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Prep Bowl XXXVII

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Home Page Photo Seven state championships are at stake on Friday, Nov. 23 and Saturday, Nov. 24 when the Minnesota State High School League’s Prep Bowl Championship Games will be held at U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis.

Spring Grove in Class Nine-Man; Caledonia in Class AA, Owatonna in Class AAAAAA and Eden Prairie in Class AAAAAA are the defending champions in their respective enrollment classifications that return to the title games. Here is a look at the two-day Prep Bowl XXXVII:

Fast Facts
Friday, Nov. 23
Class Nine-Man

Spring Grove (13-0) vs. Mountain Lake Area (12-0), 10 a.m.
Class AA
Caledonia (12-0) vs. Barnesville (11-2), 1 p.m.
Class AAAA
SMB (12-0) vs. Willmar (11-1), 4 p.m.
Eden Prairie (10-1) vs. Lakeville North (12-0), 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 24
Class A

BOLD, Olivia (13-0) vs. Mahnomen/Waubun (12-0), 10 a.m.
Class AAA
Rochester Lourdes (13-0) vs. Fairmont (11-1), 1 p.m.
Owatonna (12-0) vs. St. Thomas Academy (12-0), 4 p.m.
Tickets Adult Student
Prep Bowl (per session) $16 $10
Prep Bowl Pass $26 $20
Official ball: Spalding-Alpha
Brackets and results: Posted on the League’s website at www.mshsl.org
Social Media: Follow the Prep Bowl on the League’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @MSHSL and @MSHSLjohn .
Credentials: A news media credential is required to the Prep Bowl. See a media steward for specific policies and guidelines.
Television: All Prep Bowl Championship Games will be broadcast live on 45TV.
Streaming: The Prep Bowl Championship Games will be streamed live and free of charge by 45TV at www.prep45.com

Transfer Eligibility Review
General Information for Students and Parents

The MSHSL understands that varsity eligibility is important to you. Below are some frequently asked questions regarding transfer eligibility. The information contained herein is not a bylaw or policy and is intended only to provide an overview of the transfer eligibility process. For the most current version of Bylaw 111 and MSHSL policies, please visit www.mshsl.org. Before transferring schools, please review the following so that you will understand the transfer’s impact on your varsity eligibility.

1.What is a transfer?

A transfer student is a student who discontinues enrollment and attendance in any high school, public or non-public, and enrolls in any other high school in Minnesota, or outside of Minnesota. Essentially, a transfer occurs anytime a student’s school of record changes. A transfer is considered complete when the student attends class or participates with an athletic program at the new school. This includes home schools, charter schools, and online schools.
2.If I transfer to a new high school, will I be eligible for varsity competition?

If you transfer to a new high school, you will be eligible for varsity athletic competition if:
1.You are enrolling in 9th grade for the first time;
2.Your entire family moves to a new residence in a different attendance area;
3.Your residence is changed pursuant to a court order;
4.Your parents are divorced and you move from one parent to another.
(This option may be used just one time after you enroll in 9th grade); or
5.You and your family have moved to Minnesota from another state or country.
If none of the above apply, you will be ineligible (for one calendar year from the date of the transfer) from participating in interscholastic varsity athletic competition. You will, however, be eligible to participate in varsity tryouts, practices, scrimmages, jamborees, etc., and non-varsity (JV, B-squad, etc.) competitions. You will not be eligible for varsity competition.
3.What happens if none of the five provisions above apply and I am determined ineligible?

If none of the five provisions set forth above apply and you are determined ineligible, you can request that the MSHSL review the determination of ineligibility. There are seven circumstances with which you can request a review:
1.You are transferred to a new high school within the same school district;
2.A change in family circumstances such as adoption, abandonment, or death of a parent.
3.A substantial negative change in your family’s economic status. For example, if one or both parent(s) loses their job or other means of income.
4.School student Bullying or Harassment as identified in Minnesota State Statutes 121A.03 and 121A.031.
5.Administrative error. For example, the receiving school misapplied MSHSL bylaws or policies.
6.You have completed a licensed program for chemical dependency or mental illness (provided all other eligibility rules are followed) and the receiving school will better serve the student’s needs.
The principals and activities directors from both the sending and receiving school agree that varsity competition eligibility should be considered.
4.How do I request a Transfer Eligibility Review?

When you enrolled at your new school [receiving school] and indicated an interest in participating in athletics, the school compiled information and submitted a student transfer report to the MSHSL. The transfer report contains general information on your previous school(s) and the reason for your transfer. Based on this information, the receiving school makes aninitial eligibility determination. That determination is sent to the MSHSL for review to ensure compliance with MSHSL bylaws and policies.

If you are determined ineligible, you can request further review by the MSHSL. Visit with the athletic director at the Receiving School and request a Transfer Eligibility Review. The athletic director will submit the request and supporting documentation to the League for review.

All denied Transfer Eligibility Review requests for varsity competition eligibility will be reviewed by the MSHSL Board of Directors Eligibility Committee for further review or referral to an Independent Reviewer. Ultimately, the final decisions on eligibility will be made by the MSHSL Board of Directors.
5.What types of information and documentation should I provide in support of my request for a Transfer Eligibility Review?

You should provide a written explanation and documentation supporting your request for review. This is your opportunity to support your request for eligibility so please submit whatever relevant documentation/information you have. Below are common types of documentation the MSHSL looks for under each of the seven review options:
1. Internal district policies (for transfers in districts with multiple high schools)
  • The district policy or policies that precipitated the transfer
  • Correspondence from the school district describing the circumstances of the transfer
    2. Adoption, abandonment, or death of a parent
  • Adoption Decree, death certifi cate, CHIPS order
    3. Substantial negative change in the economic status
  • The MSHSL typically considers three years of tax returns showing a negative change in the Adjusted Gross Income.
  • You are encouraged to submit any other documentation showing a negative change in economic status. For example, employer notification indicating the recent loss of income or loss of employment, disability determinations from a medical professional or government agency that indicate a reduction in the ability to be employed.
  • NOTE: Discretionary spending decisions will generally not be considered to be a negative change in economic status.
    4. School Bullying/Harassment
  • Documentation that a complaint was made under the district policy prior to the transfer
  • A report from the sending school that it has investigated and determined a case of bullying or harassment pursuant to Minnesota Statute 121A.03 and 121A.031.
  • Any other documentation of bullying or harassment at the sending school
    5. Administrative Error
  • Documentation from a school administrator explaining the error or errors made in the initial eligibility determination.
    6. Completion of a licensed program for treatment of alcohol or substance abuse, mental illness or emotional disturbance provided all other eligibility rules are followed.
  • Documentation from the director of the treatment facility/provider showing completion of a licensed program by the student
  • Documentation to show the receiving school provides specific aftercare for the student.
    7. School Administrators request for review
  • The administrators from both schools agree varsity competition eligibility should be considered for the student. This Transfer Eligibility Review provision is applicable only for students who transfer from one MSHSL member school to another MSHSL member school.
  • The written request from the administrators at both the receiving school and sending school should include all documents they believe support eligibility.
  • This provision requires certifi cation from both schools confirming no recruitment or inappropriate contact has occured.
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    MSHSL Message to Football Fans
    Home Page Photo To Minnesota State High School League followers and fans:

    The Minnesota State High School League thanks you for your support and attendance during the 2018 football semifinals at U.S. Bank Stadium.

    We understand the difficulties some fans had accessing their seats prior to some of the games. Please know as we prepare for the two-day Prep Bowl on Friday and Saturday that we continue to work diligently with U.S. Bank Stadium staff to make your attendance the best experience possible. Your ticket to the event allows you to attend all day and should get you a seat.

    We thank you for your attendance and support of the League’s member schools, its participants and their communities.

    Enjoy Prep Bowl XXXVII!


    Lumberyard’s Loss Is BOLD Football’s Gain
    Posted by John Millea(jmillea@mshsl.org)- Updated 11/17/2018 8:31:01 PM

    Following a late-October win over Ortonville in the Section 5 playoffs, BOLD football coach Steve Solem told his players that he was retiring at the end of the season, whenever the end arrived.

    It hasn’t arrived yet. The Warriors advanced to the Class 1A Prep Bowl with a 37-7 victory over Blooming Prairie on Saturday at U.S. Bank Stadium, and that means the season will go the distance. And to think, if Solem had used the college degree he earned in lumberyard management from Huron College in South Dakota instead of becoming a teacher and coach, well, that would have been different.

    “I could see myself being a lumberyard manager, just sitting there passing out two by fours,” a smiling Solem said after Saturday’s game. BOLD (Bird Island, Olivia, Lake Lillian District) will take a record of 13-0 into Saturday’s 10 a.m. game against Mahnomen-Waubun (12-0).

    Solem has spent his entire 33-year high school coaching career at BOLD. He was there when the school district was formed and he helped design the football uniforms. He also has coached boys and girls basketball and softball. His football record of 291-77 ranks among the top 10 in state history; he was inducted into the Minnesota Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2015.

    The Warriors are pursuing their third state championship. BOLD won it all in 1990 and 1991 and finished second in 1992, 1998 and 2014. Another championship would be a great way to close his career, but Solem knows this is about more than winning and losing.

    “I don’t think there’s a better way to go out than have these young men lead you to a state finals game,” he said. “Win, lose or draw, we lay it on the line every game. And when we’re done, we look at the scoreboard. If it’s in our favor we like it. If it isn’t we’re not as happy but we know we played as hard as we could.”

    A 1978 graduate of Windom High School, Solem played football at Worthington Community College before transferring to study and play football at Huron. He was a graduate assistant coach there for two years before taking a job teaching physical education in Bird Island. He was an assistant football coach for one year before taking over the team.

    This year’s team returned nine offensive starters and eight on defense from last season’s 10-1 squad. “We knew we were going to have a decent team,” the coach said.

    Some of Solem’s early players are now the parents of current players. He was asked about senior Riley Weis, a 6-foot-1, 300-pound senior lineman who will play in the Minnesota High School All-Star Game at U.S. Bank Stadium on Dec. 15.

    “I coached his dad the first year I was there, and his mom was a basketball player who was tougher than a nail. I said, ‘You two should get married.’ And they came up with a 290-pound tackle.”

    --Mahnomen/Waubun defeated Springfield 38-0 Saturday. The Thunderbirds and BOLD have been dominant all season long, scoring seemingly at will and rarely giving up points. BOLD, which has trailed only once in 2018, has held all but two opponents to zero points or single digits. The Mahnomen/Waubun Thunderbirds have given up double digits only three times.

    --Rochester Lourdes and Pierz have dominated Class 3A, with each winning two state titles in the last four years. Lourdes came out on top Saturday, defeating the Pioneers 25-20 in a game that went down to the wire. Pierz won it all in 2015 and 2017, and the Eagles were champions in 2014 and 2016.

    --Fairmont defeated Perham 29-14, moving the Cardinals into a matchup with Rochester Lourdes in Prep Bowl XXXVII at 1 p.m. Saturday. Fairmont’s last Prep Bowl appearance was a runner-up finish in 2011.

    --St. Thomas Academy advanced to its fourth Prep Bowl with a 33-21 victory over Bemidji in Class 5A. The Cadets, who won a state title in 1975 and finished second in 2000, 2006 and 2015, will meet defending state champion Owatonna at 4 p.m. Saturday.

    Football State Semifinals

    Thursday, Nov. 15

    Nine-Man: Spring Grove 48, Cromwell-Wright 12
    Class 2A: Caledonia 40, Paynesville 6
    Class 4A: SMB 23, Waseca 15
    Class 6A: Eden Prairie 34, Blaine 14

    Friday, Nov. 16
    Nine-Man: Mountain Lake Area 42, Mountain Iron-Buhl 8
    Class 2A: Barnesville 34, Minneapolis North 20
    Class 5A: Owatonna 39, Elk River 8
    Class 4A: Willmar 62, St. Paul Johnson 20
    Class 6A: Lakeville North 35, Lakeville South 13

    Saturday, Nov. 17
    Class 1A: BOLD 37, Blooming Prairie 7
    Class 1A: Mahnomen/Waubun 38, Springfield 0
    Class 3A: Rochester Lourdes 25, Pierz 20
    Class 3A: Fairmont 29, Perham 14
    Class 5A: St. Thomas Academy 33, Bemidji 21

    Prep Bowl XXXVII

    Friday, November 23

    10 a.m. Nine-Man: Spring Grove (13-0) vs. Mountain Lake (12-0)
    1 p.m. Class 2A: Caledonia (12-0) vs. Barnesville (11-2)
    4 p.m. Class 4A: SMB (12-0) vs. Willmar (11-1)
    7 p.m. Class 6A: Eden Prairie (10-1) vs. Lakeville North 12-0)

    Saturday, Nov. 24
    10 a.m. Class 1A: BOLD (13-0) vs. Mahnomen/Waubun (12-0)
    1 p.m. Class 3A: Rochester Lourdes (13-0) vs. Fairmont (11-1)
    4 p.m. Class 5A: Owatonna (12-0) vs. St. Thomas Academy (12-0)

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