|MSHSL, School Space Media form live streaming partnership
The Minnesota State High School League announced on Sept. 6 a partnership with School Space Media and www.prepspotlight.tv to bring unprecedented live streaming coverage of League events.
During the 2018-19 school year, School Space Media will provide exclusive and extensive coverage of 20 League activities via the Internet free of charge to viewers.
“We are really excited about this next chapter in bringing League events to our member schools and fans,” said Tim Leighton, the MSHSL’s Communications Coordinator. “In this constantly-evolving media world, streaming is an important medium in sharing the events, news and features of the League to our followers.”
School Space Media’s online coverage will include most League events with the exception of the Prep Bowl football championship games, the semifinals and championship rounds of the girls hockey tournament, all championship rounds of the boys hockey tournament, and the championship rounds of both boys and girls basketball. 45TV, the League’s television broadcast partner, will stream those events free of charge at www.prep45.com .
PrepSpotlight.tv began streaming high school activities in 2013. In that span, the St. Paul-based company has streamed more than 2,000 high school events in three states. PrepSpotlight.tv has worked with the MSHSL since 2015, providing online coverage of the football quarterfinals, as well as the basketball, soccer, lacrosse and Adapted Athletics state tournaments.
“PrepSpotlight.tv makes it easier to be a fan of high school sports,” said Brian Nicholson, president of School Space Media. “This partnership provides Minnesota high school sports fans with the best coverage, and together, we’re providing access like no other association in the country. That means more coverage and more memories for the participants and the fans.”
PrepSpotlight.tv is the television programming division of School Space Media. School Space Media provides unique media platforms to serve high school sports fans and advertisers.
In addition to producing Minnesota Prep Spotlight, School Space Media continues to produce high school sports shows and livestreaming in Colorado and Arizona. The website Prepspotlight.tv is the premiere online home of high school athletic sports streams.
|State Girls Tennis Tournament
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. – The State Girls’ Tennis Tournament is scheduled for October 23-26. Here is a look at the tournament:
Class A: Reed Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis. Team competition will take place on October 23 and 24 followed by the individual tournament on October 25 and 26. Team quarterfinal pairings are: St. James, which includes students from Butterfield-Odin and Mountain Lake Christian vs. East Grand Forks (8 a.m.); Litchfield vs. Osakis (10 a.m.); Rochester Lourdes vs. Jordan (Noon); The Blake School of Minneapolis vs. Virginia (2 p.m.).
Class AA: Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis. Team competition will take place on October 23 and 24 followed by the individual tournament on October 25 and 26. Team quarterfinal pairings are: No. 1 Seed - Edina vs. Wayzata (8 a.m.); No. 4. Seed – Mounds View vs. No. 5 Seed – Eagan (10 a.m.); No. 2 Seed – Minnetonka vs. Elk River, which includes students from Zimmerman (Noon); No. 3 Seed – Rochester Mayo vs. St. Cloud Tech (2 p.m.).
Tickets: Free admission
Official ball: Wilson (US Open Extra Duty)
Brackets and Results: Posted on the League’s website at www.mshsl.org.
Social media: Follow the tournament on the League’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @MSHSL and @MSHSLJohn.
Class A – The Blake School returns in search of a fourth consecutive championship. If the Bears win, it would be their 12th title overall. The Blake School was also the top-ranked team in the final coaches’ poll of the season. Four other teams return from the 2017 field: Rochester Lourdes, third; Osakis, fourth; Litchfield, fifth; and Virginia, sixth. The Class A team tournament is not seeded.
Class AA – The Edina Hornets, who were ranked No. 1 in the final coaches’ poll, return to defend their 2017 title. The Hornets are looking for their 33rd championship. Edina East also won three team titles. Six other teams return from last year’s field: St. Cloud Tech, runner-up; Wayzata, fourth; Elk River, fifth; and Eagan, sixth. Rochester Mayo and Minnetonka both bowed out in the consolation semifinals. This is the seventh year that the Class AA team tournament has been seeded. The top five seeds this year, in order, are: Edina, Minnetonka, Rochester Mayo, Mounds View, and Eagan.
Class A – Junior Arlina Shen of The Blake School, who has placed second for the past three years, is this year’s top seed. She will face tough competition junior Katie Mulvey of Trinity School at River Ridge of Eagan, the No. 2 seed. Mulvey placed third last year. Junior Danielle Thorfinnson of Minnewaska Area of Glenwood, sophomore Ally Agerland of Holy Family Catholic of Victoria, and sophomore Elise Bierbaum of Litchfield are seeded No. 3, No. 4, and No. 5 this year, respectively. Thorfinnson lost in the championship quarterfinals in 2017 and Agerland placed fourth. Bierbaum went home with the consolation hardware. Junior Natalie Allison and sophomore Clare Palen of Rochester Lourdes return to defend their doubles crown. They are the top-seeded team this year. Senior Audrey Delich of Eveleth-Gilbert, who placed second with Madilyn Jankila last year, will compete with eighth-grader Lydia Delich this year. Lydia Delich fell in the consolation quarterfinals of the single tournament in 2017. Delich and Delich are seeded No. 4 this year. Senior Shanna Kinney and sophomore Avery Stilwell placed third in 2017 and are seeded No. 2 this season. The remaining seeded teams are: sophomore Sonia Baig and ninth-grader Bella Suk of The Blake School (No. 3); and junior Greta Reichmann and ninth-grader Alissa Thorfinnson of Minnewaska Area (No. 5). Thorfinnson lost in the 2017 consolation quarterfinals with Hannah Orlowski.
Class AA – Sophomore Nicole Copeland of Edina returns to defend her singles title. She is the top seed for a second consecutive year. Sophomore Aili Hietala of Duluth East is seeded No. 2 this year. Shen claimed third-place honors in 2017. The remaining three seeds are senior Andrea Jansson of Edina (No. 3); ninth-grader Annika Elvestrom of Minnetonka (No. 4); and senior Kelsey Dorr of Princeton (No. 5). Dorr and Jansson are making the move from singles to doubles this year. Dorr placed second with Reilee Schepper last year and Jansson earned consolation honors with Margaux Boyer. Elvestrom fell in the consolation quarterfinals of the singles tournament in 2017. Charlotte Bowles of Prior Lake returns to defend her title in the doubles competition. Bowles won with Taylor Jackson in 2017 and will partner with junior Nic Keller this year. Bowles and Keller are also the top-seeded duo this year. Ninth-grader Julia Baber and eighth-grader Paige Sargent of Rochester Century, who are seeded No. 3, are looking to improve on last year’s sixth-place showing. The remaining seeded teams are: seniors Maddie Suk and Rachel Kelly of Hopkins (No. 2); seniors Emily Norman and Amalin Sorajja of Rochester Mayo (No. 4); and senior Taylor Trondson and junior Paige Trondson of Mounds View (No. 5). Norman and Sorajja fell in the consolation quarterfinals in 2017.
2017 STATE TOURNAMENT RECAP
Class A – The Blake School claimed its third consecutive and 11th overall state championship after defeating Holy Family Catholic 7-0 in the title match. On their way to the championship, the Bears defeated Litchfield 7-0 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, The Blake School beat Rochester Lourdes 7-0. The Eagles of Rochester Lourdes bounced back to win third-place honors after posting a 6-1 victory over Osakis. Litchfield defeated Virginia 6-1 in the consolation final. Top-seeded Lainey Axell of The Blake School defeated teammate Arlina Shen, the No. 2 seed, to earn the singles crown. The final score was 6-1, 6-2. The runner-up showing was the third consecutive for Shen. Clare Palen and Natalie Allison of Rochester Lourdes took top honors in the doubles event. They defeated Audrey Delich and Madilyn Jankila of Eveleth-Gilbert 6-3, 7-5.
Class AA – The Edina Hornets won their 32nd title after posting a 7-0 victory over St. Cloud Tech. The Hornets started their run with a 6-1 win over Eagan in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, Edina defeated Wayzata 7-0. Mahtomedi beat Wayzata 4-3 for third-place honors and Elk River claimed the consolation hardware with a 4-3 win over Eagan. In the singles tournament, top-seeded Nicole Copeland of Edina defeated No. 3-seeded Meagan Brown of Elk River 6-3, 6-3 in the title match. Charlotte Bowles and Taylor Jackson of Prior Lake earned the doubles title after notching a 6-2, 6-2 championship win over Kelsey Dorr and Reilee Schepper of Princeton. It was the second consecutive doubles victory for Jackson; she won with Savanna Crowell in 2016.
||Transfer Eligibility Review
General Information for Students and Parents
|The MSHSL understands that varsity eligibility is important to you. Below are some frequently asked questions regarding transfer eligibility. The information contained herein is not a bylaw or policy and is intended only to provide an overview of the transfer eligibility process. For the most current version of Bylaw 111 and MSHSL policies, please visit www.mshsl.org. Before transferring schools, please review the following so that you will understand the transfer’s impact on your varsity eligibility.|
|1.||What is a transfer?|
|A transfer student is a student who discontinues enrollment and attendance in any high school, public or non-public, and enrolls in any other high school in Minnesota, or outside of Minnesota. Essentially, a transfer occurs anytime a student’s school of record changes. A transfer is considered complete when the student attends class or participates with an athletic program at the new school. This includes home schools, charter schools, and online schools.|
|2.||If I transfer to a new high school, will I be eligible for varsity competition?|
|If you transfer to a new high school, you will be eligible for varsity athletic competition if:
|1.||You are enrolling in 9th grade for the first time;|
|2.||Your entire family moves to a new residence in a different attendance area;|
|3.||Your residence is changed pursuant to a court order;|
|4.||Your parents are divorced and you move from one parent to another.|
(This option may be used just one time after you enroll in 9th grade); or
|5.||You and your family have moved to Minnesota from another state or country.|
|If none of the above apply, you will be ineligible (for one calendar year from the date of the transfer) from participating in interscholastic varsity athletic competition. You will, however, be eligible to participate in varsity tryouts, practices, scrimmages, jamborees, etc., and non-varsity (JV, B-squad, etc.) competitions. You will not be eligible for varsity competition.|
|3.||What happens if none of the five provisions above apply and I am determined ineligible?|
|If none of the five provisions set forth above apply and you are determined ineligible, you can request that the MSHSL review the determination of ineligibility. There are seven circumstances with which you can request a review:
|1.||You are transferred to a new high school within the same school district;|
|2.||A change in family circumstances such as adoption, abandonment, or death of a parent.|
|3.||A substantial negative change in your family’s economic status. For example, if one or both parent(s) loses their job or other means of income.|
|4.||School student Bullying or Harassment as identified in Minnesota State Statutes 121A.03 and 121A.031.|
|5.||Administrative error. For example, the receiving school misapplied MSHSL bylaws or policies.|
|6.||You have completed a licensed program for chemical dependency or mental illness (provided all other eligibility rules are followed) and the receiving school will better serve the student’s needs.|
|The principals and activities directors from both the sending and receiving school agree that varsity competition eligibility should be considered.|
|4.||How do I request a Transfer Eligibility Review?|
|When you enrolled at your new school [receiving school] and indicated an interest in participating in athletics, the school compiled information and submitted a student transfer report to the MSHSL. The transfer report contains general information on your previous school(s) and the reason for your transfer. Based on this information, the receiving school makes aninitial eligibility determination. That determination is sent to the MSHSL for review to ensure compliance with MSHSL bylaws and policies.|
If you are determined ineligible, you can request further review by the MSHSL. Visit with the athletic director at the Receiving School and request a Transfer Eligibility Review. The athletic director will submit the request and supporting documentation to the League for review.
All denied Transfer Eligibility Review requests for varsity competition eligibility will be reviewed by the MSHSL Board of Directors Eligibility Committee for further review or referral to an Independent Reviewer. Ultimately, the final decisions on eligibility will be made by the MSHSL Board of Directors.
|5.||What types of information and documentation should I provide in support of my request for a Transfer Eligibility Review?|
|You should provide a written explanation and documentation supporting your request for review. This is your opportunity to support your request for eligibility so please submit whatever relevant documentation/information you have. Below are common types of documentation the MSHSL looks for under each of the seven review options:
|1. ||Internal district policies (for transfers in districts with multiple high schools)|
|The district policy or policies that precipitated the transfer|
|Correspondence from the school district describing the circumstances of the transfer|
|2. ||Adoption, abandonment, or death of a parent|
|Adoption Decree, death certifi cate, CHIPS order|
|3. ||Substantial negative change in the economic status
|The MSHSL typically considers three years of tax returns showing a negative change in the Adjusted Gross Income.
|You are encouraged to submit any other documentation showing a negative change in economic status. For example, employer notification indicating the recent loss of income or loss of employment, disability determinations from a medical professional or government agency that indicate a reduction in the ability to be employed.|
|NOTE: Discretionary spending decisions will generally not be considered to be a negative change in economic status.|
|4. ||School Bullying/Harassment|
|Documentation that a complaint was made under the district policy prior to the transfer|
|A report from the sending school that it has investigated and determined a case of bullying or harassment pursuant to Minnesota Statute 121A.03 and 121A.031.|
|Any other documentation of bullying or harassment at the sending school|
|5. ||Administrative Error|
|Documentation from a school administrator explaining the error or errors made in the initial eligibility determination.|
|6. ||Completion of a licensed program for treatment of alcohol or substance abuse, mental illness or emotional disturbance provided all other eligibility rules are followed.|
|Documentation from the director of the treatment facility/provider showing completion of a licensed program by the student|
|Documentation to show the receiving school provides specific aftercare for the student.|
|7. ||School Administrators request for review|
|The administrators from both schools agree varsity competition eligibility should be considered for the student. This Transfer Eligibility Review provision is applicable only for students who transfer from one MSHSL member school to another MSHSL member school.|
|The written request from the administrators at both the receiving school and sending school should include all documents they believe support eligibility.|
|This provision requires certifi cation from both schools confirming no recruitment or inappropriate contact has occured.|
|From Kasson To Springfield: The Scene Is Special
|Posted by John Millea(firstname.lastname@example.org)- Updated 10/18/2018 12:25:17 PM
|I had quite a big travel stretch in the middle of this week, spending six and a half hours behind the wheel in driving 352 miles, watching two far-flung sporting events and having more fun than should be allowed by law.
The settings were very different: an ultra-modern gymnasium and an old-school football field that before this season was only a practice field. Both sites shed a lot of light on Minnesotans’ proud commitment to high school activities and the community spirit that adds so much to the experience.
My Tuesday stop was at Kasson-Mantorville High School for one of the biggest volleyball matches of the regular season. The KoMets, ranked No. 2 in Class 2A, played host to top-ranked Stewartville at Home Federal Arena, which, yes, carries the name of a corporate sponsor. Home Federal Arena is roomy and bright, and the fantastic Kasson-Mantorville band only added to the atmosphere. Individual statistics were posted on the scoreboard, and the K-M robotics team sent a robot rolling around the court between sets, shooting T-shirts into the crowd.
The KoMets came away with a 3-1 victory over the Stewartville Tigers, and the teams are likely to meet again in the Section 1 playoffs. Kasson-Mantorville is led by 6-foot-2 senior Peyton Suess , who brings thunder at the net and will take her volleyball skills to Wake Forest University next year. The younger end of the KoMet spectrum was ninth-grader Cate Wanous, a 5-foot-5 dynamo who defied gravity in serving a couple killer kills from the left side and served six consecutive KoMets points during the fourth and final set.
After the match, the home team and fans gathered on the court to celebrate the big win. I headed home, arriving a little after 11 p.m., and was back in the John’s Journal Toyota Camry at 10 a.m. Thursday, bound for another great trip.
My first stop was New Ulm, where I had been invited to a lunch meeting of the New Ulm Club, a civic organization that is a big booster of the local sports scene. The meeting was held at Veigel’s Kaiserhoff, the most famous restaurant in New Ulm and beyond. Football coaches Denny Lux of New Ulm Cathedral, Corey Kneeshaw of New Ulm High and Jim Buboltz of Minnesota Valley Lutheran spoke about their seasons, the future of their programs and were great representatives of their schools.
Lux spoke first, because, as he explained, “I’ve gotta start taping ankles at 12:30” before the Greyhounds played a 3 o’clock game 30 miles away in Springfield. It was an important game, too, on the final day of the eight-week regular season. Murray County Central was 6-1 and had wrapped up the top seed in Class 1A Section 3, and Cathedral and Springfield were both 4-3.
“The winner’s going to get the two seed,” Lux said. “This is my 24th year of coaching, and I can tell you that the kids are working as hard as they did 24 years ago. Our kids work hard; they work hard on the practice field, they work hard in the weight room, they have a lot of enthusiasm for football.”
The scene in Springfield was special. The Tigers’ home field was washed out by summer flooding so they went to an emergency backup: Sticker Field, a plot of thick green grass tucked in between a neighborhood and a gravel pit on the south side of town. Sticker has been used mainly as a junior high baseball and softball field. This season it has been the home field of the Tigers varsity football team.
There are no lights, so the home games have been daytime affairs. A lack of electricity was solved by long orange cords. A small wheeled scoreboard was acquired (clock, score, quarter and that’s all the info you really need), industrial-grade scissor lifts are used as a press box and platforms for video cameras and assistant coaches wearing headsets. One corner of the south end zone had a pretty severe dropoff, but the sod was peeled back and more earth was moved in to level it off. There’s still a very slight uphill climb in the back of both end zones, and the back of the north end zone is about a foot from a sidewalk. But it’s a tremendous setting, thanks to hard work, ingenuity and community volunteers.
Several small sets of metal bleachers were moved to Sticker, and lots of fans sit on lawn chairs, benches, picnic tables and blankets. Tom Wheeler of KNUJ radio in New Ulm sat at a folding table on the sidewalk behind the south end zone, admitting that when he described scoring plays he was only guessing at the yardage. From Springfield’s KARZ radio, play-by-play guy Dale “Lumber” Lindmeier sat on the scissor lift that served as a press box.
Once the big game began, it turned into a surprising runaway with New Ulm Cathedral winning 43-15.
The Greyhounds run an old-old-very-old-fashioned straight T offense, which seems to be in vogue. Elk River, which also runs the straight T, has played in the last two Class 5A Prep Bowls and Lux says he got the idea from the Elks. The Greyhounds began using the offense last year; it is a confusing thing to defend, with the quarterback slipping the ball to any one of the three running backs as they dart and dash.
“I watched Elk River in the state finals and I thought, you know for a school that’s small, where you don’t have a steady stream of athletes, that deception might keep you in the game all the time,” Lux said.
Cathedral’s defense was strong against Springfield’s high-powered spread offense. In Week 7, the Tigers beat Sleepy Eye 45-42 with the teams combining for 1,061 total yards, 13 touchdowns and 87 points. But this time was different. Cathedral’s Alex Hillesheim and Jaydan Hotovec picked off first-half passes and the Springfield offense never found its groove.
At halftime, the Greyhounds walked across West Walnut Street – where their bus was parked -- and sat on a neighbor’s lawn. The Tigers gathered beside a storage shed.
Like the Kasson-Mantorville volleyball team, Cathedral’s footballers have a mix of veterans and youngsters. The talented senior class includes fullback Zach Helget, a former offensive lineman who ran for three touchdowns Wednesday, Hillesheim (caught a touchdown pass) and Josh Seidl (who scored a touchdown and does the kicking). All that offense began with a ninth-grader at quarterback, Sam Knowles. He ran for two scores and threw for one.
Maybe the Greyhounds played so well because the setting in Springfield wasn’t much different from what they see every day. Cathedral has neither a game field nor practice field at the school, so the football players walk about 10 minutes to Harman Park, where there’s enough open space to work out.
“This is a lot like that,” Lux said. “It’s in the afternoon, it almost felt like we were at a practice. Our guys adjusted to it real well. Being a running team makes a difference. We’re not so concerned about boundaries. When you’re a throwing team you’re looking for landmarks on the field and you can’t really get that feel here. It didn’t affect our offense at all.”
When the game ended, the radio guys signed off and the motors of the scissor lifts rattled to life as the humans aboard returned to earth. Lawn chairs and blankets were folded and returned to car trunks.
And just like the night before in Kasson’s modern gymnasium, athletes and families and friends gathered together on the old grass field near the edge of town, sharing congratulations, hugs and smiles.
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