|Representative Assembly approves three bylaw amendments
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. --- The Minnesota State High School Leagueâs Representative Assembly approved three bylaw amendments during its annual meeting on Monday, May 13, 2019 at the Radisson Hotel in Brooklyn Center.
Forty-two of the 48 members of the Representative Assembly were present, and all voted unanimously in favor of approving three proposed amendments to Bylaw 111 Transfer and Residence that expands opportunities for high school participants.
One amendment provides the chance for international students to take part in MSHSL sponsored athletics at the junior varsity level or lower for more than the current one year. The other two amendments simplify the application of varsity ineligibility in the case of multiple transfers by a student athlete, and also expanded definitions in the provision for varsity eligibility for a one-time transfer between separated parents.
âAll three amendments brought before the Rep Assembly were focused on the common theme of doing what is best for kidsâ experiences and opportunities,â said Eastview activities director Matt Percival, a member of the Representative Assembly representing Region 3AA. âThe overwhelming positive support for each amendment showed that regardless of school size or location, these bylaws attempt to address the current realities of student experiences.â
The Minnesota State High School League provides educational opportunities for students through interscholastic athletic and fine arts programs and provides leadership and support for member schools.
Education and Leadership for a Lifetime
|Notice of Position Opening
Position: Fulltime Director of Technology, Minnesota State High School League
The Minnesota State High School League is seeking a visionary and effective director to manage internal technology functions, lead staff in improved technology skills, provide a dynamic and comprehensive website for all users, ensure a secure and productive infrastructure and improve our technical service to member schools, administrators, coaches, and officials. This position is a full-time, onsite, administrative position. Minimal travel required for conferences, workshops, and tournaments. Applications accepted beginning immediately through May 31, 2019.
â˘ Serve as the Information Technology Director with overall responsibility for all aspects of League technology and the MSHSL Website.
â˘ Engage employees and important stakeholders in strategic planning for all aspects of our technology services with a focus on performance, customer satisfaction, efficiency, cost-effectiveness,
â˘ Responsible for management of League data including managing updates, back-ups, and archives.
â˘ Communicate effectively with staff members, programming staff, and member schools regarding all aspects of technology.
â˘ Lead the redesign of the MSHSL Website to increase effectiveness for all users including a mobile friendly platform.
â˘ Determine the requirements for IT systems, based on the needs of member schools, coaches, officials, and League Staff members and implement new technology solutions to meet the identified needs.
â˘ Design a technology training plan for all League Staff to grow technology skills and increase efficiency and effectiveness.
â˘ Provide technical support and troubleshoot technology issues for staff members and member schools.
â˘ Partner and monitor program service providers in meeting the needs of our tournaments, staff and member schools.
â˘ Monitor and maintain network infrastructure, including switches, firewalls, wireless access systems and cabling.
â˘ Other duties as may be assigned by the Executive Director.
â˘ Minimum of a BA or BS degree with evidence of continuing education. Additional certifications or degrees are desired.
â˘ Demonstrated experience in articulating technology program needs and concerns and developing strategic plans.
â˘ Experience and expertise using Windows platform and servers.
â˘ Demonstrated expertise in the creation, improvement, and management of websites.
â˘ Excellent written and oral communication skills in small and large group settings.
â˘ High proficiency and ability to train staff in desktop applications and effective use of technology.
â˘ Demonstrated ability to plan, administer and evaluate technology productivity and efficiency.
â˘ Evidence of collaborative approach to increasing effectiveness of an organization through improved technology and staff skills.
Salary and Benefits
â˘ Medical, dental, term life, and disability insurance, sick leave, vacation and other work related benefits.
â˘ 403(b) retirement plan.
â˘ Salary commensurate with professional qualifications, experience, and comparable positions in similar non-profit entities.
â˘ Other benefits as may be provided by the Board of Directors.
â˘ A one-page letter of interest in MSHSL employment.
â˘ A comprehensive resume detailing technology skills and certifications, experiences with multiple platforms, responsibilities, and clients.
â˘ Evidence of leadership of teams and/or departments.
â˘ Specific information relative to the candidateâs development of organizational efficiencies, management and/or creation of website, content, and desire to continue personal growth. Provide examples of collaboration with colleagues, presentations or trainings at educational and technology seminars or similar workshops.
â˘ The names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three persons who can speak about the candidateâs skills in fulfilling the primary responsibilities of this position.
Announcement of position opening --- May 3, 2019
Deadline for receiving applications --- May 31, 2019
Announce selection of Director --- June 20, 2019
Begin Employment --- ASAP
For additional information, please access mshsl.org or contact Erich Martens, Executive Director, Minnesota State High School League, 2100 Freeway Blvd., Brooklyn Center, MN 55430-1735
Information requested for this position may be submitted to email@example.com
|2019 Golf Postseason Scoring
Welcome to the Minnesota State High School League's boys and girls golf section and state tournaments!
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Enjoy the tournaments!
|2019 Summer Radio Tour
The Minnesota State High School League will again host informational meetings this summer with its Radio Partners at four locations in greater Minnesota.
The meetings begin at 10 a.m. The League looks forward to visiting with you then!
Monday, June 17
New Ulm High School
1600 Oak Street
New Ulm, MN 56073
Tuesday, June 18
Fergus Falls High School
61 East Randolph Avenue
Fergus Falls, MN 56537
Monday, June 24
Brainerd High School
702 South 5th Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Tuesday, June 25
Hibbing High School
800 East 21st Street
Hibbing, MN 55746
|2019-20, 2020-21 Section Assignments
Below this message, you will find a link to the Competitive Section Assignments for 2019-20 & 2020-21 school years. The link will take you to a landing page where you will find the following:
Competitive Sections â There are 3 menus at the top that are universal to both the list and the map; 1. Activities, 2. Year, and 3. Schools. To view the section assignments for 2019-20 & 2020-21, make sure the year drop down menu in the middle says â2019-2020, 2020-2021â. You will need to click on the â+â sign to expand any of the lists below to view all the schools within a section.
1. The Activities menu will allow you to see a list of all schools that are registered in that activity
2. The school menu will allow you to see where that school is listed in the activity you have selected.
3. If you leave the school the same and change activities to âActivitiesâ. You will see a list of all the activities that the school is registered for and what section they are in.
4. You can drill down even more if you want to look at a section or class in an activity be using the controls just underneath the drop-down menus.
Section Map â The same menus and control listed above are also available on the map.
1. Select an activity first and make sure 2019-2020, 2020-2021 is selected in the year menu.
2. You can find a school by selecting it in the âSchoolâ Menu. It will show on the map with all the locations of the schools in that section. The school you selected shows larger than others.
3. Note that the school locations have a number on them. This identifies the classification not the section.
4. Section locations are hosted on the side of the maps. The number indicates how many are in each section and is located above the number of the section
5. You can drill down even more if you want to look at a certain section in a class by using the controls below the menus at the top.
6. One additional control on the map is the âShow Coop Teamsâ. By selecting this you will see additional schools that are in a coop but not the Host School. You will also notice gray arrows starting with the host school and pointing to each additional school in the coop.
|2019 Adapted Bowling State Tournament Recap
Team, individual and doubles championships were earned on Friday, May 17 when the Minnesota State High School Leagueâs Adapted Bowling State Tournament was held at Bowlero in Brooklyn Park.
ZED, a co-op of Hayfield, Blooming Prairie and Kasson-Mantorville won a team crown in the ASD Division while Mankato East (CI Division) and North St. Paul (PI Division) also won team titles in the tournament that was celebrating its 20th season.
Two seventh-graders, Mahtomediâs Kari Commander and Mankato Eastâs Cordelia Emery won individual championships in their first season of varsity eligibility. Simley junior Thomas Juneau won a singles championship and teamed to win a doubles crown.
Here is a recap of the state tournament:
In the PI Division, Mahtomedi seventh-grader Kari Commander captured the gold medal with a dominating score of 502. That was 59 pins more than Aaliyah Novack, a seventh-grader from Simley High School in Inver Grove Heights. Commander was the top qualifier entering the state tournament. Houston eighth-grader Mackenzie Zibrowski was third at 440. Simleyâs Michelle Aguirre, an eighth-grader, was fourth with a score of 438, one pin more than St. Peter junior Emma Soderlund.
In the CI Division, Mankato Eastâs Cordelia Emery, a seventh-grader, had a 10-pin victory over runner-up Molly Thompson, a junior from Mahtomedi. Emery rolled a combined score of 468. Cambridge-Isanti senior Desi Miller was third in the division with a score of 443, two pins better than Minneapolis North senior DaShantae Curry. St. Michael-Albertville eighth-grader Peyton Libby was fifth at 438.
In the ASD Division, Princeton freshman Victoria Greenway rolled to the gold medal with a combined score of 463. That was 31 pins better than Alexandria Area seventh-grader Lizzie Floden, who was runner-up at 432. Greenway placed third during the 2018 state tournament. Monticello senior Ciara Aydt was third at 414 and Alexandria Area junior Mercedes Nelson was fourth at 404. Monticello junior Darla Aleckson was one pin back in fifth at 403.
In the PI Division, Simley junior Thomas Juneau grabbed the blue-ribboned gold medal with a combined score of 482. He placed third during the 2018 state tournament. St. Paul Highland Park sophomore Nicholas Silvester was runner-up at 466. East Grand Forks sophomore Cole Pulkrabek, the top qualifier entering the tournament, placed third with a score of 459. Anoka-Hennepin eighth-grader Samuel Brasgall was fourth at 450 and first-time participant Cory Feesl, a seventh-grader from Open World Learning, was fifth at 448.
In the CI Division, Anoka-Hennepin eighth-grader Nicholas Bauch emerged as the state champion with a score of 479. He had the 15th best qualifying score entering the state tournament. Austinâs Damian Songkam, a freshman, was runner-up 23 pins back. Moorhead seventh-grader Kaiden Oye was third in his first state tournament with a score of 450. Mankato East junior Anthony Jefferson was fourth at 443 and St. Peter junior Mason Doherty was fifth, three pins back.
In the ASD Division, East Grand Forks eighth-grader Evan Meulebroek, who entered the tournament with the 25th best qualifying score, shared the championship with St. Paul Como Park freshman Walter White. Both rolled scores of 457. White had the 30th best qualifying score entering the event. St. Paul Highland Park sophomore Bryan Flynn was third at 441 while Anoka-Hennepin freshman Carter Knutson and teammate Braden Peterson, a sophomore, shared fourth place with a score of 432.
In the PI Division, Juneau and teammate Dallas Filek, a junior, won the championship with a convincing 37-pin victory. The duo were runner-ups during the 2018 state tournament. Simley senior Emily Rettinger and sophomore Brianna Richter were second this season with a score of 924. That duo won the doubles crown in 2018. Simley completed the sweep of two three finishes when freshman Michelle Aguirre and seventh-grader Aaliyah Novak were third with a score of 919.
In the CI Division, Minneapolis North seniors DaShantae Curry and CashmoâNaey Coleman captured the championship with a score of 921. That was 16 pins better than Moorhead eighth-grader Ted Pasche and Nicholas Knight, a sophomore, who rolled a 905. Anoka-Hennepin junior Ken Bureau and senior Brennan Phetdara were third with an 871.
In the ASD Division, St. Paul Como Park sophomore Ethan Johnson and Victoria Jefferson, a senior, won the title with a combined score of 909. Nine pins back were Monticello seniors Lucas Rowen and Ciara Aydt. St. Paul Highland Parkâs Bryan Flynn, a sophomore, and senior Fwjchim Vang were third at 897.
North St. Paul, which featured a lineup with a bowler in each of the top four grades, won the PI Division team title with a combined score of 1,594. That was 37 pins better than runner-up, Wayzata/Minnetonka. The Polarsâ victorious lineup was compiled of freshman Kojo Dadie, sophomore Kathleen Hubert, junior Max LeMay and senior Debie Morales-Campos. Minneapolis South was third at 1,541.
In the CI Division, it was a three-way battle of Mankato East teams as all three finished in the top three. The group of freshmen Julio Esquival, Wren Eccles, Hunter Carlsgaard and sophomore Konnor Wojcik won with a combined score of 1,653 pins. In second, just eight pins behind was the squad of seventh-grader Cordelia Emery, junior Samantha Seifert, eighth-grader Kodie Bakke and freshman Mason Ferrero.
In the ASD Division, ZED won the team championship with a 10-pin victory over Mankato East. ZED compiled a score of 1,625 behind seventh-grader Braden Klauer, eighth-grader Alex Saunders and seniors David Lomker and Justice Barnes. Mankato East was second at 1,615, followed by North Branch at 1,607.
|2019 Robotics State Tournament
Badger, Warroad, and Frazee-Vergas claim robotics state title
Badger, Warroad and Frazee-Vergas formed the winning alliance at the 2019 Robotics State Tournament. It was the second consecutive and overall title Frazee-Vergas, the second overall for Warroad, and the first for Badger. Warroad earned its first championship in 2017.
The alliance of Duluth Denfeld, Westbrook-Walnut Grove, and Math & Science Academy of Woodbury took runner-up honors. Westbrook-Walnut Grove was making its first tournament appearance.
The finals went to three matches this year. The Badger, Warroad, Frazee-Vergas alliance lost the first match 82-80, but then bounced back to win the next two 75-72 and 90-75, respectively.
The alliance of Irondale of New Brighton, Greenbush-Middle River, and Breck School of Golden Valley claimed third-place honors. The Gators of Greenbush-Middle River were in the hunt for their second consecutive title. They won with Eden Valley-Watkins and Frazee-Vergas in 2018.
This seasonâs game was called FIRSTÂŽ DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE. In the game, presented by The Boeing Company, we joined two competing alliances collecting samples on the planet Primus. In the first 2:30, a sandstorm limited driver visibility so robots independently followed pre-programmed instructions or were operated by a human driver via video. In the second 2:15, the sandstorm cleared and human operators took control of their robots. In both segments of the game, points were earned by preparing the rockets and cargo ship with hatch panels and loading cargo pods into the rockets and cargo ships. Additional points were earned by deploying and then returning the robots safely to the allianceâs habitat.
|An Unforgettable Week, Filled With Unforgettable Memories|
|Posted by John Millea (firstname.lastname@example.org) - Updated 5/18/2019
|Anyone who is heavily involved in Minnesota high school activities can tell you a solid truth: These things are special; I have occasionally referred to them as sacred, because of the lessons they teach and the countless positives they produce.
On Saturday afternoon, after a busy week attending a wide-ranging variety of events, I saw something that, maybe oddly, tied some sort of psychological ribbon around this entire endeavor. I was attending the MSHSL robotics state championships at Williams Arena. It is an unbelievably good time, with big crowds cheering for their hometown teams, kids dancing, music playing, lights flashing, and students doing amazing things with their robots.
This is also the time of year when school activities sometimes interfere with end-of-the-school-year events. For robotics team members from Math and Science Academy in Woodbury, it's become habit to wear their formal prom attire while tuning up and operating their robots, then racing to the prom afterwards. Saturday, boys wore suits and girls wore gowns. This is nothing really new at robotics, but something jumped out at me Saturday when I saw one of the Math and Science girls on her knees, working on the Fighting Calculators' robot (yes, that's the team name).
I could see the soles of her shoes ... more correctly, her boots, which carried the manufacturer's name. I posted a Tweet with a photo and this message: "If you had 'Girl in prom dress wearing Harley Davidson boots and repairing a robot' on your bingo card, you win."
It so summed up what our kids do, in all sports and activities, and capped a tremendous week. The week began with the MSHSL's 48-member Representative Assembly meeting Monday morning to weigh several bylaw changes (which they approved). Tuesday evening, a first-time event was held at Tartan High School in Oakdale to recruit graduating seniors and current college students as officials.
Thursday in Wheaton, out on the South Dakota border, the track coach at Wheaton/Herman-Norcross, John Tauber, was honored for 50 years of coaching that sport. His son Mike, the boys basketball coach at Rockford High School, had invited me to the Pheasant Conference track meet in Wheaton, where Mike was honored in a surprise ceremony by family, colleagues and current and former athletes. Sadly, I wasn't able to be there but Mike provided photos that were posted on Twitter and the MSHSL Facebook page.
Friday was extra special, beginning with a morning trip to Waseca. I was there to present the Waseca High School theater department with an award from the National Federation of State High School Associations. The Heart of the Arts award was given to Waseca for their 2018 one-act play, titled "Booby Trap." The military-themed play was dedicated to Caleb Erickson, a Waseca grad who joined the Marines and was 20 years old when he was killed in Afghanistan five years ago.
I presented the award to theater director Karen Pfarr Anderson during a Staff and Student Recognition Program in the school gym, with the entire student body attending. After the presentation, Karen gave a touching talk about Caleb, the play and its impact. After thanking many people in the community who were important to the play's success in raising money for veterans, among other things, she talked about Caleb's legacy.
"I encourage you to please continue to lift up the Erickson family by supporting the Caleb Erickson Memorial Fund if you can and/or attending one of the many festivities this year on August 24 for the Caleb Erickson Memorial Day in Waseca," she said. "Finally, I thank Caleb for the immeasurable sacrifice he made for each and every one of us. While many of you in the crowd may have not known Caleb, we all should carry on his memory. Young men and women like Caleb are the reason we have the freedoms to do the many things we do each day. Since going through this process and time thereafter, I often think of the wonderful things Caleb has missed: his sister getting married and the birth of his beautiful niece Autumn are two that instantly come to mind. He would have loved to have been a part of these moments and I can guarantee he would have been the crazy, fun uncle. Therefore, we owe it to Caleb to treat each day as a gift and recognize even the monotonous, daily grind moments are truly treasures. Our community will forever miss this hero. At this time I would like to take a moment of silence to recognize Caleb's sacrifice for us all. Thank you, Caleb, for your service and may you rest in peace. Again, thank you for this tremendous honor. We are very humbled. Thank you."
When Karen finished speaking, everyone in the gym stood and applauded. There were tears in my eyes as I walked to the car for the drive back to the Twin Cities and the MSHSL adapted softball tournament. If you saw the photos and videos I posted from bowling on Twitter, you know about the giant, enthusiastic crowd and the great competition. Here's a moment that stood out to me ...
A young girl in the CI (cognitively impaired division) was among 10 bowlers to receive medals in her category. She was tiny and apparently a little shy, because she was hesitant to stand in front of the crowd with the other top 10 bowlers. Her proud, smiling father was ready to take photos of his child with the other medalists, but she left the line and put an arm around her dad's neck. He spoke to his child in Spanish, encouraging her to return to the line. But she stayed with her father, which was just fine.
Another competitor at bowling is someone I wrote about a few weeks ago when she played with the Austin pep band at the state girls basketball tournament. Tyra Wiles is a senior at Austin who has been with the band throughout her high school career. On Thursday, Austin's senior band members were honored and Tyra was presented with a new award called the Spirit Award. How fitting for such an inspirational person.
And finally, on Saturday, the week was capped off at the robotics tournament. When it was over, members of the winning teams celebrated with whoops and cheers, and kids from other teams offered warm congratulations. Sportsmanship is one of the greatest things about robotics.
The Fighting Calculators took home a state runner-up finish, but the kids dressed for prom weren't able to stay for the awards ceremony. The robotics event ran late and they hustled out to catch a riverboat that was serving as the site of the prom.
I sure hope they made it. If not, I wouldn't be surprised to hear that they pulled out their tool kits on the river bank, constructed a robotic canoe and made it out to the boat after all ... in formal wear and Harley Davidson boots.
POSTSCRIPT: The girl in the prom dress and boots was Addie Abrahamson, a junior at Math and Science Academy who is the Fighting Calculators' electronics lead. The kids made it to the prom. Addie's mom told me in a Twitter message Sunday afternoon: "Boat was to leave at 7. Captain said can wait no longer than 7:15. But then he heard they were in their cars racing from Minneapolis to Stillwater, he took pity on them. Moved it to 7:30. Of course parking was at a premium and they had to run many blocks to the pier. Addie was barefoot no clue why lol. But they made it! Safely too!
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More of John's Journal
The Spring Bulletin is here for your reading enjoyment. In this edition, discover the journey of longtime Minnesota music educator, Carl Lipke, in our centerpiece feature story.
You will also find a recap of a busy winter state tournament season, which included the 25- and 75-year salutes to girls and boys hockey respectively. As in every edition, get the latest news and information from throughout the League. And, don't forget to test your knowledge by taking the MSHSL's Quickie Quiz.
We hope you enjoy this edition of the MSHSL Bulletin