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Class 2A Girls Hockey Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/3/2018 11:25:25 AM

CLASS 2A
1. Blake 15-0-1 1
2. Centennial 13-1-1 2
3. Edina 11-1-1 3
4. Hill-Murray 12-3-0 4
5. Andover 10-5-0 6
6. Forest Lake 10-2-2 8
7. Blaine 10-3-1 5
8. Minnetonka 9-3-3 7
9. Maple Grove 10-4-2 9
10. Brainerd/Little Falls 13-3-0 10
11. Eden Prairie 10-6-1 12
12. Eagan 13-2-1 14
13. Elk River 6-6-2 13
14. White Bear Lake 12-4-1 11
15. Wayzata 8-5-1 15
16. Roseau 10-4-0 17
17. Grand Rapids/Greenway 11-5-0 18
18. Farmington 11-3-0 20
19. Lakeville South 9-6-0 19
20. Cretin-Derham Hall 9-6-0 16



Class 1A Boys Hockey Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/3/2018 11:24:59 AM

CLASS 1A
1. Hermantown 5-3-2 2
2. Mahtomedi 7-1-1 1
3. Greenway 9-3-0 3
4. East Grand Forks 6-4-1 4
5. Orono 6-3-1 5
6. St. Cloud Cathedral 10-2-0 6
7. Mound Westonka 8-2-1 9
8. Breck 3-6-0 7
9. Sartell-St. Stephen 8-3-0 8
10. Delano 6-5-0 10
11. Virginia/Mountain Iron-Bruhl 9-4-0 12
12. Alexandria 5-6-1 11
13. Monticello 9-1-1 13
14. Minneapolis 8-6-0 14
15. Northfield 8-3-0 15
16. Crookston 6-4-0 16
17. Simley 9-1-1
18. Luverne 8-3-0 17
19. South St. Paul 7-4-0
20. North Branch 8-3-0



Class 2A Boys Hockey Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/3/2018 11:24:36 AM

CLASS 2A
1. Minnetonka 10-0-2 2
2. St. Thomas Academy 8-1-1 3
3. Edina 10-1-0 1
4. Duluth East 5-0-4 4
5. White Bear Lake 8-0-2 6
6. Holy Family 10-2-1 7
7. Centennial 6-2-2 5
8. Cretin-Derham Hall 8-2-1 9
9. Moorhead 9-4-0 8
10. Eden Prairie 5-4-1 11
11. Duluth Marshall 8-3-1 12
12. Elk River 8-4-0 15
13. Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 9-4-1 13
14. Brainerd 7-3-0
15. Wayzata 5-5-1 10
16. Maple Grove 3-3-3 16
17. St. Michael-Albertville 7-3-0 17
18. Eastview 6-3-1 18
19. Hill-Murray 4-4-4
20. Stillwater 6-2-0 14



On The Farm, Inside The Barn, Gymnastics Rules
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 12/20/2017 7:44:01 PM

HENDRICKS – In this small town near the South Dakota border, gymnastics is a family affair. Before the Hendricks/Russell-Tyler-Ruthton Grizzlies and their state-line neighbors from Brookings (S.D.) High School competed in a dual meet one evening this week, the Johnson cousins -- Greta, Sophie and Kaylee -- sang the national anthem beautifully. Grizzlies coach Sherri Johnson – mom to Greta and Sophie and aunt to Kaylee – then took the microphone to introduce the athletes and coaches.

Gymnastics is close to the hearts of Sherri and her husband Gary, along with Greta, 18, Sophie, 16, Sadie, 11, and their extended family and friends. It’s so close, in fact, that the Johnsons can exit their house in the country and take a short walk across the farm yard to the home of the Grizzlies. It’s called The Barn and it might be the most unique sporting venue in Minnesota and beyond.

To unknowing motorists driving past the Johnson place, the building looks like any other large, modern farm shed. It has several giant garage doors, large enough for tractors and combines to be stored inside. The inside, however, is a gymnast’s dream: top-notch vault, uneven bars, beam and floor exercise equipment, bleachers and chairs for spectators, a fully stocked concession stand, killer sound system, bright lighting, restrooms, drinking fountain, heated concrete flooring, wifi and more … all surrounded by sheet-metal walls and plenty of windows. It is an absolute showplace.

This week’s meet was the Brookings team’s third annual trip to The Barn, and Bobcats coach Rachelle Engbrecht said her gymnasts adore the place.

“They absolutely love it,” she said. “It’s their favorite meet of the whole year.”

As gymnasts, judges and fans entered The Barn, some of them had to shoo away farm cats that wanted to join the crowd. The Johnsons raise horses and cattle as well as gymnasts, and on occasion a newborn calf has been brought into The Barn to be petted by the athletes.

“It’s awesome,” said Greta Johnson, a senior who is hoping to finish her career with her fifth trip to the state gymnastics meet in Minneapolis in February. “Our town supports us, and so do so many people from other towns. And to have it here, where we have our animals, it’s so awesome, it’s so much fun.”

As the building was being planned, the Johnsons expected it would be a typical farm structure.

“Cattle and horses were in the initial plans,” Sherri said. “And we have the big doors for the combine, too, but they don’t get in here much.”

Gary laughed as he said, “I thought I’d be washing my cattle in here. And I always wanted to be a cowboy and ride horses. I’ve given up on all that.”

Hendricks High School (enrollment 17) doesn’t have gymnastics facilities. Sherri owned some pieces of gymnastics equipment … The Barn was in the works … and Gary’s dream of washing cattle and saddling horses inside gave way to what is now a hotbed for gymnastics teams from all over. The Grizzlies have their largest roster in history with 21 athletes; six from Hendricks (all six also play basketball), 13 from Russell-Tyler-Ruthton and two who are home-schooled.

Greta was in seventh grade when The Barn was built; before that the Johnson girls had to be driven 40 minutes to a gymnastics center in Brookings for training. Now their team is No. 18 in the Class 1A state rankings and everything they need is on the family farm. Fans filled the place for the meet with Brookings; grandparents using walkers, parents filming routines, young siblings romping across the floor-exercise mat and trying to reach the bars after the competition ended.

“The community spirit that this has brought and the entertainment value for the town is terrific,” Sherri said. “Some of these kids would never, ever experience gymnastics (without The Barn). So to give them that opportunity, whether we’re great gymnasts or not, is such a good thing for kids. Gymnastics itself is great for confidence and poise and this and that. Just being able to do that for our community and school, there are really no words.”

Sherri choked up a bit when she talked about Gary’s dad, Glen Johnson, who died shortly before The Barn was built. Like his son, Glen was a proud Hendricks booster who was always involved in community betterment projects.

“Gary’s dad was such a community guy,” Sherri said. “When we first had this, that was the first thing that came to mind; Grandpa would have absolutely been so proud of this place.”

Gary has continued his father’s devotion to the community. The day after the meet with Brookings, he was in town making popcorn for elementary students who were watching the film “Wonder” at a movie theater that townspeople had brought back to life after being closed 42 years ago. Sherri stays busy with numerous activities, as well, including writing sports stories about all the local teams for the weekly Hendricks Pioneer newspaper.

The Barn’s two sets of five-row metal bleachers are brought from the ballfield in town for the gymnastics season. There is a basketball hoop and volleyball net inside, too, and the building is a favorite spot for sleepovers for the Johnson girls and their friends.

Hendricks principal Paul Chick called The Barn, “One of the favorite venues in the area, if you ask the teams.”

There can be no doubt about that.

“There’s no other place where you have to watch to make sure the cat doesn’t follow you into the gym,” said Engbrecht. “It’s just a great venue. And at least this time there was no mud. Last time it had thawed after a snowstorm and it was a muddy mess. Everybody had to take their shoes off at the door.”

Greta said, “I’ve heard things like, ‘Oh man, this is our favorite meet all year.’ That’s cool when people from schools that are a lot bigger than us say things like that.”

After the Grizzlies-Bobcats meet had ended and scoring was being finalized, both teams gathered around Brookings freshman Lily Siemonsma and sang “Happy Birthday” to her. As the scores were announced, little Sadie Johnson reached up to hang hardware around the necks of the top finishers … in this case the hardware was wooden cutouts in the shape of The Barn, with the event and finish posted on the back. Everyone was smiling.

When the Brookings Bobcats came to The Barn last season, the team bus was driven by someone who had never been there. As they pulled in, the confused driver asked Engbrecht, “Is this the place?”

It sure is. A very special place.

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Class 1A Gymnastics Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 12/20/2017 6:10:33 PM

CLASS 1A
1 Detroit Lakes 8A 144.400
2 Sartell-Saint Stephen 7A 142.667
3 Willmar 6A 142.633
4 Worthington 3A 142.267
5 Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa 1A 141.792
6 Mahtomedi 4A 141.787
7 Watertown-Mayer/Mound-Westonka 5A 141.000
8 Monticello 7A 140.625
9 Big Lake 7A 139.417
10 Perham 8A 139.050
11 Waconia 2A 138.500
12 Melrose Area 6A 137.533
13 North Branch 7A 137.492
14 Becker 7A 137.117
15 Jackson County Central 3A 136.508
16 New London-Spicer 6A 136.200
17 Austin 1A 134.887
18 Hendricks/RTR 3A 134.817
19 Mankato West 2A 132.217
20 Benson-KMS-Montivideo 6A 132.100
21 Byron 1A 131.717
22 Fergus Falls 8A 130.358
23 New Ulm/NUACS/MVL 2A 129.758
24 Martin County Area 3A 127.600
25 Maple Lake 6A 127.583



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