John's Journal
Hockey Rankings: Class 2A Girls12/7/2016
The Associated Press poll for Minnesota Class 2A girls high school hockey, provided by Let's Play Hockey newspaper.

1. Edina 6-0-0 2
2. Maple Grove 6-1-0 3
3. Eden Prairie 4-2-0 1
4. Blaine 7-0-0 5
5. Hill-Murray 4-2-0 4
6. Elk River/Zimmerman 6-1-0 8
7. Centennial 5-2-0 9
8. Lakeville South 6-2-0 11
9. Cretin-Derham Hall 2-3-1 7
10. Wayzata 4-2-0 10

11. Forest Lake, 12. Minnetonka, 13. Chaska/Chanhassen, 14. Eagan, 15. White Bear Lake, 16. Eastview, 17. Dodge County, 18. Hopkins/Park, 19. Mounds View, 20. Stillwater
Hockey Rankings: Class 1A Girls12/7/2016
The Associated Press poll for Minnesota Class 1A girls high school hockey, provided by Let's Play Hockey newspaper.

1. Blake 6-1-1 1
2. Breck 7-2-0 2
3. Warroad 3-3-1 4
4. Thief River Falls 8-1-0 5
5. St. Paul United 7-2-1 3
6. New Prague 3-3-1 7
7. Proctor/Hermantown 4-3-0 8
8. Hibbing/Chisholm 5-2-0 9
9. Northfield 3-2-1 6
10. Alexandria 2-1-0 10

11. Delano/Rockford, 12. Orono, 13. Princeton, 14. East Grand Forks, 15. Red Wing, 16. South St. Paul, 17. Mound Westonka, 18. Moose Lake-Willow River, 19. Owatonna, 20. New Ulm
High School Football: Bigger In Minnesota Than In Alabama12/5/2016
Via news from Alabama, we have learned something that’s pretty spectacular: More fans bought tickets to our seven football state championship games this year than fans in Alabama for their seven championship games.

--Our Prep Bowl attendance was 47,309 over two days at U.S. Bank Stadium.

--For Alabama’s “Super 7” games, held over three days at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa (home of the Alabama Crimson Tide), the total attendance was 45,229.

A story on the Alabama attendance numbers also included this: “There were no weather issues, with sunny, mild conditions during the day and chilly, clear conditions for the night games.”

Alabama’s largest single-day attendance this past weekend was 20,141 for three games on Friday. Our largest was 28,399 for four games the Friday after Thanksgiving.

So, this indeed means that high school football is bigger in Minnesota than in Alabama (at least for one weekend in 2016).

BY THE NUMBERS
*Schools/teams John has seen/visited: 288
*Miles John has driven in the Toyota Camry in 2016-17: 5,086
*Follow John on Twitter: @MSHSLjohn
John’s Mailbag: Possible Future Activities, Tournaments On TV12/5/2016
Lots of good questions have been coming into John’s Mailbag. For the inaugural segment, we’ll delve into the future and shed a little light on televising MSHSL state tournaments.

Question: Are there any events on the MSHSL radar that might become sanctioned in the future? I've always thought fishing has potential.

If someone had told you 20 years ago that high school activities in Minnesota would include things like robotics and clay target shooting, you probably would have been surprised. The MSHSL is unique around the country in that we sponsor non-athletic activities that include speech, debate, visual arts, music and others.

When the MSHSL board of directors discusses adding new activities, a common question is posed: “Is this good for kids in Minnesota?” That simple query is at the core of what the MSHSL does and how it acts.

There are currently no new activities on the immediate radar. The process can be lengthy, and lacrosse is a good example. Girls and boys lacrosse became full MSHSL activities in 2007. Both had been played as high school “club” sports for a number of years, with state tournaments held by amateur lacrosse associations. New MSHSL activities usually require a minimum number of participating schools as well as the approval of the MSHSL Representative Assembly, which is a comprised of 48 members from schools around the state. The Representative Assembly vetoed boys lacrosse twice before approving it.

Fishing state tournaments are officially sanctioned by high school governing bodies in some states. There are “club” fishing teams in Minnesota now, and a state tournament is held each year. Ultimate Frisbee is similar, with “club” teams at schools. And BMX biking, and archery, and bowling, and you name it. Let’s see what the future holds.

Question: Why doesn't the MSHSL televise the state volleyball tournament?

This is a very common question that is often asked in regards to state tournaments that are not televised, such as volleyball and wrestling. The answer may seem odd, but here it is: The MSHSL doesn’t have the final say on which state tournaments are televised.

We have a contract with KSTC-TV Channel 45 that designates 45 as the official television partner of the MSHSL. KSTC makes the decisions on which state tournaments it will televise.

Sports like volleyball and wrestling might present unique TV challenges, with multiple matches taking place at the same time. There are almost always two volleyball matches being played at Xcel Energy Center, and during the state wrestling tournament in the same arena, action starts with eight mats in use and championship matches are held on three mats at the same time. That may be difficult to televise and give proper attention to everyone competing.

Plus, as anyone who knows a little about the media realizes, revenue is important in these matters. If a television station knows that the cost/revenue equation would result in a loss, the decision would probably be fairly easy.

Keep those questions coming.

--Send a message to me on Twitter. I'm @MSHSLjohn on that platform.

--Send me an email. My email address is jmillea@mshsl.org

--Snail mail? Why the heck not? Lick a stamp and send a note to John Millea, MSHSL, 2100 Freeway Blvd., Brooklyn Center MN 55430

--Post a message on the MSHSL Facebook page. Search for "MSHSL" on Facebook and post away.

BY THE NUMBERS
*Schools/teams John has seen/visited: 288
*Miles John has driven in the Toyota Camry in 2016-17: 5,086
*Follow John on Twitter: @MSHSLjohn
Send Your Questions To John's Mailbag12/3/2016
People often ask me questions in a wide range of areas related to the MSHSL. How was a particular decision made? Who was involved in said decision? What will this mean in the future?

A flurry of questions followed the MSHSL board of directors' recent decisions to add consolation games to the girls and boys state basketball tournaments and to initiate pitch-count limits in baseball. I answered some of these questions on Twitter, but I think having a more open place to post questions and answers may be helpful to more people.

So in keeping with that idea, I'll begin posting "John's Mailbag" segments here on John's Journal. Feel free to ask questions and I will try to answer them. There are several ways to bring questions to my attention:

--Send a message to me on Twitter. I'm @MSHSLjohn on that platform.

--Send me an email. My email address is jmillea@mshsl.org

--Snail mail? Why the heck not? Lick a stamp and send a note to John Millea, MSHSL, 2100 Freeway Blvd., Brooklyn Center MN 55430

--Post a message on the MSHSL Facebook page. Search for "MSHSL" on Facebook and post away. I will see it.

I'll keep the identity of questioners secret, because the question is much more important than who's asking it.

Let the questioning begin!

BY THE NUMBERS
*Schools/teams John has seen/visited: 288
*Miles John has driven in the Toyota Camry in 2016-17: 5,086
*Follow John on Twitter: @MSHSLjohn