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Football - 9-Man Championship 
Spring Grove H.S.    0
Nevis H.S.    0
11/24/2017 10:00 AM
Football - Class 2A Championship 
Caledonia H.S.    0
Pipestone Area H.S.    0
11/24/2017 1:00 PM
Football - Class 4A Championship 
Academy of Holy Angels    0
Cloquet H.S.    0
11/24/2017 4:00 PM
Football - Class 6A Championship 
Minnetonka H.S.    0
Eden Prairie H.S.    0
11/24/2017 7:00 PM

State Football Tournament
Home Page Photo The Minnesota State High School League's state football tournament begins a three-week run to the Prep Bowl championship games with quarterfinals in seven enrollment classes. Here is a look at the tournament:


Quarterfinals: $9 adults; $6 students
Semifinals, at U.S. Bank Stadium (per session): $14 adults; $9 students
Prep Bowl Championships (per session): $14 adults; $9 students
Prep Bowl Pass: $20 adults; $14 students

Television: KSTC, 45TV will broadcast live the Prep Bowl Championship games on Nov. 24 and 25.

Streaming: All quarterfinals will be streamed free of charge live at www.prepspotlight.tv . The semifinals and championship games will be streamed at www.prep45.com .

Advance News Release
Semifinal News Release
Media Guides / Team Stats

  2017 State Football Tournament - Class 9-Man
11/24 10:00 AM @ U.S. Bank Stadium
Full Bracket

  2017 State Football Tournament - Class A
11/25 10:00 AM @ U.S. Bank Stadium
Full Bracket

  2017 State Football Tournament - Class AA
11/24 1:00 PM @ U.S. Bank Stadium
Full Bracket

  2017 State Football Tournament - Class AAA
11/25 1:00 PM @ U.S. Bank Stadium
Full Bracket

  2017 State Football Tournament - Class AAAA
11/24 4:00 PM @ U.S. Bank Stadium
Full Bracket

  2017 State Football Tournament - Class AAAAA
11/25 4:00 PM @ U.S. Bank Stadium
Full Bracket

  2017 State Football Tournament Class 6A
11/24 7:00 PM @ U.S. Bank Stadium
Full Bracket
State Girls’ Swimming & Diving Meet
Home Page Photo Visitation claims fifth consecutive Class A team championship;
Edina defends Class AA team title

Class A
Visitation of Mendota Heights won its fifth consecutive title with 247.5 points. This was the ninth overall title for the Blazers. In addition to the past five years, they also four consecutive championships between 2005-08. Hutchinson placed second with 241 points. The Delano Tigers were third at 183 points.
Visitation did not win a single event on its way to the championship. But, sophomore Kali Fischer placed second in the 200 individual medley and also anchored the second-place 400 freestyle team.
Senior Jordyn Wentzel of Delano and junior Madison Potter of Blake won two titles apiece. Wentzel won the 500 freestyle in 4:56.75 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.74. Potter won her consecutive title in both the 200 individual medley (2:03.76) and the 100 butterfly (54.63).
Saylor Hawkins, a junior at Breck School of Golden Valley, was the only other individual to successfully defend her 2016 title. She won her second diving championship with 439.60 points.
Hutchinson set the only record Class A record at this year’s meet. The Tigers won their second consecutive title in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:29.03.

Class AA
In the Class AA team competition, Edina claimed its second consecutive title and 15th overall. The Hornets won previously in 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2011, and 2012. Edina finished with 382.5 points this year. Minnetonka was second with 281.5 points and Wayzata placed third with 133 points.
Senior Kelli McCarthy led Edina with two first-place finishes. She won the 200 freestyle (1:48.31) and also won her third consecutive crown in the 500 freestyle (4:52.83). Megan Phillip, a sophomore, won her second title in diving. She finished with 476.05 points.
Edina’s final title came in the 400 freestyle relay. The Hornets won their third consecutive championship with a time of 3:24.72.
Sophomore Isabelle Stadden of Blaine was the only other individual to win multiple titles. She claimed her second consecutive championship in the 200 individual relay while setting a Class AA record of 2:00.49. Stadden also won top honors in the 100 backstroke with a time of 52.78.
Emma Lezer, a junior from St. Michael-Albertville, was the final competitor to defend her 2016 title. She won her second consecutive crown in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:01.92.
The Minnetonka Skippers won two of the relay events. They finished the 200 medley relay in 1:42.94 and the 200 freestyle in 1:34.10.

For complete results, please visit www.mshsl.org and pick Swimming and Diving, Girls, under the Activities drop-down menu.
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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    Erich Martens To Be New Executive Director
    Posted by John Millea(jmillea@mshsl.org)- Updated 11/20/2017 9:30:18 PM

    The Minnesota State High School League’s Board of Directors on Monday approved a selection committee’s recommendation to hire Erich Martens as the seventh executive director in the 101-year history of the organization.

    Martens, currently the principal at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School, was approved in a
    roll-call vote after a selection committee’s recommendation to the board of directors.

    “The Minnesota State High School League is a very respected organization and
    provides outstanding opportunities for students in academics, arts, and athletics and I
    am thrilled to move into the executive director role and support students, coaches,
    athletic directors, and administrators as they continue to pursue their passions and learn
    through their participation,” Martens said.

    Martens has served as the principal at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School since 2004.
    Previously, he was the principal at Sauk Centre High School from 1999-2004. He
    began his career in education in 1988 as a mathematics instructor and coach with
    positions at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School, Cosmos High School and Mitchell (S.D.)
    Middle School.

    A graduate of St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., Martens has held numerous
    leadership roles, dating to 2005. He served as president of the MSHSL’s board of
    directors during the 2015-2016 school year and has had leadership roles with the
    Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals.

    “I am extremely proud of the work done by the selection committee,” said board of directors president Dave Swanberg. “The work was thorough, intentional and professional. Erich
    Martens was selected because of his growth mindset, calm demeanor and his ability to
    bring people together to work toward a common goal.”

    Martens will take over for Dave Stead, the longest-serving executive director in MSHSL
    history. In August, Stead announced he will transition to a senior staff role. The start
    date for Martens is to be determined.

    "I believe it is imperative that the League continue the traditions on which it has been
    built, and at the same time be intentional about innovation and creativity,” Martens said.
    “We need to continue to work with our member schools to provide great opportunities
    and look for ways to grow new programs and also increase the diversity of leadership within our organization to reach all schools and represent all students."

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    Why We Play
    Albert Lea High School Joins the Crusade

    Education-based athletics is an opportunity for students to grow and develop, not only as athletes but also as human beings. We value sports because we believe students who are involved acquire something meaningful through their participation.

    Coaches and athletes at Albert Lea High School are joining in the crusade to be intentional with the impact they can make outside of the game. Playing for more than just the outcome of the game is one of the simplest strategies toward achieving the greater cause.
    Leadership in all facets of life is about serving others around us to make their lives a little better.

    The Minnesota State High School League has teamed up with the InSideOut Initiative to offer member schools the tools needed to achieve this greater cause. The purpose of Why We Play and the InSideOut Initiative is to transform the current "win-at-all-costs" sports culture, where the value is often defined by the scoreboard, into one that defines and promotes sports as a human growth experience. The initiative provides a blueprint for systemic change.

    We must all become aware of the purpose of sport in our student's lives.

    ALHS has just begun to uncover the impact this initiative can have on our coaching staff. The InSideOut philosophy centers on the belief that to be a better coach, you have to be a better you. To be a better you, you must spend time reflecting on your own experiences, and then develop a personal game plan for you and for the human growth of your student-athletes.

    We, as adults, need to be examples in this culture change, not through just our words but, most importantly, through our actions. The growth and development of each student's human potential can only be fostered if the adults who are in charge are aware of and intentional about their transformative purpose.

    Coaches who engage in Why We Play and the InSideOut Initiative learn the disciplines to develop their human potential and transformational coaching philosophy. For this to be sustained in a win-at- all-cost culture, there must be support. Training coaches alone is not enough.

    Without the support of the school community, the current win-at-all-cost sports culture will continue to make winning the only value that comes from participation. School boards, superintendents, administrators, activities directors, coaches, parents and communities all have a vital role in reclaiming the transformative power of sports.

    ALHS head coaches make up our school's implementation team that will continue to drive efforts forward in this initiative. Their current focus centers around their individual purpose statements with these reflections in mind: Why do I coach? Why do I coach the way I do? How does it feel to be coached by me? How do I define success?

    If our goals are not in align with our purpose, we have lost the value of education-based athletics.

    As we work to bring our own transformational purpose statements to the forefront, consider your impact and keep the focus on the cause. Coaches and athletes will most definitely benefit from these impacts much longer than they will the outcome of any game.

    We now look to our community to be our partners in this movement to regain our focus toward education-based athletics.

    We are Tigers!

    Afton Wacholz is the Activities Director for Albert Lea High School.


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