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Officially Speaking: Communication Is Key On The Field
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/30/2019

When reporters cover high school football games, one thing is standard: You have rosters for both teams in front of you. But as I sat in the press box for Friday night's game between visiting Edina and St. Michael-Albertville, I had THREE rosters in front of me. The third one had details about the officiating crew: names, positions, years of experience, etc.

Also different: I had a small walkie-talkie in my pocket with a cord connected to an earpiece that allowed me to listen in as the five officials communicated with each other via matching devices. It was an eye-opening – and ear-opening -- experiment, a game inside the game that nobody outside the officials is aware of.

When a football was handed to the St. Michael-Albertville kicker to start the game, referee – also known as the "white cap” – Tim Litfin pushed the button on a small microphone clipped to his collar and said to his crewmates, “Have a good game, gentlemen. Have fun.”

As the game went on, crew members asked and answered questions, communicated information about penalties, offered encouragement and advice.

The first points of the game came on a short pass from St. Michael-Albertville quarterback Kolby Gartner to David Collins, who zigged and zagged his way for a 36-yard touchdown while teammates threw blocks at odd angles. After Collins reached the end zone, Litfin told his crew, “Good decisions over there. Good decisions on that play.”

Communications systems are standard for officials in the NFL and college football, and their use is spreading on the high school level. Litfin’s crew began using them last season.

“Headset communication for football crews, official to official, has changed the culture of football officiating,” he said. “You no longer feel like you are on an island as an official. Or that you may have to run a 4.4 40 to find a fact about the previous play before you make an announcement. Or, that you have to yell at the top of your lungs to get attention or send up a flair to have a crewmate get a decision from a coach. The bottom line is it makes crews better and is more fun.”

The devices cost about 25 dollars each. Jim Larson, the umpire on Litfin’s crew, purchased them on Amazon and makes sure they are charged before every game.

The other crew members are line judge Phil Kern, head linesman Chris Jostock and back judge Nick Litfin (Tim’s son). They have worked football games for a combined 66 years, with Tim Litfin in his 31st year; he also has been a high school baseball and basketball official for 39 years. Every member of the crew has worked multiple state football playoff games, and the Litfins have also officiated state baseball and basketball games. Last year the crew officiated a Class 6A football state semifinal at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Their “real” jobs are an interesting mix: an assistant vice president at a large national bank who works in the anti-money laundering department, a senior director of business initiatives, a city administrator, an executive director of community education, and a principal field solutions architect (which also is a suitable term for a football official).

Observing the crew from the sidelines Friday was Aaron Nordling, 26-year-old first-year official; Tim Litfin is his officiating mentor and the two of them would officiate a junior varsity game the following morning. (When a new official registers with the MSHSL, they are assigned a veteran mentor. Information on becoming an official in any sport is available on mshsl.org)

“The officials are there because they love the game,” Larson said. “And we approach every Friday like it's our own game: we watch video, have our own pre-game prep, and get mentally and physically focused. The radios allow us to be a better officiating 'team' once the game starts. We can remind each other of situations, praise each other for making great/tough calls, and support each other when the tough call isn't popular. In other words, we get to coach each other throughout the game. That allows us to be a more cohesive unit and make the event about the football game, not about the officials.”

The days when the entire crew had to huddle together to discuss decisions are largely in the past, because the devices are helpful in communicating everything from the result of the coin toss to penalty details, timeouts, clock management, reminders about positioning and situations, etc. When a penalty occurs on one sideline, the official on the opposite sideline can know what the penalty is and who committed it and can share the details with the coach.

“This might seem like a little thing, but for me standing on the 50-yard line for the pregame, I feel as if from the start of the contest I'm engaged with the rest of the crew,” said Jostock.

As Edina’s offense hustled to the line deep inside St. Michael-Albertville’s end of the field, Tim Litfin quickly told his crew, “No huddle, no huddle, no huddle.”

After the Hornets scored, he spread info on the extra-point attempt: “Tee on the field, gentlemen, tee on the field.” And as the end of the first quarter neared, the white cap said, “45 seconds left in the quarter, 45 seconds.”

After a short-yardage play, the message from one of the sideline officials was quick: “He’s short, he’s short. Fourth down, guys.”

Tim Litfin offered almost constant encouragement…

“Keep working. Good focus.”

“Know your spot, get a good spot.”

After a pass over the middle -- when everyone thought it would be a running play – went for a first down, one of the crew members said,
“Great play call.”

“With these five guys, the camaraderie is amazing,” Tim Litfin said “It’s a family feel, that’s what it is.”

Friday’s game was Homecoming at St. Michael-Albertville, which is in its first year (as is Buffalo) as a member of the Lake Conference with Edina, Eden Prairie, Wayzata, Hopkins and Minnetonka. The crowd was estimated at more than 5,000 and the environment was electric. The game went down to the wire before the Knights pulled out a 34-29 win over Edina, and the chatter among the officials picked up in intensity and focus in the final minutes.

“Keep ‘er going guys, solid effort on every play,” Tim Litfin told them, sounding like a coach. “Under four (minutes to play).”

He added later, “Smart officiating right here guys. Smart officiating as always. Nicely done tonight, nicely done.”

Nobody could argue with that call.

--To see photos of the officiating crew, go to the MSHSL Facebook page.

--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 9/30/2019

From the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association.

CLASS 1
1. Mayer Lutheran (14) - 236
2. Waterville-Elysian-Morristown - 207
3. Minneota (1) - 199
4. Carlton - 164
5. Mabel-Canton - 145
6. Kenyon-Wanamingo - 142
7. Kittson County Central - 139
8. Caledonia - 100
9. Medford - 98
10. Canby - 42
Others Receiving Votes: BOLD - 38, Pine River Backus - 26, MACCRAY - 19,
Teams only appearing on one ballot: Adrian, Greenway, Lakeview, Wadena Deer Creek



Class 2A Volleyball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/30/2019

From the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association.

CLASS 2A
1. Stewartville (12) - 234
2. North Branch (2) - 217
3. Kasson-Mantorville - 208
4. Marshall (2) - 204
5. Concordia Academy - 168
6. SW Christian - 162
7. Belle Plaine - 131
8. Watertown-Mayer - 124
9. New London-Spicer - 109
10. Sauk Centre - 68
Others Receiving Votes: Norwood-Young America - 26
Teams only appearing on one ballot: Annandale, JCC, Pequot Lakes, Redwood Valley



Class 3A Volleyball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/30/2019

From the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association.

CLASS 3A
1. Eagan (16) - 240
2. Northfield - 223
3. Wayzata - 209
4. East Ridge - 189
5. Lakeville North - 173
6. Shakopee - 163
7. Lakeville South - 141
8. Moorhead - 108
9. Champlin Park - 93
10. Minnetonka - 74
Others Receiving Votes: STMA - 39, New Prague - 14
Teams only appearing on one ballot: Eden Prairie, Sartell-St. Stephen



Class 2A Girls Tennis Individual Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/30/2019

From the Minnesota Tennis Coaches Association.

1 Nicole Copeland (12) Edina
2 Karin Young (10) Eastview
3 Zoe Adkins (10) Maple Grove
4 Delaney Schurhamer (12) Woodbury
5 Nicole Snezhko (12) Robbinsdale Armstrong
6 Selah Stibbins (10) Washburn
7 Sarah Shabaz (9) Minnetonka
8 Nicole Ridenour (10) Roseville
9 Aili Hietala (11) Duluth East
10 Annika Munson (8) Mahtomedi
10 Ashley Tarrolly (11) St. Cloud Tech



Class 2A Girls Tennis Team Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/30/2019

From the Minnesota Tennis Coaches Association.

1 Edina
2 Minnetonka
3 Mahtomedi
4 Mounds View
5 Rochester Mayo
6 Elk River
7 Rochester Century
8 Eastview
9 Lakeville South
10 Lakeville North



Class 1A Girls Tennis Individual Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/30/2019

From the Minnesota Tennis Coaches Association.

1 Arlina Shen (12) Blake
2 Clare Palen (12) Rochester Lourdes
3 Sonia Baig (11) Blake
4 Avery Stilwell (11) Litchfield
5 Danielle Thorfinnson (12) Minnewaska
6 Bella Suk (10) Blake
7 Elise Bierbaum (11) Litchfield
8 Isabelle Einess (8) Minnehaha Academy
9 Bristol Engelsma (11) Breck
10 Megan Muller (10) Pequot Lakes
10 Lydia Delich (9) Eveleth-Gilbert



Class 1A Girls Tennis Team Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/30/2019

From the Minnesota Tennis Coaches Association.

1 Blake
2 Breck
3 Rochester Lourdes
4 Virginia
5 Litchfield
6 Blue Earth Area
7 Pequot Lakes
8 St. James
9 Minnewaska
10 Thief River Falls



Running With Pride: Highland Park’s Paleen Wins Griak
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/28/2019

As Oliver Paleen crossed the finish line in Saturday's Roy Griak Invitational boys Gold cross-country race, he grabbed the front of his jersey and popped the word "Highland” out as a show of pride. The senior from St. Paul Highland Park was ecstatic with his margin of less than one second over Staples-Motley junior Emmet Anderson and the rest of the field of 571 runners from across the nation.

“I don't think St. Paul gets enough recognition for what we have,” said Paleen, whose team placed eighth. “We're not a big suburban school that has thousands of kids coming in to pull from, and so the fact that we're able to do this I think says a lot. We have something really special and just being able to represent St. Paul, specifically Highland, I'm really happy about because it's a great place to be, a great place to run.”

Highland Park placed eighth in the team standings, with senior Calvin Boone finishing 17th and senior Conor Gregg Escala 19th. Another St. Paul public school runner, Central senior Mickies Kiros, was seventh. Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin’s Geno Uhrbom, the defending Class 1A state champion, was fifth.

Paleen finished 10th at the Griak last year and was the highest-finishing returning runner Saturday, but he felt a sting when some pre-race stories didn’t even mention him.

“I had confidence,” he said. “Ever since that race last year I was like, ‘All right, I'm gonna come back here and win.’ So 365 days ago, that's what I was thinking, and that's what I was thinking up until the race and through the race. There's a lot more competition this year, with more out-of-state people that weren't here last year.”

He’s been to the MSHSL state meet twice, placing 101st as a freshman and 10th last year as a junior; he missed the latter portion of his sophomore season with a stress fracture. The Griak victory has raised his profile, and he’s fine with that. If he’s able to pop his jersey once more at the state championships in Northfield on Nov. 2, that’s also fine with him.

“Popping the Highland at the end?,” he said with a smile. “Hopefully I get to do that again later in the season.”

--White Bear Lake won the boys team title with a score of 304 and Edina was second at 338. Also in the top 10 from Minnesota were Highland Park in eighth and Rosemout in 10th.

--In the girls Gold race, Cherry Creek, Colorado, sophomore Riley Stewart dominated the field with a winning margin of more than 37 seconds over runner-up Anna Fenske, a junior from Farmington. Wayzata ninth-grader Abbey Nechanicky was fourth and Stillwater junior Annalee Weaver was seventh. Cherry Creek won the team championship with 75 points, Naperville, Illinois, was second at 165, Stillwater was fourth, Edina fifth, Wayzata sixth, Farmington eighth, St. Paul Highland Park ninth and St. Michael-Albertville 10th.

--Full results are available at pttiming.com

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



Nine-Man Football Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/28/2019

From the Associated Press.

NINE-MAN
1. Mountain Lake Area (6) (4-0) 69 1
2. LeRoy-Ostrander (1) (4-0) 62 3
3. Southland (4-0) 37 T7
4. Brandon-Evansville (4-0) 33 T7
5. Renville County West (4-0) 30 10
6. Stephen-Argyle (3-1) 28 6
7. Hancock (4-0) 20 NR
8. Hills-Beaver Creek (3-1) 19 5
9. Verndale (3-1) 18 2
(tie) Ogilvie (4-0) 18 NR
Others receiving votes: Grand Meadow 16, North Central 11, Mountain Iron-Buhl 10, Blackduck 6, Win-E-Mac 6, Fertile-Beltrami 2.



Class 1A Football Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/28/2019

From the Associated Press.

CLASS 1A
1. BOLD (4) (4-0) 66 1
2. Mahnomen-Waubun (2) (4-0) 65 2
3. Blooming Prairie (1) (4-0) 56 3
4. Mayer Lutheran (4-0) 41 5
(tie) United South Central (4-0) 41 4
6. Springfield (4-0) 36 7
7. Minneota (4-0) 34 6
8. Upsala Swanville (4-0) 20 8
9. Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop (4-0) 17 9
10. Underwood (3-1) 3 10
Others receiving votes: Randolph 3, Dawson-Boyd 2, Ada-Borup 1.




Class 2A Football Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/28/2019

From the Associated Press.

CLASS 2A
1. Caledonia (7) (4-0) 70 1
2. Barnesville (4-0) 57 2
3. Minneapolis North (4-0) 52 4
4. Moose Lake Willow River (4-0) 44 5
5. Paynesville (3-1) 32 6
6. Blue Earth Area (4-0) 31 9
7. West Central Ashby (4-0) 28 8
8. Lewiston-Altura (4-0) 20 10
9. Eden Valley-Watkins (3-1) 13 7
10. Concordia Academy-Roseville (4-0) 10 NR
Others receiving votes: Redwood Valley 9, Crosby-Ironton 7, Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton 5, Triton 4, Pipestone 1, Medford 1, Maple Lake 1.




Class 3A Football Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/28/2019

From the Associated Press.

CLASS 3A
1. Pierz (8) (4-0) 87 1
2. Jackson County Central (1) (4-0) 76 2
3. Albany (4-0) 62 3
4. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (4-0) 60 4
5. Stewartville (4-0) 49 6
6. Annandale (4-0) 37 8
7. Cannon Falls (3-0) 25 9
8. New London-Spicer (4-0) 24 NR
(tie) Perham (4-0) 24 10
10. Dassel-Cokato (3-1) 15 5
Others receiving votes: Mora 12, Aitkin 8, Breck 6, Fairmont 5, Minnewaska 4, Waseca 1.



Class 4A Football Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/28/2019

From the Associated Press.

CLASS 4A
1. SMB-Wolfpack (7) (4-0) 78 1
2. Hutchinson (1) (4-0) 73 2
3. Winona (4-0) 53 4
4. Benilde-St. Margaret's (4-0) 49 5
5. Detroit Lakes (4-0) 45 7
6. Fridley (4-0) 40 8
7. Delano (3-1) 22 3
(tie) Becker (3-1) 22 9
9. St. Anthony (4-0) 20 10
10. Holy Angels (3-1) 18 6
Others receiving votes: Marshall 8, Simley 7, Rocori 4, Mound-Westonka 1.



Class 5A Football Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/28/2019

From the Associated Press.

CLASS 5A
1. Owatonna (5) (4-0) 58 1
2. Elk River (4-0) 45 3
(tie) St. Thomas Academy (4-0) 45 2
4. Bemidji (4-0) 41 4
(tie) Robbinsdale Armstrong (1) (4-0) 41 5
6. Tartan (4-0) 33 7
7. Alexandria (3-1) 25 8
8. Mankato West (3-1) 12 10
9. Chaska (3-1) 10 6
10. Minneapolis Southwest (3-1) 6 NR
Others receiving votes: Rochester Mayo 4, Rogers 3, Coon Rapids 3, Rochester Century 3, Robbinsdale Cooper 1.



Class 6A Football Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/28/2019

From the Associated Press.

CLASS 6A
1. Lakeville North (4) (4-0) 49 1
2. Eden Prairie (4-0) 44 2
3. Wayzata (1) (4-0) 42 3
4. Cretin-Derham Hall (4-0) 33 5
5. Mounds View (4-0) 31 6
6. Prior Lake (3-1) 22 8
7. Lakeville South (3-1) 17 9
8. St. Michael-Albertville (3-1) 16 4
9. Totino-Grace (3-1) 10 NR
10. Champlin Park (3-1) 7 NR
Others receiving votes: Rosemount 3, Farmington 1.



Game Day Afternoon At Red Rock Central
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/25/2019

LAMBERTON -- On a lovely September day in 2011, I attended Homecoming festivities at Red Rock Central, a K-12 school in Lamberton. If you don't know where Lamberton is located, it’s east of Walnut Grove, south of Wabasso, west of Springfield and north of Storden. And if that doesn’t help you, I’m afraid you cannot be helped … at least when the topic is southwest Minnesota geography.

I returned last week for another round of Homecoming fun at the home of the Red Rock Central Falcons. The big event was a 1 p.m. volleyball match between the Falcons and the team from Westbrook-Walnut Grove. The WWG players had "Chargers” emblazoned on their uniforms while the RRC girls were adorned with numbers only. And that makes sense when you consider how many ways RRC athletes can be identified.

The volleyball, football and basketball teams are among those made up of homegrown RRC students. But because of cooperative agreements with other school districts, Falcons also become Bobcats (as members of the RRC-Wabasso wrestling team), Wolverines (cross-country with Mountain Lake), Chargers (track and field with Westbrook-Walnut Grove) and Cardinals (gymnastics with Redwood Valley).

So for the volleyball players on the court Friday who also compete in track and field, their autumn rivals become spring teammates. It’s a great situation for small schools that sometimes struggle to find enough kids to field teams.

Red Rock Central’s K-12 student population is around 400 students, and they come from all over the area. Once upon a time Lamberton had its own school for local kids, as did the communities of Sanborn, Storden and Jeffers, which are all surrounded by acres and acres of rich farmland. They all are now part of Red Rock Central, but you may see hints of history in unforeseen places, like the bottom of the seat on an old folding chair that still carries the words “Sanborn High School” or a plaque on the wall outside the historic school auditorium that bears the name of the president … Franklin D. Roosevelt.

In more modern times, Red Rock Central was named a 2018 National Blue Ribbon school by the United States Department of Education. There is a lot of well-deserved pride in Lamberton, and that includes the volleyball team.

The team was the center of attention for the in-school match with WWG. Every student at Red Rock Central, kindergarten through 12th grade, was on hand, as was every 7-12 WWG student who wanted to attend. The RRC band churned out tunes, including a stellar national anthem and both school songs. It was splendid.

The Falcons defeated Westbrook-Walnut Grove 25-15, 25-17, 25-16 in the midst of the packed gymnasium, giving them a four-game winning streak.

“This is such a great atmosphere for them to play in because it just brings so much more energy than any other game,” said co-coach Cierra Fast. “This is one of our biggest rivals, and to have everybody from their school here cheering them on, we knew they would come out with energy.”

The other co-coach is Brittni Baune, a 2004 Red Rock Central grad. Cierra is a 2011 RRC alum; they are sisters who are in their first year as co-coaches of the Falcons. They both work as physical therapists.

“We knew that we only wanted to coach together,” Cierra said. “Coaching is a big role to take on, especially with our jobs being out of the school, so we knew all along if we were going to coach we were going to do it together. … I coach more passing and setting and she does hitting and blocking, so it's a really good mix and we didn't want to do it without each other.”

This is the second year that RRC hosted an in-school volleyball match during Homecoming week. It’s a trend that is spreading around Minnesota and is a big hit in Lamberton, particularly with the athletes.

“You walk in and the atmosphere is just insane because everyone's there and everyone gets to watch and cheer for you,” said RRC junior Nicole Schroepfer. Classmate and teammate Bianca Weis added, “We just get pumped up a lot more.”

“It's really fun because there's a lot of people and it's just loud and fun,” said sophomore Karli Arkell.

“Yes, the girls love it,” Baune said. “It's almost like a state tournament atmosphere, with the gym full and all the kids screaming and yelling. It's so fun. I think it's a great way to promote the sport to get some of those younger kids here that might not be able to make it to a game.”

--To see a photo gallery from Red Rock Central, go to the MSHSL Facebook page.

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




Remembering Harvey Carroll In Fulda
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/23/2019

Harvey Carroll, longtime teacher, coach and legend in Fulda, has died after dealing with Parkinson's disease. I attended a tribute to Harvey in 2011, and here is that story...

A Night For Harvey: Fulda Raises Lots Of Money, Has Lots Of Fun

FULDA – You know it's a fun night when this happens …

The Fulda girls basketball team holds an eight-point lead over Luverne as the home team calls a timeout with 62 seconds to play. Before talking to his team, Fulda coach Gregg Slaathaug needs to know the spot where the ball will be inbounded. He looks to one of the officials, who is standing on the opposite side of the court, holding the ball.

Slaathaug asks the official, "Is that the spot? Right there, by the bald guy?”

Indeed, a member of the local citizenry is sitting in the first row, the gymnasium lights reflecting off the top of his head. He smiles and raises his arms in a gesture that says, “Who? Me?” Yes. You.

And so it went on Saturday night in a little gym in Murray County, 18 miles north of Worthington. Six rows of bleachers on either side of the court, more fans sitting on the stage behind one basket. It was a girls-boys basketball doubleheader between Luverne and Fulda, but the meaning of the evening went much deeper; into the hearts and souls of folks from Fulda and the surrounding area who know and love a man named Harvey Carroll.

Harvey’s status as a fixture in this town of 1,300 people began to take root when he arrived as a teacher and coach in 1980. For the next 27 years, every youngster in Fulda knew Harvey. He taught sixth grade and was head or assistant coach of basketball, football and track teams. He helped run the elementary basketball program, had a hand in the Fulda summer recreation program and worked as a volleyball official for 10 years.

Somehow, Harvey also found time to work on a painting crew in the summers, battle weeds on the local golf course, make unannounced deliveries of sweet corn and squash to neighbors and do a thousand other things for the kids and adults in Fulda.

He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2005 and taught and coached for two more years. Parkinson’s is a brain condition that is characterized by slowness of movement, stiffness, rigidity, loss of balance and coordination and difficulties with speech. Nowadays Harvey gets around with the aid of a walker.

As the girls game ended Saturday night, longtime football coach and current track coach Brad Holinka took the microphone and said, “Don’t run away right now, we’re going to do some things for Harvey.”

Hearing those words, the crowd stood as one and began applauding. Harvey, his wife Sharon and other family members and friends were in one corner of the gym, where a chair is placed for Harvey at every game. Written on a piece of paper taped to the chair was: “Reserved for Harvey Carroll.”

The people had no reservations in showing their love for Carroll. The applause went on and on and everyone remained standing as Holinka talked about what Harvey means to Fulda.

“Harvey Carroll has left a lasting impression,” he said. “Our community, all the coaches around the area, everybody knows Harvey.

“Harvey always started with the kids. And the kids started in elementary school, went from football to basketball to track, and then the little kids went to summer rec, and Harvey was there, too. This started in 1980 and went until 2007. That’s a lasting impression. Let’s give a big round of applause for Harvey Carroll.”

After the serenade died down, Holinka wrapped up the formal presentation with these words: “We are all very, very proud, Harvey, to have you as a friend and call you a friend. Everyone in here can attest to that. You truly are an inspiration to anyone you’ve ever been associated with. One more time, ladies and gentlemen.”

And the thunder of applause swept through the little gym once again. Many of the people wore T-shirts that carried the words “Support Cure Advocate; Parkinson’s Disease Awareness.”

The shirts were being sold in the school lobby, which was filled with items for a silent auction. The items included some real gems; footballs, jerseys, photos and other memorabilia autographed by the likes of Adrian Peterson, Joe Mauer, Mike Krzyzewski, Derek Jeter, Johnny Unitas, Kent Hrbek, Fred Hoiberg, George Brett, John Wooden, Rod Carew and on and on.

A raffle and meal was also held to raise funds, with all the money going to National Parkinsons Foundation Minnesota. Fulda boys basketball coach Colby Pack directed the efforts as a way to pay tribute to Harvey and fight the disease. Pack, Slaathaug and assistant boys basketball coach Steve Kellen sparked the idea while watching a volleyball match in early October, and everything came together quickly.

Pack said, “A lot of schools do Coaches vs. Cancer and we said, ‘Why not honor one of our former coaches who has Parkinson’s Disease?’ I’ve done these raffles before; I have a nephew with Down Syndrome and we’ve had auctions so I had a few connections. It’s one of those things where we probably sent 300 letters and 400 emails. It was time-consuming but well worth it.”

The meal was terrific: pulled pork sandwiches, chips and a delightful array of homemade desserts. Free-will donations were made by the hungry diners, and the total amount raised at the event will come to around $12,000.

Fans came to the gym on a wet, snowy night, hung their outerwear on coat racks and packed the place. They bought T-shirts, perused the auction items and wrote down their bids. A steady line moved through the cafeteria. After a moment of silence was observed for the victims of the previous day’s Connecticut school shooting, Fulda senior Mallory Pagel sang a wonderful national anthem.

As the boys teams warmed up, I sat in the bleachers and closed my eyes for a few seconds. The song “Some Nights” by the band Fun was playing on the sound system, accompanied by the squeaks of sneakers and the bouncing of a couple dozen basketballs.

Saturday night, a small-town gym, friends gathering to honor someone who has touched so many lives, teams competing. That’s a perfect combination.

--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 9/23/2019

From the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association.

CLASS 1A
1. Mayer Lutheran (13) - 236
2. Waterville-Elysian-Morristown - 204
3. Minneota (3) - 195
4. Carlton - 164
5. Kenyon-Wanamingo - 157
6. Mabel-Canton - 146
7. Kittson County Central - 124
8. Caledonia - 122
9. Medford - 118
10. BOLD - 85
Others Receiving Votes: Henning - 39, MACCRAY - 23, Canby - 19, Pine River-Backus - 13
Teams only appearing on one ballot: Adrian, Barnesville, Greenway, Lakeview, New Life Academy




Class 2A Volleyball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/23/2019

From the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association.

CLASS 2A
1. Stewartville (11) - 207
2. North Branch - 185
3. Kasson-Mantorville - 174
4. Marshall (3) - 168
5. Concordia Academy - 154
6. SW Christian - 129
7. Belle Plaine - 119
8. Watertown-Mayer - 104
9. New London-Spicer - 98
10. Sauk Centre - 57
Others Receiving Votes: Norwood-Young America - 40, Pequot Lakes - 16
Teams only appearing on one ballot: Annandale, Rockford, Totino-Grace



Class 3A Volleyball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/23/2019

From the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association.

CLASS 3A
1. Eagan (15) - 225
2. Northfield - 210
3. Wayzata - 195
4. Lakeville North - 180
5. East Ridge - 159
6. Lakeville South - 147
7. Shakopee - 138
8. Champlin Park - 76
9. Moorhead - 75
10. Minnetonka - 73
Others Receiving Votes: STMA - 51, New Prague - 25, Eden Prairie - 15
Teams only appearing on one ballot: Woodbury



Class 2A Girls Tennis Individual Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/23/2019

From the Minnesota Tennis Coaches Association.

1 Nicole Copeland (12) Edina
2 Karin Young (10) Eastview
3 Zoe Adkins (10) Maple Grove
4 Delaney Schurhamer (12) Woodbury
5 Nicole Snezhko (12) Robbinsdale Armstrong
6 Selah Stibbins (10) Washburn
7 Aili Hietala (11) Duluth East
8 Sarah Shabaz (9) Minnetonka
9 Nicole Ridenour (10) Roseville
10 Annika Munson (8) Mahtomedi



Class 2A Girls Tennis Team Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/23/2019

From the Minnesota Tennis Coaches Association.

1 Edina
2 Minnetonka
3 Mahtomedi
4 Mounds View
5 Rochester Mayo
6 Elk River
7 Rochester Century
8 Burnsville
9 Duluth East
10 Woodbury



Class 1A Girls Tennis Individual Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/23/2019

From the Minnesota Tennis Coaches Association.

1 Arlina Shen (12) Blake
2 Clare Palen (12) Rochester Lourdes
3 Sonia Baig (11) Blake
4 Avery Stilwell (11) Litchfield
5 Danielle Thorfinnson (12) Minnewaska
6 Bella Suk (10) Blake
7 Elise Bierbaum (11) Litchfield
8 Greta Nesbit (11) Lesueur-Henderson
9 Isabelle Einess (8) Minnehaha Academy
10 Lydia Delich (9) Eveleth-Gilbert



Class 1A Girls Tennis Team Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/23/2019

From the Minnesota Tennis Coaches Association.

1 Blake
2 Breck
3 Rochester Lourdes
4 Virginia
5 Litchfield
6 Blue Earth Area
7 St. James
8 Pequot Lakes
9 Minnewaska
10 Thief River Falls



Hopkins Twins Were Born To Play Volleyball
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/19/2019

As eighth-graders Olivia and Stella Swenson politely introduced themselves to me during volleyball practice Wednesday at Hopkins High School, I smiled and told them that I had written about them before they were born 14 years ago. It was October 2005 and I was writing about high school sports for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Here's how that story began …

Hopkins defeated Edina in a high school volleyball match Tuesday night that lasted 58 minutes. Not that anyone is counting the minutes -- other than Hopkins coach Vicki Swenson. She is ready to give birth to twins. She is more than ready. Just ask her husband, Blake football coach Erik Swenson. "I'll tell you what, she's ready to do anything to have these babies," he said.

It's quite the situation. Two coaches, both in the midst of their seasons, awaiting twins who could arrive any day, any hour. Heck, by the time you read this, 8-year-old Samantha Swenson might no longer be an only child.


The twins were born a few days later. Volleyball fans will recognize Samantha's name. She was an all-state player at Hopkins and a four-time all-American and Big Ten player of the year as a University of Minnesota senior in 2018. She recently left to begin a professional volleyball career in France.

The hometown focus now is shifting to Olivia and Stella, who have – no surprise -- grown up with volleyball. They are varsity starters for the Royals, with Olivia hitting and Stella setting. They attend neighboring North Junior High School and walk to the high school for volleyball practice.

It doesn’t seem so long ago that everyone was awaiting their birth, and now the twins are playing for their mom.

"Life is just a blur and I can't believe they're (varsity players), it's gone so quickly," Vicki said. “I'm still in touch with most of the players that were here when I was pregnant, and we’re all going through the shock of this.”

Vicki and Erik have been very busy parents over the years. In the wake of tragedy, they adopted her sister Teri Lee’s four children; their father was killed in a vehicle accident five years before Teri was murdered in 2006 by an ex-boyfriend who was sentenced to life in prison. The oldest of Teri’s children is now 25 and the household that once held 10 people is down to five; Vicki, Erik, Olivia, Stella and 11-year-ld Eva.

“You just really try to kind of enjoy these last few years,” Vicki said. “It goes so quickly. (The twins) have five summers left at home so we're just going to enjoy every minute of it.”

In the meantime, there is lots of volleyball to be played. This is an especially busy week for the Royals, with matches Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and the Apple Valley Eagle Invitational on Friday and Saturday. The Royals went to the Class 3A state tournament in 2015, 2016 and 2017, with hopes of returning this season.

There are always expectations for any successful program, and when the roster includes children of the coach – not to mention especially young children – that can bring more pressure.

“I think there's always pressure, given their age, when you have younger players playing significant roles on a varsity team,” Vicki said. “There's always pressure on them and it's not always fair. Thankfully their talent speaks for itself. And they can hold their own. I'm really proud of them but they definitely are a known commodity; people know who they are and they better not dare mess up, right? Everybody certainly knows their big sister.”

The twins realize there may be a spotlight on them, but they’re OK with that.

“There's lots of pressure,” Stella said. “And it's the pressure of us trying to prove that we're on the team for a reason. Not just because our parent’s the coach, but that we are on the team because we're good players. We deserve to be on the team. And she just wants the best from us.”

Olivia added, “There's a lot of pressure because she expects us to do well and sometimes we aren't doing as well as we hope to. She helps us get better, she expects a lot of us, but we get the pressure of being the coach's kid.”

Samantha has been a great help to the twins, on the court and off. For years she watched Olivia and Stella play, whether in high school or Junior Olympic seasons. And the rest of the family rarely missed watching Samantha play for the Gophers.

“Going to all her games, I've learned a lot from that,” Olivia said. “And I love how we support each other. She's always there for me, and she's one of my biggest role models in life. I have a lot to look forward to with her being my older sister.”

Stella, who plays the same position as Samantha, said, “It's taught me so much just watching her play in practice. Ever since I remember I've been coming to her practices and watching her set and trying to copy what she does. And she's just a huge role model in my life.”

Growing up in a large household with parents who coached and older siblings involved in sports, Stella and Olivia focused on volleyball from an early age. They really had no choice but to concentrate on the sport they have always loved.

“We were raising five older kids that were all in sports, and we simply didn't know how to add anything else,” Vicki said. “Those two never played T-ball, for gosh sakes, they never played soccer, but they turned out OK.

“They also grew up with the neighborhood kids playing twenty-one, playing lightning, playing everything. As much as we talk about kids being on their phones and tablets, my kids were outside playing and playing hard even though they weren't on an organized team. With older brothers and sisters, they were baseball catchers, they were target practice as goalies, you name it.”

Vicki is sometimes known by her maiden name (Vicki Seliger), which can lead to minor confusion. She recently received an email from a member of the media, inquiring about the two youngsters on the roster and not realizing Vicki was their mom.

“The email said, ‘Do you really have two eighth-graders that start, and are their last names Swenson? Are they sisters? Are they related?’

“It was kind of refreshing,” said the mother of twins.

--See photos of the twins and their coach/mom on the MSHSL Facebook page.

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



Nine-Man Football Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/19/2019

From The Associated Press.

NINE-MAN
School Total Points Prv
1. Mountain Lake Area (4) (3-0) 67 2
2. Verndale (1) (3-0) 58 5
3. LeRoy-Ostrander (2) (3-0) 54 8
4. Mountain Iron-Buhl (3-0) 49 4
5. Hills-Beaver Creek (3-0) 37 7
6. Stephen-Argyle (2-1) 18 6
7. Southland (3-0) 15 10
(tie) Brandon-Evansville (3-0) 15 NR
9. Grand Meadow (2-1) 14 1
10. Renville County West (3-0) 13 NR
Others receiving votes: Fertile-Beltrami 11, Ogilvie 9, Spring Grove 9, Hancock 7, North Central 4, Win-E-Mac 3, Warren-Alvarado-Oslo 2.



Class 1A Football Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/19/2019

From The Associated Press.

CLASS 1A
School Total Points Prv
1. BOLD (4) (3-0) 66 1
2. Mahnomen-Waubun (2) (3-0) 65 2
3. Blooming Prairie (1) (3-0) 57 3
4. United South Central (3-0) 44 5
5. Mayer Lutheran (3-0) 36 6
6. Minneota (3-0) 35 4
7. Springfield (3-0) 32 7
8. Upsala Swanville (3-0) 22 9
9. Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop (3-0) 14 NR
10. Underwood (3-0) 10 NR
Others receiving votes: Braham 4.




Class 2A Football Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/19/2019

From The Associated Press.

CLASS 2A
School Total Points Prv
1. Caledonia (8) (3-0) 80 1
2. Barnesville (3-0) 69 2
3. Redwood Valley (3-0) 56 3
4. Minneapolis North (3-0) 53 4
5. Moose Lake Willow River (3-0) 48 6
6. Paynesville (2-1) 30 8
7. Eden Valley-Watkins (3-0) 25 10
8. West Central Ashby (3-0) 21 9
9. Blue Earth Area (3-0) 18 NR
10. Lewiston-Altura (3-0) 16 NR
Others receiving votes: Pipestone 6, Concordia Academy-Roseville 5, St. Charles 5, Triton 2, Pelican Rapids 2, Crosby-Ironton 2, Chatfield 1, St. Agnes 1.





Class 3A Football Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/19/2019

From The Associated Press.

CLASS 3A
School Total Points Prv
1. Pierz (7) (3-0) 70 1
2. Jackson County Central (3-0) 66 3
3. Albany (3-0) 54 6
4. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (3-0) 53 4
5. Dassel-Cokato (3-0) 45 5
6. Stewartville (3-0) 35 7
7. Aitkin (3-0) 29 8
8. Annandale (3-0) 19 9
9. Cannon Falls (3-0) 18 NR
10. Perham (3-0) 16 10
Others receiving votes: Melrose 10, Fairmont 8, New London-Spicer 7, Minnewaska 4, Breck 3, Waseca 2, Mora 1.





Class 4A Football Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/19/2019

From The Associated Press.

CLASS 4A
School Total Points Prv
1. SMB-Wolfpack (8) (3-0) 80 1
2. Hutchinson (3-0) 72 2
3. Delano (3-0) 54 5
4. Winona (3-0) 51 4
5. Benilde-St. Margaret's (3-0) 48 T3
6. Holy Angels (3-0) 36 6
7. Detroit Lakes (3-0) 30 7
8. Fridley (3-0) 29 8
9. Becker (2-1) 14 9
10. St. Anthony (3-0) 11 NR
Others receiving votes: Marshall 9, Simley 4, Jordan 2.




Class 5A Football Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/19/2019

From The Associated Press.

CLASS 5A
School Total Points Prv
1. Owatonna (7) (3-0) 70 1
2. St. Thomas Academy (3-0) 60 2
3. Elk River (3-0) 53 3
4. Bemidji (3-0) 45 6
5. Robbinsdale Armstrong (3-0) 41 7
6. Chaska (3-0) 37 5
7. Tartan (3-0) 31 8
8. Alexandria (2-1) 18 4
9. Rochester Mayo (3-0) 11 NR
10. Mankato West (2-1) 9 10
Others receiving votes: Minneapolis Southwest 3, Rochester Century 3, Rogers 2, Robbinsdale Cooper 1, Hastings 1.



Class 6A Football Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/19/2019

From The Associated Press.

CLASS 6A
School Total Points Prv
1. Lakeville North (3) (3-0) 48 1
2. Eden Prairie (1) (3-0) 45 2
3. Wayzata (1) (3-0) 39 4
4. St. Michael-Albertville (3-0) 38 3
5. Cretin-Derham Hall (3-0) 29 7
6. Mounds View (3-0) 24 9
7. Farmington (3-0) 19 10
8. Prior Lake (2-1) 13 5
9. Lakeville South (2-1) 7 NR
10. Centennial (2-1) 5 NR
Others receiving votes: Eastview 4, Edina 2, Totino-Grace 1, White Bear Lake 1.



From Nine to Eleven, History Is Made In Underwood
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/16/2019

UNDERWOOD – Chuck Ross, who has been coaching football in Underwood longer than any of the current players have been alive, was a happy man as he stood before a semi-circle of Rockets – the entire varsity roster of 28 boys -- under a full moon a little past 9 p.m. on Friday the 13th.

"That was the first 11-man game ever played on Underwood soil and you guys did exactly what you needed to," Ross said following a 44-8 victory over the Roseau Rams that gave the home team a 3-0 record.

There was no sorcery at work, no witchcraft, no lucky talismans. Just rock-ribbed football based on a tradition of small-town pride and success. And this was indeed a history-making night for the Rockets in their first home game with 11 players on the field. Underwood has been a nine-man football powerhouse, going to state seven times between 1992 and 2015 with Prep Bowl losses to Grand Meadow in 2013 and 2015.

“We've been Nine-Man forever,” Ross, who is in his 22nd season as head coach, had said in a phone conversation a couple days earlier. Long ago, football was a six-man game in Underwood before the nine-player version came into vogue, and beginning this season the school enrollment has bumped the Rockets into 11-man football and Class 1A for the first time.

The game with Roseau was not only historical in Underwood, but it may have completed a four-game series unlike any other in Minnesota history. Beginning with the final game last season (a 12-0 section final loss to Verndale), the Rockets' last four opponents have come from, in order, Nine-Man, Class 1A, Class 2A and Class 3A.

They opened this season with a 46-6 win at 1A Lake Park-Audubon, followed by a 44-18 Week 2 victory at 2A Frazee and Friday’s triumph over 3A Roseau. The remainder of the regular-season opponents will be three teams from Class 1A and two from Class 2A.

“When we started the season I guess we all really didn't know what to expect,” said senior running back Zane Swanson. “I mean, we've been playing nine-man our whole lives. But we all really like it and we transitioned really well into 11-man. I think everything's clicking.”

That was certainly the case Friday night on a field that had been successfully widened from the nine-man width of 40 yards to 53 yards for 11-man. This project involved yanking sawed-off wooden poles out of the Otter Tail County ground and moving them back; a hole has been drilled near the top of each pole to accommodate a rope line that serves as a security perimeter … as if any locals would ever rush the field in anger.

Much more common behavior is how Rockets’ scoring plays are celebrated: by the honking of horns from fans sitting in their vehicles on a small berm overlooking the visitors’ side of the field, a fantastic field that is enhanced by a sharp new scoreboard this year and play clocks behind each end zone.

“Every time you run into somebody, they say they’re proud of what the guys have done so far,” said Ross, who works with three varsity assistant coaches. “We’ve had a lot of support here for football in Underwood.”

Underwood led 16-0 after the first quarter vs. Roseau, with senior quarterback Nik Gardin running for touchdowns of 39 and five yards. He added another touchdown before halftime as the Rockets led 30-8. Tim DeVaney, Chase Janu and Slade Moore scored in the second half. Roseau’s touchdown came on an 11-yard run by junior Ben Olson, a wrestler who went to state last season.

Multisport athletes are the norm in Underwood, with Ross saying nearly all the football players either wrestle or play basketball in the winter. On the football field, the challenge at most small schools is finding enough players to build depth. And adding two more starting positions in the 11-player game is another hurdle. It’s not rare for nine or 10 Underwood players to start on both sides of the ball.

“I really don’t think there’s a huge difference, football still comes down to blocking and tackling,” Ross said. “Right now our biggest problem is finding two extra linemen that we usually don’t have.”

Roseau, which finished 4-6 last year and is 1-2 in 2019, also faces the challenge of having enough athletes; the current team has 37 players.

“To build the program, that's the big thing,” said Rams coach Matt Heddan. “We don't have a high turnout of kids and obviously we need more. We have a lot of young guys this year.”

An additional challenge for Roseau, a Canadian border town, is travel. To play at Underwood, for example, the Rams spent seven hours on a school bus. “And we pass a lot of schools we can compete with that are either a different class or even in our class,” Heddan said.

Ross said having enough athletes, and athletes who can play multiple positions, is crucial to success.

“The formula is you've got to have numerous kids learn a couple different positions,” he said. “That's a big part of it. We've got guys that can play the line and they can play running back. And then the other part is, you’ve got to try to get as many kids out as you can. All of our coaches are in the school and they're constantly saying, ‘Hey, you should be out for football.’ That's the biggest part.”

Underwood will face a stiff test this week when Ada-Borup comes to town. The Class 1A Cougars (2-1 this season) have been to the state playoffs six times in the last decade.

This is Week 4 and the midpoint of the regular season. If there were issues in moving to 11-man football, Underwood is putting them in the past.

“I'm really proud of the team, because if you saw the first two weeks of practice it was pretty ugly, and how far we've grown and overcame, adjusted to everything,” said senior Wyatt Thorson. “I'm very proud of that.”

Gardin said having 11 Rockets on the field now seems natural.

“There was so much hype surrounding it, like everybody was thinking we'd be probably struggling,” he said. “And I think it helps because we've all been playing together since third or fourth grade and we've all stuck together. So I think that helps out. It's still football. We're not overthinking it.”

--To see a photo gallery from the Roseau-Underwood game, go to the MSHSL Facebook page.

--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 9/16/2019

From the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association.

1. Minneota (14) - 238
2. Kenyon-Wanamingo (1) - 211
3. Mayer Lutheran (1) - 210
4. Medford - 186
5. Waterville-Elysian-Morristown - 180
6. Mabel-Canton - 163
7. Caledonia - 131
8. Carlton - 104
9. Henning - 95
10. Barnesville - 59
Others Receiving Votes: Kittson County Central - 35, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton - 17, New Life Academy - 13
Teams only appearing on one ballot: Adrian, Canby, Fosston, Greenway, MACCRAY



Class 2A Volleyball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/16/2019

From the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association.

1. Stewartville (6) - 223
2. North Branch (6) - 222
3. Concordia Academy (2) - 210
4. Marshall (2) - 206
5. Kasson-Mantorville - 171
6. Belle Plaine - 147
7. SW Christian - 138
8. New London-Spicer - 113
9. Watertown-Mayer - 112
10. Pequot Lakes - 84
Others Receiving Votes: Sauk Centre - 27
Teams only appearing on one ballot: Annandale, Holy Angels, Jackson County Central, Redwood Valley



Class 3A Volleyball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/16/2019

From the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association.

1. Eagan (13) - 223
2. Northfield (2) - 212
3. Wayzata - 195
4. Lakeville North - 180
T-5. Lakeville South - 146
T-5. Shakopee - 146
7. East Ridge - 139
8. Champlin Park - 95
9. Moorhead - 82
10. Minnetonka - 44
Others Receiving Votes: STMA - 34, New Prague - 29, Eden Prairie - 23, St. Louis Park - 21
Teams only appearing on one ballot: Hopkins



Class 1A Girls Tennis Individual Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/15/2019

From the Minnesota Tennis Coaches Association.

1 Arlina Shen (12) Blake
2 Clare Palen (12) Rochester Lourdes
3 Sonia Baig (11) Blake
4 Avery Stilwell (11) Litchfield
5 Danielle Thorfinnson (12) Minnewaska
6 Bella Suk (10) Blake
7 Elise Bierbaum (11) Litchfield
8 Greta Nesbit (11) Lesueur-Henderson
9 Ally Agerland (10) Holy Family Catholic
10 Isabelle Einess (8) Minnehaha Academy
10 Lydia Delich (9) Eveleth-Gilbert



Class 1A Girls Tennis Team Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/15/2019

From the Minnesota Tennis Coaches Association.

1 Blake
2 Breck
3 Rochester Lourdes
4 Virginia
5 Litchfield
6 Blue Earth Area
7 St. James
8 Pequot Lakes
9 Minnewaska
10 Thief River Falls



Class 2A Girls Tennis Team Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/15/2019

From the Minnesota Tennis Coaches Association.

1 Edina
2 Minnetonka
3 Mounds View
4 Rochester Mayo
5 Lakeville South
6 Mahtomedi
7 Elk River
8 Rochester Century
9 Eden Prairie
10 Burnsville



Class 2A Girls Tennis Individual Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/15/2019

From the Minnesota Tennis Coaches Association.

1 Nicole Copeland (12) Edina
2 Karin Young (10) Eastview
3 Zoe Adkins (10) Maple Grove
4 Delaney Schurhamer (12) Woodbury
5 Nicole Snezhko (12) Robbinsdale Armstrong
6 Selah Stibbins (10) Washburn
7 Aili Hietala (11) Duluth East
8 Sarah Shabaz (9) Minnetonka
9 Nicole Ridenour (10) Roseville
10 Annika Munson (8) Mahtomedi



A Runner Goes Down, And Help Is Right There
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/12/2019

Jordan Mlsna didn't hesitate, didn’t think twice about helping a fellow athlete who needed assistance. Jordan, a junior at St. Michael-Albertville, stopped running in the middle of a junior varsity cross-country race on Wednesday because someone from another team was in trouble.

A runner from Minnetonka collapsed during the Steve Hoag Invitational in Anoka. Jordan had been running near her and noticed that she was struggling. Jordan first saw the Minnetonka runner take a tumble in a puddle on the wet course and helped her get back on her feet. "I said, ‘Are you OK?’ She got back up and kept running. After that I noticed that she seemed to be having a hard time breathing and I said, ‘It’s OK, you’ve got this, we’re almost there.’ But she was breathing super fast, we got around a bend and she was wobbling.”

Jordan helped guide the runner to the side of the course and had her sit down. “She had been hyperventilating,” Jordan said. “I tried to calm her down. She passed out. I checked for a pulse, it was stable and kind of weak.”

By now an athletic trainer had arrived and took over care. The Minnetonka girl was wearing a heart monitor after having an issue in a previous race. Doctors had cleared her to run but had her wear the monitor in order to gather information about what was happening with her heart. Jordan never finished her race, staying put for 45 minutes or so while an ambulance was called. Other runners also offered assistance and several adults used their jackets to keep the runner warm.

Minnetonka coach Jane Reimer Morgan, learning that one of her runners was still out on the course, started looking for her athlete. Blue is a primary color for both Minnetonka and St. Michael-Albertville, and when Reimer Morgan first saw Jordan, “I thought it was one of my runners. I said to her, ‘What’s your name? You are so kind.’ ”

Later that evening, Jane received a surprise message. Jordan had tracked down the coach’s phone number and texted to see how the Minnetonka runner was doing.

St. Michael-Albertville coach Heather Strait wasn’t immediately aware of all this activity. She noticed that Jordan hadn’t finished the JV race, and someone told her Jordan had stopped to help someone who had gone down.

“That made sense because Jordan is somebody who would stop and help anybody,” Strait said. “She talked to me, we went on with the varsity race, we got on the bus.”

On Thursday, Strait learned much more about Jordan’s act of compassion and sportsmanship. She received an email from the Minnetonka runner’s mother, which read in part …

“As a nurse, and the mother of the child who collapsed, I can say without hesitation that her actions were heroic. Because she didn’t leave my daughter’s side, she was able to give an accurate account of events to both the athletic trainer on-site and the paramedics. Which then resulted in both cardiology and neurology having a clear picture as to what transpired. I feel that it is essential for you to know that her actions did not go unnoticed! She showed unbelievable sportsmanship and astonishing integrity towards a fellow athlete, and that deserves to be recognized! Please let her know that she is the definition of a true athlete! We wish her the very best in the rest of this season and throughout life!”

Jordan had never done anything like this before. “I didn’t think much about it, I was just worried about her,” she said.

Athletically, everything is new at St. Michael-Albertville this fall. The Knights, as well as athletes from Buffalo High School, are brand-new members of the Lake Conference, joining Minnetonka, Edina, Eden Prairie, Hopkins and Wayzata.

After the Knights practiced on Thursday, Strait asked Jordan to offer details from the previous day.

“She said the girl was struggling a little bit, and she felt like she wanted to stay with her and to make sure the girl was OK. Jordan is a very social, very caring girl. This didn’t surprise me at all.”

Strait read the mother’s letter to the entire team, using Jordan’s simple act as an example for everyone. Some of the girls on the team cried upon hearing the touching letter.

“We talked about how we’re kind of new to the Lake Conference and people may be looking at us a little differently,” she said. “We’re getting recognition for having some girls who are fast, but it’s more important to be recognized for character.”

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



Nine-Man Football Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/12/2019

From The Associated Press.

NINE-MAN
1. Grand Meadow
2. Mountain Lake
3. Cromwell
4. Mountain Iron-Buhl
5. Verndale
6. Stephen-Argyle
7. Hills-Beaver Creek
8. Leroy-Ostrander
9. Spring Grove
10. Southland
Others Receiving Votes: Edgerton, Win-E-Mac, Nicollet, Warren-Alvarado-Oslo, Fertile-Beltrami, Kittson County Central, McGregor, Sleepy Eye St. Mary's





Class 1A Football Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/12/2019

From The Associated Press.

CLASS 1A
1. BOLD
2. Mahnomen-Waubun
3. Blooming Prairie
4. Minneota tie
4. United South Central
6. Mayer Lutheran
7. Springfield
8. Polk County West
9. Upsala-Swanville
10. Wabasso
Others Receiving Votes: Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop, Goodhue, Underwood, Murray County Central, Ada-Borup West, Canby




Class 2A Football Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/12/2019

From The Associated Press.

CLASS 2A
1. Caledonia
2. Barnesville
3. Redwood Valley
4. Minneapolis North
5. Pipestone
6. Moose Lake-Willow River
7. Chatfield
8. Paynesville
9. West Central Area
10.Eden Valley-Watkins
Others Receiving Votes: Lewiston-Altura, Pillager, Blue Earth Area, Maple Lake, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, St. Charles




Class 3A Football Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/12/2019

From The Associated Press.

CLASS 3A
1. Pierz
2. Waseca
3. Jackson County Central
4. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton
5. Dassel-Cokato
6. Albany
7. Stewartville
8. Aitkin
9. Annandale tie
9. Perham
Others Receiving Votes: Cannon Falls, Rochester Lourdes, Breck, Minnewaska Area




Class 4A Football Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/12/2019

From The Associated Press.

CLASS 4A
1. SMB-Wolfpack
2. Hutchinson
3. Winona
3. Benilde-St. Margaret's
5. Delano
6. Holy Angels Academy
7. Detroit Lakes
8. Fridley
9. Becker
10.Marshall
Others Receiving Votes: St. Anthony Village, Jordan, Cold Spring Rocori, Simley, Mound-Westonka, Hermantown





Class 5A Football Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/12/2019

From The Associated Press.

CLASS 5A
1. Owatonna
2. St. Thomas Academy
3. Elk River
4. Alexandria
5. Chaska
6. Bemidji
7. Robbinsdale Armstrong
8. Tartan
9. Hastings
10. Mankato West
Others Receiving Votes: Rochester Mayo, Spring Lake Park, Rochester Century



Class 6A Football Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/12/2019

From The Associated Press.

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



Thinking Back To Eighteen Years Ago This Week
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/9/2019

I'll always remember where I was on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. I had an appointment to speak to a class at Bloomington Jefferson High School, and I turned on the radio at home as I was getting dressed for the day.

There was talk of something bad happening in New York City. I turned on the TV in the kitchen and saw a big black smoldering hole in the side of one of the twin towers of the World Trade Center. A plane had apparently struck the building, but nobody knew anything more than that. Before long another aircraft blasted into the other twin tower.

I drove to Bloomington Jefferson, arriving a few minutes early. I listened to the radio in the car for as long as I could and then walked into the school and was escorted to the room where the Sports Literature class was meeting. There were televisions in the classrooms, but because of construction work in the school none of the TVs were working. I told the class everything I had learned from listening to the radio, and then we were all in blackout mode.

After the class period ended, I drove to the Star Tribune building in downtown Minneapolis. Like everyone else in the newsroom, I watched the scenes on television. The Pentagon was on fire … a plane had apparently gone down in Pennsylvania.

Fast-forward a few years and I was back at Jefferson, writing about a memorial stone that had been installed at the school in honor of former Jaguars quarterback Tom Burnett, who died when Flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania. I also wrote about former Blake linebacker Gordy Aamoth, who died in one of the twin towers on Sept. 11. The stadium at Blake now bears his name and a twisted beam from the World Trade Center is on display at the stadium.

In the Sept. 14, 2001, edition of the Star Tribune, I wrote a column under the headline "High school sports can help the healing.” I had spoken with people at Colorado’s Columbine High School as well as Osceolo High School in Wisconsin, where a traffic accident had claimed twin brothers a few weeks before Sept. 11. That column seemed to resonate with readers at the time, and to this day people occasionally will mention it to me. I have heard from a few people who say they saved that column, and they read it every day as Sept. 11 comes around. That is equally touching and humbling.

Here is that column as it appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on Sept. 14, 2001…

High School Sports Can Help The Healing

In the horrible wake of terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, all after-school activities were canceled Tuesday in the Jefferson County (Colo.) School District. This didn't surprise Ed Woytek, the athletic director at Columbine High School.

The day's events hit Columbine hard, especially the senior class. They were freshmen on April 20, 1999, when two students shot and killed 12 students and a teacher before taking their own lives.

"Our coaches and all of us are on kind of a fine line, especially with what happened here previously," Woytek said.

Columbine still is recovering from that day. Recovery also is an ongoing process in Osceola, Wis., where twin brothers Eric and Aaron Kipp, 18, died in a car accident on the way to football practice 30 days ago.

With thousands of innocent people presumed to have perished this week, what do you say? How do you heal? Maybe it's best to listen to the kids. That's among the lessons learned at Columbine and Osceola.

"Pretty much all of them are saying to us, 'We need to be a family,'" Woytek said. "Because that's what happened a few years ago; they got with family. And that's where we need to be, that's where our American people need to be, is with family."

After the Kipp brothers died, football practices were stopped for a short period. But soon, everyone wanted to return -- or try to return -- to some sense of normalcy.

"Very soon, the kids were ready to go back," said Osceola coach/principal Mike McMartin. "They said, 'Coach, I need to keep busy.' And they were right. When we jumped back into it, although they weren't the best practices in the world, there was almost a big sigh of relief that they could start moving forward and take with us all the good things that the boys had shared with us for so many years, instead of thinking about the bad."

Activities went on as scheduled Tuesday in Osceola, the day of the attacks.

"We just really felt during that time it was massively important that we show to the kids, 'Hey, we're going on. We're not going to let these people defeat us or take us off our feet here. We're going to move forward and be proud,'" McMartin said.

At Columbine and Osceola, tragedy struck a specific community of people. This week, tragedy struck us all.

The Columbine Rebels take a 1-1 record into tonight's game at Dakota Ridge. Osceola is 3-0 and the homecoming opponent for rival St. Croix Falls. The games go on, as do our lives.

"Everybody keeps saying we'll never get back to normal, just like our nation will never get back to normal," Woytek said. "But hopefully we're going to get as close to normal as we can."

So if sporting events are part of your normal routine, stick with it. If you haven't been to a high school game in years, tonight would be a wonderful time to go. Get away from the television, escape the headlines. Find a seat in the bleachers and take a break, however temporary, from all that's gone so wretchedly wrong in this world.

Watch the team captains shake hands before the coin flip. Hold your hand over your heart during the national anthem as the flag flutters at half-staff. Bow your head during the moment of silence to honor this week's victims. Get on your feet for the opening kickoff. Watch our young people -- players, cheerleaders, fans -- as they smile, holler and laugh together during this evening that is tradition both athletic and social. Buy popcorn, listen to the band, cheer first downs, simply celebrate.

Maybe administrators at every school can find a recording of God Bless America, and across our states -- Minnesota, Wisconsin, Colorado and beyond -- we'll sing together when the game ends. Just like a family.

--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 9/9/2019

Provided by the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association.

1. Minneota (5) - 215
2. Kenyon-Wanamingo (10) - 214
3. Mayer Lutheran - 193
4. Medford - 184
5. Waterville-Elysian-Morristown - 156
6. Mabel-Canton - 154
7. Caledonia - 122
8. Carlton - 111
9. Henning - 100
10. Barnesville - 30
Others Receiving Votes: New Life Academy - 21, Russel-Tyler-Ruthton - 20, Ada-Borup - 13
Teams only appearing on one ballot: Adrian, Canby, Greenway, Kittson County Central, Walker-Hackensack,Akeley






Class 2A Volleyball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/9/2019

Provided by the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association.

1. North Branch (6) - 215
2. Stewartville (7) - 208
3. Marshall (1) - 194
4. Concordia Academy (1) - 183
5. Kasson-Mantorville - 157
6. SW Christian - 151
7. Belle Plaine - 117
8. New London-Spicer - 111
9. Pequot Lakes - 81
10. Watertown-Mayer - 66
Others Receiving Votes: Sauk Centre - 49, Holy Angels - 12
Teams only appearing on one ballot: Jackson County Central, Lake City, Redwood Valley




Class 3A Volleyball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/9/2019

Provided by the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association.

1. Eagan (14) - 224
2. Northfield (1) - 204
3. Wayzata - 196
4. Lakeville North - 183
5. Lakeville South - 156
6. Shakopee - 138
7. East Ridge - 133
8. Moorhead - 111
9. Champlin Park - 96
10. Hopkins - 61
Others Receiving Votes: Minnetonka - 31, New Prague - 17
Teams only appearing on one ballot: Eden Prairie, STMA, Stillwater, Centennial



Class 1A Girls Tennis Team Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/9/2019

Provided by the Minnesota Tennis Coaches Association.

1 Blake
2 Breck
3 Rochester Lourdes
4 Virginia
5 Litchfield
6 Blue Earth Area
7 St. James
8 Pequot Lakes
9 Minnewaska
10 Thief River Falls




Class 1A Girls Tennis Individual Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/9/2019

Provided by the Minnesota Tennis Coaches Association.

1 Arlina Shen (12) Blake
2 Clare Palen (12) Rochester Lourdes
3 Sonia Baig (11) Blake
4 Bella Suk (10) Blake
5 Avery Stilwell (11) Litchfield
6 Danielle Thorfinnson (12) Minnewaska
7 Elise Bierbaum (11) Litchfield
8 Greta Nesbit (11) Lesueur-Henderson
9 Ally Agerland (10) Holy Family Catholic
10 Jane Spading (11) Rochester Lourdes






Class 2A Girls Tennis Team Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/9/2019

Provided by the Minnesota Tennis Coaches Association.

1 Edina
2 Minnetonka
3 Mounds View
4 Rochester Mayo
5 Lakeville South
6 Lakeville North
7 Mahtomedi
8 Elk River
9 Rochester Century
10 Eden Prairie



Class 2A Girls Tennis Individual Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/9/2019

Provided by the Minnesota Tennis Coaches Association.

1 Nicole Copeland (12) Edina
2 Karin Young (10) Eastview
3 Zoe Adkins (10) Maple Grove
4 Delaney Schurhamer (12) Woodbury
5 Nicole Snezhko (12) Robbinsdale Armstrong
6 Selah Stibbins (10) Washburn
7 Aili Hietala (11) Duluth East
8 Nikki Ridenour (10) Roseville
9 Sarah Shabaz (9) Minnetonka
10 Ashley Tarrolly (11) St. Cloud Tech



The Miraculous Comeback Of Armstrong’s Jake Breitbach
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/5/2019

Ask Jake Breitbach what he has gone through in the last five months and he may reply with this simple statement: "It was kind of miraculous."

The senior quarterback at Robbinsdale Armstrong is not embellishing. It is indeed quite astonishing, if not an absolute medical miracle, that he is on the field this fall. He suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in the Falcons' final game of the basketball season, had surgery on March 27 and was told to forget about his final year of high school football. Yet, there he was five weeks after surgery, taking snaps and tossing darts when the Falcons opened the season on Aug. 29 with a 21-0 victory over Spring Lake Park.

And Thursday night at Hopkins, Breitbach was instrumental in a 37-11 win. He completed 17 of 25 passes for 220 yards and touchdowns of 4 and 42 yards to Thai Bowman. In two games, Breitbach has completed 27 of 42 for 365 yards and five scores (with no interceptions) for the Falcons, who are ranked eighth in this week's Associated Press Class 5A poll.

"I've never been 2-0 in my high school career, so this feels great,” he said.

There may have been a bit of concern when Jake seemed slightly gimpy at one point during Thursday’s game. It wasn’t his knee, thankfully.

“My knee felt really good, I just kind of tweaked my groin,” he said, wearing a big postgame smile. “I'll be fine tomorrow.”

Breitbach took off running – of his own volition -- during the Falcons’ opening drive; he finished with two carries for 10 yards.

“We’re being very safe with him, and a big part of his game is running,” coach Jack Negen said. “So when we call run stuff for him, he’s dynamic. He's campaigning (to run more).”

In his third year as a starter, Breitbach now wears a knee brace as a precaution. That sure is a better scenario than standing on the sidelines as a spectator.

Negen was in the gym when Jack was hurt during a playoff loss to Wayzata, and “My heart was in my stomach,” he said.

“When it happened I just kind of figured that was it. I was hoping there would be a way we could at least suit him up and have him come out and be with us, just be a part of the team. He’s been such a huge part of our program.”

Breitbach, who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 185 pounds, had a strong junior season. He threw for 18 touchdowns and ran for 15, completing 120 of 227 passes for 1,703 yards and rushing 147 times for 885 yards.

“He's the only high school kid that I've seen who knows how to run an RPO (run-pass option) correctly,” said Hopkins coach John DeHartog. “He has the maturity that you need to be able to do that correctly. Not many kids possess that.

“He's a great athlete and he's a great kid. I'm wishing him the best and it's a neat story.”

To say Jake is excited about his once-in-doubt senior season is an understatement. Armstrong has eight offensive starters back and six on defense. The Falcons went 4-5 last season, losing in the opening round of the Class 6A playoffs before moving to 5A this season.

“We're good,” he said. “We have lots of potential. If we just play the way I know we can, it's going to be hard to stop us.”

That's quite a turnaround from the bleak initial prognosis about his recovery period.

“The doctor was like, ‘This is around 10 months, that's where it usually is. Maybe less, maybe more.’ He said, ‘No football.’ That was pretty sad.”

For the first couple of months after surgery, Jake was unable to do anything physical until beginning physical therapy twice a week.

“And at first, it was just normal. But then I realized I was progressing pretty quickly,” he said. “At that point we hadn't really talked about timelines, but I was assuming football was out and I would try and get back for basketball season. After a while we started talking about going to the surgeon to see where I'm at. And that was when he said, ‘You know, maybe you do have a shot at playing football.’ And that was pretty exciting.”

He was given the OK to play a few days before the season opener. With an offer from Bemidji State already in hand, Breitbach is hoping to attract additional attention from college coaches.

“He’s spectacular,” Negen said. “I’ve been coaching for 26 years and it’s fair to say he’s the best quarterback I’ve ever coached, because of all the intangibles. There are guys who might have a better arm, though he’s really good there. It’s the ‘It’ factor; he’s confident, he plays fast, he’s competitive, he’s fun, he treats all the kids great. He’s spectacular. I’ve never seen one better.”

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



  • Nine-Man Football Rankings
    Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/5/2019

    From the Associated Press.

    NINE-MAN
    School Total Points
    1. Grand Meadow (1) (1-0) 27
    2. Spring Grove (2) (1-0) 26
    3. Mountain Lake Area (1-0) 23
    4. Stephen-Argyle (1-0) 22
    5. Cromwell (1-0) 19
    (tie) Mountain Iron-Buhl (1-0) 19
    7. Verndale (1-0) 15
    8. NCE-UH (1-0) 11
    9. Goodridge-Grygla-Gatzke (1) (0-1) 10
    10. Hills-Beaver Creek (1-0) 9
    (tie) Lanesboro (1-0) 9
    Others receiving votes: LeRoy-Ostrander 8, Wheaton-Herman-Norcross 6, Cook County 5, Ely 4, Win-E-Mac 3, South Ridge 2, Badger-Greenbush-Middle River 1, Fertile-Beltrami 1.



    Class 1A Football Rankings
    Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/5/2019

    From the Associated Press.

    CLASS 1A
    School Total Points
    1. BOLD (2) (1-0) 47
    2. Blooming Prairie (1) (1-0) 39
    3. Ottertail Central (1-0) 30
    4. Mahnomen-Waubun (2) (1-0) 28
    5. Minneota (1-0) 20
    6. United South Central (1-0) 16
    (tie) Springfield (1-0) 16
    (tie) Springfield-Comfrey (1-0) 16
    9. Mayer Lutheran (1-0) 15
    10. Deer River (1-0) 12
    (tie) Polk County West (1-0) 12
    Others receiving votes: Martin County West 6, Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop 6, Adrian-Ellsworth 4, Red Lake 4, Goodhue 3, Red Lake County 3, Underwood 2, Upsala-Swanville 2, New York Mills 1.



    Class 2A Football Rankings
    Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/5/2019

    From the Associated Press.

    CLASS 2A
    School Total Points
    1. Caledonia (5) (1-0) 50
    2. Minneapolis North (1-0) 33
    3. Paynesville (1-0) 30
    4. Redwood Valley (1-0) 28
    (tie) Barnesville (1-0) 28
    6. Chatfield (1-0) 19
    7. Moose Lake-Willow River (1-0) 16
    8. Pipestone (1-0) 15
    9. West Central-Ashby (1-0) 8
    (tie) Dover-Eyota (0-1) 8
    (tie) Maple Lake (1-0) 8
    Others receiving votes: Blue Earth Area 7, St. Charles 6, New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva 5, Pillager 4, Crookston 4, Lewiston-Altura 4, Eden Valley-Watkins 1, LeSueur-Henderson 1.




    Class 3A Football Rankings
    Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/5/2019

    From the Associated Press.

    CLASS 3A
    School Total Points
    1. Rochester Lourdes (3) (1-0) 49
    2. Waseca (1) (1-0) 39
    3. Pierz (2) (1-0) 37
    4. Jackson County Central (1-0) 32
    5. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (1-0) 29
    6. Dassel-Cokato (1-0) 19
    (tie) Albany (1-0) 19
    8. Annandale (1-0) 18
    9. Cannon Falls (1-0) 14
    10. Perham (1-0) 12
    Others receiving votes: Minnewaska 11, Breck 11, Richfield 10, Mora 6, Pequot Lakes 5, Rockford 5, Stewartville 4, Luverne 4, Pine Island 3, Aitkin 2, Esko 2, East Grand Forks 1.




    Class 4A Football Rankings
    Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/5/2019

    From the Associated Press.

    CLASS 4A
    School Total Points
    1. SMB-Wolfpack (6) (1-0) 60
    2. Hutchinson (1) (1-0) 53
    4. Winona (1-0) 37
    5. Benilde-St. Margaret's (1-0) 23
    6. Holy Angels (1-0) 21
    7. Delano (1-0) 20
    8. Becker (1-0) 19
    9. Detroit Lakes (1-0) 15
    10. Fridley (1-0) 13
    (tie) Cloquet (1-0) 13
    Others receiving votes: St. Anthony 12, Marshall 10, Mound-Westonka 6, Mankato East 6, Jordan 5, Hill-Murray 5, Albert Lea 4, Big Lake 3, Chisago Lakes 3, DeLaSalle 3, Rocori 3, Fergus Falls 2, Red Wing 1, Simley 1.




    Class 5A Football Rankings
    Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/5/2019

    From the Associated Press.

    CLASS 5A
    School Total Points
    1. Owatonna (6) (1-0) 60
    2. St. Thomas Academy (1-0) 48
    3. Elk River (1-0) 46
    4. Alexandria (1-0) 30
    (tie) Mankato West (1-0) 30
    6. Chaska (1-0) 21
    7. Bemidji (1-0) 19
    8. Robbinsdale Armstrong (1-0) 11
    9. Irondale (1-0) 10
    (tie)Hastings (1-0) 10
    Others receiving votes: Waconia 9, Chanhassen 9, Tartan 8, Cambridge-Isanti 7, Robbinsdale Cooper 5, Moorhead 4, Rochester Mayo 2, Spring Lake Park 2.



    Class 6A Football Rankings
    Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/5/2019

    From the Associated Press.

    CLASS 6A
    School Total Points
    1. Eden Prairie (2) (1-0) 38
    (tie) Lakeville North (2) (1-0) 38
    3. St. Michael-Albertville (1-0) 28
    4. Wayzata (1-0) 27
    5. Lakeville South (1-0) 22
    6. Prior Lake (1-0) 14
    7. Cretin-Derham Hall (1-0) 11
    8. Eastview (1-0) 9
    9. Edina (1-0) 8
    (tie) Champlin Park (1-0) 8
    Others receiving votes: Mounds View 7, White Bear Lake 7, Farmington 2, Shakopee 1.



    Boys Basketball Coaches Announce 2019 Hall of Fame Class
    Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/4/2019

    The Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association has named four men who will be inducted into the MBCA Hall of Fame on October 26th. The purpose of the MBCA Hall of Fame is to give special recognition to the people of Minnesota who have made significant contributions to promote high school basketball in the state via their achievements and service.

    The 2019 inductees are:

    Tim Anderson – Maple River/Mankato Loyola/Mankato West
    Jim MacDonald – Fridley
    Dave Montbriand – Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa
    Dave Thorson – DeLaSalle

    The induction ceremonies will be held at the MBCA Hall of Fame Luncheon on Saturday, October 26, 2:00 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis.

    Tim Anderson began his coaching career at Elmore HS; returning to his alma mater as the Head Boys Basketball coach following his college graduation. After one year at Elmore, he moved to Minnesota Lake where he served as an assistant coach for 8 years (Minnesota Lake joined Maple River in 1989). During his tenure as an assistant coach, the Eagles earned a State Tournament title in 1992-93 followed by a State Tournament berth in 1993-94. Tim assumed the lead reins of the Maple River program in 1994. During the course of his 14 seasons at the helm of the program he led the Eagles to ten Valley Conference crowns, and Section titles with State Tournament Appearances in 2006, 2007- state runner-up, and 2008- state third place. Coach Anderson "retired” after the 2008 season but returned to the hardwood in 2009 as the Head Girls coach at Maple River. In 2010, he accepted the position of Head Boys coach at Mankato Loyola where he coached for six years followed by a one year stint at Mankato West. He finished his career with an overall mark of 408-168. Tim was recognized by his peers as Section Coach of the Year in 2006 and 2008 and Minnesota Class AA State Coach of the Year in 2007. He served as a member of the MBCA Executive Board, including MBCA President, and coached in the MBCA All Star Series. His coaching career off the hardwood included 18 years as Head Coach of the Maple River girls' tennis program- earning State Coach of the Year honors in 2007. Since 2017 Coach Anderson has served as an Assistant Coach for the Waseca Bluejays, led by his son Seth.

    Jim MacDonald’s coaching career spans 32 years- starting as an Assistant Coach at Fridley in 1988. After a one year stint as an assistant coach, “Mac” assumed the reins of the Tigers boys basketball program in 1988 and the 2019-20 season will be his 32nd season leading the Tigers. Under his tutelage and leadership, the Fridley hoopsters have earned multiple conference titles and won Section championships with State Tournament berths in 2002 and 2016. Coach MacDonald has been recognized by his peers with multiple Conference Coach of the Year honors and being named Section Coach of the Year four times. He is a member of the 400 wins club and enters the 2019-20 season with an overall record of 410-345 as a head coach. In addition to coaching basketball, Coach MacDonald also coached track for 15 years at Fridley, including 10 years as the Head Coach. He led the Tigers to four conference titles and a Section championship with a state runner-up finish. He earned Conference Coach of the Year, three times, and Section Coach of the Year honors twice, while coaching track. Jim serves on the MBCA Academic All State Committee and participated as a coach in the MBCA All Star Series.

    Dave Montbriand’s basketball coaching career at BBE spanned 29 years- starting as an Assistant Coach at Brooten in 1985. In 1990, he was offered and accepted the position as Head Basketball Coach of the merged Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa school district. Dave served two stints leading BBE Boys hoops- 1991-2005 and 2009-2014. Under his tutelage and leadership, the Jaguars earned six Central Minnesota conference titles and captured Section 6A/5A championships with State Tournament appearances in 2011, 2012, and 2014. The 2011 BBE squad finished as Minnesota Class A runner-ups and the 2012 and 2014 Jaguars garnered Minnesota Class A State Championship honors. The Jaguars State Tournament teams compiled an overall record of 121-4. From 2009-2014, BBE was virtually unbeatable at home, 71 consecutive wins including 70 consecutive CMC conference victories. Montbriand was recognized by his peers as Section Coach of the Year five times and Minnesota Class A State Coach of the Year in 2012. He finished his career as a head coach with an overall mark of 388-171. In addition to coaching boys basketball, Coach Montbriand coached football, baseball (Head and Assistant), girls basketball, and junior high boys basketball. Dave retired from teaching and coaching junior high basketball at BBE at the conclusion of the 2017-18 school year. He coached JV Basketball for Canterbury HS in Fort Myers, Florida in 2018-19.

    Dave Thorson began his coaching career as an assistant at the University of South Dakota in 1989 and the Minnesota Gophers from 1990-94. After five years coaching college hoops, Dave moved from Williams Arena to Nicollet Island and began his high school coaching career as the Head Basketball Coach at DeLaSalle High School. During the course of the next 23 seasons, he led the Islanders to nine State Championships, including six consecutive-2012-2017. The nine state titles are the most by a coach in state history and the six year championship streak is unmatched in state history. Overall, his Islander squads won 13 Section titles and State Tournament berths and 20 Tri-Metro Conference crowns. His teams amassed an overall record of 527-130, a winning percentage of 81%. The 1998-2002 Islanders won 72 consecutive games. Coach Thorson is a 12 time recipient of MBCA Section Coach of the Year honors and was named Minnesota AAA Coach of the year four times- 2005, 2006, 2016, and 2017. Thorson served as a member of the MBCA Executive Board. Dave represented Minnesota basketball on the national and international scene as a coach and clinician for USA Basketball and Nike. In addition to his legendary coaching career, he also served as the DeLaSalle Vice-President of Development. Coach Thorson returned to the college coaching ranks after the 2017 campaign and is currently in his second season as the lead assistant at Colorado State University.



    Class 2A Girls Tennis Individual Rankings
    Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/4/2019

    From the Minnesota Tennis Coaches Association.

    1 Nicole Copeland (12) Edina
    2 Karin Young (10) Eastview
    3 Zoe Adkins (10) Maple Grove
    4 Delaney Schurhamer (12) Woodbury
    5 Nicole Snezhko (12) Robbinsdale Armstrong
    6 Selah Stibbins (10) Washburn
    7 Aili Hietala (11) Duluth East
    8 Ashley Tarrolly (11) St. Cloud Tech
    9 Nikki Ridenour (10) Roseville
    10 Sarah Shabaz (9) Minnetonka



    Class 2A Girls Tennis Team Rankings
    Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/4/2019

    From the Minnesota Tennis Coaches Association.

    1 Edina
    2 Minnetonka
    3 Mounds View
    4 Rochester Mayo
    5 Eastview
    6 Lakeville South
    7 Lakeville North
    8 Elk River
    9 Mahtomedi
    10 Rochester Century



    Class 1A Girls Tennis Individual Rankings
    Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/4/2019

    From the Minnesota Tennis Coaches Association.

    1 Arlina Shen (12) Blake
    2 Clare Palen (12) Rochester Lourdes
    3 Sonia Baig (11) Blake
    4 Bella Suk (10) Blake
    5 Avery Stilwell (11) Litchfield
    6 Danielle Thorfinnson (12) Minnewaska
    7 Elise Bierbaum (11) Litchfield
    8 Greta Nesbit (11) Lesueur-Henderson
    9 Ally Agerland (10) Holy Family Catholic
    10 Jane Spading (11) Rochester Lourdes



    Class 1A Girls Tennis Team Rankings
    Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/4/2019

    From the Minnesota Tennis Coaches Association.

    1 Blake
    2 Breck
    3 Rochester Lourdes
    4 Virginia
    5 Litchfield
    6 Blue Earth Area
    7 St. James
    8 Pequot Lakes
    9 Minnewaska
    10 Thief River Falls



    Class 1A Volleyball Rankings
    Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/4/2019

    From the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association.

    CLASS 1A
    1. Kenyon-Wanamingo (11) - 187
    2. Minneota (2) - 179
    3. Mayer Lutheran - 168
    4. Medford - 161
    5. Waterville-Elysian-Morristown - 136
    6. Mabel-Canton - 135
    7. Caledonia - 103
    8. Carlton - 88
    9. Ada-Borup - 85
    10. Henning - 71
    Others Receiving Votes: Barnesville - 13, Canby - 12, Adrian - 10, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton - 9, New Life Academy - 8




    Class 2A Volleyball Rankings
    Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/4/2019

    From the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association.

    CLASS 2A
    1. Stewartville (13) - 207
    2. North Branch (1) - 197
    3. Marshall - 175
    4. Concordia Academy - 159
    5. Kasson-Mantorville - 146
    6. Belle Plaine - 141
    7. SW Christian - 129
    8. Pequot Lakes - 106
    9. Sauk Centre - 76
    10. New London-Spicer - 51
    Others Receiving Votes: Watertown-Mayer - 43, Lake City - 14, Glencoe-Silver Lake - 7, Albany - 6




    Class 3A Volleyball Rankings
    Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 9/4/2019

    From the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association.

    CLASS 3A
    1. Eagan (13) - 195
    2. Lakeville South - 176
    3. Wayzata - 170
    4. Lakeville North - 159
    5. East Ridge - 133
    6. Champlin Park - 94
    7. Northfield - 89
    8. Moorhead - 71
    9. STMA - 52
    10. Hopkins - 40
    Others Receiving Votes: Minnetonka - 36, Shakopee - 33, North St. Paul - 32, Stillwater - 26, New Prague - 21, Prior Lake - 15, Hutchinson - 9, Robbinsdale Armstrong - 8



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