John's Journal
Arizona Boys' Volleyball Report4/1/2010
I had a great time today watching the Sunrise Mountain Mustangs defeat the Williams Field Black Hawks 3-0 in a varsity boys' volleyball match.

As I wrote here on John's Journal yesterday, Arizona -- where I am spending some time off this week -- does indeed have boys' volleyball as a spring sport. The regular season starts in early March and ends in late April. The Arizona girls' volleyball season is in the fall, as in Minnesota.

The two teams I watched today (including a relative who plays for Sunrise Mountain; nice job, Erik) are far apart geographically in the Phoenix area. If there are no traffic concerns, it takes about an hour to drive between the two schools. Sunrise Mountain is in Peoria (northwest of Phoenix) and Williams Field is in Higley (southeast of Phoenix).

I picked up a Williams Field springs sports calendar while paying my admission at the gym. The school's spring sports are baseball, softball, boys' volleyball, boys' and girls' tennis and boys' and girls' track. Those seasons start as early as Feb. 19 and the last regular-season competition is May 7.

There clearly are no Minnesota-like spring weather concerns in the Phoenix area. But on the flip side, the temperature in Minneapolis as I write this is 70 degrees; in Phoenix right now it is 60 degrees. Go figure.

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An Odd Prep Sports Outing3/31/2010
Hi, readers of John's Journal. I'm taking some time off this week for a long-ago-planned vacation in Phoenix. Something came up while we're here that's an interesting twist on the prep sports we are accustomed to in Minnesota.

I was talking to a relative who lives here, and he has a child who play high school varsity volleyball. His child is a boy, however. Yes, Arizona has boys' prep volleyball, with a spring season. So on Thursday evening I'm hoping to venture to a nearby high school and see a match.

I'll report back right here on what I see.



Championship Saturday is Here3/27/2010
The teams from Sebeka and Minnesota Transitions are warming up in front of me at Target Center and the Class 1A boys’ basketball state championship game will begin shortly.

It’s going to be a great day of hoops. The games are being televised by Channel 45 and streamed online at 45.grandstadium.tv

I’ll be posting halftime and final scores on my Twitter feed as well as on “MSHSL” on Facebook.

Let’s get this party started!

John Millea is on Twitter at twitter.com/mshsljohn
Transitions Wins 1A Title3/27/2010
In a game between two teams hopingto win their first state championship, Minnesota Transitions has defeated Sebeka 61-52 for the 1A crown.

Medals and trophies are being awarded now.
Class 1A All-Tournament Team3/27/2010
--Blake Lea and Kasey Olloff, Rushford-Peterson.

--Trevor Gruis and Casey Schilling, Ellsworth.

--Joey Cuperus, John Clark and Alex Brockpahler, Sebeka.

--Kyle Noreen, Kevin Noreen and Rodney Owens, Minnesota Transitions.