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Home Page Photo The adapted softball programs of the Minnesota State High School League's member schools take center stage on Friday and Saturday, June 3-4, at Coon Rapids High School for their 23rd annual tournament. Here is a look at the tournament:

What to watch
Here are some storylines to follow during this season's adapted softball state tournament:
  • In the CI Division, Chaska/Chanhassen/Prior Lake/Shakopee is the defending state champion. The Southern Stars are 10-2 this season and are the No. 3 South seed in the bracket. Last year's title was the first for the Southern Stars.
  • Anoka-Hennepin is the defending champion in the PI Division. The crown in 2015 was the first for the Mustangs in the PI Division. Anoka-Hennepin is 9-2 this season and earned the No. 1 North seed in the bracket.
  • Hana France, a senior outfielder on the Anoka-Hennepin PI Division squad, was the Athena Award winner at Blaine High School.
  • Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka, which won six consecutive PI Division state championships from 2009-14, has a state-best 10 overall.
  • Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka head coach Marcus Onsum has a state-best 162-31 record in 16 softball seasons.
  • Dakota United PI coach Brett Kosidowski has led the Hawks to a 67-7 record in the PI Division over the past six seasons.
  • Dakota United senior shortstop Grayson Nicolay, who holds numerous PI Division state records, ends his impressive career.

      2016 State Adapted Softball Tournament-CI Division
    Quarterfinals
    6/3 4:00 PM
    6/3 5:30 PM
    6/3 7:00 PM
    6/3 7:00 PM
    Semifinals
    6/4 12:00 PM
    6/4 12:00 PM
    Final
    6/4 4:00 PM
    3rd Place
    6/4 3:30 PM
    Consolation - Semifinals
    6/4 9:00 AM
    6/4 10:30 AM
    Consolation - Final
    6/4 1:45 PM

      2016 State Adapted Softball Tournament-PI DIvision
    Quarterfinals
    6/3 4:00 PM
    6/3 4:00 PM
    6/3 5:30 PM
    6/3 5:30 PM
    Semifinals
    6/4 10:30 AM
    6/4 10:30 AM
    Final
    6/4 1:45 PM
    3rd Place
    6/4 1:30 PM
    Consolation - Semifinals
    6/4 9:00 AM
    6/4 9:00 AM
    Consolation - Final
    6/4 12:00 PM


    Items to know
  • Results, linescores and highlights from the tournament will be posted on the League's website at www.mshsl.org
  • School Space Media will be streaming the championship games on PrepSpotlight.TV . There is no fee to view the games.
  • Media credentials are not required for this event.
  • League Communications Coordinator Tim Leighton will serve as Media Steward for the tournament.
          
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    Robotics a thrilling visit into fascinating world
    Home Page Photo By Tim Leighton

    A handful of days have passed since the conclusion of the Robotics state tournament. While the participants have moved on, the memories still linger.

    As a rookie observer of the tournament, I wasn’t fully prepared for what I was about to experience when I entered Mariucci Arena on the University of Minnesota campus.

    Sure, I had heard how cool it was to see the robots and their alliances competing at adrenaline-fueled levels. I’d also been told of the brain power at work as the student-participants collaborate at ease at a techno-level not known to some of us.

    But to fully embrace the beehive of activity and revel in the enthusiastic, competitive environment, you really do need to witness it in person.

    The arena floor for this year’s competition was partitioned off into two distinct areas: the competition zone and the pits.

    While I had a blast watching the competitive robots bang into one another while trying to toss “boulders” into an opponents’ fortress, what really impressed me and left the biggest impression was what was happening behind the scenes in the pits.

    Behind the scenes, or in this case, a massive curtain, teammates were hard at work repairing robots that had been injured in battle. Rows of shiny tool chests filled with common tools and specialized ones occupied the team zones while PVC, wiring and, yes, even duct tape, were strewn about on work benches.

    I had the pleasure of meeting members from Team 2530, a co-op of the Rochester Public Schools. Pictured here, from left to right in their fluorescent green shirts are Rochester Century students Kayla Kanzelman, Nadia Alexander and Noah Hanson. They are pictured with the League’s Amy Doherty, the director of the tournament.

    Alexander and Hanson played the roles of ambassadors brilliantly, taking this first-timer on an amazing journey of what happens behind the scenes. They took me into a world that ranged from creativity to marketing to fundraising.

    Can you imagine as a high school student having to meet with upper management of the Mayo Clinic, Medtronic or IBM to share your program’s vision and to ask for sponsorship? What seems like a daunting task is a source of pride for Alexander, a junior captain.

    “It is an honor to share our goals, dreams and ambitions with important people,” Alexander said.

    “We pour everything into robotics,” said Hanson, a sophomore. “We want to share what we do with the community.”

    Team 2530 is made up of 60 students from Rochester’s three public high schools, Century, Mayo and John Marshall.

    “We are extremely proud of our students, advisors and adult mentors on Team 2530,” said Rochester Century activities director Mark Kuisle, who was in attendance at the tournament. “The team puts in long hours to make their dreams come true in this educational setting. Robotics is more than just a competition. Team 2530 strives to collaborate, set ambitious goals, have outstanding civic-mindedness and be very creative in their design. What more could you ask?”

    The team was founded in 2007. Minnesota is the first state association to sanction Robotics as an activity.

    “As an administrator, I am very humbled by this team,” Kuisle said. “They are true ambassadors of the Rochester Public Schools.”

    These observations certainly aren’t revelations to all. They witness the wonderment of Robotics on an annual basis.

    One lasting vision made me smile as it reinforced the positive impact of student activities. During some congested traffic along the boards on the arena floor, Alexander offered her hand to Hanson so she could help him navigate. They continued hand in hand for a short distance.

    Not only were they teammates, they were friends, too.
          


    Deaf Athlete Junior Peters Has Come A Long Ways
    Posted by John Millea(jmillea@mshsl.org)- Updated 5/25/2016 4:03:43 PM

    On the track, it doesn’t take long for Junior Peters to get from start to finish. The senior sprinter from Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf is quick out of the blocks – even though he cannot fully hear the starter’s pistol – and blazes his way to the end of the race. It’s always a quick, simple journey.

    How he got to the Faribault school is a longer story.

    Peters, a three-sport star who is one of the most accomplished athletes in MSAD history, has made history of his own. Last fall he set football school records for rushing yards in a game, in a season and in a career. He was a starter on the Trojans basketball team and now he hopes to finish his high school career with a flourish.

    In April, Peters became the first MSAD athlete to compete at the prestigious Hamline Elite Meet, running in the 100 meters. And if all goes well he will qualify for the Class 1A state track meet next month. The first phase of that quest was completed Tuesday at a subsection meet in Medford. Peters advanced in the 100, 200 and 400 to next week’s section championships in Dodge Center. (Junior is pictured with his father Dan and Dan's girlfriend, Molly Sullivan.)

    Running at state has been a major goal for more than a year. That’s because Peters missed the 2015 track season with a fractured knee patella.

    “It was a freak accident during dorm's kickball activity and I got a serious knee injury a day before the first meet last year,” Junior said via email. “It really cost me the entire track season. I was devastated and determined to come back this year. And I did!”

    In April, Peters was named a national athlete of the month by SportsMX and the National Deaf Interscholastic Athletic Association. The award recognizes athletes who have made a significant impact on their teams not just on the field but in academics, leadership and character.

    MSAD boys track coach Steven Fuerst said (with the assistance of MSAD athlete and American Sign Language translator Josh Strom), “His heart was broken. But he’s back and Junior just wants to get there. Junior is a very determined person.”

    Determination is apparently part of Junior’s DNA. His journey began with his birth at a refugee camp in Ivory Coast in western Africa. His father, Dan Peters, is a native of Liberia. They came to the United States when Junior was 7 years old.

    “I remember running through the jungles every day with my brother and friends,” Junior said. “There were no televisions, no phones, no electrical power, no computers, and no family car before we moved to America.”

    Junior attended public schools in Minneapolis until moving to MSAD, where students live in dormitories during the week and go home on weekends, as a seventh-grader.

    MSAD athletic director Davey Olson says Junior “is probably the most sociable kid on our campus.”

    “He not only excels on the basketball court or on the field, he also excels well in school,” Olson said via email. “Everybody looks up to him because of his leadership, positive attitude and hard work.”

    Watching a deaf sprinter get out of the blocks so quickly is a marvel. Junior watches the starter until both arms are raised (the gun goes up when the starter says “take your marks” and the other arm does the same at the “set” command.)

    Once he sees both arms raised, Junior drops his head. When the pistol is fired, “I can feel and slightly hear the gunfire's sound.”

    Peters’ best time in the 100 this spring is 11.38 seconds. The fastest reported time among Class 1A boys is 10.78 by LeSueur-Henderson’s Rhett Streeter.

    “Junior is a very determined person, he’s very dedicated and he’s fully committed to the track program,” Fuerst said. “He works hard. And what he does in track helps him in other sports, too. He is a natural-born athlete.

    “Hopefully Junior gets to state. He needs to take it one day at a time. We’re very excited.”

    Junior’s track career will continue after high school as part of the USA Deaf Track and Field team. He also has been selected to compete at the 2017 Deaflympics in Turkey.

    Junior is a proud MSAD student-athlete, one who knows he is a role model on campus and beyond.

    “It means a lot to me. MSAD is the only school in the state of Minnesota that offers great opportunities and a barrier-free communication environment for me as a deaf person,” he said.

    “I have been seeing a lot of elementary students every morning walking to school and at the cafeteria. They look up to me as a great athlete and at the same time I give them words of encouragement. Maybe they can be like me in the future.”

    BY THE NUMBERS
    *Schools/teams John has seen/visited: 698
    *Miles John has driven in the Toyota Camry in 2015-16: 11,250





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       CI Bracket   PI Bracket
    Boys' Tennis: June 7-10
       AA: Baseline Tennis Center   Brackets
       A: Read-Sweatt Tennis Center  Brackets
    Girls' Softball: June 9-10 Caswell Park, N. Mankato
       Section Brackets   State Brackets
    Track & Field: June 10-11 Hamline, St. Paul
    Golf: June 14-15 Various Sites
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    Very thorough, well-written review of parental challenges facing high school coaches. twitter.com/Louiesg3/statu

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    8h ago
    Michael Sandle/Eden Prairie, who set triple jump record 50-4 1/4 in '11, goes 53-2 3/4, wins D2 national title for MN State-Mankato.

    John Millea
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    11h ago
    That's Ben in green. twitter.com/Damlo13/status

    John Millea
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    Strong mile by 2007 Stillwater grad and 2-time 1,600 state champ Ben Blankenship today at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon.

    John Millea
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    16h ago
    *today's theme* twitter.com/Jordanathletic

    John Millea
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    2d ago
    Owatonna boys, Rochester Century girls win Big Nine Conference track team championships.

    John Millea
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    2d ago
    3-time state champ Andy Jacobs/Rochester Century wins Big 9 girls PV with one attempt, 10-9 on a bum ankle.

    John Millea
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    2d ago
    Between the final handoff and the finish line; boys 4x100.

    John Millea
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    2d ago
    A high school concession menu can be a thing of beauty. @frbo_falcons

    John Millea
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    2d ago
    Live results from Big Nine Conference track championships are available via Wayzatatiming.com ... wayzatatiming.com/track/2016/Big

    John Millea
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    2d ago
    BONUS AWESOMENESS: Zamboni parked next to the pole vault pit.

    John Millea
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    2d ago
    It would sure add an interesting twist otherwise... twitter.com/Chuck_Kajer/st

    John Millea
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    2d ago
    That one will write itself. twitter.com/johncasperjr/s

    John Millea
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    2d ago
    GENIUS MOVE: Big Nine Conference pole vault being held inside Faribault Ice Arena.

    John Millea
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    2d ago
    Per raceberryjam.com the top 2A boys 100 times in 2015, topped by new record holder Evan McClellon.

    John Millea
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    2d ago
    Great scoreboard at North Dakota state track meet. twitter.com/MixMaster_TGM/

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    2d ago
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    John Millea
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    2d ago
    A live track results board is a beautiful thing. Well done, Faribault. @frbo_falcons



     


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