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MSHSL, School Space Media form live streaming partnership
Home Page Photo The Minnesota State High School League announced on Sept. 6 a partnership with School Space Media and www.prepspotlight.tv to bring unprecedented live streaming coverage of League events.

During the 2018-19 school year, School Space Media will provide exclusive and extensive coverage of 20 League activities via the Internet free of charge to viewers.

“We are really excited about this next chapter in bringing League events to our member schools and fans,” said Tim Leighton, the MSHSL’s Communications Coordinator. “In this constantly-evolving media world, streaming is an important medium in sharing the events, news and features of the League to our followers.”

School Space Media’s online coverage will include most League events with the exception of the Prep Bowl football championship games, the semifinals and championship rounds of the girls hockey tournament, all championship rounds of the boys hockey tournament, and the championship rounds of both boys and girls basketball. 45TV, the League’s television broadcast partner, will stream those events free of charge at www.prep45.com .

PrepSpotlight.tv began streaming high school activities in 2013. In that span, the St. Paul-based company has streamed more than 2,000 high school events in three states. PrepSpotlight.tv has worked with the MSHSL since 2015, providing online coverage of the football quarterfinals, as well as the basketball, soccer, lacrosse and Adapted Athletics state tournaments.

“PrepSpotlight.tv makes it easier to be a fan of high school sports,” said Brian Nicholson, president of School Space Media. “This partnership provides Minnesota high school sports fans with the best coverage, and together, we’re providing access like no other association in the country. That means more coverage and more memories for the participants and the fans.”

PrepSpotlight.tv is the television programming division of School Space Media. School Space Media provides unique media platforms to serve high school sports fans and advertisers.

In addition to producing Minnesota Prep Spotlight, School Space Media continues to produce high school sports shows and livestreaming in Colorado and Arizona. The website Prepspotlight.tv is the premiere online home of high school athletic sports streams.
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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    Homecoming In St. Charles: Saints vs. Gophers
    Posted by John Millea(jmillea@mshsl.org)- Updated 10/14/2018 5:57:41 PM

    ST. CHARLES – When Chatfield senior running back Gage Tuohy raced 59 yards for a touchdown with 96 seconds left in Friday night’s football game, it put the wraps on a couple of things. Gage’s second touchdown sealed the Gophers’ 22-6 victory over St. Charles and kept one of the state’s oldest athletic trophies right where it was, and it also ended a day of festive events in this town of 3,700 located 25 miles east of Rochester.

    The result of the Week 7 game gave both teams a record of 6-1; they came into the contest holding Top 10 rankings in Class 2A, the Saints at No. 5 and Chatfield at No. 9. The top-ranked team is nearby Caledonia, which handed the Gophers their only loss and will play host to the Saints on Wednesday as the regular season ends.

    A few hours before kickoff, St. Charles High School students were packed into the gymnasium for the crowning of Homecoming royalty. The big finish was preceded by loads of fun and games, cheers and music. Competitions were held to decide the champions of eating donuts (suspended on strings) and Fruit Roll-Ups without the use of hands. There were games with key elements that included whipped cream and marshmallows, the concert choir sang, the cheerleaders cheered.

    After King Isaac Davidson and Queen Megan Shanahan had been successfully crowned, the gym cleared and the streets of St. Charles were filled with the Homecoming parade … well, a street or two were busy for a few minutes. This was the epitome of a wonderful small-town parade; a police cruiser, flags carried by veterans, a fire truck, the marching band, the Homecoming royalty riding on convertibles, teams, clubs and classes marching on foot or riding in pickups and trailers. The parade wound past the elementary school – with excited little kids standing curbside and receiving low fives from big kids – then made a pair of right turns and headed down Whitewater Avenue (aka Main Street) before returning to the high school.

    Brief history lesson: St. Charles was named after Saint Charles Borromeo, archbishop of the Italian city of Milan in the 1500s. Chatfield carries the name of Andrew G. Chatfield, who was a member of the Minnesota Territorial Supreme Court 300 years after Charlie’s reign as archbishop.

    The setting for the football game could not have been better. The Saints football field is also the outfield for the baseball diamond, and some of the hometown students sat under blankets on comfy couches (I swear I also saw a lamp sitting on an end table) behind the west end zone. The setting sun illuminated a stand of color-shifting trees across U.S. Highway 14, and shortly before kickoff the steady clip-clop of a horse’s hooves could be heard on the highway as an Amish gentleman, flatbed wagon laden with groceries in white plastic bags, headed home from a trip to town.

    After a quick 15-mile ride, the Chatfield Gophers disembarked from the bus at 6 o’clock in almost-full uniform. They strapped up their shoulder pads and pulled on their jerseys at the visitor’s bench just outside second base. They wore all white other than their maroon helmets. They looked sharp, although white pants weren’t in the original plan for this game.

    A week earlier they had won at Lewiston-Altura, and mud was a main theme. The players’ moms do the football laundry for their sons, and Gophers coach Jeff Johnson had decided that, with another moist field likely after a week of rain, maroon pants would be worn at St. Charles so the moms would get a break. The players disagreed.

    “I got a text from one of the kids who said, ‘Let’s keep it going with the white pants,’ ” Johnson said before kickoff. Why mess with a good thing?

    The Saints wore all black with orange helmets, looking equally sharp. The St. Charles helmets carry an outstanding school logo, the letters SC underneath a halo.

    As referee Tom Schultz and his crew met with the team captains for the coin toss, Tom conveyed an important message to the kids: “When you're done playing, consider becoming an official in any sports you enjoy. We need you.” This would be a great message from officials at any and all high school activities.

    The game was up for grabs at halftime, with Chatfield leading 7-6. Tuohy’s first score made it 15-6 early in the third quarter before turnovers killed two Saints drives. That became a theme, especially for Chatfield senior Seth Allen, who intercepted four passes thrown by Saints sophomore Drew Maloney. Drew became the starter when senior Mark Buringa suffered a leg injury a week prior at Zumbrota-Mazeppa.

    Mark had served as the master of ceremonies during the afternoon coronation ceremony, sitting behind a microphone (along with his crutches) at the scorer’s table. He watched the football game, wearing his No. 2 jersey, from the bed of a backed-up truck.

    On the St. Charles sideline, two coaches walked back and forth, one wearing a headset and one wearing a well-worn ballcap. The Saints’ third-year head coach is Matt Reinhardt. His staff consists of Derrick Thompson, Nathan Whitacre and Jim Reinhardt. Matt (headphones) and Jim (ballcap) are son and dad.

    Jim Reinhardt retired as the head coach at Rushford-Peterson in 2009. He had a career record of 198-68 over 24 years with the Trojans, where his teams won 23 conference championships, went to state nine times and won Class 1A state titles in 2002, 2004 and 2006. Matt Reinhardt, 33, played quarterback for Jim, 68, and became a teacher, just like his father.

    “He knows a lot, he works well with the kids,” Matt said after the game. “He’s done such a good job with our offensive line this year, and our defensive line. That’s kind of made our season. And our kids really like him.”

    More history: As the game ended and the teams exchanged handshakes, the Gophers ran to their bench to celebrate with what might be the oldest traveling trophy in Minnesota high school football. It’s called the Armistice Day Trophy.

    Armistice Day marked the end of World War I in 1918. The end of hostilities took effect at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11 that year, also known as the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. The trophy, created by American Legion posts in Chatfield and St. Charles, was first contested in 1947. In the early days of the trophy, the game was always played on Armistice Day, whether Nov. 11 fell on a Sunday, Monday, Tuesday or whenever.

    The Saints won the prize in 2015 and 2016, and now the Gophers have held it for two years in a row. It’s a glorious golden football resting on a wooden base, with the scores from each game in the series inscribed on metal plates.

    Friday’s game ended at 9:11 p.m. and the Gophers were hoisting the Armistice Day Trophy by 9:15. Their white uniforms carried a little mud, but the moms of Chatfield will happily make them look like new.

    “That’s a good football team and we knew they were going to pound the ball like they’ve always done,” Johnson said of the Saints. “Our kids had a great game plan defensively, and we did our best to stop them. We’ve faced this offense before and it’s one thing to game prep for it, and it’s another thing to have your kids execute. And they really did.”

    Somewhere, Judge Andy Chatfield is proudly proclaiming bragging rights over Saint Charlie.

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

    --Follow John on Twitter: @MSHSLjohn

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