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Sloane Martin Makes More Broadcasting History5/1/2019
The Minnesota Lynx announced today that Sloane Martin is the new play-by-play voice of the WNBA team, making her the first female radio play-by-play broadcaster for a professional team in the Twin Cities. Sloane also made history earlier this year as the first female play-by-play voice in the 75-year history of the MSHSL boys state hockey tournament. I wrote about Sloane during the hockey tournament, and here's that story ...

Hockey Broadcaster Sloane Martin Aces The Big Test

Sloane Martin made history on Wednesday, and that's something that has been happening in recent days. Last Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Marney Gellner became the first female to handle play-by-play duties for Minnesota Twins broadcasts, calling spring training games from Florida for Fox Sports North and WCCO Radio.

In downtown St. Paul on Wednesday, Martin made her mark as the first women to do television play-by-play at the MHSL boys state hockey tournament. She worked the first two Class 1A games with Mark Parrish, the analyst for all the 1A games.

It has been a little bit of a whirlwind for Martin (pictured). Last weekend she was in Indianapolis calling a women's basketball game between Indiana and Purdue on the Big Ten Network.

"As soon as the game was over, I drove to the airport and was pulling out my hockey stuff and looking at my notecards," she said after Wednesday's broadcast had ended.

Now a reporter with WCCO Radio, Martin is a Los Angeles native who played basketball at Division III St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y. She has previously called girls state hockey tournament games as well as several Prep Bowl football games.

"I always say that I'm so happy to have had an introduction to Minnesota hockey with the girls because that exposed me to the kind of talent that's in this state, the kind of skill that we see," she said. "I felt like I was able to easily slide into things and it wasn't any kind of adjustment because of my three years doing the girls tournament.

"It's open notes but it's a test. But it's not just a test, it's a big one. It's like the bar exam or the LSAT (Law School Admission Test) or something. I really take a lot of pride in being as prepared as possible. Of course it's knowing players, but I think being a reporter myself I'm very big on narratives and storylines and background stories."

During the telecast Martin was informative, excited and stayed on top of the action. She takes pride in being the first woman to call boys state tournament games, and knows the impact this can have.

"It's been very exciting. And to me the most important thing about this is that representation is important. When you have women who are visible in these roles, it's just going to normalize someone occupying this position. And that's the goal with all of this.

"It's not that I would want any attention for myself, and I'm sure (Marney) would think the same way. It's letting more people see this, so it just becomes something that we accept and know is going to happen in the future."

--Follow John on Twitter @MSHSLjohn, listen to "Preps Today with John Millea" wherever you get podcasts and hear him on Minnesota Public Radio.
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1 Mounds Park Academy
2 St. Paul Academy
3 Breck
4 Rochester Lourdes
5 Thief River Falls
6 Hibbing
7 St. James
8 Virginia
9 Pine City
10 Foley

1 Parker Law 12, Mounds Park
2 Logan Couillard 12, Minneapolis Edison
3 Arjun Goswitz 12, Minnehaha Academy
4 Clayton Haberman 10, Breck
5 Mitch Medvec 12, Lake City
6 Jerry Yang 12, Cotter
7 Justin Prochnow 10, Mounds Park
8 Ishan Nadkarni 10, Breck
9 Pavao Veldic 11, Rochester Lourdes
10 Carter Anderson 12, Hibbing
10 Cole Gillespie 12, Thief River Falls
Class 2A Boys Tennis Rankings4/29/2019
1 Edina
2 Mounds View
3 Blake
4 Eastview
5 Wayzata
6 Orono
7 Lakeville South
8 Eagan
9 Rochester Mayo
10 Rochester Century

1 Maxim Zagrebelny 12, Eagan
2 Gavin Young 10, Eastview
3 Varun Iyer 12, Rochester Century
4 Bjorn Swenson 9, Mounds View
5 Joe Mairs 11, Blake
6 Sujit Chepuri 10, Blake
7 John Kasner 12, Orono
8 Oskar Jansson 8, Edina
9 Hunter Roseth 12, Lakeville South
10 Caleb Fridinger 11, East Ridge
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1. Park
1. Forest Lake
3. Maple Grove
4. Lakeville North
5. Chanhassen
6. Shakopee
7. Centennial
7. Farmington
9. Stillwater
9. East Ridge
Others receiving votes: Elk River, Eastview, Rosemount, New Prague, Champlin Park, North, Rogers, Woodbury.
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
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