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Board of Directors Meeting Synopsis
Brooklyn Center, MN
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018


• Meeting was called to order by Board President Bonnie Spohn Schmaltz
• Reflection provided by Board Member Eric Lehtola
• Pledge of Allegiance
• Kristi Vesall, MSHSL Office Manager, was honored for her 33 years of service to the League. She is currently the longest-serving staff member and will retire on Dec. 31, 2018.
• Two video presentations were shared: Governor-Elect Tim Walz on 45TV during the Prep Bowl, and an NFHS feature on Title IX pioneer Dorothy McIntyre.
• Meeting agenda was approved.
• Board meeting minutes from Oct. 4, 2018 were approved.
• League Lobbyist Roger Aronson provided a post-election review and update.
• The sales tax exemption, and the desire to remove the “sunset” from the legislation for the MSHSL Foundation, was shared.
• Aronson reported on the number of changes in the legislature and anticipates a strong year of learning at the Capitol.
• Legal Counsel Joe Kelly provided updates on four cases.
• Executive Director Erich Martens reminded staff and Board Members of the expectations of standard professional protocol.
• Announced that board vice president Craig Anderson was inducted into the Minnesota High School Coaches Association hall of fame. Anderson retired in 2016 after coaching baseball for 40 years, including the last 39 at Pine Island. He ended his career with a 521-378 record.
• Commended all support and executive staff for their great work in running our State Tournaments this past fall. Shared information in national publications as it relates to MSHSL activities.
• Announced that Chad Stoskopf has been named the new Region Secretary in Section 7A commencing July 1, 2019.
• Announced the first Principals’ Advisory meeting was held at the League Office. The group is interested in growing their role with the League and the board.
• Approved August workshop dates and location through 2021.
• Approved a waiver for member schools competing in girls’ lacrosse to schedule one additional game beyond the limit against Rogers High School.
• Tabled a decision on a case of two former Coon Rapids co-head wrestling coaches for further review of testimony.
• Approved personnel updates and changes presented by the Executive Director.
• For one year, approved the use of music judges from bordering states who have obtained the appropriate association certification for the 2018-19 school year.
• The Executive Committee report was approved by voice vote.
Classification/Tournament Format

• Approved the adjustments in Board Policy regarding classification formats for two, three and four classes. Also lowered the minimum required number of competing schools from 288 to 192, to allow the opportunity for more activities to change to a three-class format.
Classification Appeals
• Approved proposed language found in “Class Competition D5h1.1” in the MSHSL’s Handbook to include: “or, MSHSL enrollment for grades 9-12 is within 10 percent of the classification cut-off number for the class to which the school is appealing.”
Conference Placement of Member Schools

• Approved the recommendation of the Conference Placement Committee, which placed Buffalo High School and St. Michael-Albertville High School in the Lake Conference beginning with the 2019-20 school year.
State Wrestling Tournament Seeding Criteria Adjustment
• Approved a change to individual seeding criteria for the state wrestling tournament. The last of eight seeding criteria was changed from “winning percentage” to “state place winners from two years prior.”

Class AAAAAA Football
• Approved a motion that assigned the scheduling of District Football for 28 Class 6A football teams back to the activities administrators of those 28 schools. This action is in line with the responsibility assigned to all districts in the state.
Representative Assembly Amendments

The following proposed amendments have been sent to the administrative regions across the state. If a majority of the regions approve the amendments, they will be presented to the Representative Assembly on May 13, 2019 (tentative date):
• An expanded definition of divorce: Bylaw 111.1.B.iv
• Expanding participation availability for international students beyond one year at junior varsity level or lower: Bylaw 111.2.B-C.
• Changes to the application of one-year varsity ineligibility. Bylaw 111.1.C.
• Adding limitations to Bylaws 203, 207, and 208 allowing students in adapted athletics to compete more than 12 semesters.
• Adapted Athletics age eligibility expanded: Bylaw 110
• Adding boys’ volleyball as an activity
• Adding girls’ wrestling as an activity
Music Advisory Committee Recommendation
• Information was shared on the definition of accompaniment performed by a student. A proposal for clarification will be presented as an Action Item at the Feb. 12, 2019 meeting.
Membership Dues and Activity Registration Fees
• Assistant Director Rich Matter shared a chart with a history of membership fees. There has not been an increase for the past 12 years, while the costs to the League have been rising steadily and more programs have been approved.
Golf Tournament Advancement Policy Reading
• The board heard the first reading of a golf rule and policy clarification as it relates to participants’ disqualifications or withdrawals from tournament play. It will be moved to an Action Item at the Feb. 12, 2019 meeting.
Eligibility Committee

• The minutes of the Eligibility Committee were approved as presented.

Audit/Finance Committee
• Approved the September 2018 financial statement
• Approved the October 2018 financial statement
• Approved the annual request from Section 4A for $40,000 to support operating costs.
Marketing and Communications Committee
• Staff provided an update on the Print Contract bid process.
• Staff provided an update on the Radio Partnership
• Staff provided an updated on annual sponsorship agreements
• Staff provided updates on the 75/25 celebration seasons for boys and girls hockey.
• Staff shared information on a proposed pictorial yearbook that will be published annually.
• Staff provided updates on a state tournament-related food drive
Education and Leadership Committee
• Shared updates on Continuing Education Requirement 2020
• Shared an update on the AD Cohort
• Shared a review of Board Education Policies
• Discussed the recommendation for Activities Directors to complete the Minnesota Head Coaches Course. This is an AD Advisory recommendation.
• Shared updates on the officiating programs.
• The League Office will be closed from the afternoon of Dec. 21, 2018, through Jan. 1, 2019.
• Next meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019

Eden Valley-Watkins Is Ready To Make A Run
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/20/2019 6:25:02 PM

EDEN VALLEY – The past two seasons have been exceptional for the girls basketball team from Eden Valley-Watkins. Two years ago the Eagles finished with a record of 24-4 and last season they were 26-4. That 50-8 total, however, has one caveat: neither time did they make it to the state tournament.

Eden Valley-Watkins has been to state, including in 2001 when the Eagles lost to Fosston 50-45 in the Class 1A championship game. They also went to state in 2006, as well as three times in the 1980s, with two runner-up finishes.

“It’s been a while,” said Tom Jansen, in his 22nd year as the Eagles head coach, after they defeated visiting Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 63-28 on Thursday night.

More than halfway through the 2018-19 regular season, the Eagles are making headlines. They are unbeaten in 15 games and ranked third in Class 2A by Minnesota Basketball News. The Eagles' goals, as emblazoned on team shirts, include but are not dominated by making it to the big show in Minneapolis; the shirts say simply “3-13” because the state tournament starts on March 13.

“Our main goals are to try and get better every day in practice, and then conference champs, playing in the now, always playing right now, we don’t think about the future or the past,” said junior Halle Jansen, the coach’s daughter and one of three 1,000-point scorers on the team.

“We’re playing every game one at a time, but we know (state is ) where we want to get to,” she added.

The other 1,000-point scorers are senior Emma Schultz and junior Olivia Kuechle. Schultz is averaging 16.4 points this season, Kuechle 13 and Jansen 10.6. That trio leads a talented squad that presents multiple problems for opponents.

“The challenge with them is they’re just so quick and long,” said Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted coach Rick Baumann. “And Tom does such a great job of getting those girls to play together. They close out, they pressure you, they make you play faster than you want to play. And they all contribute.”

The Eagles have won by an average score of 64-30 this season. Their closest finish was a 46-36 win over Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa on Dec. 14.

The Eden Valley-Watkins players talk about chemistry as one of the main components in their success.

“Our team chemistry is like no other,” said Kuechle.

Schultz said, “We’ve been playing together since fourth and fifth grade. It just builds our chemistry. We know what each other can do, we know where everyone will be at certain points in time, we just know each other so well.”

Coach Jansen concurs.

“The chemistry is fantastic,” he said. “The kids get along with each other so well, they play for each other. There’s no selfishness. We have three 1,000-point scorers, which is kind of odd, but they’re extremely unselfish. And they’re great to coach. They work so hard, they’re super kids, so it’s been fun.”

Last season ended with a one-point loss to Tracy-Milroy-Balaton in the Section 3 championship game. Two years ago, the Eagles fell to Holy Family Catholic in overtime in the section semifinals.

Being unbeaten and highly ranked can mean the proverbial target on the back, but the if Eagles feel any pressure it’s self-inflicted.

“I wouldn’t call it pressure. I would call it more motivation,” Halle Jansen said. “The last two years we lost in overtime and then lost by one point, so I think we’re motivating ourselves to where we want to go.”

So far, everything is working according to plan.

“In their roles they do a great job playing together as a team and they’re consistent,” Baumann said. “It’s tough to play against them. There’s no one girl you can really take away. It’s one of those things that they have so many different weapons and so many things they can do.”

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