|State Girls’ Swimming and Diving Meet
Visitation, Wayzata seek third consecutive team titles
Both Visitation of Mendota Heights (Class A) and Wayzata (Class AA) return as two-time defending champions at this week's 2015 State Girls' Swimming and Diving Meet. There are five individual and three relay champions returning in Class A and two individuals and all three relay teams in Class AA.
Visitation returns competitors in eight individual events, all except diving, and all three relays. In most of those individual events the Blazers have qualified multiple swimmers. Wayzata returns competitors in all nine individual events, in many cases multiple swimmers per events, including four divers. The Trojans are also qualified in all three relays.
Overall, this year's meet features 594 athletes representing 95 teams — 334 athletes on 51 teams in Class A and 260 athletes on 44 teams in Class AA.
Here are a few team highlights of the state meet that will be conducted Wednesday through Friday, November 18-20, at the Aquatic Center on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis.
200-Yard Medley Relay
Class A — Six teams that earned medals at the 2014 state meet are returning, including the defending champions from Albert Lea. The Tigers also own the best qualifying time of 1:47.56. The other returning teams are: Visitation, runner-up; Sartell-St. Stephen, third; Orono, fourth; Breck School of Golden Valley, fifth; and Hutchinson, sixth.
Class AA — Six teams that competed in the 2014 final are back, including the defending champions from Wayzata. The Trojans also have the best qualifying time of 1:42.38. The other returning teams are: Edina, third; Minnetonka, fourth; Centennial of Circle Pines, fifth; Lakeville South, sixth; and Lakeville North seventh.
200-Yard Freestyle Relay
Class A — All eight medal-winning teams return, led by the defending champions from Visitation. The Blazers also own the best qualifying time of 1:36.98. The other teams are: Albert Lea, runner-up; Orono, third; Breck School, fourth; Benilde-St. Margaret's of St. Louis Park, fifth; Mankato West, sixth; Sartell-St. Stephen, seventh; and Hutchinson, eighth.
Class AA — Seven teams return, including two-time defending champion Edina. Runner-up Wayzata has the fastest qualifying time of 1:34.66. The five other returning teams are: Rosemount, third; Minnetonka, fifth; Lakeville South, sixth; Robbinsdale Armstrong, seventh; and Eden Prairie, eighth.
400-Yard Freestyle Relay
Class A — All eight teams that qualified for the finals in 2014 return, including the two-time defending champions from Visitation. The other medal-winning teams returning are: Mankato West, runner-up; Sartell-St. Stephen, third; Benilde-St. Margaret's, fourth; Dassel-Cokato, fifth; Blake, sixth; and Hutchinson, seventh. Breck School, which was disqualified last year, has the fastest qualifying time of 3:35.65.
Class AA — Six of the 2014 medal-winning teams return, including the three-time defending champions from Chanhassen. The other returning teams are: Wayzata, runner-up; Edina, third; Rochester Mayo, fourth; Robbinsdale Armstrong, fifth; and Minnetonka, sixth. Wayzata owns the best qualifying time of 3:27.35.
This year's state meet will start on Wednesday, November 18, and runs through Friday, November 20. All events will take place at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center on the Minneapolis campus. The Class A one-meter diving preliminaries, the first five of eight, will begin at noon on Wednesday, followed by the Class AA diving preliminaries at 6:00 p.m. The Class A swimming preliminaries begin at noon on Thursday, followed by the Class AA swimming preliminaries at 6 p.m. The Class A championship finals in all events begin at noon on Friday, followed by the Class AA finals at 6 p.m.
The consolation and championship finals of both classes will be streamed live on Prep45.com. A daily pass is available for $6.97.
|State Adapted Soccer Tournament
Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka seeks eighth consecutive PI title;
South Washington County defends CI crown
The seven-time defending champions from Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka return in search of more hardware at this week’s 2015 State Adapted Soccer Tournament. If the Robins win, it will be their 10th overall PI Division title. South Washington County returns as the defending champion in the CI Division. The Thunderbolts are looking for their second consecutive and fourth overall title.
The tournament will be conducted Friday and Saturday, Nov. 20 and 21, at Stillwater Area High School.
CI Division Quarterfinal Highlights
The Thunderbolts of South Washington County return to defend their 2014 title. If they win it would be their second consecutive and fourth overall title. South Washington County is the No. 2 seed in the South Division. Minneapolis Roosevelt is the top seed in the South Division and North Suburban is the top seed in the North Division. All four quarterfinal games will be played on Friday, Nov. 20.
(No. 1 North) North Suburban (9-0-1) vs. (No. 4 South) Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville (7-2-2) at 5 p.m. in Gym B. The North Suburban Cougars claimed sixth place in 2014 and have never won a state title. The Blazing Cats of Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville placed fourth last year and are looking for their second championship. They won their first in 2013.
(No. 2 South) South Washington County (7-2-0) vs. (No. 3 North) Anoka-Hennepin (8-2-0) at 6:30 p.m. in Gym B. The defending champions from South Washington County are in the hunt for their fourth championship. In addition to last year, the Thunderbolts also won in 1997 and 1998. The Mustangs of Anoka-Hennepin, who claimed consolation honors last year, are looking for their fourth title. They won previously in 1993, 2010, and 2011.
(No. 2 North) Park Center (8-2-0) vs. (No. 3 South) Chaska/Chanhassen/Prior Lake/Shakopee (6-2-1) at 8 p.m. in Gym B. The Park Center Pirates, who claimed third-place honors last year, are in the hunt for their third championship. They won previously in 2008 and 2009. The Chaska/Chanhassen/Prior Lake/Shakopee Southern Stars did not qualify for the 2014 tournament and are still looking for their first title.
(No. 1 South) Minneapolis Roosevelt (9-0-0) vs. (No. 4 North) Columbia Heights/St. Anthony Village (7-2-1) at 8 p.m. in Gym A. The Teddies of Minneapolis Roosevelt, who fell in the consolation semifinals of the 2014 tournament, are looking for their first CI title. The Strikers of Columbia Heights/St. Anthony Village are making their debut tournament appearance.
Championship semifinal games are scheduled for noon on Saturday, with the third-place game at 3:30 p.m. and the championship game at 4 p.m. In the consolation bracket, the semifinal games will be played on Saturday at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., with the consolation title match scheduled for 1:45 p.m.
PI Division Highlights
Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka is on a quest for its eighth consecutive and 10th overall title. The Robins are the No. 2 seed in the North Division this year. Anoka-Hennepin is the top seed in the North Division and the Hawks of Dakota United are the top seed in the South Division. All four quarterfinal games will be played on Friday, Nov. 20.
(No. 1 North) Anoka-Hennepin (6-0-0) vs. (No. 4 South) South Suburban (0-8-2) at 5 p.m. in Gym A. Anoka-Hennepin, which earned runner-up honors in 2014, is looking for its second title. The Mustangs won their only other championship in 2007. The South Suburban Flyers return in search of their first PI championship. They placed third in 2014.
(No. 2 South) Minneapolis South (3-3-0) vs. (No. 3 North) Park Center (2-5-0) at 5 p.m. in Gym C. The Tigers of Minneapolis South placed fourth in 2014 and have never won a state title. Park Center did not qualify for the 2014 tournament. If the Pirates win, it would be their second championship. They claimed their first in 1998.
(No. 2 North) Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka (6-2-0) vs. (No. 3 South) St. Paul Humboldt (2-3-1) at 6:30 p.m. in Gym C. If the seven-time defending champions from Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka win it would be their 10th title; in addition to the past seven, they won a previous championship as Robbinsdale in 1995 and won another under their current name in 2005. The Hawks of St. Paul Humboldt bowed out in the consolation semifinals of the 2014 tournament. If they win it would be their fourth PI championship. They won previously in 1999, 2000, and 2002.
(No. 1 South) Dakota United (6-0-0) vs. (No. 4 North) Mounds View/Irondale/Roseville (1-5-0) at 6:30 p.m. in Gym A. The Dakota United Hawks earned consolation honors in 2014 and are looking for their seventh PI title. They won previously in 1993, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2004, and 2006. The Mounds View/Irondale/Roseville Rams, who placed sixth in 2014, are hoping to win their first PI championship.
The two championship semifinal games will be played at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, followed by the 2:15 p.m. third-place game and the 2:30 p.m. championship game. The consolation semifinals will be played at 9 a.m. and the consolation championship will be played at 12:15 p.m.
Some of the rules are different and some of the athletes may wheel themselves around the floor, but the intensity of the competition and the thrill of participation are identical to that witnessed on soccer fields traversed by non-disabled athletes. These athletes just happen to have cognitive, physical, or other health impairments.
Some rules have been adapted to accommodate the athletes with disabilities. For example, gymnasiums determine the size of the field and the ball can be played off the walls. The ball itself is a felt-covered indoor soccer ball, inflated so that it won’t bounce as high as a regular soccer ball.
Teams consist of no more than seven players, including a goalkeeper cannot throw the ball past half court. In the PI Division every team with a full complement of players must field a minimum of two wheelchair players. Wheelchair pushers are not allowed.
Two halves of 20 minutes of running time are played. If necessary in tournament play, a 10-minute running-time “sudden victory” period is played; followed, if necessary, by four-player shootouts until a winner is determined.
The ball may be moved the best way for each participant. In other words, the abilities of the athlete dictate whether feet or hands can be used. One or the other can be used by an individual, but never both hands and feet, with the exception of goalkeepers, of course.
Intentional trapping of the ball beneath a wheelchair is prohibited. Running is prohibited in the PI Division. On the other hand, there are no restrictions on the speed of wheelchair players.
The Minnesota Association for Adapted Athletics was organized for PI students. Indoor floor hockey competition began in 1975. The CI Division was added in 1990. The MAAA modeled its program after that of the Minnesota State High School League for non-disabled athletes. The League's Representative Assembly in November 1992 approved adding the adapted athletic activities of indoor soccer, floor hockey and indoor softball. Since then adapted bowling has been added as a fourth activity and the only individual activity.
Athletes with varying disabilities compete coeducationally and one team often represents multiple school districts.
This is the 23rd year for the Minnesota State High School League's program for athletes with disabilities. Competition is conducted in two divisions, one for athletes with cognitive impairments known as CI, and the other for athletes with physical or other health impairments commonly called PI.
|100 Years: Sweet 16
We've had a fun trip down memory lane showcasing the top players and coaches in the past 100 years of the MSHSL. It has taken 6 months, but you, the general public, have finalized the "Sweet 16" players and coaches. Over 160,000 votes have been cast to advance your favorites round after round leaving this extraordinary group of athletes and life-changing coaches.
This group of athletes spent their high school careers in Basketball, Hockey, Soccer, Football, Baseball, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, and Gymnastics. While these coaches shaped young people through experiences in Basketball, Hockey, Speech & Debate, Soccer, Football, Volleyball, Track & Cross Country, Baseball, Softball, Tennis and Wrestling.
|Paul Giel||Bob McDonald|
|Ollie Bakken||Tom Vix|
|Paul Molitor||Pam Cady Wycoff|
|Randy Breuer||Mark Kroulik|
|Bob McNamara||Mike Randolph|
|Terry Steinbach||Ken Bauman|
|David Winfield||Carol Visness|
|Carol Ann Shudlick||Chuck Scanlon|
|Bronco Nagurski||Charlie Whitbred|
|Mark Olberding||Dwight Lundeen|
|Neal Broten||Bud Bjormaraa|
|Bailey Dupay||Pat Bowlin|
|Whitney Taney||Bill Demarary|
|Jim Carter||Tom Bang|
|Bruce Smith||Bob Karn|
|Holly Manthei||Steve Paulsen|
Visitors to the MSHSL website have done a great job selecting these individuals and getting us to a "Sweet 16", but we are going to shift gears a bit. Followers to the Top 100 may have noticed that almost every week we added new security measures to make sure that that one person or automated robot couldn't influence the voting. Visitors were allowed to vote 5 times and some people were taking advantage of that by voting on multiple devices or creating robots to vote for them. While we love the passion from the supporters, the unintended results from school computer lab voting, Facebook posts, twitter pleas, and message boards begging voters to support their candidates has made the Top 100 deviate from its intent and purpose. We wanted a fun way to celebrate our history and the people that have helped create it, not a plea to everyone you know to find a loophole in the voting and exploit it. We will continue to celebrate these individuals whose legacies have helped shape the 100 year existence of the MSHSL. Watch for more in-depth profiles of the above individuals with pictures, videos, and stories about their amazing careers in the weeks and months leading up to the 100 year anniversary of the League.
|Around the MSHSL
By Tim Leighton
There they stood, in the east corner of the Stillwater High School bleachers, shoulder to shoulder and cheering with thunderous booms that no doubt were heard on the other side of the St. Croix River.
Nope, you just couldn’t miss the student fans in support of the Columbia Heights/St. Anthony adapted soccer team that played in CI Division of the state tournament this past weekend.
“When we have a team go to the state tournament, it is a special deal,” Columbia Heights activities director Matt Miller said. “We do everything in our power to support our team.”
It took two buses to transport the more than 100 students that attended the Strikers’ quarterfinal game on Friday against Minneapolis Roosevelt. It was the first state tournament appearance in the fourth year of the co-op that is based at Columbia Heights.
Earlier Friday, the school had a pep fest and a hot dog feast before the team departed for Stillwater.
Even earlier in the week, the senior-student leadership decided unanimously to postpone the Sadie Hawkins dance from Friday to a later date so that they could support the adapted soccer team at the state tournament.
“When our school goes to state, we tend to shut down other stuff so we can support our team,” Miller said.
The student-fans were loud and proud from the start all the way to a heartbreaking finish. They stomped the bleachers after goals, they cheered wildly in appreciation of good plays and they gave hugs of support after a 7-6 loss in what was the game of the day.
“Columbia Heights deserves a tremendous amount of credit for what they organized in support of the Strikers,” St. Anthony AD Troy Urdahl said. “It’s been a fantastic partnership. It is what high school sports is all about. This is one of the neatest high school experiences that you can ever be a part of. We were on the edge of our seats. It was a really cool environment.
Columbia Heights/St. Anthony ended up finishing sixth following a 6-2 loss to South Washington County in the consolation final.
“It was an amazing feeling to be a part of that support on opening night,” Miller said. I am proud everyday when I go to work, but when I was a part of that, it made me feel extra special.”
In other news:
• Eden Prairie senior J.D. Spielman was selected the winner of the Mr. Football Award by the Minnesota Football Coaches Association. He has committed to play at Nebraska. The other finalists were Maple Grove’s Isaac Collins, Eden Prairie’s Carter Coughlin, Bemidji’s Logan Hatfield, Park Center’s Amani Hooker, Minneapolis North’s Tyler Johnson, Burnsville’s Kamal Martin, Orono’s David McKuskey, North St. Paul’s Bishop McDonald and Becker’s Dillon Raddunz.
• St. Cloud Tech junior Taylor Tarrolly was selected the girls’ tennis player of the year by the St. Cloud Times. It is the first time the newspaper has honored a player of the year in girls’ tennis.
• The first available competition date for girls’ basketball, adapted floor hockey, wrestling and girls’ gymnastics is Wednesday, Nov. 25.
|The Minnesota State High School League is celebrating its 100th year of providing extra-curricular opportunities in athletics and fine arts. |
The League is proud of its 100-year legacy, and in honor of the milestone in 2016, we share yearly snapshots taken along the way.
Please join us in a celebratory look at our heritage.
|1949 --- MSHSL's Board of Control says no to television
|Posted by Tim Leighton (email@example.com) - Updated 11/23/2015 11:43:40 AM
| Television was in various stages of development in the early- to mid- 20th century.
In 1936, the Berlin Olympic Games were broadcast to stations in Berlin and Hamburg. Three years later, President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave an address that was broadcast from the World’s Fair in New York. And by 1948, there were four national broadcasting networks.
The Minnesota State High School League’s board of control, however, was still not convinced that television had a future.
On February 23, 1949, KSTP’s Jack Horner addressed the board for the second time in a year about televising the boys’ basketball state tournament. After board debate and consultation with the University of Minnesota, the board agreed not to revise its previous actions prohibiting the televising of the state tournament.
The rationale, according to the board’s meeting minutes, is “the fact that television is in an experimental stage of development.”
Horner had appeared before the board less than a year earlier. He was told by the board to discuss logistics with the University of Minnesota and get its approval.
The OK to broadcast the tournament wouldn’t come until 1955.
In other news of the day:
• The University of Minnesota Field House is renamed to Williams Arena.
• One-Act Play begins as an activity. There is one class from 1949-75.
• A rule for golf was adopted that the four lowest aggregate scores for four golfers would be used to determine a state champion.
• Four officials were selected to work the boys’ basketball state tournament: William Farrell, Minneapolis; Kermit Anderson, Wadena; Roy Isackson, St. Paul, and John Cooney. They were paid $100 to work the entire tournament and were given $40 for expenses and 10 cents per mileage for travel.
• An amendment brought before the Representative Assembly sought authority to sponsor an all-star football game in conjunction with the coaches school and clinic in August. The vote ended in a 16-16 deadlock, and therefore, was defeated.
• Eveleth defeats Williams 4-1 to win the boys’ hockey state championship.
• Duluth Central wins the skiing state championship for the seventh consecutive season and 10th time in an 11-season span.
• Anoka won the wrestling state championship with 27 points. Robbinsdale was one point back at 26.
• Perham’s Ted Meinhover was president of the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association. Sauk Centre’s Lou Barle and Duluth Denfeld’s Walter Hunting served as vice presidents and St. Cloud’s Vern Morrison was the executive secretary.
Check back for more weekly looks at the MSHSL's "100 years of memories."
More of the Countdown to 100
|Radio Legend Mike Morrissey Leaves Lasting Legacy
|Posted by John Millea(firstname.lastname@example.org)- Updated 11/30/2015 2:39:34 PM
|Anyone who has listened to radio play-by-play of high school and small-college sports in southern Minnesota has surely heard the voice of Mike Morrissey. For decades he called the action on KDHL in Faribault.
Mike has died at age 75. I was proud to call Mike a good friend. We sat side-by-side at state basketball tournaments for years and I always enjoyed chatting on the air with Mike at halftime or between games. Mike broadcast state basketball tournaments games for 44 years before retiring in 2013. He also was the voice of St. Olaf College athletics and it's estimated that he did play-by-play for approximately 3,500 high school and college basketball games.
Here's an item I wrote about Mike during the 2013 boys state basketball tourney...
When the 2014 boys state basketball tournament is held, something will be very different along press row. Mike Morrissey of KDHL radio in Faribault has made play-by-play calls of every tournament but one since 1968. That’s 45 years, and that’s how legends are made. The 2013 tournament is his last one before retiring.
Mike is truly a legend. He has been the voice of St. Olaf College, a fixture in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and he is a member of Minnesota Coaches Halls of Fame in three sports (football, basketball and baseball).
Mike missed one tournament long ago when he took a radio job in Nebraska. He returned to Minnesota pretty quickly, however. “I was too far away from civilization,” he said.
Mike, 72, will be spending next winter in Florida. He has promised me that he will send me emails during the 2014 tournament, describing warm breezes and the umbrella in his drink.
Thank you, Mike, for being a gentleman, a true professional and a good friend.
|Girls Basketball Rankings From Minnesota Basketball News
|Posted by John Millea(email@example.com)- Updated 11/25/2015 10:50:48 PM
3. Elk River
7. White Bear Lake
9. Park Center
10. Rochester Mayo
11. St. Michael-Albertville
12. Rochester John Marshall
13. Lakeville South
15. Lakeville North
17. Eden Prairie
20. Maple Grove
3. Bloomington Kennedy
5. Thief River Falls
9. St. Paul Como Park
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