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|Board of Directors Meeting Synopsis
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020
â˘ The meeting was called to order by Board President Bonnie Spohn Schmaltz.
â˘ The reflection was shared by board member Walt Hautala.
â˘ An amended meeting agenda was approved. The amended agenda added Action Item 9F (the formation of a task force focused on a review of MSHSL Bylaw 111) and Discussion Item 10D (a discussion on Bylaw 110).
â˘ The meeting minutes from the board meeting on Dec. 5, 2019 were approved.
Waseca principal Jeanne Swanson, activities director Joe Hedervare, and hockey players Jacklynn Jevning and Ben Moseley spoke to the board about jerseys honoring Officer Arik Matson. The group thanked the board for its support and shared the best way to honor Officer Matson was to honor the rules of the national federation. The board received a commemorative jersey from Waseca and joined in honoring and supporting Officer Matson.
â˘ St. James activities director Les Zellman, Jordan activities director Joe Perkl and Mounds View tennis coach Scott Sundstrom spoke in support of a three-class tournament for girls tennis.
Executive Directorâs Report
â˘ Executive Director Erich Martens shared the 100th edition of High School Today magazine that includes articles from League staff and Pine Island activities director Lisa Myran-Schutte.
â˘ Yielded the floor to League staff for updates on the Debate state tournament and the One Act Play Festival.
â˘ Along with League staff, shared technology updates on League infrastructure: phone system, upgrading devices, working with a managed IT company and looking at third-party providers to enhance technology programs in efficient ways.
â˘ Shared that Underwood principal John Hamann was recognized by the MASSP with a distinguished service award.
â˘ Region 6AA Secretary Nancy Manderfeld will receive recognition during the National Girls and Women in Sports Day for her longtime work in supporting opportunities for all in activities and athletics.
â˘ Thanked representatives of the Twin Cities Dunkers that met with activities directors from the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul to share information on writing grants. The Dunkers have a long history of supporting League activities in these districts.
â˘ The League was a participant in the MSBA Conference with an informational booth and hosting two information sessions.
â˘ The Principal Advisory Committee is in the middle of its second year as a committee and continues to explore ways to be a part of the Leagueâs board decision-making processes.
Executive Committee Report
â˘ Approved waivers for opposing teams to add one additional game in their schedule if it is against one of these teams: Gentry Academy (girls hockey); New Prague (boys and girls lacrosse); and New Century Academy (girls softball).
â˘ Accepted a notice of retirement from Associate Director Craig Perry, effective Aug. 8, 2020.
â˘ Discussed strategies in the ongoing practice of hosting Area Meetings throughout Minnesota.
â˘ The Executive Committee report was approved.
â˘ 9A: Activity Advisory Proposals
6A Football --- The board denied a recommendation from the football advisory committee that Class 6A and the Metro Football District should consist of 32 teams.
Girls Tennis --- The activity advisory proposal to approve a recommendation to have a third class of girls tennis did not receive a motion for approval, and therefore, was denied.
â˘ 9B: MSHSL Member Fees
The Board of Directors approved a $40 increase in membership fees and activity registration fees; and a $1 student enrollment fee per school, using the MSHSL enrollment data, effective with the 2020-2021 school year.
â˘ 9C: Golf Rules and Policies
The board approved a motion that allows cellphone usage for live scoring from green to tee on the iWannamaker app, a verbal warning for groups out of position, clarification to coaching on the greens and bunkers, and increased approved coaches for teams with three or more individual qualifiers.
â˘ 9D: Music Rules and Policies
The board approved a recommendation by the Music Advisory Committee for an update to guidelines, rules and policies. Among the updates: The addition of a tenth category in Large Group called Chamber Percussion; the addition of ninth-graders as eligible for Large Group events if they are a member of a Grade 9-12 ensemble. The approved guidelines are effective with the 2020-21 school year.
â˘ 9E: Basketball Replay Policy
The board approved changes to basketball instant replay protocol during the state tournaments. This will create consistency with the procedures for review used in football and hockey.
â˘ 9F: Formation of a task force to examine Bylaw 111
Approved a recommendation of the Executive Committee to create a task force to examine Bylaw 111. This group will review policies and procedures as they relate to transfer and residence, and, will consist of a wide variety of constituents.
â˘ 10A: MnIAAA Listening Session Topics
The Board of Directors has been invited by the leadership of the MnIAAA to hold Listening Sessions during their state conference on Wednesday, March 25 in St. Cloud. The League and MnIAAA have determined five discussion topics for the sessions.
â˘ 10B: Co-Op Ad Hoc Committee
An update was provided on the work of the Co-Op Ad Hoc Committee, including its purpose and processes.
â˘ 10C: Principals Advisory Committee
Executive Director Martens shared that the Principals Advisory Committee formally approved its affirmation of wanting to be part of the board of directors and its processes. The committee is seeking involvement in the activity advisory process.
â˘ 10D: Board Review of Bylaw 110
The board and League staff will work collaboratively to amend both language in the bylaw and supporting policies to reflect the standard applied within this bylaw. This will be an Action Item at the board meeting in April.
â˘ The board approved the minutes of the Eligibility Committee.
â˘ The financial statements for November 2019 and December 2019 were approved.
Marketing and Communications Committee
â˘ League staff shared an update on the creation and implementation of a link to purchase photos of state tournament events. The link is expected to debut with the Dance Team state tournament. Photos will be uploaded approximately 10 days following each state tournament event.
â˘ League staff continues to work to renew the Wells Fargo sponsorship.
Education and Leadership Committee
â˘ The committee recommended a motion to suspend the Continuing Education Requirement, with the exception of the concussion module, until July 1, 2021. The concussion module, by Minnesota Statute, must be completed prior to having access to the rules interpretation meeting beginning in the fall of 2020. The remaining requirements must be completed prior to coaching in the 2021-22 school year. A motion was made and approved.
â˘ The deadline to submit Letters of Intent regarding 2020-21 positions of the Board President, Vice President and Treasurer is April 1, 2020.
â˘ The board members were reminded of the InSideOut Educational Leadership Forum on Monday, Feb. 10 at the Minneapolis Marriott West from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
â˘ The next board of directors meeting is Thursday, April 2, 2020.
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|2020 Gymnastics State Meet
The Girls Gymnastics State Meet is scheduled for February 21-22 at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul. Here is a look at the meet:
Team competition: Friday, February 21 â Class A, 11 a.m.; Class AA, 6 p.m.
Individual competition: Saturday, February 22 â Class A 11 a.m., Class AA 6 p.m.
Webcast: School Space Media will livestream the team and individual events. There is no charge for viewing. Find the stream at www.prepspotlight.tv.
Tickets: $14 adults, $9 students.
Ticket box office opens: 10 a.m. each day.
Results: Posted on the Leagueâs website at legacy.mshsl.org
Social media: Follow the tournament on the Leagueâs Facebook page and on Twitter at @MSHSL and @MSHSLJohn.
Class A preview
Willmar, which placed fourth last year, is the highest returning team from the 2019 field. Four additional teams that competed last year also return: Watertown-Mayer/Mound Westonka, fifth; Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa, sixth; Worthington, which includes students from Adrian and Fulda, seventh; and Mankato West, eighth. Seven of 30 event medal-winners will return for the 2020 Class A individual competition and a new champion will emerge in floor exercise, balance beam, vault, and all-around. Jackson Hegg of Detroit Lakes is the only returning medalist in both the floor exercise and uneven bars. Sheâs looking to defend her title on the bars and improve on her sixth-place showing on the floor. Two medalists from 2019 return on the balance beam: Jackson Hegg of Detroit Lakes, fourth; and Lucy Lipscomb of St. Paul Highland Park, fifth. Camryn Brinkman of Melrose Area is the only returning medalist on the vault. She placed fifth last year. Jackson Hegg of Detroit Lakes the highest returning qualifier in the all-around competition. She is looking to improve on last yearâs third-place showing. Camryn Brinkman of Melrose Area is the only other returning medal-winner in the all-around. She finished in fourth place in 2019.
Class AA preview
Lakeville North returns as the defending champion. Four other teams return from the 2019 field: Sartell-St. Stephen, runner-up in Class A; Mahtomedi, third in Class A; East Ridge of Woodbury, fourth; and Cambridge-Isanti, eighth. Twenty-two of 30 event medal-winners in 2019 will return for 2020 Class AA individual competition. A new champion will emerge in every event this year. Four medal-winners return in the floor exercise: Teagan Ramboldt of Eagan, runner-up; Marley Michaud of Sartell-St. Stephen, third in Class A; Anna Altermatt of Lakeville North, tied for fourth; and Bella Frattalone of Mahtomedi, fifth in Class A. Last yearâs runner-up, Rachel Steiner of Lakeville North, leads a field of five returning medal-winners on the uneven bars. The others are: Bella Frattalone of Mahtomedi, runner-up in Class A; Anna Altermatt of Lakeville North, third; Lindsay Bangs of Owatonna, fourth; and Kelsey Neff of Edina, sixth. Runner-up Lindsay Bangs of Owatonna is the highest returning medalist on the balance beam. Two additional medal-winners return: Nadia Abid of Maple Grove, third; and Bella Frattalone of Mahtomedi, third in Class A. Four medalists return from last yearâs vault field: Anna Altermatt of Lakeville North, runner-up; Hannah Maccarone of Eagan, fourth; Bella Frattalone of Mahtomedi, fourth in Class A; and Rachel Steiner of Lakeville North, fifth. Bella Frattalone of Mahtomedi, who claimed top honors in Class A in 2019, is the highest returning qualifier in the all-around. She will be challenged by five other returning medalists: Rachel Steiner of Lakeville North, runner-up; Lindsay Bangs of Owatonna, third; Anna Altermatt of Lakeville North, fifth; Nadia Abid of Maple Grove, sixth; and Kate Ryan of Mahtomedi, sixth in Class A.
|One Act Play State Festival
Three Class A, five Class AA productions earn âstarred performanceâ ratings
After watching, listening, and then individually critiquing 16 dramatic productions over the course of two days, a panel of judges rated eight of them âstarred performancesâ during the 2020 One Act Play State Festival sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League. The festival is conducted at OâShaughnessy Auditorium on the St. Catherine University campus in St. Paul.
The top eight Class A productions from across the state took the stage on Thursday, February 6. The three schools whose performances were cited for âstarred performancesâ were (in order of performance) Belle Plaine for The Perfect Ending, Nova Classical Academy of St. Paul for Eurydice, and Eveleth-Gilbert/Virginia for Medea. The other participating Class A high schools were Park Rapids Area, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton, Rushford-Peterson, Milaca, and Bagley.
Representing Class A, Section 2, Belle Plaineâs âstarred performanceâ of The Perfect Ending by B. Dwayne Craft was directed by Christopher Moore and Tony Hartmann. Belle Plaine was making its 16th appearance and earned its 15th âstarredâ rating. The school earned its other âstarsâ in 1993, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2019.
Representing Class A, Section 4, Nova Classical Academy of St. Paulâs âstarred performanceâ of Eurydice was written by Sarah Ruhl. The production was directed by Miachaela Johnson. This was the third appearance and third âstarredâ rating for Nova Classical Academy. The Knights previously âstarredâ in 2014 and 2019.
Representing Class A, Section 7, Eveleth-Gilbert/Virginiaâs âstarred performanceâ of Medea by Nelly E. Cuellar-Garcia was adapted from the play by Euripides. This production was directed by Jack Gritzmacher and Jeremy Liimatta. Eveleth-Gilbert/Virginia was making its first appearance under this name and earned its first âstarredâ rating. Eveleth made eight additional appearances between 1949 and 1969, earning âstarsâ in 1949, 1950, 1952, 1954, and 1956. Eveleth-Gilbert made eight appearances between 2004 and 2018 and Virginia made one appearance in 1997. Eveleth-Gilbert earned âstarred ratingsâ in 2005, 2006, and 2008.
On Friday, February 7, the Class AA productions that earned âstarredâ ratings (in order of performance) were: Prior Lake for The Wedding, Apple Valley for The Revolutionists, Buffalo for Watermelon Hill, Alexandria Area for Yerma, and Hill-Murray of Maplewood for Proof. Other schools participating in the Class AA festival were Minneapolis Washburn, Burnsville, and North Branch Area.
Representing Class AA, Section 2, Prior Lakeâs âstarred performanceâ of The Wedding by Anton Chekhov was directed by Philip Hoks and Dave Tuma. The school was making its second appearance and earned its first âstarredâ rating.
Representing Class AA, Section 1, Apple Valleyâs âstarred performanceâ of The Revolutionists by Lauren Gunderson was directed by Sophie Peyton. Apple Valley was making its 13th festival appearance and earned its 10th âstarred performanceâ rating. The Eagles earned their previous âstarredâ ratings in 1980, 1981, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 2015, and 2018. This play is a brutal comedic quartet about four very real women who lived boldly in France during the French Revolutionâs Reign of Terror.
Representing Class AA, Section 5, Buffaloâs âstarred performanceâ of Watermelon Hill by Lily Baber Coyle was directed by Tracy Hagstrom and Nicholas Lostetter. This was Buffaloâs 11th âstarredâ rating in its 20th appearance. The Bison earned their previous âstarsâ in 1973, 1982, 1986, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2014, 2015, and 2017.
Representing Class AA, Section 8, Alexandria Areaâs âstarred performanceâ of Yerma by Federico Garcia Lorca was directed by Jessica Chipman. Alexandria Area, which was making its 12th appearance, earned its fifth âstarredâ rating. Alexandria Area earned its previous âstarredâ ratings in 1951, 2017, 2018, and 2019.
Representing Class AA, Section 4, Hill-Murrayâs âstarred performanceâ of Proof, which was written by David Auburn, was directed by Ben Bakken Ballentine and Holly Campbell. Hill-Murray was making its ninth festival appearance and earned its sixth âstarredâ rating. The Pioneers earned their previous âstarsâ in 1993, 1995, 1996, 2000, and 2015.
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|2020 Alpine Skiing State Meet Recap
Four new individual champions were crowned and two teams captured titles during the annual Alpine Skiing State Meet on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at Giants Ridge near Biwabik.
Minneapolis Washburn senior Luke Conway improved on his runner-up finish in 2019 with a victory in the boysâ field while Lakeville South came out on top in the team chase. In the girlsâ meet, Eagan eighth-grader Sophie Palmquist was fastest in the 88-skier field and Lakeville North was the team champion for the first time in program history.
Conway and Palmquist seized control of the meet early with dazzling performances on their first runs in the cold and biting wind from the northwest. Conway had the fastest time on the first run in the boysâ field with a time of 35.74 seconds. About three hours later, he topped that with a time of 34.70 for a total time of 1 minute, 10.44 seconds.
Edina sophomore Adam Berghult was runner-up in two-run combined time of 1:11.21. He had the second-fastest times in both runs behind Conway. Minnetonka senior Eli Quist was third in 1:12.12.
Conway is the first Minneapolis City Conference champion since 2006 when his older brother, Patrick, won while competing with Minneapolis Southwest. The younger Conway is the ninth individual champion from the Minneapolis City Conference since the meet began in 1939.
Lakeville South won the team crown with 160 points, three better than runner-up, Stillwater. Minnetonka was third with 146, and defending champion, Edina was fourth at 145. It is the first boys Alpine Skiing state crown for Lakeville South, which opened its doors in 2005.
Scoring points for the Cougars were junior Kyle Wentworth, senior John Olson, junior William Nida and junior Joe Olson.
Palmquist blazed to the early lead in the girlsâ races with a time of 34.73 seconds in her first run. That was just slightly ahead of Minneapolis Southwest senior Elsa Peterson, and they were followed by Orono junior Cordelia Sherwood.
While Palmquistâs time on the second run was just behind Lakeville North junior Peyton Servais, it was enough to record a victory with a combined time of 1:14.25. Servais, the defending state champion, was runner-up in a time of 1:14.52. Peterson was third in 1:14.60.
Palmquist is the first Eagan girls skier to win an alpine individual championship. In 2016, Tommy Anderson became the only other Eagan skier to win an individual championship.
Lakeville North compiled 165 points to win the girlsâ team championship. Stillwater was runner-up with 151 and Orono was third at 146. Scoring points for Lakeville North were Servais, sophomore Jane Steel, sophomore Abby Hahs and junior Terra Cunningham
|2020 Debate State Tournament
Stenzel of Lakeville South wins Lincoln-Douglas crown;
Chang-Deutsch, Conry of Minneapolis South claim Policy title;
Swigert, Johnson of The Blake School earn Public Forum championship;
Foster of Eastview wins title in Congressional
Ending economic sanctions against Venezuela and encouraging states to eliminate their nuclear arsenals were two of the topics argued at the 2020 Debate State Tournament â the 119th edition and longest-running event of the Minnesota State High School League.
Logan Stenzel of Lakeville South claimed his first title in the Lincoln-Douglas competition. He defeated Steven Winnick of Forest Lake 7-0 in the final round. Stenzelâs argument against states eliminating their nuclear arsenals followed nine rounds of debate conducted over two days.
The results of eight rounds of debate proved that Gabe Chang-Deutsch and Clara Conry of Minneapolis South were the best policy debaters. Chang-Deutsch and Conry drew the affirmative argument, arguing for the United States to end its economic sanctions against Venezuela. They defeated Simon Jarcho and Isabel Kleckner of Minneapolis Washburn in the final round.
Chang-Deutsch fell in the quarterfinals with Eamon Howell last year. Jarcho was the defending champion. He won with Henry Braun in 2019.
Morgan Swigert and Jack Johnson of The Blake School took top honors in Public Forum. Their victory came after nine rounds of debate and they won 4-3 with a negative argument over Ryan Zhu and Arjan Maheshwari of Edina. Swigert and Johnson argued against the United States ending its economic sanctions against Venezuela.
Johnson lost with Thomas Gill in the 2019 quarterfinals. Zhu and Maheshwari also fell in last yearâs quarterfinals.
Layla Foster of Eastview of Apple Valley won in Congressional debate. Defending champion Kelso Anderson of Hawley was the runner-up. Foster placed fifth in 2019. Congressional is a mock legislative assembly competition where students draft bills (proposed laws) and resolutions (position statements). Their peers then debate the legislation and vote whether or not to pass it into law. There were six rounds of Congressional debate, concluding with two Super Sessions on Saturday afternoon.
The Policy debate portion of the tournament has been conducted since 1902 and the Lincoln-Douglas portion of the tournament, which was an invitational event from 1986 through 1989, was added to the tournament in 1990. Public Forum was introduced in 2013 and Congressional was added in 2018. The 2020 tournament was held at the University of Minnesota.
Results are available at mshslstate.tabroom.com.
|2020 Nordic Skiing State Meet Recap
Two schools that placed second during the 2019 Nordic Skiing State Meet took another step upward in capturing team championships a year later at Giants Ridge near Biwabik, Minn., on Friday, Feb. 14.
St. Paul Highland Park, spurred by individual pursuit champion Molly Moening, a sophomore, captured the girls championship for the first time in many state meet appearances. Forest Lake won the boys team title for the third time since 2014 by a razor-thin margin over Minneapolis Southwest. Mounds Park Academy senior Henry Snider rounded out the field of champions by winning the two-race boysâ pursuit chase.
Moening is the first individual champion from the St. Paul City Conference since 1993 when St. Paul Centralâs Barb Jones won the final of her three crowns. In 2006, St. Paul Centralâs Claire Luby won the freestyle race, but did not win the pursuit crown.
Moening, who entered the state meet ranked third in Minnesota and placed sixth in 2019, had the second-fastest time following the 5-kilometer freestyle race. She recorded a time of 16 minutes, 15 seconds, which was 12 seconds behind Stillwater senior Elizabeth Tuttle, who entered the meet ranked second.
By virtue of her finish in the freestyle, Tuttle had a 12-second advantage to begin the 5K classical race. Moening wiped out that deficit with the fastest time in the classical in 16:01. Her combined time of 32:16.1 was nearly a full minute faster than Tuttle, who was runner-up in 33:08.5
Forest Lake freshman Jordan Parent was third in 33:29 and Wayzata junior Lauren McCollor, who entered the meet top ranked, placed fourth in 33:56. Mounds Park Academy freshman Margo Nightengale rounded out the top five in 33:59. Nightengale also participated in the Alpine Skiing State Meet two days earlier.
St. Paul Highland Park became the first St. Paul City Conference School two win a Nordic Skiing state championship. In 1991, St. Paul Central won a state title when it was identified as a cross country skiing state meet.
The Scots finished with 408 points, 12 better than Forest Lake, which was second with 396. Stillwater third with 361, while Duluth East and Edina had 356 and 349, respectively.
In addition to Moening, also scoring for Highland Park were junior Celeste Alden, junior Anna Schmidt and sophomore Rayna Axelson.
Snider, who also finished sixth overall in 2019, had to come from behind, too, to capture the pursuit championship. He was in fourth position following the 5K freestyle with a time of 14:10. That was 12 seconds behind Robbinsdale Armstrong junior Roger Anderson, who led the field with a time of 13:58.
In a dazzling finish, Snider caught Anderson during the 5K classical race to win by six-tenths of a second. Sniderâs final pursuit time was 28:24.2, compared to 28:24.8 for Anderson, who was 16th overall in 2019. Maple Grove senior Clark Young was third in 28:56.9, Ely junior Jasper Johnston was fourth in 29:02, while Wayzata junior Colin Freed completed the top five with a time of 29:03.
Snider is the first individual Nordic Skiing champion from this school.
The chase for the team title also was a narrow one. Forest Lake and Minneapolis Southwest tied with 401 points apiece, but the Rangers captured the crown after tie-breaking criteria was used. It is the Rangersâ seventh boys title since 2005.
Leading the way for Forest Lake were sophomore Noah Erickson, senior Ethan Erickson, senior Nick Parent and junior Jonathan Hudrlik.
Behind Minneapolis Southwest in third was St. Paul Highland Park with 357 points. Ely was fourth with 335 and Maple Grove was next at 330.
|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 â 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 â2019-2020, 2020-2021â. You will need to click on the â+â 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 âActivitiesâ. 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 â 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 âSchoolâ 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 âShow Coop Teamsâ. 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.
|Girls State Hockey Update|
|Posted by John Millea (firstname.lastname@example.org) - Updated 2/20/2020
|Girls state hockey tournament
At Xcel Energy Center
Warroad 7, Willmar 4
Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 2, Hutchinson 0
Breck 8, Luverne 1
Rochester Lourdes 2, South St. Paul 1
Thursdayâs consolation games at TRIA Rink
Hutchinson 9, Willmar 4
South St. Paul 8, Luverne 4
11 a.m.: Warroad vs. Cloquet-Esko-Carlton
1 p.m.: Breck vs. Rochester Lourdes
Andover 6, Farmington 0
Minnetonka 7, Roseau 2
Edina 4, Burnsville 0
Maple Grove 3, Hill-Murray 2
Fridayâs consolation games at TRIA Rink
10 a.m.: Farmington vs. Roseau
Noon: Burnsville vs. Hill-Murray
6 p.m.: Andover vs. Minnetonka
8 p.m.: Edina vs. Maple Grove
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|2020 Dance Team State Tournament
Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd, Sartell-St. Stephen defend High Kick titles
Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd (Class A) and Sartell-St. Stephen (Class AA) were the only teams to successfully defend their Hick Kick titles at the 2020 State Dance Team Tournament. Eastview of Apple Valley took top honors in Class AAA.
The Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd Shadows earned their second consecutive and overall High Kick title. Yellow Medicine East of Granite Falls was second and Frazee was third. Cannon Falls placed fourth, Wabasha-Kellogg was fifth, and Holy Family Catholic of Victoria placed sixth.
In Class AA, Sartell-St. Stephen claimed its fourth consecutive title and sixth overall. In addition to the past four years, the Sabres also won in 2011 and 2015. Totino-Grace of Fridley claimed runner-up honors. Austin placed third this year and Faribault finished fourth. Benilde-St. Margaretâs of St. Louis Park and St. Cloud Tech rounded out the finalists, placing fifth and sixth, respectively.
Eastview of Apple Valley, which placed third last year, danced away with its 12th High Kick crown. The Lightning won previously in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018. The defending champions from Wayzata placed second, Chaska was third, and Brainerd was fourth. Lakeville North finished in fifth place and Prior Lake placed sixth.
Three All-Tournament Teams were also selected. Each of the six teams that placed in each class named two dancers for the honor.
The High Kick Division competition of the 2020 State Girlsâ Dance Team Tournament took place Feb. 15 at Target Center in Minneapolis.
|2020 Girls Hockey State Tournament
The annual Girls Hockey State Tournament is scheduled for February 19-22 at the Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul. Here is a look at the tournament:
Wednesday, Feb. 19
Quarterfinals, at Xcel Energy Center
Willmar (18-8-1) vs. No. 2 Warroad (21-4-2), 11 a.m.
Hutchinson (21-7-0) vs. No. 3 Cloquet-Esko-Carlton (25-3), 1 p.m.
Luverne (22-4-1) vs. No. 1 Breck School (22-6-0), 6 p.m.
No. 5 Rochester Lourdes (17-10-0) vs. No. 4 South St. Paul (19-7-1), 8 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 20
Consolation semifinals, at TRIA Rink at Treasure Island Center
10 a.m., noon
Friday, Feb. 21
Championship semifinals, at Xcel Energy Center
11 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 22
At TRIA Rink and Treasure Island Center, St. Paul
At Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul
Thursday, Feb. 20
Quarterfinals, at Xcel Energy Center
Farmington (18-10-0) vs. No. 2 Andover (25-2-0), 11 a.m.
Roseau (21-5-2) vs. No. 3 Minnetonka (21-6-1), 1 p.m.
Burnsville (19-7-2) vs. No. 1 Edina (26-1-0), 6 p.m.
No. 5 Hill-Murray (18-9-1) vs. No. 4 Maple Grove (20-6-1), 8 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 21
Consolation semifinals, at TRIA Rink at Treasure Island Center
10 a.m., noon
Championship semifinals, at Xcel Energy Center
6 p.m., 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 22
Consolation final, at TRIA Rink at Treasure Island Center
Third place, at Xcel Energy Center
Championship, at Xcel Energy Center
Streaming: School Space Media will livestream all quarterfinals, consolation rounds and third-place games. There is no charge for viewing. Find the stream at www.prepspotlight.tv.
Television: 45TV will broadcast championship semifinals and championship games in both Class A and Class AA. The stream can be found at prep45.com.
Tickets: Single-session tickets for all sessions at Xcel Energy Center are $19 for adults and $12 for students. Single session tickets at TRIA Rink at Treasure Island Center are $14 for adults and $9 for students.
Gates open: One hour before game time.
Game results: Posted on the Leagueâs website at legacy.mshsl.org
Social media: Follow the tournament on the Leagueâs Facebook page and on Twitter at @MSHSL and @MSHSLJohn.
Class A quarterfinal highlights
Willmar vs. No. 2 Warroad âWillmar is making its third appearance, but first since 2003. Warroad is looking to improve last seasonâs runner-up finish. The Warriors making their 11th appearance, and they have won championships in 2010 and 2011, respectively.
Hutchinson vs. No. 3 Cloquet-Esko-Carlton â Hutchinson returns for its fifth state tournament appearance under this name. They made one previous appearance as a co-op in 2009. The Tigers made their last appearance in 2015. Cloquet-Esko-Carlton returns for its sixth appearance, but first since 2009.
Luverne vs. No. 1 Breck School â Luverne is making its first appearance as a single school. The Cardinals made one additional appearance as a co-op in in 2014. The two-time defending champions from Breck are making its third consecutive appearance and eighth overall. The Mustangs won a crown in 2012.
No. 5 Rochester Lourdes vs. No. 4 South St. Paul â Rochester Lourdes returns to the state tournament for the fourth time. The Eagles placed sixth during the 2019 tournament. South St. Paul is making its 15th appearance, but first since 2015. The Packers are aiming for their fifth title.
Class AA quarterfinal highlights
Farmington vs. No. 2 Andover â Farmington is looking to improve on last yearâs sixth-place finish. The Tigers are making their fifth appearance as a single school. They made two additional appearances as a co-op in 2002 and 2003. Andover, which placed fourth in 2019, returns for its third appearance. They made their previous appearances in 2014 and 2015. They also made two additional appearances as a co-op in 2018 and 2019.
Roseau vs. No. 3 Minnetonka â Roseau is making its sixth appearance, but first since 2017. Minnetonka is hoping to improve on last yearâs third-place finish. The Skippers are making their second consecutive appearance and sixth overall. They won three consecutive titles in 2011, 2012, and 2013.
Burnsville vs. No. 1 Edina âBurnsville returns to the tournament for the first time since 2014. They are making their seventh appearance. Edina is the three-time defending champion, and making its sixth consecutive appearance.
No. 5 Hill-Murray vs. No. 4 Maple Grove --- Hill-Murray returns after a one-year hiatus. The Pioneers are making their eighth appearance, and, have championships in 2014 and 2015. Maple Grove is making its second consecutive appearance and third overall. The Crimson won the consolation final in 2019.