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Football Is Growing, With The St. Agnes Aggies At The Forefront
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 10/13/2019

The game of football has come under criticism in recent years due to concerns about safety. The scales, however, are tipping in the other direction at some Minnesota schools, and St. Agnes – a small Catholic school in St. Paul – is at the epicenter of football's resurgence.

Before this season, the Aggies never had more than 33 players. But in 2019 there are 54 kids on the roster and the Aggies will take a record of 6-1 and No. 9 ranking in Class 2A into Wednesday's regular-season finale against St. Paul Harding. The reasons are many, but the main impetus is extra equipment being used by football players before they even get to high school.

A device called Tackle Bar is worn by football players in fifth through eighth grade at St. Agnes (which has fewer than 800 students in preschool through 12th grade). As explained on tacklebar.com: "Players wear traditional football equipment, plus a Tackle Bar harness that holds two foam bars across the lower back. The defender must track and engage with proper form tackling technique while wrapping the ball carrier and ripping a bar from the harness. With this approach, players stay on their feet rather than taking the ball carrier to the ground."

Tackle Bar, which is sometimes referred to as a transition between flag football and full contact football, has partnerships with the Minnesota Vikings and the Minnesota Football Coaches Association. It was invented by St. Paul parents Brigid and Jeremy Ling three years ago and is spreading across the country.

St. Agnes has a Tackle Bar team for fifth- and sixth-graders and another for seventh- and eighth-graders; they play in leagues that also include teams from St. Anthony, St. Paul Academy, Minnehaha Academy, Providence Academy, Blake and Breck.

"Everyone told me it wasn't going to work, that we had to play real football,” said St. Agnes athletic director Mike Streitz. “Even our coach said that. Safety can be a fear at a small school with a lot of small kids, and we figured we had to find a way to convince families and kids that football is safe. Tackle Bar football was that; it got guys to enjoy the experience.”

Aggies coach Tom Flood admits that he was indeed skeptical of Tackle Bar.

“Because of the rules; no blocking to the ground, ball carriers can't lower their shoulder, those kinds of things, I was like, ‘Well, then they're not teaching kids to defend themselves,’ ” Flood said after St. Agnes defeated Academy Force 28-0 on Friday night. “But as you watch the numbers in football continue to dwindle, we’ve got to look at alternatives and Tackle Bar has been a great alternative for us. And as I really started looking at it, they’ve got their helmets and shoulder pads on and they're learning to carry the equipment. And it keeps them safe.”

St. Agnes players have been involved in Tackle Bar league since 2016. When Streitz was ordering new varsity football uniforms for this season, he initially thought 50 would be enough. Now he’s glad he ordered 60 uniforms.

“Convincing parents that football is safe was a big thing,” Streitz said. “It’s been a great experience.”

St. Agnes won six games in 2015, four games in each of the next two seasons, and went 7-4 last season, losing to Minneapolis North in the Class 2A Section 2 championship game.

“The biggest thing (about Tackle Bar) is I watched my own son who wanted to play football and really I didn't want to let him, he was small,” said Flood, whose sons Caleb (sophomore) and Cegan (eighth grade) play for the Aggies. “They're just not strong enough to control the helmet, going to the ground. Most of the concussions were from heads banging off the ground, it's not from someone hitting them. And so as their necks are getting stronger as they get older, to junior high and freshman year, they can carry that helmet properly and not have their head go slamming off the ground, just when they get knocked down. I really started doing a lot of reading up on concussions and whatnot; it's from the weakness of the neck bouncing. Tackle Bar takes care of a lot of that.”

In a study by researchers at the University of Minnesota that followed nearly 1,000 football players from 56 teams through nearly 16,000 practices and games, the Tackle Bar injury rate was more than seven times lower than in full-contact football, with no concussions or other head injuries.

“I think football is one of the best sports there is to teach young men character,” Flood said. “And if we want it to live, we’ve got to make the adjustments. It's been a huge resurgence for St. Agnes because once these kids start playing from fourth, fifth, sixth grade, their folks aren’t going to look at them in ninth grade and say, ‘No, you can't keep playing.’ You want to play with your buddies. And that's what it's about. So it's been great for us.”

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



Remembering Lee Alto, MSHSL Hall Of Fame Member
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 10/12/2019

Lee Alto, a former member of the MSHSL board of directors and an inductee into the MSHSL Hall of Fame, died Thursday in Grand Rapids. He was 73. He served on the MSHSL board from 2000 through 2004 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000.

Lee spent his teaching career in Aitkin and Grand Rapids, and his obituary (below) states, "Lee was a man that wore many hats and will be deeply missed by all who knew him." He was an English teacher, drama, speech, debate, football, softball, and baseball coach.

Everyone associated with the Minnesota State High School League and schools all around our state extend their sympathies to Lee's family and friends.


LeRoy D. "The Little Guy” Alto, age 73 of Grand Rapids, MN passed away Thursday, October 10, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family.

Lee was born in 1945 to LeRoy and Evelyn Alto in Virginia, MN. Lee went to Mesabi Community College and the University of Minnesota Morris, where he earned his bachelor's degree in teaching. Lee taught in Aitkin, MN for 18 years, and then finished his teaching career in Grand Rapids High School after 18 years. He was an English teacher, drama, speech, debate, football, softball, and baseball coach. Lee and Sherri were married on August 29, 1998, and together they enjoyed watching the MN Vikings, Twins, and Gophers.

Lee had an avid love for all MN high school sports, loved to play slow pitch softball and go bowling. He was a loyal member of the Loyal Order of Moose, served on the MN State High School League Board, and was a Hall of Fame member. He loved playing blackjack, was a part-time comedian, and a man of many one-liners.

Lee was a man that wore many hats and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Charles and Richard. Lee is survived by his wife, Sherri; sons, David Alto, Craig (Dawn) Alto; daughter, Amy (Karl) Gotfredson; 10 grandchildren, Bailey, Paxton, Denielle, Mitchell, Brianna, Jordan, Ryan, Megan, Morgan, Zach; one great-grandchild, Quinn; mother-in-law, Lillian “The General” Lutterman; brother-in-law, Marv (Karen) Lutterman; sisters-in-law, Barb Lutterman, Carol (Tony) Burke, Donna (Rich) Derby, Sandy (Duane) Crowe; special friends, Jim and Sharon Haiskanen, Jerry Laird; and many other friends.

Memorials are preferred.

Visitation will be Tuesday, October 15, 2019 from 4:00-7:00 PM at Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids, MN and on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 10:00 AM at Zion Lutheran Evangelical Church, Grand Rapids, MN. The Funeral Service will follow at 11:00 AM. Rev. Ben Buchanan will officiate. Burial will be at Itasca-Calvary Cemetery, Grand Rapids, MN.

Arrangements are with Rowe Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Grand Rapids, MN. To sign the online guestbook or send condolences visit www.rowefuneralhomeandcrematory.com.




Class 6A Football Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 10/12/2019

From The Associated Press.

CLASS 6A
1. Wayzata
2. Lakeville South
3. St. Michael Albertville
4. Totino-Grace
5. Lakeville North
6. Champlin Park
7. Mounds View
8. Eden Prairie
9. Farmington
10. Centennial
Others Receiving Votes: Cretin-Derham-Hall




Class 5A Football Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 10/12/2019

From The Associated Press.

CLASS 5A
1. Owatonna
2. St. Thomas Academy
3. Elk River
4. Robbinsdale Armstrong
5. Bemidji
6. Tartan
7. Alexandria
8. Chaska
9. Rogers
10. Mankato West
Others Receiving Votes: Minneapolis Southwest, Coon Rapids, Rochester Mayo




Class 4A Football Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 10/12/2019

From The Associated Press.

CLASS 4A
1. SMB-Wolfpack
2. Hutchinson
3. Benilde-St. Margaret's
4. Winona
5. Detroit Lakes
6. Fridley
7. Becker
8. Simley
9. Marshall
Others Receiving Votes: Rocori, Kasson-Mantorville



Class 3A Football Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 10/12/2019

From The Associated Press.

CLASS 3A
1. Pierz
2. Jackson County Central
3. Albany
4. Annandale
5. Stewartville
6. Fairmont
7. Dilworth-Glyndon- Felton
8. Cannon Falls
9. Waseca
9. Perham
Others Receiving Votes: Mora, Breck



Class 2A Football Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 10/12/2019

From The Associated Press.

CLASS 2A
1. Caledonia
2. Barnesville
3. Minneapolis North
4. Paynesville
5. Lewiston-Altura
6. Moose Lake-Willow River
7.Redwood Valley
8. Concordia Academy-Roseville
9. St. Agnes
9. Staples-Motley
9. Maple Lake
Others Receiving Votes: St. Charles, Chatfield





Class 1A Football Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 10/12/2019

From The Associated Press.

CLASS 1A
1. BOLD
2. Blooming Prairie
3. Minneota
4. Springfield
5. Ada-Borup/West
6. United South Central
7. Mahnomen-Waubun
8. Underwood
9. Mayer Lutheran
9. Braham
Others Receiving Votes: Upsala-Swanville, Browerville, Martin County West, Randolph





Nine-Man Football Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 10/12/2019

From The Associated Press.

NINE-MAN
1. Mountain Lake Area
2. Leroy-Ostrander
3. Brandon-Evansville
4. Renville County West
5. Hancock
6. Ogilvie
7. Win-E-Mac
8. Southland
9. Hills-Beaver Creek
10.Verndale
10. North Central
Others Receiving Votes: Norman County East/Ulen-HItterdal, Stephen-Argyle, Mountain Iron-Buhl, Nicollet



Because A Plan Was In Place, An Official’s Life Was Saved
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 10/7/2019

KIMBALL – When veteran football official Mike Canfield went down with a cardiac issue during a junior varsity game here last week, a plan to save his life was already in place. And because the plan was executed to perfection, Mike is still with us.

Here's the end of the story: surgeons placed two coronary artery stents near Mike's heart and he’s in recovery mode. The 71-year-old from Waite Park is eternally grateful that coaches and others followed the MSHSL Emergency Action Plan advice and were ready when the emergency happened.

"We did have a plan," said Kimball activities director Byron Westrich, “and one of my coaches texted me right away, saying ‘Thank goodness you had that plan.’ It worked like clockwork.”

Emergency Action Plans are simple. Everyone on hand knows their role. When Canfield collapsed on the field during the third quarter of a game between Morris and Kimball, Kimball head coach Johnny Benson did his job and went right to Canfield; assistant coaches Jamie Liether and Jake Gagne did their jobs and ran to get AEDs (automated external defibrillators); assistant coach Joe Anderson called 911 and continued to do his job when an ambulance arrived, directing the crew to Mike’s location.

Mike Schindler, a former Kimball wrestling coach who is a firefighter and trained first responder, has a son on the football team and was watching from the stands. He was chatting with a buddy when he saw the official collapse. Schindler ran to Canfield. His description of what happened is gripping.

“He was seizing, he went limp. Two AEDs were there right away, which was awesome. We got one hooked up and it told us to shock right away. We started (chest) compressions; we did four rounds of 30 compressions with breath between each 30, then we saw that he was breathing. We checked for a pulse and we got the pulse back.”

A couple from Morris, Paige and Rich Hardy, performed CPR. Paige is a nurse at Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris and Rich is an athletic trainer at the University of Minnesota-Morris.

Canfield was conscious but not very alert when he was loaded into the ambulance, bound for St. Cloud Hospital. He became fully alert, however, as they were about five miles out of Kimball.

“I’ll tell you what, I’ve never seen that before,” Schindler said. “It was awesome.

“I’ve performed CPR way too many times. There was a group of people that did the job, got stuff done that needed to be done. Everything clicked.”

Canfield has been officiating for 48 years and no longer works varsity games, but he is one of countless officials who are committed to making sure the games go on and student-athletes have great experiences.

“Everybody did their job without hesitation and together saved a life,” Leither said. “The plan that was put together for us worked to a T. I hope we never have to use the plan again, but we know that it does work.”

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



Class 1A Volleyball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 10/7/2019

From the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association.

CLASS 1A
1. Mayer Lutheran (15) - 239
2. Waterville-Elysian-Morristown - 222
3. Minneota (1) - 211
4. Carlton - 193
5. Mabel-Canton - 163
6. Kittson County Central - 151
7. Kenyon-Wanamingo - 138
8. Caledonia - 123
9. Medford - 91
10. Canby - 34
Others Receiving Votes: BOLD - 32, Pine River-Backus - 26, Lakeview - 25, MACCRAY - 12
Teams only appearing on one ballot: Fosston, Greenyway, Russel-Tyler-Ruthton



Class 2A Volleyball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 10/7/2019

From the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association.

CLASS 2A
1. Stewartville (12) - 235
2. North Branch (1) - 212
3. Kasson-Mantorville (1) - 208
4. Marshall (2) - 206
5. Concordia Academy - 175
6. SW Christian - 164
7. Watertown-Mayer - 131
8. Belle Plaine - 130
9. New London-Spicer - 102
10. Sauk Centre - 93
Others Receiving Votes: Annandale - 18
Teams only appearing on one ballot: JCC



Class 3A Volleyball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 10/7/2019

From the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association.

CLASS 3A
1. Eagan (16) - 240
2. Northfield - 222
3. Wayzata - 208
4. East Ridge - 187
5. Lakeville North - 174
6. Shakopee - 161
7. Lakeville South - 121
8. Moorhead - 99
9. Champlin Park - 98
10. Minnetonka - 88
Others Receiving Votes: STMA - 50
Teams only appearing on one ballot: Hutchinson, New Prague, Sartell-St. Stephen, Woodbury



New Book Chronicles Strandquist, Karlstad Coach Jim Musburger
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 10/3/2019

A new book tells the stories of Jim Musburger, who coached boys basketball in Strandquist and Karlstad from 1956 until 1979. The author is Jill Musburger Johnson, who gathered stories from Strandquist and Karlstad at the suggestion of Jim Musburger's athletes. Here are excerpts from the book ...

This is the story of a coach, Jim Musburger, who taught and coached in two small towns, Strandquist and Karlstad, in northwest Minnesota. Jim grew up in Bemidji, played football and basketball for the Lumberjacks and earned honors as a member of the state champion 1948 Bemidji basketball team. The stories told in the book, A Tale of Two Basketball Teams and Their Coach Jim Musburger, recall a golden era in small town basketball when a steady caravan of fan buses and cars traveled through blizzards, sub-zero temps and floods to pack high school gyms in remote Minnesota. Basketball, often the only winter sport in small towns, provided countless thrills and excitement for players, fans and coaches. The Warriors and the Rabbits are now history but their spirit and pride live on in all the athletes, coaches and fans, who poured their hearts and souls into every game. Typical of Jim Musburger's entire coaching career, his athletes and peers came through for him and ended up writing the book in their own words - poignant and often hilarious memories of "the best of times."

The book’s value lies in the culture and camaraderie that sports provided in small towns. As small towns and schools disappear, their stories are a valuable legacy in Minnesota history. It is important that future generations understand how sports united an entire community and cemented lasting friendships and memories. Our newspaper editor, Dane Nordine, said it best: Sports are a wonderful thing and there are some wonderful people in them. The stories are endless and I expect to hear many more now that the book is published. Here are a few examples from the over 80 stories submitted by athletes, coaches and fans.

Donnie Carlson ’57 remembers the first year Jim Musburger coached in Strandquist: Our previous coach would throw out a basketball, tell us to practice, and then leave for a cup of coffee downtown. When Mr. Musburger arrived in town, he took control and taught us how to play basketball. He made us work really hard and told us, “The way you practice is the way you will play.” Every boy in the school went out for basketball except for two, and they ended up the team managers. After the first win, we knew we could win, and after the second win, the town was behind us all the way. Chet Boen was left-handed and I was right-handed so we could shoot from both sides of the court. When we defeated Argyle in the sub-district on a last second desperation shot by me as the buzzer went off, our team gathered in the locker room and just hugged each other. This win was a dream come true. Coach made us believe in ourselves.

When Coach Musburger started the “S” Letterman’s Club, we were so proud to wear our sweaters with the chevrons and letters. We served potato dumpling dinners to earn money for the state basketball tournament and the whole town turned out to support us. Mr. Musburger drove the four seniors in his Ford station wagon down to Williams Arena in the cities. We all wondered how many hay bales you could put in an arena that big! Teammate Chet Boen ’57 echoes Donnie’s memories: We knew that he came from Bemidji and had played for Bun Fortier’s Lumberjacks and they always won the region and went to state. There was only one class back then.

Allen Rasmussen ’61 recalls when Jim Musburger started a baseball team in Strandquist: Some of the Polish kids did not always come to school in the spring as they worked on the farm during planting season – this was a real problem for the baseball team as many of the players were Polish, and they were really good at baseball. Most hailed from Florian, where Jerry Szczepanski’s dad, Stanley, coached the Florian Falcons summer baseball team, and Coach Musburger depended on him and Charlie Krantz, the mailman, for coaching assistance.

Superintendent Orcutt loaned me his ’58 Dodge(I was a sophomore) to drive out to the field, get the player off the tractor and take him to school for the game. When the Strandquist School closed in 1991, I gave the last commencement address, told this story, and ended the speech, “We were the only baseball team that showered before the game.”


In 1961, Jim Musburger headed north to Karlstad to trade in the Warriors maroon and white for the Rabbits blue and white. He coached the B team for three years and in 1966, the Rabbits won the district championship in thrilling play. Bemidji physician Neil Skogerboe ‘66 tells a story: Musburger moved up to A team coach when I was a junior. He frequently said we should play for the fun of it, and would add, “It’s no fun to lose.” Practices were serious but fun. We all knew he was good hearted, but he also had a temper that no one wanted to trigger. He treated everybody the same. In the spring of my junior year, after the basketball season, he gave me a key to the school and the equipment room. He told me to keep everybody in the gym or locker room. We played many hours of basketball - late at night, early morning, whenever we could get together. This lasted through the summer. I don’t think he asked anybody about this, but just did it. Many of the games we played would be fairly close after three quarters. Then we would turn up the tempo and run away with the game. We were in better condition than most of the teams we played. One game I was not being very productive and at halftime, he turned to me and said, “You have a hundred moves - use some!” I had a good second half - 20 points. He was a great motivator. We played in the District Championship game and won - only four turnovers, and we were off to the Region 8 tournament. Coach got a call from the Minneapolis Tribune and was asked to describe our team. He said, “We’re small - but we’re slow.”

Eldon Sparby, Middle River athlete and coach, remembers his first year coaching: When I started coaching as a rookie, I was competing against Coaches Musburger, Deere, Keller, Ron Ueland and Gary Schuler. Talk about jumping into the fire and not knowing a damn thing about coaching. I quickly learned that if you want to beat the best, you better figure out what they are doing to you and how are you going to compete. Coach Musburger was my first model who I tried to emulate. First because of my experience as an athlete and secondly, I appreciated his game coaching behaviors and the way he always treated his athletes with respect. You always knew what was coming when you played the Rabbits: sagging man to man and always taking away your best player option. The comment made about teams thinking they were playing against a zone because his kids sagged so much, is absolutely true. I remember scouting his team and seeing other teams trying to beat him with a zone offense. I believe he won way more games than his talent should have won. Coach Musburger’s teams always outworked their opponents and this proved a formula for success for him and I tried to do the same with my teams.

A Tale of Two Basketball Towns and Their Coach Jim Musburger by Jill Musburger Johnson is available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Nordisk Helmsjold in Karlstad and bookstores.



Nine-Man Football Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 10/3/2019

From the Associated Press.

NINE-MAN
School Total Points Prv
1. Mountain Lake Area (4) (5-0) 49 1
2. LeRoy-Ostrander (1) (5-0) 46 2
3. Brandon Evansville (5-0) 39 4
4. Renville County West (5-0) 35 5
5. Hancock (5-0) 25 7
6. Stephen-Argyle (4-1) 20 6
7. Southland (4-1) 17 3
8. Hills-Beaver Creek (4-1) 15 8
9. Ogilvie (5-0) 11 T9
10. Verndale (4-1) 9 T9
Others receiving votes: North Central 5, Win-E-Mac 4.



Class 1A Football Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 10/3/2019

From the Associated Press.

CLASS 1A
School Total Points Prv
1. BOLD (4) (5-0) 49 1
2. Blooming Prairie (1) (5-0) 45 3
3. Minneota (5-0) 34 7
4. Springfield (5-0) 31 6
5. United South Central (5-0) 28 T4
6. Ada-Borup (4-1) 23 NR
7. Upsala Swanville (5-0) 19 NR
8. Mahnomen-Waubun (4-1) 16 2
9. Underwood (4-1) 12 10
10. Braham (4-1) 5 NR
Others receiving votes: Dawson-Boyd 4, Mayer Lutheran 4, Polk County West 3, Randolph 1, Martin County West 1.




Class 2A Football Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 10/3/2019

From the Associated Press.

CLASS 2A
School Total Points Prv
1. Caledonia (6) (5-0) 69 1
2. Barnesville (1) (5-0) 61 2
3. Minneapolis North (5-0) 49 3
4. Paynesville (4-1) 48 5
5. Lewiston-Altura (5-0) 39 8
6. Concordia Academy-Roseville (5-0) 24 10
7. Moose Lake Willow River (5-0) 22 4
8. Redwood Valley (4-1) 19 NR
9. Blue Earth Area (4-1) 13 6
10. Pipestone (4-1) 12 NR
Others receiving votes: Staples-Motley 12, St. Agnes 5, Maple Lake 5, West Central/Ashby 3, St. Charles 2, Triton 1, Eden Valley-Watkins 1.




Class 3A Football Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 10/3/2019

From the Associated Press.

CLASS 3A
School Total Points Prv
1. Pierz (7) (5-0) 70 1
2. Jackson County Central (5-0) 60 2
3. Albany (5-0) 54 3
4. Annandale (5-0) 43 6
(tie) Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (5-0) 43 4
(tie) Stewartville (5-0) 43 5
7. Cannon Falls (4-0) 20 7
8. Mora (5-0) 15 NR
9. Fairmont (4-1) 12 NR
10. Breck (5-0) 8 NR
(tie) Perham (4-0) 8 T1
Others receiving votes: Dassel-Cokato 7, New London-Spicer 1, Waseca 1.



Class 4A Football Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 10/3/2019

From the Associated Press.

CLASS 4A
School Total Points Prv
1. SMB-Wolfpack (6) (5-0) 67 1
2. Hutchinson (1) (5-0) 64 2
3. Benilde-St. Margaret's (5-0) 52 4
4. Winona (5-0) 47 3
5. Detroit Lakes (5-0) 40 5
6. Fridley (5-0) 36 6
7. Becker (4-1) 32 T7
8. Marshall (5-0) 14 NR
(tie) Simley (5-0) 14 NR
10. Rocori (4-1) 7 NR
Others receiving votes: St. Anthony 5, Mound-Westonka 3, Hermantown 3, Holy Angels 1.



Class 5A Football Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 10/3/2019

From the Associated Press.

CLASS 5A
School Total Points Prv
1. Owatonna (6) (5-0) 69 1
2. Elk River (5-0) 57 2
3. St. Thomas Academy (5-0) 54 3
4. Bemidji (5-0) 51 4
5. Robbinsdale Armstrong (1) (5-0) 46 5
6. Tartan (5-0) 33 6
7. Alexandria (4-1) 28 7
8. Mankato West (4-1) 17 8
9. Chaska (4-1) 15 9
10. Rochester Century (4-1) 9 NR
Others receiving votes: Minneapolis Southwest 4, Coon Rapids 1, Robbinsdale Cooper 1.



Class 6A Football Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 10/3/2019

From the Associated Press.

CLASS 6A
School Total Points Prv
1. Lakeville North (3) (5-0) 48 1
2. Wayzata (2) (5-0) 47 3
3. St. Michael-Albertville (4-1) 35 8
4. Eden Prairie (4-1) 34 2
5. Lakeville South (4-1) 32 7
6. Totino-Grace (4-1) 22 9
7. Champlin Park (4-1) 17 10
8. Cretin-Derham Hall (4-1) 14 4
(tie) Mounds View (4-1) 14 5
10. Rosemount (3-2) 6 NR
Others receiving votes: Prior Lake 5, Woodbury 1.



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