|Welcome to the Spring Edition of the Bulletin!
The Spring Edition of the Bulletin is hot off the presses, filled with news, features and information for the Minnesota State High School League's member schools.
Inside, see reflections on the completed 100-year anniversary celebration and what may be in store for the League's next 100 years. Also, Coordinator of Officials Jason Nickleby makes his writing debut, and don't forget to take the MSHSL's Quickie Quiz.
It's all here in the latest edition of the Bulletin.
|2016-17 Officials' registration is now open!
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|Indianapolis Colts draft Brainerd graduate Joe Haeg
By Mike Bialka, Brainerd Daily Dispatch
LAKE SHORE, Minn. — Joe Haeg was relaxing at his parent’s home in Lake Shore on Saturday afternoon, playing cards, when his cell phone rang.
The display on his phone read “Indianapolis.”
Haeg took the call and began to smile. On the line was Colts head coach Chuck Pagano who was calling to inform the Brainerd High School graduate that Indianapolis had selected him in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 155th overall.
“Actually they were probably one of the teams most interested in me,” Haeg said Saturday. “I had an official meeting with them at the (NFL) Combine. They were the only team that I actually did have a meeting with — I had unofficial meetings with a lot of teams. I had a great talk with Coach Pagano, their entire staff, the general manager, the owner. I definitely knew they were a team I wanted to play for.”
He is believed to be the third Brainerd native drafted by the NFL. Gene Bierhaus was drafted in 1943 by the Green Bay Packers. Jon Jelacic was drafted in 1958 by the Chicago Cardinals.
Haeg developed into a pro prospect with an All-American career at North Dakota State University. The Bison won four FCS national titles during his 4-year tenure as a starter — his first two years at left offensive tackle, his junior and senior years at right tackle.
He was a 10-time All-American, was a finalist for the 2015 STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year, was the College Sporting News Offensive Lineman of the Year (twice), was a two-time All-Missouri Valley Football Conference first-team selection, and was named MVFC Offensive Lineman of the Week five times.
In January, he was selected to play in the Senior Bowl but did not play in the game due to a shoulder injury. In February, according to nfl.com, Haeg turned in the top performance by an offensive tackle at the NFL Combine in broad jump, 3-cone drill and shuttle run.
Haeg was the third offensive lineman drafted in the first five rounds by the Colts. Their No. 1 pick was Alabama center Ryan Kelly before selecting offensive tackle Le’Raven Clark of Texas Tech in the third round.
“They struggled in (the offensive line) last season so we’ll see,” Haeg said. “I’m definitely excited. I can’t wait to get down there.”
The Colts’ offseason workout programs began April 18. Organized team activities are scheduled May 17-19, May 24-26 and May 31-June 3. Mandatory minicamp is June 7-9.
Haeg said he leaves Thursday for a rookie mini camp and will fly back May 9 to finish his finals at NDSU. He will graduate with a degree in civil engineering.
Haeg said it was difficult to continue his studies while working out for the draft.
“At times, I would say the first month or so, I would get behind a lot because I was constantly working out, 10 hours a day,” he said. “The last couple months it hasn’t been too crazy. I had a couple workouts every week with teams but I was able to catch up pretty decent. I’m excited to graduate on top of all this too.”
Depending on what day of the week and which draft source you consulted, Haeg was projected to be picked between the second and fourth rounds. He said waiting until the fifth wasn’t agonizing.
“It hasn’t been bad at all,” he said. “I’m just happy for the opportunities I’ve been given and I’ve tried to enjoy it as much as I can. I’m just very happy to find out where I’m going.
“A lot of it depended on how many tackles were taken before me. In the first round, I think there were five taken, Friday I think there were three so that played into it. When it comes down to it, I’m very happy with the Colts. They’re one of the teams I definitely wanted to get to. If it meant dropping back a round or two to get in the right situation, I’m all for that.”
Haeg believes his athleticism is one of his biggest attributes as he heads to the next level.
“(The Colts) run a lot of zone scheme plays that requires guys to be real athletic,” he said. “I think that’s something I bring to the table. On top of that, I can work on continuing to develop, getting stronger, making sure I’m coachable, block how they want me to block, get used to the speed of the game.”
His journey to become an NFL draft pick is nothing short of incredible. At BHS, he was an all-state tackle who played in state semifinal games his junior and senior years. Tipping the scales at about 235 pounds, he received no interest from Division I colleges. He did have an offer from the University of North Dakota but it was rescinded following a coaching change. So when NDSU invited him to be a preferred walk on, he accepted.
“Honestly it’s been a whirlwind,” Haeg said. “I would say there were definitely times where I would say ‘There’s no way I could do that.’ My goal was always to make myself better every day, not necessarily for individual goals.
“In high school, it was not like I wanted to get better so I could be an all-state player and be on (a college) scholarship. I just wanted to get better for my teammates. That’s the same idea I had throughout my entire career. I’ve always been a team guy. I’m just happy to have had the success that I’ve had.”
|Baseball: Minnehaha Hopes To Have The Last Laugh
|Posted by John Millea(firstname.lastname@example.org)- Updated 5/4/2016 12:54:01 PM
|Two dates hold importance for the Minnehaha Academy baseball team. The first is June 15, 2015 and the second is April 30, 2016. In games played on those days, the Redhawks faced St. Cloud Cathedral.
The June contest was the Class 2A state championship game at Target Field. Cathedral rolled to a 10-1 victory over Minnehaha in claiming its second consecutive state title and ninth overall. The Redhawks, however, had an answer during the April game in St. Cloud, scoring six eighth-inning runs and defeating the Crusaders 7-1.
That was big. The Redhawks finished 26-2 last season, with both losses coming to Cathedral.
“It was kind of a monkey off our shoulders,” Minnehaha coach Scott Glenn said after his team defeated Providence Academy 18-2 on Tuesday. “We go up there every year. They do things right and it’s always a good test for us to see where we are.”
Minnehaha was second behind Cathedral in last week’s Class 2A state rankings, and the Redhawks moved into the top spot this week. They took a 12-1 record into a Wednesday game vs. Blake; their loss was to Belle Plaine in their second game of the season.
The Redhawks took advantage of a plethora of walks in beating Providence Academy. Minnehaha had 10 hits, with Alex Evenson hitting a two-run single and a bases-clearing double in addition to getting the victory on the mound. He struck out six and have up one hit in 3 2/3 innings.
Evenson said beating St. Cloud Cathedral was huge.
“We’ve wanted them since the state championship game last year. We definitely came in with a chip on our shoulder and we were ready to go from the start, for sure.”
Outscoring Cathedral was especially sweet for pitcher Jesse Retzlaff, who had a 9-2 record in 2015 with both defeats coming against the Crusaders.
“Jesse probably pitched the best game of his career,” Glenn said. “I think he really wanted that game and he pitched a heck of a game.”
The Redhawks made their first appearance at a state tournament in 2013, losing in the quarterfinals. Their run to the 2015 championship game made the returning players confident in what they could accomplish.
“Knowing how far we got last year shows us how far we can get this year, and continuing throughout the years,” Evenson said. “I think, overall, we come in and we know we can beat any team we play.
“We came in last year and wanted to win it really bad and we got blown out. They outplayed us, and because of that we know we need to keep working hard. We know what’s at stake and we want to go out and get it.”
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*Miles John has driven in the Toyota Camry in 2015-16: 10,339
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|This week's high school baseball poll, provided by Let's Play Baseball newspaper...|
1. Cretin-Derham Hall
3. St. Michael-Albertville
5. Champlin Park
9. Prior Lake
13. Duluth East
14. Lakeville North
15. Maple Grove
16. Forest Lake
17. Elk River
18. Eden Prairie
Also receiving votes: Stillwater Area, Mounds View, Anoka, Rosemount, Chaska, Centennial, Moorhead, Owatonna, Hill-Murray, Coon Rapids, St. Francis
1. Mankato West
5. Red Wing
7. Little Falls
8. St. Cloud Tech
10. South St. Paul
17. Holy Angels
18. Sartell-St. Stephen
19. St. Anthony Village
20. St. Thomas Academy
Also receiving votes: Becker, Alexandria, New Ulm, St. Paul Highland Park, Benilde-St. Margaret's, Orono, St. Cloud Apollo, Chisago Lakes Area
1. Minnehaha Academy
2. Belle Plaine
3. Glencoe-Silver Lake
6. St. Cloud Cathedral
7. Cannon Falls
8. La Crescent
10. Holy Family Catholic
11. St. Charles
12. Jackson County Central
13. Pipestone Area
14. New Life Academy of Woodbury
16. Windom Area
19. Providence Academy
20. Pine Island
Also receiving votes: Wadena-Deer Creek, St. Croix Lutheran, Melrose Area, Barnesville, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta, Sibley East, Ottertail Central, Rochester Lourdes, Winona Cotter
3. Parkers Prairie
4. South Ridge
5. Sacred Heart
8. Hill City/Northland
10. Norman County
13. Sleepy Eye
14. Lyle/Austic Pacelli
18. United South Central
19. Central Minnesota Christian
20. Legacy Christian Academy
Also receiving votes: Hinckley-Finlayson, Mankato Loyola, Browerville-Eagle Valley, NCE/UH, New Ulm Cathedral, Cook County, Bethlehem Academy, Sleepy Eye St. Mary's
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|The Providence Academy baseball team stands for the national anthem prior to a game at Arnold Klaers Field in Loretto.|