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Class 6A Football Playoffs: Lakeville North 42, Roseville 011/3/2012
Lakeville North is playing its best football of the season, qualifying for the Class 6A state tournament with a big win over Roseville. Read Luke Sleeper's story by clicking here
Remembering Our Friend Ron Sellnow11/2/2012
Before each of Thursday’s four state championship soccer games at the Metrodome, a moment of silence was held in honor of former teacher, coach and Hopkins athletic director Ron Sellnow, who died last week.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Lindbergh Center at Hopkins High School, Saturday, Nov. 3 at 11 a.m. Here are Ron’s obituary as well as his MSHSL 2009 Hall of Fame biography:

--Ron’s obituary…

Ronald Sellnow, age 70, of St. Louis Park, passed away in his home on Wednesday Oct. 24th after a noble battle with Lymphoma. Ron was preceded in death by his father, Edward, and two infant brothers. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Judi, and their three children, Gretchen (Joe) Randall, Derek (Melissa) Sellnow, and Jennifer (Patrick) Dame, grandchildren Gabrielle, Susanna, Madison, Claire, Nicolette, Nicholas, Delanee and Olivia and his mother Ruth, brother Gerald, sisters Sandie, Janell and Karen, and many loving nieces and nephews.

Ron spent 35 years in the Hopkins School District teaching at Eisenhower, Lindbergh and Hopkins High School. In his role as a math teacher and coach, he inspired countless numbers of students and athletes, eventually leading hockey teams to the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament and leading a team to a State Soccer Championship.

After retiring as the Hopkins High School Athletic Director in 1999, Ron continued working with young athletes in his role as Select 17 Camp Director for USA Hockey, and Secretary of the Minnesota State High School League Sections 5 and 6AA. Among many other awards, some of his most treasured were his inductions into The Minnesota State High School Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2011, and The Minnesota State High School League Hall of Fame in 2009.

Far and beyond Ron's professional accomplishments was the influence and happiness he gave to his family. He loved traveling with Judi, whether to Europe or to visit their children around the country, or just to their cabin which was a centerpiece in their lives. His legacy lies with those grandchildren, whom over the years, like his student athletes, he has taught to work their hardest, try their best, and above all else, be positive influences to others.

Ron spent his life dedicated to youth athletics, so in lieu of flowers, the family requests that those interested in honoring Ron's legacy donate to a student-athlete scholarship fund that the family is establishing in Ron's name. If you would like to donate to the fund, please make checks payable to Judi Sellnow with "scholarship" in the memo. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Lindbergh Center at Hopkins High School, Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 11:00 a.m.

--Ron’s MSHSL Hall of Fame biography…

Ron Sellnow left a legacy at Hopkins High School, where he was a teacher, coach and athletic director for 35 years.

A graduate of Staples High School, Ron obtained his BS degree from St. Cloud State University and a master’s degree from the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
Hopkins High School first hired Ron as a math teacher in 1964. Soon thereafter he began to coach cross country running, hockey and soccer.

As an assistant hockey coach for 27 years the Hopkins junior varsity hockey teams never had a losing season. The varsity teams won two section titles and made two state tournament appearances in 1975 and 1980.

When Ron took over as head soccer coach he led the Royals to two conference championships, five region championships, and five consecutive state tournament appearances capturing the state title in 1983 and runners-up in 1980.

Eric Tuck, a senior on the ’83 championship team who scored the game winning goal says, “Coach Sellnow had such an even keel personality. He was always very calm during practice and games, which I believed transcended to his players. We came back from many deficits as Coach Sellnow’s calm demeanor always gave us the confidence to battle back and not give up.”

Ron was named ‘Soccer Coach of the Year’ twice by the Minnesota Soccer coaches Association, and was a nominee for the National Soccer Coach of the Year in 1985.
In 1988, Ron had to make a decision to give up coaching to be the district director of athletics. The position included 26 sports programs at Hopkins High School, 22 sports at two area middle schools, and 195 salaried and volunteer coaches.

With a determination to give high school students the best experience possible, Ron enthusiastically took on his new responsibilities and his leadership was known at every level—from the Classic Lake Conference to the Minnesota State High School League. He managed the Classic Lake Conference soccer and golf competitions, the Section hockey and soccer tournaments, and the State Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer Tournaments. He also serves as an event assistant at the State Boys’ Hockey Tournament.

Ron served on numerous League committees including the Strategic Planning Committee, the Soccer Advisory Committee, the Soccer Officials Selection Committee, and the Athletic Advisory Committee, which he chaired in 1998. He has also held posts on the Region 6AA Executive Committee and was the committee chair from 1994 to 1999. For his service, the Region honored him with a service award and his peers voted him the Region 6AA Athletic Director of the Year in 1999. Now in retirement, Ron is the Administrative Region 5AA Secretary, a position he’s held since 1999.

Ron’s contributions to the professional organizations that represent athletic directors and coaches are far too numerous to list. He is a founding member and past secretary of the Minnesota Soccer Coaches Association. He held roles as president and region representative for the Minnesota Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association which in 1999 named Ron Athletic Director of the Year.

Ron’s entrance in the League’s Hall of Fame is the fourth hall that bears his name. The others include Hopkins High School, the Minnesota Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, and Minnesota Soccer Coaches Association.

Those who work closely with Ron will comment about the respect they have for the job he’s done and his high standard of ethics. One such comment comes from a longtime colleague who says: “Ron has made serving the people of Minnesota his career and has done it in a way that sets him apart from his peers. His integrity, professionalism, personal warmth, and sense of fairness are unequal.”

This quote sums up beautifully all that Ron represents as a teacher, a coach, and athletic director. No doubt many athletes have taken with them the character-enhancing qualities Ron Sellnow brought to their high school experience, making it for each of them, what he always hoped it would be---rich in values to build their lives on.
On The Air, On The Web: The Horn Of White Bear Lake10/30/2012
The broadcaster set the scene before the Class 2A girls soccer state semifinals on Tuesday: “We are ready to go here at the Metrodome, the Bears in their black jerseys and Lakeville North in white.”

The broadcaster was Zach Halverson and his analyst was Chad Olson. They were sitting in the booth that is normally home to the Vikings Radio Network. They are professional broadcasters … and seniors at White Bear Lake High School.

Halverson and Olson are not wannabes; they call many White Bear Lake sporting events via their website The Horn, found at http://www.thehornwbl.com. (The Horn is short for the Halverson Olson Radio Network.) They did test broadcasts during the lacrosse season last spring, went full-tilt with football games this fall and will continue throughout the fall, winter and spring seasons.

During home football games their broadcast position was in front of the Bears student section. Their perch in the upper reaches of the Metrodome on Tuesday – where White Bear Lake defeated Lakeville North 1-0 in overtime -- was much different, as well as much quieter, but the job was the same.

“The Panthers are pressing very, very hard now after it looked like the Bears had some momentum,” Halvorson said during the first half. “We are still scoreless here as we reach the halfway point of the first half.”

To an unknowing listener Halvorson sounds like a seasoned pro. He has wanted to be a sports broadcaster since he was little, and now he is. He and Olson also do a regular podcast called “The CHalvey Show” (that’s a combination of Chad and Halverson).

The Horn is not technically affiliated with White Bear Lake High School, although administrators and staff have given some assistance. Advertisers have signed on to the website, where this message to potential advertisers is posted:

“For just $100, your business will receive a guaranteed 60-seconds of commercial airtime on EVERY broadcast we do through June of 2013. Your time can be split into (1) 60-second commercial, (2) 30-second commercials, or (4) 15-second commercials. You will also have your logo and contact information on our sponsor page, and it will be included in our sidebar rotation.”

The on-air talent stays connected to listeners via Twitter and Facebook, and Halvorson and Olson enjoy responding on the air:

--“Shout out to Dylan’s basement.”

--“Mr. Pittman’s fourth-hour class is listening, so shout out to them,” Halvorson said. “That is kind of cool, to have people back in the school listening to us.”

--He also mentioned “Mr. Sorensen’s fifth-hour media and film class.” To which Olson replied, “Hey, that’s MY class.”

BY THE NUMBERS
*Schools/teams John has visited: 240
*Miles John has driven: 3,735
(*During the 2012-13 school year)

--Join the MSHSL on Facebook by clicking on the Facebook button on the right side of www.mshsl.org. John Millea is on Twitter @MSHSLjohn
Soccer Champs: Eastview, Wayzata, Benilde, Rochester Lourdes10/30/2012
Thursday’s Soccer Games at the Metrodome…

2A girls third-place game: Lakeville North 6, Blaine 2
1A girls championship: Benilde-St. Margaret’s 3, Blake 2 (overtime)
1A boys championship: Rochester Lourdes 2, St. Paul Academy and Summit School 1 (4-3 shootout)
2A girls championship: Wayzata 2, White Bear Lake 0
2A boys championship: Eastview 3, Blaine 2

--2A boys: Eastview 3, Blaine 2
The No. 3-seeded Lightning of Eastview (15-2-5) won their first state title in their second consecutive and overall appearance with a 3-2 victory over the unseeded Bengals of Blaine (16-4-1), who had advanced to the title tilt with a quarterfinal victory over top-seeded Champlin Park and semifinal win over fifth-seeded Bloomington Jefferson. The score was 2-1 in favor of Eastview with just less than 20 minutes to play in the first half. And the score remained that way for nearly 40 more minutes. The game-winner was scored by senior midfielder Jacob Opheim on a pass from junior midfielder Pierce Erickson at 63:44. About three minutes earlier Blaine had evened the score when a blocked shot by Zach Brunko fell right to the feet of senior midfielder Zachary Wright, who put it in. Senior defender Michael Stockton opened the scoring for Eastview by heading in a pass from junior defender Sam Fluegge just two minutes and 12 seconds into the game. Exactly four minutes later, Blaine senior midfielder Ian Durbin rattled a shot off the post that senior forward Mitch Boege scored on the rebound. At 19:59 Eastview went back on top when Opheim headed a ball into an empty net on a long ball into the box from Fluegge.

--2A girls: Wayzata 2, White Bear Lake 0:
In their fifth consecutive appearance, the Trojans of Wayzata (17-2-2) succeeded in defending their title, which is their sixth overall in 24 appearances. Wayzata, seeded No. 2, defeated White Bear Lake Area, the fourth seed, 2-0. The Bears were making their sixth tournament appearance. Wayzata led White Bear Lake Area 5-1 in both shots on goal and corner kicks. Senior defender Katie Schulz launched a long ball down field that left senior midfielder Kylie Schwarz one-on-one with Bears senior goalkeeper Tarah Hobbs and Schwarz won the confrontation at 38:27. Late in the second half, at 78:48, ninth-grade forward Ruby Stauber headed in a crisp crossing pass from senior midfielder Olivia Musser. Senior goalkeeper Mara Dougherty earned the win and made just one save.

--1A boys: Rochester Lourdes 2, St. Paul Academy 1 (4-3 shootout)
The Eagles of Rochester Lourdes (22-1-0) earned their third state title with a 2-1 shootout victory over the Spartans of St. Paul Academy and Summit School (19-1-2). The Eagles, seeded No. 3, finished third in 2011 and were making their third consecutive and 11th overall appearance. This championship trophy will be proudly displayed next to those the Eagles won in 1998 and 1999. The Spartans, who were fourth in 2011 and also were making their third consecutive appearance, scored first, late in the first half, when senior forward Lorenzo Pavoloni received a free kick from senior forward Cameron Causey and drove it into the net. Sophomore midfielder Issac Forsgren was awarded a second assist. Slightly more than a minute later the Eagles knotted the score when senior forward Gabe Salerno dribbled around the keeper and scored after receiving a pass from senior midfielder Alan Schembri-Wismayer. There was no more scoring, either through regulation or two 10-minute overtime periods. Both teams had five players shoot penalty kicks in the shootout. Senior Rochester Lourdes goalkeeper Will Elder made saves on the Spartans’ second and fifth attempts. After the first Eagles attempt was denied, the following four players succeeded to finish the shootout with a 4-3 advantage.

--1A girls: Benilde-St. Margaret's 3, Blake 2 (OT)
Could The Blake School (17-3-2) repeat? Could Benilde-St. Margaret’s (21-0-1) triumph to win its first state title? The Knights of Benilde-St. Margaret’s had earned the top seed and the Bears of The Blake School were seeded second. The match was their second meeting this season. The first ended in a scoreless tie on Aug. 28. The match didn’t disappoint as both teams played tight defense and sent the game into overtime before senior forward Dana Buckhorn scored on a deflected direct free kick 8 minutes and 54 seconds into the extra period, giving the Knights their first state championship. The first half ended in a 1-1 draw. The Bears tallied first at 10:51. Senior forward Hannah Randolph launched a long shot that caromed off the cross bar but right to the foot of junior midfielder Lydia Sutton who tapped it in easily. Roughly 15 minutes later Knights junior midfielder Kelly Pannek was in the right position to punch in a deflection off a defender to even the score. Pannek scored again early in the second half and the Knights protected that lead until Bears ninth-grader Maggie Warner, a defender, took a shot from outside the penalty box into the top corner to tie the game at 2-2. Buckhorn’s game-winner was credited to her even though the last player to touch it was a defender. Because that defender was not trying to clear the ball or pass it to a teammate, the momentum of the shot that carried the ball into the goal came from Buckhorn.

Wells Fargo All-Tournament Teams
--2A boys: Carter McCauley, Owatonna; Esteban Arias, Champlin Park; Noah McGurran, Minneapolis South; Carl Walker, Moorhead; Christopher Kirihara, Timothy Larson, Bloomington Jefferson; Jared Allen, Roma Devine, Stillwater; Jason Scheeler, Ian Durbin, Colton Nelson, Mitch Boege, Blaine; Sam Fluegge, Jonathan Lenz, Pierce Erickson, Jacob Opheim, Eastview.

--2A girls: Kendal Jacobus, Eden Prairie; Paige Wilberding, Eastview; Jenna Roering, Centennial; Maddie Barr, St. Michael Albertville; Ashley Pafko, Britney Monteon, Blaine; Hahhah Cade, Simone Kolander, Lauren Brownrigg, Lakeville North; Tarah Hobbs, Rachel DeGardner, Anna Morrison, White Bear Lake; Summer Johnson, Katie Schulz, Kylie Schwarz, Kiana Nickel, Wayzata.

--1A girls: Laurel Ramer, Kasson-Mantorville; Maria Siebels, St. Peter; Emily Rikkola, Cloquet; Sarah Bruzek, Alexandria; Annmarie Umland, Grave Pouliot, Totino-Grace; Alicia Sethre, Anna Barlow, Tori Poole, South St. Paul; Ali Leslie, Natalie Sill, Lydia Sutton, Blake; Maria Michels, Dana Buckhorn, Kelly Pannek, Anne Arnason, Benilde-St. Margaret’s.

--1A boys: Albert Podshivaylov, Mankato East; Abdurazak Omar, St. Paul Como Park; Brandon Gonzalez, Waconia; Joshua Robak, Myles Hagen, Hayden Speaks, St. Cloud Cathedral; Joe Fairbanks, Thomas Welinski, Duluth Marshall; Ben Braman, Lorenzo Pavolini, Josh Gray, Isaac Forgren, St. Paul Academy and Summit School; Jack Convery, Alan Schembri-Wismayer, Gabe Salerno, Karl Krecke, Rochester Lourdes.

--Photo galleries from all four championship games can be seen on the MSHSL Facebook page.
Updates From State Soccer Semifinals...10/29/2012
--Class 2A boys: Eastview 3, Stillwater 1

The No. 3-seeded Lightning of Eastview defeated the No. 2-seeded Ponies of Stillwater Area 3-1. Eastview (14-2-5) led 2-0 at the half and sophomore goalkeeper Kyle Lamott made just three saves in the half and for the match. Senior midfielder Jacob Opheim opened the scoring at 25:20 after taking a long throw-in from junior defender Sam Fluegge and heading it past Stillwater Area goalkeeper Ben Wilhelm. Junior forward Pierce Erickson was credited with the second goal, unassisted, with his shot from just inside the penalty box at 38:53. Erickson scored his second goal of the game at 46:55, another header from a long cross from senior defender Jonathan Lenz. Stillwater Area (15-2-4) avoided the shutout when senior midfielder Roma Devine drilled a penalty kick following a foul in the box. The Lightning, in just their second consecutive and overall appearance, will play in the title tilt for the second straight year and try to improve on their 2011 runner-up finish to Eden Prairie, but this year against Blaine.

--Class 2A boys: Blaine 3, Bloomington Jefferson 1

The unseeded Blaine Bengals earned a trip to the state championship game with a 3-1 victory over the No. 5-seeded Jaguars of Bloomington Jefferson (16-4-1). Senior forward Nicholas Mhiripiri opened the scoring for the Jaguars at 14:43 of the first half scoring on a penalty kick. Just over a minute later, senior Colton Nelson of Blaine tied the score with a penalty kick of his own. Blaine (16-3-1) scored with just 21 seconds to play in the first half on a cross from junior Jeremiah Strand to senior Mitch Boege for the game-winning goal. Sophomore T.J. Soehn added an insurance goal for the Bengals, who advance to their first state championship game in boys’ soccer.

--Class 1A boys: Rochester Lourdes 5, Duluth Marshall 0

The Eagles of Rochester Lourdes (21-1-0) took an early lead and methodically kept adding goals until time expired and they had defeated the Hilltoppers of Marshall School, Duluth, 5-0. The Eagles were seeded No. 3. Marshall School (11-6-4) was unseeded. Senior midfielder Alan Schembri-Wismayer opened the scoring with an unassisted goal at 4:18 and he added another unassisted goal at 15:17. Junior midfielder Johnny Lawson completed Rochester Lourdes’ first-half scoring with his shot that came off a crossing pass from senior forward Gabe Salerno. Salerno scored the fourth goal 14 seconds into the second half and at 62:15 senior forward Tim Wente scored the final goal. Senior forward Jack Convery assisted on both of the last two goals. Senior goalkeeper Will Elder earned the win and made three saves.

--Class 1A boys: St. Paul Academy and Summit School 2, St. Cloud Cathedral 1

In a closely played match that wasn’t decided until the 71st minute, the top-seeded Spartans of St. Paul Academy and Summit School (19-0-2) advanced to the championship game with a 2-1 win over the No. 5-seeded Crusaders of St. Cloud Cathedral (18-1-2). Senior defender James Hargens opened the scoring at 33:16, putting the Spartans up 1-0 with an elusive advance toward the net, evading two defenders before making his shot. Sophomore forward Tyler Seplak got an assist. The Crusaders tied the match at 63:01 when senior midfielder Myles Hagen took a drop pass from the corner by senior forward Patrick Krebsbach and shot it for the goal. Senior forward Peter Wood scored the game-winner at 70:23 after receiving the pass from senior midfielder Josh Gray who had dribbled his way up the field. Senior goalkeeper Ben Braman earned the win and made three saves.

--Class 1A girls: Blake 2, Totino-Grace 0

The defending champion and No. 2-seeded Bears of The Blake School (17-2-2) established a comfortable 2-0 lead at the half and went on to defeat the Eagles of Totino-Grace (16-3-2) 2-0 to advance to the title match once again against Benilde-St. Margaret’s. Last year the Bears defeated the Knights 1-0 for the title and this year the two teams played to a scoreless tie on Aug. 28. Junior midfielder Lydia Sutton opened the scoring at 16:23, assisted by sophomore midfielder Maddy Moe. Sutton assisted on the second goal at 27:53 with her corner kick that deflected off a defender to the foot of senior forward Natalie Sill, who scored. Senior goalkeeper Maddy Crawford earned the shutout and had to make just a single save. The Bears dominated in all statistical categories—14-2 in shots, 7-1 in corner kicks, and even 6-4 in fouls.

--Class 1A girls: Benilde-St. Margaret's 3, South St. Paul 2 (OT)

A foul by sophomore Anna Barlow just outside the box in overtime led to a direct free kick that senior forward Dana Buckhorn shot high into the left side of the net to seal the victory for top-seeded Benilde-St. Margaret’s (20-0-1). The Knights advance to the championship game for the second consecutive year, having finished second in 2011 to The Blake School. The South St. Paul Packers (14-5-2) scored first at 27:12 on a through ball from sophomore forward Anna Barlow that junior forward Tori Poole drilled low into the corner from inside the box. Ninth-grade midfielder Aleksa Tataryn took a pass from senior midfielder Haley Jerabek and scored with a shot from the six-yard line to even the score for the Knights at 21:41. The Knights’ 2-1 halftime lead was established at 35:54 when senior forward Maria Michels took advantage of a rebound off a shot from Jerabek and scored. Junior midfielder Kelly Pannek preceded Jerabek’s shot by bringing the ball swiftly up the left side to feed Jerabek. Poole scored an unassisted goal at 55:32 to even the score and ultimately send the game into extra time. Michels drilled a shot off the left post with 55 seconds left in regulation that would have ended the game in regulation if not for a few inches.

--Summaries by Howard Voigt