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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!
Home Page Photo Registration for Minnesota State High School League officials is underway!

Login to your Officials’ Corner to complete your registration. The registration deadline is July 1, 2016. Any registrations submitted after this date are subject to a late fee. No exceptions. Please note: We will no longer accept paper registration forms. All registrations must be submitted online.

2016-17 Registration Fees:

• Returning veterans: $50 first sport; $15 each additional sport
• Second-year officials: $30 first sport; $15 each additional sport
• First-year officials: $15 first sport; $15 each additional sport

NEW!
• You are now required to login to your Officials’ Corner using your email address, rather than your official ID. This will require each official to have one valid email address on file with the MSHSL.

• All officials will be required to have a photo ID through your Officials’ Corner. This photo needs to be a head shot. Please upload a photo if you haven’t already done so.

Other items of note:

• State Tournament Cards can be purchased at the time of registration for $25. These cards provide admission to most sub-section, section and state tournament games. You must submit a photo to officials@mshsl.org
• Registration for each sport closes on the date that the rules meeting and exam are due.
• Rule and case books will only be mailed to those who judge gymnastics and any new officials for the 2016-17 school year. You can access rule and case books online through the NFHS Central Hub
• All policies for officials are in the Manual for Athletic Officials available on your Officials’ Corner page.
• Nearly 900 new officials registered in 2015-16 – a 40% improvement over last year at this time! Your efforts in recruiting were key to this gain. Thanks! Continue to refer new officials - there will be incentives for referrals. Registration for new officials is only $15.00

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Questions? Email: officials@mshsl.org
      
Indianapolis Colts draft Brainerd graduate Joe Haeg
Home Page Photo 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(jmillea@mshsl.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.”

BY THE NUMBERS
*Schools/teams John has seen/visited: 656
*Miles John has driven in the Toyota Camry in 2015-16: 10,339





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John Millea
‎@MSHSLjohn
9h ago
Rosemount HS grad Zach Vraa invited to Vikings camp. twitter.com/kevin_schnepf/

John Millea
‎@MSHSLjohn
12h ago
No.1 in latest baseball polls/
1A/ Randolph
2A/ Minnehaha Academy
3A/ Mankato West
4A/ Cretin-Derham Hall

facebook.com/mshsl.org/

MSHSL 12h ago
This week's high school baseball poll, provided by Let's Play Baseball newspaper...

CLASS 4A
1. Cretin-Derham Hall
2. Minnetonka
3. St. Michael-Albertville
4. Wayzata
5. Champlin Park
6. Eastview
7. Edina
8. Totino-Grace
9. Prior Lake
10. Chanhassen
11. Woodbury
12. Burnsville
13. Duluth East
14. Lakeville North
15. Maple Grove
16. Forest Lake
17. Elk River
18. Eden Prairie
19. Hopkins
20. Rogers
Also receiving votes: Stillwater Area, Mounds View, Anoka, Rosemount, Chaska, Centennial, Moorhead, Owatonna, Hill-Murray, Coon Rapids, St. Francis

CLASS 3A
1. Mankato West
2. Mahtomedi
3. Rocori
4. Bemidji
5. Red Wing
6. Northfield
7. Little Falls
8. St. Cloud Tech
9. Delano
10. South St. Paul
11. Marshall
12. Monticello
13. Hutchinson
14. Waconia
15. Fridley
16. Kasson-Mantorville
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

CLASS 2A
1. Minnehaha Academy
2. Belle Plaine
3. Glencoe-Silver Lake
4. Fairmont
5. Kenyon-Wanamingo
6. St. Cloud Cathedral
7. Cannon Falls
8. La Crescent
9. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton
10. Holy Family Catholic
11. St. Charles
12. Jackson County Central
13. Pipestone Area
14. New Life Academy of Woodbury
15. Foley
16. Windom Area
17. Pierz
18. G-F-W
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

CLASS 1A
1. Randolph
2. Springfield
3. Parkers Prairie
4. South Ridge
5. Sacred Heart
6. Walker-Hackensack-Akeley
7. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa
8. Hill City/Northland
9. Ortonville
10. Norman County
11. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg
12. Adrian
13. Sleepy Eye
14. Lyle/Austic Pacelli
15. Wabasha/Kellogg
16. MACCRAY
17. Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley
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

MSHSL 16h ago
Baseball: Minnehaha Hopes To Have The Last Laugh.Check out John's Journal.John's Journal

John Millea
‎@MSHSLjohn
16h ago
Baseball: Minnehaha Hopes To Have The Last Laugh.
Check out John's Journal.
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John Millea
‎@MSHSLjohn
17h ago
The Age of Single-Sport Athletes Endures Despite Detractors’ Suspicions. nytimes.com/2016/05/01/spo

Amy Doherty
‎@MSHSL_Amy
17h ago
MN FRC teams, does anyone have a picture of the patch you got from FIRST to put on your team's standard? (Pic of standard with patch on it)

John Millea
‎@MSHSLjohn
20h ago
This. twitter.com/CFScores/statu

John Millea
‎@MSHSLjohn
20h ago
twitter.com/StFrancisSaint

MSHSL 2d ago
The Providence Academy baseball team stands for the national anthem prior to a game at Arnold Klaers Field in Loretto.

John Millea
‎@MSHSLjohn
2d ago
The pleasure is mine. twitter.com/lsretzlaff/sta

John Millea
‎@MSHSLjohn
2d ago
Former Twins pitcher Kevin Tapani, assistant coach at Providence Academy, grooms the mound.


John Millea
‎@MSHSLjohn
2d ago
Lots of crooked numbers for Minnehaha Academy baseball, leading Providence Academy 18-2 in fifth inning.

John Millea
‎@MSHSLjohn
2d ago
Pretty spectacular ballfield here in Loretto.


John Millea
‎@MSHSLjohn
2d ago
One "what about food?" Tweet from @DonLokken and a friendly dad delivers this to me...

John Millea
‎@MSHSLjohn
2d ago
Never heard of her... twitter.com/ttaylormn/stat

John Millea
‎@MSHSLjohn
2d ago
# quandary twitter.com/DonLokken/stat

John Millea
‎@MSHSLjohn
2d ago
Trifecta: Lawn chair, scorebook and a ballgame.



 


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