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Class 3A Girls Basketball Rankings11/21/2017
Provided by Minnesota Basketball News

CLASS 3A
1. DeLaSalle
2. Holy Angels
3. Hutchinson
4. Cooper
5. Grand Rapids
6. Mahtomedi
7. Simley
8. Northfield
9. Waseca
10. Hill-Murray
Class 2A Girls Basketball Rankings11/21/2017
Provided by Minnesota Basketball News

CLASS 2A
1. Sauk Centre
2. Minnehaha Academy
3. Rochester Lourdes
4. Norwood-Young America
5. Roseau
6. Eden Valley-Watkins
7. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton
8. Byron
9. Rush City
10. Maranatha Christian
Class 1A Girls Basketball Rankings11/21/2017
Provided by Minnesota Basketball News

CLASS 1A
1. Goodhue
2. Lyle-Pacelli
3. Hayfield
4. Mountain Iron-Buhl
5. Bigfork
6. Ada-Borup
7. Lac Qui Parle Valley
8. Cromwell-Wright
9. Southwest Minnesota Christian
10. Sleepy Eye
Erich Martens To Be New Executive Director11/20/2017
The Minnesota State High School League’s Board of Directors on Monday approved a selection committee’s recommendation to hire Erich Martens as the seventh executive director in the 101-year history of the organization.

Martens, currently the principal at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School, was approved in a
roll-call vote after a selection committee’s recommendation to the board of directors.

“The Minnesota State High School League is a very respected organization and
provides outstanding opportunities for students in academics, arts, and athletics and I
am thrilled to move into the executive director role and support students, coaches,
athletic directors, and administrators as they continue to pursue their passions and learn
through their participation,” Martens said.

Martens has served as the principal at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School since 2004.
Previously, he was the principal at Sauk Centre High School from 1999-2004. He
began his career in education in 1988 as a mathematics instructor and coach with
positions at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School, Cosmos High School and Mitchell (S.D.)
Middle School.

A graduate of St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., Martens has held numerous
leadership roles, dating to 2005. He served as president of the MSHSL’s board of
directors during the 2015-2016 school year and has had leadership roles with the
Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals.

“I am extremely proud of the work done by the selection committee,” said board of directors president Dave Swanberg. “The work was thorough, intentional and professional. Erich
Martens was selected because of his growth mindset, calm demeanor and his ability to
bring people together to work toward a common goal.”

Martens will take over for Dave Stead, the longest-serving executive director in MSHSL
history. In August, Stead announced he will transition to a senior staff role. The start
date for Martens is to be determined.

"I believe it is imperative that the League continue the traditions on which it has been
built, and at the same time be intentional about innovation and creativity,” Martens said.
“We need to continue to work with our member schools to provide great opportunities
and look for ways to grow new programs and also increase the diversity of leadership within our organization to reach all schools and represent all students."
Committee Recommends Erich Martens as MSHSL Executive Director11/18/2017
After an extensive selection process, a selection committee has strongly
recommended that Erich Martens be hired as the next MSHSL Executive Director.
Longtime executive director Dave Stead has announced that he will transition to a
senior staff role on Feb. 1. Martens, a former high school coach and MSHSL Board
of Directors president, is the principal at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School.

The selection committee said in a statement: “Erich Martens’ credentials are impressive
as his interviews. We strongly believe he is an excellent choice to lead the
MSHSL. He has been offered the position of Executive Director subject to full
Board of Directors approval, and he enthusiastically accepted the position.”

Martens was named Minnesota High School Principal of the Year in 2013 by the
Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals and was named Central
Minnesota's Principal of the Year in 2012. Martens attended St. John's University
and St. Cloud State University. He worked as a math teacher before becoming an
administrator. He's been the principal at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School for more
than a decade.

The Board of Directors will hold a Special Meeting at the MSHSL office in Brooklyn Center at 9 a.m. on Monday, November 20, 2017 to act on the
recommendation of the Selection Committee to hire the next Executive Director of the MSHSL.