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It’s More Than A Game, It’s The Breakdown
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/29/2017 9:23:54 PM

What started in the 2003-04 season as little more than a randomly scheduled boys basketball game in Becker between two teams that had little in common – great big Hopkins and teeny tiny Ulen-Hitterdal – has become a dominant force in the Minnesota game. Say “Breakdown” to anyone connected to basketball and they will more than likely nod their head.

Officially, the entity is now known as Breakdown Sports USA. The people behind it put together all-day basketball events such as Saturday’s 12th annual Border Battle at Apple Valley High School, which pitted seven teams from Minnesota against seven teams from Wisconsin. Other boys and girls basketball events are held each year and the Breakdown works in promoting other sports as well as producing full-color yearbooks for several sports.

It’s an amazing story, built on a desire by coaches and teachers to support their games. Breakdown founder Justin Hegna coached the Becker girls basketball team to a Class 3A state championship in 2007. His side job was creating publications geared toward high school sports, and that work resulted in relationships with coaches all over the state.

Before the 2003-04 basketball season, he learned that the boys teams from Hopkins and Ulen-Hitterdal had empty slots on their schedules. Since he was coaching in Becker, and as he put it, “I had keys to the building,” the two teams agreed to play there, which made geographic sense. Hegna then added a girls game on the same day between Annandale and Pelican Rapids.

That little afternoon of basketball grew and grew. For years now the Breakdown has hosted an early-season Tip-Off Classic for girls teams and another for boys. This year both were held at Hopkins High School, with 16 games on two courts each day.

Other Breakdown events this basketball season include the Granite City Classic in St. Cloud, the MLK Classic in Duluth, the Winter Lakes Classic in Alexandria and the Community Clash at Hopkins. They also host basketball events in the summer and fall.

The Breakdown’s biggest claim to basketball fame are the matchups they put together. Saturday’s Border Battle, for instance, included the five-time defending state champion among Minnesota’s Class 3A boys teams (DeLaSalle), the two-time defending state champion of Wisconsin’s largest class (Stevens Point), and eight players who have committed to Division I colleges. The capacity crowd inside the Apple Valley gym was testament to the event’s drawing power. The Border Battle is held in Minnesota during odd-numbered years and in Wisconsin during even-numbered years.

“It surely has made some of the teams that are really good get some really good games,” Tartan boys basketball coach Mark Klingsporn said of the Breakdown events. “It’s provided opportunities to play different teams in different settings, really good competition. Sometimes it’s hard for the top-tier teams to line up those great games.”

When Hegna envisioned the concept of a Border Battle, he called Klingsporn. They met in Maple Grove and talked for several hours.

“He had some really good ideas and I had some things I thought might work and that the high school coaches might like,” Klingsporn said.

Minnetonka High School hosted Tip-Off Classics for several years; a local fire marshall made an appearance in 2015 to assess an overflow crowd. That site was the first to use two courts at the same time.

“People thought I was crazy,” Hegna said. “I met with (then-Minnetonka activities director John Hedstrom) because they had two gyms. John should get as much credit as anybody because Minnetonka was one of the few schools with two gyms that could hold high school games. You didn’t see that in high school, two games at once, live real games.

“I think the popularity of it comes from our culture and society. People like options. They like to get more bang for their buck. We market to college coaches, too, and they’re restricted to how many times they can watch a kid. Now they can fly in and see 32 teams in one day.”

There have been plenty of memorable moments, not all of them on the basketball court. For instance, back when Hegna was still coaching as well as running events, he was called for a technical foul during a game. Afterwards, one of his duties was handing the officials their paychecks.

“Probably never before has a coach gotten a technical foul and then had to pay the official who gave him the technical foul,” he said. “I had to deliver the envelope to pay the official who gave me the technical, and I deserved it.”

Saturday’s Border Battle was well-run, with all seven games starting on time and fans moving easily in and out of the gym.

“I’m delighted and I’m surprised by the growth of it,” Hegna said. “We’re very passionate and we’re basketball junkies.”

BY THE NUMBERS
*Schools/teams John has seen/visited: 342
*Miles John has driven in the Toyota Camry in 2016-17: 7,230
*Follow John on Twitter: @MSHSLjohn



Class 1A Boys Basketball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/27/2017 11:13:42 AM

From Minnesota Basketball News.

1. Minneapolis North 14-1
2. Red Lake 14-2
3. Central Minnesota Christian 14-1
4. Goodhue 15-1
5. Red Rock Central 13-0
6. Nevis 13-1
7. Springfield 14-1
8. Ada-Borup 12-1
9. Cleveland 15-0
10. Heritage Christian 11-3
11. Cass Lake-Bena 11-5
12. North Woods 14-1
13. Hillcrest Lutheran 9-3
14. Spring Grove 14-3
15. Browerville-Eagle Valley 10-3
16. Lake Park-Audubon 11-3
17. Parkers Prairie 12-1
18. Cedar Mountain-Comfrey 11-2
19. Cristo Rey Jesuit 9-5
20. Prairie Seeds Academy 10-3



Class 2A Boys Basketball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/27/2017 11:13:10 AM

From Minnesota Basketball News.

1. Minnehaha Academy 11-5
2. Caledonia 10-3
3. Melrose 15-0
4. St. Cloud Cathedral 13-3
5. Esko 14-2
6. Crosby-Ironton 15-0
7. Lake City 12-2
8. Watertown-Mayer 14-1
9. New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva 16-0
10. Sauk Centre 12-2
11. Holdingford 10-3
12. Eden Valley-Watkins 10-2
13. Annandale 12-3
14. New Life Academy 13-1
15. Waterville-Elysian-Morristown 10-3
16. Jordan 13-2
17. Virginia 15-0
18. Perham 12-2
19. Jackson County Central 12-3
20. Breckenridge 10-1



Class 3A Boys Basketball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/27/2017 11:12:36 AM

From Minnesota Basketball News.

1. DeLaSalle 12-2
2. Delano 12-3
3. Marshall 15-1
4. Mahtomedi 14-1
5. Orono 13-3
6. Totino-Grace 9-6
7. Austin 12-1
8. Fergus Falls 12-2
9. Waseca 14-1
10. Big Lake 9-4
11. Grand Rapids 12-4
12. Columbia Heights 10-5
13. St. Paul Highland Park 12-3
14. Alexandria 8-4
15. Faribault 8-3
16. Minneapolis Patrick Henry 8-5
17. Sauk Rapids-Rice 9-7
18. St. Anthony Village 13-3
19. Northfield 7-5
20. Bemidji 7-3



Class 4A Boys Basketball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/27/2017 11:11:58 AM

From Minnesota Basketball News.

1. Champlin Park 13-0
2. Maple Grove 12-1
3. Lakeville North 12-1
4. Wayzata 14-0
5. Apple Valley 12-2
6. Hopkins 12-4
7. Cretin-Derham Hall 10-4
8. Eden Prairie 9-6
9. New Prague 14-2
10. Tartan 14-1
11. Robbinsdale Armstrong 9-5
12. Woodbury 11-4
13. Park Center 11-3
14. Osseo 10-5
15. Edina 9-4
16. Prior Lake 9-4
17. Bloomington Jefferson 10-3
18. Chaska 9-5
19. St. Cloud Tech 13-2
20. Rochester John Marshall 10-3



Class 1A Girls Basketball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/27/2017 11:08:59 AM

From Minnesota Basketball News.

1. Mountain Iron-Buhl 16-0
2. Goodhue 14-2
3. Wheaton-Herman-Norcross 15-0
4. Cromwell-Wright 13-2
5. Mankato Loyola 15-1
6. Lyle-Pacelli 11-3
7. Ada-Borup 13-1
8. Maranatha Christian 10-6
9. Red Lake 14-2
10. Mayer Lutheran 13-3
11. Canby 15-1
12. Bigfork 18-0
13. Lester Prairie-Holy Trinity 11-4
14. Southwest MN Christian (Edgerton) 11-3
15. Cedar Mountain-Comfrey 11-3
16. Granada-Huntley-East Chain-Martin Luther-Truman 16-2
17. Parkers Prairie 12-2
18. Kimball 14-2
19. Heritage Christian 9-6
20. Red Rock Central 14-3



Class 2A Girls Basketball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/27/2017 11:08:30 AM

From Minnesota Basketball News.

1. Roseau 17-0
2. Sauk Centre 14-1
3. Norwood-Young America 17-0
4. Plainview-Elgin-Millville 13-2
5. Watertown-Mayer 17-2
6. New London-Spicer 13-2
7. Pipestone 14-0
8. Eden Valley-Watkins 14-2
9. Hayfield 13-3
10. Minnehaha Academy 12-4
11. Osakis 14-1
12. Barnesville 13-3
13. St. Peter 14-2
14. Rush City 13-0
15. Esko 13-4
16. Pequot Lakes 13-2
17. Staples-Motley 13-3
18. Southwest Christian (Chaska) 11-3
19. Pine City 14-3
20. Annandale 9-6



Class 3A Girls Basketball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/27/2017 11:07:53 AM

From Minnesota Basketball News.

1. Holy Angels 16-1
2. Alexandria 14-2
3. Orono 15-3
4. Kasson-Mantorville 13-4
5. Winona 12-3
6. Grand Rapids 16-3
7. Mahtomedi 15-2
8. Northfield 11-3
9. Hutchinson 9-5
10. Zimmerman 14-2
11. Waseca 14-4
12. Hermantown 14-3
13. St. Anthony 12-4
14. New Ulm 16-2
15. Bloomington Kennedy 9-6
16. St. Paul Como Park 11-7 d
17. Red Wing 9-5
18. Fergus Falls 9-7
19. Willmar 8-7
20. Sartell-St. Stephen 10-6



Class 4A Girls Basketball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/27/2017 11:07:21 AM

From Minnesota Basketball News.

1. Hopkins 18-0
2. Elk River 16-0
3. Apple Valley 15-2
4. Lakeville North 15-2
5. Eastview 14-3
6. Centennial 14-3
7. Roseville 15-2
8. East Ridge 14-3
9. St. Michael-Albertville 11-4
10. Minnetonka 10-4
11. Wayzata 12-4
12. Park Center 12-5
13. White Bear Lake 10-7
14. Edina 13-5
15. Champlin Park 12-5
16. Woodbury 9-6
17 Cretin-Derham Hall 9-6
18. Forest Lake 11-6
19. Andover 11-5
20. New Prague 11-7



Class 1A Wrestling Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/27/2017 11:05:37 AM

From The Guillotine.

1. Pierz (7)
2. Frazee (8)
3. Zumbrota-Mazeppa (1)
4. West Central Area/Ashby/Brandon-Evansville (6)
5. Kenyon-Wanamingo (2)
6. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (5)
7. Minneota (3)
8. Pipestone Area (3)
9. Park Rapids Area (8)
10. Blue Earth Area (2)
11. Sibley East (4)
12. Staples-Motley (6)
Lean and Mean
Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena (7), Goodhue (1), Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (5), Westfield (2), Maple River (2), Caledonia (1), Royalton/Upsala (5), LPGE-Browerville (5), Paynesville Area (5)



Class 2A Wrestling Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/27/2017 11:05:08 AM

From The Guillotine.

1. Kasson-Mantorville (1)
2. Scott West (2)
3. Simley (4)
4. Foley (6)
5. Albert Lea Area (1)
6. Perham (8)
7. Wabasso/Red Rock Central (3)
8. Hutchinson (2)
9. Waconia (2)
10. Totino-Grace (5)
11. Thief River Falls (8)
12. Litchfield (6)
Lean and Mean
Annandale/Maple Lake (6), Bemidji (8), Grand Rapids (7), Fairmont/Martin County West (3), Delano (6), Hibbing (7), New Prague (2), Mora (7), Plainview-Elgin-Millville (1), Watertown-Mayer/Mayer Lutheran (2), Worthington (3)



Class 3A Wrestling Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/27/2017 11:04:22 AM

From The Guillotine.

1. Shakopee (2)
2. Apple Valley (2)
3. Anoka (7)
4. St. Francis (7)
5. St. Michael-Albertville (5)
6. Owatonna (1)
7. Prior Lake (2)
8. Hastings (3)
9. Willmar (8)
10. Eagan (3)
11. Eastview (2)
12. Cambridge-Isanti (7)
Lean and Mean
Coon Rapids (7), Woodbury (3), Centennial (4), Stillwater Area (4), Little Falls (8), St. Cloud Tech (8), Faribault (1), Brainerd/Pillager (8)



Career Coaches, Hall of Fame Members, Longtime Friends
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/25/2017 6:11:08 PM

ERSKINE – Steve Philion and Vern Johnson have known each other for about 40 years. Now in their 60s, the men are high school boys basketball coaches who have seen a lot, learned a lot and taught countless numbers of students and athletes.

Philion is the coach at Red Lake County and Johnson is at Win-E-Mac. When their teams met on a frigid January evening here at Win-E-Mac, it was part homecoming, part family reunion, part elbow in the ribs.

“I tease Steve every time I see him,” said Johnson with a smile. “I tell him, ‘You can’t quit. I don’t want to be the only old guy.’ ”

While their junior varsity teams were on the court, Johnson and his son/assistant coach Bret saw Philion in a hallway. In a voice loud enough for his longtime coaching counterpart to hear, Vern said to Bret, “Look! There’s an old coach over there.”

All jokes aside, Johnson and Philion are among the top coaches in Minnesota history. Both are members of the Minnesota High School Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame; Johnson was inducted in 2013 and Philion in 2016.

Their successes, however, extend far beyond the basketball court. Philion is retired from a career teaching high school math and Johnson is a retired elementary teacher who currently is working as a long-term elementary substitute teacher at Red Lake Falls (the Red Lake County boys basketball team is a cooperative team with students from Red Lake Falls and Red Lake County Central).

Philion, a graduate of Red Lake Falls High School and Bemidji State, began his coaching career in 1975 as coach of the boys and girls basketball teams at Gonvick-Trail (which became Clearbrook-Gonvick). In 1998 he returned to his hometown to coach the Red Lake Falls boys. He also is a longtime official, working football, baseball, softball and volleyball on the high school and college level for more than four decades, and works as an MSHSL Rules Clinician. (Pictured are Johnson, left, and Philion, right.)

Johnson, a graduate of Erskine High School and the University of North Dakota, began his coaching career as an assistant at Erskine in the 1970s and became the head coach at Grygla-Gatzke in 1980, where he remained for 33 years (also coaching football) until retiring in 2013. A year later, he returned to coaching when he was hired at Win-E-Mac to replace a young coach who moved to Colorado.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would coach again,” Vern said. “I was satisfied. I took a year off with the intention to take a lot more years off. But the kids keep you young. It is refreshing.”

Memories can be foggy, but Philion and Johnson recollect that they first crossed paths playing softball when they were in their 20s.

“Vern’s a pretty passionate guy,” Philion said. “He’s into the game and he’s pretty lively on the sideline. They always play good defense and they always have good fundamentals; typically he’s had pretty decent teams over the years. Small schools usually have ups and downs but he’s had more ups than downs.”

Johnson said, “Oh, we’ve battled against each other. We still compete and we’re still friends.”

The Win-E-Mac Patriots defeated Red Lake County 64-42 in their first meeting earlier this month; they will meet again at Red Lake County in the regular-season finale on Feb. 27.

Like Johnson, Philion has a son (Kevin) who serves an assistant coach. Kevin also drives the team bus.

“This is his fourth year with me,” Steve said. “It’s pretty special. It’s fun having him there, he’s very sharp.”

Bret Johnson has been coaching with his father for three years, and Vern calls their relationship “kind of a special bond.”

“The other night I know he wasn’t real happy with me, and he thought I should have made a change earlier. Later I said, ‘Are you mad at me?’ He said, ‘Yup. You should have gotten out of that zone earlier.’

“You don’t always get to spend a lot of time with your kids. I have a feeling I won’t be the best coach in the family. He’ll be a lot better than I am.”

Both coaches are taking it a year at a time, enjoying the days with their teams and the competition with friends.

“I hate playing his teams,” Johnson said of Philion. “They just work hard and they’re fundamentally sound. It doesn’t matter how much talent they have or don’t have. You better be ready or you’re going to be taught a lesson.”

BY THE NUMBERS
*Schools/teams John has seen/visited: 330
*Miles John has driven in the Toyota Camry in 2016-17: 7,147
*Follow John on Twitter: @MSHSLjohn



Nordic Ski Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/25/2017 11:06:04 AM

Provided by Skinnyski.com

GIRLS
Individuals
Kelly Koch, Burnsville, 11
Lucy Anderson, Robbinsdale-Armstrong, 10
Hannah Bettendorf, Proctor-Hermantown, 11
Erin Moening, St. Paul Highland Park, 12
Jenna Parent, Forest Lake, 11
Anna Johnson, Mesabi East, 12
Renae Anderson, Hopkins, 12
Mara McCollor, Wayzata, 10
Regan Duffy, Forest Lake, 10
Kasia Bednarski, Mpls Southwest, 10
Cusp: Dorothy Anderson, Robbinsdale-Armstrong, 12; Rana Kraftson, Stillwater, 11; Emma Stertz, Grand Rapids, 11; Krista Holmstrom, Burnsville, 12; Triana Willmert, Edina, 11; Libby Tuttle, Stillwater, 9; Erin Bianco, Ely, 12; Siri Bohacek, Stillwater, 11; Mae Barnes, Robbinsdale-Armstrong, 10; Sarah Olson, Blaine, 10

Teams
Robbinsdale-Armstrong
Ely
Stillwater
Mesabi East
Forest Lake
Duluth East
Hopkins
Eden Prairie
St. Paul Highland Park
Grand Rapids
Cusp: Eastview; Roseville; Andover; Irondale; Edina; Wayzata; Champlin Park; Burnsville; Little Falls

BOYS
Individuals
Xavier Mansfield, Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony, 12
William Kerker, Mpls Southwest, 12
Patrick Acton, Eagan, 12
Luc Golin, Wayzata, 11
Anders Sonnesyn, Wayzata, 11
Ian Ivens, Champlin Park, 12
Hunter Zupko, Little Falls, 11
James Schneider, Wayzata, 9
John Swinghamer, Mora, 12
Peter Moore, SPA, 10
Cusp: Alex Nemeth, St. Cloud Cathedral, 10; Adlai Sinker, Mpls Southwest, 12; Ryan Mead, Forest Lake, 11; Henry Hall, Mpls Southwest, 10; Ben Olson, Blaine, 11; Shad Kraftson, Stillwater, 12; Ryan Steger, Eagan, 12; Luke Crandall, Champlin Park, 12; Torsten Brinkema, Mpls Southwest, 11; Nate Blichfeldt, Burnsville, 12

Teams
Mpls Southwest
Wayzata
Stillwater
Mora
Champlin Park
Eagan
Forest Lake
St. Paul Highland Park
Edina
Minnetonka
Cusp: Grand Rapids; Eden Prairie; Duluth East; Winona; Andover; Brainerd; Burnsville; Robbinsdale-Armstrong



This Week's Gymnastics Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/24/2017 9:43:32 PM

CLASS 1A
1 Detroit Lakes 8A 150.633
2 Melrose Area 6A 147.058
3 Willmar 6A 145.233
4 Austin 1A 143.958
5 Perham 8A 142.775
6 Pine Island 1A 142.650
7 Worthington 3A 142.508
8 North Branch 7A 141.775
9 Becker 7A 141.617
10 Sartell-Saint Stephen 7A 140.917
11 Mahtomedi 4A 140.483
12 Mankato West 2A 140.258
13 Watertown-Mayer/Mound-Westonka 5A 140.158
14 Jackson County Central 3A 139.375
15 Byron-Lourdes 1A 138.633
16 Monticello 7A 138.550
17 New London-Spicer 6A 138.208
18 Big Lake 7A 138.158
19 Martin County Area 3A 136.858
20 Waconia 2A 136.608
21 Benson-KMS-Montivideo 6A 135.725
22 Fergus Falls 8A 135.575
23 Alexandria 8A 135.533
24 Winona/Cotter 1A 134.550
25 Rush City/Pine City/Hinckley-F. 7A 134.433

CLASS 2A
1 Lakeville North 2AA 148.133
2 Owatonna 1AA 146.433
3 St. Cloud Tech 8AA 145.367
4 Stillwater 4AA 145.250
5 Roseville Area 4AA 144.633
6 Lakeville South 2AA 144.417
7 Cambridge-Isanti 7AA 143.883
8 Champlin Park 5AA 143.525
9 Maple Grove 5AA 142.708
10 Brainerd 8AA 141.817
11 Prior Lake 2AA 141.625
12 Rosemount 3AA 140.892
13 Wayzata 5AA 140.842
14 Anoka 7AA 140.600
15 Farmington 1AA 140.083
16 New Prague 2AA 139.758
17 Saint Michael-Albertville 8AA 139.650
18 Park Center 5AA 139.542
19 Rogers 5AA 139.292
20 Eagan 3AA 138.717
21 East Ridge 3AA 138.417
22 Edina 6AA 138.150
23 Saint Francis 7AA 137.475
24 Forest Lake 7AA 137.042
25 Eden Prairie 6AA 135.967



A Storybook Night Of Wrestling For Pierz and Frazee
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/21/2017 6:52:32 PM

PIERZ – In the world of high school wrestling, a dual match is a storybook. The book always has 14 chapters in a sport with 14 weight classes, from 106-pound sprites who seem to glide over the mat to the athletic mastodons who walk out hauling 285 pounds of muscle, grit and heart.

The book can be a horror novel for teams who know they are outmatched, or easy reading for teams that know they will dominate. Neither was the case here Friday evening, when the top two teams in The Guillotine magazine’s Class 1A rankings met up in a hammer-and-tong match that had all the anticipation of a state-tournament dual.

The Frazee Hornets and Pierz Pioneers could very well meet again at the state tourney in St. Paul in early March. If they do, Friday’s show was a grand preamble, a rollicking action novel filled with ups and downs, highs and lows, screams as well as silence.

Frazee came in with the No. 1 rankings and Pierz was No. 2. These wrestling programs are as good as it gets in Minnesota: The schools have a combined 35 trips to state (23 by Frazee, 12 by the Pioneers) and six state titles (four for the Hornets and two for Pierz).

Last season Frazee was the 1A team state runner-up and Pierz finished third. Two years ago Frazee was fourth and Pierz went 0-2 at state. The schools are 105 miles apart and don’t always meet during the regular season, so this wasn’t your ordinary Friday night exercise.

As veteran broadcaster Rick Grammond -- whose “You Are There Sports” website is well-known for first-class coverage of events across these parts -- told his listeners before the match began, “This is fun when two legendary programs get together.”

The wild evening would end with a smiling lady telling Rick, “Somebody who was listening on the internet told me it sounded like you might need oxygen!”

Indeed. This was a crazy one, with 14 chapters that involved some of the state’s best wrestlers, two veteran coaches and knowledgeable fans who cheered for their boys (“Hook the wrist! Hook the wrist!”) while offering helpful advice to the referee (“That’s a stall, ref, not a stalemate!”).

Three matches pitted wrestlers who are ranked among the top 10 in their weight classes. The action began at 6:45 p.m. with the gym lights dimmed while a set of spotlights lit up the mat.

Frazee got rolling early, with Landon Byer, Michael Miller and Tanner Schermerhorn winning at 106, 113 and 120 pounds to put the Hornets in front 10-0. Lucas Popp put the Pioneers on the board with a 2-1 decision over Kaden Hiemez at 126 and the team score was 10-3.

The Hornets’ top-ranked Tanner Reetz met No. 3 Brandon Ortman of Pierz at 132, and it began with Tanner and Brandon ramming their heads into each other only seven seconds in. Ortman got the worst of it and there was a brief timeout as Pioneers coach Mark Jensen checked on him. Brandon continued wrestling, but he was a little wobbly and Jensen walked onto the mat in the second period, figuratively throwing in the towel. Reetz won by injury default, giving Frazee a 16-3 lead.

After Reese Kapsner of Pierz beat Blaine Beaty 5-2 at 138 and Tanner Eischens of Frazee defeated Andrew Tomala 6-4 at 145, the Hornets’ lead was 19-6 and half of the book’s chapters had been completed.

As the bigger boys strode from the darkness into the light, the home team found its gait and the referee’s hand began slapping the mat with regularity. Jalen Jansen won by fall at 152. Luke Girtz pulled some magic out of his singlet at 160, scoring an escape in the absolute final second to beat Charleton Wake 8-7. The score was Frazee 19, Pierz 15.

Another pin for the Pioneers: Logan Lease at 170 … Pierz led now 21-19 with four weights to go and this was anybody’s match to win. The home fans absolutely shrieked as their Brett Kapsner rolled Logan Wacker’s shoulders onto the mat and the slap reverberated, putting the Pioneers ahead 27-19.

Amid the din, Grammond yelled into his microphone, “We are getting down to the nitty gritty here!”

Sixth-ranked Matt Kummet of Pierz defeated fifth-ranked Rory Drewes 3-1 at 195 and it was Pierz 30, Frazee 19. That 11-point margin meant the Hornets needed to win by fall in both of the final two matches to take home the victory.

An amazing thing happened at 220 pounds. Luke Tweeten of Frazee and Carson Huls of Pierz battled, battled and battled some more. In fact, the score was 3-3 and headed to overtime … or so it seemed. Huls held control of Tweeten as the third-period clock neared zero, and then – amazingly – Huls simply let go, allowing Tweeten to score a one-point escape for a 4-3 victory.

The place went nuts as everyone realized what had just happened: By losing in a decision and avoiding overtime, Huls could not be pinned … and Pierz could not be defeated. Clincher. The Pioneers led 30-22 and Troy Fischer completed the night with a pin at 285 pounds, making the final score Pierz 36, Frazee 22.

Clay Nagel, the cowboy-booted coach of the Hornets, had a message for his disappointed wrestlers.

“I told the kids, ‘Would you rather have this happen here or at the state tournament?’ I don’t know what will happen at the state tournament, but Pierz is a good solid team. We learn and get better.”

Jensen, as is customary, chatted with Grammond as the end of the broadcast neared. Mark was worn out and emotional, but mostly he was proud of his boys.

“The upper side of our lineup really wrestled well,” Jensen said. “I can’t say enough about how those kids came out and laid it on the line. They are an experienced bunch, a veteran bunch, they’ve been through the wars and they showed it tonight. Everybody had a great effort. It was phenomenal.”

Jensen broke some news as he chatted with Grammond. Mark was the Pioneers head coach from 1990 to 2006 before stepping down. He returned as head coach in 2013 and it seems like he is ready to hand the reins off once more.

“It’s just one match, it’s kind of practice for the end of the year, but I’m pretty darn proud of these kids,” the coach said. “Being this is probably my last year, it’s phenomenal, just phenomenal. I can’t say enough about this group and this school and what they’ve given me.”

Both teams were back on the mat several hours later at Saturday tournaments. The Pioneers were in action at 9 a.m. at Cambridge-Isanti and the Hornets were doing the same at Staples-Motley.

The state tournament? That book will be opened the second day of March.

BY THE NUMBERS
*Schools/teams John has seen/visited: 326
*Miles John has driven in the Toyota Camry in 2016-17: 7,025
*Follow John on Twitter: @MSHSLjohn



Boys Basketball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/20/2017 1:28:41 AM

Minnesota boys high school basketball rankings, as provided by Minnesota Basketball News, a statewide basketball publication.

CLASS 4A
1. Champlin Park 11-0
2. Maple Grove 10-1
3. Lakeville North 10-1
4. Wayzata 11-0
5. Apple Valley 10-2
6. Hopkins 11-4
7. Cretin-Derham Hall 8-4
8. Eden Prairie 9-5
9. New Prague 12-1
10. Tartan 11-1
11. Robbinsdale Armstrong 7-4
12. Edina 9-2
13. Park Center 10-2
14. Chaska 8-4
15. Osseo 9-4
16. Woodbury 9-3
17. St. Cloud Tech 12-1
18. East Ridge 9-3
19. Bloomington Jefferson 8-3
20. Rochester John Marshall 9-3

CLASS 3A
1. DeLaSalle 10-2
2. Delano 11-2
3. Totino-Grace 8-5
4. Orono 11-3
5. Marshall 12-1
6. Mahtomedi 12-1
7. Austin 9-1
8. Alexandria 8-2
9. Big Lake 9-3
10. Waseca 13-0
11. Fergus Falls 10-2
12. Faribault 7-2
13. St. Paul Highland Park 10-2
14. Grand Rapids 11-4
15. Minneapolis Patrick Henry 8-5
16. Sauk Rapids-Rice 6-6
17. Benilde-St. Margaret’s 6-6
18. St. Anthony Village 11-3
19. Northfield 6-5
20. Bemidji 7-1

CLASS 2A
1. Minnehaha Academy 9-5
2. Caledonia 7-3
3. Esko 13-1
4. Melrose 11-0
5. Lake City 10-1
6. St. Cloud Cathedral 10-2
7. Crosby-Ironton 13-0
8. Watertown-Mayer 11-1
9. Annandale 10-2
10. Eden Valley-Watkins 8-1
11. Brooklyn Center 9-5
12. New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva 13-0
13. New Life Academy 9-1
14. Jordan 11-1
15. Jackson County Central 11-3
16. Waterville-Elysian-Morristown 7-3
17. Sauk Centre 8-2
18. Virginia 11-0
19. Perham 10-1
20. Breckenridge 7-1

CLASS 1A
1. Minneapolis North 12-1
2. Red Lake 12-1
3. Central Minnesota Christian 11-1
4. Goodhue 14-0
5. Hillcrest Lutheran 8-1
6. Heritage Christian 9-1
7. Ada-Borup 10-0
8. Red Rock Central 11-0
9. Nevis 10-1
10. Springfield 11-1
11. Cass Lake-Bena 10-4
12. Waubun 5-3
13. Lake Park-Audubon 9-3
14. Spring Grove 9-3
15. Browerville-Eagle Valley 7-2
16. North Woods 7-0
17. Cleveland 13-0
18. Parkers Prairie 10-1
19. Cedar Mountain-Comfrey 9-1
20. Southwest Christian (Edgerton) 7-2



Girls Basketball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/20/2017 1:27:43 AM

Minnesota girls high school basketball rankings, as provided by Minnesota Basketball News, a statewide basketball publication.

CLASS 4A
1. Hopkins (17-0)
2. Elk River (14-0)
3. Eastview (13-2)
4. Apple Valley (12-2)
5. Lakeville North (13-2)
6. Centennial (12-3)
7. East Ridge (11-3)
8. Roseville Area (13-2)
9. Park Center (10-4)
10.St. Michael-Albertville (9-4)

CLASS 3A
1. Holy Angels (15-1)
2. Alexandria (9-2)
3. Orono (13-3)
4. Kasson-Mantorville (11-4)
5. Winona (10-2)
6. Grand Rapids (13-3)
7. Mahtomedi (13-2)
8. Northfield (11-2)
9. Hutchinson (7-5)
10.Zimmerman (12-2)

CLASS 2A
1. Roseau (13-0)
2. Sauk Centre (12-1)
3. Norwood-Young America (16-0)
4. Plainview-Elgin-Millville (11-2)
5. Watertown-Mayer (12-2)
6. New London-Spicer (11-1)
7. Pipestone (10-0)
8. Osakis (13-0)
9. Hayfield (12-2)
10.Eden Valley-Watkins (10-2)

CLASS 1A
1. Mountain Iron-Buhl (11-0)
2. Goodhue (13-2)
3. Wheaton-Herman-Norcross (12-0)
4. Cromwell-Wright (11-2)
5. Mankato Loyola (12-1)
6. Maranatha Christian (8-5)
7. Lyle-Pacelli (10-2)
8. Ada-Borup (10-1)
9. Cedar Mountain-Comfrey (11-1)
10.Red Lake (11-2)



Gymnastics Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/20/2017 1:26:29 AM

This week’s gymnastics rankings, provided directly to the MSHSL by the Minnesota Girls Gymnastics Coaches Association.

CLASS 1A
1 Detroit Lakes 8A 148.883
2 Melrose Area 6A 145.850
3 Willmar 6A 144.392
4 Austin 1A 143.092
5 Worthington 3A 142.508
6 Pine Island 1A 141.925
7 North Branch 7A 141.775
8 Perham 8A 141.408
9 Mahtomedi 4A 140.483
10 Sartell-Saint Stephen 7A 140.083
11 Becker 7A 139.733
12 Jackson County Central 3A 139.292
13 Mankato West 2A 139.283
14 Watertown-Mayer/Mound-Westonka 5A 138.958
15 New London-Spicer 6A 138.208
16 Byron-Lourdes 1A 137.917
17 Monticello 7A 137.408
18 Big Lake 7A 137.075
19 Waconia 2A 137.058
20 Martin County Area 3A 136.858
21 Fergus Falls 8A 135.575
22 Alexandria 8A 135.533
23 Rush City/Pine City/Hinckley-F. 7A 134.433
24 Benson-KMS-Montivideo 6A 134.350
25 New Ulm Public/NUACS/MVL 2A 133.317

CLASS 2A
1 Lakeville North 2AA 148.133
2 St. Cloud Tech 8AA 144.308
3 Stillwater 4AA 144.033
4 Cambridge-Isanti 7AA 143.883
5 Owatonna 1AA 143.650
6 Lakeville South 2AA 143.567
7 Roseville Area 4AA 143.333
8 Maple Grove 5AA 142.708
9 Champlin Park 5AA 142.458
10 Prior Lake 2AA 141.300
11 Brainerd 8AA 141.217
12 Anoka 7AA 140.600
13 Rosemount 3AA 140.367
14 Wayzata 5AA 139.850
15 Park Center 5AA 139.542
16 Rogers 5AA 138.917
17 New Prague 2AA 138.725
18 Saint Michael-Albertville 8AA 138.675
19 Farmington 1AA 138.508
20 East Ridge 3AA 137.592
21 Forest Lake 7AA 137.042
22 Edina 6AA 136.442
23 Saint Francis 7AA 136.208
24 Minnetonka 6AA 135.267
25 Buffalo 8AA 135.008



Boys Hockey Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/20/2017 1:25:52 AM

The Associated Press polls for Minnesota boys high school hockey, provided by Let's Play Hockey newspaper:

BOYS CLASS 2A
Rank Team Record Last Week
1. Stillwater Area (6) 13-1-0 1
2. Edina (4) 11-3-1 3
3. Elk River/Zimmerman 12-3-0 2
4. Hill-Murray 10-1-3 5
5. Lakeville North 10-2-2 7
6. Eden Prairie 9-4-2 8
7. Holy Family Catholic 10-3-1 9
8. Centennial 10-3-0 10
9. Grand Rapids 10-4-1 4
10. St. Thomas Academy 11-4-1 6
11. Maple Grove 11-3-0 12
12. Duluth East 8-5-1 13
13. White Bear Lake 9-3-2 16
14. Minnetonka 9-6-0 11
15. Lakeville South 9-4-1 14
16. St. Michael-Albertville 11-1-1 17
17. Moorhead 10-3-2 19
18 Blaine 8-5-1 15
19. Roseau 11-4-0 18
20. Burnsville 8-6-1 20
Receiving votes: Cloquet-Esko-Carlton, Prior Lake

BOYS CLASS 1A
Rank Team Record Last Week
1. Hermantown (10) 12-1-1 1
2. Breck 9-3-2 3
3. Delano 11-2-1 2
4. St. Paul Academy 11-2-1 4
5. Mahtomedi 8-6-0 7
6. St. Cloud Cathedral 11-2-2 6
7. East Grand Forks 8-3-1 5
8. Sartell-St. Stephen 11-2-3 8
9. Alexandria 7-4-3 9
10. Greenway 10-3-1 10
11. Hibbing/Chisholm 10-4-0 11
12. Minnehaha Academy 13-2-0 12
13. Orono 8-5-0 15
14. St. Paul Johnson 10-1-2 13
15. Northfield 10-3-2 16
16. Blake 9-5-0 14
17. Rochester Lourdes 7-7-0 18
18. Totino-Grace 7-8-0 20
19. Monticello 9-5-0 17
20. Mound Westonka 6-9-0 RV
Receiving votes: Cloquet-Esko-Carlton, Prior Lake



Girls Hockey Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/20/2017 1:25:05 AM

The Associated Press polls for Minnesota girls high school hockey, provided by Let's Play Hockey newspaper:

GIRLS CLASS 2A
Rank Team Record Last Week
1. Edina (10) 17-0-1 1
2. Hill-Murray 16-3-0 4
3. Maple Grove 13-3-0 2
4. Eden Prairie 13-5-1 5
5. Elk River/Zimmerman 15-3-0 3
6. Blaine 14-2-0 6
7. Cretin-Derham Hall 13-4-2 7
8. Centennial 11-7-0 9
9. Lakeville South 14-5-0 10
10. Minnetonka 9-6-3 8
11. Chaska/Chanhassen 11-8-0 11
12. Forest Lake 11-6-1 13
13. Mounds View 12-5-0 12
14. Brainerd/Little Falls 17-1-0 20
15. Wayzata 8-11-0 14
16. Hopkins/Park 13-7-0 15
17. White Bear Lake 11-8-0 18
18. Eagan 10-6-3 16
19. Grand Rapids/Greenway 13-5-2 19
20. Shakopee 11-4-4 17
Receiving votes: Lakeville North, Dodge County, East Ridge, Eastview, Rogers, Roseau

GIRLS CLASS 1A
Rank Team Record Last Week
1. Blake (10) 16-2-1 1
2. Breck 13-4-2 2
3. St. Paul United 14-3-1 3
4. Proctor/Hermantown 14-4-0 4
5. Warroad 9-7-2 6
6. Delano/Rockford 15-3-0 7
7. Thief River Falls 13-6-0 5
8. Red Wing 10-5-2 10
9. Princeton 15-4-0 9
10. Alexandria 7-7-1 11
11. New Prague 7-8-3 8
12. East Grand Forks 8-4-3 14
13. Moose Lake Area 12-4-1 13
14. Hibbing/Chisholm 10-8-0 12
15. Mound Westonka 11-4-0 16
16. South St. Paul 9-9-1 15
17. Northfield 11-6-2 17
18. Hutchinson 10-4-0 18
19. Owatonna 10-5-1 20
20. New Ulm 13-2-4 RV
Receiving votes: Orono, Fergus Falls, Northern Lakes



Hockey From The Ground Up: South St. Paul’s Dave Palmquist
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/17/2017 4:26:35 PM

In 1994, a young man stood behind the bench as a head coach as the first girls hockey season in Minnesota high school history began. His name was Dave Palmquist and he’s still behind the bench at South St. Paul. He’s the last of a breed, the last coach standing from the group that got girls hockey off the ground all those years ago.

Palmquist, who will be 53 next week, has been coaching the Packers for about as long as anyone can remember … certainly longer than any of his current players have been alive. The program he built from scratch has earned a reputation for hard work, competitive spirit and playing the game the right way.

South St. Paul owns four state championships (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006) and has made three other appearances in championship games during a record 14 trips to state. Do the math: The Packers have played in title games in half of their state appearances. The team’s record under Palmquist is 474-146-22, but the victories on the ice are much less important than the victories for his players later in life.

“You realize those relationships are the most important thing,” he said. “You want the players to look back down the road and say it was a positive experience. That’s the most important thing to me. We want good kids who develop character. I love those relationships.”

Over the years, his players have respected the program’s long-standing tradition as well as its long-standing coach.

“He’s a great guy,” said current junior forward Mackenna Emery. “He’s always there for us when we need something. And the tradition means a lot to me. I would love to make it back to the state tournament at least once before my career is done. I was always looking up to all those girls and I wanted to be them one day.”

Junior defender Brooke Deering said Palmquist “holds everyone accountable and he’s super passionate. He is always working for the better of the team, making sure every girl has what they need whether it’s on a hockey level or a personal level. He’s there for everyone on the team, always.”

Palmquist has been a coach most of his life, even acting as a pseudo-coach with his friends growing up in Columbia Heights; he was the kid who organized games on outdoor ice and driveways.

After graduating from Minnehaha Academy and Bethel College, he returned to Minnehaha as a teacher and assistant boys hockey coach at age 23. A year later he became the head coach and was there for seven years.

He applied for the boys head-coaching position at St. South Paul and was not hired, but school officials called him about another opportunity: becoming the first coach of the girls hockey team. He had no experience in coaching girls, and admits that it was a tough transition at first.

“For my family’s sake it was the right thing to go to South St. Paul,” he said. “I needed to get into public education, finances was a part of it. But I was so involved in the boys hockey coaches association and girls hockey was new. People asked, ‘What’s going on? Why are you leaving?’

“So many of the men have gone over to the girls side, and you see that at the college level, too,” Palmquist said, mentioning University of Minnesota women’s hockey coach Brad Frost, a former assistant men’s hockey coach at Bethel, and Wisconsin women’s hockey coach Brad Johnson, one-time boys high school coach and men’s assistant with the Badgers.

“We found out that it’s a pretty neat thing,” Palmquist said. “The girls are passionate about it and it’s really fun.”

The majority of girls high school hockey coaches are men, and Palmquist said he would like to see more females in those positions. His staff includes junior varsity coaches and former Packers players Jamie Shephard and Maggie Fisher (the team’s career points leader).

“They are wonderful additions,” he said. “They are so valuable. I hope someday they want to be head coaches. These girls need good female role models in front of them.”

Palmquist’s varsity assistants are Corey McGinn and Josh Palmquist, the coach’s son.

“I get to see a whole different side of him. He’s a dedicated person and a dedicated coach,” said Josh, 27. “More so than anything on the ice, he cares about these girls off the ice. He’s an educator and a coach first. He cares deeply about these girls. He wants them to be great hockey players but more importantly great people off the ice. That’s the same thing he does as a father, too.”

Josh is one of four children of Dave and Karen Palmquist. Zach played hockey at Minnesota State Mankato and is currently with the Iowa Wild, the Minnesota Wild’s minor league affiliate. Son Luke played tennis at Bethel and daughter Abby is a student there now. The day after Abby was born, the entire Packers girls hockey team came to see her in the hospital. She ended up playing for her dad.

Asked about his favorite memories, Dave Palmquist -- who in 2013 was among the inaugural inductees into the Minnesota Girls Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame -- first said there were too many to pick out one or two. Then he talked about his family.

“All the championships were so awesome, but one highlight was coaching my daughter for five years, having her play in the state tournament for four years and watching her score against Warroad in a championship game. Coaching with Josh is great and Abby wants to coach when she’s done at Bethel. Family’s everything with me. That’s been a real blessing.”

Palmquist is familiar to fans who watch the state hockey tournaments on television. He has been an analyst as part of the KSTC-TV in-arena studio crew for more than a decade. His first TV appearance was at the 2006 girls state tournament, which his team won. In that year’s boys state tourney, Palmquist was asked to fill in when a scheduled analyst couldn’t be there. And he’s been there ever since.

That's just like his coaching career, where he’s been since 1994. And he has no plans to bow out.

“I’m a career coach, I don’t see any end to it,” he said. “There’s no end in sight for me as long as I feel good and I’m passionate about it.

“This is as much fun as I’ve ever had. I don’t need to win championships to have fun. I just want to develop good kids and have a good time. I don’t care if I win another game.”

BY THE NUMBERS
*Schools/teams John has seen/visited: 322
*Miles John has driven in the Toyota Camry in 2016-17: 6,733
*Follow John on Twitter: @MSHSLjohn



St. Francis: The Cradle Of Debate Coaches
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/15/2017 8:43:40 PM

If Minnesota has a "cradle of debate coaches" it might very well be St. Francis High School. At the MSHSL state debate tournament held Friday and Saturday at the University of Minnesota, five St. Francis graduates were on hand as head coaches of their respective teams.

The five are (left to right) Chris McDonald of Eagan, Andy Charrier of Edina, Matt Davis of St. Croix Prep, Richard Brynteson of Robbinsdale and Alex Gray of Blaine. Congratulations!



Hockey Rankings: Class 1A Girls
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/12/2017 6:10:03 PM

The latest Associated Press Class 1A poll for Minnesota girls hockey, provided by Let's Play Hockey newspaper

Rank Team Record Last Week
1. Blake (10) 15-2-1 1
2. Breck 12-4-2 2
3. St. Paul United 13-3-1 3
4. Proctor/Hermantown 13-4-0 4
5. Thief River Falls 12-5-0 5
6. Warroad 9-7-1 6
7. Delano/Rockford 14-3-0 8
8. New Prague 7-7-3 7
9. Princeton 15-3-0 9
10. Red Wing 10-4-2 10
11. Alexandria 6-6-1 11
12. Hibbing/Chisholm 9-7-0 12
13. Moose Lake Area 12-4-1 14
14. East Grand Forks 7-4-2 15
15. South St. Paul 7-9-1 13
16. Mound Westonka 10-4-0 16
17. Northfield 9-6-2 17
18. Hutchinson 8-4-0 19
19. Orono 4-10-1 18
20. Owatonna 9-5-1 NR
Receiving votes: New Ulm, Fergus Falls, Mankato East/Loyola



Hockey Rankings: Class 2A Girls
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/12/2017 6:09:29 PM

The latest Associated Press Class 2A poll for Minnesota girls hockey, provided by Let's Play Hockey newspaper

Rank Team Record Last Week
1. Edina (10) 15-0-1 1
2. Maple Grove 13-2-0 2
3. Elk River/Zimmerman 13-3-0 4
4. Hill-Murray 14-3-0 5
5. Eden Prairie 12-5-1 3
6. Blaine 13-2-0 6
7. Cretin-Derham Hall 12-4-2 10
8. Minnetonka 9-5-3 9
9. Centennial 11-6-0 7
10. Lakeville South 13-5-0 8
11. Chaska/Chanhassen 10-8-0 13
12. Mounds View 11-4-0 14
13. Forest Lake 9-6-1 12
14. Wayzata 8-10-0 16
15. Hopkins/Park 13-6-0 11
16. Eagan 10-5-3 15
17. Shakopee 10-3-4 17
18. White Bear Lake 11-7-0 18
19. Grand Rapids/Greenway 13-3-2 19
20. Brainerd/Little Falls 15-1-0 RV
Receiving votes: Dodge County, Lakeville North, Eastview, East Ridge, Stillwater Area



Hockey Rankings: Class 1A Boys
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/12/2017 6:07:59 PM

The latest Associated Press Class 1A poll for Minnesota boys hockey, provided by Let's Play Hockey newspaper

Rank Team Record Last Week
1. Hermantown (10) 11-1-1 1
2. Delano 10-1-1 2
3. Breck 8-3-1 4
4. St. Paul Academy 10-2-0 3
5. East Grand Forks 7-2-1 6
6. St. Cloud Cathedral 8-2-2 5
7. Mahtomedi 7-6-0 8
8. Sartell-St. Stephen 9-2-3 11
9. Alexandria 6-4-3 7
10. Greenway 9-3-1 9
11. Hibbing/Chisholm 9-4-0 10
12. Minnehaha Academy 12-1-0 12
13. St, Paul Johnson 10-1-1 14
14. Blake 9-4-0 10
15. Orono 7-5-0 15
16. Northfield 9-3-2 16
17. Monticello 9-4-0 18
18. Rochester Lourdes 6-7-0 19
19. Mankato East 7-4-3 20
20. Totino-Grace 5-8-0 RV
Receiving votes: Minneapolis, Thief River Falls, Mound Westonka, Warroad, Princeton, Luverne




Hockey Rankings: Class 2A Boys
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/12/2017 6:07:19 PM

The latest Associated Press Class 2A poll for Minnesota boys hockey, provided by Let's Play Hockey newspaper

Rank Team Record Last Week
1. Stillwater Area (10) 12-0-0 1
2. Elk River/Zimmerman 12-2-0 2
3. Edina 10-3-1 4
4. Grand Rapids 10-3-1 3
5. Hill-Murray 8-1-3 9
6. St. Thomas Academy 10-3-1 5
7. Lakeville North 8-2-2 7
8. Eden Prairie 7-4-2 8
9. Holy Family Catholic 9-3-1 10
10. Centennial 8-3-0 6
11. MInnetonka 8-5-0 11
12. Maple Grove 9-3-0 13
13. Duluth East 7-4-1 12
14. Lakeville South 8-3-1 16
15. Blaine 8-4-1 14
16. White Bear Lake 7-3-2 15
17. St. Michael-Albertville 9-1-1 17
18 Roseau 10-3-0 19
19. Moorhead 9-3-1 18
20. Burnsville 6-6-1 RV
Receiving votes: Prior Lake, Cloquet-Esko-Carlton, Wayzata, Eastview



This Week's Gymnastic Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/12/2017 11:51:55 AM

Provided by the Gymnastics Coaches Association.

CLASS 1A
1 Detroit Lakes 8A 147.417
2 Melrose Area 6A 145.542
3 Worthington 3A 142.508
4 Willmar 6A 142.183
5 Austin 1A 142.092
6 Pine Island 1A 141.925
7 North Branch 7A 141.350
8 Perham 8A 139.750
9 Watertown-Mayer/Mound-Westonka 5A 138.958
10 Becker 7A 138.933
11 Sartell-Saint Stephen 7A 138.608
12 Mahtomedi 4A 138.433
13 Mankato West 2A 138.242
14 Jackson County Central 3A 137.983
15 Byron-Lourdes 1A 137.917
16 New London-Spicer 6A 136.750
17 Monticello 7A 136.050
18 Big Lake 7A 135.800
19 Fergus Falls 8A 135.542
20 Alexandria 8A 135.533
21 Martin County Area 3A 135.033
22 New Ulm Public/NUACS/MVL 2A 133.317
23 Benson-KMS-Montivideo 6A 133.258
24 Luverne 3A 133.108
25 Redwood Valley 3A 133.008

CLASS 2A
1 Lakeville North 2AA 146.758
2 St. Cloud Tech 8AA 144.308
3 Cambridge-Isanti 7AA 143.883
4 Owatonna 1AA 143.650
5 Stillwater 4AA 142.600
6 Lakeville South 2AA 141.792
7 Maple Grove 5AA 141.675
8 Champlin Park 5AA 141.617
9 Roseville Area 4AA 141.358
10 Brainerd 8AA 140.733
11 Rosemount 3AA 140.367
12 Anoka 7AA 139.700
13 Park Center 5AA 138.442
14 Prior Lake 2AA 138.392
15 New Prague 2AA137.808
16 Rogers 5AA 136.933
17 Saint Michael-Albertville 8AA 136.808
18 Edina 6AA 136.525
19 East Ridge 3AA 136.067
20 Forest Lake 7AA 135.508
21 Minnetonka 6AA 135.267
22 Buffalo 8AA 135.008
23 Bemidji 8AA 134.692
24 Eden Prairie 6AA 133.525
25 Saint Francis 7AA133.500



Roseau: Where Girls Basketball Stands Tall
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/10/2017 11:19:13 PM

ROSEAU – Yes, of course, hockey is big in this little town near the Canadian border. Roseau boys hockey teams have gone to the state tournament a record 34 times and own seven titles, while the Rams girls have skated at state four times.

This winter, however, the hottest team in town wears sneakers instead of skates. These are the glory days for girls basketball in Roseau; the Rams have been to state in Class 2A the last two years, placing fourth in 2015 and third last season. They are currently ranked No. 1 in 2A and ran their record to 12-0 with an 86-61 home victory Monday night over Thief River Falls, which played at state in Class 3A the last two seasons.

The Rams wear warmup shirts that have the word “UNITED” on the back. They hustle, they dive for loose balls, shoot threes, drive to the hoop and use in-your-face, quick-handed defense to spark fast breaks. In other words, they play basketball the right way, the entertaining way. They have a deep bench and lots of experience in big games on big courts.

In other words, they would very much like to finally win their school’s first basketball state championship. And this could be the year.

“They have so many weapons, including girls coming off the bench,” said Thief River Falls coach Jeff Loe. “They have that outside-inside, that balance that teams love to have, and they’re so athletic and aggressive. This is probably the best team they’ve had.”

The marquee players for the Rams are the Borowicz sisters. Kiley is a senior, Kacie is a sophomore and Katie is an eighth-grader. Kiley and Kacie have played at state twice and Katie made her debut on the big stage last year (pictured, left to right, are Kacie, Katie and Kiley). Roseau coach Kelsey Didrikson calls the trio “the horses for us.” But the Borowicz sisters (their name is pronounced “BRAH-vitch”) are complete and utter team players.

“We’re deep and the supporting cast is strong and knows their roles so well,” Didrikson said. “I don’t have to put pressure on (the sisters). We don’t run a single thing for any of them. There are plays that work because we have them, and if the game is on the line everybody knows they’ll probably have the ball in their hands.

“They make their teammates better and their teammates make them better. They all own their roles and execute their roles so well.”

The Borowicz sisters do know how to skate, thank you very much. But they have been hoop-heads for life. Their mom, Tracy, is a former head coach of the Rams girls basketball team and their dad, David, is heavily involved in the game. There are a couple of Borowicz brothers, too: Jake is 10, Jordan is 8 and they also know how the basketball bounces.

Kiley Borowicz leads the Rams with a 26.4-point scoring average. Kacie is next at 18.8, followed by 6-foot-2 senior Victoria Johnson at 12.2, senior Ivy Braaten at 10 and junior Mya Hough at six points per game. Kiley Borowicz and Johnson are the top rebounders, averaging eight boards per game.

The Borowicz sisters get much of the acclaim, but they know how valuable their teammates are.

“It’s more than just us,” Kacie said, to which Kiley added, “Vic really does a lot, Katie (Hulst), Ivy, Morgan (Groenhoff), Mya, one of them will have double figures in a game. This year people are more confident. Our juniors are way more confident to shoot and drive.”

The Rams are undefeated despite dealing with some injuries. They have outscored their opponents by an average score of 81-58. Their narrowest victory came against Barnesville by a score of 74-68 in a holiday tournament. Roseau and Barnesville (11-2) may end up as the top two teams in the Section 8 postseason playoffs.

Among the big regular-season contests remaining on the Rams’ schedule is a Feb. 3 game in Roseau against Mountain Iron-Buhl, which is currently 11-0 and ranked No. 1 in Class 1A. Facing motivated competition is part of the formula for Roseau.

“In every game we have to play harder than we should have to because everyone brings their best game,” Katie Borowicz said.

Kiley said, “You just can’t think you’re the best. I know we are probably the best team but I never think that. I get nervous before every game, I don’t get cocky.”

The Rams were certainly not cocky in Monday’s game against Thief River Falls. They came out flying fast and working hard, running the court and taking control in leading 52-21 at halftime. At game’s end, Kiley Borowicz had 34 points, Braaten had 14 and Kacie Borowicz 13, while Tiahna Nicholson led the Prowlers with 20 and Alexa Rogalla scored 17.

“I thought the first half was probably our best half, or one of our best halves, of basketball all season,” Didrikson said. “They played solid. It was a really good start for us, doing the little things we’re always talking about; playing better defense, ball movement. Our goal was 20 assists tonight and we had 13 at halftime, and I know they were excited about that. It’s fun to see them own that and understand how important ball movement is. They made some beautiful passes.”

Like most of their teammates the Borowicz sisters are involved in multiple sports, playing volleyball in the fall and participating in track during the spring. Kiley and Kacie have been members of relay teams that have qualified for the state championship meet, with Kiley laughing and saying, “That made me more nervous than (state) basketball, especially since track isn’t my best sport.”

After losing in the state basketball semifinals the last two years, the Rams are aiming higher this year. The first goal is to get to state, and if that happens they won’t be satisfied with another spot in the third-place game.

“It would be really upsetting,” said Kiley Borowicz. “Since elementary school everyone has been saying, ‘You guys will go to state when you’re seniors, this is your year.’ The third-place game is good I guess but not what we know we can do.”

“People in school and around town expect a lot from us,” Katie said.

Their coach agreed, laughing when asked if there was pressure on the team.

“It’s not wanting to let anybody down,” Didrikson said. “In a small town this is not just about our coaching staff and the girls on the varsity. It’s something the community is excited about and looking forward to.

“Going to state is special. It is a privilege and an honor. We wouldn’t want anyone to miss out on an opportunity they’ve been working so long for.”

--To see a photo gallery from the Thief River Falls-Roseau game, go to the MSHSL Facebook page.

BY THE NUMBERS
*Schools/teams John has seen/visited: 316
*Miles John has driven in the Toyota Camry in 2016-17: 6,632
*Follow John on Twitter: @MSHSLjohn



A Night Of Pride And Dedication In Pelican Rapids
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/7/2017 1:00:32 PM

PELICAN RAPIDS – Al Siegle would have loved the Al Siegle Activity Center. The breathtaking new facility was dedicated Friday night before the Pelican Rapids Vikings hosted the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels in a boys basketball game, and one thing is for sure: Al would have loved it.

The activity center includes a spacious gymnasium, wrestling room, dance studio, weight room, walking track and other great touches. It is a showplace and will be a great source of pride in Pelican Rapids for years to come.

Al Siegle, who passed away in 2015, was a beloved teacher, coach and administrator in Pelican Rapids from 1964 to 1994. He is a member of the Minnesota High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the Minnesota Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Hall of Fame. After retiring he worked as a substitute teacher, helped out at sporting events and remained very active in school and community events.

During the ceremony, former coaching colleagues Rex Haugen and Virg Kohler talked about their memories of Al. They told funny stories and touching stories. There were tears and applause.

Kohler asked any former students, former co-workers and friends of Al to stand, and darn near everybody in the gym did so. “Look at the lives he touched,” Virg said.

Honored guests at the ceremony were Al’s wife Faye, along with their children and grandchildren. Al’s son Tim, speaking on behalf of the family, said, “I think my dad is looking down with a gigantic smile on his face for a lot of reasons.”

Al knew that the activity center would bear his name, and he was stunned to learn this. The building was under construction at the time of his passing.

“Kids are going to have incredible opportunities here,” said Tim. “What an incredible gift for kids to have an opportunity to grow and learn inside these facilities.

“He was so honored and so touched by this. There are no words to describe the impact this has on my family and future generations of our family.”

Al’s family received a plaque bearing Al’s likeness and a few words honoring him and what he meant to Pelican Rapids. A replica of the plaque hangs on a wall inside the entrance to the activity center.

Tim talked about what Pelican Rapids meant to his father, who was a Montana native and graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead.

“My dad believed that he was a small part of a very big picture, and he believed that it takes a village to raise a child. And he was so happy and so proud to be a part of that village. He lived every day so thankful and so proud to be a part of this community.”

The ceremony ended with the outstanding Pelican Rapids pep band playing the school song as everyone stood and clapped along. And they smiled with pride.

--To see a photo gallery from Pelican Rapids, go to the MSHSL Facebook page.

As they should have.

BY THE NUMBERS
*Schools/teams John has seen/visited: 312
*Miles John has driven in the Toyota Camry in 2016-17: 5,859
*Follow John on Twitter: @MSHSLjohn



Class 1A Boys Hockey Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/6/2017 1:32:56 PM

From Let's Play Hockey

CLASS 1A
Rank Team Record Last Week
1. Hermantown (10) 9-1-1 2
2. Delano 8-1-1 1
3. St. Paul Academy 8-1-0 3
4. Breck 7-3-1 4
5. St. Cloud Cathedral 9-1-2 5
6. East Grand Forks 6-1-1 7
7. Alexandria 6-3-3 9
8. Mahtomedi 5-5-0 6
9. Greenway 9-3-1 8
10. Hibbing/Chisholm 7-4-0 10
11. Sartell-St. Stephen 8-1-3 11
12. Minnehaha Academy 10-1-0 12
13. Blake 7-3-0 16
14. St. Paul Johnson 8-1-1 19
15. Orono 6-4-0 13
16. Northfield 7-3-2 14
17. Princeton 6-1-1 15
18. Monticello 8-4-0 17
19. Rochester Lourdes 5-7-0 18
20. Mankato East 7-3-2 RV
Receiving votes: Luverne, Totino-Grace, New Prague, Warroad, Thief River Falls



Class 2A Boys Hockey Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/6/2017 1:32:23 PM

From Let's Play Hockey

CLASS 2A
Rank Team Record Last Week
1. Stillwater Area (10) 11-0-0 1
2. Elk River/Zimmerman 10-2-0 2
3. Grand Rapids 9-1-1 3
4. Edina 9-3-0 7
5. St. Thomas Academy 8-2-1 5
6. Centennial 7-2-0 8
7. Lakeville North 6-2-2 9
8. Eden Prairie 6-4-2 4
9. Hill-Murray 6-1-3 10
10. Holy Family Catholic 7-3-1 6
11. MInnetonka 7-5-0 12
12. Duluth East 5-3-1 11
13. Maple Grove 8-3-0 13
14. Blaine 7-2-1 19
15. White Bear Lake 7-2-1 14
16. Lakeville South 7-3-1 15
17. St. Michael-Albertville 8-1-1 16
18 Moorhead 7-3-1 17
19. Roseau 8-3-0 20
20. Prior Lake 5-5-0 RV
Receiving votes: Burnsville, Wayzata, Duluth Marshall, Eastview



Class 1A Girls Hockey Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/6/2017 1:31:24 PM

From Let's Play Hockey

CLASS 1A
Rank Team Record Last Week
1. Blake (10) 12-2-1 1
2. Breck 11-3-1 2
3. St. Paul United 13-3-1 3
4. Proctor/Hermantown 12-3-0 5
5. Thief River Falls 12-5-0 6
6. Warroad 7-7-1 4
7. New Prague 7-6-2 8
8. Delano/Rockford 13-3-0 7
9. Princeton 12-3-0 9
10. Red Wing 10-4-2 10
11. Alexandria 6-5-1 13
12. Hibbing/Chisholm 7-7-0 12
13. South St. Paul 6-7-1 11
14. Moose Lake Area 12-3-1 15
15. East Grand Forks 6-3-1 14
16. Mound Westonka 9-4-0 16
17. Northfield 8-6-1 17
18. Orono 4-8-1 18
19. Hutchinson 7-3-0 20
20. New Ulm 12-2-1 19
Receiving votes: Fergus Falls



Class 2A Girls Hockey Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/6/2017 1:30:53 PM

From Let's Play Hockey

CLASS 2A
1. Edina (10) 13-0-1 1
2. Maple Grove 12-2-0 2
3. Eden Prairie 12-4-0 3
4. Elk River/Zimmerman 12-3-0 4
5. Hill-Murray 13-3-0 5
6. Blaine 11-2-0 6
7. Centennial 10-6-0 8
8. Lakeville South 11-5-0 7
9. Minnetonka 8-5-2 9
10. Cretin-Derham Hall 9-4-2 10
11. Hopkins/Park 13-4-0 15
12. Forest Lake 7-5-1 11
13. Chaska/Chanhassen 8-8-0 12
14. Mounds View 10-4-0 14
15. Eagan 9-5-2 16
16. Wayzata 7-9-0 13
17. Shakopee 9-3-3 19
18. White Bear Lake 10-6-0 17
19. Grand Rapids/Greenway 12-3-1 RV
20. Dodge County 9-4-1 20
Receiving votes: Brainerd/Little Falls, Lakeville North, Eastview, Stillwater Area



Class 1A Boys Basketball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/6/2017 1:18:40 PM

From Minnesota Basketball News

CLASS 1A
1. Minneapolis North (9-1)
2. Red Lake (9-1)
3. Central MN Christian (7-1)
4. Goodhue (8-0)
5. Cass Lake-Bena (8-2)
6. Spring Grove (8-1)
7. Hillcrest Lutheran (5-0)
8. Breckenridge (4-1)
9. Perham (6-1)
10. Heritage Christian (5-1)



Class 2A Boys Basketball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/6/2017 1:18:14 PM

From Minnesota Basketball News

CLASS 2A
1. Minnehaha Academy (5-3)
2. Caledonia (6-1)
3. Annandale (7-0)
4. Melrose (8-0)
5. St. Cloud Cathedral (8-1)
6. Jackson County Central (7-1)
7. Lake City (7-1)
8. Esko (8-1)
9. Crosby-Ironton (9-0)
10. Eden Valley-Watkins (6-0)



Class 3A Boys Basketball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/6/2017 1:17:42 PM

From Minnesota Basketball News

CLASS 3A
1. DeLaSalle (6-2)
2. Delano (8-1)
3. Totino-Grace (5-1)
4. Orono (7-1)
5. Marshall (8-1)
6. Big Lake (7-1)
7. Mahtomedi (9-0)
8. Austin (6-0)
9. Alexandria (6-1)
10. Fergus Falls (7-2)



Class 4A Boys Basketball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/6/2017 1:17:11 PM

From Minnesota Basketball News

CLASS 4A
1. Champlin Park (7-0)
2. Maple Grove (5-1)
3. Lakeville North (6-1)
4. Wayzata (6-0)
5. Park Center (7-1)
6. Apple Valley (6-2)
7. Hopkins (8-2)
8. New Prague (10-0)
9. Eden Prairie (6-3)
10. Tartan (8-0)



Class 1A Girls Basketball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/6/2017 1:16:16 PM

From Minnesota Basketball News

CLASS 1A
1. Mountain Iron-Buhl (9-0)
2. Maranatha Christian (4-3)
3. Goodhue (10-2)
4. Wheaton-Herman-Norcross (9-0)
5. Cromwell-Wright (9-1)
6. Southwest MN Christian (7-0)
7. Canby (10-0)
8. Cedar Mountain-Comfrey (8-0)
9. Mankato Loyola (8-1)
10.Lyle-Pacelli (7-1)




Class 2A Girls Basketball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/6/2017 1:15:38 PM

From Minnesota Basketball News

CLASS 2A
1. Roseau (10-0)
2. Sauk Centre (8-1)
3. Plainview-Elgin-Millville (9-1)
4. Norwood-Young America (10-0)
5. Watertown-Mayer (8-1)
6. New London-Spicer (8-1)
7. Minnehaha Academy (7-2)
8. Hayfield (9-1)
9. Pipestone (7-0)
10.Annandale (7-2)



Class 3A Girls Basketball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/6/2017 1:15:10 PM

From Minnesota Basketball News

CLASS 3A
1. Holy Angels (10-1)
2. Alexandria (7-2)
3. Kasson-Mantorville (7-3)
4. Winona (7-2)
5. Orono (8-3)
6. Grand Rapids (8-3)
7. Mahtomedi (8-2)
8. Northfield (8-2)
9. Hutchinson (6-4)
10.Zimmerman (9-1)



Class 4A Girls Basketball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/6/2017 1:14:10 PM

From Minnesota Basketball News

CLASS 4A
1. Hopkins (12-0)
2. Eastview (8-1)
3. Elk River (9-0)
4. Apple Valley (9-1)
5. Centennial (9-1)
6. East Ridge (7-2)
7. Lakeville North (8-2)
8. St. Michael-Albertville (7-2)
9. Cretin-Derham Hall (6-1)
10.Edina (8-3)



New Prague Boys Basketball: Small Fish, Big Pond
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/4/2017 1:13:50 PM

Basketball can be a simple game, as exhibited by this message from New Prague coach Bryce Tesdahl to his boys during a timeout Tuesday evening at Farmington: “Take care of the ball! And on defense, stop the ball!”

Sounds simple enough, right? But as any coach will tell you, it’s all in the execution.

The first time I interviewed Tesdahl, he was a senior at Crosby-Ironton High School. His basketball team was the Class 2A state runner-up that year (2008) and he was bound for a record-setting college career at Bemidji State. He set school and conference records for assists and helped the Beavers win the 2012 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference title and a berth in the NCAA Division II national tournament. His playing career was followed by three years as a graduate assistant at Minnesota-Duluth. His family basketball pedigree is also special, but more on that later.

Tesdahl was hired as the New Prague boys coach last season and had an immediate impact. His inaugural team was 20-8 and lost to Lakeville North in the Class 4A Section 1 semifinals; North went on to become the 4A state runner-up. This season, the Trojans are 10-0 and one of only four undefeated teams in 4A (the others are Tartan and Wayzata at 8-0 and Champlin Park at 7-0).

New Prague has defeated teams such as Burnsville, Lakeville South, Shakopee, East Ridge and Rochester Mayo. Upcoming opponents include Eden Prairie, Prior Lake and Minnetonka, along with competition from Orono, Delano, Holy Family, Waconia and Hutchinson in the Wright County Conference.

This is where execution comes in. The Trojans are a senior-dominated team that relies on a mix of hard-nosed defense and ball-zipping offense. They also have a bit of a chip on their shoulder due to their status as one of the smallest schools in 4A basketball. There are 64 teams in 4A and New Prague ranks 62nd on that list; only St. Cloud Tech and Henry Sibley are smaller. New Prague is only in its second year as a 4A team.

“Our players work hard, they’re not afraid of anybody, they know we’re kind of the little fish in the big pond,” said Tesdahl, 26. “They’ve taken on the role of underdog as a small school in the big class.”

Tuesday’s 67-43 victory at Farmington was emblematic of the Trojans’ season. They dashed out to an early lead, kept hustling on defense and passing on offense and gave the Tigers (4-3) few chances to get back in the game.

The game began like this: Tylar Lindell hit a three-point shot on New Prague’s first possession and the bench erupted. After a turnover, Lindell made a fast-break layup and the bench erupted. Jacob Milinkovich drained a three, followed by another steal, Milinkovich was fouled on a layup and hit two free throws. By the time the game was less than four minutes old, multiple daggers had been thrown and the score was 12-0.

“They’ve got five seniors who have all been there before, and they play well together offensively,” said first-year Farmington head coach Tharen Johnson. “You watch them, they set each other up. They’re very good. Defensively, they just work very hard.”

The five senior starters are Lindell, Jacob and Jared Milinkovich, Zach Hanson and Jacob Washa. Hanson, a 6-foot-5 forward who will play collegiately at St. John’s in Collegeville, averages 19 points and 18 rebounds. Jacob Milinkovich averages 14 points.

“Our seniors are great leaders on and off the floor,” Tesdahl said. “It’s a fun group to coach and fun group to be around. They have lots of positive energy, enthusiasm and love for the game. And they express that to the younger kids on the team and the younger players in the community.”

Some folks in New Prague might argue that last year’s team was even more talented, but there is always a period of adjustment when a new coach takes over. Tesdahl said he and his team have moved past that stage in his second season.

“This time I got the full summer with the kids and continued to develop that relationship coming off the first year,” he said. “First years are always tough. It’s a scramble to get to know the kids, install offensive and defensive principles, the whole learning curve. We got it down late last year, we had some success, the kids bought in at the end of the season to where we are today.

“There are no real surprises to why we’re having success. The kids bought in all summer and fall, and now we continue to add stuff instead of correcting mistakes.”

Now for the family angle…

Tesdahl is the grandson of Bob McDonald, the now-retired Chisholm boys basketball coach who won more games than any coach in Minnesota history and was inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame in 2015. The family basketball tree has deep roots and extensive limbs.

All six of Bob McDonald’s children became basketball coaches, including Tesdahl’s mother, Sue, a former coach at Crosby-Ironton. Bryce Tesdahl’s uncles are head coaches at Hibbing High School (Joel), Ely High School (Tom), Cambridge-Isanti High School (Mike) and Vermilion Community College (Paul). Bryce’s cousin Rhett McDonald (son of Mike) is the boys basketball coach at Duluth East.

“I don’t think of it as pressure,” Bryce said of coming from such a well-known coaching family. “As a player and coach, I take it as an expectation to not only have success but to seek success through hard work. My Grandpa McDonald and our family did a great job of raising us kids in a successful culture not only on the court but off the court. Those are some of the things I try to instill in our kids here in New Prague. It’s not about you, it’s about the team, and our kids have done a great job of doing that.”

BY THE NUMBERS
*Schools/teams John has seen/visited: 308
*Miles John has driven in the Toyota Camry in 2016-17: 5,379
*Follow John on Twitter: @MSHSLjohn



Hockey Rankings: Class 1A Girls
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/4/2017 1:11:41 PM

Provided by Let's Play Hockey.

Rank Team Record Last Week
1. Blake (10) 8-1-1 1
2. Breck 9-3-0 2
3. St. Paul United 12-2-1 4
4. Warroad 7-5-1 3
5. Proctor/Hermantown 11-3-0 7
6. Thief River Falls 12-4-0 5
7. Delano/Rockford 11-2-0 6
8. New Prague 7-4-1 8
9. Princeton 12-3-0 9
10. Red Wing 10-3-1 12
11. South St. Paul 6-4-1 13
12. Hibbing/Chisholm 5-5-0 10
13. Alexandria 4-4-1 11
14. East Grand Forks 6-3-1 14
15. Moose Lake Area 11-2-1 16
16. Mound Westonka 9-4-0 18
17. Northfield 5-6-1 15
18. Orono 3-5-1 17
19. New Ulm 10-1-1 20
20. Hutchinson 6-3-0 RV
Receiving votes: Owatanna



Hockey Rankings: Class 2A Girls
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/4/2017 1:11:10 PM

Provided by Let's Play Hockey.

Rank Team Record Last Week
1. Edina (10) 12-0-0 1
2. Maple Grove 10-2-0 2
3. Eden Prairie 11-2-0 3
4. Elk River/Zimmerman 10-2-0 4
5. Hill-Murray 10-2-0 5
6. Blaine 8-2-0 6
7. Lakeville South 10-4-0 8
8. Centennial 8-6-0 7
9. Minnetonka 5-5-2 13
10. Cretin-Derham Hall 7-3-2 9
11. Forest Lake 5-3-1 10
12. Chaska/Chanhassen 6-7-0 11
13. Wayzata 7-6-0 12
14. Mounds View 8-2-0 14
15. Hopkins/Park 11-3-0 15
16. Eagan 6-5-2 16
17. White Bear Lake 8-4-0 17
18. Lakeville North 7-6-0 RV
19. Shakopee 8-3-3 19
20. Dodge County 8-4-0 18
Receiving votes: Brainerd/Little Falls, Eastview, Stillwater Area, Grand Rapids/Greenway



Hockey Rankings: Class 1A Boys
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/4/2017 1:10:28 PM

Provided by Let's Play Hockey.

Rank Team Record Last Week
1. Delano (8) 7-0-1 1
2. Hermantown (2) 6-1-1 2
3. St. Paul Academy 5-1-0 3
4. Breck 4-3-0 4
5. St. Cloud Cathedral 7-1-2 5
6. Mahtomedi 3-3-0 6
7. East Grand Forks 6-1-1 8
8. Greenway 8-2-0 7
9. Alexandria 3-3-3 10
10. Hibbing/Chisholm 6-3-0 9
11. Sartell-St. Stephen 6-1-2 11
12. Minnehaha Academy 7-1-0 12
13. Orono 6-2-0 13
14. Northfield 5-1-1 17
15. Princeton 5-0-0 17
16. Blake 4-3-0 16
17. Monticello 6-3-0 19
18. Rochester Lourdes 4-4-0 20
19. St. Paul Johnson 7-1-1 RV
20. New Prague 5-6-0 18
Receiving votes: Warroad, Luverne, Mankato East, Thief River Falls



Hockey Rankings: Class 2A Boys
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 1/4/2017 1:09:37 PM

Provided by Let's Play Hockey.

Rank Team Record Last Week
1. Stillwater Area (9) 8-0-0 1
2. Elk River/Zimmerman (1) 8-1-1 2
3. Grand Rapids 8-1-0 3
4. Eden Prairie (2) 6-2-1 4
5. St. Thomas Academy 6-1-1 5
6. Holy Family Catholic 7-1-0 6
7. Edina 5-3-0 7
8. Centennial 5-1-0 8
9. Lakeville North 5-1-1 9
10. Hill-Murray 5-0-2 10
11. Duluth East 5-3-0 11
12. Minnetonka 5-4-0 12
13. Maple Grove 6-2-0 15
14. White Bear Lake 7-1-1 19
15. Lakeville South 6-3-1 16
16. St. Michael-Albertville 6-1-0 18
17. Moorhead 5-2-1 13
18 Wayzata 3-5-0 17
19. Blaine 6-2-0 RV
20. Roseau 5-3-0 NR
Receiving votes: Prior Lake, Eastview, Burnsville, Duluth Marshall, Bemidji, Cretin-Derham Hall



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