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Girls' Hockey - Class A Quarterfinal 
Mankato East/Loyola    0
#2 St. Paul United    0
2/22/2017 11:00 AM
Girls' Hockey - Class A Quarterfinal 
Hibbing/Chisholm    0
#3 Warroad    0
2/22/2017 1:00 PM
Girls' Hockey - Class A Quarterfinal 
Alexandria Area H.S.    0
#1 Blake School (The)    0
2/22/2017 6:00 PM
Girls' Hockey - Class A Quarterfinal 
#5 Northfield H.S.    0
#4 Mound-Westonka/Watertown-Mayer/SW Christian    0
2/22/2017 8:00 PM
State Girls' Hockey Tournament
Home Page Photo The 22nd annual Minnesota State High School League girls' hockey state tournament is scheduled for Feb. 22-25 at the Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul with the consolation rounds being played at Ridder Arena on the University of Minnesota campus. Here is a look at the tournament:

TV: Championship semifinals and championship games in both classes will be televised live by 45TV.
Webcast: Daily charges for the live webcast on Prep45.com: $9.95 per day; two-day pass $16.97; three-day pass $19.87; four-day pass $23.97.
Tickets: Championship session - $17 adults, $11 students; Consolation session - $12 adults, $8 students.
Tickets can be purchased Online to avoid the lines.
Gates open: The Xcel Energy Center and Ridder Arena will open its gates to fans one hour prior to the first scheduled game of the day.

  2017 State Girls Hockey Tournament-Class A
Quarterfinals
2/22/2017 11:00 AM @ Xcel
2/22/2017 1:00 PM @ Xcel
2/22/2017 6:00 PM @ Xcel
2/22/2017 8:00 PM @ Xcel
Semifinals
2/24/2017 11:00 AM @ Xcel
2/24/2017 1:00 PM @ Xcel
Final
2/25/2017 4:00 PM @ Xcel
3rd Place
2/25/2017 9:00 AM @ Xcel
Consolation - Semifinals
2/23/2017 10:00 AM @ Ridder Arena
2/23/2017 12:00 PM @ Ridder Arena
Consolation - Final
2/25/2017 10:00 AM @ Ridder Arena

  2017 State Girls Hockey Tournament-Class AA
Quarterfinals
2/23/2017 11:00 AM @ Xcel
2/23/2017 1:00 PM @ Xcel
2/23/2017 6:00 PM @ Xcel
2/23/2017 8:00 PM @ Xcel
Semifinals
2/24/2017 6:00 PM @ Xcel
2/24/2017 8:00 PM @ Xcel
Final
2/25/2017 7:00 PM @ Xcel
3rd Place
2/25/2017 11:00 AM @ Xcel
Consolation - Semifinals
2/24/2017 10:00 AM @ Ridder Arena
2/24/2017 12:00 PM @ Ridder Arena
Consolation - Final
2/25/2017 12:00 PM @ Ridder Arena
      
State Girls Gymnastics Tournament
Home Page Photo The State Girls' Gymnastics Meet is scheduled for February 24-25 at the Sports Pavilion on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis. Here is a look at the meet:

FAST FACTS
The schedule:

Team Competition: Friday, February 24 – Class A, 11 a.m.; Class AA, 6 p.m.
Individual Competition: Saturday, February 25 – Class A 11 a.m., Class AA 6 p.m.
Webcast: All events will be webcast live on Prep45.grandstadium.tv. There is a daily charge of $9.95 or a two-day rate of $16.97.
Tickets: $12 adults, $8 students.
Ticket Box Offices open: 10 a.m. each day.

Class A Details
The two-time defending champions from Detroit Lakes return with 10 gymnasts who competed in the state meet last year. The Detroit Lakes team includes students from Frazee. All seven additional teams that competed in the 2017 team competition also return: Melrose Area, runner-up; Becker, third; Austin, fourth; Watertown-Mayer/Mound Westonka, fifth; Mankato West, sixth; Mahtomedi, seventh; and Worthington, which includes students from Adrian and Fulda, eighth.

Nineteen of 30 event medal-winners will return for the 2017 Class A individual competition and a new champion will emerge on uneven bars.

Four medal-winners, including defending champion Emma Disse of Detroit Lakes, return in the floor exercise. The others are: Kayla Austing of Melrose Area, runner-up; Maddie Mullenbach of Austin, third; and Sawyer Gorman of Pine Island, sixth.

Mady Brinkman of Melrose Area is the highest returning medalist in the uneven bars. She placed second in 2016. Three additional medal-winners return: Carly Breitenfeldt of Perham, third; Maddie Mullenbach of Austin, fourth; and Jennifer Boyle of Austin, sixth.

Defending champion Maddie Mullenbach of Austin and Cora Okeson of Detroit Lakes, who placed second, both return on the balance beam. They will be joined by Mady Brinkman of Melrose Area and Taryn Sellner of Mankato West, who placed fourth and sixth, respectively.

Three medalists return on the vault: defending champion Greta Klaphake of Melrose Area; Maddie Mullenbach of Austin, fourth; and Jada Olsen of Perham, sixth.

Defending champion Maddie Mullenbach of Austin will be joined by three additional returning medal-winners in the all-around. They are: Cora Okeson of Detroit Lakes, runner-up; Mady Brinkman of Melrose Area, fourth; and Kayla Austing of Melrose Area, fifth.

Class AA Details
St. Cloud Tech, which includes students from St. Cloud Cathedral, returns as the defending champion. The Tigers return with six gymnasts from last year's team. In addition to St. Cloud Tech, four other teams also return from the 2016 field: East Ridge of Woodbury, third; Cambridge-Isanti, fifth; Owatonna, sixth; and Lakeville North, eighth. Stillwater Area, Maple Grove, and Minnetonka are the final qualifying teams.

Fourteen of 30 event medal-winners in 2016 will return for 2017 Class AA individual competition.A new champion will be crowned in four events.

Runner-up Kayla Soplata of Roseville Area is the highest returning medalist in the balance beam. Three other medal-winners also return: Amanda Montplaisir of Buffalo, fourth; Chaney Neu of Champlin Park, fifth; and Madi Peters of Buffalo, sixth.

Four medalists, including defending champion Sophie Redding of Henry Sibley of Mendota Heights, return from last year's field. The other returning medal-winners are: Hailey Illi of Park Center of Brooklyn Park, third; Liz Hammond of Champlin Park, fourth; and Chaney Neu of Champlin Park, fifth.

Hannah Tuomela of Anoka and Ashley Goodlund of Lakeville North return in the uneven bars. They placed third and sixth last year, respectively.

Three medalists return in the floor exercise: Teagan Ramboldt of Eagan, third; Chaney Neu of Champlin Park, fourth; and Jessica Strecker of Roseville Area, sixth.

Chaney Neu of Champlin Park is the only returning medal-winner in the all-around. She is looking to improve on last year's runner-up showing.

2016 STATE TOURNAMENT RECAP
Class A: Detroit Lakes, which included students from Frazee, won all four events on its way to capturing its second consecutive team title. The Lakers finished with a final score of 150.225. Melrose Area was second (147.025) and Becker placed third (144.325). Maddie Mullenbach of Austin won the all-around title with a score of 38.1375. She also placed first in the balance beam after that event went to tie-breaker criteria. Mullenbach tallied a 9.5875 and Cora Okeson of Detroit Lakes posted a 9.5625. Greta Klaphake of Melrose Area and Mallary Dick of Big Lake won on the vault and uneven parallel bars, respectively. Emma Disse of Detroit Lakes claimed championship honors in the floor exercise.
Class AA: The Tigers of St. Cloud Tech won their first championship with 149.125 points. St. Cloud Tech, which included students from St. Cloud Cathedral, placed first in the vault, uneven bars, and floor exercise. The four-time defending champions from Roseville Area placed second (147.925) and East Ridge of Woodbury was third (147.375). Megan Trollen of East Ridge won both the all-around and balance beam titles in the individual competition. The other Class AA individual champions were: Sophie Redding of Henry Sibley of Mendota Heights on the vault; Natalia Jacobson of Rochester Century on the uneven bars; and Wren Anderson of East Ridge in the floor exercise.      
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Timberwolves' Cole Aldrich: The Pride Of Bloomington Jefferson
Posted by John Millea(jmillea@mshsl.org)- Updated 2/19/2017 1:26:46 PM

With another NBA All-Star break at hand, Cole Aldrich is doing what he has done throughout his seven-year career as a professional basketball player: Get together with his entourage, his posse, his crew.

The thing is, Aldrich’s entourage consists of his high school buddies from Bloomington Jefferson. Their 10-year class reunion will take place this summer and Aldrich will stand out for two reasons: he is 6-foot-11 and he plays in the NBA. And yet he remains nothing more than one of the guys, just like in high school.

“My high school buddies have always been my best friends,” Aldrich said during a recent interview before a Timberwolves practice. “I’ve met thousands and thousands of different people in different states and played with a number of teammates, but those are always my guys. We have a mass text with each other and we just sit there and talk crap to each other.”

Aldrich’s ties with Bloomington Jefferson are deep. He was a varsity starter from his first game as a ninth-grader and after graduation played at Kansas University for three years before being taken by New Orleans with the 11th pick in the 2010 draft. That same day New Orleans traded his rights to Oklahoma City, and his NBA career has taken him to Houston, Sacramento, the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers and now the Timberwolves. (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images.)

Cole was 15 years old the first time I interviewed him, after the second game of his ninth-grade season. He was 6-foot-9 and 225 pounds. As I wrote in that story for the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

“The raw material is certainly there. Aldrich has good feet, a soft touch and a wingspan of 7-4. Genes might be a factor. According to Walter (his father), there are rumors of an 8-foot-tall Norwegian lurking somewhere back deep in the family trees. The freshman isn't quite a human swizzle stick, but he could use some biscuits and gravy. And, most important, some time to grow up.”

Back then it was hard, even for Jefferson head coach Jeff Evens, to envision Aldrich as a seven-year NBA veteran.

“When he was a kid I didn’t really think he would be a big Division I player,” Evens said recently. “But his picture should be right next to ‘Jefferson basketball’ in the dictionary.”

Aldrich was named the 2007 Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year as a senior, when he was a 61 percent shooter who averaged 23 points, 17 rebounds and four blocks per game. His only appearance in a state tournament came that season, with the Jaguars losing to Apple Valley 68-66 in the big-school quarterfinals at Williams Arena. Aldrich has not forgotten many details of that game from 10 years ago.

He finished with 32 points and 21 rebounds in his last high school game, but the final time he touched the ball – in the final seconds -- really stands out. “I took kind of a half-court heave and if it would have been like three inches left I think I would have sunk it,” he said. “But it kind of hit right at that side.”

He can laugh about it now, especially when one of his buddies brings it up.

“He’s still pretty down to earth,” Evens said. “Other than size, you wouldn’t recognize that he’s a professional athlete. The impact that he makes is that he doesn’t stray too far from his roots. He knows where he started. His best buddies to this day are the kids he played basketball with in high school.”

During All-Star breaks as well as in the summer, Aldrich likes to work out with current Jefferson players. He also takes part in an annual golf fundraiser for the Jaguars team. As always has been the case, he brings the fun with him. (This photo is from high school.)

“He’s the same goofy kid that he always was,” Evens said. “When he was in high school, I made a comment that I really hated raking leaves, and for two consecutive weekends Cole and his buddies dumped like 18 bags of leaves in my yard. They did it late at night so I didn’t know who did it. But one of the bags ended up in the hoop in my yard, so it was clear somebody who was really tall did that.”

Aldrich and his wife Britt have been married for almost four years. She attended Irondale High School – 25 miles from Bloomington Jefferson – but they didn’t meet until they were both in their first year at Kansas. Cole is being paid more than $7 million this season, the first year of a three-year Timberwolves contract worth more than $21 million.

The NBA is most assuredly a business, but mention high school basketball and Aldrich’s eyes light it up. It’s clear he treasures that time in his life, mostly because he simply had fun. And that’s a major portion of his advice for current high school athletes.

“Just enjoy it,” he said. “My parents wouldn’t know how to tape a game and sit there and break it down with me. There was no way my dad was doing that. I think that kind of helped me become successful; I didn’t really have that pressure. I was playing and I was having fun. The only pressure that was on me was what I was giving myself.

“I almost played football and baseball in high school. And he (Evens) was kind of all for it. He said, ‘I think you should have fun in high school.’ For me now, looking back at it, I had a great time playing with my buddies.”

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State Wrestling Tournament
Home Page Photo A team champion in wrestling has been crowned at the Minnesota State High School League’s state tournament since 1938. The annual tradition continues Thursday, March 2 with 24 teams in three enrollment classifications chasing a championship at the Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul. Here is a look at the team tournament:

Webcast: Charges for the live webcast on Prep45.com: $9.95 per day; two-day pass $16.97; three-day pass $19.87.
Tickets: Single session --- $14 adults, $9 students. Daily pass --- $26 adults, $17 students.
Gates open: The Xcel Energy Center opens its gates to fans one hour prior to the first scheduled match of the session.


  2017 State Team Wrestling Tournament-Class A
Quarterfinals
3/2/2017 11:00 AM @ Xcel
3/2/2017 11:00 AM @ Xcel
3/2/2017 11:00 AM @ Xcel
3/2/2017 11:00 AM @ Xcel
Semifinals
3/2/2017 1:00 PM @ Xcel
3/2/2017 1:00 PM @ Xcel
Final
3/2/2017 7:00 PM @ Xcel
3rd Place
3/2/2017 5:00 PM @ Xcel
Consolation - Semifinals
3/2/2017 1:00 PM @ Xcel
3/2/2017 1:00 PM @ Xcel
Consolation - Final
3/2/2017 5:00 PM @ Xcel

  2017 State Team Wrestling Tournament-Class AA
Quarterfinals
3/2/2017 9:00 AM @ Xcel
3/2/2017 9:00 AM @ Xcel
3/2/2017 9:00 AM @ Xcel
3/2/2017 9:00 AM @ Xcel
Semifinals
3/2/2017 1:00 PM @ Xcel
3/2/2017 1:00 PM @ Xcel
Final
3/2/2017 7:00 PM @ Xcel
3rd Place
3/2/2017 5:00 PM @ Xcel
Consolation - Semifinals
3/2/2017 11:00 AM @ Xcel
3/2/2017 11:00 AM @ Xcel
Consolation - Final
3/2/2017 5:00 PM @ Xcel

  2017 State Team Wrestling Tournament-Class AAA
Quarterfinals
3/2/2017 9:00 AM @ Xcel
3/2/2017 9:00 AM @ Xcel
3/2/2017 9:00 AM @ Xcel
3/2/2017 9:00 AM @ Xcel
Semifinals
3/2/2017 1:00 PM @ Xcel
3/2/2017 1:00 PM @ Xcel
Final
3/2/2017 7:00 PM @ Xcel
3rd Place
3/2/2017 5:00 PM @ Xcel
Consolation - Semifinals
3/2/2017 11:00 AM @ Xcel
3/2/2017 11:00 AM @ Xcel
Consolation - Final
3/2/2017 5:00 PM @ Xcel
      

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John Millea
@MSHSLjohn
12h ago
Hey @mnwild go ahead and take a few days off while the girls state hockey tournament takes over @XcelEnergyCtr for the next four days

John Millea
@MSHSLjohn
15h ago
TV/webcast information for this week's girls hockey and gymnastics state tournaments, on the Facebook page.
facebook.com/mshsl.org/

MSHSL 15h ago
Television and webcast information for this week's girls hockey and gymnastics state tournaments...Girls hockey/Semifinals and championship games will be televised by KSTC Channel 45. All quarterfinal, semifinal and championship games will be webcast by prep45.com Gymnastics/ All competition will be webcast by prep45,com

John Millea
@MSHSLjohn
15h ago
Two top-ranked heavyweights in the nation: one in 2002, one in 2017.

John Millea
@MSHSLjohn
16h ago
Glad to do it.

John Millea
@MSHSLjohn
17h ago
Love this.

John Millea
@MSHSLjohn
17h ago
Buckle up.

John Millea
@MSHSLjohn
18h ago
*bus judge*

Amy Doherty
@MSHSL_Amy
19h ago
I've heard of at least SEVEN schools bringing fan buses to Class A Gymnastics on Friday. So, which of you will have the most fans??

John Millea
@MSHSLjohn
21h ago
Final gymnastics rankings1A/ 1. Detroit Lakes, 2. Melrose, 3. Austin2A/ 1. Lakeville N, 2. Owatonna, 3. SC Techfacebook.com/mshsl.org/

MSHSL 21h ago
The state gymnastics championships will be held Friday and Saturday at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion. Here are the season's final rankings, provided by the Minnesota Girls Gymnastics Coaches Association.CLASS 1A
1 Detroit Lakes 8A 151.767
2 Melrose Area 6A 148.992
3 Austin 1A 146.350
4 Willmar 6A 146.008
5 Becker 7A 144.108
6 Perham 8A 144.033
7 Worthington 3A 143.692
8 Mahtomedi 4A 143.250
9 Pine Island 1A 143.058
10 Sartell-Saint Stephen 7A 142.567
11 Mankato West 2A 142.483
12 Jackson County Central 3A 142.133
13 North Branch 7A 142.108
14 Watertown-Mayer/Mound-Westonka 5A 141.450
15 Monticello 7A 140.658
16 Big Lake 7A 140.000
17 Byron-Lourdes 1A 139.917
18 Waconia 2A 139.667
19 New London-Spicer 6A 139.292
20 Martin County Area 3A 139.025
21 Hendricks/RTR 3A 138.317
22 Fergus Falls 8A 138.042
23 Winona/Cotter 1A 138.025
24 Benson-KMS-Montevideo 6A 137.683
25 Alexandria 8A 137.358 CLASS 2A
1 Lakeville North 2AA 149.808
2 Owatonna 1AA 148.400
3 St. Cloud Tech 8AA 147.467
4 Stillwater 4AA 146.708
5 Roseville Area 4AA 146.575
6 Cambridge-Isanti 7AA 145.258
7 Lakeville South 2AA 145.108
8 Farmington 1AA 144.892
9 Maple Grove 5AA 144.842
10 Champlin Park 5AA 144.683
11 Eagan 3AA 143.825
12 Anoka 7AA 143.650
13 Brainerd 8AA 143.542
14 Prior Lake 2AA 142.550
15 Rosemount 3AA 142.475
16 Wayzata 5AA 142.075
17 Minnetonka 6AA 141.208
18 Forest Lake 7AA 141.125
19 Saint Michael-Albertville 8AA 140.825
20 Park Center 5AA 140.633
21 East Ridge 3AA 140.625
22 Edina 6AA 140.392
23 Rogers 5AA 140.375
24 New Prague 2AA 140.075
25 Buffalo 8AA 137.867

John Millea
@MSHSLjohn
22h ago
Team brackets for state wrestling tournament:1A mshsl.org/mshsl/showxmlb2A mshsl.org/mshsl/showXMLb3A mshsl.org/mshsl/showXMLb

John Millea
@MSHSLjohn
2d ago
Huge loss for St. Cloud Times, huge addition for KSTP. Frank is a pro's pro.

John Millea
@MSHSLjohn
2d ago
Semifinals/title games televised. All games webcast by prep45.com

MSHSL 2d ago
The MSHSL girls gymnastics state championships will be held Friday and Saturday at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion. Good luck to all the competitors!

MSHSL 2d ago
The MSHSL girls state hockey tournament takes center stage at Xcel Energy Center Wednesday through Saturday. Good luck to all the teams!

John Millea
@MSHSLjohn
2d ago
The girls gymnastics state championships will be held Friday and Saturday at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion.

John Millea
@MSHSLjohn
2d ago
The girls state hockey tournament takes center stage @XcelEnergyCtr Wednesday through Saturday.



 


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