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Board of Directors Meeting Synopsis
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Board of Directors Meeting Synopsis
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019
MSHSL Office, Brooklyn Center, MN

• The meeting was called to order by Board President Bonnie Spohn Schmaltz
• Reflection provided by board member Dustin Bosshart
• The agenda was approved as presented.
• Minutes from the Oct. 3, 2019 board meeting were approved.
• The board meeting was closed at 9:46 a.m., to review non-public data.
• The board reconvened at 11:01 a.m.
• Hopkins High School activities director Dan Johnson and Lakeville North High School activities director Mike Zweber addressed the board in regard to the proposed requirement of a 32-team metro football district.
Lobbyist Report
• League Lobbyist Roger Aronson shared that Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz attended the Prep Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium.
• The Legislature will be sharing the November Budget Forecast.
• The Legislative Session begins Feb. 11, 2020. Hearing sessions will last approximately seven weeks.
Legal Counsel Report
• League Legal Counsel Kevin Beck reported that there are no legal issues. Her reported that one lawsuit is pending and a complaint filed with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights remain.
Executive Director’s Report
• Executive Director Erich Martens shared a copy of High School Today magazine that included three Minnesota-related articles.
• Announced the Inside Out Initiative steering committee met in partnership with the Minnesota Vikings and is planning their kickoff event for school leadership teams.
• Shared that the Principals Advisory Committee met on Nov. 12 and the Region Secretaries met on Nov. 19.
• A Co-op Ad Hoc Committee has been formed that includes representation from the board of directors, four Class A representatives and four Class AA representatives.
• Announced that the MSHSL Foundation awarded $720,000 in funds to member schools that applied for reimbursement.
• Announced that the League will participate in the MSBA Conference in January. The League will have a booth in the exhibition hall and will host two informational sessions.
• The MAASP will meet at the end of December.
• Recognized League staff for the planning and production of the Hall of Fame induction program.
• The Executive Director yielded the floor to league staff members to share reflections and messages of thanks for the contributions and support during the successful fall state tournament events.
Executive Committee Report
• Approved the agreement with Gravity Works, a Michigan-based website developer to build a new MSHSL website.
• The Executive Committee is seeking Listening Session topics for the MnIAAA Conference in the spring.
• The Executive Committee report was approved as presented.
• Board President Bonnie Spohn Schmaltz called for a workshop session on Monday, Feb. 3, at 2 p.m. The motion was approved.
Action Items
• 9A, Debate Rules and Policies

The board approved 17 changes in the Debate rules and policies that were previously approved by the Minnesota Debate Teachers Association and the MSHSL Debate Advisory committee.
9B, Wheelchair Division Rules and Policies
The board approved several wheelchair track and field changes, including heats, field event rules, and scoring.
9C, State Tournament Fees/Tickets
The board approved ticketing and registration fees for the following activities:
Boys Tennis --- Ticketing will be implemented for the 2020 state tournament with daily admission prices of $12 for adults and $8 for students. This will be implemented in Girls Tennis in the fall of 2020.
Clay Target --- Registration fees to be implemented for the 2020 state tournament with each qualifying individual registering for $35.
Robotics --- Registration fees will be implemented for the 2020-2022 state tournaments as follows, per qualifying team:
2020 --- $500
2021 --- $750
2022 --- $1,000
Speech --- Registration fees will be implemented for the 2020 state tournament with a $20 per entry fee.
Discussion Items
10A, Fall Activity Advisory Proposals
Football: Metro Football District --- 32 Teams

Associate Director and Football Tournament Director Bob Madison provided an update on a recommendation from the Football Advisory Committee to create a Metro Football District that would be composed of 32 teams.
Girls Tennis: Adding a third class
Associate Director and Tennis Tournament Director Craig shared information on a recommendation by the Tennis Advisory Committee to add a third competitive class to girls tennis.
10B, Golf Rules and Policies
League staff shared recommendations from the Golf Advisory Committee that would include an update on electronic usage policies, distance-measuring devices, code of conduct, the one-ball rule, carts and pace of play.
10C, Music Rules and Policies
League staff shared a recommendation from the Music Advisory Committee that would provide updates to the Music Rules and Policies. Two passages to highlight are allowing ninth-graders to participate in Large Group events, and the formalizing of current awards procedures implemented across regions.
Committee Reports
Eligibility Committee

• The minutes of the Eligibility Committee were approved as presented.
Audit/Finance Committee
• Approved the September 2019 financial statement.
• Approved the October 2019 financial statement.
• Approved the annual request from Section 4A for $40,000 to support operating costs.
Marketing and Communications Committee
• League staff reported 240,000 social media views during the Prep Bowl via social media.
• League staff thanked all communities that participated in “Sack Hunger” reported the first three place winners in this service project: 1. Owatonna. 2. Blooming Prairie. 3. Dassel-Cokato.
• League staff shared a review of the All-Tournament team awards and MVT awards.
• League staff will review the media credentials process.
• League staff shared a review of independent photographers contracted to cover state tournament events.
• League staff shared that an agreement in principle has been reached with Carlson Print Company on the production of state tournament souvenir programs.
Education and Leadership Committee
• League staff shared an update on the use of Arbiter, in both scheduling and the payment of state tournament officials.
• League staff shared an update on coaches’ education and training modules.
• An InsideOut initiative training session is scheduled for Feb. 10-11.
• The next board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020.
• The League Office will be closed from Dec. 23, 2019, through Jan. 1, 2020.

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2019 Adapted Soccer State Tournament Results
Adapted Soccer Image PI Division
Friday, Nov. 22

Rochester 7, Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka 1
St. Paul Humboldt 7, Park Center 5
Minneapolis South 11, Anoka-Hennepin 2
Dakota United 19, Mounds View/Irondale/Roseville 0
Saturday, Nov. 23
Consolation semifinals

Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonk 10, Park Center 3
Anoka-Hennepin 9, Mounds View/Irondale/Roseville 0
Championship semifinals
St. Paul Humboldt 4, Rochester 2
Dakota United 8, Minneapolis South 1
Consolation final
Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka 11, Anoka-Hennepin 3
Third place
Rochester 3, Minneapolis South 1
Dakota United 5, St. Paul Humboldt 2
CI Division
Friday, Nov. 22

Chaska/Chanhassen/Prior Lake/Shakopee 10, White Bear Lake Area 3
Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville 7, St. Cloud Area 3
South Suburban 5, Park Center 1
South Washington County 7, Dakota United 0
Saturday, Nov. 23
Consolation semifinals
St. Cloud Area 4, White Bear Lake Area 1
Dakota United 5, Park Center 2
Championship semifinals
Chaska/Chanhassen/Prior Lake/Shakopee 4, Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville 2
South Washington County 6, South Suburban 5
Consolation final
Dakota United 3, St. Cloud Area 0
Third place
South Suburban 5, Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville 3
South Washington County 3, Chaska/Chanhassen/Prior Lake/Shakopee 1

Prep Bowl XXXVIII Results
Prep Bowl XXXVIII Image Friday, Nov. 29
Class A

Blooming Prairie 41, BOLD 14
Class AA
Caledonia 26, Minneapolis North Community 0
Class AAAA
Rocori 22, SMB 21, OT
Wayzata 35, Champlin Park 20
Saturday, Nov. 30
Class Nine-Man

Mountain Lake Area 22, Hancock 14
Class AAA
Pierz 28, Dassel-Cokato 27
Chaska 10, St. Thomas Academy 7

State Tournament Brackets
2019-20, 2020-21 Section Assignments
Competitive Section Assignments Image 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 – 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 “2019-2020, 2020-2021”. You will need to click on the ‘+’ 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 “Activities”. 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 – 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 “School” 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 “Show Coop Teams”. 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.

Competitive Section Assignments

High Schools In Spotlight At Minnesota Sports Awards
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 12/12/2019
During an evening dedicated to celebrating Minnesota sports on all levels, awards and honors went to professional and college athletes and coaches, and six legends became Hall of Fame members. One of the biggest awards of the night went to a high school basketball team.

The event Wednesday at The Depot in downtown Minneapolis was the annual Minnesota Sports Awards, organized by Meet Minneapolis/Sports Minneapolis, which was named the National Sports Commission of the Year. The ceremony, hosted by Lea B. Olsen and Anthony LaPanta, will be broadcast by Fox North Sports on Dec. 26 at 7:30 p.m.

One of the biggest awards was for the Sports Moment of the Year. The finalists included St. John's defeating St. Thomas in football shortly after the death of former Johnnies coach John Gagliardi; the Twins setting a Major League Baseball home run record; and Minnesota Duluth repeating as NCAA men's hockey champion.

The award, however, went to the Henning High School boys basketball team. The Hornets honored teammate Jacob Quam – who had died two years earlier – throughout the season, keeping his No. 33 jersey with them. Their emotional season ended in the school's first trip to state in more than 50 years along with the Class 1A state championship, Henning's first state title in any sport.

Head coach Randy Misegades and assistant coach Marc Oscarson took to the stage and accepted the award. Photos from the state tournament were shown on large screens behind the stage (see photos from the event on the MSHSL Facebook page).

"It just kind of adds to everything that went on,” said Misegades, who became emotional talking about Jacob and his teammates. “It’s just amazing, and that's what high school athletics are about and that's why you do it, because of the kids and because of the people.”

Awards also went to two individual high school athletes.

The Boys High School Athlete of the Year was David Roddy of Breck. He was a Mr. Football and Mr. Basketball finalist as well as a state champion in the discus. He’s now playing basketball at Colorado State and was unable to attend the event. On a recorded video message, David said, “First and foremost, I want to thank my family, coaches and teammates for their everlasting support, I wouldn't be here without them. I want to thank the committee for selecting me for this prestigious award. I'm very humbled and honored to accept the award. And again, I just want to thank everyone for supporting me along the years, and everyone have a good night.”

The Girls High School Athlete of the Year is Erika Bute of Alden-Conger. She was a six-year starter in volleyball, a five-year starter in basketball, a four-year softball starter, valedictorian and student council president. She’s now playing volleyball at Augustana University.

On stage, Erika talked about her busy high school career, saying “I loved it. People would ask, ‘Do you ever get sick of it?’ I’m like, ‘No, I would do it again. I love it.' ”

The most emotional moment of the evening came when the late Gabe Grunewald, a runner at Perham High School, the University of Minnesota and professionally, was honored with the Courage Award. Gabe's husband Justin accepted the award.

Inducted into the Star Tribune Minnesota Sports Hall Of Fame were Willard Ikola, John Gagliardi, John Randle, Randall McDaniel, Randy Moss and Lindsay Whalen.

Other award winners were …

Female College Athlete of the Year: Amber Fiser, University of Minnesota softball

Male College Athlete of the Year: Parker Mackay, University of Minnesota Duluth men’s hockey

Professional Athlete of the Year: Napheesa Collier, Minnesota Lynx

Coach of the Year: Rocco Baldelli, Minnesota Twins

Trailblazer Award: Kevin Warren, Minnesota Vikings/Big Ten Conference

--See photos from the Minnesota Sports Awards on the MSHSL Facebook page.

--Follow John on Twitter @MSHSLjohn, listen to "Preps Today with John Millea” wherever you get podcasts and hear him on Minnesota Public Radio.

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