John's Journal
Baseball/Softball Weather-Related Changes Approved4/11/2018
Due to the unseasonably cool temperatures, poor field conditions, frozen turf, and supply of
officials, the MSHSL Board of Directors’ Executive Committee has taken action to increase the
opportunities for member schools to schedule and complete contests in a condensed season. This
memo identifies a process to be used for the regular season only for the Spring 2018 baseball and softball season.

Length of Games

The length of a baseball or softball game may be amended as follows:

• By mutual agreement of the schools, two member schools may agree to play two 5 inning
games in a doubleheader format, or as currently available, doubleheaders may be played
with the first game lasting 7 innings and the second game lasting 5 innings or until a
“regulation game” is completed

• Single games must still be played under the NFHS rules requiring 7 inning games or until
a “regulation game” is completed.

• Appropriate application of the rules regarding “regulation game” and “suspended game”
is required. To review these rules, please see the softball and baseball activity pages in
the online Rules and Policy Manual.

Officiating Waiver Process

While every effort should be made to have two registered officials, the following officiating
arrangements can be used by following the waiver process*:

• Softball: One registered official is required and two are recommended. Using a single
non-registered official requires a waiver*.

• Baseball: Two registered officials are required. Using one registered and one nonregistered
official or using only one registered official requires a waiver*.

*A waiver may be obtained by sending an email to Jason Nickleby, MSHSL Coordinator of
Officials at prior to the first pitch of the contest. The waiver is in effect
upon the submission of the email. Verification of the receipt of the waiver will take place within
24 hours.
Class 1A Boys Tennis Rankings4/11/2018
1 Rochester Lourdes
2 Breck
3 St. Paul Academy
4 St. Peter
5 Mound Westonka
6 Litchfield
7 Virginia
8 Holy Family Catholic
9 St. James
10 Luverne

1 Parker Law, Mounds Park
2 Logan Couillard, Minneapolis Edison
3 Drew Elofson, St. Peter
4 Max Soll, SPA
5 Rafat Solaiman, St. Peter
6 Eric Chestolowski, Rochester Lourdes
7 Jake Seitz, Virginia
8 Kevin Turlington, Rochester Lourdes
9 Victor Nelson, Mound Westonka
10 Clayton Haberman, Breck
Class 2A Boys Tennis Rankings4/11/2018
1 Blake
2 Rochester Century
3 Edina
4 Orono
5 Wayzata
6 Rochester Mayo
7 Minneapolis Washburn
8 Mounds View
9 Minnetonka
tie 10 Eastview
tie 10 East Ridge

1 Sebastian Vile, Rochester Mayo
2 Maxim Zagrebelny, Eagan
3 Jack Barker, Blake
4 Nick Aney, Rochester Century
5 Conner Olsen, Orono
6 Gavin Young, Eastview
7 Varun Iyer, Rochester Century
8 Ben Wheaton, Minnetonka
9 Petro Alex, Mounds View
10 Ian Altenburg, Chaska
Stuck Indoors, The Polars Are Working Out, Having Fun4/11/2018
While the girls and boys track and field teams at North St. Paul High School were practicing, an errant softball – thrown as players loosened their arms in a hallway -- slammed loudly against the outside of a closed gymnasium door. Such is life when rotten spring weather puts the kibosh on outdoor sports and forces everyone inside.

Like every other school in Minnesota, athletes at North St. Paul are waiting for outdoor conditions to improve so they can use the track, baseball, softball and lacrosse fields, golf courses and tennis courts. In the meantime, the Polars (their nickname is quite fitting this spring) are stuck in the school gym, teams rotating through from 3 p.m. until late in the evening.

“I guess what we really work on is trying to make it fun for the kids, keep a good, positive perspective. They didn’t sign up to run in the gym all spring,” said Polars girls and boys track coach Todd Wallert.

Baseball, softball and track teams have been practicing since March 12, with other sports beginning a week or two later. There has definitely been frustration at being stuck indoors, but coaches and athletes are making the most of it.

“I’ve been playing since seventh grade so this is not new to me. I’ve experienced the indoor practices for quite some time,” said Polars senior softball player Aidan Crotty. “I think our coaches are pretty unique in the fact that they try to make things creative and fun for us. We’ve done yoga, we’ve done laser tag; they try to find ways for it to be fun and creative because there’s only so much you can do in a gym space.”

Indoor workouts can be highly structured and organized. During a two-hour practice earlier this week, the North St. Paul softball team used two batting cages that were lowered from the ceiling, along with several other batting stations on one side of the gym and a mock field with plastic bases on the other side of a partition. The gymnasium was filled with the sounds of bats striking balls and balls smacking into gloves.

“We get a lot of hitting in, we get some fielding in, some infield, some outfield,” said Tom Nemo, the softball co-coach along with Cliff Charpentier. “It’s not like you’re outside. You can work on baserunning, sliding, but you’re limited. You’ve got to make the best of it.”

Because of the weather and what will be a rushed regular season once games begin, the executive committee of the MSHSL board of directors has approved changes for baseball and softball, allowing doubleheaders with two five-inning games (instead of the normal seven innings) and playing games with one umpire if a waiver is approved by the MSHSL.

The most important thing right now is patience, waiting for snow to melt and the ground to dry.

“For field events, it’s honestly the worst,” said North St. Paul junior Noah Hurley, a pole vaulter and triple jumper. “For pole vaulting, we don’t have an indoor pit. We can only work on certain parts of our technique. We have the pit ready to vault when the snow melts, but it keeps on snowing. Also, we can’t get out to the jumping pits because there’s still snow on the track.”

Senior Jebeh Cooke, who runs the 100, 200 and on relay teams, said, “It’s kind of hard for sprints, because these are hardwood floors (in the gym) and the floors are really slippery so you can fall because we can’t use our spikes. So to get used to the blocks and the actual sprints, it’s going to be harder to do it in actual meets. And meets get pushed back because of the weather.”

The track teams were first in the gym after school Monday, followed by softball, baseball and lacrosse. The Polars golf teams can use domes and nets to work on their game, tennis players have been using the hockey arena across the street from the school as well as the University of Minnesota’s Baseline Tennis Center.

“We’re fortunate,” said North St. Paul activities director Jed Helwig. “We don’t have a big space but we have gym space to be able to offer this. And of course, we use the hallways, which isn’t unique for anybody at this point in time.”

At the beginning of track practice, the athletes sat on the gym floor as Wallert talked. He presented Zebra Cakes to Hurley and Shaliciah Jones for being named “athletes of the meet” at a recent indoor competition at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. That has been the team’s only meet during a month of practice.

Wallert, who has been coaching for 33 years, said this spring’s weather ranks among the three worst he has experienced.

“Over spring break we had one day when we were out on the track and it was actually nice,” he said. “But that was before April 1. You just kind of stick with it and make it fun. They’ll get through it. Pretty soon we’ll be outside and it will be a regular year.”

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Longtime 'Voice Of MSHSL' Bob Reid Has Died4/5/2018
Bob Reid, the former public address announcer for Minnesota State High School League state tournaments in football, boys hockey, and boys and girls basketball as well as four other sports for 42 years, died on Friday in Wausau, Wis. He was 86.

He meticulously prepared for every tournament. “Kids are sensitive,” he once said. “They’ve worked hard to get to the state tournament. I certainly didn’t want to mar their tournament experience with mispronunciations. They deserve better than that.”

Reid was the Minnesota North Star first administrative director from 1967-72 and then became the Met Center building manager until 1985.

He also worked as high school baseball umpire, as publicity director and lead statistician for the WCHA and as a statistician for the Vikings. He was a 2005 inductee into the MSHSL Hall of Fame.

A memorial service will be held for him at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Wausau.

Here is a full obituary...

Bob Reid, 86, formerly of Edina, passed away Friday, March 30, 2018. Bob loved to tell a good story, sharing (and hearing) jokes, the Chicago Cubs, and tapping his toes to Big Band and polka music. He was a "doer," and an outstanding role model with an exceptional work ethic.

He was born June 12, 1931 in Minneapolis, Minn. to the late Robert S. and Meryl Reid. Bob grew up in the Edina-Morningside neighborhood, graduating from St. Louis Park High School in 1949 and the University of Minnesota, class of 1953, earning a degree in Radio Speech. He was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity. He married Eleanor "Elie" Weld on Feb. 2, 1962 in Minneapolis. She claimed sharing the date with Groundhog's Day would ensure Bob couldn't forget their anniversary. Together they raised two children, Fritz and Julie.

Bob's professional career was centered on sports and entertainment management, enjoying a variety of notable roles. While attending the U of M, he worked for the Athletic Department's Intramural and Sports Information offices. After graduation, he was part of the Minnesota Centennial Commission's publicity team. He became the publicity director for the Minneapolis Lakers basketball team from 1955-58, then joined Max Winter Attractions as an associate until 1963, where he provided public relations support for the Harlem Globetrotters, the Hawaiian State Fair and the Midwest Auto Show. He became a partner with Padilla, Sarjeant, Sullivan and Speer Public Relations for four years, representing clients like the Grain Belt brewery and the Ice Follies. His connections led him to join the fledgling Minnesota North Stars, where he served as the team's first administrative director from 1967-1972 and then became the Met Center building manager until 1985, expanding his duties to oversee the building that hosted not only the hockey team, but numerous rock concerts, the Barnham & Bailey Circus and the Ice Follies. He loved to talk about his experiences hosting the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and other major bands. During this time, he was involved with the International Association of Auditorium Managers' professional organization (now the IAVM), serving on its board of directors and on various committees. His last career move found Bob working for the Vee Corporation organizing the Sesame Street Live stage shows as its director of booking from 1985-1997.

Bob's interest in sports found him also serving for 42 years as the lead public address announcer for the Minnesota State High School League state hockey, baseball, softball, football and wrestling tournaments; as well as for the MSHSL as a baseball umpire; for the Western Collegiate Hockey Association as publicity director and lead statistician, and also as a statistician for the Minnesota Vikings. He was also part of a group and one of the first coaches who started the Edina Little League organization in the 1950s.

Bob and Elie lived in Edina until 2003, when they moved to Wausau, Wisconsin, to be closer their to daughter Julie and her family. Bob's volunteer work was extremely important and fulfilling to him. While living in Minnesota, he was part of the Edina Recycling Commission, VEAP, Edina-Morningside Church, Loaves and Fishes, Edina High School PTA, Walk for Mankind, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Friends of Edina Public Library and St. Alban's Episcopal Church. After moving to Wausau, he was part of The Grand Theater board of directors, Friends of the Marathon County Public Library, St. John's Episcopal Church and Mobile Meals. As a former public relations man, he took great pleasure in collecting newspaper clippings for friends and family and keeping detailed travel diaries of the adventures he and Elie had traveling overseas to visit 46 countries and all seven continents.

Bob is survived by his son, Frederic "Fritz" Reid, partner Kim Forrest and son Forrest Hansen, Shingle Springs, Calif., daughter Julie Bliss, husband Jim, and children Reid Baker and Charlotte Bliss; siblings, older brother John M. "Jack" Reid, Seattle, Wash. and "baby" sister, Betty (Reid) Kuechle, Chanhassen, Minn, and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Elie, in 2009.

Fritz and Julie would like to thank the warm and supportive staff at Colonial Manor for taking such loving care of Bob over the past year. A funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 7 at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, 330 McClellan Street, Wausau, with The Rev. Meredyth Albright officiating. Visitation with Fritz and Julie will be at 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the church, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum or St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church. To share online condolences, please visit