John's Journal
Class 6A Football Rankings10/12/2019
From The Associated Press.

CLASS 6A
1. Wayzata
2. Lakeville South
3. St. Michael Albertville
4. Totino-Grace
5. Lakeville North
6. Champlin Park
7. Mounds View
8. Eden Prairie
9. Farmington
10. Centennial
Others Receiving Votes: Cretin-Derham-Hall

Remembering Lee Alto, MSHSL Hall Of Fame Member10/12/2019
Lee Alto, a former member of the MSHSL board of directors and an inductee into the MSHSL Hall of Fame, died Thursday in Grand Rapids. He was 73. He served on the MSHSL board from 2000 through 2004 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000.

Lee spent his teaching career in Aitkin and Grand Rapids, and his obituary (below) states, "Lee was a man that wore many hats and will be deeply missed by all who knew him." He was an English teacher, drama, speech, debate, football, softball, and baseball coach.

Everyone associated with the Minnesota State High School League and schools all around our state extend their sympathies to Lee's family and friends.


LeRoy D. "The Little Guy” Alto, age 73 of Grand Rapids, MN passed away Thursday, October 10, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family.

Lee was born in 1945 to LeRoy and Evelyn Alto in Virginia, MN. Lee went to Mesabi Community College and the University of Minnesota Morris, where he earned his bachelor's degree in teaching. Lee taught in Aitkin, MN for 18 years, and then finished his teaching career in Grand Rapids High School after 18 years. He was an English teacher, drama, speech, debate, football, softball, and baseball coach. Lee and Sherri were married on August 29, 1998, and together they enjoyed watching the MN Vikings, Twins, and Gophers.

Lee had an avid love for all MN high school sports, loved to play slow pitch softball and go bowling. He was a loyal member of the Loyal Order of Moose, served on the MN State High School League Board, and was a Hall of Fame member. He loved playing blackjack, was a part-time comedian, and a man of many one-liners.

Lee was a man that wore many hats and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Charles and Richard. Lee is survived by his wife, Sherri; sons, David Alto, Craig (Dawn) Alto; daughter, Amy (Karl) Gotfredson; 10 grandchildren, Bailey, Paxton, Denielle, Mitchell, Brianna, Jordan, Ryan, Megan, Morgan, Zach; one great-grandchild, Quinn; mother-in-law, Lillian “The General” Lutterman; brother-in-law, Marv (Karen) Lutterman; sisters-in-law, Barb Lutterman, Carol (Tony) Burke, Donna (Rich) Derby, Sandy (Duane) Crowe; special friends, Jim and Sharon Haiskanen, Jerry Laird; and many other friends.

Memorials are preferred.

Visitation will be Tuesday, October 15, 2019 from 4:00-7:00 PM at Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids, MN and on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 10:00 AM at Zion Lutheran Evangelical Church, Grand Rapids, MN. The Funeral Service will follow at 11:00 AM. Rev. Ben Buchanan will officiate. Burial will be at Itasca-Calvary Cemetery, Grand Rapids, MN.

Arrangements are with Rowe Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Grand Rapids, MN. To sign the online guestbook or send condolences visit www.rowefuneralhomeandcrematory.com.

Class 3A Volleyball Rankings10/7/2019
From the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association.

CLASS 3A
1. Eagan (16) - 240
2. Northfield - 222
3. Wayzata - 208
4. East Ridge - 187
5. Lakeville North - 174
6. Shakopee - 161
7. Lakeville South - 121
8. Moorhead - 99
9. Champlin Park - 98
10. Minnetonka - 88
Others Receiving Votes: STMA - 50
Teams only appearing on one ballot: Hutchinson, New Prague, Sartell-St. Stephen, Woodbury
Class 2A Volleyball Rankings10/7/2019
From the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association.

CLASS 2A
1. Stewartville (12) - 235
2. North Branch (1) - 212
3. Kasson-Mantorville (1) - 208
4. Marshall (2) - 206
5. Concordia Academy - 175
6. SW Christian - 164
7. Watertown-Mayer - 131
8. Belle Plaine - 130
9. New London-Spicer - 102
10. Sauk Centre - 93
Others Receiving Votes: Annandale - 18
Teams only appearing on one ballot: JCC
Class 1A Volleyball Rankings10/7/2019
From the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association.

CLASS 1A
1. Mayer Lutheran (15) - 239
2. Waterville-Elysian-Morristown - 222
3. Minneota (1) - 211
4. Carlton - 193
5. Mabel-Canton - 163
6. Kittson County Central - 151
7. Kenyon-Wanamingo - 138
8. Caledonia - 123
9. Medford - 91
10. Canby - 34
Others Receiving Votes: BOLD - 32, Pine River-Backus - 26, Lakeview - 25, MACCRAY - 12
Teams only appearing on one ballot: Fosston, Greenyway, Russel-Tyler-Ruthton