John's Journal
Tough Decision For Howard Lake Hoopsters: Europe Or State Tourney? 3/21/2014
Long before the girls basketball team from Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted won the Class 2A Section 5 championship, and long before they reached the state semifinals this week, important decisions had to be made by some of the players.

They revolved around basketball, yes. As in, “Do we want to commit to playing at state … even if we don’t get there, or is a school trip to Europe more important.”

That was the quandary some of the Lakers faced. Long ago, a National Honor Society trip to Europe was planned over spring break, which is next week. About 20 students flew to Amsterdam on Thursday, including several girls basketball players. Four other players, all starters, stayed behind to play at state.

Mikayla Kittock, Abby Wenniger and Kassandra Scherping went on the trip, and all three got to play in the Lakers’ quarterfinal victory over Minnehaha Academy on Wednesday. Abby Miller, the Lakers’ scoring leader this season, is president of the school’s NHS chapter. She and starting teammates Mackenzie Uter, Marissa Reed and Gabby Gruenhagen (pictured) are all missing the European trip.

Gruenhagen said she was unaware of a possible conflict until she was at a graduation party last year. “I was talking to our boys head basketball coach (Chad Gagnon). He said, ‘You better check up on that trip, because I think it’s the same weekend as the state tournament.’ ”

Gabby cancelled her travel reservation in December. “That way I could get all my money back, and I was pretty confident our team could get here,” she said.

Had the girls state tournament not traded dates with the boys tourney this year and been held last week, there would have been no conflict. But …

“We kind of had a pretty strong inkling probably from the Christmas break on (about the possible conflict),” said coach Jason Kuehn. “I asked the girls to let me know when they made a final decision.”

Reed cancelled a month ago. She said she looked into flying to Europe and joining the group after the tournament, “but that was a bigger mess than just cancelling.”

The players have already communicated with their teammates and friends who are in Europe. The travelers were planning to watch Friday night’s game between the Lakers and New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva online.

Meanwhile, the players who stayed are happy they did.

Playing at state is “Awesome, like a dream come true,” Miller said. “It’s definitely life-changing and something you’ll never forget.”

The Lakers lost to New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva 87-58 Friday and will meet Esko in Saturday’s third-place game at Concordia University in St. Paul.


New York Mills legend Janet Karvonen set one of the longest-standing records in state tournament history, scoring a total of 329 points in four tourneys from 1977 through 1980. That record stood for all these years until Carlie Wagner of New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva broke it on Friday.

Karvonen’s yearly totals were 59 points in the 1977 tournament, 76 in 1978, 98 in 1979 and 96 in 1980. New York Mills won state titles in 1977, 1978 and 1979.

Wagner, a senior who has signed with the University of Minnesota, scored 112 points in the 2012 tournament, 129 last year and had 41 in Friday’s game against Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, for a total of 335. She scored a tourney-record 53 in Wednesday’s quarterfinals against Pequot Lakes (in this photo, she is awarded the game ball by tournament director Lisa Lissimore).

Wagner will have a chance to add to her total in Saturday’s championship game vs. Kenyon-Wanamingo at Williams Arena.

Wagner also broke another state record Friday, becoming the leading scorer in girls basketball history. She has a total of 3,921, breaking the mark of 3,888 set by Tayler Hill of Minneapolis South in 2009.

--One more record was tied in the NRHEG-Howard Lake game. Howard Lake’s Abby Miller, who made six three-point shots in the quarterfinals, made seven more Friday, giving her 13 for the tournament. That ties the tournament record set by Sara Schoenrock of Christ’s Household of Faith in 1997. Miller will have a chance to break the record Saturday.

--Kenyon-Wanamingo 60, Esko 36: Siri Sviggum led K-W with 18 points and Judy Wagemaker had 15 for the Eskomos.


--Minneota 45, Goodhue 43: In a game that included six lead changes and five ties, the defending state champs from Minneota came out on top. With the score tied 41-41 and 12 seconds to play, Minneota’s Taylor Reiss stole the ball, made a layup and was fouled. She missed the free throw but teammate Megan Larson put in the rebound to make it 45-41. Meredith Watson scored for Goodhue as the game ended.

Reiss, who scored 40 points in the quarterfinals against Browerville, was held to 16 by Goodhue’s stout defense. Emily Steinessen also scored 16 for Minneota. Goodhue was led by Mikayla Miller with 25 points.

--Win-E-Mac 62, Mankato Loyola 61: Win-E-Mac sophomore Madison McKeever (pictured) led the Patriots with 32 points, broke one state tournament record and tied another. She broke the single-game record for free throw attemps with 25 and tied the record for made free throws with 20. Tayler Hill of Minneapolis set both marks in 2009. Megan Schroeder led Loyola with 21 points.

Win-E-Mac and Minneota will meet in the title game at noon Saturday at Williams Arena. Last year at state, Win-E-Mac beat Mankato Loyola in the quarterfinals, lost to Ada-Borup in the semifinals and lost to Bethlehem Academy in the third-place game. Saturday’s game will be their first appearance in a state championship game.

At Williams Arena
Noon, Class 1A/ Minneota vs. Win-E-Mac
2 p.m., Class 2A/ NRHEG vs. Kenyon-Wanamingo
6 p.m., Class 3A/ Park Center vs. Marshall
8 p.m., Class 4A/ Eastview vs. Bloomington Kennedy

*Schools/teams John has visited: 399
*Miles John has driven in the Toyota Camry: 9,114
Follow John on Twitter: @MSHSLjohn
There’s No Way To Mask The Toughness of Monica Vega3/20/2014
Seeing Ada-Borup play in the girls state basketball tournament is nothing new. Since 2006, the Cougars have been to state every year but two, they won Class 1A championships in 2008 and 2009 and were the state runner-up last year.

And yet, when the Cougars stepped on the court at Mariucci Arena for Thursday’s state quarterfinal against Goodhue, something looked different: Senior guard Monica Vega was wearing a see-through mask to protect a newly broken nose.

Vega, who stands only 5-foot-3, is a scrappy little cookie who reached the 1,000-point milestone Thursday. After Goodhue defeated the Cougars 65-58, Ada-Borup coach David Smart said, “Even at her height, I’d take 10 Monicas. She’s a tough kid but we weren’t sure she would be able to play.”

Vega, who scored 13 points Thursday (as did 5-foot-1 teammate Shaina Stevenson), suffered a broken nose – a compound fracture, to be exact – in practice two days ago. Smart didn’t offer too many specifics about what happened, other than saying Monica caught somebody’s elbow as that somebody was going up for a layup.

Thursday’s loss was a tough one for the Cougars. Losing in the first game at state is no fun, especially for a team that’s accustomed to spending the weekend competing for a state title. But Smart gave plenty of credit to Goodhue, a team whose most recent state tourney experience came in 2011, when the current seniors were in ninth grade.

Mikalya Miller, Goodhue’s senior scoring leader, had 25 points and 11 rebounds Thursday. She came off the bench at state four years ago, scoring 12 points when Goodhue lost to Hancock in the quarterfinals.

“I don’t even know how much she remembers from that,” joked Goodhue coach Josh Wieme.

Ada-Borup held a seven-point lead over the Wildcats with 12:56 remaining in the second half, but Goodhue chipped away.

“We felt if we could hang around and hang around, eventually our team would get rolling,” Wieme said. “Ada-Borup plays fantastic defense and they know how to play at the state tournament.”

Yes they do, even if one of the Cougars’ key players is wearing a facemask. During the game, I Tweeted a photo (the one you see here) of Vega with the caption “Ada-Borup 1,000-point scorer Monica Vega suffered a broken nose two days ago in practice.”

A few minutes later I received a Tweet that said simply, “My bad.” That Tweet was also sent to Monica Vega’s Twitter account.

So … the identity of the person who owns the elbow that broke Monica’s nose? The girls team sometimes practices against local males, and the elbow belongs to a senior on the Ada-Borup boys basketball team. A stand-up guy named Garrett Gunderson.


When Minneota beat Browerville 77-50 in Thursday’s first Class 1A quarterfinal, it was reminiscent of Marshall in 3A. In both cases, volleyball and basketball are highly successful behind athletes who compete in both sports.

Four of Minneota’s five starters Thursday were members of the Vikings’ third-place Class 1A volleyball team last fall. Marshall, which will meet Park Center for the 3A state title Saturday, is the three-time defending champion of 2A volleyball. Minneota and Marshall are only 12 miles apart.

Junior Taylor Reiss scored 40 points Thursday for Minneota. She also plays volleyball for the Vikings and plans to play volleyball in college. She has made her college choice but is keeping it to herself for now.

“We have a lot of athletes and we go into practice and work really hard,” Reiss said.

Marshall volleyball/basketball coach Dan Westby said Wednesday that his two-sport athletes spend time in the summer practicing one sport in the morning and the other in the afternoon. Reiss said the program is a bit different in Minneota, with basketball the focus early in the summer and volleyball workouts taking over as autumn nears.


-- Mankato Loyola 93, Maranatha Christian 91 (overtime): Loyola trailed by six with 3:10 to play but rallied to win. Lindsey Theuninck led Loyola with 37 points and Mikayla Payne had 24 for Maranatha. The teams broke the day-old tournament record for total points with 184; on Wednesday NRHEG and Pequot Lakes scored 168. Another tournament record fell: most points by a losing team.

--Win-E-Mac 73, Mountain Iron-Buhl 62: Win-E-Mac led by 11 at halftime and went on to advance to the semifinals. Shelby Kaster led the Patriots with 25 points and Mya Buffetta led Mountain Iron-Buhl with 21.

In the 1A semifinals, Minneota and Goodhue will meet at noon Friday at Williams Arena, with Mankato Loyola facing Win-E-Mac in the second game.


--Park Center 63, Minneapolis Washburn 59: Cayla McMorris led the Pirates with 23 points. Chase Coley had 25 for Washburn.

--Marshall 52, Fergus Falls 51: Sarah Buysse and Hannah Bennett led the Tigers with 13 points each. Fergus Falls was led by Bailey Strand with 22 points. Park Center and Marshall will meet in the title game at Williams Arena at 6 p.m. Saturday.


--Eastview 62, Eden Prairie 51: Emee Udo had 17 points for the Lightning, who made 33 of 44 free throws. Emma Boehm scored 22 points for Eden Prairie.

-- Bloomington Kennedy 61, Lakeville North 51: Tonoia Wade scored 19 points and Kenisha Bell had 18 for the Eagles. North was led by MacKenzie Denk with 17 points.


--We were treated to a fantastic national anthem performance Thursday at Mariucci Arena, thanks to talented 13-year-old Lauren Senden (pictured), a seventh-grader at Mankato East Junior High.

--Browerville is one of the youngest teams in the tournament, with Candra Gould the only senior on the roster. The Tigers’ starters in their loss to Minneota were four sophomores and a ninth-grader. I would love to tell you more about the Tigers but Browerville is the only school in the tournament that provided no information about their team and no statistics.


Mankato Loyola coach Rick Theuninck after his team rallied to beat Maranatha Christian: “It shows what happens when kids play for each other and care about each other.”

*Schools/teams John has visited: 399
*Miles John has driven in the Toyota Camry: 9,019
Follow John on Twitter: @MSHSLjohn
Another Record-Smashing Day For NRHEG, Carlie Wagner 3/19/2014
Every time Carlie Wagner plays in the girls state basketball tournament, you better be ready to see something special. And a big crowd at Mariucci Arena on Wednesday saw something spectacular.

Wagner, the senior from New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva who has signed with the University of Minnesota, broke her own state tournament record by scoring 53 points in the Panthers’ 100-68 Class 2A quarterfinal victory over Pequot Lakes. Last year she set the record by scoring 50 against Braham in the state championship game.

Three other tournament records fell in Wednesday’s game:

--NRHEG’s 100 points topped the previous record of 88 set by Eden Valley-Watkins vs. Cass Lake in 1984.

--The combined total of 168 points broke the record of 157 set by Monticello (79) and Fergus Falls (78) in two overtimes last year.

--NRHEG made 13 three-point shots, breaking the record of 12 set by Maranatha Christian vs. Spring Grove in 2012.

NRHEG will play two more games at state, and Wagner needs 76 points to tie the tourney record for total points (129) she set last year.

In Wednesday’s game, Wagner made 17 of 34 field-goal attempts, six of 16 three-point attempts, 13 of 15 free throws with six rebounds, seven assists, six steals and two fouls. She went to the bench with 2:59 remaining in the game.

“Her ability to score from anywhere on the court at any time against anybody. That’s what makes her special,” said NRHEG coach John Schultz.

Kayla Miller led Pequot Lakes with 25 points and Vanessa Lane had 19.

NRHEG’s semifinal opponent on Friday at Williams Arena will be Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, which defeated Minnehaha Academy 62-43. Abby Miller led HL-W-W with 23 points and Sarah Kaminski scored 13 for Minnehaha Academy.


--Kenyon-Wanamingo 64, Redwood Falls 31: Siri Sviggum led K-W with 23 and Tara Sandgren had 13 for Redwood Falls.

--Esko 39, New London-Spicer 35: Ava Gonsorowski led the Eskomos with 14 points and Taylor Thunstedt had 24 for New London-Spicer.


Mariucci Arena, normally home to the Gophers men’s hockey team, was transformed into a great basketball arena for the girls tournament. The ice had been removed, a process that took several days, and the basketball court sat on the arena’s concrete floor. The court is one that was used in the final year of the old St. Paul Civic Center, is owned by Xcel Energy Center and is being rented for this week’s tournament.

Written on each end of the court is “SAINT PAUL MINNESOTA” and Xcel Energy Center logos are painted on the floor.

From the coaches involved in Wednesday’s six games, the reviews were positive.

“The ball went in the basket so we loved it,” said Marshall coach Dan Westby after the Tigers defeated Chisago Lakes 68-44 in the Class 3A quarterfinals. “I don’t think it would have mattered where we played, the kids just wanted to get this thing started.”

Fergus Falls coach Brad Strand (pictured), whose team beat Kasson-Mantorville 61-52 in 3A, said simply, “I loved it.”

Fergus Falls and Marshall will meet in Thursday’s 2 p.m. semifinal at Williams Arena, and both coaches are very familiar with winning state titles.

Strand coached the Pelican Rapids boys team to state in 2003, 2006 and 2009. He was the Pelican Rapids boys coach for 15 years and won the Class 2A state championship in 2009. Strand could become the first coach to win state titles in girls and boys basketball.

Marshall has won the past three Class 2A volleyball state titles, and Westby also coaches the volleyball team.

Nine of Marshall’s 16 basketball players also play volleyball, and Westby said it’s impossible to have two-sport success without commitment from the athletes.

“On a typical summer day they’ll practice volleyball for two hours in the morning and basketball for two hours in the afternoon,” he said. “And now our volleyball kids won’t pick up a volleyball until the basketball season is over.”


--Fergus Falls 61, Kasson-Mantorville 52: Bailey Strand had 23 points for the Otters and Taylor Miller scored 13 for Kasson-Mantorville.

--Marshall 68, Chisago Lakes 44: Hannah Bennett scored 13 points for the Tigers. Bryanna Fernstrom scored 24 for the Wildcats.


Noon/ Park Center vs. Minneapolis Washburn, 3A semifinals
2 p.m./ Fergus Falls vs. Marshall, 3A semifinals
6 p.m./ Eastview vs. Eden Prairie, 4A semifinals
8 p.m./ Lakeville North vs. Bloomington Kennedy, 4A semifinals

11 a.m./ Browerville vs. Minneota
1 p.m./ Ada-Borup vs. Goodhue
3 p.m./ Mankato Loyola vs. Maranatha Christian
5 .m./ Win-E-Mac vs. Mountain Iron-Buhl

*Schools/teams John has visited: 391
*Miles John has driven in the Toyota Camry: 8,974
Follow John on Twitter: @MSHSLjohn
Different Schedule, Different Venues, Same Great Tournament 3/18/2014
The girls state basketball tournament began Tuesday. Yes, Tuesday. I know that sounds odd, because the boys and girls basketball tournaments traditionally begin on Wednesday. But this year, tradition has changed.

It has to do with the availability of arenas. We are blessed to have such basketball venues as Target Center, Williams Arena and even Mariucci Arena, which is the home of the Gophers men’s hockey team. All three arenas will be used during the girls basketball tournament, but after Tuesday we say goodbye to Target Center and move the tournament to the two venues at the University of Minnesota.

It all goes back to college hockey. The new National Collegiate Hockey Conference has contracted with Target Center to hold its inaugural conference tournament there later this week. Thus, Target Center is not available to the MSHSL. So we head to the U of M.

Since the Gophers men’s basketball team is playing an NIT game at Williams Arena on Tuesday night and the women’s team will do the same on Wednesday, the MSHSL games will be played at Mariucci Arena on those days. We have used Mariucci for basketball in the past, and it is a great venue for hoops.

The Class 4A quarterfinals were completed at Target Center on Tuesday, along with two Class 3A quarterfinals. The other two 3A games will be played Wednesday at Mariucci, along with all four 2A quarterfinals. The 1A quarterfinals will be played at Mariucci on Thursday.

Semifinals and championship games in all four classes will be played at Williams Arena; 3A and 4A semifinals on Thursday and 1A and 2A semis on Friday. All four title games will be played Saturday, as is tradition.

It’s different from what we are used to, but it will work out just fine.

The format will be the same in 2015 and 2016, with the boys basketball season beginning before the girls and the boys state tournament being played first. In 2017 and 2018, the girls tournament will be played before the boys. Through 2018 (that’s the length of the NCHC contract with Target Center), the girls tournament will use Target Center only on Tuesday, with the rest of the tournament being played at the U of M.

Remember, all these changes are due to the hockey tournament being held at Target Center; most of the the boys state tournament games through 2018 will be played at Target Center, while the girls tournament will be largely played at the U of M.


--Eastview 63, St. Paul Central 58: Madison Guebert (29) and Laro Opatz (26) combined for 55 points for the Lightning. Rayna Sherow had 16 and Chelcie Kizart 14 for Central.

--Eden Prairie 67, Anoka 57: Martha Kuderer led the Eagles with 19 points and Jayla Mayes-Jackson had 18. Ashley Bray and Kyrah Fredenburg each scored 14 for Anoka.

--Lakeville North 69, Centennial 52: North used a 37-18 first half to hold off the Cougars. MacKenzie Denk led North with 21 points and Temi Carda had 18. Centennial’s Jill Conrad had 18 points.

--Bloomington Kennedy 71, St. Michael-Albertville 57: Kenisha Bell led the Eagles with 29 points. Sydney Tracy scored 19 for St. Michael-Albertville.

--Thursday night’s Class 4A semifinals at Williams Arena will feature three teams from the South Suburban Conference. Eastview will meet Eden Prairie (Lake Conference) at 6 p.m., followed by Lakeville North vs. Bloomington Kennedy.


--Park Center 68, Simley 53: Calya McMorris led the Pirates with 24 points and 14 rebounds. Kylie Brown scored 14 points for Simley.

--Minneapolis Washburn 62, Monticello 53: Chase Coley led the Millers with 29 points and 15 rebounds. Emily Gruber scored 24 for Monticello.


--St. Paul Central coach Marta Waalen is in her first year coaching the Minutemen but she is no stranger to the tradition at the school. Waalen played at Central, graduated in 2004 and played collegiately at Missouri-Kansas City. She was an assistant under former coach Willie Taylor for two years before taking the reins this season.

--Interesting sight in a Target Center hallway: While members of the Eastview pep band waited for their bus to arrive after the game, they gazed up as the Timberwolves' 6-foot-11, 291-pound Nikola Pekovic walked past on his way to practice.

*Schools/teams John has visited: 379
*Miles John has driven in the Toyota Camry: 8,924
Follow John on Twitter: @MSHSLjohn
Moments To Remember On Championship Saturday3/15/2014
The final day of any season is special for lots of reasons. Yes, state champions are crowned, but many other great things take place. This was certainly the case Saturday at Target Center, where the boys basketball season came to a glorious conclusion.

We had typical storylines …

--Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa winning its second Class 1A title in three years with a victory over Rushford-Peterson.

--Esko defeating Annandale for the 2A championship in the first boys basketball state title game for either school.

--Lakeville North, in a miracle finish, defeating Hopkins to take home the 4A title.

But there was more to see and enjoy. Example: Before their teams took the court for the Class 3A championship game, the bands from Austin and DeLaSalle joined forces and played the Ozzy Osbourne classic “Crazy Train.” Solid stuff.

One of my favorite moments came at halftime of the 2A title game, when statewide recipients of the MSHSL Triple-A Award (Academics, Arts, Athletics) were recognized on the court and on TV.

Thirty-two students from around Minnesota are honored at a luncheon as Triple-A finalists, and four of them receive four-year $1,000 college scholarships from the MSHSL. The four winners this year are Taylor Kraemer of Osakis, Dillon John of Adrian, Shaelyn Sorensen of Tartan and William Dudley of Worthington.

After the on-court awards ceremony, Annandale recipient Matthew Fliegel dashed to his spot in the pep band. That is the epitome of the Triple-A Award!

--After the Esko fans finished celebrating their boys’ state title, they had to scoot north to Duluth to watch their girls basketball team play Barnum in the Class 2A Section 7 title game.

--My favorite quote Saturday came from Rushford-Peterson coach Tom Vix. After losing to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Vix was philosophical, saying “That’s the way basketball is.”

--DeLaSalle and Austin met in Saturday night’s 3A title game. It's 99.9 miles from Austin High School to Target Center. From DeLaSalle to Target Center ... 1.1 miles.


The Jaguars were severely tested by Rushford-Peterson, which relied on a strong defense. The only lower offensive total of the season for B-B-E came in an 83-47 loss to Class 4A Apple Valley.

B-B-E was the state runnerup in 2011 and won the title in 2012. Rushford-Peterson reached the title game for the second time in history; the Trojans were the champions in 2006.

Brian Goodwin led B-B-E with 24 points and 10 rebounds and James Kuefler had 10 points. Rushford-Peterson was led by Alex Vix with 12 points and Cole Kingsley with 11.

B-B-E had 42 rebounds to 20 for the Trojans, to which Vix said, “I just think we were vertically challenged.”


The Eskomos shot 54 percent for the game (68 percent in the second half) and made six of 12 three-point shots in beating the Cardinals. Marc Peterson led the Eskomos with 16 points, Kory Deadrick had 14 and Casey Staniger 13. Annandale was led by Matt Miller with 10 points.

The game was a rematch of last year’s third-place game, where Annandale beat Esko 59-58.


The Islanders won their third consecutive state championship with a dominating performance. DeLaSalle jumped out to an early lead and was in front 33-20 at halftime. Reid Travis led the Islanders with 16 points and Sacar Anim had 13. Ajuda Nywesh scored 24 points for Austin. DeLaSalle finished with a 32-17 rebound edge.


J.P. Macura had 43 points and 10 rebounds for Lakeville North, which came from behind in the final minute to win the state championship. Macura made 15 of 30 field-goal attempts, five of 13 three-point shots and eight of 11 free throws. Bronson Bruneau added 16 points for the Panthers. Hopkins was led by Kamali Chambers with 24 points.


1A/ Davonte Williamson, Trevontae Brown, Fond du Lac Ojibwe; Jeremiah Hanson, Josh Goldschmidt, Maranatha Christian; Brian Goodwin, Billy Borgerding, James Kuefler, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa; Cole Kingsley, Austin O’Hare, Alex Vix, Rushford-Peterson.

2A/ Mitch Pfingsten, Josh Eversman, Fairmont; Austin Bauer, Kyle Sorenson, Caledonia; Chase Knickerbocker, Matt Miller, Andrew Fort, Annandale; Casey Staniger, Kory Deadrick, Marc Peterson, Esko.

3A/ Cole Hennings, Orono; Justin Dahl, Brent Hentges, Holy Family Catholic; Zach Wessels, Ajuda Nywesh, Bret Lukes, Austin; Sacar Anim, Reid Travis, Geno Crandall, Jarvis Johnson, DeLaSalle.

4A/ Joe Rosga, Donnell Gresham, Cretin-Derham Hall; Tyler Weiss, Steffon Mitchell, Shakopee; J.P. Macura, Connor Flack, Bronson Bruneau, Lakeville North; Jacob Wright, Kamali Chambers, Amir Coffey, Hopkins.


1A/ Maranatha Christian 103, Fond du Lac Ojibwe 87: Josh Goldschmidt led Maranatha with 45 points. Fond du Lac Ojibwe set a tournament record by making 19 three-point shots and Trevontae Brown tied the single-game record with 10 made threes.

2A/ Caledonia 79, Fairmont 65: Caledonia’s Austin Bauer had a game-high 21 points, and Kyle Sorenson added 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors. Fairmont was led by Mitch Pfingsten with 16 points, Jay Ruen with 15 and Josh Eversman with14.

3A/ Holy Family Catholic 56, Orono 35: Brent Hentges led Holy Family with 13 points and Justin Dahl had 12 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots. Orono’s Ethan Larson had 10 points.

4A/ Shakopee 62, Cretin-Derham Hall 56: Tyler Weiss led Shakopee with 22 points and 15 rebounds. Joe Rosga had 22 points for Cretin-Derham Hall.


The girls tournament will begin Tuesday at Target Center, and beginning Wednesday all game will be played at Williams Arena and Mariucci Arena. The pairings are set in all classes except 2A; because of the Esko-Barnum section final Saturday night, that field will be finalized Sunday.

#1 seed Minneota vs. Browerville
#4 seed Goodhue vs. #5 seed Ada-Borup
#2 seed Maranatha Christian vs. Mankato Loyola
#3 seed Mountain Iron-Buhl vs. Win-E-Mac

#1 seed Park Center vs. Simley
#4 seed Minneapolis Washburn vs. #5 seed Monticello
#2 seed Fergus Falls vs. Kasson-Mantorville
#3 seed Marshall vs. Chisago Lakes

#1 seed Eastview vs. St Paul Central
#4 seed Eden Prairie vs. #5 seed Anoka
#2 seed Centennial vs. Lakeville North
#3 seed Bloomington Kennedy vs. St. Michael-Albertville

*Schools/teams John has visited: 379
*Miles John has driven in the Toyota Camry: 8,879
(*During the 2013-14 school year)
Follow John on Twitter: @MSHSLjohn