John's Journal
This Week's Football Rankings10/7/2010
CLASS 5A
1 (1) Eden Prairie (6-0)
2 (2) Cretin-Derham Hall (5-0)
3 (3) Wayzata (4-0)
4 (4) Mounds View (5-0)
5 (6) Rosemount (5-0)
6 (5) Blaine (5-0)
7 (7) Andover (5-0)
8 (9) Brainerd (5-0)
9 (10) Rochester Century (5-0)
10 (NR) Stillwater Area (4-1)
Others receiving votes: Shakopee, Edina, Eastview

CLASS 4A
1 (1) St. Thomas Academy (5-0)
2 (2) Mankato West (5-0)
3 (4) Rogers (5-0)
4 (3) Mahtomedi (4-1)
5 (5) Becker (5-0)
6 (6) Totino-Grace (4-1)
7 (7) South St. Paul (5-0)
8 (10) Sartell-St. Stephen (4-1)
9 (NR) St. Paul Central (5-0)
10 (NR) Bemidji (4-1)
Others receiving votes: Alexandria, Delano, Northfield, New Prague, Chisago Lakes, Grand Rapids, St. Michael-Albertville, Waconia

CLASS 3A
1 (1) Albany (5-0)
2 (2) Pequot Lakes (5-0)
3 (3) Rochester Lourdes (5-0)
4 (4) Glencoe-Silver Lake (4-1)
5 (5) Norwood-Young America (5-0)
6 (6) New London-Spicer (4-1)
7 (8) Holy Family Catholic (5-0)
8 (9) Dassel-Cokato (4-1)
9 (10) Virginia (5-0)
10 (NR) DeLaSalle (4-1)
Others receiving votes: Milaca, Pine City, Thief River Falls, Blue Earth, Sibley East

CLASS 2A
1 (1) Waterville-Elysian-Morristown (5-0)
2 (2) Eden Valley-Watkins (5-0)
3 (3) Luverne (5-0)
4 (4) Moose Lake-Willow River (5-0)
5 (5) Caledonia (5-0)
6 (7) Breckenridge (5-0)
7 (9) Triton (5-0)
8 (10) Ottertail Central (5-0)
9 (T8) Pierz (4-1)
10 (NR) Jackson County Central (4-1)
Others receiving votes: Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, Maple Lake, Southland, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton, Braham, Lewiston-Altura, Hawley

CLASS 1A
1 (1) Minneota (5-0)
2 (2) Barnesville (5-0)
3 (3) Springfield (5-0)
4 (4) Mahnomen (5-0)
5 (5) Browerville (5-0)
6 (6) New Ulm Cathedral (4-1)
7 (7) Fosston (4-1)
8 (T10) Adrian (4-1)
9 (NR) East Central (4-1)
10 (NR) Blooming Prairie (3-2)
10 (NR) Le Center (4-1)
Others receiving votes: Dawson-Boyd, Cedar Mountain/Comfrey, Royalton, Red Lake County, Barnum

NINE-MAN
1 (1) Stephen-Argyle (5-0)
2 (3) Grand Meadow (5-0)
2 (2) Nicollet (5-0)
4 (4) Edgerton/Ellsworth (5-0)
5 (6) Goodridge-Grygla (5-0)
6 (7) McGregor (5-0)
7 (10) Wheaton (5-0)
8 (NR) Floodwood (5-0)
9 (8) Underwood (4-1)
10 (NR) Littlefork-Big Falls (5-0)
10 (NR) Spring Grove (5-0)
Others receiving votes: Hills-Beaver Creek, Ada-Borup, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley, Hillcrest Lutheran
















































Board of Directors Update, But First … 10/7/2010
Today’s MSHSL Board of Directors meeting has begun, but let’s start the day with a great little note about the good things that happen with our Minnesota kids. Here’s an email that arrived this morning:

John,

One of our football captains was on his way to school on Tuesday when he witnessed a very serious car accident. One car t-boned another and the car that was t-boned ended up spinning around and catching a wheel on the curb causing it to tip on its roof. Inside was a mom and I believe two children in car seats. Without concern for his own safety, he ran to the car and began to pry open the doors to get the family out. With the help of other good Samaritans, they were able to get the family to safety.

I am very proud of this young man and wanted you to know about another example of Minnesota's outstanding kids.

Joel Olson
Activities Director
Forest Lake High School

Thanks Joel. (I’ve asked about the identity of this young man. As soon as I know his name, I’ll post it here.)
Zero Week Football Games Approved10/7/2010
The MSHSL Board of Directors has made a major change in the format of the football season, approving Zero Week games beginning in 2011. The action came during this morning’s board meeting.

Zero Week will allow teams to play their first game one week earlier than the traditional starting date. Teams would have to receive MSHSL approval before scheduling a Zero Week game. Teams that play Zero Week games will begin practice one week earlier than normal and have a bye week later in the season, with details about practice limitations during the bye week to be decided.

Here’s an example of how Zero Week will work: If Team A cannot find an opponent during Week 4 of the regular season and Team B cannot find an opponent during Week 5, they could agree to play each other during Zero Week, then seek approval from the MSHSL.

MSHSL associate director Kevin Merkle spoke at length to the board about football scheduling issues. It’s estimated that approximately 20 percent of high school football teams in Minnesota have problems in filling their schedules. Some schools have sought to find opponents from other states, but teams in some states have no open dates. During the recent area meetings, representatives of 252 schools responded to a questionnaire about Zero Week and other scheduling questions, and 211of the responses were positive about the flexibility Zero Week allows football teams.

Board member Mike Rusinko said, “I don’t have a problem with this solution, but it feels a little Band-Aidy to me.” That was followed by a discussion of larger issues concerning football scheduling.

A task force has studied the problem, resulting in several possible solutions. Under these scenarios, teams may play one or two games against non-section opponents, with the rest of the regular season consisting of games against section opponents. The postseason format could remain the same with all teams advancing to the section playoffs, or it could allow the top four teams from each section to advance. Under the second format, teams that did not qualify for the postseason would be allowed to schedule an additional game against another non-playoff team.

The meeting is continuing. Further updates will be posted as warranted …

BY THE NUMBERS
*Schools/teams John has visited: 56
*Miles John has driven: 3,749

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Forest Lake Senior Hayden Lane, Take a Bow10/7/2010
Forest Lake activities director Joel Olson has gotten back to me with the name of the student who helped rescue some folks from an overturned vehicle earlier this week.

His name is Hayden Lane, and Hayden deserves our praise. Here's another look at the email sent by Joel earlier in the day ...


John,

One of our football captains was on his way to school on Tuesday when he witnessed a very serious car accident. One car t-boned another and the car that was t-boned ended up spinning around and catching a wheel on the curb causing it to tip on its roof. Inside was a mom and I believe two children in car seats. Without concern for his own safety, he ran to the car and began to pry open the doors to get the family out. With the help of other good Samaritans, they were able to get the family to safety.

I am very proud of this young man and wanted you to know about another example of Minnesota's outstanding kids.

Joel Olson
Activities Director
Forest Lake High School
Park High School Announces Hall of Famers10/6/2010
This news comes to us from Park High School in Cottage Grove ...

Park High School is honored to announce the sixth class for induction in the Park High School Hall of Fame. These alumni are being recognized for this prestigious award because of their athletic excellence while representing Park High School. The coaches and community members are being honored for their commitment to the youth in our community and their dedication and support of Park athletics. The following are the individuals selected into the 2010 Hall of Fame:

Luke Appert (Class of ‘99): Luke was an all-state alpine skier as a sophomore and earned all-state honors in baseball his junior and senior years. He played baseball for the University of Minnesota, and was twice named Big Ten Player of the Year. He was drafted by the Oakland A’s and named Player of the Decade for the Gophers in 2010.

Michelle (Nelson) LeBow (Class of ‘87): Michelle was a 12-time letter winner in cross country, Nordic skiing and track. She earned All-State honors in track and went on to compete for St. Cloud State. She holds six school records at St. Cloud State and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2009.

Anton Modrynski (Class of ‘52): Tony played football, basketball, baseball, and tennis while at Park, earning a total of 12 letters. He played on Park’s first tennis team ever in 1950, and was a pitcher and catcher in baseball, leading his team to a 26-9 record over three years.

Patrick Waldner (Class of ‘46): “Bruno” participated in football, basketball, baseball, and track while at Park. He played football at Hamline and was inducted into their Hall of Fame. He went on to coach football at the high school, college, and professional levels and is also a member of the Minnesota Football Coaches Hall of Fame.

Charlie Whitbred (Class of ‘68/Coach): “Whit” is a Park legend, both as an athlete and as a coach. He was one of the greatest athletes in the history of Park, and went on to serve as a head coach in soccer, hockey, and softball. He coached softball at the school for 29 years, and during that time he compiled a record of 525 wins and 165 losses, which is the most wins ever by any Class AAA coach in the state.

The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. at Mississippi Dunes on Grey Cloud Island. For ticket information, call Activities Director Phil Kuemmel at 651/768-5720. Once again, congratulations to this year’s inductees. We look forward to honoring them in November.