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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
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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

From Edgerton 1960 To Hancock 2019, Special Moments Abound
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 11/30/2019
If you know the history of Minnesota high school sports, you know about little Edgerton's 1960 state basketball champions. A fellow who played on that team 59 years ago sat down next to me in the press box at U.S. Bank Stadium on Saturday morning and said, "John, I might have a story for you.”

Dean Verdoes is well-known as a member of Edgerton’s starting five, and he went on to a distinguished career as an educator. He is retired now but volunteers at many MSHSL events. His Prep Bowl duty was working as a band host, which takes us to the story he recommended.

He told me about the band from Hancock, which he helped direct to their seats before the Owls played Mountain Lake Area in the Nine-Man state championship game. He told me that band director Jeanine Rupp was a very nice young person, and that several Hancock alums had arrived to play with the band. Jeanine confirmed this when we chatted during the game.

Hancock’s high school enrollment is 198, and 67 of those kids participate in band. That includes 16 football players. Jeanine, 24, said she reached out to alumni musicians.

“With 16 of those football players out there (on the field) we needed some help to fill out sections where we're a little bit low,” she said.

Jeanine and I sat in the second row near one of the end zones, chatting for a few minutes before the second half of the championship game resumed. It was one of many unseen but important off-the-field moments during the Prep Bowl weekend.

One of my favorite places at the stadium is the postgame interview room, the same one used by the Vikings. After each game, coaches from both teams meet with the media. They talk about Xs and Os, for sure, but they also talk about their roles as coaches.

Caledonia coach Carl Fruechte was especially poignant after the Warriors captured their fifth consecutive Class 2A title. One of his players, a young man named Isaiah, had been ejected late in the game and the coach was asked about a private discussion he had with Isaiah afterwards.

“I think that's why you coach,” he said. “If you just coach for football, I think you're wrong. We want to make a difference in their lives. And Isaiah is a great kid. He's a great, great kid. Sometimes I think as a society we're almost too hard on these guys. We are so proud of Isaiah. He's gone through a lot in his life. All his brothers will stick up with him, stick up for him. He's going to be a great human being and we're going to be really proud. And I think that connection has led to the success that we’ve had. Again, I don't think kids play the sport just to play. They want more out of the sport than just to win a football game or a basketball game, they want that relationship, they want to know that somebody's got their back, somebody they can trust in when the going gets tough.”

Similar sentiments, going far beyond football and sports, were expressed by other coaches.

“They’re great football players but better kids, and that's what makes it a lot of fun,” said Chad Gimbel, whose Blooming Prairie Awesome Blossoms won the Class 1A championship in their first Prep Bowl appearance. “You come to practice every day, and it was hard yesterday when I talked about this being the last time we're going to practice. We’ve never had that before, where you know it's the last time that you're going to get together and be able to practice as a team. I got a little emotional, and it's hard because you really care about these kids and love these kids as your own.”

James Herberg was promoted from assistant to head coach at Rocori prior to last season. The Spartans went 2-8 in 2018 before rolling to the Class 4A state title Friday with a 22-21 overtime win over SMB. That gave Herberg a career record of 13-10.

“This is an incredible group of guys. I just wish I really could put it into words,” Hedberg said after the game. “I'm incredibly blessed to be their head football coach, but these guys truly play for each other. They want to be around each other. And it's just been an absolute pleasure. I'm so grateful for these guys. And it's not just on the field, it's off the field and their personal lives, as well. But if you're going to do something, you're going to make sure that you go all in, and you're going to go above and beyond what's asked of you, and credit to these guys for following that model. They're going to be incredible men after they leave Rocori High School.”

Mountain Lake Area played in the Prep Bowl a year ago, falling to Spring Grove 40-18. The Wolverines were ranked No. 1 in Nine-Man throughout the 2019 season and had never trailed on the scoreboard until Saturday, when Hancock led 14-0 in the first half.

“We talked about it all season long, that sometimes we may not come out very strong and sometimes we may get behind but you have to face adversity and come out, play hard,” Wolverines coach Tim Kirk said after his team rallied to top the Owls 22-14.

“When the whiteboard is full of junk, and orange markers, blue markers, gray markers, black markers, it looks like garbage on the whiteboard,” he said. “But you clean it off and it's pure, as white as snow. And that's what we've been doing. I got a little nervous when we were down 14-0 because it was just bad; we did some good things but it was just costly turnovers and whatever else happened, but it shows the grit in these guys.

“What I really noticed today is when we were down 14-0 I think I said something about, ‘Hey, this is awesome. Let's see what we’ve got.’ And a few of them looked at me like I was crazy but a few looked up and knew, ‘Let's see what we're made of.’ And we showed it today.”

One of the most uplifting stories of the 2019 football season was how the Dassel-Cokato Chargers kept Jacob MacDonald as part of the team. He died two years ago and his classmates are now seniors. The Chargers kept Jacob’s No. 34 jersey with them at every game, including Saturday’s Class 3A Prep Bowl contest against Pierz.

In a back-and-forth game that went down to the final moments, Pierz came away with a 28-27 victory. In the handshake line, Pierz coach Dan Saehr put an arm around Dassel-Cokato senior quarterback Sanders Asplin.

“I told him he was a tremendous football player, and I also said that I knew he and the rest of the team and the community were playing for a tremendous, tremendous cause, Jacob McDonald. That's a heck of a story and on their end they're hoping for the fairytale ending. That’s a very classy team over there and you respect those kids for how they play the game and how they go about it. He was nothing but a class act, as well as many of the other kids, and it's really cool when you can see a high school football game do that.”

Yes indeed. That’s the essence of high school sports and activities. Teamwork, service to teammates and others, everyone pulling together and giving it their all while respecting the opponent and the game.

It was that way when Dean Verdoes was playing basketball in 1960 and it’s that way as Jeanine Rupp directs a band in 2019.

At U.S. Bank Stadium

Friday, November 29
Class 1A: Blooming Prairie 41, BOLD 15
Class 2A: Caledonia 26, Minneapolis North 0
Class 4A: Rocori 22, SMB 21 (overtime)
Class 6A: Wayzata 35, Champlin Park 20

Saturday, November 30
Nine-Man: Mountain Lake Area 22, Hancock 14
Class 3A: Pierz 28, Dassel-Cokato 27
Class 5A: Chaska 10, St. Thomas Academy 3

--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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