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Home Page Photo Four returning champions in Class AA win additional gold

Of the 12 returning champions in both classes, only four, all in Class AA, struck gold again. Three qualifiers also won rare fourth medals this year, all in Class A.

Following are the highlights from each class:

Class A
Maple River of Mapleton and St. Cloud Cathedral led all schools with two gold medals apiece. Cannon Falls captured its second consecutive team championship with its six medalists and 30 points.

None of the six returning gold medalists, who were all returning in their same categories, succeeded in winning an event again this year. Grant Schlichting of Cannon Falls placed second in Extemporaneous Speaking and Elise Anderson of Warroad was third in Storytelling. It was also the third medal overall for both Schlichting and Anderson.

Knute Oldre of Luverne finished fifth in Discussion and Awazi Jaafaru of Twin Cities Academy of St. Paul placed fifth in Serious Interpretation of Drama. It was the fourth medal overall for Oldre.

Grace Kubista of Jordan and Coleman Klimek of Staples Motley were the final returning champions. Kubista did not make the finals in Storytelling and Klimek, along with partner Elijah Sams, fell short of the finals in Duo Interpretation.

Maple River and St. Cloud Cathedral led all schools with two gold medals and 11 schools followed with one apiece. The 2017 champions are: Tom Hawkins of St. Cloud Cathedral in Creative Expression; Carter Peterson of Underwood in Discussion; Lee Schauer and Isaiah Lippert of Maple River in Duo Interpretation; Brianna Kreft of West Central Area of Barrett in Extemporaneous Reading; Pranay Somayajula of Mounds Park Academy of St. Paul in Extemporaneous Speaking; Maggie Schmaltz of Eden Valley-Watkins in Great Speeches; Kate Folkman of Morris Area in Humorous Interpretation; Stephanie Otremba of St. Cloud Cathedral in Informative Speaking; Ellie Hansen of Walker-Hackensack-Akeley in Original Oratory; Michaila Hicks of Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton in Serious Interpretation of Drama; Moriah Lippert of Maple River in Serious Interpretation of Poetry; Christian Lohrenz of Windom Area in Serious Interpretation of Prose; and Molly Tengwall of Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in Storytelling.

In addition to Oldre, two other participants won coveted fourth medals this year: Molly Tengwall of Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa and Kate Folkman of Morris Area.

Twelve other competitors won third medals this year: Miranda Felton of Cannon Falls; Maggie Schmaltz of Eden Valley-Watkins; Andraya Parenteau of Hawley; Dylan Thorson of Luverne; Samantha Ykema of Luverne; Madison Malzahn of Park Rapids Area; Marshall Muehbauer of St. Cloud Cathedral; Tom Hawkins of St. Cloud Cathedral; Connor Prafke of St. Peter; Noah Tiegs of Tracy-Milroy-Balaton; Paul Cushman of Wabasha-Kellogg; and Carter Peterson of Underwood.

Class AA
Moorhead led all schools in gold medals, winning five. Of the six returning gold medalists, four succeeded in winning an event again this year at the 2017 Minnesota State High School League Class AA State Speech Tournament. Moorhead also claimed top honors in the team competition for a second consecutive year. The Spuds, who tied with Eagan last year, finished with 84 points this year.

Quintin Walker of East Ridge of Apple Valley claimed his second title in Creative Expression and Dylan Clausen of Elk River won his second gold medal in Discussion. Devon Solwold and Izzy Larson of Moorhead also successfully defended their title in Duo Interpretation. It was also the third medal each for Walker, Clausen, Solwold, and Larson.

The other returning champions were Sarah Grambo of Apple Valley and Tre’ Edgerton of East Ridge. Grambo was looking for her second consecutive title Informative Speaking. Edgerton, who won in Serious Interpretation of Poetry in 2016, competed in Humorous Interpretation this year. Neither Grambo nor Edgerton made the finals in their respective categories this year.

Moorhead led the field with five gold medals and Lakeville North won two. The 2017 champions are: Quintin Walker of East Ridge in Creative Expression; Dylan Clausen of Elk River in Discussion; Izzy Larson and Devon Solwold of Moorhead in Duo Interpretation; Maggie Bergman of Fridley in Extemporaneous Reading; Olivia Shoemaker of Lakeville North in Extemporaneous Speaking; Carolyn Solberg of Moorhead in Great Speeches; Thomas Price of Chanhassen in Humorous Interpretation; Sarah Schulz of Moorhead in Informative Speaking; Jane Michaelson of Apple Valley in Original Oratory; Joshua Weinstein of Lakeville North in Serious Interpretation of Drama; Ola Adebayo of Rochester John Marshall in Serious Interpretation of Poetry; Noel Kangas of Moorhead in Serious Interpretation of Prose; and McKensie Bedore of Moorhead in Storytelling.

Three additional competitors earned their third medals this year: Kevin Bi of East Ridge; McKensie Bedore of Moorhead; and Maia Peterson of Roseville Area. No Class AA participant claimed a coveted fourth medal this year.
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2017-2018, 2018-2019 Section Assignments
Home Page Photo Every two years the MSHSL reclassifies teams into new competitive sections. Every school in the MSHSL reports new enrollments to the Minnesota Department of Education on October 1st. The MDE releases these enrollments in February and we take our current registrations and rank the teams by enrollment to put them into classes. Changes in enrollment, new programs, and the formation or dissolution of cooperative agreements in the last two years lead to changes in the section assignments. We try to make as few changes as possible as many teams already have 17-18 schedules in place. Links to the assignments are below.

The Process
  • Class assignments are determined by enrollment.
  • Schools with at least 50% Free and Reduced Lunch can appeal to the Athletic Director Advisory Committee to drop down 1 class in team sports
  • Schools who feel they belong in a higher class can "Opt-Up".
  • Schools within 10% of a class cut-off or who feel they have “special circumstances” can appeal to the Athletic Director Advisory Committee to drop down 1 class in team sports
  • Start with existing placements.
  • Move as few schools as possible.
  • Section placement is determined by geography. Our schools have asked us to reduce travel as much as possible.
  • Geographic Sections should not overlap (as the crow flies).
  • Sections should be numerically balanced within a class. Within 2 in AA classes, within 4 in Class A.
  • Competitive Success is NOT a factor.
  • In Activities like Skiing, Cross Country, Golf, and Track, both genders are placed in the same section (many share a coach).
  • When assignments are made, the maps of Administrative Regions are used as templates.

    There are no appeals to the placements, however there are three ways these could change:
  • A school drops an activity.
  • A school adds an activity.
  • A cooperative agreement is formed or dissolved.
    When adds and drops occur, or coops are changed, we do not rebalance, we just move the school making the change.

    Every assignment was made by one person, Chris Franson at the MSHSL. Chris is the League's IT person and used the same process for all 8000+ assignments and all 74 maps.
    Once the assignments were complete, many eyes reviewed the assignments to make sure the process was followed according to our Class Competition Policy.
    It was reviewed by the League Staff Member responsible for each activity.
    The Athletic Director Advisory Committee spent a day at the League Office reviewing every placement.
    Our Board of Directors had a meeting where they reviewed the placements and verified that the policy was followed.

    Section assignments are for the post-season only. Schools can continue to schedule regular season contests as they always have.

    Two years ago the maps were redrawn from scratch and this time we were directed to just adjust the maps to bring sections back into numerical balance. As a result, of the roughly 8000 teams in the MSHSL, less than 10% of the teams changed class or section. The next 2 year cycle is another adjustment and then 4 years from now, we'll start from scratch again.

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  • Wabbasso Wrestling Coach Calls It A Career
    Posted by John Millea(jmillea@mshsl.org)- Updated 4/26/2017 2:28:40 PM

    The evening before the 2017 MSHSL state wrestling tournament, wrestlers and coaches were at Xcel Energy Center for weigh-ins and skin checks. The wrestling tournament is like a great big family reunion, because it seems as if almost everybody knows everybody else.

    As I walked around the arena I ran into an old friend. Gary Hindt is the only head wrestling coach Wabasso has ever had since the program began in 1968, and we both smiled as we shook hands and chatted. The next time I see Gary, however, he won’t be the coach. He has retired after 49 seasons, the last seven co-coaching with Brett Bartholomaus in a cooperative program involving Wabasso and Red Rock Central.

    Gary’s career record is 807-214-6. He ranks second in Minnesota high school wrestling history in career victories. But what he accomplished in nearly half a century goes far beyond winning. He had a tremendous impact on his wrestlers and the entire community.

    Four years ago, I spent time in Wabasso while writing about Hindt. The story below was originally posted here on Feb. 1, 2013…

    700 Wins And Counting For Wabasso/Red Rock Central’s Hindt

    WABASSO – Except for one big banner, the walls inside the wrestling room at Wabasso High School are pretty bare. But that banner speaks volumes about a program and the only coach the team has ever had.

    The banner commemorates the 2003-04 Wabasso team, which was the state runner-up in Class 1A. In advancing to that state championship match, the Rabbits recorded the 500th victory in school history. It also was the 500th career victory for coach Gary Hindt, but his name is nowhere to be seen on the banner. And that’s exactly how he wants it.

    “I just guide them,” Hindt said. “I didn’t do that. I helped, I had a hand in it.”

    Since that 2004 state tournament, he’s had a hand in a couple hundred more victories. The 67-year-old Hindt, who was hired in Wabasso right out of college in 1968 and started the wrestling program, now has 702 career wins, which ranks third all-time in Minnesota and No. 1 among active coaches.

    In 45 years of coaching he has had only two losing seasons. Victory No. 700 came Jan. 19 when the Wabasso/Red Rock Central Bobcats (the schools have had a cooperative wrestling team for four years) defeated Luverne. The only Minnesota wrestling coaches with more victories than Hindt are former Owatonna coach Scot Davis with 984 and former Goodhue coach Bill Sutter with 760.

    No. 702 for Hindt and Wabasso came Thursday night when the Bobcats defeated visiting Minneota 40-21. Wabasso/Red Rock Central is ranked No. 4 in Class 1A by The Guillotine and Minneota is No. 8.

    Before the varsity match began, Hindt was honored with a plaque commemorating his 700th victory and a framed team photo that was autographed by this year’s wrestlers. He made no speech, and school officials knew better than to ask him to make a speech. That’s because it’s never been about him.

    He said to me, “You want to know the truth? The last wrestling match that I won by myself was in 1963.”

    That was when Hindt was a high school senior in Fulda, another southwest Minnesota town. He played basketball through his sophomore year, but joined Fulda’s new wrestling team as a junior.

    “I thought it sure beats getting slivers on my butt, being about the 10th guy on the basketball team,” he said. “I knew nothing about wrestling. I wasn’t sold on it because I didn’t know anything except grab on and hang on.”

    He wasn’t sure he would wrestle as a senior, but then he was voted a team captain. “I thought I better stay with it,” he said. “I’m not a quitter.”

    It’s safe to say, however, that he didn’t plan to be the Wabasso wrestling coach for nearly half a century. When he was hired to teach, he agreed to take over the school’s new wrestling program with the expectation that he would hand the reins to someone else after a few years. All these years later, he has no plans to retire.

    He underwent a knee replacement after the 2005-06 season, but the spark is still there when he enters the wrestling room.

    “I can get down, but it’s hard to get back up,” he said. “That’s why we’ve got younger assistant coaches. I still enjoy it. I don’t want to see the program go to pot. I have seen some programs that were very successful get into wrong situations and have no consistency.”

    Hindt also coached football at Wabasso for many years but gave that up when his daughter Heather was playing college volleyball at Southwest State in Marshall and his daughter Erika was in high school. (“I got to watch my girls grow up,” he said.) Hindt and his wife Jenni have been married for 43 years.

    His co-head coach is Brett Bartholomaus, who teaches at Red Rock Central. The wrestling team splits its practices and meets between Wabasso and Red Rock Central, which is 12 miles away in Lamberton.

    “He’s the papa bear,” said Bartholomaus. “If they need a wake-up call he’ll give it to them, and then he’ll explain why.”

    Hindt is a coach who will bark at a wrestler, then smile and put his arm around the kid’s shoulder.

    “If he gets mad, he’ll say what he has to say and then he’ll sit back down in his chair and he’ll pop a smile right back on,” said senior captain Tanner Rohlik. “He’s an all-around great guy.”

    Another senior captain, Blake Altermatt, said, “If you do something wrong, he’ll make you do it again to make sure you do it right and don’t get into any bad habits.”

    Before the Bobcats took the mat against Minneota, Hindt talked to the team about always being on the attack. He offered these words of wisdom: “Your feet are made to move forward. If God wanted you to move backwards he would have put toes where your heels are.”

    Hindt, who was inducted into the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1994 and is retired from teaching physical education, health and social studies, has coached three teams to state tournaments (the most recent in 2011). Five Wabasso individuals have won state titles: Dan Zimmer in 1976, Johnny Frank in 2004, Cory Schunk in 2004 and A.J. Jenniges and Brandan Schunk in 2005.

    “I’ve been pretty blessed to have some kids who have bought in,” Hindt said.

    Before and after Thursday’s match, Hindt was approached by many former wrestlers and other friends who offered congratulations on his milestone. After the night’s wrestling had been completed, he joined 42 alumni wrestlers who were on hand and posed for a photo. Some of them are now old-timers and some of them are still fresh-faced. Some of them are fathers and sons who both wrestled for Hindt.

    The coach, the link between them all, sat in their midst and wore a big smile.

    More of John's Journal

    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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