

MSHSL 2d ago
The MSHSL's final state tournament of the 2016-2017 school year will take place Saturday when the clay target tournament is held at Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake. Where: Minneapolis Gun Club, 20006 Judicial Road, Prior Lake, MN 55372Schedule: 7:30-8:30 a.m. --- Team check-in
8:30 a.m. --- Opening ceremony
9 a.m. --- Team competition begins
12:30-1:30 p.m. --- Individual competitors' check-in
1:30 p.m. --- Team awards ceremony
2 p.m. --- Individual competition begins
4:30 p.m. (approx.) --- Individual awards ceremonyAdmission, parking: Both admission and parking are free.Competing teams: Alden-Conger, Alexandria, Apple Valley, Battle Lake, Becker, Belle Plaine, Blackduck, Blaine, Brandon-Evansville, Buffalo, Delano, E.C.H.O. Charter, Frazee-Vergas, Glenville-Emmons, Hibbing, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, Lake Park-Audubon, Mabel-Canton, Milaca, Northfield, Osakis, Park, Park Rapids, Pierz, Richfield/Academy of Holy Angels, Rockford, Rogers, St. James, St. Michael-Albertville, Silver Bay (Wm. Kelley), Southland, Spring Grove, Stillwater, Tartan, Tri-City United, United South Central, Wayzata, Willmar, Winona, Zimmerman.Qualifying: The top participants that had the top 100 averages during regular-season competition, as well as 31 teams, have qualified for the state tournament.

John Millea
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The Pride of Moose Lake, Minnesota and the nation.

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The John's Journal Top 10 for 2016-17 is down to 15 candidates. Looks like we'll be adding an Honorable Mention category this year.

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Guaranteed to make the Top 10.

John Millea
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Update: The list of candidates has been narrowed from 364 to 46. And the winnowing continues...



 


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