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Boys' Basketball - Class AA Consolation  
Esko H.S.    57
Breckenridge H.S.    46
Boys' Basketball - Class A Semifinal  
#2 North Woods H.S.    40
#3 Cass Lake-Bena H.S.    21
14:54, 2nd Half
Live Stats
Boys' Basketball - Class A Semifinal  
#1 Mayer Lutheran H.S.    38
#4 Russell-Tyler-Ruthton H.S.    49
Game Summary
Boys' Basketball - Class A Consolation  
Heritage Christian Academy    30
Rushford-Peterson H.S.    57
Game Summary

State Boys' Basketball Tournament
Home Page Photo The Minnesota State High School League's boys' basketball state tournament, played annually since 1913, is scheduled for March 21-24 at three sites in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Here is a look at the tournament:

TV: Championship semifinals and championship games in all four classes will be televised live by 45TV.
Webcast: The quarterfinals will be streamed live free of charge by School Space Media on www.prepspotlight.tv . The championship semifinals and championship games will be streamed live on prep45.com by GrandStadium. Cost is $10.95 per day or $23.97 for a three-day pass.
Tickets: Championship session --- $14 adults, $9 students. Avoid the lines, buy your ticktes online
Gates open: Target Center, Williams Arena and Gangelhoff Center at Concordia (St. Paul) will open their gates to fans one hour prior to the first scheduled game of the day or session.
Social media: Follow the tournament on the League's Facebook page and on Twitter at @MSHSL and @MSHSLJohn.

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Advance News Release
Class A Bracket
Class AA Bracket
Class AAA Bracket
Class AAAA Bracket

  2018 State Basketball Tournament-Class A
3/23/2018 2:00 PM @ Target Center
3/24/2018 11:00 AM @ Target Center
Full Bracket

  2018 State Basketball Tournament-Class AA
3/23/2018 6:00 PM @ Target Center
3/23/2018 8:00 PM @ Target Center
3/24/2018 1:00 PM @ Target Center
Full Bracket

  2018 State Basketball Tournament-Class AAA
3/24/2018 5:00 PM @ Target Center
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  2018 State Basketball Tournament-Class AAAA
3/24/2018 8:00 PM @ Target Center
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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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    From Way Up North, North Woods Is Back At State
    Posted by John Millea(jmillea@mshsl.org)- Updated 3/22/2018 8:33:43 PM

    One of my winter excursions took me way up north for a boys basketball game at North Woods school, which is a few miles northwest of Cook in the sprawling wilderness of St. Louis County. The Grizzlies were one of the stars of the state tournament last year, qualifying for the big show for the first time and advancing to the Class 1A state championship game before falling short against Minneapolis North.

    North Woods is no short hike from the Twin Cities; it’s much closer to the Canadian border (73 miles) than downtown Minneapolis (232 miles). The Grizzlies defeated International Falls on the night I spent in their spectacular, brightly-lit gym. One of the issues all season was keeping their fans calm, fans who were absolutely sure that the team – with four starters back – would return to state.

    “The expectations are so high, it’s unbelievable,” coach Will Kleppe (pictured) told me that night. “It’s been kind of surprising, all the talk of getting back to where we were.”

    Current junior Cade Goggleye became a star one year ago when he made a half-court shot at the buzzer to beat Central Minnesota Christian in the quarterfinals at Williams Arena. When I spoke with Cade on that bitter February night in the North Woods gym, he said the players felt like they were underdogs, just as they had during the 2016-17 season.

    “We don’t feel pressure because we think we’re still the underdog, because we’re from up north,” he said after the win over International Falls. “We’ve just got to get down there and play hard again.”

    Down here they are, defeating Heritage Christian 74-36 Thursday in the 1A quarterfinals at Williams Arena. The Grizzlies will face Cass Lake-Bena in Friday afternoon’s semifinals at Target Center. The Panthers advanced with a 63-61 double-overtime win over Rushford-Peterson.

    Goggleye had a game-high 23 points Thursday, making eight of 11 shots (four of six from three-point range) and picking up eight assists. After the game, Kleppe made a reference to Cade’s comments in mid-February.

    “I think Cade summed it best up earlier this season,” the coach said. “We still felt like underdogs through this season, knowing when we get down here there are not a lot of representatives from the north. So we still feel like we kind of have that role. Even with the expectations; we haven’t played a game this year without people saying, ‘You’re going back to state.’ That’s never a guarantee and I believe the boys believed firmly that there was a lot of work to be done to get a chance to come back here.”

    --Cass Lake-Bena’s quarterfinal victory came after Rushford-Peterson forced the first and second overtimes on last-second shots. Payton Hahn hit a three-pointer as regulation ended and Ben Ansell scored on a rebound as the horn sounded to end the first overtime.

    --There are no unbeaten teams in the tournament, and three teams with just one loss; all three are in Class 1A, which will make for some interesting semifinal games. Top-seeded Mayer Lutheran (28-3) will meet fourth-seeded Russell-Tyler-Ruthton (31-1) and second-seeded North Woods (30-1) will face No. 3 seed Cass Lake-Bena (30-1).

    Fashion, Part II

    Following up on yesterday’s story about well-dressed Hermantown coach Andy Fenske, let’s talk about shoes. Specifically, the shoes worn by Mayer Lutheran coach Patrick Buchanan.

    They are black and red, which also happen to be Crusaders school colors. Buchanan, in his first year coaching at Mayer Lutheran, last wore the shoes at his wedding. Yes, his wedding. On that day four and a half years ago when he married Staci, he also wore a black suit with a red vest and red tie.

    After the Crusaders defeated Springfield in last week’s Section 2 championship game, Buchanan pulled the shoes out of a bag and told the players he was going to wear them at state.

    “They think they’re cool. They like them,” he said. “They had asked me right away, ‘Coach what’s your favorite color?’ and I said you may not believe this but it is red. So this was my proof in the pudding, my red and black shoes.

    “Four and a half years ago I got these bad boys, and I wore them on the happiest day of my life. And right now, this is a joy for me to be with these young men.”

    Tournament Tidbits

    --Streaks are made to be broken, and DeLaSalle’s run of six consecutive Class 3A state championship came to an end Thursday when the Islanders lost to Columbia Heights 71-69 in the semifinals at Target Center. At state a year ago, DeLaSalle defeated the Highlanders 86-60 in the semifinals. And during Tri-Metro Conference play this season, the Islanders beat Columbia Heights by 36 and 15 points. The Highlanders will meet Delano in Saturday’s 5 p.m. championship game.

    --Delano is the surprise team of the tournament, coming in unseeded with an 18-11 record and knocking off third seed Mankato East 79-64 in the quarterfinals and No. 2 seed Austin 80-68 in Thursday’s semifinals.

    --Quote of the day: Heritage Christian Academy came to state with a record of 13-17 before losing to North Woods. Afterwards, Heritage coach Tim Herman said, “The last Cinderella has died. So go get ‘em North Woods.”

    --There was news on the girls basketball front Thursday when Minnehaha Academy head coach Josh Thurow stepped down after 14 years. He coached 11 teams to state tournaments, including the 2010 2A state champs and the 2011 runner-up team. Minnehaha Academy alum Matt Pryor, who has been the head coach at Concordia Academy for last four years, is the new Redhawks coach.

    Boys State Basketball Tournament

    Class 1A

    Mayer Lutheran 71, Mahnomen/Waubun 40
    Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 87, Hinckley-Finlayson 70
    North Woods 74, Heritage Christian 36
    Cass Lake-Bena 63, Rushford-Peterson 61 (2 OT)

    Friday’s semifinals at Target Center
    Noon: Mayer Lutheran vs. Russell-Tyler-Ruthton
    2 p.m.: North Woods vs. Cass Lake-Bena

    Class 2A
    Minnehaha Academy 65, Jordan 45
    St. Cloud Cathedral 64, Esko 60 (3OT)
    Brooklyn Center 63, Breckenridge 48
    Caledonia 80, Minnewaska 41

    Friday’s semifinals at Target Center
    6 p.m.: Minnehaha Academy vs. St. Cloud Cathedral
    8 p.m.: Brooklyn Center vs. Caledonia

    Class 3A
    Columbia Heights 75, St. Thomas Academy 62
    Austin 64, Sauk Rapids-Rice 55
    Delano 79, Mankato East 64

    Columbia Heights 71, DeLaSalle 71-69
    Delano 80, Austin 68

    Saturday’s championship game
    5 p.m. at Target Center
    Columbia Heights vs. Delano

    Class 4A
    Cretin-Derham Hall 70, Wayzata 48
    Eden Prairie 65, Osseo 38
    Apple Valley 67, Forest Lake 60
    Lakeville North 89, Maple Grove 71

    Cretin-Derham Hall 60, Eden Prairie 56
    Apple Valley 58, Lakeville North 45

    Saturday’s championship game
    8 p.m. at Target Center
    Cretin-Derham Hall vs. Apple Valley

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    Aligning Common Language with School Boards to Ensure a Purpose-Based Athletics Culture

    There are a number of important steps to creating a purpose-based interscholastic athletics culture. One key undertaking is the adoption of a common language within your school community. A question many coaches and athletic directors ask is how to establish a common language and subsequent buy-in from school administration and school boards. It is easy to recognize how important common language is within an athletic department’s culture; finding ways to align this common language with school district policymakers can be easier said than done. This is especially true without a game plan on how to connect with our important stakeholders.

    Idea sharing is a hallmark of educational-athletics. In this post, I want to share an idea from my school’s InSideOut Initiative journey as we work through establishing a common language and a collective definition of success for our programs. It is my hope the following ideas can be adapted and improved to trigger your own thoughts on how to implement common vernacular and communicate program goals at your school.

    Many athletic departments are asked to give reports to its school board or board of education. In the St. Anthony – New Brighton School District, we are asked to present annually. We have worked very hard to produce data-rich information for our school board. For example, our report details participant and program demographics such as free or reduced lunch, ethnicity, and gender. This data analysis also gives a detailed look at how our students’ grades and attendance rates are tied to greater participation in sports and activities. We spend 40-plus hours preparing these statistics for our school board. However, in our recent hour-long annual report we spent about 10 minutes talking about these numbers! Much to my delight, the focus was on our "why." We spent 50 minutes of our hour-long presentation talking about our program’s purpose—exactly what we want our conversations to focus on.

    The organization of our presentation allowed for this conversation to happen. Our board is a very engaged group who reviews the information they receive closely. We provided our data analysis to the board in advance of the meeting so they have the opportunity to preview this information—this allowed us to focus on other purpose-based topics in our presentation. Our athletics and activities report had three agenda items: 1.) a few quick updates on hot topics, 2.) our department’s purpose, and 3.). the annual data and participation report. After giving introductory remarks and quick updates, I invited three coaches to join in our presentation to the school board. The following bullet points walk through a process you could use to share and promote common language along with your definition of success. This format is simple and easy to recreate—any school could do something like this to further alignment among the policymakers in your district.

  • To frame your presentation, identify three of your core values you would like to use as your guide. For me, I focused on areas that connect to my goals as an athletic director: service to others, measurements of success beyond the scoreboard, and developing well-rounded character within our student-athletes.
  • I then enlisted three of our coaches who have a purpose statement that relates to each of these areas. Each coach spoke for 5 to 7 minutes and gave stories about the positive impact their program is making in the lives of our student-athletes.
  • After my introductory remarks, our first coach spoke about the service projects her teams have led—giving back to the community. She then discussed her purpose as a coach and how we embrace a serving attitude rather than be-served mindset.
  • Next, our second coach talked about how her program’s definition of success is based on so much more than a scoreboard. They focus on improvement, having fun, and becoming better people—not just better athletes. She then read her transformational purpose statement to the board. Her purpose statement centers on relationships, being a good teammate, and how in 20 years we will know how successful we were!
  • Our final coach led a discussion about our department’s emphasis on teaching the Ys and life lessons, not just Xs and Os. He talked about the impact of our weekly character education lessons, teaching not just about performance character, but also moral character. After giving powerful examples to our school board and how his team has been positively influenced by this approach, he then provided his purpose statement about playing and living a life with integrity.

    It was then my turn. I spoke about our department’s book club subject, Start with Why by Simon Sinek, and gave the board my why: I serve to use the power of high school athletics and activities to make the world a better place. The resulting comments, questions, and dialogue with our school board were grounded by this conversation. It was the best school board meeting I have ever been a part of!

    This is a success story from my school district that I am confident could be easily repeated in yours. If anyone has any questions about how to prepare a similar presentation with your school board, please do not hesitate to contact me—I would be more than happy to help in any way I can.

    Troy Urdahl, St. Anthony Village Athletic Administrator


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