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State Girls’ Tennis Tournament
Home Page Photo The State Girls’ Tennis Tournament is scheduled for October 25-28. Here is a look at the tournament:

The schedule:
Class A:
Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis. Team competition will take place on October 25 and 26 followed by the individual tournament on October 27 and 28. Team quarterfinal pairings are: Virginia vs. Roseau (8 a.m.); Rochester Lourdes vs. Minnewaska Area, Glenwood (10 a.m.); St. James vs. The Blake School, Minneapolis (Noon); Holy Family Catholic, Victoria vs. Foley (2 p.m.).
Class AA: Baseline Tennis Center on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis. Team competition will take place on October 25 and 26 followed by the individual tournament on October 27 and 28. Team quarterfinal pairings are: No. 1 Seed - Edina vs. Delano (8 a.m.); No. 4. Seed - Prior Lake vs. No. 5 Seed – Mahtomedi (10 a.m.); No. 2 Seed – St. Cloud Tech vs. Duluth East (Noon); No. 3 Seed – Eagan vs. Rochester Mayo (2 p.m.).
Tickets: Free admission
Official ball: Wilson (US Open Extra Duty)
Brackets and Results

Class A
– The Blake School returns to defend its 2015 title. If the Bears win, it would be their second consecutive title and their 10th overall. The Blake School was also the top-ranked team in the final coaches’ poll of the season. Six other teams also return from the 2015 tournament: Rochester Lourdes, third; St. James, which includes students from Butterfield-Odin and Mountain Lake Christian, fourth; Virginia, fifth; and Foley, sixth. Minnewaska Area, which was a co-op with Brandon-Evansville last year, and Holy Family Catholic both fell in the consolation semifinals. The Class A team tournament is not seeded.
Class AA – The Edina Hornets return in search of their 20th consecutive team title and their 32nd overall. Edina East also won three consecutive crowns between 1978-1980. Six other teams return from the 2015 field: Prior Lake, runner-up; Mahtomedi, third; Eagan, fourth; St. Cloud Tech, fifth; and Rochester Mayo, sixth. Delano bowed out in the consolation semifinals.
This is the fifth year that the Class AA team tournament has been seeded. The top five seeds this year, in order, are: Edina, St. Cloud Tech, Eagan, Prior Lake and Mahtomedi. St. Cloud Tech was the top team in the final coaches’ poll.

Class A
– Senior Libby Rickeman of The Blake School returns to defend her 2015 singles title. She is also the top-seeded player for a second consecutive year. Ninth-grader Arlina Shen of The Blake School, who claimed runner-up honors last year, is the No. 3 seed this year. Senior Izabella Edin of Staples Motley is seeded No. 2 and sophomore Katie Mulvey of Trinity School at River Ridge of Eagan is No. 4. Cindy Li, a junior from Cotter of Winona, also returns this year. Mulvey and Li finished in fourth and fifth place, respectively, in 2015.
Senior Grace Zumwinkle of Breck School is looking for her third consecutive doubles crown this year. She won with Kendall Kozikowski in 2015 and Lauren Kozikowski in 2015. Zumwinkle and senior Lauren Kozikowski will team up again this year. Two additional teams that finished in the Top 4 in 2015 also return: seniors Kayla McIver and Kylee Funk of Foley, third; and senior Joelle Thorfinnson and ninth-grader Danielle Thorfinnson of Minnewaska Area, fourth.
Class AA – A new singles champion will emerge this year as defending champion, Haley Haakenstad of Chanhassen, graduated last spring. Junior Sophia Reddy of Edina, who placed fourth in 2015, is this year’s top seed. She will face tough competition from No. 2-seeded Isabella Lambert, a junior from Minnetonka. Lambert earned runner-up honors last year. Senior Natalie Lorentz of St. Louis Park and junior Meagan Brown of Elk River are seeded No. 3 and No. 4 this year, respectively. Brown is hoping to improve on last year’s third-place showing. The two finalists in the 2015 consolation bracket also return this year; junior Samantha Nichols of Eagan finished in fifth place and senior Ginger Valentine of Delano followed in sixth.
Senior Taylor Tarrolly and junior Katelyn Tarrolly of St. Cloud Tech are the highest returning duo in the doubles competition. They’re looking to improve on last year’s runner-up showing. Senior Maggie Rierman and junior Grace Rierman of Mahtomedi, who placed third, and senior Mackenzie Schurhamer and ninth-grader Delaney Schurhamer of Woodbury, who placed fourth, also return to this year’s field.

Class A
– The Blake School claimed its ninth state championship in 2015 after defeating Crookston 7-0 in the title match. On their way to the championship, the Bears defeated the 2014 champions from Holy Family Catholic (6-1) and Rochester Lourdes (5-2). The Eagles of Rochester Lourdes bounced back to win third-place honors after posting a 4-3 victory over St. James. Virginia beat Foley 5-2 in the consolation final.
Top-seeded Libby Rickeman of The Blake School defeated teammate Arlina Shen, the No. 2 seed, 6-1, 6-0 to win her first individual crown. The doubles final was a battle between teammates and sisters from Breck School of Golden Valley. When the dust settled, Grace Zumwinkle and Lauren Kozikowski walked away with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Anna Zumwinkle and Kendall Kozikowski. It was the second consecutive doubles title for Grace Zumwinkle; she won with Kendall Kozikowski in 2014.
Class AA – The Edina Hornets started their run to a national-record 19th consecutive team title with a 6-1 quarterfinal victory over St. Cloud Tech. The Hornets moved on, defeating Mahtomedi 5-2 in the semifinals and Prior Lake 5-2 in the championship match. Mahtomedi beat Eagan 4-3 for third-place honors and St. Cloud Tech claimed the consolation hardware with a 5-2 win over Rochester Mayo.
In the singles tournament, top-seeded Hayley Haakenstad of Chanhassen defeated No. 2-seeded Isabella Lambert of Minnetonka 6-2, 6-2 in the title match. Paige McLeod and Taylor McLeod of Benilde-St. Margaret’s of St. Louis Park earned their second consecutive doubles title after notching a 6-3, 7-5 championship win over Taylor Tarrolly and Katelyn Tarrolly of St. Cloud Tech.

News Release
2016 State Soccer Tournament
Home Page Photo The State Boys' and Girls' Soccer Tournaments are scheduled for Oct. 25-27, Oct. 31, Nov. 1 and Nov. 3. Quarterfinal Games will be played at St. Cloud State, Chisago Lakes H.S., Benilde-St. Margaret's, and Farmington H.S. Semifinals and Finals will be played at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Quarterfinals - $7 adults; $5 students
Semifinals/Finals/Third Place (daily) - $12 adults; $8 students
Tournament Pass* - $30 adults; $18 students
*(valid for all games at U.S. Bank Stadium)

State Tournament Schedule
Brackets & Results: Boys   Girls
Advance News Release

  2016 State Boys Tournament-Class A
10/26 5:30 PM @ St. Cloud State University
10/26 7:30 PM @ St. Cloud State University
10/26 5:30 PM @ Chisago Lakes High School
10/26 7:30 PM @ Chisago Lakes High School
10/31 12:00 PM @ US Bank Stadium
10/31 2:00 PM @ US Bank Stadium
11/3 10:00 AM @ US Bank Stadium
3rd Place
11/1 8:00 AM @ US Bank Stadium

  2016 State Boys Tournament-Class AA
10/26 7:30 PM @ Benilde-St. Margaret's School
10/26 5:30 PM @ Benilde-St. Margaret's School
10/25 5:30 PM @ Benilde-St. Margaret's School
10/25 7:30 PM @ Benilde-St. Margaret's School
10/31 8:00 AM @ US Bank Stadium
10/31 10:00 AM @ US Bank Stadium
11/3 3:00 PM @ US Bank Stadium
3rd Place
11/1 4:00 PM @ US Bank Stadium

  2016 State Girls Soccer Tournament-Class A
10/27 5:30 PM @ St. Cloud State University
10/27 7:30 PM @ St. Cloud State University
10/25 5:30 PM @ Farmington High School
10/25 7:30 PM @ Farmington High School
10/31 4:00 PM @ US Bank Stadium
10/31 6:00 PM @ US Bank Stadium
11/3 12:30 PM @ US Bank Stadium
3rd Place
11/1 10:00 AM @ US Bank Stadium

  2016 State Girls Soccer Tournament-Class AA
10/27 5:30 PM @ Chisago Lakes High School
10/27 7:30 PM @ Chisago Lakes High School
10/26 5:30 PM @ Farmington High School
10/26 7:30 PM @ Farmington High School
11/1 12:00 PM @ US Bank Stadium
11/1 2:00 PM @ US Bank Stadium
11/3 5:30 PM @ US Bank Stadium
3rd Place
11/3 8:00 AM @ US Bank Stadium


Mankato West Soccer: Celebration, Exhilaration And Grief
Posted by John Millea(jmillea@mshsl.org)- Updated 10/23/2016 6:46:43 PM

This has been a hectic few days at the Makela household in Mankato. Soccer reigns for the family: Crissy Makela is in her 21st year as the only girls head coach Mankato West has ever had, and Scarlets senior Jake Makela is the leading boys scorer in the state. On Sunday, Jake was named Minnesota’s Mr. Soccer in Class 1A.

A few days earlier, on a postcard Thursday evening in New Prague, both Scarlets teams won Section 2 championship games to qualify for this week’s state tournament. The girls beat Northfield 2-0 and the boys defeated Worthington 4-3 in overtime, with Jake Makela (pictured) scoring three goals including the game-winner on a penalty kick.

“It’s almost a sense of disbelief,” Crissy said Thursday. “It takes so much to get to the state tournament, to be one of the last eight teams.”

The third-seeded Mankato West girls (17-2) will open the state tourney Tuesday against unseeded North Branch (11-7-2) in Farmington. The top-seeded Scarlets boys (17-2) will face unseeded Bemidji (18-2) at St. Cloud State on Wednesday. The winning teams in the state quarterfinals will advance to the semifinals (along with championship and third-place games) at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Jake’s overtime goal Thursday night was the first time he has won a game with a penalty kick in overtime. That was one of several reasons he was thrilled with the day’s results.

“Just the fact that both our girls and boys programs are going to be in the state tournament, and with my mom being the girls coach, it’s a great time in the Makela household,” he said.

Things changed early Saturday morning, when Crissy’s father passed away in hospice care. Mark Bouljon, 70, died after a long battle with liver cancer.

“We’ve been preparing for this for six months,” Crissy said. “At the same time, he always said not to make a big fuss. We’ve done what we’ve needed to do for the past six weeks to take care of things.” (Crissy is pictured on the far right in the back row.)

The soccer calendar meant the Makela family, along with all state tournament teams and candidates for Class 1A and 2A Mr. and Ms. Soccer, gathered at RiverCentre in St. Paul on Sunday for the state tourney banquet.

“It’s been really exciting and really chaotic,” Crissy said. “There has been a lot of texting and a lot of emailing. It’s been great. It’s really terrific and exciting for the teams and players and parents.”

The Scarlets girls previously went to state in 2009 and 2013. The boys have made five previous trips, the last in 2014. They both advanced to state in 2009.

“It’ll be great, it’ll be a fun time,” Scarlets boys coach Leonard Woelfel said of the dual trip to state.

Both Mankato West teams learned a hard lesson one year ago. Both were top-seeded in the section and were knocked out in the first round. The girls lost to Albert Lea and the boys fell to Mankato East.

“These girls have really been working since then, with that in their minds this whole time; ‘We’ve got to get that back,’ ” Crissy Makela said. “They’ve really put in a lot of time and effort. They started last summer and we’ve spent a lot of time in the weight room. The girls have really put in their time.”

The girls team opened the 2016 season with losses to Wayzata and St. Peter and have not lost since. Their 17-game winning streak includes 11 shutouts; only three teams have scored more than one goal against West in that span.

The West boys lost to Austin and Orono during the regular season and bring an 11-game winning streak to the state tournament. Jake Makela has been an offensive weapon for years, and his 38 goals lead the state this season. A fifth-year varsity veteran, he is only the third player in Minnesota boys history to score 100 career goals.

A big key to Jake’s success is what Woelfel called “his own personal drive.”

“He drives to succeed. He embraces the challenge of a couple guys (defending him). And he’s just got so much speed. If he can get around you with that speed; he knocks it off to the side once or twice and he’s gone.”

After Sunday’s banquet and Jake’s award as the top Class 1A boys soccer player in the state, the Makelas – Crissy and husband Rick, Jake, freshman Tyler and fifth-grader Aubrey -- returned home. The girls team will hold their final practice in preparation for state on Monday and the boys will have two days to prepare for their opening game at state.

It’s surely an odd mix of celebration and exhilaration in regards to soccer and grief at losing a father, father-in-law and grandfather. A memorial service for Mark Bouljon will be held Nov. 4 … one day after the state championship games.

“He wanted us to live our lives,” Crissy said. “And we have tried to do that.”

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John Millea
55m ago
Those goal posts were installed by WNBA refs.

John Millea
2h ago
Top-ranked teams in this week's volleyball poll:
3A/ Eagan
2A/ Kenyon-Wanamingo
1A/ Bethlehem Academy


MSHSL 2h ago
This week's volleyball rankings, provided by the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association.CLASS 3A
1. Eagan (10) - 217
2. Champlin Park (2) - 201
3. Lakeville South (2) - 200
4. Hopkins (1) - 187
5. Prior Lake - 158
6. Shakopee - 130
7. Wayzata - 117
8. North St. Paul - 113
9. Lakeville North - 86
10. Osseo - 61
Others Receiving Votes: Bloomington Jefferson - 50, Roseville - 22, Cretin-Derham Hall - 7, Blaine - 7, East Ridge - 7, Eden Prairie - 6, Moorhead - 6CLASS 2A
1. Kenyon-Wanamingo (11) - 165
2. Maple Lake - 146
3. Rocori - 143
4. Belle Plaine - 140
5. Stewartville - 117
6. Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta - 103
7. Sauk Centre - 96
8. Concordia Academy - 71
9. Kasson-Mantorville - 69
10. Hill-Murray - 46
Others Receiving Votes: SW Christian - 27, Roseau - 18, Jackson County Central - 7, Perham - 7CLASS 1A
1. Bethlehem Academy (13) - 209
2. Mayer Lutheran (1) - 193
3. Tracy-Milroy-Balaton - 184
4. Minneota - 153
5. Caledonia - 141
6. Waterville-Elysian-Morristown - 138
7. Heritage Christian - 135
8. Mabel-Canton - 105
9. Hayfield - 83
10. Kittson County - 82
Others Receiving Votes: Underwood - 21, Stephen Argyle - 20, Verndale - 6

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Mankato West Soccer: Celebration, Exhilaration And Grief.John's Journal has the story.John's Journal

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Mankato West Soccer: Celebration, Exhilaration And Grief. Check out John's Journal.

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Many more Carson Wentz INTs and NoDakers are gonna start frantically spreading the word that he was born in North Carolina. Which is true.

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12h ago
*Checks High School Historical Calf Chart* twitter.com/Jay_Haiby/stat

John Millea
12h ago
Eagles defensive tackle Beau Allen, number 94 from Minnetonka HS. 6-3, 337. Thickest calves I've ever seen on a high school kid.

John Millea
2d ago
The Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw was a center on his high school football team in Texas. The quarterback? Matthew Stafford.

John Millea
2d ago
That's first loss of the season for defending Class 3A state volleyball champ Eagan. Sections are next! Good luck to all teams! twitter.com/cprebelsvball/

John Millea
2d ago
Here are the brackets for Class 1A and Class 2A girls state soccer tournaments. mshsl.org/mshsl/showXMLb

John Millea
2d ago
Here are the brackets for Class 1A and Class 2A boys state soccer tournaments. mshsl.org/mshsl/showXMLb

MN H. S. League
2d ago
Just a heads up: Times and sites for Class A and AA soccer quarters projected to be posted at mshsl.org by noon or so

MN H. S. League
2d ago
Class 2A boys soccer pairings: Still-MV; Andover-Moorhead; Wayzata-Owatonna; Edina-Burnsville. Sites, times TBA.

MN H. S. League
2d ago
Class 2A girls soccer quarters: East Ridge-Andover; Lakeville North-Centennial; Rosemount-Tonka; Washburn-STMA. Sites, times TBA

MN H. S. League
2d ago
Class A boys soccer quarters: M West-Bemidji; Willmar-Northfield; Blake-D. Denfeld; STA-Como Park, sites, times, TBA

MN H. S. League
2d ago
Class A girls soccer pairings:BSM vs Apollo; HM vs. Waconia; SPA vs DE; Man West vs N Branch, times, sites TBA


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