John's Journal
'What A Wonderful Group Of Young Ladies You Have' 9/7/2018
Here's an email that was sent this morning to Waseca High School girls soccer coach Jenaro Delgado and cc'd to activities director Joe Hedervare, principal Jeanette Swanson and me. It was written by an official who wanted to commend the Waseca athletes for having a great attitude and having fun Thursday evening when the team played a game against Mankato Loyola...

Coach,

I'm Joe Schleis. I had the pleasure of centering your game last night in Janesville. I'm a bit of a night owl. After walking my dog, cleaning up, eating and watching a few Drew Carey Show reruns, I decided I needed to let you know what a wonderful group of young ladies you have representing Waseca.

Prior to the JV game, your varsity (seated in the stands) got up and was dancing to the warm-up music. The girls collectively yelled "Joe!. I believe my wife and daughter, sitting nearby, may have helped with my name. I turned when hearing my name; I saw the fun the girls were having and did a little 4- or 5-seconds dance move from the edge of the track. We're told as officials that we need to find "rapport" with the student-athletes. Their collective chearing was proof that my "human" side was seen. I, too, enjoyed seeing this side of them. I was more than the "guy with the whistle." I may have had an advantage. I've worked games in Waseca, both summer and fall, since your seniors were 6 or 7. I'm a firm believer that knowing the referee isn't always a bad thing.

After your first goal, and of course I didn't see it, some of your girls returned to your half of the field doing what my wife heard was "the Joe." Your girls, when they passed me after the goal were impersonating my little dance routine. My family greatly enjoyed this. Being able to know their roles on the field, as well as mine, and still finding a way to have fun with it, speaks volumes of their maturity and character.

Best of luck this season, with or without, "the Joe."

Thanks for the exceptionally pleasant evening.
Joe Schleis
Class 3A Volleyball Rankings9/5/2018
From the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association

CLASS 3A
1. Lakeville North (7) - 133
2. Champlin Park (2) - 128
3. Eagan - 117
4. Lakeville South - 104
5. Stillwater - 91
6. Forest Lake - 80
7. Minnetonka - 59
8. Hopkins - 56
9. East Ridge - 46
10. Northfield - 45
Others Receiving Votes: Shakopee - 40, St. Michael-Albertville - 25, Elk River - 8, Eden Prairie - 7, Prior Lake - 6
Class 2A Volleyball Rankings9/5/2018
From the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association

CLASS 2A
1. North Branch (10) - 176
2. Stewartville (1) - 159
3. Marshall (1) - 154
4. Kasson-Mantorville - 145
5. Kenyon-Wanamingo - 134
6. Concordia Academy - 120
7. SW Christian - 116
T-8. Belle Plaine - 87
T-8. Watertown-Mayer - 87
10. Holy Angels - 42
Others Receiving Votes: Sauk Centre - 15, Park Rapids - 12, Norwood-Young America - 7, Maple Lake - 6
Class 1A Volleyball Rankings9/5/2018
From the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association

CLASS 1A
1. Waterville-Elysian-Morristown (9) - 177
2. Minneota (3) - 171
3. New Life Academy - 145
4. Caledonia - 134
5. Mayer Lutheran - 129
6. Wabasso - 99
7. Pine River-Backus - 97
8. Mabel-Canton - 85
9. Bethlehem Academy - 61
10. Rush City - 59
Others Receiving Votes: Ada-Borup-West - 22, Windom - 20, Carlton - 14, Fillmore Central - 10, Spring Grove - 10, Wadena-Deer Creek - 8, St. Clair - 7, Sacred Heart - 6
Class 6A Football Rankings9/5/2018
The Associated Press state high school football polls for the week of September 5 (first-place votes in parentheses, record and total points as voted upon by a statewide panel of prep sportswriters):

CLASS 6A
1. Eden Prairie (3) (1-0) 48
2. Minnetonka (2) (1-0) 47
3. Cretin-Derham Hall (1-0) 36
4. Lakeville North (1-0) 33
5. Prior Lake (1-0) 27
6. Edina (1-0) 26
(tie) Maple Grove (1-0) 26
8. Blaine (1-0) 11
9. Champlin Park (1-0) 5
(tie) Wayzata (1-0) 5
Others receiving votes: Roseville 4, Mounds View 3, Buffalo 2, Totino-Grace 2.