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Posted by John Millea(jmillea@mshsl.org)- Updated 12/3/2016 9:58:36 PM

People often ask me questions in a wide range of areas related to the MSHSL. How was a particular decision made? Who was involved in said decision? What will this mean in the future?

A flurry of questions followed the MSHSL board of directors' recent decisions to add consolation games to the girls and boys state basketball tournaments and to initiate pitch-count limits in baseball. I answered some of these questions on Twitter, but I think having a more open place to post questions and answers may be helpful to more people.

So in keeping with that idea, I'll begin posting "John's Mailbag" segments here on John's Journal whenever I have gathered enough questions to do so. Feel free to ask questions and I will try to answer them. There are several ways to bring questions to my attention:

--Send a message to me on Twitter. I'm @MSHSLjohn on that platform.

--Send me an email. My email address is jmillea@mshsl.org

--Snail mail? Why the heck not? Lick a stamp and send a note to John Millea, MSHSL, 2100 Freeway Blvd., Brooklyn Center MN 55430

--Post a message on the MSHSL Facebook page. Search for "MSHSL" on Facebook and post away. I will see it.

I'll keep the identity of questioners secret, because the question is much more important than who's asking it.

Let the questioning begin!

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A Big Start To The Wrestling Season
Posted by John Millea(jmillea@mshsl.org)- Updated 12/2/2016 2:47:52 PM

The Apple Valley High School wrestling team is so dominant that its conference winning streak outlived two conferences. Between the 1991 season and Thursday night, the Eagles won every conference dual meet; that streak began when they were in the Lake Red Conference, lasted through the Lake Conference and finally ended in a 29-28 home loss to Shakopee in South Suburban Conference action.

The Eagles are ranked No. 1 in Class 3A by The Guillotine and Shakopee is No. 2, spots that are sure to flip when the next rankings come out.

Thursdays match provided an interesting coaching twist: Shakopee coach Jim Jackson is a former Apple Valley head coach. The Eagles have won 23 big-school state titles since 1983. They have every 3A title since 2006; their last loss to a Minnesota team came against Wayzata on Dec. 22, 2006.

Jackson coached the...


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John Millea
@MSHSLjohn
5h ago
I've seen some good John's Mailbag questions so far. Keep 'em coming ... answers will magically appear on John's Journal.

John Millea
@MSHSLjohn
7h ago
Something new: Tweet to me any questions you have about the and what it does, how it works, anything else. John's Mailbag is open.

John Millea
@MSHSLjohn
10h ago
Lots of thought/science went into it: From coaches, medical experts, former MLB pitcher, and hours of study/discussion. Nothing arbitrary.

John Millea
@MSHSLjohn
10h ago
At Concordia University in St. Paul, where third-place games have been held for years.

John Millea
@MSHSLjohn
10h ago
Survey says: Thumbs up to consolation games at state basketball.

John Millea
@MSHSLjohn
10h ago
Survey says: Pitch counts are good.

John Millea
@MSHSLjohn
2d ago
One of the finest.

John Millea
@MSHSLjohn
2d ago
Survey: Is having pitch-count limits in high school baseball across the country a smart dea?

John Millea
@MSHSLjohn
2d ago
Survey: What's your opinion on consolation games being added to girls/boys state basketball tournaments?

John Millea
@MSHSLjohn
2d ago
Newest state championship sticker on the John's Journal / Congrats to @GMRRobotics from Greenbush-Middle River!

John Millea
@MSHSLjohn
3d ago
Please ignore the following Tweet that I had prepared to post after the successful two-point conversionNever a doubt.

John Millea
@MSHSLjohn
3d ago
I'm pretty sure Thielen grew up in Montana.

John Millea
@MSHSLjohn
3d ago
If you can, join me in wearing Mounds View green tomorrow as a show of support. m.startribune.com/two-mounds-vie

John Millea
@MSHSLjohn
3d ago
We're all Mounds View Mustangs.

John Millea
@MSHSLjohn
3d ago
Vikings get all the breaks.

John Millea
@MSHSLjohn
3d ago
Biggest sporting event in Minnesota tonight. Apple Valley defeated in wrestling.

John Millea
@MSHSLjohn
3d ago
Heavyweights started the dual, 220s deciding it.

John Millea
@MSHSLjohn
3d ago
Story on Wisconsin's move to baseball pitch counts in 2017.

archive.jsonline.com/sports/preps/w



 


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