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    2019 Volleyball State Tournament
    Volleyball Image 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.

    Class A
    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’ 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).

    Class AA
    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’s 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).

    Class AAA
    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’s consolation title after defeating St. Louis Park 3-1 (25-23, 25-20, 21-25, 25-18).

    2019 Cross Country State Meet
    Cross Country Image Perham boys and girls both win third consecutive team titles in Class A;
    Geno Urhbom of Greenway-Nashwauk-Keewatin defends Class A individual crown

    The Perham Yellowjackets swept the Class A team titles for a third consecutive year. The girls won with 103 points and the boys had 75 points. Geno Uhrbom of Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin was the only individual to earn a second consecutive individual championship. He won the Class A title with a time of 15:27.6.

    Class A Results
    The Perham girls earned their third consecutive team title with 103 points. Luverne was second with 138 points and Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted was third at 154. This was the fourth overall championship for the Yellowjackets. They captured their first title in 2015.

    Morgan Gehl of Murray County Central claimed her first individual crown with a time of 17:53.5. The win was an improvement for Gehl, who placed third in 2018. Jade Rypkema of Nevis finished in the runner-up spot and Tenley Nelson of Luverne placed third.

    Perham also won its third consecutive boys team title with 75 points. This was the Yellowjackets’ eighth team championship overall. In addition to the past three years, they also won in 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, and 2013. West Central Area of Barrett took runner-up honors for a second consecutive year (83) and St. James Area, which includes students from Butterfield-Odin, was third (154).

    Geno Uhrbom of Greenway/Nashwak-Keewatin won his second consecutive individual title in 15:27.6. Emmet Anderson of Staples-Motley was second and Jacob Bright of West Central Area placed second and third, respectively.

    Class AA Results
    The Edina girls improved on their 2018 third-place finish to win their third team title. They won previously in 2015 and 2016 and finished with 55 points this year. Wayzata earned runner-up honors for a second consecutive year (109) and the defending champions from St. Michael-Albertville were third (115).

    Analee Weaver of Stillwater Area took top honors in the individual race with a time of 17:46.1. She placed eighth in 2018. Abbey Nechanicky of Wayzata and Anna Fenske of Farmington finished second and third, respectively.

    The Mounds View boys, who placed second last year, won their first championship with 86 points. The Mustangs edged the runners-up from Eden Prairie by one point. St. Paul Highland Park placed was with 135 points.

    Oliver Paleen of St. Paul Highland Park, who placed 10th in 2018, captured the individual crown in 15:25.2. Nicholas Scheller of Chanhassen was second and AJ Green of Eastview of Apple Valley placed third.
    2019 State Meet Results
    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

    Nine-Man Teams Combine For Nine Seniors
    Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 11/14/2019
    The football teams from Hancock and Mountain Iron-Buhl have just enough combined seniors to field a baseball team. Nine-Man teams are always small in numbers, but for the Owls and Rangers to extend outstanding seasons all the way to the state semifinals – and for Hancock to the Prep Bowl in two weeks – with a total of nine seniors is a measure of their talent and commitment.

    The Hancock Owls (13-0), who have six seniors on a 28-player roster, defeated the Rangers 65-32 in the first of 14 semifinals to be played through Saturday at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mountain Iron-Buhl (10-2) has three seniors among 26 players (including 12 freshmen and two eighth-graders).

    "Everybody counted us out all year because we were so young; we have three seniors, three juniors and only one of those juniors starts," said MIB coach Dan Zubich. "We've got freshmen and sophomores who start."

    The Rangers, who also lost in the semifinals last year, cannot be counted out a year from now and beyond based on their youth and big-game experience. Hancock, on the other hand, had never played at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Owls last played in the state football tournament in 1990.

    Hancock's Tyler Timmerman had a big day with five touchdowns Thursday, running 22 times for 240 yards and three touchdowns and also scoring on a 61-yard pass and a 75-yard kickoff return. Tyler's father was a running back on the Owls' 1990 team.

    After Thursday's game, Tyler was asked to put what has happened into words. His reply: "It means everything. It's the best experience of my life with my friends."

    The feeling was similar for the Rangers (10-2) despite the loss. Senior running back Dillon Drake, who ran for 101 yards and a touchdown, called advancing to the state semifinals two years in a row “sort of a dream come true.”

    Class 2A: Minneapolis North 44, Paynesville 32

    The Polars (12-0) trailed 18-14 at halftime but outscored the Bulldogs 30-14 in the second half to advance to the Prep Bowl for the first time since 2016, when they won the Class 1A title.

    North’s Terrance Kamara rushed 30 times for 205 yards and four touchdowns. Paynesville’s Grady Fuchs completed 15 of 24 passes for 215 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions.

    Both teams lost in last year’s state semifinals; Caledonia beat Paynesville 40-6 and North defeated Barnesville 34-20. Caledonia went on to beat Barnesville 21-0 in the Prep Bowl and those two teams will meet again in Friday’s other 2A semifinal.

    Class 4A: SMB 22, Hutchinson 16

    SMB, which is a cooperative program with students from St. Paul Academy, Minnehaha Academy and Blake, outlasted Hutchinson in a game between unbeaten teams. Defending state champion SMB is averaging 38 points per game and the Tigers’ average is 40, but the defenses dominated.

    Jalen Suggs carried 20 times for 88 yards and completed 16 of 27 passes for 206 yards and three touchdowns for SMB. Hutchinson was led by Tyler Schiller, who rushed 25 times for 128 yards and a touchdown.

    Class 6A: Champlin Park 31, Lakeville North 21

    The Rebels knocked off the defending state champions by taking a 21-0 first-half lead and maintaining control the rest of the way.

    Quote of the day

    Minneapolis North coach Charles Adams, asked about this year’s two-week time period between the semifinals and Prep Bowl, referred to players who also play basketball for Hall of Fame North coach Larry McKenzie: “I'm not a fan of it. I’ve already got a fight with Coach Mackenzie for all these dudes that play basketball. So Lord forgive me, I don't know how I'm going to figure that out because he's the big dog over there.”

    Football State Semifinals At U.S. Bank Stadium

    9-MAN/ Hancock 65, Mountain Iron-Buhl 32
    2A/ Minneapolis 44, Paynesville 32
    4A/ SMB 22, Hutchinson 16
    6A/ Champlin Park 31, Lakeville North 21

    9-MAN/ Win-E-Mac (12-0) vs. Mountain Lake (12-0), 9 a.m.
    2A/ Barnesville (12-0) vs. Caledonia (12-0), 11:30 a.m.
    5A/ Coon Rapids (8-3) vs. Chaska (10-1), 2 p.m.
    4A/ Rocori (9-2) vs. Winona (11-0), 4:30 p.m.
    6A/ Wayzata (11-0) vs. Lakeville South (10-1), 7 p.m.

    1A/ BOLD (12-0) vs. Browerville-Eagle Valley (10-1), 9 a.m.
    1A/ Ada-Borup (10-1) vs. Blooming Prairie (11-0), 11:30 a.m.
    3A/ Annandale (11-1) vs. Dassel-Cokato (9-3), 2 p.m.
    3A/ Pierz (12-0) vs. Jackson County Central (11-0), 4:30 p.m.
    5A/ Elk River (11-1) vs. St. Thomas Academy (10-1), 7 p.m.

    --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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    2019 Girls Swimming and Diving State Meet
    Girls Swimming and Diving Image Fast Facts
    : Thursday, November 14: Class A diving preliminaries at noon, Class AA diving preliminaries at 6 p.m. Friday, November 15: Class A swimming preliminaries at noon, Class AA swimming preliminaries at 6 p.m. Saturday, November 16: Class A swimming and diving finals at noon, Class AA swimming and diving finals at 6 p.m.
    Webcast: School Space Media will livestream preliminary and finals events on Friday and Saturday. There is no charge for viewing. Find the stream at www.prepspotlight.tv.
    Tickets: $7 for students and adults for diving preliminaries. $10 for students and adults for swimming preliminaries and finals. All seats are reserved.
    Gates open: 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day. Please note that swim tickets will not be sold to the public on Thursday, November 14.
    Results: Posted on the League’s website at www.mshsl.org
    Social media: Follow the tournament on the League’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @MSHSL and @MSHSLJohn.

    2019 Preview
    200-Yard Medley Relay

    Class A — All eight teams that earned medals at the 2018 state meet are returning. Breck is the defending champion. Breck School owns the fastest qualifying time of 1:48.17. Class AA — Six teams that competed in the 2018 final are back, including the defending champions from Eden Prairie. Minnetonka has the best qualifying time of 1:43.57.
    200-Yard Freestyle
    Class A — Two-time defending champion, junior Taylor Williams of Benilde-St. Margaret’s, leads a field of five returning medal-winners. Williams also boasts the best qualifying time of 1:52.39. Class AA — Seven medalists return, led by last year’s champion Edina junior Claudia Chang.
    200-Yard Individual Medley
    Class A — Five competitors return from the 2018 field, including senior Kali Fischer of Visitation, who was the runner-up. Class AA — Defending champion, junior Reese Dehen of Anoka, leads six returning medalists.
    50-Yard Freestyle
    Class A — Two-time defending champion, sophomore Grace Hanson of Hutchinson, returns in search of more gold. She also owns this year’s best qualifying time of 23.51. Class AA — Edina junior Lily Gremmels returns to defend her title.
    One-Meter Diving
    Class A — Two medalists return: junior Issara Schmidt of Winona, fifth; and senior Olivia Motter of Rocori of Cold Spring, seventh. Class AA — Three-time defending champion, senior Megan Phillip of Edina, is the highest returning qualifier.
    100-Yard Butterfly
    Class A — Red Wing junior Cecelia DeJong, who placed third in 2018, has the best qualifying time of 56.19. Class AA — Defending champion, senior Peyton D’Emanuele of Minneapolis Southwest, returns in search of more gold.
    100-Yard Freestyle
    Class A —Four 2018 medal-winners return, including defending champion junior Taylor Williams of Benilde-St. Margaret’s. Williams also has this year’s best qualifying time of 51.52. Class AA — Four medalists return, including Robbinsdale Armstrong senior Sierra Smith, who was runner-up in 2018.
    500-Yard Freestyle
    Class A — Hutchinson sophomore Hailey Farrell returns to defend her title. Class AA — Edina junior Claudia Chang, who struck gold last year, leads a field of six returning medalists.
    200-Yard Freestyle Relay
    Class A — All eight medal-winning teams return, led by the two-time defending champions from Hutchinson. The Tigers also own the best qualifying time of 1:37.01. Class AA — Edina returns to defend its 2018 championship. Minnetonka has the fastest qualifying time of 1:34.96.
    100-Yard Backstroke
    Class A — Breck School junior Katelin Phelps returns in search of her second consecutive championship. Class AA — Six of the 2019 medalists, including defending champion Eden Prairie senior Chloe Skogg, return.
    100-Yard Breaststroke
    Class A — The 2018 third-place finisher, Richfield senior Hannah Hintermeister, heads a field of three returning medal-winners. Class AA — Wayzata junior Jenna Marquette, who placed fifth last year, returns with the best qualifying time of 1:02.38.
    400-Yard Freestyle Relay
    Class A — All eight teams that qualified for the finals in 2018 return, including the three-time defending champions from Hutchinson. The Tigers also have the fastest qualifying time of 3:33.16. Class AA — Six of the 2018 medal-winning teams return, including the two-time defending champions from Edina.
    2019 Football State Tournament Semifinals
    Football Image Fast facts
    At U.S. Bank Stadium
    Thursday, Nov. 14
    Class Nine-Man
    --- Mountain Iron-Buhl vs. Hancock, 11:30 a.m.
    Class AA --- Paynesville vs. Minneapolis North Community, 2 p.m.
    Class AAAA --- SMB Wolfpack vs. Hutchinson, 4:30 p.m.
    Class AAAAAA --- Lakeville North vs. Champlin Park, 7 p.m.
    Friday, Nov. 15
    Class Nine-Man
    --- Win-E-Mac vs. Mountain Lake Area, 9 a.m.
    Class AA --- Barnesville vs. Caledonia, 11:30 a.m.
    Class AAAAA --- Coon Rapids vs. Chaska, 2 p.m.
    Class AAAA --- Rocori vs. Winona, 4:30 p.m.
    Class AAAAAA --- Wayzata vs. Lakeville South, 7 p.m.
    Saturday, Nov. 16
    Class A
    --- BOLD vs. Browerville-Eagle Valley, 9 a.m.
    Class A --- Ada-Borup vs. Blooming Prairie, 11:30 a.m.
    Class AAA --- Annandale vs. Dassel-Cokato, 2 p.m.
    Class AAA --- Pierz vs. Jackson County Central, 4:30 p.m.
    Class AAAAA --- Elk River vs. St. Thomas Academy, 7 p.m.
    Broadcast TV: The Prep Bowl Championship games in all classes will be televised live by 45TV.
    Webcast: The live webcast of the semifinals may be viewed free of charge at www.prepspotlight.tv . The live webcast of the Prep Bowl Championship games may be viewed free of charge at www.prep45.com .
    Tickets: Semifinals, at U.S. Bank Stadium: $16 adults; $10 students
    Prep Bowl, at U.S. Bank Stadium: $16 adults; $10 students
    Two-day Prep Bowl Pass: $26 adults; $17 students
    Official ball: Spalding-Alpha
    Brackets and results: Posted on the League’s website at www.mshsl.org
    Social media: Follow the tournament on the League’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @MSHSL and @MSHSLJohn.
    Media: A News Media credential is required to cover this event. A postgame news conference center will be used following semifinal and championship games. For any media interview inquiries, please contact a League Media Steward onsite.

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