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The Adapted Softball State Tournament, held annually since 1994, takes center stage on Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3 at Coon Rapids High School. Two championships will be awarded, one in the Cognitive Impaired Division and the other in the Physically Impaired Division. Here is a look at the tournament:

The schedule:
All games at Coon Rapids High School
CI Division
Friday, June 2
No. 1N Osseo (10-1) vs. No. 4S Anoka-Hennepin (9-5), 4 p.m.
No. 2S Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville (9-2) vs. No. 3N North Suburban (10-3), 5:30 p.m.
No. 2N Mounds View/Irondale/Roseville (10-2) vs. No. 3S South Washington County (8-3), 7 p.m.
No. 1S Chaska/Chanhassen/Prior Lake (8-1) vs. No. 4N St. Cloud (7-2), 7 p.m.
Saturday, June 3
Consolation semifinals, 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m.
Championship semifinals, noon
Consolation final, 1:45 p.m.
Third place, 3:30 p.m.
Championship, 4 p.m.
PI Division
Friday, June 2
No. 1N Anoka-Hennepin (8-2) vs. No. 4S Minneapolis South (4-6), 4 p.m.
No. 2S Dakota United (9-3) vs. No. 3N Osseo (4-4), 4 p.m.
No. 2N Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka (7-2) vs. No. 3S Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville (5-5), 5:30 p.m.
No. 1S Rochester (12-1) vs. No. 4N Mounds View/Irondale/Roseville (1-8), 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 3
Consolation semifinals, 9 a.m.
Championship semifinals, 10:30 a.m.
Consolation final, noon
Third place, 1:30 p.m.
Championship, 1:45 p.m.
Webcast : School Space Media will webcast the two championship games. The games can be found on www.prepspotlight.tv
Tickets : Single session: $5 adults; $3 students.
Official ball: A 12-inch circumference whiffle ball.
Game results and linescores : Posted on the League’s website at www.mshsl.org
Social media : Follow the tournament on the League’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @MSHSL and @MSHSLJohn.

CI Division
No. 1N Osseo (10-1) vs. No. 4S Anoka-Hennepin (9-5) --- Osseo was the runner-up to North Suburban in the 2016 state tournament. The Orioles’ lone loss this season was a 17-6 setback to Anoka-Hennepin on May 10. In five games this season, Osseo has scored 20 or more runs. Osseo won three consecutive CI state titles from 2007-09. Anoka-Hennepin returns after a fourth-place finish in 2016. The Mustangs are 2-1 over their past three games entering the state tournament.
No. 2S Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville (9-2) vs. No. 3N North Suburban (10-3) --- Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville has scored at least 11 runs in nine of its 11 games this season. The Blazing Cats took home the third-place trophy in 2016. North Suburban is the defending CI champion. When the Cougars began their championship journey in 2016, they also opened the state tournament as the No. 3 seed in the North. The Cougars have won six of their past seven games.
No. 2N Mounds View/Irondale/Roseville (10-2) vs. No. 3S South Washington County (8-3) --- Mounds View/Irondale/Roseville returns to the state tournament after a one-year hiatus. In 2015, the Rams were the state runner-up to Chaska/Chanhassen/Prior Lake/Shakopee. The Rams have won five of their past six games entering the tournament. South Washington County won the consolation final in 2016 and are on a four-game winning streak entering this season’s tournament.
No. 1S Chaska/Chanhassen/Prior Lake (8-1) vs. No. 4N St. Cloud (7-2) --- The only loss by Chaska/Chanhassen/Prior Lake this season was a narrow 17-16 setback to Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville in the third game of the season. Since, the Southern Stars are on a six-game winning streak entering the state tournament. St. Cloud, in its first season playing adapted softball, has impressed in its inaugural campaign and is on a five-game winning streak entering state tournament play.
PI Division
No. 1N Anoka-Hennepin (8-2) vs. No. 4S Minneapolis South (4-6) --- Anoka-Hennepin returns following a third-place finish in 2016. The Mustangs have won three consecutive games since losing two in a row on April 29. Anoka-Hennepin was the PI state champion in 2015. Minneapolis South, one of the the pioneer programs in adapted athletics, has won three consecutive games entering the state tournament.
No. 2S Dakota United (9-3) vs. No. 3N Osseo (4-4) --- Dakota United, the defending PI state champion, received the No. 2 seed in the South, in part, because of a 12-9 loss to Rochester in the regular-season finale. The Hawks have scored 10 or more runs in 10 of its 12 games this season. Osseo enters the state tournament with a three-win improvement from a year ago.
No. 2N Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka (7-2) vs. No. 3S Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville (5-5) --- Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka has been the dominant PI program the past decade, winning six consecutive softball championships from 2009 through 2014. The Robins had a key 12-10 victory this season over Rochester. Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville is on a three-game winning streak entering the state tournament.
No. 1S Rochester (12-1) vs. No. 4N Mounds View/Irondale/Roseville (1-8) --- Rochester has finished runner-up in the PI Division the past two seasons. This season, the Raiders are on a six-game winning streak entering the state tournament. With the exception of a forfeit victory, the Raiders have scored 10 or more runs in all of their games this season. Mounds View/Irondale/Roseville, which had two consecutive runner-up finishes in 2011 and 2012, enter the state tournament on the strength of a 9-8 victory over St. Paul Humboldt.

CI Division --- North Suburban won the program’s first CI Division state championship in softball with a 17-15 victory over Osseo in the title game. Junior shortstop Anthony Bengtson led the Cougars (12-4) by going 5 for 5 with five runs batted in in the championship game. He had a two-run home run in the first inning while the Cougars were building a 10-2 lead after three innings. Osseo scored 13 runs over the final four innings to make a run at the Cougars. Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville claimed the third-place trophy with a 17-7 victory over Anoka-Hennepin.
PI Division --- Dakota United recorded a 13-7 victory over Rochester in the PI Division championship game. It was Dakota United’s third softball state championship in the PI Division and first since 2008. The other title came in 2006. Senior shortstop Grayson Nicolay was 3 for 4 with four runs batted in to power United. All of his RBIs were on a second-inning grand slam. Teammate Nick Kuefler, a senior pitcher, was 3 for 4 with four RBIs, including a bases-clearing double in the fourth inning that gave the Hawks an 11-4 lead. In the third-place game, Anoka-Hennepin blanked Wayzata/Minnetonka, 15-0.

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Class 1A Baseball Rankings
Posted by John Millea(jmillea@mshsl.org)- Updated 5/26/2017 3:20:02 PM

The Associated Press poll for Minnesota high school baseball, provided by Let's Play Baseball newspaper.

1. Parkers Prairie
3. Legacy Christian Academy
4. Springfield
5. Walker-Hackensack-Akeley
6. Deer River
7. Fosston
8. Mankato Loyola
9. ML/GHEC/Truman
10. Canby
11. Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove
12. Randolph
13. Sleepy Eye
14. Hinckley-Finlayson
15. Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s
16. Wabasso
17. Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton
18. Southland
19. Wabasha/Kellogg
20. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City
Also receiving votes: Heritage Christian Academy, Cleveland, Minneota, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, Ortonville, Ely, South Ridge, Menahga, NCE/UH

Class 2A Baseball Rankings
Posted by John Millea(jmillea@mshsl.org)- Updated 5/26/2017 3:19:34 PM

The Associated Press poll for Minnesota high school baseball, provided by Let's Play Baseball newspaper.

1. Belle Plaine
2. Minnehaha Academy
3. Pierz
4. Sauk Centre
5. Maple Lake
6. Caledonia
7. Jackson County Central
8. Rochester Lourdes
9. Pine Island
10. Esko
11. New Life Academy of Woodbury
12. Barnesville
13. Aitkin
14. Glencoe-Silver Lake
15. New London-Spicer
16. Duluth Marshall
17. Perham
18. Foley
19. Cannon Falls
20. St. Peter
Also receiving votes: Providence Academy, Holy Family Catholic, St. Cloud Cathedral, Proctor, Pequot Lakes, Wadena-Deer Creek, Mora, Fillmore Central

Class 3A Baseball Rankings
Posted by John Millea(jmillea@mshsl.org)- Updated 5/26/2017 3:18:57 PM

The Associated Press poll for Minnesota high school baseball, provided by Let's Play Baseball newspaper.

1. St. Cloud Tech
2. Waconia
3. Bemidji
4. New Ulm
5. Holy Angels
6. Benilde-St. Margaret’s
7. Marshall
8. Alexandria
9. Mankato West
10. Kasson-Mantorville
11. Red Wing
12. Little Falls
13. Delano
14. Monticello
15. Rocori
16. Northfield
17. Henry Sibley
18. Hibbing
19. Austin
20. Chisago Lakes Area
Also receiving votes: Hutchinson, Worthington, Mahtomedi, South St. Paul, Fridley

Class 4A Baseball Rankings
Posted by John Millea(jmillea@mshsl.org)- Updated 5/26/2017 3:18:20 PM

The Associated Press poll for Minnesota high school baseball, provided by Let's Play Baseball newspaper.

1. Stillwater Area
2. Blaine
3. Minnetonka
4. Wayzata
5. St. Michael-Albertville
6. Burnsville
7. Champlin Park
8. Forest Lake
9. Lakeville North
10. Eastview
11. Rochester Century
12. Chaska
13. East Ridge
14. Maple Grove
15. Mounds View
16. Anoka
17. Tartan

More of John's Journal

The True Purpose of Sports

Sports are a valued part of our culture. We value sports because we believe the students who are involved acquire something through their participation. But have we ever looked closely at how they benefit? What do the students who participate in our programs actually get and what is the purpose of education-based sports.

In a recent message to his school community, Charlie Campbell, the Athletic Administrator at Brainerd High School stated,

"The high school sports experience is squeezed between two models that challenge school communities on the purpose of education-based programs. It's easy to be confused. On one end of the continuum, the media, through their constant focus on professional and 'big-time' collegiate sports, continually tells us that sports, and the athletes that participate in them have value if they win and only if they win. The end of each season brings about the firing and hiring of coaches, and players are traded, demoted, or drafted in hopes of winning more games. And, of course, in this entertainment-based system of sport there is one primary objective and that is to make money. On the other end of the continuum, well-intentioned youth, traveling and club programs are creating teams for 8, 9, and 10-year old children and trying to 'win' myriad weekend tournaments, creating all-star teams, vying for national championships and generally reinforcing the notion that if you're good (at age 8, 9, or 10) you have value.

For Athletics to be education-based, whereby we are developing better people and not just better athletes, we must be intentional—we must be awake and understand the purpose. Purpose must resonate with us in our human condition. If you Google 'purpose' the first hit (after the definitions) is Rick Warren's best-selling book, The Purpose Drive Life. Wikipedia says that as of 2007, over 30 million copies have been sold and that Purpose Driven Life is the 2nd most translated book after The Bible. It seems purpose is something we are all searching for. Webster would say Purpose is, 'The reason for which something is done, or for which something exists.' To put it more simply, it is the WHY."

The great call of a coach is to be awake—mindful of what students in our programs are really getting. Our main role as a coach in education-based athletics is the human development of every student on our team. Winning is the by-product of something bigger, an awareness in us that transforms a game of throwing a ball through a hoop into an opportunity to create caring, empathetic, responsible members of society. When coaches are awake, they take the student's learning of physical skills and Xs and Os to the next level. They concurrently teach them the WHYs, the lasting values acquired through the learning of those same physical skills. For this to happen, coaches must understand their purpose and WHY they coach. Campbell states,

"Though most coaches are fiercely competitive, and they work tirelessly to help young athletes win and find success, when you ask them about their purpose, you will hear them talk about instilling discipline, developing mental and physical toughness, teaching students to dream big, demanding accountability, creating a positive family culture where every student belongs, cooperation, passion, the necessity of intense preparation, sportsmanship and perseverance. And so this is our platform in education-based athletics; to teach core values and qualities that transcend the outcome on the scoreboard and contribute to the well-being and human growth and development of the student-athletes we serve."

Consciously creating a game plan is necessary to transform a student's experience from only Xs and Os to value-filled WHYs. Asking the right questions, creating awareness, and providing experiences with greater depth are key to lasting success. When this happens, success will no longer be measured only by the outcome on the scoreboard or the acquisition of a new physical skill. Instead, the true measurement of success will be seen in the students who learn the valuable life lessons participation in education-based athletics provides.      

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2 Rochester Lourdes
3 Breck
4 St. Paul Academy
5 Mound Westonka
6 Litchfield
7 Holy Family Catholic
8 St. James
9 Virginia
10 Hibbing

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2 Jack Barker, Blake
3 Joe Mairs, Blake
4 Karthik Papisetty, Breck
5 Thomas Metz, Breck
6 Mathew Metz, Breck
7 Peter Erickson, Rochester Lourdes
8 Justin Bobo, Rochester Lourdes
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3 Lakeville South
4 Edina
5 Mounds View
6 Rochester Mayo
7 Rochester Century
8 Wayzata
9 Eastview
tie 10 Orono
tie 10 Minneapolis Washburn

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2 Sebastian Vile, Rochester Mayo
3 Nikita Snezhko, Armstrong
4 Conner Olsen, Orono
5 Maxim Zagrebelny, Eagan
6 Gavin Young, Eastview
7 Varun Iyer, Rochester Century
8 Chase Roseth, Lakeville South
9 Nick Aney, Rochester Century
10 Carter Mason, Eden Prairie


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