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2019 Soccer State Tournaments
Soccer Image The Minnesota State High School League’s boys’ and girls’ soccer state tournaments will begin a six-day run with the quarterfinals Oct. 22-24 at four Minnesota locations. The semifinals, third-place and championship games will be played at U.S. Bank Stadium on Oct. 28-29, and Oct. 31.

Mahtomedi, the two-time defending girls’ champion in Class A, returns and is the top seed. The Blake School, the 2018 Class A boys’ champion, also returns and is the No. 2 seed. Undefeated Holy Angels is the top seed in the Class A boys’ field.

In Class AA, the Minnetonka girls return to defend their championship. The Skippers open as the No. 4 seed. A new champion will emerge in the Class AA boys’ field. Undefeated Edina is the top seed.

Here is a look at the tournaments:

Fast Facts
The schedule:
Class A
Girls quarterfinals
Wednesday, Oct. 23
At Farmington High School

No. 3 Orono (16-3-3) vs. Rochester Lourdes (15-3-1), 5:30 p.m.
At St. Cloud State University
No. 1 Mahtomedi (13-2-2) vs. Bemidji (13-5-1), 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 24
At St. Cloud State University

No. 4 Waconia (13-2-4) vs. No. 5 The Blake School (12-7-0), 7:30 p.m.
At Chisago Lakes High School
No. 2 Academy of Holy Angels (16-2-1) vs. Cloquet-Carlton (18-2-0), 7:30 p.m.
At U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis
Semifinals

Oct. 28 --- Noon, 2 p.m.
Third place
Oct. 29 --- 8 a.m.
Championship
Oct. 31 --- 10 a.m.
Boys quarterfinals
Wednesday, Oct. 23
At North St. Paul High School

No. 4 Austin (14-2-2) vs. No. 5 St. Cloud Tech (15-2-1), 7:30 p.m.
At Farmington High School
No. 3 Orono (16-2-2) vs. Mankato West (15-2-2), 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 24
At Chisago Lakes High School

No. 1 Academy of Holy Angels (18-0-1) vs. St. Croix Preparatory Academy (16-3-0), 5:30 p.m.
At St. Cloud State University
No. 2 The Blake School (15-4-0) vs. St. Francis (14-4-1), 5:30 p.m.
At U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis
Semifinals

Oct. 28 --- 4 p.m., 6 p.m.
Third place
Oct. 29 --- 10 a.m.
Championship
Oct. 31 --- 12:30 p.m.
Class AA
Girls quarterfinals
Tuesday, Oct. 22
At North St. Paul High School

No. 1 Champlin Park (17-0-1) vs. Stillwater Area (16-3-0), 5:30 p.m.
No. 4 Minnetonka (15-2-1) vs. No. 5 Maple Grove (15-2-1), 7:30 p.m.
At Farmington High School
No. 2 Centennial (16-2-0) vs. Lakeville South (15-1-2), 5:30 p.m.
No. 3 Rosemount (17-2-0) vs. Cretin-Derham Hall (15-4-0), 7:30 p.m.
At U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis
Semifinals

Oct. 28 --- 8 a.m., 10 a.m.
Third place
Oct. 29 --- 4 p.m.
Championship
Oct. 31 --- 3 p.m.
Boys quarterfinals
Wednesday, Oct. 23
At St. Cloud State University

No. 1 Edina (19-0-0) vs. Maple Grove (13-3-3), 5:30 p.m.
At Chisago Lakes High School
No. 2 Eastview (16-2-0) vs. St. Paul Central (18-1-0), 5:30 p.m.
No. 4 Minneapolis Washburn (15-3-1) vs. No. 5 Centennial (17-2-0), 7:30 p.m.
At North St. Paul High School
No. 4 East Ridge (15-2-1) vs. Lakeville South (10-7-0), 5:30 p.m.
At U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis
Semifinals

Oct. 29 --- Noon, 2 p.m.
Third place
Oct. 31 --- 8 a.m.
Championship
Oct. 31 --- 5:30 p.m.
Adult ticket prices: Quarterfinals $10; semifinals/finals $14; tournament pass $36.
Student ticket prices: Quarterfinals $6; semifinals/finals $9; tournament pass $21.
Online tickets: www.mshsl.org/tickets
Official ball: Nike Team Magia SC3252-100.
Streaming: School Space Media will livestream the entire tournament. There is no charge for viewing. Find the stream at www.prepspotlight.tv .
News media credentials: A news media credential is required to cover this event.
Game results and box scores: 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 Girls Tennis State Tournament
Girls Tennis Image The Girls Tennis State Tournament is scheduled for October 22-25. Here is a look at the tournament:
Fast Facts
The schedule:
Class A
: Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis. Team competition will take place on October 22 and 23 followed by the individual tournament on October 24 and 25. Team quarterfinal pairings are: New London-Spicer vs. Pequot Lakes (8 a.m.); Rochester Lourdes vs. Blue Earth Area (10 a.m.); The Blake School of Minneapolis vs. Thief River Falls (Noon); Litchfield vs. Minnewaska Area of Glenwood (2 p.m.).
Class AA: Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis. Team competition will take place on October 22 and 23 followed by the individual tournament on October 24 and 25. Team quarterfinal pairings are: No. 1 Seed - Edina vs. Wayzata (8 a.m.); No. 4. Seed – Rochester Mayo vs. No. 5 Seed – Elk River, which includes students from Zimmerman (10 a.m.); No. 2 Seed – Minnetonka vs. Becker (Noon); No. 3 Seed – Mounds View vs. Woodbury (2 p.m.).
Tickets: Free admission
Official ball: Wilson (US Open Extra Duty)
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.

Team Preview
Class A
– The Blake School returns in search of a fifth consecutive championship. If the Bears win, it would be their 13th title overall. Two other teams return from the 2018 field: Litchfield earned runner-up honors and Rochester Lourdes was third. The Class A team tournament is not seeded.
Class AA – The Edina Hornets return in search of their third consecutive title. The Hornets are looking for their 34th championship overall. Edina East also won three team titles. Five other teams return from last year’s field: Minnetonka, runner-up; Rochester Mayo, third; Mounds View, fourth; and Elk River, fifth. Wayzata bowed out in the consolation semifinals.
This is the eighth year that the Class AA team tournament has been seeded. The top five seeds this year, in order, are: Edina, Minnetonka, Mounds View, Rochester Mayo, and Elk River.
Individual Preview
Class A
– Defending champion, senior Arlina Shen of The Blake School, is this year’s top seed. She will face tough competition from senior Clare Palen of Rochester Lourdes, the No. 2 seed. Palen won the doubles crown with Natalie Allison the past two years. Junior Sonia Baig of The Blake School, ninth-grader Lydia Delich of Eveleth-Gilbert Area, and sophomore Megan Muller of Pequot Lakes are seeded No. 3, No. 4, and No. 5 this year, respectively. Baig and Delich finished third and fourth in doubles, respectively, in 2018. The only other Top 6 finisher to return is junior Ally Agerland of Holy Family Catholic of Victoria. She placed sixth last year.
This year’s top-seeded doubles team is sophomore Bella Suk and ninth-grader Allyson Jay of The Blake School. Suk placed third in doubles last year and Jay finished third in the singles tournament. The No. 2 team is juniors Avery Stilwell and Elise Bierbaum of Litchfield. Stilwell was the runner-up in doubles and Bierbaum was fourth in singles in 2018.
The remaining seeded teams are: seniors Emily Melin and Caroline Cameron of The Blake School (No. 3); seniors Anna Seitz and Ava Warren of Virginia (No. 4); and senior Danielle Thorfinnson and sophomore Alissa Thorfinnson of Minnewaska Area (No. 5). Melin and Cameron took consolation honors in 2018 and Danielle Thorfinnson was the consolation champion in the singles tournament. Ava Wallerich, a senior from Lake City, is the only other returning Top 6 finisher in doubles. She placed sixth last year and will compete with senior Emma Brunkow this year.
Class AA – Senior Nicole Copeland of Edina returns as the two-time defending champion. She is the No. 2 seed this year. Sophomore Zoe Adkins of Maple Grove is seeded No. 3 this year. Adkins claimed third-place honors in 2018. The remaining three seeds are sophomore Karin Young of Eastview of Apple Valley (No. 1); senior Delaney Schurhamer of Woodbury (No. 4); and senior Nicole Snezhko of Robbinsdale Armstrong (No. 5). None of them placed in the Top 6 in 2018. Junior Ashley Tarrolly of St. Cloud Tech is the final returning competitor with previous singles experience. She finished in fourth place last year. Senior Paige Trondson of Mounds View is the highest returning qualifier in the doubles event. She earned runner-up honors last year and will pair with sophomore Molly Austin this year. Sophomore Julia Baber and ninth-grader Paige Sargent of Rochester Century also return. They finished in fourth place in 2018 and are seeded No. 3 this year. Senior Natalie Peterson of St. Cloud Tech is the only other Top 6 finisher to return this year. She placed sixth last year and will team up with senior Kate Inderieden this year. The remaining seeded teams are: sophomore Annika Elvestrom and ninth-grader Sarah Shahbaz of Minnetonka (No. 1); seniors Shay Reger and Jessica Ip of Edina (No. 2); ninth-graders Katerina Smiricinschi and Amanda Dioa of Mounds View (No. 4); and senior Joey Trella and sophomore Emma Johnson of Benilde-St. Margaret’s of St. Louis Park (No. 5).


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


Fifty-Plus Years Of Football: Stolski, Mahlen and Lundeen
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 10/17/2019
The numbers tell the story -- at least numerically – of the three longest-serving head coaches in Minnesota high school football history. Brainerd's Ron Stolski is in his 58th season, Verndale’s Mike Mahlen is in season 51 and Becker’s Dwight Lundeen reached season No. 50 this fall.

More numbers: With the 2019 regular season now ended, the three have been head coaches for a combined 159 years and 1,629 games. That game total will continue to climb as the postseason begins in a few days, and the number of victories will also rise.

No other head football coaches in Minnesota history have been on the job for 50 years. Add the fact that Mahlen, Stolski and Lundeen also rank first, second and third in career victories, and the numbers mean even more.

But their stories are much more than mere numbers. Factor in lengthy teaching careers (from which all three have retired) and there is no way to quantify their positive impact on young athletes and students. They have coached three generations in some families, giving Grandpa, Dad and Son/Grandson the opportunity to compare their experiences under the same coach. They have mentored generations of young coaches. They have set high standards in their communities.

Mahlen was 20 years old when he was hired to teach and coach in Verndale, and Lundeen was 21 when he joined the faculty and coaching ranks in Becker. Stolski took a more circuitous route, with coaching stops in Kensington (in 1962, when he was 22), Slayton, Princeton and Park Center before moving to Brainerd in 1975.

All three are Minnesota natives. Stolski, 80, grew up in north Minneapolis and graduated from Patrick Henry High School and Macalester College; Mahlen, 71, is a native of Erskine who went to Mayville State in North Dakota; and Lundeen, 71, graduated from Cokato High School and St. Cloud State. All three coached other sports and served as athletic directors.

"And the years just keep coming by,” said Lundeen, who has never missed a practice or a game.

Mahlen reached a milestone with his 400th career victory when the Verndale Pirates defeated Rothsay 44-6 in Wednesday’s regular-season finale, giving him a career record of 400-123-3. Stolski is next at 388-181-5 and Lundeen’s record is 366-160-3. (The national record for football coaching victories is 621.)

All three say they have learned to be more patient over the years. As a young coach, Stolski broke a hand more than once while punching a wall or blackboard.

Mahlen said, “I know I have a lot more patience. I think I'm still pretty fiery, but I’ve got more patience with the kids, a little more understanding of what they're going through. And you know, when you're first coming out of college, you were sort of gung ho. I'm a lot more mellow than I used to be.”

Lundeen echoed that, saying he learned about putting things in perspective over the years.

“You can't put all your joy into the outcome of Friday night. That just can't be,” he said. “And I keep telling the kids that Number 1, we're going to play hard. And if (the opponent) plays well and we play well and we lose, so be it. And we're going to practice Monday the same way, whether we lost or we won.

“You're trying to teach them the skills of a game and you're also trying to teach them all the other things that you've been taught by people who have been in your life. And when they graduate, I hope they reflect what we taught, what we modeled. And that's the part that's really enjoyable; we want them to be great husbands and great fathers who work in the community. Not only should they learn to block and tackle, but to be that citizen that we want them to be.”

All three love working with high school students, and as long they are healthy and able to contribute to their player’s lives, they plan to continue coaching. They have grown accustomed to being asked if they plan to retire.

“I say, ‘Well, if I get sick of going to practice or get sick of game planning (I’ll retire),” Mahlen said. “I'm looking down at the junior high; ‘Who's my quarterback here?’ I'm looking at the fourth, fifth, sixth grade and saying, ‘We’ve got some players down there.’ It's just fun.”

Lundeen is the only head football coach in Becker history, starting the program in 1970. That then-21-year-old coach now has an artificial hip and artificial knee. His parents were missionaries and he lived in Canada, France, Belgium and the Congo as a child.

“I knew this is what I wanted to do, and fairly early I traveled all over the world,” he said. “And athletics was a big part of helping me get adjusted to the new school and new community. And so I wanted to pay back, and right away I knew that I was going to coach.”

After graduating from Macalester, Stolski wore the only suit he owned (which he had worn to the prom in high school) to a job interview in Kensington, a little town in western Minnesota that no longer has a high school. The football field had no goalposts and no scoreboard and only three kids showed up for the first practice. The squad ultimately included 13 boys, although two had to quit when farm chores took precedence.

When Lundeen began his career, he was the only football coach on a team with 17 players. “I coached all the positions. And one kid, I remember, had to know all the offensive positions because he was the first offensive sub, and then another kid had to know all the defensive positions. And now I have 10 quarterbacks, so that's changed, that’s been a huge change.”

Verndale, well-known as a Nine-Man football powerhouse, had enough kids to play 11-man football for Mahlen’s first 16 years. During those early years he often had just one assistant coach, with a rotating cast.

“One thing I learned when I first started out is that you need assistant coaches,” he said. “Because my first 16 years I had a new assistant every two years, and I wouldn't give them any responsibilities.”

From those early days of small rosters and tiny coaching staffs more than half a century ago, important lessons have been learned and taught.

“What you learn is preparation,” Stolski said. “You have to have passion, and passion lasts a lifetime. But you must be prepared before you decide to kick the doors down. That's what you learn. You can't always do it all on fire. You prepare your team as best you can.

“First, care about your kids. Secondly, learn as much about your profession as you can. And thirdly, have patience. Don't be hard on yourself. It's a process. Coaching is a splendid way to spend a life.”

--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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