John's Journal
Final Class 1A Wrestling Rankings2/28/2017
From The Guillotine.

Class A Teams
1. Pierz (7)
2. Frazee (8)
3. West Central Area/Ashby/Brandon-Evansville (6)
4. Zumbrota-Mazeppa (1)
5. Kenyon-Wanamingo (2)
6. Pipestone Area (3)
7. Park Rapids Area (8)
8. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (5)
9. Minneota (3)
10. Blue Earth Area (2)
11. Sibley East (4)
12. Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena (7)
Lean and Mean
Goodhue (1), Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (5), Staples-Motley (6), Westfield (2), Dover-Eyota (1), LPGE-Browerville (5), Royalton/Upsala (5), Maple River (2), Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (4), Paynesville Area (5)

Class A Individuals

106 pounds
1. Ashton Clark, Park Rapids Area (8) 10
2. Blake Legred, United South Central (2) 10
3. Grant Budden, Pipestone Area (3) 9
4. Ethan Arett, Westfield (2) 11
5. Taylor DeFrang, Dover-Eyota (1) 9
6. Brett Willaby, Windom/Mountain Lake (3) 9
7. Will Magaard, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (5) 9
8. Caleb Clobes, Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial Area (2) 11
9. Landon Byer, Frazee (8) 11
10. Jordan Lohse, West Central Area/Ashby/Brandon-Evansville (6) 8

113 pounds
1. Jeron Matson, Kenyon-Wanamingo (2) 10
2. Dayne Morton, Sibley East (4) 11
3. Spencer Miller, Staples-Motley (6) 10
4. Brant Buysse, Minneota (3) 10
5. Canon Swanson, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (5) 9
6. Sam Kulseth, St. James Area (3) 10
7. Michael Miller, Frazee (8) 11
8. Dillon McGee, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Nevis (7) 11
9. Tanner Frank, Lake City (1) 11
10. Keon Naranjo, LeSueur-Henderson (2) 12

120 pounds
1. Mark Buringa, St. Charles (1) 10
2. Hunter Burnett, Pipestone Area (3) 11
3. Tanner Schermerhorn, Frazee (8) 11
4. Jace Geving, Deer River (7) 11
5. Drake Swanson, West Central Area/Ashby/Brandon-Evansville (6) 12
6. Tyler Bents, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (5) 10
7. Jake Andres, Pierz (7) 10
8. Nate Williams, Crosby-Ironton (7) 10
9. Sam Stageberg, New London-Spicer (5) 10
10. Caden Ochsendorf, Blue Earth Area (2) 9

126 pounds
1. Michael Suda, Pipestone Area (3) 11
2. Jake Nohre, West Central Area/Ashby/Brandon-Evansville (6) 12
3. Jamaal Baird, Deer River (7) 11
4. Bradley Kish, Kenyon-Wanamingo (2) 12
5. Owen Bjerga, Staples-Motley (6) 9
6. Shawn Rue, Paynesville Area (5) 10
7. Jacob Carlson, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (5) 12
8. Matthew Pollock, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (8) 9
9. Silas Berg, Aitkin (7) 12
10. Lincoln Carpenter, Sibley East (4) 9

132 pounds
1. Tanner Reetz, Frazee (8) 12
2. Tanner Pasvogel, Sibley East (4) 12
3. Kyle Cavanaugh, Caledonia (1) 10
4. Eric Lisson, Staples-Motley (6) 12
5. Brandon Ortman, Pierz (7) 12
6. Gage Zieske, Osakis (5) 11
7. Alex Borsgard, Windom/Mountain Lake (3) 10
8. Jackson Held, Royalton/Upsala (5) 10
9. Seth Brossard, Kenyon-Wanamingo (2) 10
10. Zack Holtz, Kimball Area (4) 8

138 pounds
1. Lane Heim, St. Charles (1) 12
2. Brenn Olson, GMLOS (1) 12
3. Wallace Michels, Norwood Young America (4) 12
4. Jacob Tvinnereim, Jackson County Central (3) 11
5. Lincoln Arndt, Maple River (2) 11
6. Cole Klinkner, Blue Earth Area (2) 12
7. Brady Tweeton, Barnesville (6) 11
8. Austin DeVlaeminck, Minneota (3) 12
9. Michael Petron, Royalton/Upsala (5) 12
10. Reese Kapsner, Pierz (7) 10

145 pounds
1. Jake Mandt, Chatfield (1) 11
2. Adam Jaeger, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (5) 11
3. Zach Schneider, Caledonia (1) 11
4. Mason Voight, Sibley East (4) 12
5. Kaden Spindler, West Central Area/Ashby/Brandon-Evansville (6) 11
6. Kaleb O’Reilly, Goodhue (1) 10
7. Chandler Mooney, Roseau (8) 10
8. Tanner Eischens, Frazee (8) 11
9. Andrew Tomala, Pierz (7) 12
10. Shane Whitcomb, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (4) 12

152 pounds
1. Kelby O’Reilly, Goodhue (1) 10
2. Zach Buseman, Blue Earth Area (2) 11
3. Tyler Ryan, Kenyon-Wanamingo (2) 10
4. Maverick Jackson, Zumbrota-Mazeppa (1) 12
5. Matt Schindler, Eden Valley-Watkins (4) 11
6. Keaton Long, West Central Area/Ashby/Brandon-Evansville (6) 12
7. Jared Sunram, Park Rapids Area (8) 12
8. Ian Frenzel, Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena (7) 10
9. McKinley Bush, Pipestone Area (3) 12
10. Colton Waldvogel, Osakis (5) 11

160 pounds
1. Dalton Wagner, Jackson County Central (3) 11
2. Justin Dravis, Park Rapids Area (8) 12
3. Colton Krell, Westfield (2) 9
4. Luke Wilson, LeSueur-Henderson (2) 12
5. Tyler Onstad, West Central Area/Ashby/Brandon-Evansville (6) 12
6. Dylan Craig, Kenyon-Wanamingo (2) 12
7. Bennett Sikkink, St. Charles (1) 12
8. Derek Krieger, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (5) 12
9. Sam Nordquist, Zumbrota-Mazeppa (1) 11
10. John Lewis, St. Agnes (4) 12

170 pounds
1. Bailee O’Reilly, Goodhue (1) 12
2. Alex Erpelding, Staples-Motley (6) 12
3. Brett Kapsner, Pierz (7) 12
4. Keaton Schaefer, Dover-Eyota (1) 12
5. Alec Bueltel, Minneota (3) 12
6. Jeremiah Colon, Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial Area (2) 11
7. Brandin Dahl, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (5) 12
8. Morgen Moreno, Westfield (2) 11
9. Cody Dravis, Park Rapids Area (8) 10
10. Colm Maines, Trinity School at River Ridge (4) 12

182 pounds
1. Caden Steffen, Zumbrota-Mazeppa (1) 11
2. Noah Decker, Maple River (2) 12
3. Matt Kummet, Pierz (7) 12
4. Nolan Prokott, Holdingford (5) 12
5. Josh Soine, New London-Spicer (5) 12
6. Jesus Quintero, Blue Earth Area (2) 12
7. Jacob Arends, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (8) 11
8. Jordan Osborne, Madelia/Truman/Martin Luther (3) 12
9. Dylan Gyberg, Adrian (3) 12
10. Payton Hilke, Kenyon-Wanamingo (2) 12

195 pounds
1. Christophor Bain, GMLOS (1) 12
2. Jacob Bennett, Zumbrota-Mazeppa (1) 10
3. Jason Kasella, Royalton/Upsala (5) 11
4. Cody Voight, Sibley East (4) 12
5. Jared Armon, Blue Earth Area (2) 12
6. Jake Erckenbrack, New York Mills (6) 11
7. Kieran Johnson, Barnesville (6) 12
8. Johnathan Smid, Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena (7) 12
9. Tyler VanLuik, Minnewaska Area (5) 9
10. Colin Schmoker, Wabasha-Kellogg (1) 12

220 pounds
1. Reid Seelhammer, Dover-Eyota (1) 12
2. Jarret Haglund, Zumbrota-Mazeppa (1) 11
3. Devin Pries, Badger/Greenbush-Middle River (8) 12
4. Trenten Rogich, LeSueur-Henderson (2) 12
5. Shawn Hillesheim, St. James Area (3) 12
6. Mitchell Oswald, Westfield (2) 11
7. Rory Drewes, Frazee (8) 12
8. Tony Kierstead, Holdingford (5) 12
9. Cole Felde, Ogilvie (7) 12
10. Tanner Berghuis, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (4) 9

285 pounds
1. Trent Esping, Minneota (3) 11
2. Alex Aarsvold, Pine Island (1) 12
3. Trey Chatman, Westfield (2) 12
4. Chase Johnson, Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena (7) 11
5. Jared Rabbit, Deer River (7) 12
6. Bradey Berg, Barnesville (6) 12
7. Tanner Kurtzweg, Sibley East (4) 12
8. Walker Nienaber, Holdingford (5) 12
9. Tony Malikowski, Frazee (8) 10
10. Kyle Serich, Staples-Motley (6) 11
One Athlete, Five Sports: Meet Hendricks High’s Greta Johnson 2/25/2017
Greta Johnson deserves some time off. The junior from the little town of Hendricks, Minnesota, has been busy. Hendricks nearly straddles the South Dakota state line, so it takes three hours or more on the road to get to the Twin Cities.

That’s where Greta was Saturday, competing in the Class 1A state gymnastics championships for the fourth time. She first came to state at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion as an eighth-grader, which now makes her one of the event’s veterans. This year, however, something was different. She brought along a bum right knee.

She wasn’t injured while vaulting or working on the balance beam, uneven bars or floor exercise. She got hurt playing basketball with her Hendricks Grizzlies teammates on Thursday night in a loss to Renville County West in the Class 1A Section 3 playoffs.

“I was just kind of going for the ball on a rebound and I felt my knee shift,” she said. “I thought I was OK so I got up and I played again for about five minutes and fell down again. My coach said, ‘You’ve got to stop.’ The tibia is rotated and my knee is swollen so it won’t go back into place.”

Yes, Greta Johnson is a two-sport athlete in the winter. And the same is true in the fall when she is a member of the Grizzlies volleyball and cross-country teams. In the spring she pole vaults, runs hurdles and does jumping events for the track team; she went to state in the pole vault last year.

Greta is a member of the Hendricks/Russell-Tyler-Ruthton cooperative gymnastics team. She qualified for state in all four events but her aching knee limited her to the beam and bars Saturday. Skin-colored tape was wrapped around her knee. She didn’t finish among the medalists (top six) in either event but she wore a big smile afterwards.

“I love the state gymnastics meet. It’s the greatest,” she said. “I love the Gophers, too, so it’s fun to have it here.”

Her best finish in the all-around competition was 19th in 2015. She placed 18th on the vault that year and was in the top 25 in bars and floor exercise. Her sister Sophie, a ninth-grader, is also a member of the gymnastics and basketball teams, as are ninth-grader Cora Hofer and eighth-grader Kaylee Johnson.

Taking part in two sports simultaneously is not rare at small schools, where there often aren’t enough athletes otherwise (the ninth-through-12th-grade enrollment at Hendricks is only 16 students and the school does not field football, baseball or boys basketball teams). But it does mean managing time well. Greta and Sophie have a small edge in that area, because the gymnastics team’s training facility is very close to home.

The Johnsons live on a farm. The gymnastics center is located inside a shed on their property, which they lovingly call “the Barn.” Sherri Johnson – mother of Greta, Sophie and younger sister Sadie – coaches the gymnastics team, and she and her husband Gary built the shed to serve two purposes: farm storage and gymnastics.

Until the Barn went up when Greta was in seventh grade, the girls had to be driven 40 minutes to Brookings, South Dakota, in order to work out. Now it’s a very short walk.

“We have all the basic gymnastics equipment and we practice out there,” Greta said.

From the Barn to the Pavilion, Greta has become a fixture at the state meet, this year teaming with qualifiers from Worthington, Jackson County Central, Martin County Area and Redwood Valley to represent Section 3.

Greta knows how to manage her time. Most school days are followed by basketball practice until 5 p.m. or so, followed by gymnastics workouts until about 7:30.

“Then I just have to work hard during school so I get all my homework done,” she said.

With the basketball and gymnastics seasons now complete, she can kick back for a bit until track practice begins on March 13.

She might have been a six-sport athlete if not for one thing: “I’m not a very good golfer.”

BY THE NUMBERS
*Schools/teams John has seen/visited: 475
*Miles John has driven in the Toyota Camry in 2016-17: 8,557
*Follow John on Twitter: @MSHSLjohn
Class 4A Girls Basketball Rankings2/23/2017
From Minnesota Basketball News.

1. Hopkins 23-0
2. Elk River 23-0
3. Lakeville North 21-2
4. St. Michael-Albertville 17-4
5. Eastview 18-5
6. Apple Valley 19-4
7. Wayzata 18-5
8. Park Center 17-5
9. Champlin Park 18-5
10. East Ridge 18-5
11. Edina 17-7
12. Roseville 19-4
13. Centennial 18-5
14. White Bear Lake 15-8
15. Minnetonka 10-11
16. Andover 15-8
17. Rochester Mayo 16-6
18. Cooper 20-3
19. Rosemount 13-10
20. Woodbury 13-9
Class 3A Girls Basketball Rankings2/23/2017
From Minnesota Basketball News.

1. Hutchinson 17-5
2. Alexandria 20-3
3. Orono 18-4
4. Holy Angels 20-3
5. Grand Rapids 20-3
6. Northfield 18-5
7. Winona 18-4
8. Mahtomedi 19-3
9. Kasson-Mantorville 19-5
10. Hermantown 20-3
11. Zimmerman 21-3
12. New Ulm 21-4
13. Waseca 16-6
14. St. Paul Como Park 16-7
15. Bloomington Kennedy 13-9
16. Red Wing 15-6
17. St. Anthony 16-5
18. Willmar 14-8
19. Fergus Falls 12-11
20. Simley 13-10
Class 2A Girls Basketball Rankings2/23/2017
From Minnesota Basketball News.

1. Roseau 21-0
2. Sauk Centre 21-1
3. Plainview-Elgin-Millville 22-2
4. Norwood-Young America 23-1
5. Watertown-Mayer 21-3
6. New London-Spicer 19-3
7. Eden Valley-Watkins 19-3
8. Minnehaha Academy 17-4
9. Hayfield 20-4
10. Rush City 19-0
11. Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 22-1
12. Staples-Motley 17-3
13. St. Peter 20-3
14. Pipestone 22-1
15. St. Croix Lutheran 18-5
16. Barnesville 18-4
17. Esko 18-5
18. New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva 19-5
19. Annandale 13-9
20. St. Cloud Cathedral 18-5