John's Journal
State Soccer Recap/Tuesday’s Games10/26/2016
Class 2A boys quarterfinals at Benilde-St. Margaret’s
--Wayzata 5, Owatonna 0/ Maclane King scored two goals for the second-seeded Trojans, with Alex Bracken, Stuart Sain and Erik Williams each scoring once.

--Edina 3, Burnsville 0/ Matt Lindberg had two goals for the third-seeded Hornets, who will meet Wayzata in the semifinals on Monday at 10 a.m. at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Class 1A girls quarterfinal at Farmington
--Dover-Eyota 4, St. Paul Academy 1/ Ashley Olson scored twice to help the unseeded Eagles defeat the second-seeded Spartans.

--Mankato West 7, North Branch 1/ Shelby Lund had three goals and McKenna Buisman two as the third-seeded Scarlets defeated the Vikings. Mankato West amd Dover-Eyota will meet in the semifinals Monday at 6 p.m. at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Edina's 19-Year Girls Tennis Title Run Ends10/26/2016
One of the nation's longest streaks of state tournaments championship ended Wednesday morning at the University of Minnesota Baseline Tennis Center.

Edina won the Class 2A girls state tennis team title in 1997 and did the same thing year after year. Nineteen years passed before the Hornets came up short, and that happened Wednesday in the state semifinals. Fifth-seeded Mahtomedi, which had defeated fourth-seeded Prior Lake 5-2 in Tuesday's quarterfinals, defeated Edina 4-3.

The last non-Edina team to win the 2A title was the Bloomington Jefferson Jaguars in 1996.

I Tweeted the result like this: "STUNNER: Edina's 19-year reign of girls state tennis titles has ended. Mahtomedi beats the Hornets in Class 2A team semifinals."

Reaction on Twitter included...

--"Oh My G! #zephyrs"

--"Wow. As a Jaguar who could only shrug playing against Edina's lineup and dominance, that's a LONG reign. Congrats, Mahtomedi! #gojags"

As the Mahtomedi team celebrated, top-seeded St. Cloud Tech and third-seeded Eagan began play in the second semifinal. The championship match will be played at 4 p.m. today.

Edina's 19 girls team tennis state titles in a row is a national high school record. In second place? Edina: 15 (1978-92).

Edina owns a total of 33 girls state tennis team titles. That's second in the nation behind Punahou, Hawaii, with 42.

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Old Sweatshirt, 19-Year Streak Both Come To An End 10/26/2016
Steve Paulsen dug through some drawers on Tuesday evening, looking for an item of clothing that he wears only one day a year. It’s an old green sweatshirt.

“I found it last night about 9 o’clock,” he said Wednesday during the Class 2A girls state tennis tournament at the University of Minnesota Baseline Tennis Center. Paulsen is the coach at Edina High School, and Wednesday marked the 20th year in a row that he wore the sweatshirt on the second day of team competition.

It was part custom, part good-luck charm. Edina’s streak of 19 consecutive team state championships ended Wednesday when the top-seeded Hornets lost to fifth-seeded Mahtomedi 4-3 in the semifinals. Edina finished the tournament with a victory, defeating second-seeded St. Cloud Tech 4-3 in the third-place match. Mahtomedi took home the championship with a 5-2 victory over Eagan.

None of the Hornets were alive when the streak began in 1997. The 19-year streak is the nation’s all-time record for girls tennis; Edina also holds the No. 2 spot on the national list with a streak of 15 consecutive titles from 1978 to 1992. The Hornets own 34 state titles, second nationally to Punahou, Hawaii, with 42.

“Every match out there, whether we win or lose – and it sounds cliché – but we go out there, try to lay it on the line and be prepared both mentally and physically,” Paulsen said. “And then accept the outcome, as hard as that is sometimes. And it’s obviously hard.”

Edina has a young lineup, with two seniors, three juniors, two sophomores and three ninth-graders competing against Mahtomedi. The Hornets got wins from Sophie Reddy at No. 1 singles, Nicole Copeland at No. 2 singles and Isabelle Ouyang and Sophie Slattery at No. 1 doubles. Mahtomedi’s semifinal winners were Maggie Riermann at No. 3 singles, Anna Stutz at No. 4 singles, Emily Fraser and Lauren Splett at No. 2 doubles and Alexi Harrod and Sarah Hoffman at No. 3 doubles.

“They were obviously disappointed,” Paulsen said. “That’s a lot of pressure. But we always preach, ‘Lay it on the line and see what happens.’ And they did.

“We’ve got three ninth-graders and a couple 10th-graders. Hopefully we can start another streak next year.”

That very well could happen. But the sweatshirt? It has been retired.

Girls State Tennis Tournament

Class 2A

Championship/ Mahtomedi 5, Eagan 2
Third place/ Edina 4, St. Cloud Tech 3
Fifth place/ Prior Lake 6, Duluth East 1

Class 1A
Championship/ Blake 6, Rochester Lourdes 1
Third place/ Virginia 4, Foley 3
Fifth place/ Holy Family 4, Roseau 3

State Soccer Tournament Recap/Wednesday’s Games

Class 2A girls quarterfinals at Farmington

--Rosemount 2, Minnetonka 1 (OT)
--Minneapolis Washburn 2, St. Michael-Albertville 1

Class 1A boys quarterfinals at St. Cloud State
--Mankato West 2, Bemidji 1 (shootout)
--Northfield 2, Willmar 1 (shootout)

Class 1A boys quarterfinals at Chisago Lakes
--Blake 3, Duluth Denfeld 1
--St. Thomas Academy 5, St. Paul Como Park 0

Class 2A boys quarterfinals at Benilde-St. Margaret’s
--Andover 2, Moorhead 0
--Stillwater 6, Mounds View 1

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Football Rankings: Nine-Man10/25/2016
1. Grand Meadow (7) 8-0 70 1
2. Cleveland 8-0 59 3
3. Waubun 8-0 56 4
4. Nevis 8-0 46 6
5. Spring Grove 7-1 44 2
6. Ely 8-0 34 7
7. Verndale 8-0 27 8
8. Cromwell 8-0 22 9
9. Edgerton-Ellsworth 7-1 15 5
10. Wheaton/H-N 8-0 5• NR
• Others receiving votes: Stephen-Argyle 4, North Woods 2
Football Rankings: Class 1A10/25/2016
1. Minneota (7) 8-0 70 1
2. Minneapolis North 8-0 62 2
3. BOLD 8-0 57 3
4. Hinckley-Finlayson 8-0 48 5
5. Fillmore Central 7-1 39 6
6. Mahnomen 7-1 31 7
7. Wabasso 7-1 22 8
8. Mayer Lutheran 7-1 20 9
9. Rushford-Peterson 7-1 17 4
10. Upsala1Swanville 7-1 11 10
• Others receiving votes: Goodhue 6, Polk County West 2