John's Journal
This Week's Football Rankings9/21/2016
The Associated Press state high school football polls for the week of September 21 (first-place votes in parentheses, record and total points as voted upon by a statewide panel of prep sportswriters).

CLASS 6A
School Total Points Prv
1. Totino-Grace (5) (3-0) 59 1
2. Lakeville North (1) (3-0) 55 2
3. Eden Prairie (2-1) 43 4
4. Rosemount (3-0) 40 6
5. Blaine (3-0) 38 5
6. Cretin-Derham Hall (3-0) 35 7
7. Minnetonka (3-0) 17 NR
(tie) Edina (2-1) 17 NR
9. East Ridge (2-1) 15 10
10. Maple Grove (2-1) 8 3
Others receiving votes: Burnsville 2, Stillwater 1.

CLASS 5A
School Total Points Prv
1. St. Michael-Albertville (7) (3-0) 79 1
2. Mankato West (3-0) 68 2
3. Spring Lake Park (3-0) 63 3
4. Mahtomedi (3-0) 52 4
5. Elk River (3-0) 51 5
6. Chanhassen (1) (3-0) 42 7
7. Alexandria (3-0) 30 8
8. Apple Valley (2-1) 15 9
9. Rogers (2-1) 11 6
10. SMB-Wolfpack (3-0) 8 10
(tie)Northfield (3-0) 8 NR
Others receiving votes: Waconia 4, St. Cloud Tech 3, Robbinsdale Cooper 3, Rochester Mayo 2, Chaska 1.

CLASS 4A
School Total Points Prv
1. Hutchinson (3) (3-0) 83 2
(tie) South St. Paul (6) (3-0) 83 1
3. Marshall (3-0) 69 3
4. Rocori (3-0) 66 4
5. Fridley (3-0) 47 5
6. Mound-Westonka (3-0) 36 6
7. Zimmerman (3-0) 32 8
(tie) Hermantown (3-0) 32 7
9. Kasson-Mantorville (3-0) 15 NR
10. Becker (1-2) 8 9
Others receiving votes: Benilde-St. Margaret's 7, Winona 6, Fergus Falls 6, Stewartville 2, Cloquet 2, Faribault 1.

CLASS 3A
School Total Points Prv
1. St. Croix Lutheran (4) (3-0) 71 2
2. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (2) (3-0) 70 3
3. Fairmont (3-0) 59 5
4. Jackson County Central (1) (3-0) 57 4
5. Belle Plaine (3-0) 51 6
6. Rochester Lourdes (3-0) 46 7
7. Tri-City United (1) (2-1) 19 1
8. Park Rapids (3-0) 16 NR
9. Litchfield (3-0) 14 NR
10. Proctor (2-1) 11 8
Others receiving votes: Morris Area-Chokio-Alberta 10, Annandale 6, Luverne 4, Minneapolis Henry 4, Pierz 2.

CLASS 2A
School Total Points Prv
1. Caledonia (7) (3-0) 70 1
2. Moose Lake Willow River (3-0) 62 2
3. Barnesville (3-0) 56 3
4. Eden Valley-Watkins (3-0) 44 4
5. Maple Lake (3-0) 41 5
6. Pillager (3-0) 31 6
7. Redwood Valley (3-0) 26 7
8. Lewiston-Altura (3-0) 20 8
9. Eveleth-Gilbert (3-0) 15 NR
10. Hawley (3-0) 11 NR
Others receiving votes: Zumbrota-Mazeppa 4, Crosby-Ironton 2, Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial 1, Royalton 1, Staples-Motley 1.

CLASS 1A
School Total Points Prv
1. Minneota (7) (3-0) 70 1
2. Minneapolis North (3-0) 61 2
3. Browerville (3-0) 56 4
4. Rushford-Peterson (3-0) 42 6
5. BOLD (3-0) 36 8
6. Wabasso (2-1) 22 T10
(tie) Polk County West (3-0) 22 T10
8. Mayer Lutheran (3-0) 18 NR
9. Dawson-Boyd (3-0) 13 NR
10. Murray County Central (3-0) 11 NR
(tie)Parkers Prairie (3-0) 11 NR
Others receiving votes: Pine River-Backus 8, Adrian 4, Goodhue 4, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 3, Hayfield 1, Hinckley-Finlayson 1, Sleepy Eye St. Mary's 1, Fillmore Central 1.

NINE-MAN
School Total Points Prv
1. Grand Meadow (6) (3-0) 60 1
2. Spring Grove (3-0) 53 2
3. Cleveland (2-1) 46 3
4. Waubun (3-0) 42 4
5. Edgerton Ellsworth (3-0) 30 6
(tie) Ely (3-0) 30 5
7. Mountain Iron-Buhl (4-0) 20 8
8. Nevis (3-0) 17 9
9. Ada-Borup (3-0) 8 NR
10. Wheaton-Herman-Norcross (3-0) 7 NR
Others receiving votes: Cromwell 5, Silver Bay 4, Mountain Lake Area 3, Verndale 2, North Woods 1, Hills-Beaver Creek 1, Lanesboro 1.
Washburn Girls Soccer: A Midseason Lesson9/20/2016
The season didn’t come tumbling down for the Minneapolis Washburn girls soccer team Monday night. Yes, the Millers suffered their first loss of the season in a 5-2 decision at Eagan, the two-time defending state champions in Class 2A, but it was a learning experience and there is plenty of season yet to be played.

Molly Busch had three goals and Carly Czaplewski scored twice for Eagan (6-2-1), which is ranked eighth in 2A. Washburn got goals from Kaitlyn Villars and Niki Ryan, but coming back from a 3-0 first-half deficit wasn’t in the cards for the Millers (7-1-1), who are ranked second in 2A behind Wayzata.

“Part of it is, as I was telling the girls, it’s good that it’s midseason, it’s non-conference, it’s non-section to get something like this,” said Washburn co-coach Reuben Ndely. “This will prepare us for the future.”

Washburn is known as a strong soccer school. The girls were Class 1A state runners-up in 2014 and the Millers boys reached the Class 2A state semifinals last season. The girls also now play in Class 2A, and Monday’s game against Eagan was typical of the competition in 2A.

A year ago, Washburn was one of only two teams to defeat Eagan; the Millers trailed 1-0 before rallying to win 4-1. That fact gave the Millers a dose of confidence going into Monday’s rematch.

“We probably expected a win coming into this game,” said Ryan. “Last year we won 4-1 and it was a big deal, we were really excited because they won state. We probably came in a little too cocky, but once the first half happened we got our heads straight.”

Eagan coach Turk Ozturk said that based on last season’s match with the Millers, he knew Monday’s contest would be tough.

“I think they’re a very good team and they’re very well-coached. They have a lot of skill, they have very smart players, they can attack and they can score on anyone in the state. We had to make adjustments and play more of a defensive game and look for more of a counter-attack approach.

“This is a great win, this is a big win for us.”

Ndely and co-coach Cheryl Peterson have been at Washburn for nearly a decade, and the girls soccer program has made great strides not only in success but in depth.

“We barely had two teams (in the first year),” Peterson said. “We had a varsity and a JV and some girls had to play both. It’s really grown. It speaks to the community and the strength of the school. We added one team the next year and then a fourth team two or three years later. We’ve had a lot of good soccer players, a lot of good student-athletes, a great community.”

The move from Class 1A to 2A, based on enrollment, hasn’t changed the way the Millers approach a full season or a single game. Having been in the top echelon of 1A before moving to 2A was a good jumping-off point.

“2A soccer is more competitive,” Ndely said. “But the teams that are strong in 1A, those teams can definitely play in 2A.”

Millers junior Charlotte DeVaughn said the team focuses more on playing their best rather than who they’re facing.

“We play our game, no matter who we’re playing,” she said. “I think it’s important for us to come out strong no matter the opponent. I think we’re going to bounce back from this. We’re going to learn. Like our coach said, it was important to have this game early on so we could learn and grow from this.”

--To see a photo gallery from the game, go to the MSHSL Facebook page.

BY THE NUMBERS
*Schools/teams John has seen/visited: 59
*Miles John has driven in the Toyota Camry in 2016-17: 1,947
Girls Tennis Rankings9/19/2016
This week's girls tennis rankings, provided to the MSHSL by the tennis coaches association.

CLASS 1A
TEAMS
1 Blake
2 Breck
3 Rochester Lourdes
4 St. James
5 Foley
6 Holy Family Catholic
7 Minnewaska
8 Virginia
9 Litchfield
10 Pine City

INDIVIDUALS
1 Libby Rickeman. Blake
2 Izabella Edin, Staples-Motley
3 Arlina Shen, Blake
4 Katie Mulvey, Trinity at River Ridge
5 Cindy Li, Winona Cotter
6 Clare Palen, Rochester Lourdes
7 Natalie Cahill, Pine City
8 Lainey Axell, Blake
9 Cora Delich, Eveleth-Gilbert
tie 10 Ashley Frederickson, St. James
tie 10 Kayla McIver, Foley

CLASS 2A
TEAMS
1 St. Cloud Tech
2 Edina
3 Prior Lake
4 Eagan
5 Mahtomedi
6 Hopkins
7 Minnetonka
8 Delano
9 Mounds View
tie 10 Eastview
tie 10 Wayzata

INDIVIDUALS
1 Isabella Lambert, Minnetonka
2 Meagan Brown, Elk River
3 Sophie Reddy, Edina
4 Natalie Lorentz, St. Louis Park
5 Maddie Suk, Hopkins
6 Karin Young, Eastview
7 Savanna Crowell, Prior Lake
8 Alexandra Kopiecki, Mounds View
9 Taylor Tarrolly, St. Cloud Tech
tie 10 Samantha Nichols, Eagan
tie 10 Zoe Klass Warch, St. Paul Central
Volleyball Rankings9/19/2016
This week's volleyball rankings, provided to the MSHSL by the volleyball coaches association.

CLASS 3A
1. Eagan (16) - 240
2. Lakeville South - 224
3. Champlin Park - 197
4. Hopkins - 186
5. Wayzata - 177
6. Prior Lake - 147
7. Lakeville North - 142
8. Shakopee - 137
9. North St. Paul - 74
10. Blaine - 47
Others Receiving Votes: Roseville - 38, Bloomington Jefferson - 25, Rochester Mayo - 20, Northfield - 13, Rosemount - 7, Eden Prairie - 6

CLASS 2A
1. Maple Lake (7) - 186
2. Belle Plaine (2) - 179
3. Kenyon-Wanamingo (4) - 175
4. Rocori - 160
5. Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta - 142
6. Stewartville - 110
7. Roseau - 103
8. Hill-Murray - 97
9. Kasson-Mantorville - 87
10. Concordia Academy - 68
Others Receiving Votes: Jackson County Central - 30, SW Christian - 16, Byron - 6, Sauk Centre - 6

CLASS 1A
1. Bethlehem Academy (7) - 200
2. Tracy-Milroy-Balaton (5) - 199
3. Mabel-Canton (1) - 175
4. Mayer Lutheran (1) - 170
5. Heritage Christian - 144
5. Waterville-Elysian-Morristown - 155
7. Kittson County - 116
8. Caledonia - 114
9. Hayfield - 91
10. Minneota - 76
Others Receiving Votes: Verndale - 23, Underwood - 12, Stephen Argyle - 6
9/17/2016
John’s Top Five Concession Items
1. Buffalo football/ bison burgers
2. Stillwater soccer/ hot dogs
3. Lakeville South football/ hot dogs
4. Lakeville North cross-country/ chicken soup
5. Bethlehem Academy volleyball/ hot dogs