|State Tournament Recap
The two-day Minnesota State High School League boys and girls golf tournaments concluded on Wednesday, June 13 with team champions and individual championships crowned in three enrollment classes. The Class A tournament was played at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker, the Class AA tournament was played at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan, and the Class AAA tournament was played at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids.
Here is a look at the tournament:
First-round leader Rachel Halvorson, a sophomore from Lac qui Parle Valley, outdueled Legacy Christian Academy senior Sophie Gray to capture the individual championship in the Class A tournament at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker. Halvorson, who finished Day 1 tied with Park Christian junior Emily Doeden with a 76, turned in a 79 on the final day to finish with a two-round total of 155. That was one stroke better than Gray, who fired a second-day 77 for a two-round total of 156. Doeden and Fillmore Central senior Grace Miller tied for third place with a score of 157. Mille Lacs Raiders senior Heidi Schultz was fifth at 159. Halvorson was 11th in the 2017 Class A tournament. Halvorson’s finish spurred Lac qui Parle Valley to the team championship with a score of 714. That was one stroke better than Fillmore Central, who finished runner-up at 715. Park Christian captured the third-place trophy with a score of 723.
In addition to Halvorson, scoring for Lac qui Parle Valley in the team championship were senior Abigail Stender (181), Izabella Stender (186), and Sarah Halvorson (192).
Red Wing junior Sophia Yoemans, pictured at right, followed a record round with a second day well-below par to capture the Class AA individual championship at Ridges at Sand Creek at Jordan. On Day 1, she set a course record and MSHSL state tournament record nine-under par 63 to build a first-round lead. On Day 2, she fired a six-under 66 to cruise to the individual championship. It was the second consecutive season of medalist honors for Yoemans. In 2017, she was a co-medalist with Edina’s Joanna Kim in the Class AAA tournament. Red Wing teammate Leah Herzog, a junior, was runner-up to Yoemans, eight strokes back at 137. Detroit Lakes sophomore Shelby Busker was third at 148, Minnewaska Area junior Madi McGinty was fourth at 150 and Crookston senior Ally Tiedemann was fifth at 151.
Detroit Lakes won the Class AA crown for the third consecutive season with a score of 638. It is the second time in the three-class format that the Lakers have won three consecutive championships. The other spree was 2012-2014. Scoring for the Lakers were sophomore Shelby Busker (148), sophomore Anna Cihak (152), senior Maddie Herzog (155), and eighth-grader McKenna Mallow (183). Marshall was runner-up, one stroke behind Detroit Lakes with a 664. Red Wing, a Class AAA runner-up in 2017, finished third one stroke back at 665.
Blaine’s Kathryn Van Arragon made MSHSL state tournament history by becoming the first seventh-grader to win an individual championship in Class AAA. After a first-round two-under par 70 gave her a two-stroke lead entering Day 2, she followed that with a 73 for a 143 total score. She is in her first year of competition at the varsity level.
That gave her a three-stroke victory over Northfield junior Molly Stevens and Woodbury’s Aayushi Sarkar, who tied for runner-up honors with a 146. Chanhassen eighth-grader Madi Hicks finished in fourth place with a 147, and also had the shot of the day. She recorded a hole in one on the 140-yard No. 3 on the West Course. Orono freshman Camille Kuznik was in fifth with a two-round score of 149. Edina captured the Class AAA team championship for a record fourth consecutive season with a four-golfer combined score of 638. That was two strokes better than runner-up, Roseville, which was second at 640. Lakeville North was third at 645. Since the implementation of the three-class format in 2008, the Hornets have won five Class AAA crowns. The other came in 2013. Edina has won 12 team championships overall, the other seven won in Class AA from 1983 to 1997.
Scoring for the Hornets were senior Joanna Kim and sophomore Janice Kim, both of whom had 158; senior Emily Kratz (159) and sophomore Amy Terwilliger (163).
Sleepy Eye United senior Ben Laffen began the final day of competition three strokes off the pace, but he made up that ground with a final-round 73 to capture the Class A individual championship at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker. Laffen, who was fourth during the 2017 state tournament, finished with a two-round score of 144. That edged Bethlehem Academy junior Khrystian Petersen, who had a 145. Petersen led the field after the first round with a four-under par 68.
Community Christian freshman Brett Reid was third at 148, and he was followed by a tie for fourth place between North Woods senior Tate Olson and Pine River-Backus sophomore Brady Raph. Both carded scores of 150. Laffen’s performance helped send Sleepy Eye United to a share of the Class A team championship with Mounds Park Academy. Both schools ended with a two-round total of 641. It is the first team championship for Sleepy Eye United in three state tournament appearances.
In addition to Laffen, scoring for Sleepy Eye United were freshman Logan Netzke (164), junior Andrew Neid (166) and freshman Toby Weiss (167).
Mounds Park Academy’s title was its third in the past four seasons. Scoring for the Panthers were Matt Berning (151), Brock Bliese (156), Jackson Peacock (160), and senior Joe Mecklenburg and senior Tony Kuba tied for the fourth position with a 174.
North Woods was third in the team competition with a score of 658.
Entering the final day of competition at Ridges at Sand Creek, East Grand Forks senior Nate Deziel led a group of five golfers that were within three shots of one another. By the end of the tournament, it was a group of three golfers within two strokes, and Deziel was still on top. He recorded a two-round score of 137 to edge Derek Hitchner, a senior from The Blake School, who was one shot back at 138. Red Wing junior Cecil Belisle, the defending Class AA champion, was third at 139. Kasen Anderson, a senior at St. Croix Preparatory Academy, and Cloquet-Esko freshman Sam Baker tied for fifth with two-round scores of 144.
In the team race, Holy Family Catholic recorded a three-stroke victory over Detroit Lakes. The Fire had a combined team score of 600 while Detroit Lakes had a two-round score of 603. It is the first state championship for Holy Family Catholic in four state tournament appearances. Scoring for the Fire were senior Tyler Muschweske (146), Charlie Lindberg (150), senior Lincoln Cizek (152) and sophomore Sam McNulty (152). Red Wing finished third with a score of 619.
Wayzata senior Tristan Nelko, who finished in the Class AAA tournament in 2017, roared back in his final year of eligibility to capture medalist honors. After building a two-stroke lead after the first round, he carded a 1-under par 71 to record a score of 139 and a four-stroke victory. St. Michael-Albertville junior Trey Fessler and Mankato East junior Walker Nelson tied for runner-up honors with scores of 143. There was a three-way tie for fourth between Chanhassen junior Ben Hicks, St. Michael-Albertville sophomore Christian Labrador and Alexandria Area junior Noah Boraas. All had scores of 144.
Maple Grove won the team championship in its first appearance in the state tournament. The Crimson recorded a team score of 593, which was seven strokes better than St. Thomas Academy and Alexandria Area, both of whom tied for second with scores of 600. One shot back and tied for fourth place were Elk River and Edina.
|Prep Championship Series Recap
Four baseball championships were claimed over two days of competition during the 2018 Minnesota State High School League’s Prep Baseball Championship Series. Weather-related delays limited Championship Saturday to just three games on Saturday, June 16.
Heritage Christian Academy won the Class A championship in its first state tournament appearance while Maple Lake captured the Class AA crown. In Class AAA, Mahtomedi was making its fifth consecutive state tournament appearance, a run that ended with a state championship.
The Class AAAA championship game was played on Monday, June 18. In the final game of the 2018 season, Stillwater Area topped Minnetonka 4-0 to end the year on a 20-game winning streak.
Here is a look at the tournament:
Heritage Christian Academy, the top seed in the Class A field, rode the bat and arm of senior right-hander Seth Halvorsen to defeat No. 2 Sleepy Eye 8-0 to claim the championship in its first state tournament appearance.
Just more than a week after being drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 30th round of the 2018 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, Halvorsen became the fifth player in MSHSL history to hit two home runs in a state tournament game. He was also the winning pitcher after striking out 16 in the seven-inning shutout. He struck out the final six batters that he faced.
Halvorsen, a University of Missouri recruit, was 3 for 3 with a walk, a stolen base and two home runs to power the Eagles (23-3) from the leadoff spot. He was 2-0 across nine shutout innings in his two state tournament appearances. He struck out 21 and allowed just five hits. He finished his senior season with 117 strikeouts in 52 innings and compiled an 8-1 record.
Second-seeded Maple Lake (25-2) concluded its 2018 season on a 17-game winning streak with an 8-4 win over No. 1 Marshall School, Duluth (23-5) in the Class AA championship game at Target Field. It was the fourth state championship of the 2017-18 academic year for Maple Lake. The volleyball team won a Class AA championship in the fall, and just more than a week earlier, the softball team won the Class AA crown. Last month, Maple Lake’s girls track and field team won the Class A True Team championship.
The baseball crown is the first for Maple Lake in its third state appearance. Last season, the Irish placed third.
After trailing 3-1 after two innings, the Irish rallied with a four-run third inning and three more in the fourth for an 8-3 lead. Senior pitcher Grant Mergen hit the go-ahead, two-run single to right center in the third inning and was 2 for 4 at the plate with three RBIs. He also went the distance on the mound, allowing four runs (two earned) with five strikeouts.
Junior center fielder Ben Goelz, was 3 for 3 with a run, an RBI and a stolen base, and senior shortstop Cole Trager was 2 for 3 with two runs and an RBI.
Mahtomedi made its fifth consecutive appearance in the baseball state tournament a memorable one by capturing its first championship following a 5-1 victory over Rocori in the Class AAA title game. The top-seeded Zephyrs (20-4) ended the season on a 10-game winning streak. Mahtomedi was the Class AAA runner-up in 2016 to Henry Sibley.
The Zephyrs scored two runs each in the fifth and sixth innings to pull away in a game that they led 1-0 after four innings. Senior right handed starting pitcher Austin Jerylo was solid in keeping the Spartans bats quiet as he located well to induce soft contact throughout. He went the distance, scattering six hits, just one run with no walks and four strikeouts. He was strong early, stranding a one-out double to the left field corner in the first inning by retiring the next 13 batters he faced. Jerylo also was 2 for 3 at the plate, driving in the final run for added insurance in the bottom of the sixth inning.
With a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning, it was senior second baseman Sam Lapadat who provided the spark, lacing an RBI triple into the right field corner with one out. Jerylo and Lapadat provided the punch from the 7-8 spots in the Zephyrs’ lineup.
The Spartans’ offense produced four doubles on the night with junior left fielder Brady Klehr providing the lone two-hit game, going 2 for 3 with one of the team’s doubles.
In the fifth inning, it was Rocori (22-6) that looked to tie the score with back-to-back doubles by senior designated hitter Reed Ruegemer and sophomore shortstop Jack Steil, but the Zephyrs cut the tying run down at the plate to keep the lead intact.
Rocori senior right-handed pitcher Mason Primus was solid in the middle innings, retiring 10 consecutive Zephyrs’ batters after allowing a run in the second until the first out of the fifth.
Stillwater Area finished the season on a 20-game winning streak, a spree that ended with a 4-0 victory over Minnetonka in the Class AAAA championship game on Monday, June 18 at Target Field.
It was the second state championship for the No. 2 seed Ponies (24-3). The other came in 1991 when Stillwater captured the Class AA title. Junior left-handed pitcher Andrew Gilbert was a dominant force on the mound by recording 15 strikeouts in shutting out the No. 1 seed Skippers (22-5).
He struck out the first six batters of the game to set the tone, and he later notched his 15th strikeout for the final out to secure the Ponies’ title. He allowed three hits and two walks in the shutout victory. He recorded at least two strikeouts in five of the innings and struck out the side three times.
He entered the state tournament with a 6-1 record and 75 strikeouts in 42 innings with a 0.50 earned run average. Gilbert pitched in two games during the tournament, striking out 25 strikeouts across 13 2/3 innings, allowing just two runs.
The Ponies snapped a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth inning with two outs. Although senior shortstop Matthew McGinley was 0 for 2 with a walk in the game, he factored into both runs in the inning as he beat out a double play for an RBI fielder’s choice grounder to short and then caused a baseline disruption and a failed pickoff attempt at first base that allowed sophomore teammate Jonathan Koehn to score from third.
|Clay Target State Tournament
The Minnesota State High School League’s final state tournament event of the 2017-2018 school year commences on Friday, June 22 when the Clay Target State Tournament is held at Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake. Here is a look at the tournament:
When: Friday, June 22, 2018
Where: Minneapolis Gun Club, 20006 Judicial Road, Prior Lake, MN 55372
7:30-8 a.m. --- Team competition check-in
8:30 a.m. --- Opening ceremony
9 a.m. --- Team competition begins
12:15 p.m. (approximate) --- Team awards ceremony
12:30-1 p.m. --- Individual competition check-in
1 p.m. --- Individual competition begins
3:30 p.m. (approx.) --- Individual awards ceremony
Tournament results: www.claytargetleaderboard.com
Admission, parking: Admission and parking are free to this event.
Competing teams: St. Michael-Albertville, Wayzata, Park Rapids, Lakeview, Badger/Greenbush-Middle River, Alexandria Area, Bemidji, New Prague, Alden-Conger, Marshall, Hibbing, Roseau, United South Central, Lakeville South, Fairmont, Mahtomedi, Champlin Park, Buffalo, Delano, Perham, East Grand Forks, Austin, Tri-City United, Prior Lake, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, Hutchinson, Farmington, Cambridge-Isanti, Monticello, Northfield, St. Peter, Spring Grove, Rogers, Zimmerman, Owatonna, Belle Plaine, Maple Grove, Ada-Borup/Norman County West, Big Lake, Willmar.
Individual champions return: Kimball Area’s Jack Knaus, the 2016 state champion, and New Prague’s Woodrow Glazer, the defending champion, have qualified for this week’s state tournament.
Qualifying: There are 115 participants and 40 teams that have qualified for the state tournament.
2017 top teams, order of finish: 1. St. Michael-Albertville. 2. Hibbing. 3. Blaine.
2017 top individuals, order of finish: 1. Woodrow Glazer, New Prague. 2. Jeremy Knight, Alexandria Area. 3. Lane Berning, St. Michael-Albertville. 4. Cody Schoen, St. Michael-Albertville. 5. Jesse Groen, Blaine. 6. Jake Nohre, Brandon-Evansville. 7. Zac Olson, Lakeville South. 8. Jake Johnson, Lakeville South.
Top Gun All-State Team: At the conclusion of the state tournament, eight participants will be selected to the Mills Fleet Farm Top Gun All-State Team. Mills Fleet Farm is a premier sponsor of the Clay Target state tournament.
History: In 2012, the Minnesota State High School League became the first high school activities association in the nation to provide support and recognition for Clay Target. The first tournament was held in 2014. In 2018, there were more than 12,000 participants representing 349 high school teams. They are coached and supported by more than 4,000 volunteers.
|State Lacrosse Tournament
Apple Valley girls win first title; Prior Lake boys earn second championship
The Apple Valley girls won their first championship after the three-time defending champions from Eden Prairie 11-10.
It started as a game of streaks with Apple Valley coming out with momentum taking an early 2-0 lead over Eden Prairie. Eden Prairie then found its way to net for three consecutive goals and tooik the 3-2 lead. It was up to Molly Moynihan, the senior midfielder from Apple Valley, to turn the game and get the Apple Valley Eagles back on top. After being down 6-3 with just under 6 minutes remaining in the half, the Eden Prairie Eagles were able to net three, two from sophomore midfielder Maggie Brown, to tie the game at 6-6.
The halftime break gave Apple Valley some steam and the Eagles netted their first goal of the second half in just 33 seconds by senior forward Emma Vogelgesang followed by another goal from Moynihan for an 8-6 lead. Eden Prairie’s Brown added another shortly after with Apple Valley’s senior midfielder Reagan Roelofs getting her third of the game. The Eden Prairie Eagles started their streak again to tie the game with under 10 remaining in the game with Brown’s fourth goal giving the Eden Prairie Eagles the lead at 10-9 with 7 minutes to play. Scoring dissipated after that with both teams playing strong defense. It a full three minutes of play before Apple Valley’s Vogelgesang tied the game at 10-10. The game-winning goal came with just 72 seconds remaining from senior forward Sophie Leong for a score of 11-10.
Scoring leaders for Apple Valley were Moynihan with 3 goals and Roelofs with 3 goals and 1 assist.
Scoring leaders for Eden Prairie for Brown with 4 goals and 1 assist, and junior midfielder Brooke Lewis with 2 goals and 1 assist.
The Blake School of Minneapolis defeated Lakeville North 15-10 in the third-place game and Minnehaha Academy of Minneapolis beat Blaine 17-13 in the consolation final.
On the boys’ side, the Lakers of Prior Lake won their second championship in their third appearance. They defeated Benilde-St. Margaret’s of St. Louis Park 10-8 in the title game. The Lakers, who placed sixth in 2017, won their first title in 2016.
Prior Lake found the back of the net in the first minute of the game to take a 1-0 lead. Goals were then traded back and forth between the Red Knights and Lakers for a score of 4-3 in favor of the Lakers at the end of the first quarter. Things remained in favor of the Lakers in the second quarter, as they scored the only two goals.
Benilde-St. Margaret’s found some steam after the break and tied the game at 6-6 at the half with goals from three individual players.
The last quarter turned out to be a great show. Benilde-St. Margaret’s took the 7-6 lead with 38 seconds into the quarter and not soon after the Lakers’ streak began. Prior Lake tallied three consecutive goals gaining a two-goal lead over the Red Knights with minutes remaining. It was at the 7:09 minute mark that the Red Knights scored their last goal of the game getting the total to 9-8.
Scoring leaders for Benilde-St. Margaret’s were senior midfielder Jerome Newhouse with 2 goals and Quinn Ehlen with 2 goals and 1 assist. Senior attacker Alex Rejda paced Prior Lake with 4 goals and junior attacker Benjamin Jung added 2 goals and 2 assists.
Minnetonka went home with the third-place hardware after posting a 14-7 victory over Mahtomedi. In the consolation final, Wayzata defeated the defending champions from Eagan 17-16.
|Spring Calendar Update
The end of the Spring season is one of the busiest times on the MSHSL Calendar. Here is a quick listing of the events happening over the next few weeks.
State Tournament: June 1 & 2 at Coon Rapids H.S.
CI Brackets PI Brackets
State Tournament: June 5 - 8 at AA- Baseline and A- Read-Sweatt
State Brackets Section Brackets
State Tournament: June 7 & 8 at Caswell Park, N. Mankato
State Brackets Section Brackets
Boys and Girls Track and Field
State Tournament: June 8 & 9 at Hamline University, St. Paul
TENTATIVE State Meet Schedule
Boys and Girls Golf
State Tournament: June 12 & 13. AAA - Bunker Hills, AA - Ridges at Sand Creek, A - Pebble Creek
Section Scores and Results
Boys and Girls Lacrosse
State Tournament: June 12, 14, & 16 at Minnetonka H.S. and Chanhassen H.S.
State Brackets: Boys Girls Section Brackets: Boys Girls
State Tournament: June 14, 15, 16 at Various Sites, Championships at Target Field
State Brackets Section Brackets
State Tournament: June 22 at Minneapolis Gun Club, Prior Lake
|Great Teams (With A Turf Assist) Get The Job Done
|Posted by John Millea(firstname.lastname@example.org)- Updated 6/18/2018 7:47:07 PM
|Championship games in the state baseball tournament were whipsawed by the weather, turning what was scheduled to be a one-day festival at Target Field into a double-rain-delayed slate of four games held in separate sessions two days apart. Such is life with spring sports in Minnesota, as least this year.
The baseball teams that met Monday afternoon in the final game of the season -- from Minnetonka and Stillwater in Class 4A – were like every other spring sports team in 2018 … snowed out and frozen out early in the season. But the Skippers and Ponies were able to take advantage of something that many schools don’t have: artificial turf.
Stillwater capped the season with a 4-0 victory Monday in a game that was rescheduled after rain on Saturday pushed back the start of play for nearly four and a half hours. The Class 1A, 2A and 3A games were completed Saturday.
The weather wasn’t perfect Monday, either, with rain delaying the start of the game for 22 minutes. At the end of it all, however, both teams could look back to the very early days of the season and the advantage of turf on their campuses.
Minnetonka has one of the busiest baseball diamonds in the state. Their 12-year-old facility, which has turf covering every inch, was used for three dozen high school games this spring that did not involve the Skippers. Minnetonka’s first three scheduled games of the season were wiped out by weather and they played their first home game on April 11, followed by two more postponed home games.
Stillwater’s first game, scheduled for April 5, was postponed as were the next seven dates. The Ponies finally played their opener on April 25.
Once snow was cleared from the Minnetonka field, the Skippers were able to be outside to work out. And while Stillwater doesn’t have a turf baseball field, the school has four turf football/soccer/lacrosse fields, and the baseball team took advantage of it.
Bottom line: while most teams were hitting, throwing and catching in gymnasiums and other indoor spaces, the teams that finished the season playing for the state championship were outdoors.
“We did have two scrimmages on the turf,” said Stillwater coach Mike Parker. “I think having a turf field to practice on is great. We couldn’t play games early but we were able to use it for practice, everybody was able to go outside and relieve some of that cabin fever.”
And for both teams, there was a flurry of games with little time to practice once the weather (and all the fields) cleared.
March 19 was the first day baseball teams could practice this season (following a week of conditioning that began on March 12). Minnetonka coach Paul Twenge said his team’s first outdoor practice was held on March 26 or 27.
“Then we got the snow in April, so you just push the snow off to the side,” he said. “Once it’s exposed (the turf) dries out. We had 18-20 inches of snow sitting on that thing and we were able to move it along. The field’s been great.”
There was another key component of Stillwater’s successful season.
“We were able to have a week in Florida, which was nice,” Parker said after the championship game. “If we hadn’t gotten down there, I think it would have been real tough for us.”
Gilbert Goes Distance, Strikes Out 15
Stillwater junior lefthander Drew Gilbert was the star on the mound in the championship game, giving up just three hits while striking out 15 and walking two. He fanned the first six Minnetonka hitters and 10 of the first 12 Skippers outs came on strikeouts as Stillwater won its first state baseball title since 1991.
Jack Hanson had a single and double for Minnetonka and Mason Nadolny singled. Stillwater had only four hits: two by by Mason Schwerzer and one each by Gilbert and Luke Simcik. The game was scoreless until the fourth inning when singles by Gilbert and Schwerzer, coupled with a fielder’s choice and Minnetonka error, saw two runs cross. In the sixth, a hit batter and single by Schwerzer was followed by two errors to make it 4-0.
Stillwater, which finished the season with 20 straight wins, had opened the season with two losses.
“You start 0-2 and it exposes you,” Parker said. “If you don’t play well, if you don’t get better each day you’re going to be in trouble. And playing game after game and not having practices was a good thing. It was easy to just kind of rally each day, and the guys love playing baseball.
“We were able to kind of learn from our mistakes as we went. I think our kids were really receptive to the coaching. It’s been quite the ride.”
--The baseball championship was Stillwater’s fifth state title of 2017-18, with all coming during the winter and spring season. The Ponies were state champs in gymnastics, girls Nordic skiing, girls Alpine skiing, softball and baseball.
Class 4A All-Tournament team: Charles Engdahl, Wayzata; Collin Denk, Lakeville North; Connor Melton, Seth Miller, Blaine; Alex Wilde, Paxton Thompson, St. Michael-Albertville; Mason Nadolney, Nick Thimsen, Andy Andresen, Minnetonka; Andrew Gilbert, Cody Venske, Will Frisch, Stillwater.
State Baseball Tournament
Heritage Christian 8, Sleepy Eye 0
Maple Lake 8, Duluth Marshall 4
Mahtomedi 5, Rocori 1
Stillwater 4, Minnetonka 0
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