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|2019 Volleyball State Tournament
Minneota defends Class A title; Wayzata wins first championship in Class AAA
The Minneota Vikings (Class A) were the only team to defend their title at the 2019 Volleyball State Tournament. They defeated Waterville-Elysian-Morristown 3-0 this year.
The defending champions from North Branch (Class AA) fell to the perennial qualifiers from Stewartville 3-2. The Tigers claimed their fifth championship overall, but first since 2014.
In Class AAA, the Wayzata Trojans earned their first title after defeating Eagan 3-2.
The top-seeded Vikings of Minneota (33-3) earned their second consecutive title and their third overall. They defeated the No. 2-seeded Waterville-Elysian-Morristown Buccaneers 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-20) in the title match. The Vikings were making their third consecutive appearance and 13th overall. Minneota won its only other title in 2006.
The Buccaneers (34-3) were making their second overall appearance, but first since 2015.
Sophomore Natalee Rolbiecki led the Vikings‚Äô attack with 14 kills and sophomore McKenna Yost put up 29 assists. Junior Toryn Richards had 10 kills and 17 digs for Waterville-Elysian-Morristown.
Medford settled for third place after defeating Fosston 3-0 (25-23, 28-26, 26-24). Greenway of Coleraine rebounded to take consolation honors. The Raiders defeated Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-18).
The No. 1-seeded Stewartville Tigers (30-4) earned their fifth championship after posting a 3-2 (20-25, 25-19, 25-16, 23-25, 15-12) victory over the defending champions from North Branch. The Tigers, who won previously in 1991, 1997, 2000, and 2014, were making their 24th overall appearance.
The North Branch Vikings (29-5) were making their third consecutive and sixth overall appearance. They came in as the No. 3 seed this year.
Stewartville was led by junior Erin Lamb with 21 kills and senior Kaitlyn Prodzinski who added 18 more. Jaidyn Brower had 46 assists for the Tigers. North Branch‚Äôs Cianna Selbitschka was dominant with 33 kills and 17 digs.
Belle Plaine claimed third-place honors after defeating Concordia Academy-Roseville 3-2 (26-28, 17-25, 25-19, 25-22, 15-9). Marshall went home with the consolation hardware. The Tigers beat Watertown-Mayer 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-15).
In Class AAA, Wayzata (31-3) upset Eagan 3-2 (25-20, 14-25, 25-21, 19-25, 16-14). The Trojans, who were seeded No. 2 this year, were making their seventh appearance. Their last appearance was in 2010.
Eagan (30-1), which entered the tournament as the top seed, was making its seventh consecutive and 16th overall appearance. This was the third consecutive runner-up showing for the Wildcats,
Junior Sophie Jesewitz led Wayzata with 25 kills. Senior Kate Long added 20 kills and senior Olivia Johnson was credited with 58 assists. Eagan got an all-around game from junior Kennedi Orr with 12 kills, 10 digs, and 25 assists. Sophomore Sienna Ifill had 13 kills for the Wildcats.
North of North St. Paul claimed third-place honors this year. The Polars defeated Minnetonka 3-1 (22-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-9). The Lakeville North Panthers won this year‚Äôs consolation title after defeating St. Louis Park 3-1 (25-23, 25-20, 21-25, 25-18).
|2019 Adapted Soccer State Tournament
Site: Stillwater High School, 5701 Stillwater Boulevard No., Stillwater, MN 55082
All quarterfinals will be played on Friday, Nov. 22 and all remaining games are scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 23. The PI title game is slated for 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, and the CI championship game is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. For a complete schedule, see the Minnesota State High School League‚Äôs website at www.mshsl.org.
Streaming: School Space Media will livestream both championship games on Saturday, November 23. There is no charge for viewing. Find the stream at www.prepspotlight.tv.
Tickets: $7 for adults and $4 for students.
Gates open: 8 a.m. each day.
Game results: Posted on the League‚Äôs website at www.mshsl.org
Social media: Follow the tournament on the League‚Äôs Facebook page and on Twitter at @MSHSL and @MSHSLJohn.
State tournament preview
No. 1N White Bear Lake Area (10-0) vs. No. 4 Chaska/Chanhassen/Prior Lake/Shakopee (6-3-1), 5 p.m., Gym B ‚Äď White Bear Lake Area, which claimed consolation honors in 2018, is looking for its first title under this name. The Bears won two previous championships as a co-op with Stillwater. The Southern Stars of Chaska/Chanhassen/Prior Lake/Shakopee are in the hunt for their first championship. They placed fourth last year.
No. 2S Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville (7-1-2) vs. No. 3N St. Cloud Area (7-2-1), 6:30 p.m., Gym B ‚Äď This is the second consecutive year these two teams have met in the quarterfinals. St. Cloud Area won 4-3 in overtime last year. The Blazing Cats of Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville are looking to improve on last year‚Äôs sixth-place showing. Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville won its only title in 2013. The defending champions from St. Cloud Area return in search of more gold. If they win, it would be their second title overall.
No. 2 SN Park Center (9-1) vs. No. 3S South Suburban (6-2-1), 8 p.m., Gym B ‚Äď These two teams also met in the quarterfinals in 2018, with Park Center winning 7-6 in overtime. The Park Center Pirates are in search of their sixth title. They claimed three consecutive championships between 2015 and 2017 and placed third last year. The Jets of South Suburban fell in the consolation semifinals last year and are looking for their second crown. They won their first in 2000.
No. 1S South Washington County (9-0) vs. No. 4N Dakota United (6-3-0), 8 p.m., Gym A ‚Äď South Washington County, which claimed runner-up honors last year, returns in search of its fourth title. The Thunderbolts‚Äô last title came in 2014. The Hawks of Dakota United, who did not qualify for the tournament last year, are looking for their third championship. They last won in 2012.
No. 1N Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka (8-0-1) vs. No. 4S Rochester (3-6-1), 5 p.m., Gym A ‚Äď These teams met in the third-place game last year with Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka winning 3-2. The Robins are looking for their ninth title under this name. They won seven consecutive championships between 2008 and 2014 and were the runners-up from 2015 through 2017. The Rochester Raiders are looking for their first title.
No. 2S St. Paul Humboldt (8-3-1) vs. No. 3N Park Center (4-4-1), 5 p.m., Gym C ‚Äď The defending champions from St. Paul Humboldt return in search of more gold. If they win, it would be their fifth championship overall. The Pirates of Park Center are looking to improve on last year‚Äôs sixth-place showing. Park Center won its only title in 1998.
No. 2 SN Anoka-Hennepin (5-4) vs. No. 3S Minneapolis South (4-7), 6:30 p.m., Gym C ‚Äď The Anoka-Hennepin Mustangs and Minneapolis South Tigers met in the consolation semifinals of the 2018 state tournament. The Tigers emerged with an 11-3 victory. Anoka-Hennepin is in the hunt for its fifth championship. The Mustangs last won 2016. Minneapolis South is still looking for its elusive first title.
No. 1S Dakota United (11-1) vs. No. 4N Mounds View/Irondale/Roseville (0-8), 6:30 p.m., Gym A ‚Äď Dakota United, which claimed runner-up honors last year, returns in search of its eighth title. The Hawks last stood atop the championship podium in 2017. The Rams of Mounds View/Irondale/Roseville, who fell in the consolation semifinals last year, are still looking for their first title.
|The Road to Prep Bowl XXXVIII
Friday, Nov. 29
BOLD (13-0) vs. Blooming Prairie (12-0), 10 a.m.
Road to the Prep Bowl: Defeated Deer River 33-12 in the quarterfinals; defeated Browerville-Eagle Valley 56-7 in the semifinals.
Prep Bowl appearances: Class B champion, 1990: Class B champion, 1991; Class B runner-up, 1992; Class AA runner-up, 1998; Class AA runner-up; Class A runner-up, 2018.
Blooming Prairie Awesome Blossoms
Road to the Prep Bowl: Defeated Springfield 42-20 in the quarterfinals; defeated Ada-Borup 41-0 in the semifinals.
Prep Bowl appearances: First.
Minneapolis North (12-0) vs. Caledonia (13-0), 1 p.m.
Minneapolis North Polars
Road to the Prep Bowl: Defeated Blue Earth Area 26-20 in the quarterfinals; defeated Paynesville Area 44-32 in the semifinals.
Prep Bowl appearances: Class A runner-up, 2015; Class A champion, 2016.
Road to the Prep Bowl: Defeated Pipestone Area 56-14 in the quarterfinals; defeated Barnesville 43-12 in the semifinals.
Prep Bowl appearances: Class AA runner-up, 2005; Class AA champion, 2007; Class AA champion, 2008; Class AA champion, 2010; Class AA champion, 2011; Class AA champion, 2012; Class AA champion, 2015; Class AA champion, 2016; Class AA champion, 2017; Class AA champion, 2018.
SMB (12-0) vs. Rocori (10-2), 4 p.m.
Road to the Prep Bowl: Defeated Chisago Lakes 48-29 in the quarterfinals; defeated Hutchinson 22-16 in the semifinals.
Prep Bowl appearances: Class AAAA champion, 2018.
Road to the Prep Bowl: Defeated Delano 35-7 in the quarterfinals; defeated Winona 48-24 in the semifinals.
Prep Bowl appearances: Class A runner-up, 1991; Class AAAA champion, 2011.
Champlin Park (10-1) vs. Wayzata (12-0), 7 p.m.
Champlin Park Rebels
Road to the Prep Bowl: Defeated Rosemount 34-7 in the quarterfinals; defeated Lakeville North 31-21 in the semifinals.
Prep Bowl appearances: Class AAAAA runner-up, 1998; Class AAAAA runner-up, 2002.
Road to the Prep Bowl: Defeated Centennial 38-21 in the quarterfinals; defeated Lakeville South 28-14 in the semifinals.
Prep Bowl appearances: Class AAAAA runner-up, 2004; Class AAAAA champion, 2015; Class AAAA champion, 2008; Class AAAAA champion, 2010; Class AAAAA
Saturday, Nov. 30
Hancock (13-0) vs. Mountain Lake Area (13-0), 10 a.m.
Road to the Prep Bowl: Defeated Renville County West 32-20 in the quarterfinals; defeated Mountain Iron-Buhl 65-32 the semifinals.
Prep Bowl appearances: First
Mountain Lake Area Wolverines
Road to the Prep Bowl: Defeated Grand Meadow 42-12 in the quarterfinals; defeated Win-E-Mac 45-6 in the semifinals.
Prep Bowl appearances: Class A runner-up as Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin, 2002; Class Nine-Man runner-up, 2018.
Dassel-Cokato (10-3) vs. Pierz (13-0), 1 p.m.
Road to the Prep Bowl: Defeated Cannon Falls 26-22 in the quarterfinals; defeated Annandale 24-14 in the semifinals.
Prep Bowl appearances: First
Road to the Prep Bowl: Defeated Perham 58-16 in the quarterfinals; defeated Jackson County Central 20-14 in the semifinals
Prep Bowl appearances: Class AA champion, 2004; Class AAA champion, 2015; Class AAA runner-up, 2017.
Chaska (11-1) vs. St. Thomas Academy (11-1), 4 p.m.
Road to the Prep Bowl: Defeated Mahtomedi 34-7 in the quarterfinals; defeated Coon Rapids 34-14 in the semifinals.
Prep Bowl appearances: First. Chaska was the Class B runner-up in 1974.
St. Thomas Academy Cadets
Road to the Prep Bowl: Defeated Owatonna 21-0 in the quarterfinals; defeated Elk River 53-16 in the semifinals.
Prep Bowl appearances: Class AAAA runner-up, 2000; Class AAAA runner-up, 2006; Class AAAAA runner-up, 2015; Class AAAAA runner-up, 2018.
|2019-20, 2020-21 Section Assignments
Below this message, you will find a link to the Competitive Section Assignments for 2019-20 & 2020-21 school years. The link will take you to a landing page where you will find the following:
Competitive Sections ‚Äď There are 3 menus at the top that are universal to both the list and the map; 1. Activities, 2. Year, and 3. Schools. To view the section assignments for 2019-20 & 2020-21, make sure the year drop down menu in the middle says ‚Äú2019-2020, 2020-2021‚ÄĚ. You will need to click on the ‚Äė+‚Äô sign to expand any of the lists below to view all the schools within a section.
1. The Activities menu will allow you to see a list of all schools that are registered in that activity
2. The school menu will allow you to see where that school is listed in the activity you have selected.
3. If you leave the school the same and change activities to ‚ÄúActivities‚ÄĚ. You will see a list of all the activities that the school is registered for and what section they are in.
4. You can drill down even more if you want to look at a section or class in an activity be using the controls just underneath the drop-down menus.
Section Map ‚Äď The same menus and control listed above are also available on the map.
1. Select an activity first and make sure 2019-2020, 2020-2021 is selected in the year menu.
2. You can find a school by selecting it in the ‚ÄúSchool‚ÄĚ Menu. It will show on the map with all the locations of the schools in that section. The school you selected shows larger than others.
3. Note that the school locations have a number on them. This identifies the classification not the section.
4. Section locations are hosted on the side of the maps. The number indicates how many are in each section and is located above the number of the section
5. You can drill down even more if you want to look at a certain section in a class by using the controls below the menus at the top.
6. One additional control on the map is the ‚ÄúShow Coop Teams‚ÄĚ. By selecting this you will see additional schools that are in a coop but not the Host School. You will also notice gray arrows starting with the host school and pointing to each additional school in the coop.
|Everybody Wins When Perspective Is Proper |
|Posted by John Millea (email@example.com) - Updated 11/16/2019
|Gratefulness. Appreciation. Pride.
Win or lose, those were prominent themes during three big days of high school football at U.S. Bank Stadium. The state semifinals, 14 games in all from Thursday morning to late Saturday night, are always an amalgam of tiny schools from tiny towns and great big schools from great big towns and everything in between.
It's no surprise that the winners were thrilled and the losing teams were disappointed. But if someone eavesdropping on Saturday's postgame interview sessions had been confused about who won or who lost, it would have been understandable.
One coach ended a lengthy opening statement with these words: "I'm going to walk out of here and go talk to my kids with my head high because they deserve it."
That was Browerville-Eagle Valley's Wayne "Ribsy" Petermeier. His Tigers lost to BOLD 56-7 in Class 1A but he seemed for all the world like a coach whose team had just won. And they had ‚Ä¶ maybe not on the scoreboard but in more important ways.
‚ÄúI couldn't be prouder of a group of kids,‚ÄĚ Petermeier said. ‚ÄúAt the beginning of the year we weren't even supposed to be in the top four in our district. You know, they were talking about a whole bunch of other teams and 'watch out for this team‚Äô and ‚Äėwatch out for that team‚Äô and not once was our name in any of those thoughts. And we just kept getting better and better and better. We had a group of seniors that didn't play a whole lot last year and they stepped up and they just played outstanding. I couldn't be prouder of a group of kids that gave everything they had.
‚ÄúAt the beginning of this year our mantra was to be committed. Be committed to the team, be committed to yourself, be committed to the guy next to you and be committed in school. And they took that to heart. Every one of our kids got better in the classroom. Every one of them got better on the football field.‚ÄĚ
A few hours later, a winning coach was nearly brought to tears when asked about the team‚Äôs clinching of a long-dreamed-of Prep Bowl berth. The coach was Chad Gimbel of Blooming Prairie, which defeated Ada-Borup 41-0 and will meet BOLD in the state championship game on Nov. 29.
This is the fourth time an Awesome Blossoms team coached by Gimbel has been to the state playoffs, but this will be their first appearance in the Prep Bowl. Gimbel stopped to gather himself when talking about the significance of that achievement.
‚ÄúI've been doing this for 23 years and this is our fourth time so it‚Äôs a big breakthrough with this group of guys, and that's awesome,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a great group of senior leaders and stuff but, you know, as a coach and player that‚Äôs been through it for so many years, to finally break through and get that opportunity; that's a huge step for us and for our program, and for our kids. I'm super happy that they get to experience this, because I haven't gotten to this point in 23 years so hopefully they take the message that this is quite a step and not everybody gets to do this.‚ÄĚ
Before Gimbel became coach, Blooming Prairie also went to the state playoffs three times in the 1970s and once in the 1980s. The current Blossoms are aware of what came before them.
‚ÄúThis isn't just our accomplishment,‚ÄĚ said senior Jarrett Larson. ‚ÄúThis is for all the great football players before us that have carried on the Blossom way, taught us tradition, taught us how to play Blossom football the right way.‚ÄĚ
Dassel-Cokato plays with a purpose
The Chargers of Dassel-Cokato, who defeated Annandale 24-14 in Saturday‚Äôs Class 3A semifinals, know about loss. And that knowledge has nothing to do with football.
Two years ago Jacob McDonald, a multi-sport athlete, died from a freak peanut allergy incident. His classmates are now seniors and they have his No. 34 jersey with them on the bus, in the locker room and on the bench.
‚ÄúHe was a terrific leader,‚ÄĚ said senior Sanders Asplin. ‚ÄúThat's why he's our honorary captain this year. He‚Äôs been an inspiration for all of us to play our hardest, because you never know what could happen.‚ÄĚ
Chargers coach Ryan Weinandt said his team has learned lessons about facing adversity.
‚ÄúWe have been in these (close) games before, and these guys have shown a ton of resiliency,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúThis group went through a lot and showed a ton of resiliency. We've kind of seen the worst and we know losing a football game isn't that. We've learned that no matter what happens, we're going to stick together and we're going to fight, and they‚Äôve got to believe.‚ÄĚ
Girls state swimming and diving
--Visitation won the Class 1A girls swimming and diving state title Saturday at the University of Minnesota Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center. The Blazers scored 318 points, followed by Hutchinson with 250 and a tie for third between Delano and Sauk Centre at 145. New 1A state meet records: 50 freestyle, Grace Hanson, Hutchinson, 22.79 (tied previous record); 100 backstroke, Emma Kern, Delano, 54.95; 400 freestyle relay, Hutchinson, 3:26.4.
--In Class 2A, Edina won the team state title with 344 points, followed by Minnetonka at 305, Eden Prairie at 205 and Wayzata at 189.
Football State Semifinals At U.S. Bank Stadium
9-MAN/ Hancock 65, Mountain Iron-Buhl 32
2A/ Minneapolis North 55, Paynesville 32
4A/ SMB 22, Hutchinson 16
6A/ Champlin Park 31, Lakeville North 21
9-MAN/ Mountain Lake Area 45, Win-E-Mac 6
2A/ Caledonia 43, Barnesville 12
5A/ Chaska 34, Coon Rapids 14
4A/ Rocori 48, Winona 24
6A/ Wayzata 28, Lakeville South 14
1A/ BOLD 56, Browerville-Eagle Valley 7
1A/ Blooming Prairie 41, Ada-Borup 0
3A/ Dassel-Cokato 24, Annandale 14
3A/ Pierz 20, Jackson County Central 14
5A/ St. Thomas Academy 53, Elk River 16
PREP BOWL XXXVIII
At U.S. Bank Stadium
Friday, November 29
10 a.m. Class 1A: BOLD vs. Blooming Prairie
1 p.m. Class 2A: Minneapolis North vs. Caledonia
4 p.m. Class 4A: SMB vs. Rocori
7 p.m. Class 6A: Champlin Park vs. Wayzata
Saturday, November 30
10 a.m. Nine-Man: Hancock vs. Mountain Lake Area
1 p.m. Class 3A: Dassel-Cokato vs. Pierz
4 p.m. Class 5A: Chaska vs. St. Thomas Academy
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|2019 Girls Swimming and Diving State Meet
Visitation claims seventh consecutive Class A team championship;
Edina wins fourth consecutive Class AA team title
Visitation of Mendota Heights won its seventh consecutive title with 318 points. This was the 11th overall title for the Blazers. In addition to the past seven years, they also claimed four consecutive championships between 2005-08. Hutchinson placed second with 250 points while Delano and Sauk Centre tied for third place with 145 points apiece.
Visitation won its only title in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:45.64. Members of that team were senior Kali Fischer, senior Elinor Glass, ninth-grader Lucy Berg, and senior Ava Hoffman.
Two Hutchinson sophomores won two titles apiece. Grace Hanson won her third consecutive crown in the 50 freestyle with a Class A record-tying time of 22.79. Hanson‚Äôs second victory came in the 100 freestyle with a time of 49.83.
Hailey Farrell was the second Hutchinson swimmer to win two championships. She claimed her second consecutive title in the 500 freestyle (5:59.54) and her first in the 200 individual medley (2:04.10).
The Hutchinson Tigers also won two relays at this year‚Äôs meet. They earned their third consecutive title in the 200 freestyle (1:35.15) with a team of comprised Hanson, junior Mikayla Witte, senior Ainslea Jensen, and senior Lexi Kucera. Following that victory, they earned their fourth consecutive crown in the 400 freestyle relay with a Class A record time of 3:26.41. That squad was made up of Hanson, Witte, Farrell, and Kucera.
Taylor Williams, a junior from Benilde-St. Margaret‚Äôs of St. Louis Park, earned her third crown in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:49.89.
Delano ninth-grader Emma Kern set the only other Class A record this year. She completed the 100 backstroke in 55.35.
In the Class AA team competition, Edina claimed its fourth consecutive title and 17th overall. In addition to the past four years, the Hornets also won in 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2011, and 2012. Edina finished with 344 points this year. Minnetonka was second with 305 points and Eden Prairie placed third with 205 points.
Senior Megan Phillip and junior Claudia Chang each posted a first-place finish for the Hornets. Phillip claimed her fourth consecutive crown in one meter diving with 493.55 points. Chang won her second championship in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:54.33.
Three competitors won multiple titles this year: senior Sierra Smith of Robbinsdale Armstrong, junior Reese Dehen of Anoka, and junior Abby Kapeller of Minnetonka. Smith claimed the top spot in the 200 freestyle (1:48.28) and the 100 freestyle (50.29), and Dehen won the 200 individual medley (201.16) and the 100 breaststroke (1:02.07). It was also Dehen‚Äôs second consecutive win the 200 IM.
Kapeller claimed the crown in the 50 freestyle (22.60) and the 100 backstroke (53.72).
Minnetonka also won all three relays this year. They started with meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:43.27. Kapeller, sophomore Quici Wheeler, senior Kat Sisombath, and sophomore Regan Miller made up that team.
In the 200 freestyle relay, the team of senior JoJo Jorgenson, sophomore Rachel Shelstad, sophomore Nadia Helm, and Miller won in 1:34.44. The Skippers‚Äô final victory came in the 400 freestyle with a time of 3:25.09. That team was comprised of Jorgenson, senior Penelope Helm, sophomore Addie Diaz, and Kapeller.
No new records were set during this year‚Äôs Class AA meet.