John's Journal
Five Named For Induction Into Basketball Coaches Hall Of Fame 10/14/2011
The Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association has named five men who will be inducted into the MBCA Hall of Fame later this month. The purpose of the MBCA Hall of Fame is to give special recognition to the people of Minnesota who have made significant contributions to promote high school basketball in the state via their achievements and service.

The 2011 inductees are:

Howard Bahn – Kimball

Dan Brink – St. Paul Central/St. Paul Como Park

Perry Doney – Hector/Wood Lake/Canby

Don Tangen – Glencoe-Silver Lake

Larry Weum – Robbinsdale Armstrong.

The induction ceremonies will be held at the MBCA Hall of Fame Banquet on Sunday, October 30th, at noon at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis.

--Howard Bahn became the head boys basketball coach at Kimball in 1976 and spent the next 20 seasons as the leader of the Cubs program prior to retiring in 1996. Howard’s career began as a head basketball coach, assistant football coach, and assistant track coach at Lutheran East H.S., Cleveland, OH, in 1966. During his 10 year tenure at Lutheran East, his teams won six conference titles and four District championships. Coach Bahn led his Kimball teams to five Central Minnesota Conference titles, a District 20 championship and a Region 5 runner-up finish. Bahn was named Central Minnesota Conference Coach of the Year in 1993 and District 20 Coach of the Year in 1984 and 1994. Sixteen of his athletes went on to play college basketball and one played professionally. He also served as an assistant football coach and assistant baseball coach at Kimball. Howard retired after 30 seasons of coaching with an overall record of 388-231.

--Dan Brink spent the first six years of his coaching career, 1971-’77, as the head coach at Monroe H.S. in St. Paul. In 1977, he moved to St. Paul Central and within two years won conference and region titles with a subsequent State Tournament runner-up finish and the Minutemen were on their way. During his 16 seasons at Central, the Minutemen won 12 conference titles, earned 7 Region championships resulting in State Tournament appearances, and compiled a 312-78 record. Coach Brink left Central in 1993 to assume the position of Defensive Coordinator at St. Thomas University where he helped lead the Tommies to the DIII Final Four in 1994. He returned to the high school ranks in 2002 when he assumed the head coaching position at Como Park H.S. and in his first year led the Cougars to a Region title and third place finish in the State Tournament. His sixth and final season prior to his retirement resulted in a second State Tournament appearance for Como Park and was the 9th time a Brink-led team earned that milestone. Dan was recognized by his peers as Section Coach of the Year six times and conference COY 10 times. He was also named WCCO State Coach of the Year and is a member of the Central Athletic Hall of Fame. Coach Brink retired in 2008 with an overall record of 426-246.

--Perry Doney’s coaching career began in 1932 in South Shores, SD. He spent ten years coaching in South Dakota before his career took a three year hiatus as he spent 1942-45 on the West Coast during WWII. His legendary career as a coach of four sports began at Canby H.S. in 1945. In 1948, he moved to Wood Lake where he spent the next 17 years as the head coach for basketball, football, baseball, and track. His 1964 Wood Lake Warriors football team was the first team in Minnesota to go through a 10 game season undefeated, averaging an amazing 58.3 ppg while only giving up 93 during the course of the season. His Warrior basketball teams were legendary for upsetting a #1 ranked Marshall team three times in tournament play and he coached three 1,000 point scorers in the “50’s and employed a “match-up zone” at a time when the term was yet to be defined. Coach Doney’s Wood Lake teams were 240-116, a winning percentage of 68%, during his 17 seasons there. Perry returned to his hometown of Hector and led them to their first ever District 12 title in 1968. He finished his basketball coaching career at Hector after the 1970 season. Doney was a Merit Award recipient of the MBCA and is a charter member of the Northern State Athletic Hall of Fame. Coach Doney passed away in 1989.

--Don Tangen has coached basketball at Glencoe/Glencoe-Silver Lake for 34 years and just completed the 40th season of a coaching career that began at Murdock H.S. in 1977. His Glencoe-Silver Lake teams won Wright County Conference titles in 1994 and 1995 and Coach Tangen led seven Glencoe/GSL teams to Section titles and State Tournament appearances during three different decades. Don’s coaching achievements earned him recognition from his peers as he was the recipient of multiple Conference Coach of the Year and Section Coach of the Year honors. Coach Tangen was selected and participated as a coach in the 2001 MBCA All Star Series. Don is a member of the 400 win club and has compiled an overall record of 495-405. He is a lifetime member of the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association and served as President of the MSHSCA in 2009. Coach Tangen has also coached football at Murdock, Glencoe, and Glencoe-Silver Lake for 40 seasons.

--Larry Weum coached basketball at Robbinsdale Armstrong H.S. for 27 years; 17 as the head coach, and 10 as an assistant coach. Coach Weum’s basketball coaching career began at Sandberg Jr. High in 1970. In addition to his 27 years at Armstrong he also spent two years, 1982-84, as the head basketball coach at North Hennepin CC. In his second year at the helm of the Armstrong program, Coach Weum led the Falcons to a second place State tournament finish, a feat which was matched again the following season. His Armstrong squads won three Lake/Classic Lake Conference titles and earned State Tournament appearances with three Section championships. In an eleven year period, Falcon teams advanced to the Section finals eight times. Larry served as a Section Representative for 6AA. He was selected and participated as an MBCA All Star Series Coach in 1998. Coach Weum retired from teaching and coaching in 2001 with an overall mark of 302-145 as head coach at Armstrong.

A New Football Team Atop Class 3A Rankings10/12/2011
With two games remaining in the regular season for most high school football teams in Minnesota, postseason playoffs are right around the corner. One team that might be worth watching is the team that has moved into the No. 1 spot in this week’s Associated Press Class 3A rankings.

That team is unbeaten St. Croix Lutheran, which moved up from No. 3 to No. 1 this week. The previous No. 1 team, Glencoe-Silver Lake, lost to No. 6-4A Hutchinson last week and fell to No. 4 in 3A. Holy Family Catholic dropped from No. 2 in 3A to 8 after losing to No. 2-4A St. Thomas Academy. Climbing quickly this week in 3A were Plainview-Elgin Millville (No. 4 to No. 2) and Montevideo (No. 7 to No. 4).

Here are this week’s rankings in all six classes …

#1 (1) Eden Prairie (6-0)
2 (2) Wayzata (6-0)
3 (3) Cretin-Derham Hall (6-0)
4 (5) Lakeville North (6-0)
5 (6) Mounds View (5-1)
6 (7) Anoka (5-1)
7 (8) Shakopee (6-0)
8 (4) Lakeville South (5-1)
9 (10) Osseo (5-1)
10 (NR) Owatonna (6-0)
10 (9) Minnetonka (4-2)
Others receiving votes: Totino-Grace, Blaine

#1 (1) Mankato West (6-0)
2 (2) St. Thomas Academy (6-0)
3 (3) South St. Paul (6-0)
4 (4) Rogers (6-0)
5 (5) Bemidji (6-0)
6 (7) Hutchinson (6-0)
7 (6) Delano (6-0)
8 (9) Marshall (6-0)
9 (10) Spring Lake Park (5-1)
10 (8) Holy Angels (5-1)
Others receiving votes: Detroit Lakes, Hermantown, Hill-Murray, Rocori

#1 (3) St. Croix Lutheran (6-0)
2 (4) Plainview-Elgin-Millville (6-0)
3 (7) Montevideo (6-0)
4 (1) Glencoe-Silver Lake (5-1)
5 (5) Stewartville (5-1)
5 (8) Fairmont (5-1)
7 (9) St. Cloud Cathedral (6-0)
8 (2) Holy Family Catholic (5-1)
9 (10) Pequot Lakes (5-1)
10 (NR) DeLaSalle (5-1)
Others receiving votes: Albany, Minneapolis Washburn, Rochester Lourdes, Zimmerman, New London-Spicer, Pine City

#1 (1) Waterville-Elysian-Morristown (6-0)
2 (2) Moose Lake-Willow River (6-0)
3 (4) Barnesville (6-0)
4 (5) Norwood-Young America (6-0)
5 (6) Blue Earth Area (6-0)
6 (8) Hawley (6-0)
7 (7) Caledonia (5-1)
8 (9) BOLD (6-0)
9 (T10) Osakis (6-0)
10 (3) Pierz (5-1)
10 (NR) LeSueur-Henderson (5-1)
10 (T10) Jackson County Central (4-2)
Others receiving votes: Maple River

#1 (1) New Ulm Cathedral (6-0)
2 (2) Mahnomen (6-0)
3 (3) Adrian (6-0)
4 (4) Dawson-Boyd (6-0)
5 (T6) Braham (6-0)
6 (T9) Fillmore Central (6-0)
7 (8) Fertile-Beltrami (6-0)
8 (T9) Deer River (6-1)
9 (5) Southland (5-1)
10 (NR) Ogilvie (6-0)
Others receiving votes: Goodhue, Minneota/Lincoln, Warren-Alvarado-Oslo, Martin County West, Browerville


#1 (1) Edgerton/Ellsworth Flying (6-0)
2 (2) Ada-Borup (6-0)
3 (3) Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley (6-0)
4 (6) North Woods (6-0)
5 (5) Ulen-Hitterdal (6-0)
6 (7) Spring Grove (6-0)
7 (8) Onamia (6-0)
8 (10) Eagle Valley (6-0)
9 (4) Hills-Beaver Creek (5-1)
10 (9) Nicollet (5-1)
Others receiving votes: Wheaton, Kittson County Central
Shaved Heads In Support Of A Friend And Teammate10/12/2011
I was talking on the phone Wednesday with Jill Schmidt, whose son Trevor is undergoing brain surgery on Thursday. Trevor, a senior soccer/baseball player at Mound-Westonka, has a condition called angioma. Jill described angioma as “a cluster of veins that didn’t develop properly. The walls of the veins are fragile and they bleed.”

The Schmidts have known about Trevor’s condition for two years. In some cases angioma doesn’t become a surgical issue, but when Trevor suffered a seizure … well, that’s when surgery entered the picture.

But neither the illness nor the surgery are the story, Jill said. The story is all the support Trevor has received from his teammates, classmates and friends. A whole bunch of boys shaved their heads in order to match Trevor’s look, and more than 30 of them gathered for a quick photo shoot in the gym Wednesday after school.

“It means a lot,” Trevor told me. “I’m pretty scared and nervous going into it, but having these guys behind me makes me feel a lot better.”

He had several Cheerios-looking devices stuck to his head; they were placed during pre-surgery tests earlier Wednesday and were to remain there through the procedure.

As I was talking to a few of Trevor’s soccer teammates, the volleyball team was setting up for practice. One of the players, senior middle hitter Ellie Kalgren, ran over to Trevor, said “Good luck tomorrow” and gave him a hug.

Jill Schmidt said Trevor wasn’t required to shave his head, but he thought that it was the best way to go since some of his hair would be removed for surgery.

“When we were meeting with the surgeon, Trevor said, ‘What about my hair?’ The surgeon said, ‘Don’t worry about it.’ But later Trevor said he needed a haircut, and ‘I’m just going to shave it all off, anyway.’ That spurred his buddies to jump on the bandwagon. Kids as young as eighth grade have done it.”

Fellow senior soccer player Mitchell Spanjers explained how all the head shaving started.

“I think what happened was Trevor was saying, ‘I’ve got to have surgery and I’ll have to shave my head.’ Then we thought, ‘Oh, we should do it with you.’ And then it turned into this, with all these guys doing it.”

When I inquired about the best method for shaving a head, senior soccer players Hunter Botts and Dayton Strong described the procedure.

“We just used a big electric razor. That’s about the only way you can do it,” Botts said.

“And you have to do it slowly,” Strong said. “Otherwise it just rips and it hurts really bad.”

The boys were all smiling. Their hair has begun to grow back, so their looks will return to normal. And the support for their friend? Oh, that will never change.

*Schools/teams John has visited: 49
*Miles John has driven: 3,748

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Stillwater, Monticello, St. Cloud Cathedral Lead Cross-Country Rankings10/11/2011
The cross-country season is winding down as teams and individuals compete in the final meets of the regular season in preparation for section competitions. Sections are two weeks away and the state championships will be held Nov. 5 at St. Olaf College in Northfield.

In this week’s state rankings -- courtesy of the cross-country coaches association – St. Cloud Cathedral continues to hold the top spot in Class 1A boys as well as girls, Stillwater is No. 1 in 2A boys and Monticello leads the pack among 2A girls.

Boys Teams
1 Stillwater
2 Rosemount
3 Wayzata
4 Burnsville
5 Eden Prairie
6 Edina
7 Moorhead
8 Andover
9 Eastview
10 White Bear Lake
11 Hopkins
12 Sartell-St Stephen
Others receiving votes:
Centennial, Owatonna, Forest Lake

Boys Individuals
1 Josh Thorson, Wayzata
2 Cole O'Brien, Burnsville
3 Jan Ketterson, Jefferson
4 Joey Duerr, Chaska
5 Glen Ellingson, Moorhead
6 Riley Macon, Rochester Mayo
7 Connor Olson, Wayzata
8 Mubarik Musa, Worthington
9 Will Burke, Edina
10 Zach Roozen, Mounds View
11 Sidney Speir, Eagan
12 Luke McKenzie, Chisago Lakes Area
Others receiving votes:
Troy Koivisto, Dassel-Cokato; Wayde Hall, Stillwater

Girls Teams
1. Monticello
2. Lakeville South
3. Eagan
4. East Ridge
5. Shakopee
6. Wayzata
7. Eden Prairie
8. Edina
9. Moorhead
10. Andover
11. Hopkins
12. Prior Lake

Girls Individuals
1. Maria Hauger, Shakopee
2. Jamie Piepenburg, Alexandria
3. Danielle Anderson, Eagan
4. Jenna Truedson, Bemidji
5. Megan Hasz, Alexandria
6. Chrissy Monson, Albert Lea
7. Bethany Hasz, Alexandria
8. Kaelyn Williams, Robbinsdale Cooper
9. Erica Seidenkrantz, Monticello
10. Shaelyn Sorensen, Tartan
11. Madeline McKeefry, Andover
12. Annie Brekken, Lakeville South

Boys Teams:
1 St. Cloud Cathedral
2 Perham
3 Blake
4 Waseca
5 Mesabi East
6 Redwood Valley Area
7 Plainview-Elgin-Millville
8 Minnehaha Academy
9 Esko
10 Albany
11 Crosby Ironton
12 Ottertail Central

Boys Individuals
1 Brandon Clark, Blake
2 Charlie Lawrence, Foley
3 Romeo Benish, Proctor
4 Shane Streich, Waseca
5 Nick Stoks, Canby-Minneota/LinHi
6 Matt Welch, Proctor
7 Dan Borash, Royalton
8 Nick Golebiowski, St. Cloud Cathedral
9 Byron Schuldt, Nevis
10 Jake Burr, Glencoe-Silver Lake
11 Pat Reinschmidt, Plainview-E-M
12 Jacob Siekmeier, Math & Science Academy

Girls Teams
1. St. Cloud Cathedral
2. Adrian
3. Blake
4. LaCrescent
5. Waseca
6. Esko
7. Trinity of River Ridge
8. Annandale
9. Minnehaha Acad.
10. United South Central
11. Park Rapids
12. Perham

Girls Individuals
1. Clare Flanagan, Blake
2. McKenzie Holt, St. Cloud Christian
3. Blake Marissa Shady, Esko
4. Elena Danielson, St. Cloud Cathedral
5. Emi Trost, Cannon Falls
6. Lydia Lutz, Park Rapids
7. Lauren Friese, Fairmont
8. Jordan Kopplow, Adrian
9. Meghan Henrikson, Mankato Loyola
10. Mary Ennis, Trinity
11. Victoria Alexander, Lake of the Woods
12. Kayla Woltz, Chatfield
A Homecoming Game between JVs from St. Clair, Minneapolis Roosevelt10/11/2011
Something positive has come out of two negatives, and the results will be on view Friday when two schools that dropped varsity football this season will meet on the junior varsity field.

Decisions were made at St. Clair and Minneapolis Roosevelt to play no varsity football games this season due to low numbers of players, but administrators from the schools have come together for a special contest. St. Clair (enrollment 175) will play football at Roosevelt (enrollment 563) in the Teddies' Homecoming game on Friday.

Friday was an open date for both JV teams, and Roosevelt will hold full Homecoming festivities, including a pep fest, coronation, parade and concluding with a dance.