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Sunday, April 21, 2013
High School League's Thoughts On Spring
Who isn’t talking about the weather these days? Rain, sleet, freezing rain, snow, “sneet” (snow and sleet at the same time). Unseasonably cold temperatures. Athletic facilities unavailable due to the precipitation.
 
Most Minnesota State High School League member schools have been unable to compete or even able to schedule most of their outdoor spring activities due to what some are calling either a “late spring” or “extended winter.”
 
MSHSL staff has met and developed some ideas that may assist member schools in making the best of what has so far been a disappointing and miserable spring season.
 
A memo has been sent to member schools with the intent of assisting administrators in making informed choices about the best out of what our northern climate has to offer in the weeks to come.
 
Following is the memo that was sent to member schools earlier this month, drafted by Executive Director Dave Stead:
 
To: Member Schools and Region Secretaries
From: MSHSL Staff
Re: Spring (Really?) Sports
Date: April 15, 2013
 
We’ve been experiencing a really cruel April Fool’s joke for far too long, and it’s getting to all of us. I know we were spoiled last year, but at some point in time the sun will shine for more than a couple of minutes, the snow will melt, and our spring athletes will have some outside time.
 
While it’s really important to get outside and have a “real season,” there is a significant difference in weather conditions between the northern and southern parts of Minnesota. Games and meets have been rescheduled, rescheduled, rescheduled and perhaps cancelled. Amidst all of these frustrations, normal school activities and end-of-the-year testing face all of our member schools.
 
We all know about the participation values inherent in school athletics, and we encourage each school to do everything possible to provide safe conditions for athletes. REMEMBER, you don’t have to play all of the games allowed for your sport. In fact, many teams don’t have that luxury during any spring season. And, as the spring progresses, be sure to keep school time and academics as the highest priority.
 
Because of the above, our staff has provided a few ideas regarding your regular-season events. You may already have thought of many of the items we’ve listed below, and if you’ve considered additional adjustments, let us know and we’ll pass them on to our other member schools.
 
· Teams are allowed to play until the end of the season (the final day of the state tournament in that sport) even if your team is eliminated from the tournament. Don’t forget this because these extra days provide a great opportunity for you to work with your younger players who will be returning next year.
 
· Change your dual contests to triangular or quadrangular ones in order to allow your players to compete against more teams. In golf, that may mean playing 9-hole matches rather than an 18-hole match or inviting twice as many teams to an invitational and only play 9 holes so that everyone has a chance to compete.
 
· BE SURE TO USE EVERY AVAILABLE SATURDAY for your events. We know many people don’t like to do that, but given the end of the school year and the testing schedule, this is one of the best options you have.
 
· Double headers in baseball and softball may be a great option to complete two games in one day. THE NFHS HAS AGREED TO LET US PLAY 5 OR 6-INNING DOUBLE HEADERS. Or…you can schedule two 7-inning games. Play the first 7 inning game and do your best to complete the second game. If the second game ends early due to weather conditions or darkness, it can be considered a regulation game if 4 ½ or 5 innings have been completed.
 
· Conference play could be a single round rather than a double round. You would still have a conference champion and be able to schedule non-conference games.
 
· Compress the section tournament playoff format. In other words, don’t s-t-r-e-t-c-h out the playoff’s. That change by the Region Committee will allow schools to have additional dates in May and early June to play games that have been lost this spring.
 
· You have to play when and where the field is ready. This is especially true for Lacrosse as well as baseball and softball. That may mean that you “go to where the field is ready” rather than wait for home games. Remember, this year is different, and while home games are important, playing the game is, perhaps, more important.
 
· Tennis matches can utilize adjusted scoring for the third set and use the “Super Tie-breaker” format.
 
· Track and Field meets are considered official meets even when specific field events, such as the discus, cannot be conducted due to the condition of the venue. Mutual agreement must be reached prior to the start of the meet and no team points will be awarded for those events that cannot be conducted. (Rule2-1-6)
 
Because of the current snowfall and the yet unknown weather conditions for Minnesota, questions have been asked about moving the state tournament dates farther into June. Given the number of changes that would need to be addressed at subsection, section, and state tournament sites, as well as family plans, summer jobs, camps and clinics, and other summer activities that would be conflicted, it doesn’t seem as if that’s an option that could realistically be considered.
 
However, if there are changes for any of our spring sports, we will contact you ASAP.
 
Posted By MSHSL/Kyle Gylsen
Thursday, April 18, 2013
13-Year-Old, 7th-Grade Girls' Basketball Player Makes College Commitment
Katlyn Gilbert is a wildly talented girls basketball player. That much is not in question. What is surprising is what she's been up to lately. Unlike her seventh grade classmates, Gilbert has been weighing up her collegiate future even though she hasn't even set foot in high school yet.

In fact, according to the Indianapolis Star, Gilbert has even made up her mind. The Indianapolis (In.) Heritage Christian School youngster committed to play for Evansville after her college decision was cleared by her mother.

“It’s a long time away but there is a couple of reasons I allowed her to commit,” Gilbert's mother Stephanie Roach, the junior varsity coach at Heritage Christian School told the Star. “We run a basketball program so we are around college coaches all the time. We particularly like the college coaches at Evansville. So if everything is still the same as it now and those coaches are still at Evansville, we would love her to play for them.”

Of course, assuming everything will be the same at Evansville in six years is a significant leap of faith, which is precisely why Gilbert's early commitment feels so ludicrous. Add to that the fact that the 13-year-old has yet to compete at the high school level, let alone prove that she is ready for collegiate competition.

Heck, there's a reasonable chance she might burn out on basketball long before she even reaches college.

Nevertheless, Gilbert's mother and the Heritage Christian varsity coach both claim that she is on pace to achieve remarkable things, even if her commitment will almost certainly bring major attention from others that she might not have anticipated.

“She would have been competitive within our high school program,” Heritage Christian coach Rick Risinger told the Star. "She’ll be a nice well-rounded player. Nice attitude and has a good work ethic, those intangibles that are so important for good players. She develop as gets older and continue to get stronger and stronger. Her potential is exciting.”

Posted By Yahoo! Sports
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
White Named MCAC Pitcher Of The Week
Lindsey White of Menahga was named the softball pitcher of the week in the northern division of Minnesota College Athletic Conference on April 16.

During the second week of April, White went 4-0 and recorded one save. She struck out 34 batters while walking only five.

At the time of the award, White was leading the MCAC north with a 9-3 record and a 1.48 ERA.  She had 88 strikeouts and just 18 walks in 66 innings of work.  She was also tied for fourth with 21 RBI.

Lindsey, a sophomore, is the daughter of Bob and Kerry White.


Posted By Kyle Gylsen
Monday, April 1, 2013
Brockpahler Earns Triple A Award
Katianne Brockpahler of Sebeka was among the four Minnesota high school students who were honored with the Minnesota State High School League Academics, Arts and Athletics Award — Triple A Award — during an on-court ceremony at the 2013 State Boys’ Basketball Tournament on March 23.

In addition to Brockpahler, the other three students who received this year’s award were Ted Deitz of Alexandria, Allison Reichl of St. Cloud Apollo and Steffan Stroh of Underwood. Each student will receive a four-year, $1,000 scholarship from the Minnesota State High School League.

Established in 1988, the award, popularly known as the Triple A Award, recognizes and rewards high school seniors from across the state for their achievements in the classroom, the arts and athletics. To qualify for the award, students must have a “B” or better grade point average and participate in League-sponsored athletic and fine arts activities. League member schools are invited to nominate two students,one boy and one girl, for the award. Award recipients are selected through a multi-level process involving the League’s administrative regions and a committee of athletic, fine arts and educational leaders.

“The Triple A Award is one of the most coveted awards presented to students in Minnesota,” explained Jody Redman, associate director of the Minnesota State High School League. “Since its inception in 1988, more than 12,000 students have represented their school as nominees in the Triple A program.”

Fairview Sports and Orthopedic Care, the Institute for Athletic Medicine, and AAA Minnesota sponsor the Triple A Awards program, which is now in its 25th year.

Here are the 32 Academics, Arts and Athletics Award finalists:

CLASS A

1A -- Jillian Krier, Byron
1A -- Jacob Johnson, Cotter
2A -- Hannah Goemann, United South Central
2A -- Grant Becker, Fairmont Area
3A -- Rachel Cheadle, Fulda
3A -- Maxwell Whitehead, Murray County Central
4A -- Melanie Luikart, St. Paul Academy and Summit School
4A -- Francesco Di Caprio, St. Paul Academy and Summit School
5A -- Noelle Elvehjem, Mora
5A -- Adam Martin, Pine City
6A -- Katianne Brockpahler, Sebeka
6A -- Steffan Stroh, Underwood
7A -- Amy Bianco, Ely
7A -- Isaac Coil, Moose Lake
8A -- Courtney Kirkeide, Greenbush-Middle River
8A -- Tyler Bentow, Greenbush-Middle River

CLASS AA

1AA -- Christina Monson, Albert Lea
1AA -- Nick Brehmer, Austin
2AA -- Carolyn Osdoba, Mankato East
2AA -- Gordon Moore, Worthington
3AA -- Sonja Hedblom, Eagan
3AA -- Daniel Spika, Eastview
4AA -- Allison Cordes, Roseville Area
4AA -- Calvin Carlson, St. Paul Central
5AA -- Kaley Shagen, Osseo
5AA -- Matthew Fruzyna, Spring Lake Park
6AA -- Allison Domingues, Robbinsdale Armstrong
6AA -- Lucas Ray, Robbinsdale Cooper
7AA -- Rebekah Meyer, Chisago Lakes Area
7AA -- Luke Heine, Cloquet
8AA -- Allison Reichl, St. Cloud Apollo
8AA -- Ted Deitz, Alexandria

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