Home      Administration
2019 MSHSL Track & Field State Meet
Track & Field Image Jordan, The Blake School capture Class A team crowns; Hopkins, Rosemount win in Class AA; Stiernagle of Maple River wins four wheelchair titles for a second consecutive year

Class A Summary
Jordan won its first boys team championship with 87 points. Providence Academy of Plymouth was second with 58 points and Pierz was third with 36.
The Hubmen won two relays on their way to the title. They won the 4x100 in 42.79, after setting a Class A record of 42.74 in the preliminaries. That team was comprised of Jerry Powell, Thomas Dietel, Bryce Sievers, and Marlon Wiley.
Jordan also won the 4x200 (1:29.25) and that team was made up Powell, Dietel, Sievers, and Caden Bruzek.
Multiple athletes captured titles in more than one event. Max Peckenschneider of Providence Academy started things off by winning the 100 (11.00) and 200 (22.11). Geno Uhrbom of Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin followed with victories in both the 1600 (4:18.22) and 3200 (9:24.07).
Three wheelchair competitors also captured two titles apiece: Aidan Gravelle of LCWM/Nicollet won the 200 (31.12) and 1600 (4:13.84); Tyler Shepersky of United North Central claimed top honors in the 800 (2:13.95) and 3200 (9:25.26); and Luke Johnston of Medford won his second consecutive crown in the shot put (21-11.50) and also won the discus (50-04). Both of Johnston’s finishes were also new Class A records.
Peyton Gunnarson of Lewiston-Altura won his second consecutive title in the 100 wheelchair in 17.70.
In the girls’ team competition, The Blake School of Minneapolis won its second consecutive title with 57 points and Cotter of Winona was second with 44 points. Rockford was third with 42.5 points.
This was the fifth title for the Bears. In addition to the past two years, they also won in 2001, 2006, and 2012.
Robbie Grace won two events for Blake. She took top honors in the long jump for a second consecutive year (19-01.50) and won the 400 (56.31).
Anisa Thompson won the only other champion for the Bears. She took top honors in the 200 with a time of 25.46.
Lilly Stiernagle of Maple River of Mapleton won four wheelchair events for a second consecutive year. She earned her second consecutive championships in the 100-meter (25.59), 200-meter (50.93) and shot put (13-07.25). Her times in the 100 and 200 were also new Class A records.
Stiernagle’s final title came in the discus, which she won with a throw of 24-01.
Desera Engholm of Pequot Lakes was the final athlete to win two titles. She won both the shot put (43-11.25) and discus (131-04).
Several athletes on the girls side also defended their 2018 titles. Ava Hill of Mesabi East of Aurora won her second crown in the 800 (2:13.33).
The Ping sisters of Cotter also struck gold for a second consecutive year; Grace won the 1600 (4:59.07) and Lauren earned top honors in the 3200 (10:39.34).
Jalen Struck-Schmitz of Belle Plaine defended her title in the 300 hurdles (43.11) and Ashley Hokanson of Perham set a new Class A record in the pole vault (12-07.00) while earning her second consecutive championship.
Two relay teams also won championships for a second consecutive year. The Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander/Kingsland team of Anika Reiland, Hailey Hindt, Lauren Buchholtz, and Riley Queensland won the 4x200 in 1:44.47. In the 4x800, the Luverne squad of Regan Feit, Jadyn Anderson, Tenley Nelson, and Brooklyn VerSteeg won in 9:22.92.

Class AA Summary
Hopkins won the boys’ team title with 78 points and Rosemount was second with 76. Wayzata rounded out the top three finishers with 68 points.
Joe Fahnbulleh was the top runner for Hopkins. He won his second consecutive crown in the 200 (21.21) and also anchored the 4x200 relay team that set a new all-time record of 1:25.58. Jaylen Champion, Wyatt Lubarski, and Sam Leervig rounded out that squad. The 4x200 title was also the second consecutive championship in that event for the Royals.
Eliot Hoeft added 12 points for Hopkins after winning the 1600 in 4:12.67.
Hopkins final win came in the 4x400. Leervig, Champion, Lubarski, and Ben O’Black completed that race in 3:19.37.
This is the second title for the Royals; they won previously in 2014.
Blake Eaton of Duluth Denfeld was the first double-winner of the meet. He won the 100 wheelchair in 20.47 and the 200 wheelchair in an all-time record time of 35.70.
Ben Mathiowetz of New Ulm was the only other wheelchair competitor to claim two titles. He won his second consecutive title in both the shot put (14-08.75) and discus (28-00).
Josh Sampson of Mounds View and Maxwell Otterdahl of Rosemount were the final competitors to win multiple titles. Sampson won the 110 hurdles for a second consecutive year (14.23) and the 300 hurdles in 38.11. Otterdahl took top honors in the shot put (64-04.00) and the discus (191-04). It was Otterdahl’s second consecutive championship in the shot put.
Alec Wittman of East Ridge of Woodbury and AJ Green of Eastview of Apple Valley were the final competitors to successfully defend their 2018 titles. Wittman won his second title in the pole vault (14-06.00) and Green won the 800 (1:52.19).
Rosemount claimed its second girls team championship with 71.5 points. Alexandria Area and Edina followed in second and third place with 70 and 60 points, respectively.
Lauren Peterson of Rosemount won two events for the Irish; the 1600 (4:52.69) and the 3200 (10:38.03). She also ran on the winning 4x400 relay team (3:51.89). Ava Cinnamo, Amber Johnson, and Jenna Johnson completed that team.
The Rosemount Irish won their first track championship in 1984.
Shaliciah Jones of North of North St. Paul was the only other individual to win two titles. She earned her second in the 100 (11.90) and her first in the 200 (24.44). Jones also ran on the 4x100 relay team that took top honors for a second consecutive year. Colette Anigbogu, Tamia Horton, and Brianna Parsons rounded out that squad.
The Skippers of Minnetonka won two relays for a second consecutive year. Ella Roch, Ashley Shields, Desiree Ware, and Faith Robinson won the 4x200 in 1:42.08, and Annalise Johnson, Kylie Melz, Anna Wander, and Kate LeBlanc won the 4x800 in 9:20.54.
Madison Schmidt of Blaine was the only competitor to tie an all-time record his year. She earned her second consecutive crown in the high jump with a leap of 5-10.00.
2019 Softball State Tournament Results Recap
Softball Image
All games at Caswell Park, North Mankato
Class A
Thursday, June 6
Quarterfinals

No. 1 New York Mills 6, South Ridge 1
No. 5 Badger/Greenbush-Middle River 4, No. 4 Waterville-Elysian-Morristown 2
No. 2 Randolph 10, Isle 2
No. 3 Edgerton/SW MN Christian 6, New Ulm Cathedral 2
Championship semifinals
Badger/Greenbush-Middle River 8, New York Mills 4
Edgerton/SW MN Christian 5, Randolph 1
Consolation semifinals
Waterville-Elysian-Morristown 11, South Ridge 0, 5 inn.
New Ulm Cathedral 18, Isle 1, 5 inn.
Friday, June 7
Consolation final

New Ulm Cathedral 8, Waterville-Elysian-Morristown 2
Third place
Randolph 16, New York Mills 3, 5 inn.
Championship
Edgerton/MN SW Christian 4, Badger/Greenbush-Middle River 1
Class AA
Thursday, June 6
Quarterfinals

No. 1 Norwood-Young America 14, Esko 1
No. 4 Thief River Falls/Goodridge 4, No. 5 LeSueur-Henderson 3, 8 inn.
No. 2 Rochester Lourdes 8, Annandale 6
No. 3 Pipestone Area 4, Concordia Academy 0
Championship semifinals
Norwood-Young America 9, Thief River Falls 5
Rochester Lourdes 2, Pipestone Area 1
Consolation semifinals
LeSueur-Henderson 7, Esko 0
Friday, June 7
Consolation semifinal, completion of suspended game

Annandale 7, Concordia Academy 6
Consolation final
Annandale 1, LeSueur-Henderson 0
Third place
Pipestone Area 4, Thief River Falls 3.
Championship
Rochester Lourdes 10, Norwood-Young America 1
Class AAA
Thursday, June 6
Quarterfinals

No. 1 Mankato West 16, Visitation 3, 5 inn.
No. 4 Cloquet 10, No. 5 Benilde-St. Margaret’s 0, 5 inn.
No. 2 Northfield 10, Detroit Lakes 0, 5 inn.
No. 3 Becker 5, Mahtomedi 4
Championship semifinals
Mankato West 12, Cloquet 2, 6 inn.
Northfield 8, Becker 2
Consolation semifinals
Benilde-St. Margaret’s 8, Visitation 0
Mahtomedi 13, Detroit Lakes 4
Friday, June 7
Consolation final

Benilde-St. Margaret’s 9, Mahtomedi 8
Third place
Cloquet 11, Becker 1, 6 inn.
Championship
Northfield 8, Mankato West 3
Class AAAA
Thursday, June 6
Quarterfinals

No. 1 Forest Lake 5, St. Michael-Albertville 0
No. 4 Stillwater Area 6, No. 5 Farmington 2
No. 2 Maple Grove 2, Edina 0
No. 3 East Ridge 5, Eden Prairie 1
Championship semifinals
Stillwater Area 9, Forest Lake 1
Maple Grove 4, East Ridge 2
Consolation semifinals
St. Michael-Albertville 5, Farmington 2
Eden Prairie 5, Edina 3
Friday, June 7
Consolation final

St. Michael-Albertville 4, Eden Prairie 2
Third place
Forest Lake 7, East Ridge 0
Championship
Maple Grove 3, Stillwater 2


2019 Summer Radio Tour
Radio Meetings Image The Minnesota State High School League will again host informational meetings this summer with its Radio Partners at four locations in greater Minnesota.

The meetings begin at 10 a.m. The League looks forward to visiting with you then!

Monday, June 17
New Ulm High School
1600 Oak Street
New Ulm, MN 56073

Tuesday, June 18
Fergus Falls High School
61 East Randolph Avenue
Fergus Falls, MN 56537

Monday, June 24
Brainerd High School
702 South 5th Street
Brainerd, MN 56401

Tuesday, June 25
Hibbing High School
800 East 21st Street
Hibbing, MN 55746

2019-20, 2020-21 Section Assignments
Competitive Section Assignments Image Below this message, you will find a link to the Competitive Section Assignments for 2019-20 & 2020-21 school years. The link will take you to a landing page where you will find the following:

Competitive Sections – There are 3 menus at the top that are universal to both the list and the map; 1. Activities, 2. Year, and 3. Schools. To view the section assignments for 2019-20 & 2020-21, make sure the year drop down menu in the middle says “2019-2020, 2020-2021”. You will need to click on the ‘+’ sign to expand any of the lists below to view all the schools within a section.
1. The Activities menu will allow you to see a list of all schools that are registered in that activity
2. The school menu will allow you to see where that school is listed in the activity you have selected.
3. If you leave the school the same and change activities to “Activities”. You will see a list of all the activities that the school is registered for and what section they are in.
4. You can drill down even more if you want to look at a section or class in an activity be using the controls just underneath the drop-down menus.

Section Map – The same menus and control listed above are also available on the map.
1. Select an activity first and make sure 2019-2020, 2020-2021 is selected in the year menu.
2. You can find a school by selecting it in the “School” Menu. It will show on the map with all the locations of the schools in that section. The school you selected shows larger than others.
3. Note that the school locations have a number on them. This identifies the classification not the section.
4. Section locations are hosted on the side of the maps. The number indicates how many are in each section and is located above the number of the section
5. You can drill down even more if you want to look at a certain section in a class by using the controls below the menus at the top.
6. One additional control on the map is the “Show Coop Teams”. By selecting this you will see additional schools that are in a coop but not the Host School. You will also notice gray arrows starting with the host school and pointing to each additional school in the coop.


Competitive Section Assignments
Board of Directors Meeting Synopsis
Board Synopsis Image
Monday, June 3, 2019; Brooklyn Center, MN
Welcome

• Board President Bonnie Spohn Schmaltz called the meeting to order at 9:45 a.m.
• Board reflection from Bill Adams was read by vice president Craig Anderson.
• An amended meeting agenda was approved.
• The minutes of the April 4, 2019 Board of Directors meeting were approved.
• Public comments were shared with the Board of Directors.
• Reports and comments from Board Members were shared.
Lobbyist Report
• League Lobbyist Roger Aronson shared an update on the final days of the Legislative Session.
• There was no new legislation regarding any MSHSL issues during the session.
• The next Legislative Session begins Feb. 11, 2020.
Legal Counsel Report
• Legal Counsel Kevin Beck shared an update on the settled lawsuit allowing boys to participate on Dance Team.
• Shared an update on two eligibility cases.
Executive Director’s Report
• Executive Director Erich Martens introduced incoming Board Members Amanda Kaus, Rochester Century (Music Representative); John Ostrowski, Dover-Eyota (Regions 1A-2A); John Vraa, New London-Spicer (Boys Sports Representative). Incoming Board Member Troy Stein, Edina (Regions 5AA-6AA), was absent from the meeting, but announced.
• Recognized Board Member Frank White, who was the keynote speaker for the 43rd Annual Winfield Awards on June 2, 2019.
• The League is exploring hosting the NASO Officiating Summit in 2024.
• Provided an update on the nine Spring Area meetings.
• League Staff provided updates from Spring activities that have been held so far.
• The MSHSL has partnered with Arbiter to manage the registration of Officials for the 2019-20 school year.
• Three amendments regarding eligibility were presented at the Representative Assembly on May 13 and were passed unanimously.
Executive Committee Report
• Approved an annual co-op agreement between Cloquet High School and Fond du Lac Ojibwe School.
• Approved participation in the WHSFA for the La Crescent-Hokah High School Forensics Team.
• Approved Bylaw Implementation Language as it relates to Multiple Transfers.
• The Executive Committee Report was approved by voice vote.
Action Items
Item 9A --- Election of Officers: Blaine Novak, New York Mills, was elected vice president and Thomas Jerome, Badger/Greenbush-Middle River, was elected treasurer. Bonnie Spohn Schmaltz, Eden Valley-Watkins, will continue in her role as president.
Item 9B --- 2019-2020 Preliminary Budget: Treasurer Eric Christensen, on behalf of the Finance Committee, proposed tabling of the budget until the August board meeting. The proposal was approved by voice vote.
Item 9C --- Fall/Winter Advisory Recommendations:
Classification, Implemented 2021-22
Cross country
--- Approved a proposal to change the format to a three-class tournament with eight sections divided as follows: Class AAA (64 largest schools); Class AA (96 next largest schools); Class A (all remaining schools).
Soccer --- Approved a proposal to change the format to a three-class tournament. Classes will be divided as follow: Class AAA (64 largest schools); Class AA 64 next largest schools); Class A (All remaining schools).
Boys and Girls Tennis --- Proposal was submitted but no action taken on the proposal.
Volleyball --- Approved a proposal to change the format to a four-class tournament. Classes divided as follows: Class AAAA (64 largest schools); Class AAA (Next 64 largest schools); Class AA (Next 128 largest schools); Class A (All remaining schools).
Tournament Format, Implemented 2021-22
Boys and Girls Basketball
--- Proposal was submitted but no action taken on the proposal.
Dance Team --- Proposal was submitted but no action taken on the proposal.
Nordic Ski Racing --- Approved a motion to add a Sprint Relay to the Nordic Skiing State Meet.
Wrestling, consolation --- Proposal was made, but no action taken on the proposal.
Playing Rules
Basketball Shot Clock
--- A proposal to implement a shot clock was defeated in a 13-5 roll call vote with one abstention.
Policy Language, Implemented 2021-22
Wrestling, participants
--- Approved a motion to enter into Board Policy the current approved practice that allows a wrestling team to enter more than one wrestler at a specific weight in an individual regular-season tournament if byes exist. The additional wrestlers would help fill the open spots that currently exist in individual tournaments.
Wrestling scrimmages --- Approved a motion to allow a policy exception to the scrimmage bylaw which would allow programs with 20 or fewer participants to participate in up to two scrimmages per week.
Item 9D --- AD’s Education Requirement: Approved a motion to make an addition to the current Continuing Education Requirement policy that all athletic administrators be required to complete a Minnesota Head Coaches Course prior to the fall of 2022. Activities Administrators will have three years to complete the requirement.
Item 9E --- Approval of Complimentary Ticket List: A motion to accept the Complimentary Ticket List was approved.
Item 9F --- 2019-2020 Speech Season Book Topic to be used: Approved the following books, “All the Light We Cannot See” (prose); “The Seashell Anthology of Great Poetry” (poetry); Selected stories from Project Gutenberg (storytelling); “A Culture of Violence” (Discussion Task).
Item 9G --- Calendar Modification: Approved moving the Board Meeting of Feb. 6, 2020 to Feb. 4, 2020.
• The board approved Dance Rules Committee recommendations for the 2019-20, 2020-21 seasons.
Discussion Items
• League Staff shared two recommendations from the Music Advisory Committee. The committee is recommending a rewriting of the Music Rules and Policies Manual and the exploration of creating a Rubric to scoring sheets, moving from a 40-point scale to a 100-point scale. League Staff will work with Music Advisory Committee members on both recommendations.
Committee Reports
Eligibility Committee

• A League recommendation for additional review by League Staff and the Eligibility Committee of an eligibility case was approved
• The Eligibility Committee report was approved as presented.
Audit/Finance Committee
• The March and April financial statements were approved.
Marketing and Communications Committee
• A sponsorship update with Wells Fargo was provided by League Staff.
• Approved recommendation of a Publications Package to be presented for full board approval. Board approval was provided by voice vote.
• League Staff provided an update on a Media Advisory Committee recommendation to implement an annual photo-ID media credential.
• An update on the Hall of Fame selection process was provided by League Staff. The Hall of Fame induction ceremony is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 13.
• The Waseca High School Theater Department was selected the Section 5 recipient of the NFHS Heart of the Arts Award. League Staff presented the award during an assembly at Waseca High School.
Education and Leadership Committee
• Coaches Education updates were shared.
• A parent-education video is in the works and will be provided to our member schools for use with their parents.
• Officials updates were shared, including a report on a recruiting event at Tartan High School.
Information Items
• New Board Member Orientation Meeting, League Office, Tuesday, July 9, 9 a.m.
• The MSHSL will operate on the following hours beginning Monday, June 10 and continuing until Friday, Aug. 29: Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Friday.
• August Workshop, Sunday, Aug. 4 – Tuesday, Aug. 6; Ruttger’s Bay Lake Conference
2019 Boys Tennis Team Recap
Boys Tennis Image Mounds Park Academy in Class A, and Mounds View in Class AA, captured the team championships during the 2019 Boys Tennis State Tournament on Wednesday, June 5 in Minneapolis. The Class A tournament was held at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in south Minneapolis, and the Class AA tournament was played at Baseline Tennis Center on the University of Minnesota campus. Here is a look at championship day in both classes:

Class A

Mounds Park Academy, located in Maplewood, survived a nearly four-hour long championship match with St. Paul Academy and Summit School to record a dramatic 4-3 victory to give the Panthers third Class A boys tennis team championship and first since 2006. Mounds Park Academy’s other state championship came the year prior in 2005.

After the match extended to more than 2 ½ hours of play, the match score was deadlocked at 3-apiece. The deciding match came down to the No. 4 singles duel between Mounds Park Academy junior Vlad Vutov and St. Paul Academy junior Brennan Keogh. Want even more drama? Their match went to a decisive third set. It was Vutov that would earn a 6-7 (7-5), 7-5, 6-4 victory, a win that triggered a joyous celebration.

Vutov led 5-4 in the first set, but Keogh rallied to take the early advantage. Vuto answered by rallying in the final two sets.

St. Paul Academy was attempting to win its first Class A championship since capturing the second of two in a row in 2008.

In the third-place match, The Breck School recorded a 5-2 victory over Rochester Lourdes. The Mustangs swept the four singles matches, losing just one set along the way. Breck’s No. 3 doubles team of Owen Power and Walsh Kern recorded the decisive fourth point with a 6-2, 6-2 victory.

In the consolation final, Hibbing edged Thief River Falls 4-3 in a battle between northern Minnesota squads. The Bluejackets grabbed the victory by sweeping all three doubles matches. Joe Dwyer and Mark Borland provided the winning margin with their victory at No. 1 doubles.

Class AA
Top-seeded Mounds View captured the Class AA championship for the fifth time in program history with a 5-2 victory over Eastview in the title match. It is the Mustangs’ first title since 2015, joining championship runs in 1990, 2004, and 2005. To reach the championship match, the Mustangs defeated Lakeville South (7-0) and then Orono (4-3). In the other bracket, Eastview defeated both Alexandria (7-0) and then upset No. 2 Edina (4-3) in the semifinals.
In the championship, the Mustangs won all four of their singles matches, getting wins from freshman Bjorn Swenson at No. 1 singles (6-4, 3-0, Ret. (Inj.)), senior Petro Alex at No. 2 singles (6-1, 6-0), freshman Luke Turkington at No. 3 singles (6-4, 6-2), and freshman Johnny Yue at No. 4 singles (6-4, 6-1). Mounds View also won at No. 3 doubles as freshman Christo Alex and sophomore Peter Culp teamed up to win their match in straight sets.
Eastview picked up wins in both the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles spots, with Nisal Liyanage and Shrinival Venkatasubramani winning 6-2, 6-3 and Sourabh Terakanambi and Davis Carlson winning 6-2, 6-4. The second place finish is the best in the program’s history and is four places ahead of where the Lightning finished in the 2018 tournament.
In the third-place match, Edina defeated Orono 4-3. The Hornets won all three doubles matches and also had a win at No. 1 singles from Oskar Jansson that sealed the victory. Junior pair Ryne Reger and Ryan Schenck (No. 1 doubles) as well as Nolan Ranger and Joey Joas (No. 2 doubles) each won their doubles match-ups in straight sets. Noah LaTour and Shrey Ramesh (No. 3 doubles) split sets with their Orono opponents, winning the tie-breaker set 10-3. Seniors John Kasner (No. 2 singles) and Caden Pfeiffer (No. 3 singles) and freshman Matias Maule (No. 4 singles) all recorded wins for the Spartans.
In the consolation final, Wayzata defeated Duluth East, 6-1.



It's A Wrap For Lacrosse, Baseball Moves To Target Field
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 6/16/2019
The spring sports seasons are winding down, with girls and boys lacrosse finishing their seasons Saturday and eight baseball teams remaining as championship games are at hand on Thursday at Target Field.

Prior Lake swept both lacrosse state titles in the championship games at Chanhassen High School. The Lakers girls defeated Eden Prairie 17-12 and the boys beat Benilde-St. Margaret's 5-3.

Thursday's baseball state championship games at Target Field will begin at 10 a.m. with the Class 1A game between BOLD and New York Mills and conclude with a scheduled 7 p.m. start in the Class 4A contest between East Ridge and New Prague.

Tickets for baseball's Championship Saturday are $12 for adults and $8 for students, and each ticket is good for all four games.

Boys State Lacrosse Tournament

Thursday's semifinals
Prior Lake 4, Eden Prairie 3
Benilde-St. Margaret’s 10, St. Thomas Academy 3

Saturday’s championship game at Chanhassen
Prior Lake 5, Benilde-St. Margaret’s 3

Girls State Lacrosse Tournament

Thursday’s semifinals
Prior Lake 21, Breck 3
Eden Prairie 13, Lakeville North 8

Saturday’s championship game
Prior Lake 17, Eden Prairie 12

State Baseball Tournament

Class 1A
Friday’s semifinals at Mini-Met, Jordan
BOLD 7, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 6 (8 innings)
New York Mills 5, Sacred Heart 1
Championship Thursday at Target Field
10 a.m.: BOLD vs. New York Mills

Class 2A
Friday’s semifinals at Dick Putz Field, St. Cloud
Duluth Marshall 3, Paynesville 2 (8 innings)
Minnehaha Academy 9, St. Peter 1
Championship Thursday at Target Field
1 p.m.: Duluth Marshall vs. Minnehaha Academy

Class 3A
Friday’s semifinals at Siebert Field, Minneapolis
Benilde-St. Margaret's 2, Monticello 1
St. Thomas Academy 9, Austin 5
Championship Thursday at Target Field
4 p.m.: Benilde-St. Margaret's vs. St. Thomas Academy

Class 4A
Saturday’s semifinals at CHS Field, St. Paul
East Ridge 6, Stillwater 5 (8 innings)
New Prague 12, Rogers 7
Championship Thursday at Target Field
7 p.m.: Stillwater or East Ridge vs. New Prague

--Follow John on Twitter @MSHSLjohn, listen to "Preps Today with John Millea” wherever you get podcasts and hear him on Minnesota Public Radio.



More of John's Journal
2019 Lacrosse State Tournament
Lacrosse Image Prior Lake sweeps girls’ and boys’ titles

The Prior Lake girls won their first championship after defeating Eden Prairie 17-12. This was the second consecutive runner-up showing for Eden Prairie.

The Eagles struck first with a goal from senior forward Brooke Lewis a minute into the game. The Lakers answered with two goals to take the lead near the 3-minute mark with Lewis striking again to tie the game at 2-2 at 4:23 on the clock.

After almost six minutes without a goal, Prior Lake took the lead with a goal from senior midfielder Lauren Wick. Wick scored again to give the Lakers a two-goal lead with 13 minutes remaining in the first half. Senior midfielder Kacie Riggs scored her first goal of the game at 13:07 in the half to get Eden Prairie within one goal of the Lakers.

With less than nine minutes to play in the first half, the Lakers went on a five-goal run with junior midfielder Josie Kropp getting things started and scoring to toe the score at 5-5. Wick scored again at 17:22 to get the Lakers the one-goal lead followed by three more goals from the Lakers in the half for a halftime score of 9-5.

Two minutes into the second half, senior midfielder CJ Froemming netted a goal to get the score to 9-6 Lakers. Sophomore midfielder Payton Bloedow added back-to-back unassisted goals for the Lakers followed by a goal from midfielder Mackenzie Salentre for a score of 12-6 six minutes into the half. Junior midfielder Maggie Brown from Eden Prairie and the Lakers’ Bloedow traded goals to get the score to 16-8 followed by another goal from Salentre to conclude the Lakers’ scoring.

Eden Prairie put together a tough string of goals from Lewis, Brown and junior forward Soleil Tysk for the final score of 17-12 Lakers.

Bloedow finished the game with six goals and three assists and Wick added three goals and one assist. Senior forward Ashtyn King and Salentre contributed three goals apiece for Prior Lake. The Eagles were led by Lewis with four goals and one assist. Froemming added three goals plus an assist while Brown also had three goals.

Lakeville North defeated Breck School of Golden Valley 13-12 in the third-place game and Maple Grove beat Stillwater Area 5-3 in the consolation final.

On the boys’ side, the Lakers of Prior Lake won their second consecutive championship and third overall. They defeated Benilde-St. Margaret’s of St. Louis Park 5-3 in the title game. This was the second consecutive year the Lakers and Red Knights met in the title game; Prior Lake won 10-8 in 2018.

The Lakers won their first title in 2016.

Junior midfielder Alex Jacobson scored an unassisted goal to get Prior Lake on the board at 3:07. Senior midfielder Ben Jung scored the second goal for the Lakers and they took a two-goal advantage into the second quarter.

Senior attack Riley Bachinski netted the Lakers’ third goal of the game with an assist from senior attack Nathan Whittier at 2:11. The Red Knights were able to get on the board in the second quarter with a goal from junior attack Jack Budniewski at 2:17. The fourth goal for the Lakers was scored by sophomore attack Jack Smith, assisted by junior midfielder Will Gilbert.

The Red Knights struck again with a goal from junior attack Kalam Storrs to close out the quarter, trailing by two. The Lakers’ final goal of the game was scored by senior midfielder Luke Bloedow, assisted by junior midfielder Ryley Bester. The Red Knights added their final goal on the power play from sophomore attack Matt Dowden. Dowden's goal was assisted by senior midfielder Shay Kinney Leonhardt.

Eden Prairie went home with the third-place hardware after posting an 8-6 victory over St. Thomas Academy of Mendota Heights. In the consolation final, Mahtomedi defeated Wayzata 9-6.
2019 Boys and Girls Golf State Tournaments
Golf Recap Image Two returning individual medalists successfully defended their titles during the Minnesota State High School League’s Girls and Boys Golf State Tournaments held at three sites on June 11 and 12. Rachel Halvorson, a junior from Lac qui Parle Valley, won the Class A individual championship for the second consecutive season at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker. And at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan, Red Wing’s Sophia Yeomans won the Class AA crown outright for the second year in a row. Three team champions were also crowned in each enrollment class. Here is a look at the state tournament:
Girls
Class A

BOLD, Olivia, won the Class A team title for the second time in three seasons with a two-round total of 704. That was one stroke better than runner-up Park Christian, who was at 705. Lac qui Parle Valley, the defending Class A champion, was third at 720. Team members of BOLD are freshman Kaylie Fennern, junior Olivia Hanson, junior Lanie Mages, freshman Leslie Snow, junior Makayla Snow, and junior Ashley Trongard.
Halvorson won the individual gold medal with a two-round score of 160. That was one stroke better than Fillmore Central senior Madison Scheevel, who was runner-up at 161. Park Christian senior Emily Doeden was third at 162. Scheevel placed sixth in 2018 and Doeden finished in a tie for third.
Class AA
Red Wing captured a team championship for the sixth time and first since 2015 following a one-stroke victory over Minnewaska/Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa. The Wingers began Day 2 six strokes behind Minnewaska/BBE, but wiped out that deficit by firing a 327 on Day 2, seven strokes better. It is the third Class AA crown for Red Wing in the three-class era that has been played since 2008. The Wingers won three consecutive Class AA from 2001-03 when the tournament was played in a two-class format. Minnewaska/BBE was runner-up at 647, and Detroit Lakes, the three-time defending Class AA champion, was third at 662.
Team members for the victorious Wingers were sophomore Ava Bremseth, junior Ashton Chandler, junior Grace Dube, junior Sydney Flack, senior Leah Herzog and senior Sophia Yeomans.
In 2018, Yeomans had a record-setting first-round 63 en route to an eight-stroke victory over teammate, Leah Herzog. This season, Yoemans, who has signed to play golf at the University of Missouri, had a seven-stroke margin a year later. It is the third consecutive season that Yeomans emerged with an individual championship medal. In 2017, she was a co-medalist with Edina’s Joanna Kim.
Detroit Lakes junior Anna Cihak was third at 152.
Class AAA
Chanhassen prevented Edina from extending its state-record of championships with a 13-stroke victory in the team competition. In winning their first championship, the Storm opened Day 2 with a seven-stroke advantage over the Hornets. Chanhassen extended the margin by six more strokes during the final round. Edina entered the tournament as the four-time defending Class AAA champion. The Hornets finished with a score of 640 and Simley was third at 650.
Team members for Chanhassen were junior Courtney Dunkelberger, junior Tricia Hemann, freshman Madi Hicks, junior Emily Renner, senior Haley Thompson, and junior Courtney Wedin.
Simley freshman Isabella McCauley shot a 67 on Day 1 and tamed the windy conditions on Day 2 with a 68 to finish at 135, 10 strokes better than Chanhassen junior Courtney Wedin. McCauley finished sixth during the 2018 tournament. Northfield senior Molly Stevens was third at 146. Blaine eighth-grader Kathryn VanArragon, the defending Class AAA champion entering the tournament, finished fourth at 147. Simley seventh-grader Reese McCauley rounded out the top five with a 148.
Boys
Class A

In the team Community Christian, Willmar, recorded a three-stroke victory en route to winning the Class A crown at Pebble Creek. The Eagles won the championship by finishing with a second-round 327 and finished with a final score of 655. That was three strokes better than Springfield, which was second at 658. Fertile-Beltrami and Lac qui Parle Valley tied for third with scores of 676.
Team members of Community Christian were sophomore Karl Chapin, senior Zac Patlock, sophomore Daniel Reid, senior Greg Reid, sophomore Brett Reid, and senior Duke Snyder.
Brett Reid was the individual medalist with a two-round score of 145. After leading the field following a 72 on Day 1, he turned in a 73 for a four-stroke victory. He finished third overall in the 2018 state tournament. Lac qui Parle Valley senior Harrison Patzer was runner-up with a 149. He had the best final round of Day 2 with a 72. Park Christian senior Alex Iverson was third with a score of 154. Springfield junior Mason Kretsch was fourth overall at 155, while teammate Mavrick Winkelmann, a sophomore, and Heritage Christian Academy senior Kurt Lambert tied for fifth at 157.
Class AA
Holy Family Catholic won the Class AA crown for the second consecutive season with a 20-stroke victory. The Fire compiled a two-round score of 620 on the strength of 310’s on both Day 1 and Day 2. Holy Family Catholic team members are senior Jake Bornhoft, sophomore Charlie Lindberg, junior Sam McNulty, sophomore Ben Reddan, junior Blake Stedronsky, and senior Cole Wilson.
Detroit Lakes, a three-time boys’ golf state champion, was runner-up with a two-round score of 640. Cloquet was third one stroke behind at 641.
Red Wing senior Cecil Belisle, the highest returning qualifier in the field, captured the individual gold medal with a score of 143. He began Day 2 one shot off the pace, and finished the round with a 69. He finished third in the 2018 event. Hill-Murray’s Ben Warian was runner-up with a two-round score of 145. St. Peter senior Carter Doose was third at 148, while Holy Family’s Blake Stedronsky, New Ulm junior Glavine Schugel and Jordan senior Thomas Gutzmer, all finished in a tie for fourth with scores of 149.
Class AAA
Edina captured the team title for the first time since 2014 and fourth time overall following a two-stroke victory over Waconia. Edina, the single-class champion in 1970 and Class AA champion in 1987, shot a sub-300 round for the second consecutive day to record a two-round score of 595. The Hornets were tied for second with Waconia at the end of Day 1, five strokes behind front-runner St. Thomas Academy. Edina West won a single-class crown in 1973 and were the Class AA champs in 1977 and 1978, respectively.
Team member for the victorious Hornets were senior Carl Berghult, junior Joe Karos, senior Matt McGuire, senior Walker Schwappach, senior Sam Sipprell, and junior John Tucker.
Waconia was the runner-up with a 597, five strokes better than St. Thomas Academy, which finished third at 602.
Stillwater’s Brock Winter, a senior, became the school’s first boys’ golf champion after carding a two-round total of 143. That was one stroke better than St. Michael-Albertville senior Trey Fessler. Lakeville South sophomore John Langlois and Sartell sophomore Logan Hamak tied for the third-place medal with a score of 145. One stroke back were Edina senior Carl Berghult and Waconia senior Connor Glynn, who tied for fifth at 146.


2019 Baseball State Tournament
Baseball Image The Minnesota State High School League’s Baseball State Tournament, played annually since 1947, begins this week at four championship-round locations. The Class A tournament is played at the Mini Met in Jordan and the Class AA tournament is in St. Cloud. The Class AAA field plays at Siebert Field on the University of Minnesota Campus and Class AAAA is at CHS Field in downtown St. Paul. Championship games in each of the four enrollment classes are scheduled for Thursday, June 20 at Target Field. In the event of inclement weather, the make-up date for championship games at Target Field is Friday, June 21.
Fast Facts
The Schedule
Class A
Thursday, June 13
At Mini Met, Jordan
Quarterfinals

Sebeka (18-7) vs. No. 1 BOLD (17-5), 10 a.m.
No. 5 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (20-2) vs. No. 4 Randolph (21-2), 12:30 p.m.
South Ridge (20-6) vs. No. 2 New York Mills (19-4), 3 p.m.
Sacred Heart (13-8) vs. No. 3 Hayfield (22-2), 5:30 p.m.
Friday, June 14
At Chaska Athletic Park
Consolation semifinals
--- 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m.
Consolation final --- 3 p.m.
At Mini Met, Jordan
Championship semifinals
--- Noon, 2:30 p.m.
Third place --- 5 p.m.
Thursday, June 20, at Target Field
Championship
--- 10 a.m.
Class AA
Thursday, June 13
At Dick Putz Field, St. Cloud
Quarterfinals

Glencoe-Silver Lake (19-5) vs. No. 1 Marshall School, Duluth (23-1), 10 a.m.
No. 5 Paynesville Area (21-2) vs. No. 4 Perham (22-2), 12:30 p.m.
La Crescent-Hokah (21-5) vs. No. 2 Minnehaha Academy (18-4), 3 p.m.
St. Peter (19-5) vs. No. 3 Foley (24-3), 5:30 p.m.
Friday, June 14
At Joe Faber Field, St. Cloud
Consolation semifinals
--- 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m.
Consolation final --- 3 p.m.
At Dick Putz Field, St. Cloud
Championship semifinals
--- Noon, 2:30 p.m.
Third place --- 5 p.m.
Thursday, June 20, at Target Field
Championship
--- 1 p.m.
Class AAA
Thursday, June 13
At Siebert Field, University of Minnesota
Quarterfinals

Duluth Denfeld (16-9) vs. No. 1 Monticello (18-5), 10 a.m.
No. 5 Benilde-St. Margaret’s (14-9) vs. No. 4 Marshall (17-10), 12:30 p.m.
Austin (14-8) vs. No. 2 Hill-Murray (17-8), 3 p.m.
Little Falls (13-9) vs. No. 3 St. Thomas Academy (18-9), 5:30 p.m.
Friday, June 14
At University of Northwestern
Consolation semifinals
--- 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m.
Consolation final --- 3 p.m.
At Siebert Field, University of Minnesota
Championship semifinals
--- Noon, 2:30 p.m.
Third place --- 5 p.m.
Thursday, June 20, at Target Field
Championship
--- 4 p.m.
Class AAAA
Friday, June 14
At CHS Field, St. Paul
Quarterfinals

Eden Prairie (17-7) vs. No. 1 Stillwater (22-2), 10 a.m.
No. 5 East Ridge (18-6) vs. No. 4 Mounds View (18-6), 12:30 p.m.
New Prague (16-8) vs. No. 2 Blaine (21-3), 3 p.m.
Rogers (11-13) vs. No. 3 Hopkins (18-6), 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 15
At University of Northwestern
Consolation semifinals
--- 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m.
Consolation final --- 3 p.m.
At CHS Field, St. Paul
Championship semifinals
--- Noon, 2:30 p.m.
Third place --- 5 p.m.
Thursday, June 20, at Target Field
Championship
--- 7 p.m.
Official Tournament Ball: Wilson A1010 BHS1-SST
Tickets: Mini Met, $10 adult; $6 student. St. Cloud, $10 adult; $6 student. CHS Field and Siebert Field, $11 adult; $7 student. Target Field, $12 adult; $8 student.
Streaming: The semifinals and championship games will be streamed live and free of charge. Find the stream at www.prepspotlight.tv .
News media credentials: A news media credential is required to cover this event.
Results: Results, box scores and summaries will be posted on the League’s website, www.mshsl.org
Social media: Follow the tournament on Twitter at @MSHSLJohn and @MSHSL .

Spring Bulletin

The Spring Bulletin is here for your reading enjoyment. In this edition, discover the journey of longtime Minnesota music educator, Carl Lipke, in our centerpiece feature story.

You will also find a recap of a busy winter state tournament season, which included the 25- and 75-year salutes to girls and boys hockey respectively. As in every edition, get the latest news and information from throughout the League. And, don't forget to test your knowledge by taking the MSHSL's Quickie Quiz.

We hope you enjoy this edition of the MSHSL Bulletin

Upcoming and Current Tournaments
    Tournament Resources
    League News
    MSHSL Behavior Expectations
    Executive Committee Special Mtg 6-10-19
    June 2019 Board Agenda
    Rep Assembly Meeting Agenda 5-13-19
    Executive Committee Special Mtg 4-19-19
    Board Synopsis --- 4-4-19
    2019-20, 2020-21 Section Assignments
    Show Older News Items
    Popular Links:
    18-19 Coaches Online Rules Mtg Schedule
    2017-18, 2018-19 Activity Classification
    2017-18, 2018-19 School Enrollments
    2017-18, 2018-19 Section Assignments
    2017-18,18-19 Determining Classification
    2018-19 AED Order Information
    2019-20, 2020-21 District Football
    2019-20, 2020-21 Section Assignments
    Advisory Recommendation Forms
    Concussion Insurance Provider Letter
    MSBA Handouts
    MSBA PowerPoint
    Providing Equal Athletic Opportunities - A Guide to Compliance
    Uniform Modification-Special Recognition
    Weather Conditions and Competition
     


    Copyright 1994-2019 Minnesota State High School League
    2100 Freeway Boulevard Brooklyn Center, MN 55430-1735    |    (763) 560-2262     |     FAX (763) 569-0499