John's Journal
Class 3A Softball Rankings4/29/2019
1. Mankato West
2. Faribault
3. Northfield
4. Chisago Lakes
5. Winona
6. Rocori
7. Hill-Murray
8. Benilde-St. Margaret's
9. Waconia
9. Mahtomedi
Others receiving votes: Mankato East, Cloquet, Rogers, North Branch, New Ulm, Delano, Mound Westonka, Detroit Lakes, Alexandria, Becker.
Class 2A Softball Rankings4/29/2019
1. Maple Lake
2. Rochester Lourdes
3. Pipestone Area
4. Cotter/Hope Lutheran
5. Zumbrota-Mazeppa
6. Park Rapids Area
7. Chatfield
7. Norwood-Young America
9. Thief River Falls
9. Annandale
9. Le Sueur-Henderson
Others receiving votes: Esko, St. Peter, St. Cloud Cathedral, Moose Lake/Willow River, Sauk Centre, St. Agnes, Virginia.
Class 1A Softball Rankings4/29/2019
1. Randolph
2. New York Mills
3. Sleepy Eye Saint Mary's
4. Cherry
5. NCE/UH Titans
6. New Ulm Cathedral
7. Badger/GB-MR
8. Edgerton/SW MN Christian
9. Hayfield
10. Kimball Area
Others receiving votes: Waterville-Elysian-Morristown, Carlton, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, Brandon-Evansville, Sebeka, Browerville, Cleveland, Wabasha-Kellogg, Red Lake Falls.
Early-Season Baseball, Softball Stars Stand Out4/29/2019
A baseball hitter from Litchfield, a pitcher from Wadena-Deer Creek and a softball pitcher from Browerville/Eagle Valley are making headlines as the MSHSL spring seasons begin to heat up with April turning to May.

Litchfield senior Owen Boerema (pictured) had two hits in a recent 10-2 victory over Kimball, which gave him a state-record streak with hits in 34 consecutive games. The previous record had stood for 36 years; 33 games by Deer River's Tim Gullickson.

On the mound, Wadena-Deer Creek senior Justin Dykhoff opened the season by throwing three no-hitters in his first four starts. Through those four games Justin allowed only one hit and zero runs in 24 1/3 innings, while also picking up one save as the Wolverines got off to a 7-0 start.

And in softball, Browerville/Eagle Valley sophomore pitcher Marissa Callahan had a no-hitter, a one-hitter and a two-hitter with 29 total strikeouts in three wins last week. She hasn't given up a run in 24 innings.

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Addendum To Previous Story: A New State Record4/27/2019
Hopkins senior track star Joe Fahnbulleh experienced a low point followed by a very high point at Friday's Hamline Elite Meet. His day began with a first-place finish in one of two preliminary races in the 100 meters, but disaster struck in the finals of the 100 about an hour later.

Fahnbulleh, who, as noted in the previous John's Journal story, holds the state record in the 200 meters and anchored the Royals’ 4x200 relay team to a state title and state record last spring, was disqualified in the 100 finals after two false starts. It was only the second time, and first time in two years, that he has been DQ’d from a starting line.

Later Friday evening, Fahnbulleh used the 100 for motivation in the 4x100 relay. He anchored teammates Ty Bennett, Jaylen Champion and George Jackson (pictured) not only to an Elite Meet championship, but to a state-record time of 41.35 seconds. The previous mark was 41.52, set by the Eagan quartet of Josh Brown, Dallas Krech, Troy Brown and Sam Zenner at the 2015 state championships on the same Hamline University track.

"That fired us up. That fired me up because it was on me," Fahnbulleh said of the DQ. “I had to get redemption, I had to make up for that race. I got it back, obviously.”

Seeing a 4x100 team run that fast this early in the season, on a chilly night, was astounding. And it would not be surprising to see the Royals set an even faster state record as the season continues and the weather improves. The season will culminate with the state championships at Hamline June 7-8; prelims in the 4x100 will be held on June 7 and the final on June 8.

"We've worked too hard to not run what we ran today,” Fahnbulleh said. “Nobody knows what we could run at state. At state, June 8, it will be something special.”

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