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Team State Wrestling Champions Crowned
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/28/2019 10:02:39 PM

Team State Wrestling Tournament

Class 1A

Quarterfinals
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove 49, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale/Parkers Prairie 14
Kenyon-Wanamingo 52, Aitkin 18
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville 30, Goodhue 24
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 42, Badger/Greenbush-Middle River 22

Semifinals
Kenyon-Wanamingo 40, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove 20
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville 31, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 22

Consolation
Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale/Parkers Prairie 47, Aitkin 27
Goodhue 32, Badger/Greenbush-Middle River 21

Fifth-place: Goodhue 38, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale/Parkers Prairie 23
Third-place: Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove 38, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 26
Championship: Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville 35, Kenyon-Wanamingo 27

Class 2A
Quarterfinals
Simley 67, Mahtomedi 9
Waconia 48, Totino-Grace 16
Perham 51, Mora 10
Marshall 34, Foley 25

Semifinals
Simley 47, Waconia 15
Marshall 27, Perham 25

Consolation
Totino-Grace 35, Mahtomedi 28
Mora 25, Foley 21

Fifth-place: Mora 40, Totino-Grace 30
Third-place: Perham 27, Waconia 24
Championship: Simley 60, Marshall 7

Class 3A
Quarterfinals
Stillwater 42, East Ridge 17
St. Michael-Albertville 72, Eden Prairie 6
Shakopee 48, Northfield 15
Bemidji 39, Forest Lake 29

Semifinals
Stillwater 29, St. Michael-Albertville 20
Shakopee 40, Bemidji 24

Consolation
East Ridge 59, Eden Prairie 0
Northfield 32, Forest Lake 31

Fifth-place: Northfield 40, East Ridge 25
Third-place: St. Michael-Albertville 38, Bemidji 24
Championship: Shakopee 35, Stillwater 22



Vaulting Into History: Champlin Park’s Chaney Neu
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/24/2019 6:49:05 PM

Someone attending Saturday night’s Class 2A gymnastics state championship at the University of Minnesota’s Maturi Pavilion had a great seat, just a few steps away from the vault table. That’s where athletes sprinted down a runway, leaped onto the vault table with their hands or feet and sailed through the air, flipping and twisting, in the hopes of sticking the landing.

When something spectacular took place, this attendee started Tweeting about it. The Twitter posts tell the story…

Standing ovation at #mshsl 2A state gymnastics as Champlin Park sophomore Chaney Neu scores a perfect 10 on the vault. She's the defending all-around state champion.

THE FIRST PERFECT SCORE IN MEET HISTORY.

Previous state-meet record score was 9.95 by Courtney Norman (vault) of Cretin-Derham Hall in 1998 and Danielle Pallas (vault) of Watertown-Mayer/Mayer Lutheran in 2007.

Chaney Neu's 10-point vault happened right in front of me and I still don't believe what I saw.

One of many reasons why gymnastics is so great: After Chaney Neu's incredible vault, coaches FROM OTHER TEAMS screamed and smiled and used both hands to flash TEN fingers. Incredible.

I swear... sitting next to the vault, it looked like that kid touched the ceiling before landing.

I've seen game-winning half-court shots, walk-off home runs, overtime touchdowns and lots of other great things. But what Champlin Park's Chaney Neu did on the vault tonight at #mshsl gymnastics tops them all. It was absolutely electric.

Pretty good night for Champlin Park sophomore Chaney Neu at #mshsl 2A state gymnastics: she became first to score a perfect 10 (vault) and won every other event and her third all-around title. Can you hear the jingle from those 5 gold medals?

The only other #mshsl gymnast to sweep all four events and the all-around was Bonnie Berning of Burnsville in 1975. That was the first year of the state tournament and it was a one-class event.


It was spectacular, remarkable, stunning, astounding … use any word you like.

“It was electric,” said Champlin Park coach Jon Wynia. “You could feel it in your body.”

Chaney is just a sophomore and she already owns three all-around state championships. After the competition ended Saturday night, she posed for photos for just about everyone who wanted one … including the vault judges. The judges even gave her the pennant-shaped green flag that is used to signal the next vaulter that she can begin her sprint to the vault table.

Neu’s 10-point vault is known as a Yurchenko Layout; it’s named after Soviet gymnast Natalia Yurchenko. Gymnasts making the attempt sprint down the runway, perform a round-off back handspring entry onto the vault table, and then do a series of twists and flips before landing.

Chaney knew it was good. Upon landing, she threw her arms up, put her head back and smiled the biggest smile you’ve ever seen. She hugged Wynia and high-fived everyone she ran past.

“I was like, ‘It’s probably gonna be a 9.9 or a 10,’ ” she said. “And when I saw three of the scores, I’m like, ‘Please be a 10, please be a 10.’ And then the fourth one was a 10 and I was super happy.

“I’ve been working on sticking them all year, because I figured if I stuck it at state that I’d earn a 10. I’m just happy that all my hard work in the gym has paid off.”

She also won the balance beam, floor exercise and uneven bars. Her all-around score of 39.10 was the first 39 of her career. The state-meet record is 39.325, set by Stephanie Benson of Eagan in 1999.

Chaney’s gold medal in floor exercise was her third; she also won the vault in 2017. Her golds on beam and floor exercise were her first in those events at state.

“Any time anyone does something amazing, you’re still surprised, right?” Wynia said. “I told her going into this that she was going to break 39 and I was hoping that would be with a 10 but I would have taken a 9.95 or a 9.975. She’s been incredible this whole season.”

Yes, incredible. That works, too.

--Follow John on Twitter @MSHSLjohn and hear him on Minnesota Public Radio.



Class 1A Wrestling Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/24/2019 6:36:27 PM

From The Guillotine.

CLASS 1A
1. LPGE-Browerville (5)
2. Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove (3)
3. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (4)
4. Kenyon-Wanamingo (2)
5. Minnewaska Area (5)
6. Goodhue (1)
7. Badger/Greenbush-Middle River (8)
8. Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale/Parkers Prairie (6)
9. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (5)
10. Frazee (8)
11. Canby (3)
12. Zumbrota-Mazeppa (1)
Lean and Mean
Minneota (3), Windom/Mountain Lake (3), Caledonia/Houston (1), Aitkin (7), Ottertail Central (6), West Central Area/Ashby/Brandon-Evansville (6), Chatfield (1), Dover-Eyota (1), Royalton/Upsala (7)




Class 2A Wrestling Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/24/2019 6:36:07 PM

From The Guillotine.

CLASS 2A
1. Perham (8)
2. Simley (1)
3. Kasson-Mantorville (1)
4. Waconia (2)
5. Marshall (3)
6. Fairmont/Martin County West (3)
7. Scott West (2)
8. Foley (6)
9. Hutchinson (2)
10. Totino-Grace (5)
11. Mahtomedi (4)
12. Mora (7)
Lean and Mean
Annandale/Maple Lake (6), Becker (6), Big Lake (6), Delano (2), Detroit Lakes (8), Pierz (8), Plainview-Elgin-Millville (1), Princeton (7), Thief River Falls (8), Tri-City United (2), Watertown-Mayer/Mayer Lutheran (2), Dassel-Cokato (6)



Class 3A Wrestling Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/24/2019 6:35:34 PM

From The Guillotine.

CLASS 3A
1. Shakopee (2)
2. Stillwater Area (4)
3. St. Michael-Albertville (5)
4. Apple Valley (2)
5. Forest Lake (7)
6. Bemidji (8)
7. Northfield (1)
8. Owatonna (1)
9. New Prague (2)
10. Willmar (8)
11. East Ridge (3)
12. Mounds View (4)
Lean and Mean
Anoka (7), Coon Rapids (7), Hastings (3), Albert Lea Area (1), Blaine (7), Cambridge-Isanti (7), Brainerd/Pillager (8), Sartell-St. Stephen (8)



Hockey And Music: Farmington’s Husband And Wife Team
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/21/2019 9:01:22 PM

Thursday was an exciting day for the Holmes family. Jon Holmes stood on the bench at Xcel Energy Center as head coach of the Farmington High School girls hockey team. Erin Holmes stood in front of the giant Farmington pep band, directing them during the Tigers’ Class 2A state quarterfinal game against Andover.

Jon and Erin’s three sons -- ninth-grader William, third-grader Henry and kindergartener Duke – cheered for the Tigers ... the hockey players as well as the musicians.

This was a special day, but most days are hectic when one parent is coaching a sports team, the other is coaching musicians and their children are busy with school and activities.

“I don’t want to say it’s chaotic because my wife is such a good planner,” Jon said. “But there’s always something to do. I’m a head coach in two sports (also boys golf), and she’s busier than I am. Life in the house is certainly interesting.”

Jon is a 1999 Farmington graduate who was the school’s male athlete of the year as a senior, lettering in hockey, golf, tennis and cross-country. They met when Erin, a musician since her days as a student at Bethlehem Academy in Faribault, was on a Farmington faculty committee interviewing candidates for a social studies teaching job. Jon was interviewed and hired.

“We started dating a year or so later, got married a couple years later, and we just keep getting busier,” Erin said.

The unseeded Farmington Tigers, making their sixth state tournament appearance, lost to second-seeded Andover 7-1 Thursday. Farmington will play unseeded White Bear Lake in Friday’s 10 a.m. consolation game at TRIA Rink.

“We didn’t really have our best stuff. Everything kind of went haywire,” said Jon, whose team is the youngest in the tournament with three seniors, three juniors, six sophomores, four ninth-graders and four eighth-graders.

While he was in charge of 20 hockey players, Erin and co-band director Bradley Mariska were leading 190 talented musicians.

The band played a wide variety of songs, including Escape (the Pina Colada song), Eye of the Tiger, My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up), and of course the school song.

Afterwards, Jon admitted that in the midst of the game he didn’t have a chance to focus on the band.

“I notice it more when we’re scoring because they play our school song,” he said. “And at home games, definitely, because we walk right through them to our benches.”

Farmington has nine different bands during the school day, with marching band offered as an after-school extracurricular option. Erin is in charge of two jazz bands, two concert ensembles, is director of the marching band and teaches individual lessons.

Last year she was named the first female jazz chair of the Minnesota Music Educators Association and one of School Band and Orchestra Magazine's 50 Directors Who Make a Difference.

If there is a typical day during the hockey season in the Holmes household, it goes something like this: Erin leaves home first because her teaching day begins earlier than Jon’s. After school Jon goes to hockey practice and Erin picks up their boys.

“We high-five each other and run our kids around to where they need to go,” Erin said. “And meet up at the end of the day and catch up.”

The night before the state tournament began, the two of them had some quiet time together while the boys were being watched by grandparents. Since their jobs are very similar – coaching, directing, mentoring, positively influencing young people – they talked about some of those themes.

“We must have had a two-hour conversation about culture and how things can really get turned in certain directions from certain events,” Jon said. “And obviously because it’s a state tournament we were talking about how this was going to be positive for the little kids.

“I’ve been to their band camps, watching her and Brad Mariska run their camps. I just take notes. She loves to sit and watch our practices. It’s really cool.”

Erin said, “We compare each other’s philosophies a lot. Music certainly relates to sports and we talk a lot about what we’re doing. These are very much team efforts, very much family-oriented situations, where you lean on each other and push each other to get better. Band is just like any sport.

“It’s such a great relationship when you’ve got each other’s passions in your hands. We feel very much supported by each other.”

--Follow John on Twitter @MSHSLjohn and hear him on Minnesota Public Radio.

Girls State Hockey Tournament

Class 1A

Wednesday’s Quarterfinals
--Breck 2, Fergus Falls 0
--Mound-Westonka/Watertown-Mayer/SW Christian 4, Mankato East/Loyola 2
--Warroad 4, St. Paul United 0
--Proctor/Hermantown 3, Rochester Lourdes/Dover-Eyota 2 (OT)

Thursday’s Consolation Games
--Fergus Falls 7, Mankato East/Loyola 1
--Rochester Lourdes/Dover-Eyota 4, St. Paul United 3 (OT)

Friday’s Semifinals
--Breck vs. Mound-Westonka/Watertown-Mayer/SW Christian, 11 a.m.
--Warroad vs. Proctor/Hermantown, 1:30 p.m.

Class 2A

Thursday’s Quarterfinals
--Andover 7, Farmington 1
--Brainerd 4, White Bear Lake 0
--Edina 7, East Ridge 0
--Minnetonka 7, Maple Grove 4

Friday’s Semifinals
--Andover vs. Brainerd, 6 p.m.
--Edina vs. Minnetonka, 8:30 p.m.

Friday’s semifinals and Saturday’s championship games televised by KSTC Channel 45 and webcast by prep45.com. Consolation games webcast by prepspotlight.tv/MSHSL



Girls State Hockey Tournament Update
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/20/2019 10:10:17 PM

Class 1A

Wednesday’s Quarterfinals

--Breck 2, Fergus Falls 0
--Mound-Westonka/Watertown-Mayer/SW Christian 4, Mankato East/Loyola 2
--Warroad 4, St. Paul United 0
--Proctor/Hermantown 3, Rochester Lourdes/Dover-Eyota 2 (OT)

Friday’s Semifinals
--Breck vs. Mound-Westonka/Watertown-Mayer/SW Christian, 11 a.m.
--Warroad vs. Proctor/Hermantown, 1:30 p.m.

Class 2A

Thursday’s Quarterfinals

--Farmington vs. Andover, 11 am.
--White Bear Lake vs. Brainerd, 1 p.m.
--East Ridge vs. Edina, 6 p.m.
--Minnetonka vs. Maple Grove, 8 p.m.



Class 2A Boys Hockey Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/20/2019 10:09:45 PM

From Let's Play Hockey.

CLASS 2A
1. Edina 21-2-1 1
2. Minnetonka 20-2-3 2
3. Blaine 19-2-2 3
4. Andover 22-2-1 4
5. St. Thomas Academy 21-3-1 5
6. Maple Grove 19-4-1 6
7. White Bear Lake 18-4-1 7
8. Rosemount 22-3-0 9
9. Eden Prairie 13-9-3 8
10. Benilde-St. Margaret's 18-7-0 10
11. Moorhead 18-6-1 11
12. Duluth East 15-6-2 13
13. Chaska 18-7-0 14
14. Hill-Murray 14-8-2 12
15. Roseau 18-4-2 15
16. Wayzata 12-9-4 16
17. Eagan 18-7-0 18
18. Brainerd 16-9-0 19
19. Buffalo 17-5-3 20
20. Blake 16-7-2 17



Class 1A Boys Hockey Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/20/2019 10:09:20 PM

From Let's Play Hockey.

CLASS 1A
1. Hermantown 20-3-2 1
2. Mahtomedi 18-6-1 3
3. Totino-Grace 17-7-0 2
4. Alexandria 18-5-0 4
5. St. Cloud Cathedral 21-4-0 5
6. East Grand Forks 17-8-0 6
7. Thief River Falls 14-8-3 7
8. Warroad 13-9-2 9
9. Greenway 12-13-0 10
10. Orono 16-9-0 8
11. Sartell-St. Stephen 17-7-0 11
12. Monticello 16-8-1 12
13. Marshall 21-2-1 13
14. Duluth Denfeld 13-8-3 14
15. Delano 14-9-2 16
16. Mankato East 15-9-1 15
17. Minnesota River 17-4-0 18
18. Mound Westonka 14-10-2 20
19. Northfield 15-9-0 17
20. Virginia/Mountain Iron-Bruhl 9-15-1 19



#ThankARef: Klinnert Has Worked 3,000 Games And Counting
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/18/2019 1:53:58 PM

John Klinnert did something special on Friday when he packed his officiating gear and drove fifty-some miles from Fergus Falls to Wadena, where he and the other two members of the crew got dressed, put whistles around their necks and officiated a basketball doubleheader between Sebeka and Wadena-Deer Creek.

All that was perfectly normal. What was special? It was the 3,000th time that Klinnert has officiated high school basketball.

His first game was in 1977. Think about that: for 42 years, Klinnert has officiated high school basketball as well as football. He’s 71 years old, he’s fit, he’s sharp and he has no plans to stop.

“As long as the good Lord lets me and my knees and legs hold out,” he said. “I have fun every night I go out. I look forward to it.”

Klinnert has a strong relationship with the MSHSL that goes beyond officiating. He was a member of the MSHSL board of directors from 2006 to 2010, serving as the board treasurer. He currently serves on the board of directors of the MSHSL Foundation, a body separate from the MSHSL that awards grants to school activity programs.

Klinnert says it’s all about giving back. He was a five-sport athlete in New York Mills (football and cross-country in the fall, basketball in the winter, track and baseball in the spring) before graduating in 1965 and was a member of the cross-country team in college at Moorhead State. (Pictured are Klinnert, middle, with John Wold of Underwood, left, and Chuck Evert of Battle Lake.)

His first experience in officiating came in intramurals at Moorhead State. He coached softball, baseball and cross-country for eight years in Royalton and Fergus Falls and for 32 years he has operated J.K. Sports, a sporting goods business in Fergus Falls.

In 1977, Klinnert began keeping track of every basketball game he officiated, and he’s done so ever since. He hasn’t counted football games but has risen to high levels in both sports, officiating 30 state tournament games, including four Prep Bowls.

If you count every high school gym near Interstate 94 between Maple Grove and Moorhead (a distance of 220 miles), the only spot Klinnert hasn’t worked a basketball game is Rogers.

His philosophy is simple: Treat every game like it’s the most important one, because it is.

“For those kids, that’s the biggest game in the state, and it doesn’t make any difference what the records are,” he said. “I always tell the kids to have fun and enjoy the experience. With other referees, we don’t get along very well if they’re not enthused about what they’re doing. Sometimes you can have two 0-10 teams go at each other and have a heck of a game.”

For basketball game No. 3,000, Klinnert worked with two other veterans, Chuck Evert of Battle Lake and John Wold of Underwood. Klinnert and Evert go way back; Evert – who also has passed the 3,000-game mark -- began officiating a year before Klinnert’s career started, and they have worked more than 50 postseason games together.

Klinnert has seen a lot since 1977, when he was paid $27.50 for working two games; the current standard is around $100 for two games. He said he will work 60 or so games this season. His single-season high is 94 games, and he had one stretch when he worked high school and college basketball games every day but one over 17 days.

Earlier last week, Klinnert worked with an official who graduated from high school in 2013. He enjoys partnering with young officials, knowing that more officials are needed as veterans retire.

“Some of the older guys don’t want to go with the young guys, but you’ve got to work with them,” Klinnert said. “They need it. It’s only phy ed if you don’t have registered officials.”

--Follow John on Twitter @MSHSLjohn and hear him on Minnesota Public Radio.



Recap Of Boys State Nordic Skiing Championships
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/14/2019 7:50:51 PM

Peter Moore of St. Paul Academy and Summit School claims Pursuit crown; Sartell-St. Cloud Cathedral wins team championship

One year after a fourth-pace finish at the state Nordic ski racing championships, Peter Moore was ready to make one final championship run. And the senior from St. Paul Academy and Summit School came out on top while making history at the same time.

Moore’s victory over the field of 160 racers made him the first boys Nordic state champion in school history. Annie Hart of St. Paul Academy and Summit School won the girls title in 2009.

Defending champion Garrett Beckrich, a senior from Grand Rapids, held the lead after the first of two races in the championship series. Beckrich was in front of the field by 18 seconds – with Moore in second place – after the morning skate-style race.

Moore took advantage of snow that fell before the afternoon classical pursuit race. Beckrich went out first and had to deal with the heavier snowpack, while Moore and the racers starting behind him were able to keep their skis moving smoothly in the path created by the leader.

The result was Moore’s state title. He overtook Beckrich a little more than one kilometer into the 5K pursuit race. They traded the lead back and forth after that, but Moore held on for a victory margin of approximately five meters while Beckwith finished fourth.

Moore’s combined time was 30 minutes, 16 seconds. Sartell-St. Cloud Cathedral senior Alex Nemeth placed second in 30:17, by Mora junior Cooper Lennox (30:17.7) was third, followed by Beckwith (30:20) and Mounds Park Academy senior Matthew Bourne (30:34.2).

In the team competition, Sartell-St. Cloud Cathedral came out on top of the 16-team field with a score of 407 points. Forest Lake, which stood in front by a narrow margin after the morning skate race, placed second with 397 points, followed in the top five by Robbinsdale Armstrong 387), Stillwater (386) and Minneapolis Southwest (380).

The 2019 State Nordic Skiing Racing Meet was held on Thursday, Feb. 14 at Giants Ridge in Biwabik.



Recap Of Girls State Nordic Skiing Championships
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/14/2019 7:49:23 PM

Wazyata’s Mara McCollor wins repeat title; Robbinsdale Armstrong captures team championship

Mara McCollor, a senior from Wayzata, was the favorite heading into the girls Nordic ski racing championships, and she proved why with a victory and repeat title.

The victory made McCollor the first female to capture back-to-back Nordic state championships since Stillwater star (and future Olympic champion) Jessie Diggins did so 2007 and 2008; Diggins also won it all for a third time in 2010.

McCollor’s winning time of 34 minutes, 51 seconds in the combined skate-style and classical pursuit races was enough to hold off runner-up Lucinda Anderson, a senior from Robbinsdale Armstrong, whose time was 34:52.2.

Also in the top five were third-place Stillwater junior Libby Tuttle (35:08.8), followed by Forest Lake senior Regan Duffy (35:15.6) and Robbinsdale Armstrong senior Mae Barnes (35:38.6).

McCollor and Anderson stayed within close proximity of each other most of the day. Anderson was ahead of McCollor by 12 seconds in the skate race. In the staggered start, with faster skiers going out ahead of the others, McCollor passed Anderson in the opening kilometer of the 5K pursuit race.

With about 200 meters remaining before the finish line, the two racers were in a battle. But McCollor grabbed the lead and held it.

The high finishes by Anderson and Barnes helped Robbinsdale Armstrong capture the team title. The Falcons had a score of 412 points. St. Paul Highland Park was second with 384, Stillwater had 381 for third, Forest Lake was fourth at 381 (placed fourth in a tiebreaker) and Wayzata was fifth with 369.

The 2019 State Nordic Skiing Racing Meet was held on Thursday, Feb. 14 at Giants Ridge in Biwabik.



Class 2A Gymnastics Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/14/2019 7:47:11 PM

From the Minnesota Girls Gymnastics Coaches Association.

CLASS 2A
1 Stillwater 4AA 148.700
2 Owatonna 1AA 146.783
3 East Ridge 3AA 146.608
4 Maple Grove 5AA 145.700
5 Champlin Park 5AA 145.317
6 Lakeville North 2AA 144.917
7 Cambridge-Isanti 7AA 143.700
8 Bemidji 8AA 142.600
9 Wayzata 5AA 142.500
10 Anoka 7AA 142.367
11 Eagan 3AA 142.200
12 Eden Prairie 6AA 141.925
13 Brainerd 8AA 141.833
14 Lakeville South 2AA 141.775
15 St. Cloud Tech 8AA 140.542
16 Northfield 1AA 140.075
17 Rosemount 1AA 139.950
18 Rogers 5AA 139.925
19 Farmington 1AA 139.600
20 New Prague 2AA 139.308
21 Edina 6AA 139.192
22 Forest Lake 7AA 138.883
23 Park 3AA 138.667
24 Roseville Area 4AA 138.392
25 Hopkins 6AA 138.033



Class 1A Gymnastics Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/14/2019 7:46:42 PM

From the Minnesota Girls Gymnastics Coaches Association.

CLASS 1A
1 Detroit Lakes 8A 151.325
2 Sartell-Saint Stephen 7A 147.083
3 Willmar 6A 146.833
4 Mahtomedi 4A 145.217
5 Watertown-Mayer/Mound-Westonka 5A 144.100
6 Perham 8A 143.992
7 Big Lake 7A 143.908
8 Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa 1A 143.258
9 Worthington 3A 143.183
10 Monticello 7A 142.750
11 Melrose Area 6A 140.950
12 Waconia 2A 139.192
13 Mankato West 2A 138.242
14 Jackson County Central 3A 137.592
15 Martin County Area 3A 137.275
16 New London-Spicer 6A 137.075
17 Chisago Lakes 7A 137.050
18 Becker 7A 136.258
19 New Ulm Public/NUACS/MVL 2A 135.858
20 Austin 1A 135.650
21 St. Paul Highland Park 4A 135.267
22 Fergus Falls 8A 134.675
23 Alexandria 8A 134.092
24 North Branch 7A 133.825
25 Delano 5A 133.375



Recap Of Girls State Alpine Skiing Championships
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/13/2019 8:54:56 PM

Lakeville North’s Peyton Servais wins individual championship; Lakeville South edges Orono for team crown

Lakeville North sophomore Peyton Servais was a little surprised at the conclusion of the 2019 girls Alpine skiing state championship event. Her goal was simple: to finish higher than her fourth-place finish from a year earlier. Not only did she accomplish that goal, she also won a state title.

On a day when the competitors made two runs at Giants Ridge – the first down Helsinki and the second on Innsbruck – Servais picked up speed. Her time of 35.84 seconds on Helsinki ranked 10th after the first run (even though she almost fell), and she blazed down Innsbruck in 35.34, which ranked second only to defending state champion Becca Devine, a senior from Eden Prairie. Servais’ combined time of 1:11.18 was five-hundredths of a second better than Devine, who had bested Servais at the Section 6 championships a week earlier.

Servais became the first Alpine skier from Lakeville North to win an individual Alpine state title. Girls have competed in the event since 1976.
Lakeville South senior Lauren Geary, who missed the state meet in 2018 because of a knee injury, placed third with a combined time of 1:11.66. Hermantown’s Ashley Winberg was fourth in 1:12.19.

Geary’s return sparked Lakeville South to the team championship. The Cougars had a team score of 153 points, which was one point better than Orono’s 152. Minneapolis Southwest and Minnetonka shared third place with 130 points, followed by St. Paul Academy and Summit School (120), Mankato West (112), Stillwater (97) and Cook County/Silver Bay (96).

Lakeville South junior Lauren Nida finished eighth and teammate Hannah Rost was 32nd.

The team title was the third for Lakeville South. The Cougars won outright championships in 2008 and 2010, and shared the title with Edina in 2009.

The 2019 State Alpine Skiing Racing Meet was held on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at Giants Ridge in Biwabik.



Recap Of Boys State Alpine Skiing Championships
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/13/2019 8:53:45 PM

Mounds View’s Kaarl Damberg wins individual championship, Edina takes home team title

Kaarl Damberg, a senior from Mounds View High School, came back after a disappointing finish one year earlier to win the individual state title at the 2019 boys Alpine skiing state championships at Giants Ridge in Biwabik.

In 2018, Damberg held the lead after the first of two runs but fell on his second run and finished 19th. He led again after the opening run this time, with a margin of nearly half a second. And his second run was just as strong, securing the state championship with a combined time of 1 minute, 11.72 seconds.

Finishing second was Minneapolis Washburn junior Luke Conway with a time of 1:12.10. The third-place skier was Edina ninth-grader Adam Berghult, who was followed in the top five by Minnetonka junior Eli Quist and St. Thomas Academy junior Jack Folkman.

Folkman, who placed seventh a year earlier, was the only top 10 finisher from 2018 to do the same in 2019.

Damberg became Mounds View’s second boys state Alpine champion and the first in 51 years. The Mustangs’ Christopher Horty won the title in 1968. Alpine state championships have been contested since 1939.

In the team competition, Edina won the championship for the third time in five years and the eighth time overall; the Hornets shared the championship with Forest Lake in 2015 and Edina West (1979, 1980) is included in those eight crowns.

Edina had a team score of 157 points in the 2019 meet, and Minneapolis Washburn was the state runner-up with 150. Next were Minnetonka (149), Lakeville South (141), Stillwater (132), St. Thomas Academy (102), Duluth East (85) and St. Cloud Area (71).

Carl Berghult (senior brother of Adam) finished 13th in the individual competition for Edina, ninth-grader William Utendorfer was 18th and sophomore Tanner Hopkins placed 28th.

The 2019 State Alpine Skiing Racing Meet was held on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at Giants Ridge in Biwabik.



Class 1A Boys Hockey Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/13/2019 7:06:23 PM

From Let's Play Hockey.

CLASS 1A
1. Hermantown 19-3-1 1
2. Totino-Grace 16-6-0 3
3. Mahtomedi 16-6-1 5
4. Alexandria 18-5-0 7
5. St. Cloud Cathedral 20-4-0 2
6. East Grand Forks 17-8-0 6
7. Thief River Falls 14-7-3 4
8. Orono 15-8-0 8
9. Warroad 13-9-2 9
10. Greenway 11-13-0 11
11. Sartell-St. Stephen 17-7-0 10
12. Monticello 15-7-1 12
13. Marshall 20-2-1 13
14. Duluth Denfeld 12-8-3 14
15. Mankato East 15-6-1 15
16. Delano 13-9-1 17
17. Northfield 14-7-0 16
18. Minnesota River 16-4-0 18
19. Virginia/Mountain Iron-Bruhl 9-15-1 19
20. Mound Westonka 14-9-1 20



Class 2A Boys Hockey Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/13/2019 7:05:52 PM

From Let's Play Hockey.

CLASS 2A
1. Edina 19-2-1 1
2. Minnetonka 20-2-2 2
3. Blaine 17-2-2 3
4. Andover 21-2-1 4
5. St. Thomas Academy 20-3-1 5
6. Maple Grove 16-4-1 6
7. White Bear Lake 17-4-1 7
8. Eden Prairie 12-8-3 9
9. Rosemount 20-3-0 10
10. Benilde-St. Margaret's 16-7-0 8
11. Moorhead 17-6-1 12
12. Hill-Murray 14-7-2 11
13. Duluth East 15-6-2 13
14. Chaska 16-7-0 15
15. Roseau 17-4-2 16
16. Wayzata 12-8-3 14
17. Blake 16-6-2 17
18. Eagan 16-7-0 19
19. Brainerd 15-9-0 20
20. Buffalo 15-5-3



Class 1A Girls Hockey Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/13/2019 7:05:06 PM

From Let's Play Hockey.

CLASS 1A
1. Warroad 23-0-1 1
2. Breck 17-8-0 2
3. Mound Westonka 20-0-5 3
4. Proctor/Hermantown 15-7-3 4
5. South St. Paul 16-6-3 5
6. Thief River Falls 15-9-0 7
7. Rochester Lourdes 13-10-1 8
8. East Grand Forks 14-8-2 9
9. Duluth Marshall 17-8-0 10
10. Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 17-7-0 6
11. Fergus Falls 19-6-0 11
12. Alexandria 13-12-0 12
13. St. Paul United 10-13-2 14
14. Minneapolis 14-9-1 17
15. Hutchinson 11-9-5 19
16. Mahtomedi 11-12-2 15
17. Delano/Rockford 14-9-2 13
18. Hibbing/Chisholm 9-15-0 16
19. Simley 13-10-2 18
20. Mankato East 16-7-2



Class 2A Girls Hockey Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/13/2019 7:04:34 PM

From Let's Play Hockey.

CLASS 2A
1. Blake 23-2-0 1
2. Edina 21-4-0 2
3. Forest Lake 23-2-0 3
4. Andover 20-4-0 4
5. Brainerd/Little Falls 20-4-1 5
6. Wayzata 19-6-0 6
7. Eden Prairie 15-7-2 7
8. Maple Grove 17-7-1 9
9. Hill-Murray 19-5-1 10
10. North Wright County 20-5-0 11
11. Eagan 19-6-0 12
12. Roseau 20-4-1 8
13. Elk River 15-7-3 13
14. Grand Rapids/Greenway 16-8-1 14
15. Lakeville North 14-9-2 15
16. Minnetonka 11-13-1 17
17. Cretin-Derham Hall 12-12-1
18. Benilde-St. Margaret's 15-8-2 16
19. Shakopee 14-10-1 19
20. Burnsville 18-6-1 18



Across State Lines, Making Great Things Happen
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/8/2019 1:52:16 PM

Great things happen every day! The email below describes one example involving two schools, one in Wisconsin and one in Minnesota...

Please allow me to share this with you. Superior High School had a boys hockey game cancelled Thursday, February 7 due to weather. This game was our last home regular-season boys hockey game and our Red the Rink Event. The Red the Rink event was a senior project, a graduation requirement for an SHS student. All proceeds from the Red the Rink event are going to the American Heart Association. A cause very important to this student who had heart surgery this past summer.

Because of several reasons -- rink and official availability, regular-season game schedules and Wisconsin playoffs starting next week -- we are not able to reschedule the game from yesterday. This means no home game for our Red the Rink Event.

I reached out to Duluth East AD Shawn Roed and Essentia Duluth Heritage Center President/CEO Jerry DeMeo to see if they would allow use to host our Red the Rink event at our boys hockey game Monday vs Duluth East at the Heritage Center. I figured no harm in asking and would understand if this request could not be meet.

To our delight, both Shawn (Duluth East hockey) and Jerry instantly agreed to allow us to host our Red the Rink Event at their game and facility this Monday. What a great but not surprising response!!

Thank you for allowing me to share this amazing display of cooperation and compassion Duluth East and the Heritage Center is showing Superior HS and this student. We are forever in their debt. So often we hear about how competition can bring out the worst in schools, I am so pleased to show how it can also bring out the best.

Go Greyhounds and Spartans!

Thank you from SHS.

Ray Kosey
Director of Activities and Community Events
Superior High School
Superior, Wisconsin



Class 2A Wrestling Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/8/2019 1:50:56 PM

From The Guillotine.

CLASS 2A
1. Kasson-Mantorville (1)
2. Perham (8)
3. Simley (1)
4. Fairmont/Martin County West (3)
5. Scott West (2)
6. Waconia (2)
7. Foley (6)
8. Detroit Lakes (8)
9. Hutchinson (2)
10. Marshall (3)
11. Delano (2)
12. Totino-Grace (5)
Lean and Mean
Annandale/Maple Lake (6), Becker (6), Big Lake (6), Grand Rapids (7), Litchfield (6), Mahtomedi (4), Mora (7), Pierz (8), Plainview-Elgin-Millville (1), Princeton (7), South St. Paul (4), Thief River Falls (8), Tri-City United (2), Watertown-Mayer/Mayer Lutheran (2)



Class 1A Wrestling Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/8/2019 1:49:37 PM

From The Guillotine.

1. LPGE-Browerville (5)
2. Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove (3)
3. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (4)
4. Minnewaska Area (5)
5. Zumbrota-Mazeppa (1)
6. Minneota (3)
7. Frazee (8)
8. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (5)
9. Kenyon-Wanamingo (2)
10. Badger/Greenbush-Middle River (8)
11. Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale/Parkers Prairie (6)
12. Goodhue (1)
Lean and Mean
Windom/Mountain Lake (3), Canby (3), Ottertail Central (6), Dover-Eyota (1), GMLOS (1), West Central Area/Ashby/Brandon-Evansville (6), Chatfield (1), Blue Earth Area (2), Maple River (2), Aitkin (7), Royalton/Upsala (7)



Class 3A Wrestling Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/8/2019 1:48:44 PM

From The Guillotine.

CLASS 3A
1. Shakopee (2)
2. Owatonna (1)
3. Stillwater Area (4)
4. St. Michael-Albertville (5)
5. Apple Valley (2)
6. Willmar (8)
7. New Prague (2)
8. Bemidji (8)
9. Anoka (7)
10. Forest Lake (7)
11. Mounds View (4)
12. Northfield (1)
Lean and Mean
East Ridge (3), Coon Rapids (7), Hastings (3), Albert Lea Area (1), Blaine (7), Cambridge-Isanti (7), Brainerd/Pillager (8), Sartell-St. Stephen (8)




Class 4A Boys Basketball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/8/2019 11:27:15 AM

From Minnesota Basketball News.

CLASS 4A
1. Hopkins (18-2) 1
2. Prior Lake (15-2) 2
3. Park Center (18-1) 3
4. East Ridge (15-2) 4
5. Lakeville North (14-4) 5
6. Shakopee (14-4) 6
7. Eden Prairie (13-5) 8
8. Chaska (13-5) 10
9. Champlin Park (12-4) NR
10.Wayzata (14-6) 7




Class 3A Boys Basketball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/8/2019 11:26:54 AM

From Minnesota Basketball News.

CLASS 3A
1. DeLaSalle (13-4) 1
2. Waseca (19-0) 2
3. Mankato East (15-1) 5
4. Princeton (16-2) 3
5. Austin (12-4) 4
6. Mahtomedi (13-5) 6
7. Northfield (12-4) 7
8. Delano (13-5) 8
9. Holy Angels (16-2) NR
10.Sartell-St. Stephen (14-3) NR




Class 2A Boys Basketball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/8/2019 11:26:27 AM

From Minnesota Basketball News.

CLASS 2A
1. Minnehaha Academy (14-2) 1
2. Minneapolis North (13-5) 2
3. Perham (17-1) 3
4. Maranatha Christian (17-2) 4
5. Jordan (15-2) 5
6. Breck (16-3) 6
7. Lake City (16-2) 7
8. Spectrum (15-2) 8
9. St. Croix Prep (13-4) 9
10.Caledonia (15-4) 10



Class 1A Boys Basketball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/8/2019 11:26:00 AM

From Minnesota Basketball News.

CLASS 1A
1. Minneota (18-0) 1
2. BOLD (17-1) 2
3. Minnesota Valley Lutheran (18-1) 4
4. Springfield (17-2) 5
5. Cass Lake-Bena (19-1) 3
6. North Woods (14-2) 6
7. Henning (19-0) 7
8. Randolph (18-1) 10
9. Ada-Borup/Norman County West (16-0) NR
10.Waterville-Elysian-Morristown (16-1) NR



Class 4A Girls Basketball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/8/2019 11:25:03 AM

From Minnesota Basketball News.

CLASS 4A
1. Hopkins (19-0) 1
2. Wayzata (19-1) 2
3. Stillwater (17-2) 3
4. St. Michael-Albertville (17-3) 5
5. Park Center (18-2) 6
6. Farmington (18-2) 4
7. Chaska (17-3) 7
8. Eden Prairie (15-3) 10
9. Roseville (17-4) 9
10.Centennial (15-4) NR



Class 3A Girls Basketball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/8/2019 11:24:39 AM

From Minnesota Basketball News.

CLASS 3A
1. Red Wing (17-2) 1
2. Waseca (20-1) 2
3. Hill-Murray (18-2) 3
4. St. Paul Como Park (18-1) 5
5. Willmar (15-2) 6
6. Alexandria (16-3) 7
7. Robbinsdale Cooper (12-7) 8
8. DeLaSalle (11-5) 9
9. Becker (17-2) 10
10.Simley (15-5) 4





Class 2A Girls Basketball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/8/2019 11:24:07 AM

From Minnesota Basketball News.

CLASS 2A
1. Sauk Centre (17-2) 1
2. Roseau (18-2) 2
3. Eden Valley-Watkins (19-0) 3
4. Minnehaha Academy (15-5) 4
5. Holy Family Catholic (16-4) 5
6. Rochester Lourdes (14-5) 6
7. Rush City (15-1) 7
8. Norwood Young America (16-2) 9
9. Medford (17-0) 10
10.Annandale (15-3) 8




Class 1A Girls Basketball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/8/2019 11:23:41 AM

From Minnesota Basketball News.

CLASS 1A
1. Minneota (18-0) 1
2. Menahga (19-0) 2
3. Grand Meadow (21-0) 4
4. Goodhue (17-4) 3
5. Pelican Rapids (19-1) 5
6. Ada-Borup/Norman County West (16-2) 6
7. Hills-Beaver Creek (20-0) 7
8. Stephen-Argyle (19-0) 8
9. Heritage Christian (15-2) 9
10.Cromwell-Wright (16-1) 10



Class 1A Girls Hockey Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/8/2019 11:22:42 AM

From Let's Play Hockey.

CLASS 1A
1. Warroad 23-0-1 1
2. Breck 17-8-0 2
3. Mound Westonka 20-0-5 3
4. Proctor/Hermantown 14-7-3 5
5. South St. Paul 16-6-3 4
6. Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 17-7-0 7
7. Thief River Falls 15-9-0 6
8. Rochester Lourdes 13-10-1 8
9. East Grand Forks 14-8-2 9
10. Duluth Marshall 17-8-0 10
11. Fergus Falls 18-6-0 11
12. Alexandria 13-12-0 12
13. Delano/Rockford 14-9-2 13
14. St. Paul United 10-13-2 14
15. Mahtomedi 11-12-2 16
16. Hibbing/Chisholm 9-14-0 15
17. Minneapolis 14-9-1 17
18. Simley 13-10-2 18
19. Hutchinson 11-9-5 19
20. Chisago Lakes 10-14-1 20



Class 2A Girls Hockey Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/8/2019 11:22:16 AM

From Let's Play Hockey.

CLASS 2A
1. Blake 23-2-0 1
2. Edina 21-4-0 2
3. Forest Lake 23-2-0 3
4. Andover 20-4-0 4
5. Brainerd/Little Falls 20-4-1 7
6. Wayzata 19-6-0 6
7. Eden Prairie 15-7-2 5
8. Roseau 19-4-1 8
9. Maple Grove 17-7-1 9
10. Hill-Murray 19-5-1 10
11. North Wright County 20-5-0 11
12. Eagan 18-6-0 12
13. Elk River 15-7-3 13
14. Grand Rapids/Greenway 16-8-1 15
15. Lakeville North 14-9-2 18
16. Benilde-St. Margaret's 15-8-2 16
17. Minnetonka 11-12-1 14
18. Burnsville 18-6-1
19. Shakopee 14-10-1 20
20. Champlin Park 13-7-4



Class 1A Boys Hockey Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/8/2019 11:21:07 AM

From Let's Play Hockey.

CLASS 1A
1. Hermantown 16-3-1 1
2. St. Cloud Cathedral 19-2-0 2
3. Totino-Grace 16-5-0 5
4. Thief River Falls 13-6-3 4
5. Mahtomedi 15-5-1 6
6. East Grand Forks 16-6-0 3
7. Alexandria 16-5-0 7
8. Orono 13-8-0 8
9. Warroad 12-9-2 10
10. Sartell-St. Stephen 15-6-0 9
11. Greenway 9-13-0 12
12. Monticello 14-7-1 11
13. Marshall 18-2-1 14
14. Duluth Denfeld 10-7-3 13
15. Mankato East 13-6-1 16
16. Northfield 14-6-0 15
17. Delano 10-9-2 20
18. Minnesota River 16-4-0 17
19. Virginia/Mountain Iron-Bruhl 9-13-1
20. Mound Westonka 14-8-1 19



Class 2A Boys Hockey Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/8/2019 11:20:40 AM

From Let's Play Hockey.

CLASS 2A
1. Edina 18-2-1 1
2. Minnetonka 19-1-2 2
3. Blaine 14-2-2 3
4. Andover 19-2-1 4
5. St. Thomas Academy 19-3-1 6
6. Maple Grove 15-4-1 5
7. White Bear Lake 17-4-1 7
8. Benilde-St. Margaret's 15-5-0 9
9. Eden Prairie 10-8-3 8
10. Rosemount 17-3-0 12
11. Hill-Murray 13-6-2 10
12. Moorhead 15-6-1 13
13. Duluth East 14-6-2 14
14. Wayzata 11-7-3 11
15. Chaska 14-7-0 15
16. Roseau 15-4-2 16
17. Blake 14-6-1 17
18. Cretin-Derham Hall 14-6-1 18
19. Eagan 15-6-0 19
20. Brainerd 14-7-0



Class 2A Gymnastics Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/8/2019 11:19:41 AM

CLASS 2A
1 Stillwater 4AA 148.700
2 East Ridge 3AA 146.608
3 Owatonna 1AA 146.525
4 Maple Grove 5AA 145.700
5 Champlin Park 5AA 145.083
6 Lakeville North 2AA 144.042
7 Cambridge-Isanti 7AA 143.700
8 Wayzata 5AA 142.500
9 Anoka 7AA 142.367
10 Bemidji 8AA 142.300
11 Eden Prairie 6AA 141.925
12 Lakeville South 2AA 141.775
13 Brainerd 8AA 141.650
14 Eagan 3AA 140.967
15 St. Cloud Tech 8AA 140.425
16 Rosemount 1AA 139.950
17 Rogers 5AA 139.925
18 Farmington 1AA 139.600
19 New Prague 2AA 139.308
20 Edina 6AA 139.192
21 Northfield 1AA 138.917
22 Roseville Area 4AA 138.392
23 Hopkins 6AA 138.033
24 Elk River/Zimmerman 8AA 138.017
25 Saint Francis 7AA 137.983




Class 1A Gymnastics Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/8/2019 11:19:18 AM

CLASS 1A
1 Detroit Lakes 8A 151.325
2 Sartell-Saint Stephen 7A 146.250
3 Willmar 6A 145.383
4 Mahtomedi 4A 144.950
5 Watertown-Mayer/Mound-Westonka 5A 144.100
6 Big Lake 7A 143.875
7 Perham 8A 143.850
8 Worthington 3A 143.183
9 Monticello 7A 142.750
10 Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa 1A 142.650
11 Melrose Area 6A 140.033
12 Waconia 2A 139.192
13 Mankato West 2A 138.242
14 Martin County Area 3A 137.275
15 New London-Spicer 6A 137.075
16 Chisago Lakes 7A 137.050
17 Jackson County Central 3A 136.333
18 Becker 7A 136.258
19 New Ulm Public/NUACS/MVL 2A 135.858
20 Austin 1A 134.683
21 Fergus Falls 8A 134.092
22 St. Paul Highland Park 4A 133.950
23 North Branch 7A 133.825
24 Alexandria 8A 133.300
25 Benson-KMS-Montivideo 6A 132.950



Remembering Jon Noreen, A Coach Who Did It The Right Way
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/5/2019 4:52:08 PM

Everyone who knew Jon Noreen was devastated when news of his death circulated over the weekend. The 67-year-old retired educator and coach touched countless lives over his career, and he will be missed by many. He died unexpectedly at his home in Avon on Friday.

Jon was well-known statewide for his career as the girls basketball coach at Albany High School. His teams had a record of 476-186 in his 26 years as head coach (he began his coaching career at Elgin-Millville High School), Albany went to state seven times and won a Class 2A state title in 2008. Jon was inducted into the Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2010. He retired from coaching in 2011 so he could watch his three daughters play college basketball.

There is quite a story to that 2008 state championship, and that’s what I will remember most about Jon. At a time when some coaches would have screamed and hollered, Jon did none of that. Here’s what happened…

In the 2007 state championship game, Albany lost to Pipestone 50-49. There was controversy about the winning shot for the Arrows, a three-pointer with 16 seconds to play. During the awards ceremony, replays shown on the video screens at Target Center made it clear that the three-pointer was actually a two-pointer, meaning the score should have been 49-49 at that point.

Afterwards, Coach Noreen was calm. He could have ripped into the officials, but he didn’t. He knew that a lot of things can happen during the course of a game, and what’s most important is how you react to it.

“A game isn't lost on a last-second shot,” he said. “I plan to use this for our kids as a strong, teachable moment. I will use this game as an example for teams to come. It’s part of being successful.”

The good news came a year later when the Huskies won their state title. Jennie Noreen, the youngest of Jon and and Lynette Noreen’s three basketball-playing daughters (along with three sons), was a senior on that 2008 gold-medal team. Jennie, who started on four state tournament teams, scored a game-high 18 points and went 6-for-6 from the free-throw line down the stretch to seal the championship victory over Jordan.

“To win a state title with my last daughter -- that's something special,” Jon said.

Jennie and Joanne Noreen played basketball at Minnesota State Mankato and Darby played at the College of St. Benedict.

A memorial service will be held Saturday in Albany.

Here is the obituary…

A memorial service for Jon Noreen will be held at 2:00PM, Saturday, February 9, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Albany. A visitation will take place at 1:00PM until the time of service. A Celebration of Life at Shady’s reception hall will follow the service. Jon died unexpectedly at his home on Friday. Arrangements are being made by the Miller-Carlin Funeral Homes.

Jon was born October 18, 1951 in St. Paul to Clarence “KY” and Darlene (Sherburn) Noreen. He graduated from Edina High school and attended Mankato State University and earned a degree in Education. He married Lynette Kretchman on July 31, 1982 in Bloomington. He taught and coached football and basketball at the Elgin-Millville High School before moving to Albany in 1987, where he taught Fine Arts and coached the Girls Basketball Team.

He was the head coach for the Albany Girls Basketball Team for 26 years where he had a record of 476 – 186. He led his teams to 15 West Central Conference championships, 11 sub-section Championships, four section Runner-ups and seven State Tournament appearances, winning the state championship in 2008. During his 32 years of coaching basketball, he was named MGBCA Section Coach of the Year three times. During the summers, Jon would travel to Australia with boys and girls basketball players to play in an international basketball tournament. Jon’s teams won the Down Under Classic three times in the 12 years of going to Australia. In 2010, Jon was inducted into the Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. Jon retired from Albany in 2011 then returned for another year of teaching. In 2016, he was named the women's basketball coach at St. Cloud Technical and Community College.

Jon bred and trained labrador retrievers and he owned “Gunnars Kennel” in Avon. Jon was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved spending time with his family, especially his growing number of grandchildren. Jon was excited to spend the summers fishing and boating with the grandchildren and watching them grow.

Jon is survived by his wife, Lynette, Avon; his children; Jake (Carly) Noreen, Hampstead, NC; Darby Noreen, Willmar: Joanne (Tony) Thomason, Peoria, IL; Seth Noreen, Minneapolis; Jennie (Steven) Helget, Mankato; Zach (Tatum) Noreen, Albany; 10 grandchildren and his sister, Karen (Dan) Carlson, Bloomington.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Jana Lynn Noreen.

--Follow John on Twitter @MSHSLjohn and hear him on Minnesota Public Radio.



How To Survive Winter Weather Downtime (And Rescheduling)
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/1/2019 11:23:12 AM

Winter.

Sigh.

What’s that old saying about weather in Minnesota? It goes something like this: Wait five minutes and it will change. Through most of this week, the only changes seemed to be drops in the temperatures. Yes, the week started with a snowstorm and then Arctic air rolled in, resulting in school closings and after-school activities being shut down for several days.

Nobody really plans for this. Fall and spring sports are accustomed to weather interruptions, but indoor winter events are different. And when the weather is so brutal that outdoor events like Alpine and Nordic skiing practices and competitions are called off, well, this is almost uncharted territory.

So, what now? It’s February and winter sports seasons are winding down as postseason play nears. In fact, the MSHSL one-act play state festival will be held next Thursday and Friday at O’Shaughnessy Auditorium on the campus of St. Catherine University in St. Paul. The state Alpine and Nordic ski meets will take place Feb. 13-14 at Giants Ridge in Biwabik and the state dance tournament will happen Feb. 15-16 at Target Center, followed in quick order by the rest of the winter state tourneys.

In the meantime, there is a lot of scrambling to attempt to reschedule competitions that were wiped out by this week’s weather. It’s not an easy task. On Twitter, I solicited comments from around the state.

“Besides the craziness of finding rescheduled dates that are open for both opponents and the officials, one of the issues that concerns me is finding the right balance between playing all of the games and doing what's right for the kids,” St. Charles activities director Scott McCready wrote in an email. “We all strive to play the full 26 in basketball, for example, but if we have to squeeze in five games in six days, I don't think that is healthy for any team. Sometimes Mother Nature wins and maybe that means we have to cancel some games completely.”

At St. Cloud Cathedral, activities director Emmett Keenan Tweeted: “The unsung heroes of multiple rescheduled games: Bus dispatchers, officials' assignors, ATC schedulers, facility schedulers, other tenants who are willing to give and take, game workers, etc. A lot more to it than just getting the two teams to agree.”

On Twitter, Debra Card of Hutchinson told me that her son Tate, a wrestler, “is really struggling managing weight without having practices. Sure, he can go to the gym but nothing beats a two-pound wrestling practice and keeping sharp for the upcoming sections!”

John Barnes, swimming and diving coach at St. Thomas Academy, wrote on Twitter, “We must just adapt and adjust every day. No need to worry, just believe in the system and that your athletes trust and believe in you. Just like in sales and life you must overcome objections to succeed. I know my team will be fine and healthy when we return to practice.”

Chad Courrier, who is a veteran MSHSL basketball official as well as a sports reporter at the Mankato Free Press, wrote about the impact of the weather on Mankato-area teams.

“It's probably been tougher on the coaches and kids because when we don't have school, they can't get together and practice," Mankato Loyola activities director John Landkamer said. "We've been able to find officials for varsity games, but the C squad and junior-high games are a struggle, and you can't make those up."

Once a game is postponed, activity directors need to find a date that their school and the opponent has open, then try to find officials that can work that date. Last week, Madelia tried to reschedule a game against St. Clair on Friday, but there were no officials available.

"Both factors are tough," Madelia activities director Paul Carpenter said. "If you can find an open date, there's no guarantee you'll find officials. Some games, you're looking for three-man crews, which makes it tougher. Fridays are impossible; other days are tough, too."


No MSHSL activity is immune from these challenges. On Twitter, Ian Mills of Esko wrote about robotics: “I’d say that these ‘dead days’ have even more of an effect on MSHSL robotics teams. To start they only have six weeks to build their robot and now some teams are missing most of their fourth week of build. It will directly impact nearly every robot in MN.”

Kent Janikula, boys basketball coach at Watertown-Mayer, wrote in an email that he tried to use his down time wisely.

“I must admit cabin fever is setting in a bit. The extra time has given me a lot of time to prepare scouting reports and watch film on upcoming opponents as well as some possible section opponents. That time has been good as the life of a teacher/coach can be hectic.

“My biggest fear is conditioning and kids staying in game shape. It’s not like people have many ways of staying active these last few days. I’m staying positive in knowing that our opponents are also not able to practice so there shouldn’t be any advantage gained. As a coach you always have things that you can work on in practice, but I’m hoping these days help recharge the batteries for our players and give some players battling injuries some extra time to recover.

“As much as I’m making the most of the time away, I’m ready to get back at it!”

We can all agree on that.

--Follow John on Twitter @MSHSLjohn and hear him on Minnesota Public Radio.



Class 1A Girls Basketball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/1/2019 11:21:05 AM

From Minnesota Basketball News.

CLASS 1A
1. Minneota 16-0-0 1
2. Menahga 17-0-0 2
3. Goodhue 14-3-0 3
4. Grand Meadow 18-0-0 4
5. Pelican Rapids 16-1-0 5
6. Ada-Borup/Norman County West 14-1-0 6
7. Hills-Beaver Creek 17-0-0 7
8. Stephen-Argyle 11-1-0 8
9. Heritage Christian 14-2-0 9
10. Cromwell 11-2-0 10



Class 2A Girls Basketball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/1/2019 11:20:44 AM

From Minnesota Basketball News.

CLASS 2A
1. Sauk Centre 15-2-0 1
2. Roseau 15-2-0 2
3. Eden Valley-Watkins 17-0-0 3
4. Minnehaha Academy 14-5-0 4
5. Holy Family 14-4-0 6
6. Rochester Lourdes 11-5-0 5
7. Rush City 14-1-0 7
8. Annandale 14-2-0 8
9. Norwood Young America 15-2-0 9
10. Medford 15-0-0 10




Class 3A Girls Basketball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/1/2019 11:20:17 AM

From Minnesota Basketball News.

CLASS 3A
1. Red Wing 16-2-0 2
2. Waseca 19-1-0 3
3. Hill-Murray 16-2-0 1
4. Simley 14-4-0 6
5. St. Paul Como Park 16-1-0 4
6. Willmar 14-2-0 5
7. Alexandria 14-3-0 7
8. Robbinsdale Cooper 10-7-0 8
9. DeLaSalle 9-5-0 9
10. Becker 16-2-0




Class 4A Girls Basketball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/1/2019 11:19:52 AM

From Minnesota Basketball News.

CLASS 4A
1. Hopkins 18-0-0 1
2. Wayzata 18-0-0 2
3. Stillwater 15-2-0 3
4. Farmington 17-1-0 4
5. St. Michael-Albertville 14-3-0 5
6. Park Center 15-2-0 6
7. Chaska 15-3-0 7
8. Eastview 13-4-0 8
9. Roseville 16-3-0 9
10. Eden Prairie 14-3-0 10



Class 1A Boys Basketball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/1/2019 11:19:22 AM

From Minnesota Basketball News.

Class 1A
1. Minneota (17-0)
2. BOLD (17-0)
3. Cass Lake-Bena (18-0)
4. Minnesota Valley Lutheran (15-1)
5. Springfield (14-2)
6. North Woods (13-2)
7. Henning (16-0)
8. Spring Grove (13-1)
9. Ortonville (11-1)
10.Randolph (16-1)




Class 2A Boys Basketball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/1/2019 11:18:55 AM

From Minnesota Basketball News.

Class 2A
1. Minnehaha Academy (12-2)
2. Minneapolis North (11-5)
3. Perham (14-1)
4. Maranatha Christian (16-1)
5. Jordan (13-2)
6. Breck (14-3)
7. Lake City (14-2)
8. Spectrum (15-2)
9. St. Croix Prep (12-4)
10.Caledonia (14-4)




Class 3A Boys Basketball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/1/2019 11:18:26 AM

From Minnesota Basketball News.

Class 3A
1. DeLaSalle (11-4)
2. Waseca (17-0)
3. Princeton (14-1)
4. Austin (11-2)
5. Mankato East (13-1)
6. Mahtomedi (12-3)
7. Northfield (11-3)
8. Delano (11-5)
9. Waconia (9-6)
10.Holy Angels (14-2)




Class 4A Boys Basketball Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/1/2019 11:17:59 AM

From Minnesota Basketball News.

Class 4A
1. Hopkins (16-2)
2. Prior Lake (13-2)
3. Park Center (15-1)
4. East Ridge (14-2)
5. Lakeville North (12-4)
6. Shakopee (13-3)
7. Wayzata (14-4)
8. Eden Prairie (10-5)
9. Edina (10-6)
10.Chaska (11-5)



Class 1A Girls Hockey Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/1/2019 11:17:09 AM

From Let's Play Hockey.

CLASS 1A
1. Warroad 20-0-0 1
2. Breck 15-6-0 2
3. Mound Westonka 18-0-3 3
4. South St. Paul 14-5-3 4
5. Proctor/Hermantown 14-7-2 5
6. Thief River Falls 14-6-0 6
7. Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 15-6-0 8
8. Rochester Lourdes 11-8-1 7
9. East Grand Forks 12-7-2 9
10. Duluth Marshall 13-7-0 10
11. Fergus Falls 15-6-0 11
12. Alexandria 11-11-0 12
13. Delano/Rockford 12-9-1 13
14. St. Paul United 8-11-2 14
15. Hibbing/Chisholm 8-12-0 16
16. Mahtomedi 10-10-2 15
17. Minneapolis 14-8-1 17
18. Simley 10-10-2 18
19. Hutchinson 9-8-3 19
20. Chisago Lakes 9-12-1 20



Class 2A Girls Hockey Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/1/2019 11:16:44 AM

From Let's Play Hockey.

CLASS 2A
1. Blake 20-2-0 1
2. Edina 19-4-0 2
3. Forest Lake 21-1-0 3
4. Andover 20-3-0 4
5. Eden Prairie 14-5-2 6
6. Wayzata 16-5-0 7
7. Brainerd/Little Falls 18-4-1 5
8. Roseau 19-4-0 8
9. Maple Grove 15-6-1 10
10. Hill-Murray 17-5-1 9
11. North Wright County 18-5-0 11
12. Eagan 17-5-0 13
13. Elk River 14-6-3 12
14. Minnetonka 11-9-1 14
15. Grand Rapids/Greenway 14-8-1 15
16. Benilde-St. Margaret's 14-7-2 16
17. Blaine 10-11-1 17
18. Lakeville North 13-9-1 20
19. Chaska/Chanhassen 15-6-2
20. Shakopee 12-10-1



Class 1A Boys Hockey Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/1/2019 11:16:07 AM

From Let's Play Hockey.

CLASS 1A
1. Hermantown 14-3-1 1
2. St. Cloud Cathedral 17-2-0 2
3. East Grand Forks 15-4-0 3
4. Thief River Falls 13-5-3 4
5. Totino-Grace 14-5-0 5
6. Mahtomedi 14-3-1 6
7. Alexandria 14-4-0 7
8. Orono 11-7-0 8
9. Sartell-St. Stephen 14-5-0 9
10. Warroad 11-8-2 10
11. Monticello 14-5-1 11
12. Greenway 8-13-0 12
13. Duluth Denfeld 9-6-3 13
14. Marshall 17-2-1 14
15. Northfield 13-5-0 15
16. Mankato East 11-6-1 17
17. Minnesota River 16-3-0 18
18. North Branch 13-6-2 16
19. Mound Westonka 14-6-0 19
20. Delano 9-10-1



Class 2A Boys Hockey Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/1/2019 11:15:35 AM

From Let's Play Hockey.

CLASS 2A
1. Edina 15-2-1 3
2. Minnetonka 17-1-2 1
3. Blaine 13-2-2 4
4. Andover 17-2-1 2
5. Maple Grove 14-3-1 5
6. St. Thomas Academy 16-3-1 7
7. White Bear Lake 15-3-1 6
8. Eden Prairie 9-6-3 8
9. Benilde-St. Margaret's 14-5-0 10
10. Hill-Murray 11-5-2 9
11. Wayzata 11-5-3 11
12. Rosemount 16-3-0 12
13. Moorhead 13-6-1 15
14. Duluth East 12-6-2 13
15. Chaska 12-7-0 14
16. Roseau 13-4-2 16
17. Blake 11-6-1 17
18. Cretin-Derham Hall 12-6-1 18
19. Eagan 13-6-0 19
20. Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 11-9-0 20



Class 2A Gymnastics Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/1/2019 11:14:36 AM

From the Minnesota Girls Gymnastics Coaches Association.

CLASS 2A
1 Stillwater 4AA 148.700
2 East Ridge 3AA 146.608
3 Owatonna 1AA 146.525
4 Maple Grove 5AA 145.267
5 Champlin Park 5AA 144.600
6 Lakeville North 2AA 144.042
7 Cambridge-Isanti 7AA 142.983
8 Wayzata 5AA 142.500
9 Anoka 7AA 142.367
10 Eden Prairie 6AA 141.925
11 Bemidji 8AA 141.808
12 Eagan 3AA 140.967
13 Lakeville South 2AA 140.958
14 St. Cloud Tech 8AA 140.425
15 Brainerd 8AA 140.258
16 Rosemount 1AA 139.950
17 Rogers 5AA 139.925
18 Farmington 1AA 139.600
19 New Prague 2AA 139.308
20 Northfield 1AA 138.917
21 Edina 6AA 138.775
22 Hopkins 6AA 138.033
23 Elk River/Zimmerman 8AA 137.542
24 Saint Francis 7AA 137.342
25 Roseville Area 4AA 137.275



Class 1A Gymnastics Rankings
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 2/1/2019 11:14:06 AM

From the Minnesota Girls Gymnastics Coaches Association.

CLASS 1A
1 Detroit Lakes 8A 150.150
2 Sartell-Saint Stephen 7A 146.250
3 Willmar 6A 145.042
4 Mahtomedi 4A 144.950
5 Watertown-Mayer/Mound-Westonka 5A 143.950
6 Big Lake 7A 143.875
7 Perham 8A 143.367
8 Worthington 3A 143.183
9 Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa 1A 142.650
10 Monticello 7A 142.417
11 Melrose Area 6A 139.733
12 New London-Spicer 6A 139.158
13 Waconia 2A 138.983
14 Mankato West 2A 138.150
15 Chisago Lakes 7A 136.958
16 Becker 7A 136.258
17 Martin County Area 3A 135.775
18 Austin 1A 134.683
19 New Ulm Public/NUACS/MVL 2A 134.542
20 St. Paul Highland Park 4A 133.950
21 North Branch 7A 133.825
22 Jackson County Central 3A 133.667
23 Alexandria 8A 133.300
24 Litchfield 6A 132.758
25 Benson-KMS-Montivideo 6A 132.717



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