John's Journal
Class 4A Baseball Rankings5/17/2017
The Associated Press poll for Minnesota high school baseball, provided by Let's Play Baseball newspaper.

CLASS 4A
1. Stillwater Area
2. Wayzata
3. Minnetonka
4. Blaine
5. St. Michael-Albertville
6. Lakeville North
7. Burnsville
8. Forest Lake
9. Eastview
10. Champlin Park
11. East Ridge
12. Chaska
13. Rochester Century
14. Maple Grove
15. Tartan
16. Mounds View
17. Anoka
18. Edina
19. Osseo
20. Centennial
Also receiving votes: Eden Prairie, Prior Lake, Andover, Rochester Mayo
Class 3A Baseball Rankings5/17/2017
The Associated Press poll for Minnesota high school baseball, provided by Let's Play Baseball newspaper.

CLASS 3A
1. St. Cloud Tech
2. Waconia
3. Bemidji
4. Holy Angels
5. New Ulm
6. Benilde-St. Margaret’s
7. Marshall
8. Mankato West
9. Alexandria
10. Kasson-Mantorville
11. Monticello
12. Red Wing
13. Hibbing
14. Worthington
15. Little Falls
16. Delano
17. Northfield
18. Hutchinson
19. Rocori
20. Mahtomedi
Also receiving votes: Fridley, Chisago Lakes Area, St. Thomas Academy, St. Anthony Village, Stewartville, Mound Westonka
Class 2A Baseball Rankings5/17/2017
The Associated Press poll for Minnesota high school baseball, provided by Let's Play Baseball newspaper.

CLASS 2A
1. Belle Plaine
2. Minnehaha Academy
3. Pierz
4. Sauk Centre
5. Jackson County Central
6. Caledonia
7. Maple Lake
8. New Life Academy of Woodbury
9. Pine Island
10. Rochester Lourdes
11. Barnesville
12. Glencoe-Silver Lake
13. St. Peter
14. Aitkin
15. Holy Family Catholic
16. Duluth Marshall
17. Proctor
18. Esko
19. Providence Academy
20. Pequot Lakes
Also receiving votes: Cannon Falls, Foley, New London-Spicer, Fillmore Central, La Crescent, St. Cloud Cathedral, Wadena-Deer Creek, Kenyon-Wanamingo
Class 1A Baseball Rankings5/17/2017
The Associated Press poll for Minnesota high school baseball, provided by Let's Play Baseball newspaper.

CLASS 1A
1. Parkers Prairie
2. BOLD
3. Legacy Christian Academy
4. Springfield
5. Mankato Loyola
6. Deer River
7. Walker-Hackensack-Akeley
8. ML/GHEC/Truman
9. Canby
10. Fosston
11. Wabasso
12. Hinckley-Finlayson
13. Sleepy Eye
14. Cleveland
15. Randolph
16. Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove
17. Minneota
18. Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton
19. Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s
20. Wabasha/Kellogg
Also receiving votes: Adrian, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, Southland, Menahga, Nevis, Hill City/Northland, Heritage Christian Academy, South Ridge, Ely
Representative Assembly Approves Five Bylaw Changes5/15/2017
The MSHSL Representative Assembly is a group of 48 people from schools around the state who are named to the Assembly by their respective regions; there are 16 regions, eight representing Class A (small) schools and eight representing Class AA (large) schools. Each of the 16 regions has three people on the Assembly.

The Assembly is the “legislative” body of the MSHSL and must approve any changes to League bylaws. The Assembly met Monday morning at the DoubleTree hotel in Brooklyn Center to consider five proposed bylaw changes.

Seventy-five percent approval from the members was required for passage, and all five changes were approved. All changes take effect with the 2017-18 school year.

Here are summaries of the proposals that were approved:

Proposed Amendment to Bylaw 208.5 – Non-School Competition and Training
This change would allow high school athletes to take part in college sports tryouts/auditions for scholarships during their sports season. Currently, students who do so can only take part in such events after the completion of their season. This amendment has been proposed by the MSHSL board of directors.

Proposed Amendment to Bylaw 403.00 – Cooperative Sponsorships
This change would make adjustments to the bylaws concerning cooperative sponsorships, including using similar formats for small and large schools. It also would adjust the steps required to form cooperative sponsorships, and adds updated language regarding appeals to add new coop teams and request a review of existing coop teams

Proposed Amendment to Bylaw 504-1.2 – Baseball
This change, if approved, would add a five-day conditioning period prior to the traditional two weeks of practice before the first baseball game. The five-day conditioning period would consist of arm conditioning and overall physical conditioning, using only baseballs, gloves and catcher’s equipment as well as strength training and aerobic conditioning equipment.

Proposed Amendment to Bylaw 518.3 – Girls and Boys Tennis
This amendment proposes to add a 17th contest to be used for inter-conference or intra-conference championship matches. The maximum number of contest dates would remain at 16, with the total number of team contests not to exceed 28. The 17th date could be used to determine conference championships in conferences with two divisions without needing to count the event as a regular-season event.

Proposed Amendment to Bylaw 521.3A – Wrestling
Currently, wrestling has limits of 18 regular-season event dates and 36 competitions. This change would make those numbers 16 events and 45 allowable competitions.

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