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Girls' Hockey - Class AA Quarterfinal  
#5 Eden Prairie H.S.    2
#4 Andover H.S.    0
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Girls' Hockey - Class AA Quarterfinal  
Brainerd H.S.    0
#1 Edina H.S.    4
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Girls' Hockey - Class AA Quarterfinal  
Eagan H.S.    2
#3 Hill-Murray School    1
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Girls' Hockey - Class A Consolation  
New Ulm H.S.    2
St. Paul United    5
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Girls' Hockey State Tournament
Home Page Photo The annual Minnesota State High School League State Girls Hockey Tournament is scheduled for Feb. 21-24 at the Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul with the consolation rounds being played at Ridder Arena on the University of Minnesota campus. Here is a look at the tournament:

TV: Championship semifinals and championship games in both classes will be televised live by 45TV.
Webcast: Daily charges for the live webcast on Prep45.com: $10.95 per day; four-day pass $30.96.
Tickets: Championship session --- $17 adults, $11 students; Consolation session --- $12 adults, $8 students.
Gates open: The Xcel Energy Center and Ridder Arena will open its gates to fans one hour prior to the first scheduled game of the day.
Social media: Follow the tournament on the League’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @MSHSL and @MSHSLJohn.
Media: A News Media credential is required to cover this event. A postgame news conference center will be used following quarterfinal, semifinal and championship games. For any media interview inquiries, please contact a League Media Steward onsite.

Advance News Release
Media Guides

  2018 State Girls Hockey Tournament-Class A
2/23/2018 11:00 AM @ Xcel
2/23/2018 1:00 PM @ Xcel
2/24/2018 4:00 PM @ Xcel
Full Bracket

  2018 State Girls Hockey Tournament-Class AA
2/23/2018 6:00 PM @ Xcel
2/23/2018 8:00 PM @ Xcel
2/24/2018 7:00 PM @ Xcel
Full Bracket
State Girls' Gymnastics Meet
Home Page Photo The State Girls' Gymnastics Meet is scheduled for February 23-24 at Maturi Pavilion on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis. Here is a look at the meet:

The schedule:

Team Competition: Friday, February 23 – Class A, 11 a.m.; Class AA, 6 p.m.
Individual Competition: Saturday, February 24 – Class A 11 a.m., Class AA 6 p.m.
Webcast: All events will be webcast live on www.Prep45.com. There is a daily charge of $10.95 or a two-day rate of $18.97.
Tickets: $12 adults, $8 students.
Ticket Box Offices open: 10 a.m. each day.
Media Note: The state-qualifying process for individual and all-around competition has changed beginning with the 2018 competition. The Gymnastics Coaches Advisory Committee submitted the recommendation to the MSHSL, and it was approved by the Board of Directors. The top three all-around gymnasts qualified from each section are eligible for awards in all-around and on each individual event. In addition, the next three highest-finishing gymnasts on each individual event qualified for state competition. If any gymnast qualified on all four individual events but did not place in the top three in the all-around at the section meet, she is eligible for an all-around award.

The three-time defending champions from Detroit Lakes return with seven gymnasts who competed in the state meet last year. The Detroit Lakes team includes students from Frazee. Three additional teams that competed in the 2017 team competition also return: Mahtomedi, fourth; Watertown-Mayer/Mound Westonka, fifth; and Worthington, which includes students from Adrian and Fulda, eighth.
Eleven of 30 event medal-winners will return for the 2018 Class A individual competition and a new champion will emerge in the all-around, vault, beam, and floor exercise.
Two medalists return in the floor exercise: Emma Disse of Detroit Lakes, third; and Sawyer Gorman of Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa, fourth.
Jada Olsen of Perham returns to defend her title on the uneven bars. In 2017, she tied with Melrose Area's Mady Brinkman. Two additional medal-winners return: Jackson Hegg of Detroit Lakes, fourth; and Jennifer Boyle of Austin, fifth.
Emma Disse of Detroit Lakes in the highest returning qualifier of the balance beam; she earned runner-up honors in 2017. Taryn Sellner of Mankato West, who placed sixth last year, also returns.
Three medalists return on the vault: Camryn Brinkman of Melrose Area and Ailsa Gilbert of Watertown-Mayer/Mound Westonka, who tied for fourth; and Greta Klaphake of Melrose Area, sixth.
Jada Olsen of Perham is the only returning medal-winner in the all-around. She is looking to improve on last year's third-place showing.

Lakeville North returns as the defending champion. The Panthers return with four gymnasts from last year's team. In addition to Lakeville North, five other teams also return from the 2017 field: St. Cloud Tech, which includes students from St. Cloud Cathedral and St. Cloud Apollo, second; Owatonna, third; Cambridge-Isanti, fourth; Stillwater Area, fifth; and East Ridge of Woodbury, seventh.
Nineteen of 30 event medal-winners in 2017 will return for 2018 Class AA individual competition. A new champion will be crowned on beam and uneven bars.
Runner-up Chaney Neu of Champlin Park is the highest returning medalist in the balance beam. Two other medal-winners also return: Kari Wenzel of Lakeville South, fifth; and Grace Treanor of Wayzata, sixth.
Three medalists, including defending champion Chaney Neu of Champlin Park, return from last year's vault field. The other returning medal-winners are: Rachel Steiner of Lakeville North, fourth; and Meredith Matchinsky of St. Cloud Tech, sixth.
Rachel Steiner of Lakeville North leads the field of returning medal-winners on the uneven bars. She placed second last year and will face off against three additional medalists: Sophie Redding of Henry Sibley of Mendota Heights, third; Lindsay Bangs of Owatonna, fifth; and Grace Treanor of Wayzata, sixth.
All six medal-winners return in the floor exercise: defending champion Chaney Neu of Champlin Park; Rachel Steiner of Lakeville North, runner-up; Josie Schlie of Rosemount, third; Sophia Redding of Henry Sibley, fourth; Teagan Ramboldt of Eagan, fifth; and Lindsay Bangs of Owatonna, sixth.
Chaney Neu of Champlin Park returns to defend her title in the all-around. She will be challenged by two other returning medalists: Lindsay Bangs of Owatonna, fourth; and Rachel Steiner of Lakeville North, fifth.
Advance News Release
Transfer Eligibility Review
General Information for Students and Parents

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

1.What is a transfer?

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

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

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

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

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

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

You should provide a written explanation and documentation supporting your request for review. This is your opportunity to support your request for eligibility so please submit whatever relevant documentation/information you have. Below are common types of documentation the MSHSL looks for under each of the seven review options:
1. Internal district policies (for transfers in districts with multiple high schools)
  • The district policy or policies that precipitated the transfer
  • Correspondence from the school district describing the circumstances of the transfer
    2. Adoption, abandonment, or death of a parent
  • Adoption Decree, death certifi cate, CHIPS order
    3. Substantial negative change in the economic status
  • The MSHSL typically considers three years of tax returns showing a negative change in the Adjusted Gross Income.
  • You are encouraged to submit any other documentation showing a negative change in economic status. For example, employer notification indicating the recent loss of income or loss of employment, disability determinations from a medical professional or government agency that indicate a reduction in the ability to be employed.
  • NOTE: Discretionary spending decisions will generally not be considered to be a negative change in economic status.
    4. School Bullying/Harassment
  • Documentation that a complaint was made under the district policy prior to the transfer
  • A report from the sending school that it has investigated and determined a case of bullying or harassment pursuant to Minnesota Statute 121A.03 and 121A.031.
  • Any other documentation of bullying or harassment at the sending school
    5. Administrative Error
  • Documentation from a school administrator explaining the error or errors made in the initial eligibility determination.
    6. Completion of a licensed program for treatment of alcohol or substance abuse, mental illness or emotional disturbance provided all other eligibility rules are followed.
  • Documentation from the director of the treatment facility/provider showing completion of a licensed program by the student
  • Documentation to show the receiving school provides specific aftercare for the student.
    7. School Administrators request for review
  • The administrators from both schools agree varsity competition eligibility should be considered for the student. This Transfer Eligibility Review provision is applicable only for students who transfer from one MSHSL member school to another MSHSL member school.
  • The written request from the administrators at both the receiving school and sending school should include all documents they believe support eligibility.
  • This provision requires certifi cation from both schools confirming no recruitment or inappropriate contact has occured.
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    Team Wrestling Sections
     Class A Sections
    Section 1A Wrestling
    #1  Zumbrota-Mazeppa   (24-6)  

    Score: 44-14

    #2  Goodhue   (22-5)
    Section 2A Wrestling
    #1  Kenyon-Wanamingo  

    Score: 43-23

    #3   Blue Earth Area
    Section 3A Wrestling
    #1  Minneota   (18-8)

    Score: 36-22

    #2  TMB/WWG   (27-2)  
    Section 4A Wrestling
    #1  Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City H.S.  

    Score: 28-25

    #2  Sibley East
    Section 5A Wrestling
    #1  LPGE/Browerville  

    Score: 42-15

    #3  Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg H.S.
    Section 6A Wrestling
    ##1  West Central Area School

    Score: 30-27

    #2  Ottertail Central  
    Section 7A Wrestling
    #1  BCLB  

    Score: 46-28

    #3  Royalton
    Section 8A Wrestling
    #1  Frazee  

    Score: 56-16

    #2  BGMR
     Class AA Sections
    Section 1AA Wrestling
    #1   Kasson-Mantorville   (21-0)  

    Score: 34-25

    #2  Simley   (30-5)
    Section 2AA Wrestling
    #1  Scott West   (13-2)  

    Score: 34-20

    #3  Waconia   (17-6)
    Section 3AA Wrestling
    #1N  Marshall Tigers   (19-2)

    Score: 49-20

    #1S  Fairmont/Martin County West   (24-0)  
    Section 4AA Wrestling
      South Saint Paul  

    Score: 56-16

    #2  Mahtomedi
    Section 5AA Wrestling
    #1  Totino-Grace  

    Score: 41 - 30

    #3  Orono
    Section 6AA Wrestling
    #1  Foley  

    Score: 29-26

    #2  Litchfield
    Section 7AA Wrestling
    #North #1  Grand Rapids  

    Score: 45-25

    #South #1  Mora
    Section 8AA Wrestling
    #1  Perham  

    Score: 32-27

    #2  Detroit Lakes
     Class AAA Sections
    Section 1AAA Wrestling
    #1  Owatonna   (23-6)

    Score: 33-19

    #2  Albert Lea   (24-4)  
    Section 2AAA Wrestling
    #1  Shakopee  

    Score: 34-30

    #2  Apple Valley
    Section 3AAA Wrestling
    #1  Hastings  

    Score: 28-22

    #2  Eagan
    Section 4AAA Wrestling
    #1  Stillwater Area  

    Score: 39-25

    #2  Mounds View
    Section 5AAA Wrestling
    #1  St. Michael-Albertville H.S.  

    Score: 54-12

    #2  Maple Grove
    Section 6AAA Wrestling
    #1  Minnetonka  

    Score: 33-27

    #2  Eden Prairie
    Section 7AAA Wrestling
    #1  Anoka  

    Score: 34-22

    #2  Forest Lake
    Section 8AAA Wrestling
    #1  Willmar  

    Score: 31-30

    #2  Bemidji

    From 1996 To 2018, Breck Coach Is Familiar With State
    Posted by John Millea(jmillea@mshsl.org)- Updated 2/21/2018 8:11:02 PM

    Way back in 1996, a ninth-grader named Ronda Curtin assisted on four goals in one period for the Roseville girls hockey team during the state tournament. That was the second year of the tournament, and Curtin’s achievement was a state tourney record that still stands more than two decades later.

    Curtin’s four assists came in the second period of a 6-2 win over Blaine/Coon Rapids in the single-class, four-team tournament’s semifinals; three of those assists came on goals scored by Curtin’s younger sister Renee and the fourth was on a goal by Winny Brodt. That was on Feb. 23, 1996, and it was Ronda Curtin’s first appearance at state.

    On Feb. 21, 2018, Ronda Curtin marked another milestone: coaching in the state tournament for the first time. Back in 1996 (and again when her Roseville team went to state in 1997, 1998 and 1999) the tournament was played at the State Fairgrounds Coliseum. The Coliseum no longer puts down ice and the state tourney’s home is now Xcel Energy Center.

    Curtin is now Ronda Engelhardt, married to husband Brett, mother of three and a counselor at Hopkins High School. She is in her fifth season as the head girls hockey coach at Breck, and Wednesday’s 9-2 Class 1A state quarterfinal win over Marshall brought her full circle as player and coach at state.

    “The Coliseum was our practice rink, but there’s always a different feeling when you walk into the state tournament,” Engelhardt said. “It just elevates, no matter how familiar you are with the rink or not.”

    Breck will meet Proctor/Hermantown in the state semifinals Friday at 11 a.m.; Proctor/Hermantown defeated Red Wing 3-1. In Wednesday’s other quarterfinals, Warroad defeated New Ulm 5-0 and Alexandria beat St. Paul United 3-2.

    Engelhardt (pictured) was named Minnesota’s Ms. Hockey as a senior in 1999, played on two state championship teams, and went on to a stellar career at the University of Minnesota, where she was a two-time All-American.

    Breck’s trip to state this year is its first since 2012, when they won their first Class 1A state championship. The Mustangs lost in the section title game for the previous five years.

    “It’s such a big thing,” Engelhardt said. “It was like, ‘Hey guys, we broke the curse.’ That’s exciting, you want to earn your way in here. It makes it a little more special.”

    The old Fairgrounds Coliseum and the Xcel Energy Center have nothing in common, but Engelhardt had some advice for her players before they took the ice Wednesday.

    “My biggest thing for them, because it is the Xcel Center, is to demystify it,” she said. “It’s still the same ice, the same size, there’s nothing different, there’s going to be a lot more empty seats, that’s about all the difference you’re going to experience.”

    Most of Breck’s players may not know all the details of their coach’s storied on-ice career, and that’s just fine with Ronda.

    “I’m not someone who talks about myself,” she said. “My assistant likes to call me ‘Ronda the two-time All-American,’ and she says it all the time to embarrass me. The kids have Googled and looked it up. But they’re great. They’ve listened to me from day one.”

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    Why We Play
    Home Page Photo As AD at Hibbing High School, I'm fortunate to have the opportunity to work with many transformational leaders. This year, we committed to showing up for our student-athletes every day through Why We Play. Here's how Hibbing High School's education-based athletics work is helping our students grow and live with purpose.

    First, there's the Leadership Council, which consists of 23 10th through 12th graders who were nominated by their coaches and teachers to take part in Why We Play—an initiative to promote the educational purpose of sports in Minnesota. Before the start of the school year, I met with the kids during a two-hour Leadership Council kickoff where we discussed playing with purpose, and we worked on constructing our transformational purpose statements. I gave the kids two weeks to work on their purpose, fill out their transformational purpose statement worksheet, and meet with me individually to share their purpose.

    Then, at our next meeting, we shared and created our Purpose Wall to display our statements. This wall is located next to my office, and it's been neat to see all of the different students stopping to read what our Leadership Council believes in. Our next step is to take our purpose to our teams and work with the rest of our student-athletes to create a team purpose. The team purposes, as well as each individual coach's purpose, will be put up on the wall next.

    From my viewpoint, I've seen growth and maturity stemming from the Leadership Council in how the students are dealing with issues arising on their teams. I've been teaching them to speak out for the good—even if it's going against the norm—and all of the coaches and teachers, as well as administrators, have seen a positive change in school culture. I will continue to work with our student-athletes and am expanding into the second group of 7th through 9th-grade leaders, so we can start to implement this program at an even younger age.

    Here's our Leadership Council's collective statement: "As the Leadership Council at Hibbing High School, we strive to better the student community be working hard, competing at the highest level, and committing ourselves to our fullest potential. It is our responsibility to represent our school in a kind and respectful manner."

    And our coaches' collective statement: "The Bluejacket Athletic Department strives to be authentic examples of commitment, integrity, respect, and reliability as we instill those values in our programs."

    Why We Play has made sudden and positive impacts here at Hibbing High School, and I'm so honored to be a part of the MSHSL InSideOut Team Cohort this year. Here at Hibbing High School, we are expanding our educational-based athletic initiatives with a total buy-in from all coaches, and it's making a difference with our students. I can't wait to see how the rest of the year progresses!

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