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Shakopee’s Hauger Wins Fourth State Title, Joins Elite Company11/3/2012
NORTHFIELD -- Maria Hauger turned back the clock Saturday. And she didn’t wait until bedtime like the rest of us. She did it in the middle of the afternoon and turned it all the way back to 1994. That’s when Dawson-Boyd’s Carrie Tollefson became the only athlete in Minnesota history to win five cross-country state championships.

Hauger won the Class 2A state title for the fourth year in a row Saturday at St. Olaf College. She joined Tollefson – who went on to become an NCAA cross-country and track champion at Villanova University and run the 1,500 meters at the 2004 Olympics – as the only four-time champions. Tollefson won three Class 1A titles and two in Class 2A between 1990 and 1994. (Hauger and Tollefson are pictured here in a photo from earlier this season.)

Haugen’s other goal in her final high school race in Minnesota was to set a girls course record. And she did that, too, finishing in 13 minutes, 42 seconds. That shattered the record of 13:54.7 set in 2005 by Bria Wetsch of Holy Family.

The second-place finisher was Anna French, a sophomore from Wayzata. Placing third was Alexandria ninth-grader Bethany Hasz, followed by Eagan senior Danielle Anderson and Bemidji sophomore Jenna Truedson.

Any time anyone mentions to Hauger that she is in the same hemisphere as Tollefson, she brushes the comparisons aside: “She’s an Olympian, I’m just a high schooler.”

Hauger says that another athlete she also looks up to is swimmer Michael Phelps, “even though he’s not a runner. He’s just amazing.”

That word fits Hauger pretty well, too. Her running career began when she was in seventh grade and she broke the Shakopee school record in the mile in her very first race. She placed ninth at the state cross-country race in her first appearance, as an eighth-grader, and won every championship race since. The only race in Minnesota she didn’t win in the last four years came earlier this season at the Montgomery Invitational, when Blake junior Clare Flanagan – who captured her second Class 1A title Saturday – reached the finish line 18 seconds ahead of Hauger.

Hauger responded with a dominating victory at the Roy Griak Invitational two weeks later, and put a gold-medal cherry on her prep cross-country career Saturday.

“I’m pretty exhausted,” she said after the race. “Probably the most exhausting race, though, was the Griak. I felt like I was going to pass out. This one was good.”

She said her list of possible colleges has been narrowed to five. She wouldn’t name them, other than saying that the University of Minnesota is among the five.


Wayde Hall of Stillwater captured the title with a four-second margin of victory over runner-up Obsa Ali of Richfield. Third place went to Joe Klecker of Hopkins, followed by Will Burke of Edina and Connor Olson of Wayzata. Hall placed seventh last year at state.

The 2A boys team title went to top-ranked Stillwater. The Ponies had a score of 46, followed by Edina (80), Wayzata (90), Owatonna (125) and Rosemount (152).


The rankings held true to form as Proctor senior Matt Welch (pictured), the No. 1 runner in the 1A coaches poll, won his first state title after finishing 14th, 13th and 61st in the previous three years. The runner-up was Foley senior Charlie Lawrence, who is ranked second. Lawrence placed third a year ago. Shane Streich of Waseca, who finished fifth a year ago, placed third this year.

Perham cruised to the 1A boys team title with a score of 37 points. St. Cloud Cathedral was second with 72, followed by Waseca (164) and Martin County West and Winona Cotter, both with 200. Perham was third in 2009, first in 2010 and second last year.


Blake junior Clare Flanagan easily won her second consecutive state title, finishing 12 seconds ahead of the rest of the field. The runner-up was Cannon Falls’ Emi Trost, followed by McKenzie Holt of St. Cloud Christian, Emily Mantor of United South Central and Marisa Shady of Esko.

Esko, which had been a top five team for the last three years, broke through to win the team crown. The Eskomos had 115 points, followed by Annandale (150), Minnehaha Academy (151), Waseca (157) and Dover-Eyota (184). Esko was eighth in 2009, fifth in 2010 and third last year.

--Photo galleries from state cross-country are posted on the MSHSL Facebook page.

*Schools/teams John has visited: 288
*Miles John has driven: 3,819
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Class 6A Football Playoffs: Lakeville North 42, Roseville 011/3/2012
Lakeville North is playing its best football of the season, qualifying for the Class 6A state tournament with a big win over Roseville. Read Luke Sleeper's story by clicking here
Remembering Our Friend Ron Sellnow11/2/2012
Before each of Thursday’s four state championship soccer games at the Metrodome, a moment of silence was held in honor of former teacher, coach and Hopkins athletic director Ron Sellnow, who died last week.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Lindbergh Center at Hopkins High School, Saturday, Nov. 3 at 11 a.m. Here are Ron’s obituary as well as his MSHSL 2009 Hall of Fame biography:

--Ron’s obituary…

Ronald Sellnow, age 70, of St. Louis Park, passed away in his home on Wednesday Oct. 24th after a noble battle with Lymphoma. Ron was preceded in death by his father, Edward, and two infant brothers. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Judi, and their three children, Gretchen (Joe) Randall, Derek (Melissa) Sellnow, and Jennifer (Patrick) Dame, grandchildren Gabrielle, Susanna, Madison, Claire, Nicolette, Nicholas, Delanee and Olivia and his mother Ruth, brother Gerald, sisters Sandie, Janell and Karen, and many loving nieces and nephews.

Ron spent 35 years in the Hopkins School District teaching at Eisenhower, Lindbergh and Hopkins High School. In his role as a math teacher and coach, he inspired countless numbers of students and athletes, eventually leading hockey teams to the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament and leading a team to a State Soccer Championship.

After retiring as the Hopkins High School Athletic Director in 1999, Ron continued working with young athletes in his role as Select 17 Camp Director for USA Hockey, and Secretary of the Minnesota State High School League Sections 5 and 6AA. Among many other awards, some of his most treasured were his inductions into The Minnesota State High School Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2011, and The Minnesota State High School League Hall of Fame in 2009.

Far and beyond Ron's professional accomplishments was the influence and happiness he gave to his family. He loved traveling with Judi, whether to Europe or to visit their children around the country, or just to their cabin which was a centerpiece in their lives. His legacy lies with those grandchildren, whom over the years, like his student athletes, he has taught to work their hardest, try their best, and above all else, be positive influences to others.

Ron spent his life dedicated to youth athletics, so in lieu of flowers, the family requests that those interested in honoring Ron's legacy donate to a student-athlete scholarship fund that the family is establishing in Ron's name. If you would like to donate to the fund, please make checks payable to Judi Sellnow with "scholarship" in the memo. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Lindbergh Center at Hopkins High School, Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 11:00 a.m.

--Ron’s MSHSL Hall of Fame biography…

Ron Sellnow left a legacy at Hopkins High School, where he was a teacher, coach and athletic director for 35 years.

A graduate of Staples High School, Ron obtained his BS degree from St. Cloud State University and a master’s degree from the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
Hopkins High School first hired Ron as a math teacher in 1964. Soon thereafter he began to coach cross country running, hockey and soccer.

As an assistant hockey coach for 27 years the Hopkins junior varsity hockey teams never had a losing season. The varsity teams won two section titles and made two state tournament appearances in 1975 and 1980.

When Ron took over as head soccer coach he led the Royals to two conference championships, five region championships, and five consecutive state tournament appearances capturing the state title in 1983 and runners-up in 1980.

Eric Tuck, a senior on the ’83 championship team who scored the game winning goal says, “Coach Sellnow had such an even keel personality. He was always very calm during practice and games, which I believed transcended to his players. We came back from many deficits as Coach Sellnow’s calm demeanor always gave us the confidence to battle back and not give up.”

Ron was named ‘Soccer Coach of the Year’ twice by the Minnesota Soccer coaches Association, and was a nominee for the National Soccer Coach of the Year in 1985.
In 1988, Ron had to make a decision to give up coaching to be the district director of athletics. The position included 26 sports programs at Hopkins High School, 22 sports at two area middle schools, and 195 salaried and volunteer coaches.

With a determination to give high school students the best experience possible, Ron enthusiastically took on his new responsibilities and his leadership was known at every level—from the Classic Lake Conference to the Minnesota State High School League. He managed the Classic Lake Conference soccer and golf competitions, the Section hockey and soccer tournaments, and the State Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer Tournaments. He also serves as an event assistant at the State Boys’ Hockey Tournament.

Ron served on numerous League committees including the Strategic Planning Committee, the Soccer Advisory Committee, the Soccer Officials Selection Committee, and the Athletic Advisory Committee, which he chaired in 1998. He has also held posts on the Region 6AA Executive Committee and was the committee chair from 1994 to 1999. For his service, the Region honored him with a service award and his peers voted him the Region 6AA Athletic Director of the Year in 1999. Now in retirement, Ron is the Administrative Region 5AA Secretary, a position he’s held since 1999.

Ron’s contributions to the professional organizations that represent athletic directors and coaches are far too numerous to list. He is a founding member and past secretary of the Minnesota Soccer Coaches Association. He held roles as president and region representative for the Minnesota Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association which in 1999 named Ron Athletic Director of the Year.

Ron’s entrance in the League’s Hall of Fame is the fourth hall that bears his name. The others include Hopkins High School, the Minnesota Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, and Minnesota Soccer Coaches Association.

Those who work closely with Ron will comment about the respect they have for the job he’s done and his high standard of ethics. One such comment comes from a longtime colleague who says: “Ron has made serving the people of Minnesota his career and has done it in a way that sets him apart from his peers. His integrity, professionalism, personal warmth, and sense of fairness are unequal.”

This quote sums up beautifully all that Ron represents as a teacher, a coach, and athletic director. No doubt many athletes have taken with them the character-enhancing qualities Ron Sellnow brought to their high school experience, making it for each of them, what he always hoped it would be---rich in values to build their lives on.
On The Air, On The Web: The Horn Of White Bear Lake10/30/2012
The broadcaster set the scene before the Class 2A girls soccer state semifinals on Tuesday: “We are ready to go here at the Metrodome, the Bears in their black jerseys and Lakeville North in white.”

The broadcaster was Zach Halverson and his analyst was Chad Olson. They were sitting in the booth that is normally home to the Vikings Radio Network. They are professional broadcasters … and seniors at White Bear Lake High School.

Halverson and Olson are not wannabes; they call many White Bear Lake sporting events via their website The Horn, found at (The Horn is short for the Halverson Olson Radio Network.) They did test broadcasts during the lacrosse season last spring, went full-tilt with football games this fall and will continue throughout the fall, winter and spring seasons.

During home football games their broadcast position was in front of the Bears student section. Their perch in the upper reaches of the Metrodome on Tuesday – where White Bear Lake defeated Lakeville North 1-0 in overtime -- was much different, as well as much quieter, but the job was the same.

“The Panthers are pressing very, very hard now after it looked like the Bears had some momentum,” Halvorson said during the first half. “We are still scoreless here as we reach the halfway point of the first half.”

To an unknowing listener Halvorson sounds like a seasoned pro. He has wanted to be a sports broadcaster since he was little, and now he is. He and Olson also do a regular podcast called “The CHalvey Show” (that’s a combination of Chad and Halverson).

The Horn is not technically affiliated with White Bear Lake High School, although administrators and staff have given some assistance. Advertisers have signed on to the website, where this message to potential advertisers is posted:

“For just $100, your business will receive a guaranteed 60-seconds of commercial airtime on EVERY broadcast we do through June of 2013. Your time can be split into (1) 60-second commercial, (2) 30-second commercials, or (4) 15-second commercials. You will also have your logo and contact information on our sponsor page, and it will be included in our sidebar rotation.”

The on-air talent stays connected to listeners via Twitter and Facebook, and Halvorson and Olson enjoy responding on the air:

--“Shout out to Dylan’s basement.”

--“Mr. Pittman’s fourth-hour class is listening, so shout out to them,” Halvorson said. “That is kind of cool, to have people back in the school listening to us.”

--He also mentioned “Mr. Sorensen’s fifth-hour media and film class.” To which Olson replied, “Hey, that’s MY class.”

*Schools/teams John has visited: 240
*Miles John has driven: 3,735
(*During the 2012-13 school year)

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Soccer Champs: Eastview, Wayzata, Benilde, Rochester Lourdes10/30/2012
Thursday’s Soccer Games at the Metrodome…

2A girls third-place game: Lakeville North 6, Blaine 2
1A girls championship: Benilde-St. Margaret’s 3, Blake 2 (overtime)
1A boys championship: Rochester Lourdes 2, St. Paul Academy and Summit School 1 (4-3 shootout)
2A girls championship: Wayzata 2, White Bear Lake 0
2A boys championship: Eastview 3, Blaine 2

--2A boys: Eastview 3, Blaine 2
The No. 3-seeded Lightning of Eastview (15-2-5) won their first state title in their second consecutive and overall appearance with a 3-2 victory over the unseeded Bengals of Blaine (16-4-1), who had advanced to the title tilt with a quarterfinal victory over top-seeded Champlin Park and semifinal win over fifth-seeded Bloomington Jefferson. The score was 2-1 in favor of Eastview with just less than 20 minutes to play in the first half. And the score remained that way for nearly 40 more minutes. The game-winner was scored by senior midfielder Jacob Opheim on a pass from junior midfielder Pierce Erickson at 63:44. About three minutes earlier Blaine had evened the score when a blocked shot by Zach Brunko fell right to the feet of senior midfielder Zachary Wright, who put it in. Senior defender Michael Stockton opened the scoring for Eastview by heading in a pass from junior defender Sam Fluegge just two minutes and 12 seconds into the game. Exactly four minutes later, Blaine senior midfielder Ian Durbin rattled a shot off the post that senior forward Mitch Boege scored on the rebound. At 19:59 Eastview went back on top when Opheim headed a ball into an empty net on a long ball into the box from Fluegge.

--2A girls: Wayzata 2, White Bear Lake 0:
In their fifth consecutive appearance, the Trojans of Wayzata (17-2-2) succeeded in defending their title, which is their sixth overall in 24 appearances. Wayzata, seeded No. 2, defeated White Bear Lake Area, the fourth seed, 2-0. The Bears were making their sixth tournament appearance. Wayzata led White Bear Lake Area 5-1 in both shots on goal and corner kicks. Senior defender Katie Schulz launched a long ball down field that left senior midfielder Kylie Schwarz one-on-one with Bears senior goalkeeper Tarah Hobbs and Schwarz won the confrontation at 38:27. Late in the second half, at 78:48, ninth-grade forward Ruby Stauber headed in a crisp crossing pass from senior midfielder Olivia Musser. Senior goalkeeper Mara Dougherty earned the win and made just one save.

--1A boys: Rochester Lourdes 2, St. Paul Academy 1 (4-3 shootout)
The Eagles of Rochester Lourdes (22-1-0) earned their third state title with a 2-1 shootout victory over the Spartans of St. Paul Academy and Summit School (19-1-2). The Eagles, seeded No. 3, finished third in 2011 and were making their third consecutive and 11th overall appearance. This championship trophy will be proudly displayed next to those the Eagles won in 1998 and 1999. The Spartans, who were fourth in 2011 and also were making their third consecutive appearance, scored first, late in the first half, when senior forward Lorenzo Pavoloni received a free kick from senior forward Cameron Causey and drove it into the net. Sophomore midfielder Issac Forsgren was awarded a second assist. Slightly more than a minute later the Eagles knotted the score when senior forward Gabe Salerno dribbled around the keeper and scored after receiving a pass from senior midfielder Alan Schembri-Wismayer. There was no more scoring, either through regulation or two 10-minute overtime periods. Both teams had five players shoot penalty kicks in the shootout. Senior Rochester Lourdes goalkeeper Will Elder made saves on the Spartans’ second and fifth attempts. After the first Eagles attempt was denied, the following four players succeeded to finish the shootout with a 4-3 advantage.

--1A girls: Benilde-St. Margaret's 3, Blake 2 (OT)
Could The Blake School (17-3-2) repeat? Could Benilde-St. Margaret’s (21-0-1) triumph to win its first state title? The Knights of Benilde-St. Margaret’s had earned the top seed and the Bears of The Blake School were seeded second. The match was their second meeting this season. The first ended in a scoreless tie on Aug. 28. The match didn’t disappoint as both teams played tight defense and sent the game into overtime before senior forward Dana Buckhorn scored on a deflected direct free kick 8 minutes and 54 seconds into the extra period, giving the Knights their first state championship. The first half ended in a 1-1 draw. The Bears tallied first at 10:51. Senior forward Hannah Randolph launched a long shot that caromed off the cross bar but right to the foot of junior midfielder Lydia Sutton who tapped it in easily. Roughly 15 minutes later Knights junior midfielder Kelly Pannek was in the right position to punch in a deflection off a defender to even the score. Pannek scored again early in the second half and the Knights protected that lead until Bears ninth-grader Maggie Warner, a defender, took a shot from outside the penalty box into the top corner to tie the game at 2-2. Buckhorn’s game-winner was credited to her even though the last player to touch it was a defender. Because that defender was not trying to clear the ball or pass it to a teammate, the momentum of the shot that carried the ball into the goal came from Buckhorn.

Wells Fargo All-Tournament Teams
--2A boys: Carter McCauley, Owatonna; Esteban Arias, Champlin Park; Noah McGurran, Minneapolis South; Carl Walker, Moorhead; Christopher Kirihara, Timothy Larson, Bloomington Jefferson; Jared Allen, Roma Devine, Stillwater; Jason Scheeler, Ian Durbin, Colton Nelson, Mitch Boege, Blaine; Sam Fluegge, Jonathan Lenz, Pierce Erickson, Jacob Opheim, Eastview.

--2A girls: Kendal Jacobus, Eden Prairie; Paige Wilberding, Eastview; Jenna Roering, Centennial; Maddie Barr, St. Michael Albertville; Ashley Pafko, Britney Monteon, Blaine; Hahhah Cade, Simone Kolander, Lauren Brownrigg, Lakeville North; Tarah Hobbs, Rachel DeGardner, Anna Morrison, White Bear Lake; Summer Johnson, Katie Schulz, Kylie Schwarz, Kiana Nickel, Wayzata.

--1A girls: Laurel Ramer, Kasson-Mantorville; Maria Siebels, St. Peter; Emily Rikkola, Cloquet; Sarah Bruzek, Alexandria; Annmarie Umland, Grave Pouliot, Totino-Grace; Alicia Sethre, Anna Barlow, Tori Poole, South St. Paul; Ali Leslie, Natalie Sill, Lydia Sutton, Blake; Maria Michels, Dana Buckhorn, Kelly Pannek, Anne Arnason, Benilde-St. Margaret’s.

--1A boys: Albert Podshivaylov, Mankato East; Abdurazak Omar, St. Paul Como Park; Brandon Gonzalez, Waconia; Joshua Robak, Myles Hagen, Hayden Speaks, St. Cloud Cathedral; Joe Fairbanks, Thomas Welinski, Duluth Marshall; Ben Braman, Lorenzo Pavolini, Josh Gray, Isaac Forgren, St. Paul Academy and Summit School; Jack Convery, Alan Schembri-Wismayer, Gabe Salerno, Karl Krecke, Rochester Lourdes.

--Photo galleries from all four championship games can be seen on the MSHSL Facebook page.