Monday, June 11, 2018

MSHSL Baseball State Tournament Preview


BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. --- The Minnesota State High School League’s state baseball tournament, played annually since 1947, is this week at four championship-round locations. The Class A tournament is played at Chaska Athletic Park and Jordan; Class AA in St. Cloud, Class AAA at Siebert Field on the University of Minnesota campus and Class AAAA at CHS Field in downtown St. Paul. Championship games in the four enrollment classes are scheduled for Saturday, June 16 at Target Field. In the event of inclement weather, the make-up date is Monday, June 18 at Target Field.
FAST FACTS
The Schedule
CLASS A
Thursday, June 14
At Chaska Athletic Park
Quarterfinals
Sacred Heart (15-5) vs. No. 1 Heritage Christian Academy (20-3), 10 a.m.
No. 5 Parkers Prairie (18-9) vs. No. 4 Wabasso (14-4), 12:30 p.m.
Hinckley-Finlayson (14-4) vs. No. 2 Sleepy Eye (16-5), 3 p.m.
Rushford Peterson (15-8) vs. No. 3 South Ridge (19-5), 5:30 p.m.
Friday, June 15
At Mini Met, Jordan
Consolation semifinals --- 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m.
Consolation final --- 3 p.m.
At Chaska Athletic Park
Championship semifinals --- Noon, 2:30 p.m.
Third place --- 5 p.m.
Saturday, June 16, at Target Field
Championship --- 10 a.m.
CLASS AA
Thursday, June 14
At Dick Putz Field, St. Cloud
Quarterfinals
St. Cloud Cathedral (17-8) vs. No. 1 Marshall School, Duluth (21-4), 10 a.m.
No. 5 Caledonia (21-2) vs. No. 4 Minnehaha Academy (16-5), 12:30 p.m.
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (22-2) vs. No. 2 Maple Lake (22-2), 3 p.m.
Jordan (14-8) vs. No. 3 Paynesville Area (19-4), 5:30 p.m.
Friday, June 15
At Joe Faber Field, St. Cloud
Consolation semifinals --- 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m.
Consolation final --- 3 p.m.
At Dick Putz Field, St. Cloud
Championship semifinals --- Noon, 2:30 p.m.
Third place --- 5 p.m.
Saturday, June 16, at Target Field
Championship --- 1 p.m.
CLASS AAA
Thursday, June 14
At Siebert Field, University of Minnesota
Quarterfinals
Grand Rapids (10-15) vs. No. 1 Mahtomedi (16-4), 10 a.m.
No. 5 Willmar (13-6) vs. No. 4 Alexandria Area (15-6), 12:30 p.m.
Red Wing (14-9) vs. No. 2 Rocori (20-5), 3 p.m.
South St. Paul (14-9) vs. No. 3 New Ulm (20-3), 5:30 p.m.
Friday, June 15
At University of Northwestern, St. Paul
Consolation semifinals --- Noon, 2:30 p.m.
Consolation final --- 5 p.m.
At Siebert Field, University of Minnesota
Championship semifinals --- Noon, 2:30 p.m.
Third place --- 5 p.m.
Saturday, June 16, at Target Field
Championship --- 4 p.m.
CLASS AAAA
Thursday, June 14
At CHS Field, St. Paul
Quarterfinals
Eastview (15-9) vs. No. 1 Minnetonka (20-4), 10 a.m.
No. 5 Lakeville North (16-7) vs. No. 4 St. Michael-Albertville (21-4), 12:30 p.m.
Mounds View (17-9) vs. No. 2 Stillwater (21-3), 3 p.m.
Wayzata (11-10) vs. No. 3 Blaine (21-3), 5:30 p.m.
Friday, June 15
At Hopkins High School
Consolation semifinals --- 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m.
Consolation final --- 3 p.m.
At CHS Field, St. Paul
Championship semifinals --- Noon, 2:30 p.m.
Third place --- 5 p.m.
Saturday, June 16, at Target Field
Championship --- 7 p.m.
Official Tournament Ball: Wilson WTA1010 BHS1-SST
Tickets: St. Cloud, single session --- $8 adults, $5 student; CHS Field and Siebert Field, single session --- $9 adults; $6 student; Target Field, championship session --- $10 adult; $7 student.
GrandStadiumTV:  GrandStadiumTV will live stream the championship games from Target Field. For more information, www.prep45.com .
News media credentials: A news media credential is required to cover this event.
Results: Results, boxscores and summaries will be posted on the League’s website, www.mshsl.org
Social media: Follow the tournament on Twitter @MSHSLJohn and @MSHSL.
2018 Tournament Preview
Class A
Sacred Heart (15-5) vs. No. 1 Heritage Christian Academy (20-3) --- This is the third state tournament trip for Sacred Heart and first since 2006. Juniors Evan Sczepanski and Brenden Bethke are the Eagles’ potent pitching duo. Both have earned-run averages just over two runs per game. Heritage Christian Academy is making its state tournament debut. Minnesota Twins draft pick Seth Halvorson, a senior pitcher, has a 1.14 ERA. The Eagles have a team ERA of 1.55.
No. 5 Parkers Prairie (18-9) vs. No. 4 Wabasso (14-4) --- Parkers Prairie, the  defending Class A champion, is making its third consecutive state tournament trip. Durin the section tournament, Parkers Prairie had to come through the elimination bracket, winning five games in four days. This is the fourth state tournament trip for Wabasso and first since 2008. The Rabbits hit .358 as a team and are lead by senior infielder Jacob Plaetz at .541.
Hinckley-Finlayson (14-4) vs. No. 2 Sleepy Eye (16-5) --- Hinckley-Finlayson returns after a one-year hiatus. The Jaguars enter the state tournament on an 11-game winning streak. Sleepy Eye has qualified for the first time since 2000. The Indians were 5-0 in Section 2A play, including an 11-5 victory over Springfield, who defeated Sleepy Eye in a doubleheader sweep on May 17. Those are the last two losses for the Indians.
Rushford Peterson (15-8) vs. No. 3 South Ridge (19-5) --- Rushford-Peterson’s only other state tournament appearance was in 2005. The Trojans, on a six-game winning streak, are paced offensively by senior Dawson Dahl, who is batting .500. South Ridge, the Section 7A champion, is making its state tournament debut. Senior pitcher Nick Carlson has a 0.85 ERA in just more than 41 innings of work.
Class AA
St. Cloud Cathedral (17-8) vs. No. 1 Marshall School, Duluth (21-4) --- St. Cloud Cathedral, one of the most storied high school baseball programs in Minnesota, is making its 18th state tournament appearance. The Crusaders ended the regular season with a doubleheader loss to Pierz, but then defeated the Pioneers in the Section 6AA finale. Marshall School finished fourth in the 2017 state tournament in its debut. A loss to Esko in the Section 7AA tournament sent the Hilltoppers to the elimination bracket. To win the section crown, Marshall had to beat Esko twice, which it did, including 23-1 in the final. Junior pitcher Ben Pedersen has allowed just two earned runs this season.
No. 5 Caledonia (21-2) vs. No. 4 Minnehaha Academy (16-5) --- This is the state tournament debut for Caledonia. Junior second baseman Payton Schott leads the Warriors with a .479 batting average. Junior pitcher Casey Storlie is close behind at .468. Minnehaha Academy is the two-time defending Class AA champion. Senior Noah Dehne leads the Redhawks with a .467 batting average while junior pitcher Brock Brumley is 8-1 with a 1.17 ERA.
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (22-2) vs. No. 2 Maple Lake (22-2) --- Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton is in the tournament for the second time and first since 2015. The Rebels are on a nine-game winning streak entering the state tournament. D-G-F has hit 22 home runs this season. Maple Lake is making its third consecutive state tournament appearance and third overall. The Irish finished third in last season’s state tournament. Senior Grant Mergen is the program’s record holder for career innings pitched and strikeouts.
Jordan (14-8) vs. No. 3 Paynesville Area (19-4) --- Jordan returns to the state tournament for the first time since 2007. The Hubmen ended that state tournament drought with a 5-0 run through the Section 2AA tournament. Paynesville Area bounced back from a loss to Luverne in the Section 3AA playoffs to defeat the Cardinals with the section crown on the line. Senior third baseman Grant Ludwig has already played in the state football tournament this school year and participated in the wrestling state tournament.
Class AAA
Grand Rapids (10-15) vs. No. 1 Mahtomedi (16-4) --- Grand Rapids has qualified for the state tournament for the 18th time and first since 2012. The Thunderhawks have won five of their past six games entering the tournament. Senior Mike Heitkamp is hitting a team-best .394. Two seasons ago, Mahtomedi lost in the Class AAA championship game, and last season, the Zephyrs were sixth in the field. They enter the tournament on a seven-game winning streak.
No. 5 Willmar (13-6) vs. No. 4 Alexandria Area (15-6) --- Willmar snapped a 31-year state tournament dryspell with four victories in the Section 6AAA playoffs, including one of Waconia, the 2017 Class AAA champion. Senior shortstop Jon Broman is batting .350 for the Cardinals. Alexandria Area defeated Willmar twice during the Central Lakes Conference schedule. Alexandria was fourth in the eight-team field in 2017. Senior pitcher Brock Anderson, a North Dakota State recruit, is batting .444.
Red Wing (14-9) vs. No. 2 Rocori (20-5) --- Red Wing is making its fourth state tournament appearance and second in a row. Senior pitcher Teddy Tauer is the school’s all-times victories leader. Rocori is in the tournament for the ninth time and first since 2016. The Spartans won five elimination games in the section tournament.
South St. Paul (14-9) vs. No. 3 New Ulm (20-3) --- It’s been nearly 50 years since South St. Paul has played in the baseball state tournament. The Packers, whose only other appearance was in 1969, knocked of Holy Angels twice in the section tournament to advance. Senior infielder Nathan Brandecker leads the Packers in hitting with a .344 average. New Ulm is no stranger to the state tournament with 20 previous appearances. The Eagles are paced by senior catcher Hunter Ranweiler with a .433 batting average.
Class AAAA
Eastview (15-9) vs. No. 1 Minnetonka (20-4) --- Eastview, the Class AAA champion in 2012, is making its second state tournament appearance. Senior pitcher Tommy Springer has thrown two no-hitters and has five complete-game shutouts. He has a 0.65 ERA. Minnetonka, which returns for the first time since 2013, is led by skipper Paul Twenge, who recorded his 900th career victory this season. Senior Ben Stolar has a .996 fielding percentage.  
No. 5 Lakeville North (16-7) vs. No. 4 St. Michael-Albertville (21-4) --- Lakeville North placed third during the 2017 state tournament. The Panthers, making their sixth consecutive state tournament appearance, Oklahoma State recruit Nathanial Peterson is 5-0 with a 0.98 ERA and is batting .312. St. Michael-Albertville is in the state tournament for the sixth time and first since 2015. The Knights are 6-1 in their past five games.
Mounds View (17-9) vs. No. 2 Stillwater (21-3) --- Mounds View was the Class AAA champion in 2013 and 2014. The Mustangs have qualified eight times overall. Senior outfielder Ty Koehn leads Mounds View with a .474 average. Stillwater, making its eighth state tournament appearance, defeated Mounds View 5-3 during the Suburban East Conference schedule. Junior pitcher Drew Gilbert has 75 strikeouts in 42 innings.
Wayzata (11-10) vs. No. 3 Blaine (21-3) --- Wayzata was the Class AAAA champion in 2016, the first year of the four-class event. The Trojans are led by junior infielder Keegan Nickel, who is batting .385. Blaine returns for the second time and first since 2016. The Bengals bat .339 as a team, and is paced by senior infielder Jake Dorf at .436. Senior pitcher Seth Miller and junior pitcher Jason Kaul each threw no-hitters this season.
2017 State Tournament Recap
Class A
Championship --- Parkers Prairie 6, Legacy Christian Academy 3
Third place --- Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove 12, Wabasha-Kellogg 0, 5 inn.
Consolation final --- Fosston 10, Martin Luther/GHEC/Truman 0, 6 inn.
Class AA
Championship --- Minnehaha Academy 6, Pierz 4
Third place --- Maple Lake 7, Marshall School, Duluth 6
Consolation final --- Rochester Lourdes 11, New London-Spicer 5
Class AAA
Championship --- Waconia 6, Hibbing 1
Third place --- Marshall 10, Alexandria Area 9
Consolation final --- St. Thomas Academy 9, Mahtomedi 1
Class AAAA
Championship --- Eden Prairie 5, Forest Lake 1
Third place --- Lakeville North 4, Woodbury 3
Consolation final --- Wayzata 11, Maple Grove 3

2018 Pine-To-Prairie All-Conference Softball


All-Conference Team
Ivy Johnson AB-NCW 11
Zoe Johnson AB-NCW 12
Breanna Qualley AB-NCW 11
Cori Bonik Bagley 10
Jaime Carlin East Polk 9
Carlie Sander East Polk 10
Shelby Dunbar Fertile-Beltrami 11
Carlie Ecker LP-A 11
Kelsey Thompson LP-A 8
Sydney Bly Mahnomen-Waubun 10
Brittany Lefebvre Mahnomen-Waubun 10
Makena Spaeth Mahnomen-Waubun 11
Alexa Mortenson NCE-UH 12
Alivia Mortenson NCE-UH 10
Ryah Opsahl NCE-UH 10
Mariah Stueness NCE-UH 12

Honorable Mention
Kora Kritzberger AB-NCW 10
Madison Smart AB-NCW 11
Faith Broten Bagley 11
McKinzie Halvorson Bagley 11
Faith Balstad East Polk 9
Jaclyn Hubbard East Polk 11
Marlee Steffes Fertile-Beltrami 12
Shadaisa Stalberger LP-A 11
Madison Thompson LP-A 10
Corie Peterick NCE-UH 10
Deondra Jackson Mahnomen-Waubun 12
Rachael McArthur Mahnomen-Waubun 11
Calyssa Eskeli RLCC 10
Billie Jo Gryskiewicz RLCC 12

Most Valuable Player Mariah Stueness - NCE-UH
Coach of the Year Steve Radniecki - NCE-UH

2018 Pine-To-Prairie Baseball All-Conference

All-Conference Team
Braiden Fetting AB-NCW 10
Brett Fetting AB-NCW 11
Miguel Garcia III AB-NCW 12
Robert Whiting AB-NCW 12
Lamarco Pemberton Bagley 12
Athan McCollum Fertile-Beltrami 12
Michael Stuhaug Fertile-Beltrami 11
Treydon Boushee Fosston 10
Hunter Kroening Fosston 12
Brett Sundquist Fosston 12
Jacob Anderson Lake Park-Audubon 12
Marcus Dickelman-Stassen Lake Park-Audubon 12
Jayden Heisler Mahnomen-Waubun 11
Isaac Habedank NCE-UH 12
Sunny Resnick NCE-UH 11
Gavin Walker Win-E-Mac 9 

Honorable Mention
Carson Grover Bagley 12
Alec Norum Bagley 9
Addison McCollum Fertile-Beltrami 10
Kyle Jacobson Fosston 10
Zach Vig Fosston 12
Josh Cigelske Lake Park-Audubon 12
Garrett Frank Lake Park-Audubon 12
Parker Syverson Mahnomen-Waubun 11
Tate Hoseth NCE-UH 11
Blake Glass Win-E-Mac 12
Emelian Hanson Win-E-Mac 12
Dustin Osland Win-E-Mac 10

Most Valuable PlayerHunter Kroening – Fosston
Coach of the Year Michael Erickson – Ada-Borup-NCW

Monday, May 21, 2018

UMC Football Releases 2018 Schedule


CROOKSTON, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Crookston football program officially released their 2018 schedule Mon., May 21. The Golden Eagles will play an 11-game Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference slate. Minnesota Crookston will host five games with six tilts played on the road.

The format for the NSIC season has changed as the Golden Eagles will play four games against NSIC North opponents, followed by four against NSIC South foes. Minnesota Crookston will finish with three games against NSIC North competition. The previous format across the league was to play four NSIC South opponents followed by seven divisional games versus NSIC North foes.

“I am excited about our football schedule this fall; we will begin the year with a key rivalry game against MSU Moorhead on Thurs., Aug. 30,” said Head Coach Mark Dufner. “We will face a high level of competition each week and are looking forward to the opportunity.”

Minnesota Crookston will open the season with a rivalry game as the Golden Eagles face MSU Moorhead in the Red River Valley Showdown for the State Farm Traveling Trophy. The game will be a Thursday evening meeting Aug. 30 at 6:30 p.m. at Scheels Field at Nemzek Stadium in Moorhead, Minn. The Dragons finished 2017 with a 5-6 mark.

The Golden Eagles will host their home opener at Ed Widseth Field Sat., Sept. 8 against St. Cloud State University at 1 p.m. The Huskies posted a 6-5 record in 2017.

Minnesota Crookston then hits the road for a pair of games. The Golden Eagles will first battle Bemidji State University for another rivalry trophy as they take on the Beavers in the Hub Cap Game Sat., Sept. 15 at 4 p.m. at Chet Anderson Stadium in Bemidji, Minn. Bemidji State went 8-3 on the 2017 season.Minnesota Crookston remains on the road the following weekend as they take on Minot State University Sat., Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. at Herb Parker Stadium in Minot, N.D. Minot State finished with a 3-8 record.

The Golden Eagles return to the friendly confines of Ed Widseth Field Sat., Sept. 29 for their Homecoming game against Augustana University at 1 p.m. Augustana finished 2017 with a 4-7 mark.

Minnesota Crookston takes to the road Sat., Oct. 6 for a 5 p.m. meeting with Southwest Minnesota State University at Mattke Field at Schwan Regional Event Center in Marshall, Minn. The Mustangs went 2-9 last season.

The Golden Eagles host Winona State University Sat., Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. at Ed Widseth Field. The Warriors finished 2017 with a 10-2 record.

Minnesota Crookston then heads for the Twin Cities the following weekend to face Concordia University-St. Paul Sat., Oct. 20 at 12 p.m. at Sea Foam Stadium in St. Paul, Minn. Concordia-St. Paul went 2-9 in 2017.

The Golden Eagles return to Ed Widseth Field Sat., Oct. 27 to take on University of Minnesota Duluth at 1 p.m. The Bulldogs posted a 9-2 mark last season.

Minnesota Crookston will play their final road tilt Sat., Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. at Swisher Field in Aberdeen, S.D. against Northern State University. The Wolves went 6-5 in 2017.

The Golden Eagles wrap up the 2018 slate Sat., Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. against University of Mary for Senior Day at Ed Widseth Field. U-Mary posted a 1-10 record. They are under the direction of new coach Craig Bagnell heading into the 2018 season, who was a former quarterback for the Marauders.
Minnesota Crookston is entering their second season under Dufner. The Golden Eagles are looking to improve upon a 0-11 mark on the 2018 season. Minnesota Crookston returns several key pieces. Rod Stewart (Sr., WR, Fort Worth, Texas) was All-NSIC Second Team as a wide receiver and All-NSIC First Team as a kick returner. Stewart was also named 2017 Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-America Honorable Mention as a kick returner. Stewart had 47 catches for 633 yards and five touchdowns as a junior. As a return specialist, he averaged 28.3 yards per return with one touchdown of 94 yards on the season. Defensively, Will Cross (R-Jr., LB, Turtle Lake, Wis.) leads the way after notching 79 tackles and three tackles for loss last season. Cross returns along with four other leaders from the defense last season in Ali Alkhatib (R-Sr., LB, Rosemount, Minn.), Will Cole (Sr., DB, Compton, Calif.) and Trevor Long, Jr. (R-Jr., DB, Brooklyn Park, Minn.). Cole was an All-NSIC Honorable Mention pick, along with Stephen Day (R-Sr., K/P, Eveleth, Minn.), who averaged 38.3 yards per punt last season. Offensively, Kevin Evans (Sr., RB, Groveland, Fla.) also returns after leading the team with 264 yards rushing last season. Noah Lee (R-Sr., OL, Vadnais Heights, Minn.) looks to anchor an offensive line that returns seven players with starting experience.

Date
Opponent
Location
Home / Away
NSIC Game
Time/Result
Details
8/30/2018
Minnesota State University Moorhead
Moorhead, Minn.
A
*
6:30 p.m.
Details
9/8/2018
St. Cloud State University
Crookston, Minn.
H
*
1 p.m.
Details
9/15/2018
Bemidji State University
Bemidji, Minn.
A
*
4 p.m.
Details
9/22/2018
Minot State University
Minot, N.D.
A
*
2 p.m.
Details
9/29/2018
Augustana University (SD)
Crookston, Minn.
H
*
1 p.m.
Details
10/6/2018
Southwest Minnesota State University
Marshall, Minn.
A
*
5 p.m.
Details
10/13/2018
Winona State University
Crookston, Minn.
H
*
1 p.m.
Details
10/20/2018
Concordia University, St. Paul
St. Paul, Minn.
A
*
12 p.m.
Details
10/27/2018
University of Minnesota Duluth
Crookston, Minn.
H
*
1 p.m.
Details
11/3/2018
Northern State University
Aberdeen, S.D.
A
*
1 p.m.
Details
11/10/2018
University of Mary
Crookston, Minn.
H
*
1 p.m.
Details