John's Journal
Class 2A Wrestling Rankings2/8/2019
From The Guillotine.

1. Kasson-Mantorville (1)
2. Perham (8)
3. Simley (1)
4. Fairmont/Martin County West (3)
5. Scott West (2)
6. Waconia (2)
7. Foley (6)
8. Detroit Lakes (8)
9. Hutchinson (2)
10. Marshall (3)
11. Delano (2)
12. Totino-Grace (5)
Lean and Mean
Annandale/Maple Lake (6), Becker (6), Big Lake (6), Grand Rapids (7), Litchfield (6), Mahtomedi (4), Mora (7), Pierz (8), Plainview-Elgin-Millville (1), Princeton (7), South St. Paul (4), Thief River Falls (8), Tri-City United (2), Watertown-Mayer/Mayer Lutheran (2)
Across State Lines, Making Great Things Happen 2/8/2019
Great things happen every day! The email below describes one example involving two schools, one in Wisconsin and one in Minnesota...

Please allow me to share this with you. Superior High School had a boys hockey game cancelled Thursday, February 7 due to weather. This game was our last home regular-season boys hockey game and our Red the Rink Event. The Red the Rink event was a senior project, a graduation requirement for an SHS student. All proceeds from the Red the Rink event are going to the American Heart Association. A cause very important to this student who had heart surgery this past summer.

Because of several reasons -- rink and official availability, regular-season game schedules and Wisconsin playoffs starting next week -- we are not able to reschedule the game from yesterday. This means no home game for our Red the Rink Event.

I reached out to Duluth East AD Shawn Roed and Essentia Duluth Heritage Center President/CEO Jerry DeMeo to see if they would allow use to host our Red the Rink event at our boys hockey game Monday vs Duluth East at the Heritage Center. I figured no harm in asking and would understand if this request could not be meet.

To our delight, both Shawn (Duluth East hockey) and Jerry instantly agreed to allow us to host our Red the Rink Event at their game and facility this Monday. What a great but not surprising response!!

Thank you for allowing me to share this amazing display of cooperation and compassion Duluth East and the Heritage Center is showing Superior HS and this student. We are forever in their debt. So often we hear about how competition can bring out the worst in schools, I am so pleased to show how it can also bring out the best.

Go Greyhounds and Spartans!

Thank you from SHS.

Ray Kosey
Director of Activities and Community Events
Superior High School
Superior, Wisconsin
Remembering Jon Noreen, A Coach Who Did It The Right Way2/5/2019
Everyone who knew Jon Noreen was devastated when news of his death circulated over the weekend. The 67-year-old retired educator and coach touched countless lives over his career, and he will be missed by many. He died unexpectedly at his home in Avon on Friday.

Jon was well-known statewide for his career as the girls basketball coach at Albany High School. His teams had a record of 476-186 in his 26 years as head coach (he began his coaching career at Elgin-Millville High School), Albany went to state seven times and won a Class 2A state title in 2008. Jon was inducted into the Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2010. He retired from coaching in 2011 so he could watch his three daughters play college basketball.

There is quite a story to that 2008 state championship, and that’s what I will remember most about Jon. At a time when some coaches would have screamed and hollered, Jon did none of that. Here’s what happened…

In the 2007 state championship game, Albany lost to Pipestone 50-49. There was controversy about the winning shot for the Arrows, a three-pointer with 16 seconds to play. During the awards ceremony, replays shown on the video screens at Target Center made it clear that the three-pointer was actually a two-pointer, meaning the score should have been 49-49 at that point.

Afterwards, Coach Noreen was calm. He could have ripped into the officials, but he didn’t. He knew that a lot of things can happen during the course of a game, and what’s most important is how you react to it.

“A game isn't lost on a last-second shot,” he said. “I plan to use this for our kids as a strong, teachable moment. I will use this game as an example for teams to come. It’s part of being successful.”

The good news came a year later when the Huskies won their state title. Jennie Noreen, the youngest of Jon and and Lynette Noreen’s three basketball-playing daughters (along with three sons), was a senior on that 2008 gold-medal team. Jennie, who started on four state tournament teams, scored a game-high 18 points and went 6-for-6 from the free-throw line down the stretch to seal the championship victory over Jordan.

“To win a state title with my last daughter -- that's something special,” Jon said.

Jennie and Joanne Noreen played basketball at Minnesota State Mankato and Darby played at the College of St. Benedict.

A memorial service will be held Saturday in Albany.

Here is the obituary…

A memorial service for Jon Noreen will be held at 2:00PM, Saturday, February 9, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Albany. A visitation will take place at 1:00PM until the time of service. A Celebration of Life at Shady’s reception hall will follow the service. Jon died unexpectedly at his home on Friday. Arrangements are being made by the Miller-Carlin Funeral Homes.

Jon was born October 18, 1951 in St. Paul to Clarence “KY” and Darlene (Sherburn) Noreen. He graduated from Edina High school and attended Mankato State University and earned a degree in Education. He married Lynette Kretchman on July 31, 1982 in Bloomington. He taught and coached football and basketball at the Elgin-Millville High School before moving to Albany in 1987, where he taught Fine Arts and coached the Girls Basketball Team.

He was the head coach for the Albany Girls Basketball Team for 26 years where he had a record of 476 – 186. He led his teams to 15 West Central Conference championships, 11 sub-section Championships, four section Runner-ups and seven State Tournament appearances, winning the state championship in 2008. During his 32 years of coaching basketball, he was named MGBCA Section Coach of the Year three times. During the summers, Jon would travel to Australia with boys and girls basketball players to play in an international basketball tournament. Jon’s teams won the Down Under Classic three times in the 12 years of going to Australia. In 2010, Jon was inducted into the Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. Jon retired from Albany in 2011 then returned for another year of teaching. In 2016, he was named the women's basketball coach at St. Cloud Technical and Community College.

Jon bred and trained labrador retrievers and he owned “Gunnars Kennel” in Avon. Jon was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved spending time with his family, especially his growing number of grandchildren. Jon was excited to spend the summers fishing and boating with the grandchildren and watching them grow.

Jon is survived by his wife, Lynette, Avon; his children; Jake (Carly) Noreen, Hampstead, NC; Darby Noreen, Willmar: Joanne (Tony) Thomason, Peoria, IL; Seth Noreen, Minneapolis; Jennie (Steven) Helget, Mankato; Zach (Tatum) Noreen, Albany; 10 grandchildren and his sister, Karen (Dan) Carlson, Bloomington.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Jana Lynn Noreen.

--Follow John on Twitter @MSHSLjohn and hear him on Minnesota Public Radio.
Class 1A Gymnastics Rankings2/1/2019
From the Minnesota Girls Gymnastics Coaches Association.

1 Detroit Lakes 8A 150.150
2 Sartell-Saint Stephen 7A 146.250
3 Willmar 6A 145.042
4 Mahtomedi 4A 144.950
5 Watertown-Mayer/Mound-Westonka 5A 143.950
6 Big Lake 7A 143.875
7 Perham 8A 143.367
8 Worthington 3A 143.183
9 Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa 1A 142.650
10 Monticello 7A 142.417
11 Melrose Area 6A 139.733
12 New London-Spicer 6A 139.158
13 Waconia 2A 138.983
14 Mankato West 2A 138.150
15 Chisago Lakes 7A 136.958
16 Becker 7A 136.258
17 Martin County Area 3A 135.775
18 Austin 1A 134.683
19 New Ulm Public/NUACS/MVL 2A 134.542
20 St. Paul Highland Park 4A 133.950
21 North Branch 7A 133.825
22 Jackson County Central 3A 133.667
23 Alexandria 8A 133.300
24 Litchfield 6A 132.758
25 Benson-KMS-Montivideo 6A 132.717
Class 2A Gymnastics Rankings2/1/2019
From the Minnesota Girls Gymnastics Coaches Association.

1 Stillwater 4AA 148.700
2 East Ridge 3AA 146.608
3 Owatonna 1AA 146.525
4 Maple Grove 5AA 145.267
5 Champlin Park 5AA 144.600
6 Lakeville North 2AA 144.042
7 Cambridge-Isanti 7AA 142.983
8 Wayzata 5AA 142.500
9 Anoka 7AA 142.367
10 Eden Prairie 6AA 141.925
11 Bemidji 8AA 141.808
12 Eagan 3AA 140.967
13 Lakeville South 2AA 140.958
14 St. Cloud Tech 8AA 140.425
15 Brainerd 8AA 140.258
16 Rosemount 1AA 139.950
17 Rogers 5AA 139.925
18 Farmington 1AA 139.600
19 New Prague 2AA 139.308
20 Northfield 1AA 138.917
21 Edina 6AA 138.775
22 Hopkins 6AA 138.033
23 Elk River/Zimmerman 8AA 137.542
24 Saint Francis 7AA 137.342
25 Roseville Area 4AA 137.275