John's Journal
Heat Alert: Boys Lacrosse Semifinals Delayed One Hour6/7/2011
Today's excessive heat, with temperatures of 100 degrees or higher, is having an impact on high school athletic events.

Today’s boys lacrosse state semifinal games at Chanhassen High School will begin one hour later than planned in order to make the conditions as safe as possible. The new schedule has Benilde-St. Margaret's and Burnsville playing at 7 p.m, followed by Eden Prairie vs. White Bear Lake at 9 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning. In addition, the turf field the game will be played on will be hotter than the air temperature. Tournament officials may also implement scheduled one-minute water breaks every four minutes during game time.

In southeastern Minnesota, today's Class 3A Section 1 baseball championship game between Rochester Century and Rochester Mayo has been moved back one hour (from 5 to 6 p.m.), also due to high temps.

If you're competing or cheering, please keep plenty of water on hand and keep an eye on each other. The weather is supposed to be much more confortable later in the week, so let's hope for better conditions.
MSHSL Board of Directors meeting is underway6/6/2011
The board’s June meeting has begun, and I’ll post a report once the meeting has ended.

This appears to be a fairly routine meeting, with few head-line grabbing possibilities. To see the agenda, look on the right side of mshsl.org for “League News.” The agenda is the first item under “Board of Director's Meeting Agenda - June 2011”

Board officers for the 2011-12 school year will be elected during this meeting.
Football in June? MSHSL Board Approves Plan For 2012 Season6/6/2011
Here we are in the midst of spring sports mania, and football is the main headline from today’s MSHSL Board of Directors meeting. Go figure.

The board approved the lineup of classes and sections for 2012, when a new class will be added for the largest 32 schools. Class 6A will consist of four eight-team sections. The biggest buzz surrounds a section that consists of Eden Prairie, Edina, Hopkins, Minnetonka, Armstrong, Shakopee, Wayzata and Minneapolis South. Eden Prairie, Minnetonka and Wayzata have combined to win six state titles in the past seven years.

(To see the full list of class/section assignments for 2012 football, go to mshsl.org and look on the right side under “Popular Links.” The first link is the one you want: “2012 Football Competitive Section Assignments”)

Two schools opted up for the 2012 football season. Cretin-Derham Hall will play in 6A and Totino-Grace (which had already opted up to 5A for 2011) also will play in 5A in 2012.

The board also approved one football rule change, requiring four players to be positioned on each side of the kicker when an onside kick is attempted, and that no contact by the kicking team can take place until the ball has traveled 10 yards.

In other news from the meeting…

--The board approved a motion to have the League become a presenting partner of FIRST robotics competition. Minnesota will be the first state in the nation to have a partnership between FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and a high school activities governing body.

--The election of new board officers for 2011-12 took place. Mindy Sparby, Belle Plaine activities director, will be the board president; vice president will be Mark Fredericksen, Waconia principal; and treasurer will be Luanne Wagner, St. Francis assistant principal.

--Six board members whose terms have expired were recognized. They are Carol Bomben of Eden Prairie, Ray Kirch of Osseo, Brent Robbins of Golden Valley, John Schumacher of Park Rapids, Bill Webb of Edina and Les Zellmann of St. James. When the board meets in August, new members will be Scott McCready of St. Charles, Roz Peterson of Lakeville, Lane Powell of Fillmore Central, Mark Solberg of Cambridge-Isanti and John Soma of Edina. One appointee by the governor’s office remains to be decided.
Here’s A Spring State Tournament Primer...6/6/2011
Let’s swing the gate open on a big two-week stretch of state tournaments. From the Twin Cities to Mankato, from Becker to Jordan, from St. Cloud to Chaska, there will be plenty of action to follow this week and next as we wrap up the school year.

This week’s lineup includes boys tennis, boys and girls lacrosse, girls softball and boys and girls track and field. The boys and girls golf tournament will be held next week, along with quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of the state baseball tournament. The year will come to a close in grand style at Target Field on June 21 when baseball champions will be crowned in three classes.

Here is a brief look at each of this week’s tournaments. This is by no means a complete list of what to watch for, but let’s highlight just a few of the storylines…

BOYS TENNIS
Team competition Tuesday and Wednesday; singles and doubles Thursday and Friday. Class 2A at U of M’s Baseline Tennis Center, Class 1A at Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis.
--Defending team champs/ Blake (1A), Eden Prairie (2A)
--Defending singles/doubles champs
*John Hill, senior, St. Paul Academy (1A singles)
*Dusty Boyer, junior, Forest Lake (two-time defending 2A singles champion)
*Wyatt McCoy, senior, Mounds View (won 2A singles title in 2007).
*Ford Traff, junior, Blake, seeks his third doubles title. He will compete this year with a new partner, sophomore Kai Skallerud.
*Ryan Erickson, senior, Hopkins, won 2A doubles in 2010, now playing singles.
--Keep an eye on Rochester Mayo team member Ingrid Neel, a seventh-grader.


BOYS AND GIRLS LACROSSE
Tuesday through Friday at Chanhassen; Boys play Tuesday/Thursday, Girls Wednesday/Friday)
--Defending champ/ Benilde-St. Margaret’s boys, Blake girls
--Boys teams/ #1 seed Benilde-St. Margaret’s (16-0), #4 Burnsville (11-6), #2 Eden Prairie (14-2), #3 White Bear Lake (12-4)
--Girls teams/ #1 seed Blake (14-0), #4 Bloomington Jefferson (14-2), #2 Eden Prairie (14-1), #3 Stillwater (14-2)


BOYS AND GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD
Friday and Saturday at Hamline University’s Klas Field
--Athletes/events to watch
*Boys 2A high jump/ Trevor Yedoni, senior, Benilde-St. Margaret’s, has cleared 7 feet and Franky Veldman, senior, Eastview, has cleared 6-11. State record of 7-1 could fall.
*Girls 2A discus/ Maggie Ewen, sophomore, St. Francis, set a state record this season.
*Boys 2A triple jump/ Michael Sandle, senior, Eden Prairie, also set a state record this spring.
*Girls 2A hurdles/ Jessica January, sophomore, Richfield, holds the state record in 100 hurdles, is defending champ in 100 and 300 hurdles.
*Girls 2A relays/ Hopkins has the best times in all four relays, eyes a sweep.
*Girls 1A star/ Analisa Huschle, senior, Bagley/Fosston, holds state record in long jump, tops 1A this year in long jump, triple jump, 100 and 200.
*Missing/ Devin Crawford-Tufts, senior, Edina, is the defending champ in 2A 100 and 200. Due to an injury, he did not qualify for state.

SOFTBALL
Thursday and Friday at Caswell Park in North Mankato
1A/ New Life Academy has won three titles in a row and is trying to become the first team to win four championships in a row. Senior captains Rebekah Schmidt and Katie Stodolka are making their sixth trip to state. Schmidt tied a record by pitching three shutouts in last year’s tournament.
2A/ Defending champion Park Center returns. The Pirates bring back plenty of experience, since there was only one senior on last year’s team.
3A/ Bloomington Jefferson qualified for its first state tournament in style, beating defending champion Burnsville in the Section 3 finals. Shakopee is at state for the first time since 1980. Keep an eye on Brainerd coach Mike Zauhar, who should be easy to spot since he will be wearing a plastic “boot.” Leaping in celebration of the Warriors’ section title, he suffered a torn muscle attached to his left Achilles tendon.

BY THE NUMBERS
*Schools/teams John has visited: 691
*Miles John has driven: 10,381

--Join the MSHSL on Facebook by clicking on the Facebook button on the right side of www.mshsl.org. John Millea is on Twitter at twitter.com/mshsljohn
Preparing For The Busiest Week Of The Year6/3/2011
The weekend has arrived but that doesn’t mean anyone is slowing down. Across the state, teams and individual competitors are preparing for the busiest week of the high school year in Minnesota. Beginning Monday and running through Saturday night, the schedule is loaded.

The fun began Friday and Saturday with the state adapted softball tournament at Coon Rapids High School. To see video and a photo gallery from the tourney, go to the MSHSL Facebook page. (At right is Mark Braun of Mounds View/Irondale/Roseville.)

We will have some off-the-field action when the MSHSL Board of Directors meets on Monday morning at MSHSL World Headquarters in Brooklyn Center. The agenda is not as packed as is sometimes the case, but there are always items of interest to come from board meetings.

Spring state tournaments begin Tuesday, the first day of action for boys tennis as well as lacrosse for boys and girls. Both tournaments will extend through Friday. The state softball tournament will be held at Caswell Park in North Mankato on Thursday and Friday and the state track meet will take over Hamline University’s Klas Field on Friday and Saturday.

With four state tournaments being held in the same week, this five-day stretch is unmatched for the amount of action taking place.

I’ll be posting updates from the board meeting on Monday and from the tournaments the rest of the week, with full coverage of all the action being splashed across Twitter and Facebook, too.

BY THE NUMBERS
*Schools/teams John has visited: 683
*Miles John has driven: 10,327

--Join the MSHSL on Facebook by clicking on the Facebook button on the right side of www.mshsl.org. John Millea is on Twitter at twitter.com/mshsljohn