Monday, November 5, 2018

MN State Girls’ Volleyball Tournament Preview

(courtesy of MSHSL)
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. --- The State Girls’ Volleyball Tournament is scheduled for November 8-10 at the Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul. Here is a look at the tournament:
FAST FACTS
The schedule:
All quarterfinals will be played on Thursday, Nov. 8. Class AAA matches are scheduled for 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. and Class A will follow at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Class AA teams will compete at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Detailed quarterfinal match-ups can be viewed below. Championship and consolation semifinals in all classes are on Friday, Nov. 9 with the consolation final, third-place and championship matches scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 10. For a complete schedule, see the Minnesota State High School League’s website at www.mshsl.org.
Streaming: School Space Media will livestream all championship matches, starting with the quarterfinals. There is no charge for viewing. Find the stream at www.prepspotlight.tv.
Tickets: Single session: $16 for adults and $11 for students. Daily passes: $30 for adults and $18 for students.
Official ball: Baden VX5EC-220 Perfection, Blue/White/Grey
Detailed season statistics: Team statistics are available on the League website - www.mshsl.org - as a Media Guide link under Tournaments, then Fall, then Volleyball, Girls.
Gates open: 8 a.m. each day.
Game 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.
THE QUARTERFINAL MATCH-UPS
Class A
No. 1 Seed Minneota (33-1) vs. New York Mills (29-2), 1 p.m. – Minneota, which earned runner-up honors in 2017, returns for its second consecutive appearance. The Vikings, who won their only title in 2006, are making their 12th appearance overall. New York Mills returns for the first time since 1981. This is the third appearance overall for the Eagles.
No. 4 Seed Ada-Borup/West (30-1) vs. No. 5 Seed Carlton (28-2), 1 p.m. –Ada-Borup, which competed as a co-op with Norman County West last year, is making its 10th appearance as a single school. The Cougars lost in the consolation semifinals in 2017. The Bulldogs of Carlton are making their fifth appearance, but first since 2014.
No. 2 Seed Mayer Lutheran (21-9) vs. Medford (27-5), 3 p.m. - The two-time defending champions from Mayer Lutheran return in search of more gold. This is their third consecutive appearance and 14th overall appearance. They claimed one additional title in 1982. The Medford Tigers are making their first tournament appearance.
No. 3 Seed Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (26-4) vs. New Life Academy of Woodbury (19-10), 3 p.m. – The Jaguars of Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa return for their fifth appearance. Their last appearance was in 2010. The Eagles of New Life Academy of Woodbury are making their second consecutive and overall appearance. They went home with the consolation hardware last year.
Class AA
No. 1 Seed Kasson-Mantorville (30-2) vs. St. Cloud Cathedral (28-2), 5 p.m. – The KoMets of Kasson-Mantorville, who claimed consolation honors last year, return for their third consecutive appearance. This is their eighth appearance overall. The St. Cloud Cathedral Crusaders return to the tournament for the first time since 2008. They are making their 11th appearance overall.
No. 4 Seed North Branch (26-4) vs. No. 5 Seed Watertown-Mayer (24-6), 5 p.m. – This is a rematch of last year’s quarterfinal which North Branch won 3-0. North Branch is making its second consecutive and fifth overall appearance. The Vikings earned runner-up honors in 2017. The Watertown-Mayer Royals are returning for their second consecutive appearance and third overall. They bowed out in the consolation semifinals last year.
No. 2 Seed Concordia Academy-Roseville (27-3) vs. Belle Plaine (24-6), 7 p.m. –The Beacons of Concordia-Academy-Roseville return to the tournament after a one-year absence. They are making their 14th overall appearance and are looking for their third title. Concordia Academy-Roseville won previously in 1984 and 1987. Belle Plaine, which includes students from Holy Family Academy of Belle Plaine, is making its 10th appearance. The Tigers made their last appearance in 2015, which is also the year they claimed their only championship.
No. 3 Seed Marshall (27-5) vs. Park Rapids Area (24-6), 7 p.m. – The Tigers of Marshall return for their second consecutive appearance and 28th overall. They placed fourth last year and won previous titles in 2004, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013. Park Rapids Area is making its debut appearance.
Class AAA
No. 1 Seed Eagan (27-2) vs. Forest Lake (25-6), 9 a.m. – These teams met in the quarterfinals last year with Eagan winning 3-0. Eagan is making its sixth consecutive and 15th overall appearance. The Wildcats placed second last year and are in the hunt for their eighth championship. They won previously in 1997, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2013, 2015, and 2016. The Rangers of Forest Lake are making their second consecutive appearance and third overall. They lost in consolation semifinals in 2017.
No. 4 Seed Stillwater Area (24-6) vs. No. 5 Seed Shakopee (23-8), 9 a.m. – The Stillwater Area Ponies return for third second consecutive appearance. They fell in the consolation semifinals last year and are making their third appearance overall. The Sabers of Shakopee return to tournament action for the first time since 2012. This their fifth overall appearance and they won three consecutive titles between 2007 and 2009.
No. 2 Seed Champlin Park (29-2) vs. Moorhead (22-8), 11 a.m. – This is a rematch of last year’s quarterfinal which Moorhead won 3-2. The Champlin Park Rebels return for their fifth consecutive and sixth overall appearance. They earned consolation honors in 2017. The Moorhead Spuds return for their fourth consecutive appearance and 24th overall. They placed fourth last year and won one previous title in 1988.
No. 3 Seed Lakeville South (27-4) vs. Edina (19-7), 11 a.m. – The Cougars of Lakeville South are making their second appearance, but first since 2016. Edina is making its first state tournament appearance.
PRESS CONFERENCES
There will be a press conference after each match and a mandatory “cooling-off” period. A media steward will assist you in contacting any players or coaches you wish to interview.
2017 STATE TOURNAMENT RECAP
Class A --- Top-seeded Mayer Lutheran won its second consecutive championship after defeating No. 2-seeded Minneota 3-0. This was the third title overall for the Crusaders; they won their first title in 1982. Bethlehem Academy of Faribault claimed third-place honors after defeating Wadena-Deer Creek 3-0. New Life Academy of Woodbury went home with the consolation hardware after posting a 3-0 victory over Cook County of Grand Marais.
Class A --- Maple Lake earned its second consecutive and overall championship after defeating North Branch 3-0. Maple Lake came in as the No. 1 seed and North Branch was the No. 3 seed. Academy of Holy Angels of Richfield settled for third place after beating Marshall 3-0. Kasson-Mantorville rebounded to claim consolation honors. The KoMets defeated the Rams of Roseau 3-0.
Class AAA --- No. 2-seeded Lakeville North upset the two-time defending champions from Eagan 3-1 in winning its third title. In addition to 2017, the Panthers also won in 2010 and 2012. Prior Lake secured third-place honors after defeating Moorhead 3-0. The Champlin Park Rebels won the consolation title after notching a 3-0 win over Hopkins.

2018 MSHSL Football State Tournament Preview


(courtesy of MSHSL)
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. --- The Minnesota State High School League’s football state tournament, held annually since 1972, begins a three-week run this week with quarterfinals in seven enrollment classes being played throughout the state.

The semifinals will be played at U.S. Bank Stadium over a three-day span from Nov. 15-17. The Prep Bowl Championships will conclude the state tournament on Nov. 23 and 24.
Here is a look at the matchups for the 2018 state football tournament:
The Schedule
Class Nine-Man
Quarterfinals
Friday, Nov. 9
NCE/U-H (10-0) vs. Cromwell-Wright (11-0) at Bemidji State University, 7 p.m.
Russell-Tyler-Ruthton (8-3) vs. Spring Grove (11-0) at New Ulm High School, 5 p.m.
Verndale (11-0) vs. Mountain Lake Area (10-0) at Buffalo High School, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 10
Stephen-Arygle Central (11-0) vs. Mountain Iron-Buhl (9-2) at Bemidji State University, 6 p.m.
At U.S. Bank Stadium
Semifinals
Friday, Nov. 15 --- 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 16 --- 9 a.m.
Prep Bowl Championship
Friday, Nov. 23 --- 10 a.m.
Class A
Quarterfinals
Saturday, Nov. 10
Otter Tail Central (10-0) vs. BOLD (11-0) at Alexandria High School, Noon
United South Central (10-0) vs. Blooming Prairie (11-0) at New Ulm High School, 1 p.m.
Mahnomen/Waubun (10-0) vs. Deer River (8-2) at Brainerd High School, Noon
Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity (8-3) vs. Springfield (7-4) at Shakopee West Junior High, 4 p.m.
At U.S. Bank Stadium
Semifinals
Saturday, Nov. 17 --- 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m.
Prep Bowl Championship
Saturday, Nov. 24 --- 10 a.m.
Class AA
Quarterfinals
Friday, Nov. 2
Pillager (10-1) vs. Paynesville Area (8-2) at Alexandria Area High School, 7 p.m.
New Richland-H-E-G (9-2) vs. Caledonia (10-0) at Burnsville High School, 7 p.m.
Barnesville (9-2) vs. Moose Lake-Willow River (8-2) at Brainerd High School, 7 p.m.
Minneapolis North (10-0) vs. Redwood Valley (10-0) at New Ulm High School, 8 p.m.
At U.S. Bank Stadium
Semifinals
Thursday, Nov. 15 --- 2 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 16 --- 11:30 a.m.
Prep Bowl Championship
Friday, Nov. 23 --- 1 p.m.
Class AAA
Quarterfinals
Saturday, Nov. 10
Pierz (10-0) vs. Annandale (9-1) at St. Cloud State University, 5 p.m.
Jordan (9-1) vs. Rochester Lourdes (11-0) at Hopkins High School, Noon
Perham (8-2) vs. Two Harbors (8-2) at Brainerd High School, 3 p.m.
Cannon Falls (5-6) vs. Fairmont (9-1) at Hopkins High School, 3 p.m.
At U.S. Bank Stadium
Semifinals
Saturday, Nov. 17 --- 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.
Prep Bowl Championship
Saturday, Nov. 24 --- 1 p.m.
Class AAAA
Quarterfinals
Thursday, Nov. 8
St. Anthony Village (8-2) vs. St. Paul Johnson (6-4) at Park Center High School, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 9
Delano (7-3) vs. SMB (10-0) at St. Cloud State University, 7 p.m.
Waseca (9-2) vs. Winona (10-0) at Farmington High School, 7 p.m.
Willmar (9-1) vs. Hermantown (9-1) at Monticello High School, 7 p.m.
At U.S. Bank Stadium
Semifinals
Thursday, Nov. 15 --- 4:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 16 --- 4:30 p.m.
Prep Bowl Championship
Friday, Nov. 23 --- 4 p.m.
Class AAAAA
Quarterfinals
Saturday, Nov. 10
Elk River (9-1) vs. Spring Lake Park (8-2) at TCO Performance Center, 5 p.m.
Chaska (8-3) vs. Owatonna (10-0) at TCO Performance Center, Noon
Bemidji (9-1) vs. Cambridge-Isanti (7-3) at St. Cloud State University, 8 p.m.
Tartan (8-2) vs. St. Thomas Academy (10-0) at Shakopee West Junior High, Noon
At U.S. Bank Stadium
Semifinals
Friday, Nov. 16 --- 2 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 17 --- 7 p.m.
Prep Bowl Championship
Saturday, Nov. 24 --- 4 p.m.
Class AAAAAA
Quarterfinals
Thursday, Nov. 8
Eden Prairie (8-1) vs. Minnetonka (6-4) at Chanhassen High School, 7 p.m.
Blaine (10-0) vs. Eastview (6-4) at White Bear Lake High School, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 9
Woodbury (9-1) vs. Lakeville South (5-5) at Osseo High School, 7 p.m.
Lakeville North (10-0) vs. St. Michael-Albertville (7-3) at TCO Performance Center, 7 p.m.
At U.S. Bank Stadium
Semifinals
Thursday, Nov. 15 --- 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 16 --- 7 p.m.
Prep Bowl Championship
Friday, Nov. 23 --- 7 p.m.
Tickets Adult Student
Quarterfinals $11 $7
Semifinals (per session) $16 $10
Prep Bowl (per session) $16 $10
Prep Bowl Pass $26 $20
Official ball: Spalding-Alpha
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 .
Credentials: A news media credential is required to cover all rounds of this event.
Streaming: School Space Media will stream all quarterfinal and semifinal games. Find the live stream at www.prepspotlight.tv . There is no charge to view the games. The Prep Bowl Championship games will be streamed live and free of charge by 45TV at www.prep45.com
2018 State Tournament Preview
Class Nine-Man
• Spring Grove is the returning champion in search of a successful title defense. Senior quarterback Alex Folz powers the Lions on the ground and through the air. He has rushed for 2,106 yards and scored 33 touchdowns, and has also thrown for 1,805 yards and 24 TDs. Cromwell-Wright, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton, Mountain Lake Area, Stephen-Argyle, and Verndale also make return appearances from the 2017 tournament.

Class A
• A new champion will emerge in the Class A field. In fact, Mahnomen/Waubun is the only returning team from the 2017 tournament. Mahnomen is one of the most decorated high school teams in Minnesota football history with eight state championships and five runner-up finishes. In 2013, Mahnomen won the second of two consecutive Class A crowns. BOLD, Olivia, was the runner-up in 2014. Blooming Prairie is making its eighth state tournament appearance. Deer River is in the state tournament for the first time since 1999. Springfield was the Class A champion in 2005.

Class AA
• Caledonia has dominated the Class AA field with the past three consecutive championships and eight since 2007. Junior quarterback Noah King has thrown for 1,522 yards and senior running back Nick McCabe has rushed for 1,272. During the 2017 tournament, the Warriors outscored the opposition 144-22 in three games. Caledonia has won 50 consecutive games. Minneapolis North, Paynesville Area, Barnesville and Moose Lake/Willow River return from the 2017 field.

Class AAA
• Defending champion Pierz returns in search of its third Class AAA championship since 2015. The Pioneers are powered by senior running back Reese Kapsner who has rushed for nearly 1,500 yards and scored 21 touchdowns. Rochester Lourdes is the only other undefeated team in the field. The Eagles bowed out in


the quarterfinals in 2017. Rochester Lourdes won Class AAA championships in 2010, 2014 and 2016. Jordan and Fairmont also are making return trips from last season.

Class AAAA
• A new champion will emerge from here as well. Only Winona is a return entrant from the 2017 tournament. The Winhawks lost to eventual Class AAAA champion, Holy Angels, in the semifinals. St. Paul Johnson is making the first appearance for a St. Paul City Conference school since 1981 when the Governors also qualified. St. Paul Harding was the Class AA runner-up in 1973. St. Anthony Village is making its first state tournament appearance since 1999. SMB, a co-op of Minnehaha Academy, Hope Academy, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, and The Blake School, features junior quarterback Jalen Suggs as its primary playmaker. Suggs, a student at Minnehaha Academy, is one of the nation’s sought-after point guards in basketball. Willmar is making its first state tournament appearance since 1988.

Class AAAAA
• Owatonna is the defending Class AAAAA champion and returns looking for its third championship since 2013. The Huskies are powered by University of Minnesota commit Jason Williamson, a senior running back, who has rushed for more than 2,300 yards and scored 34 touchdowns. Elk River, the Class AAAAA champion in 2016 and runner-up in 2017, also returns. The Elks averaged nearly 470 yards per game of offense. Tartan, located in Oakdale, is making its first-ever state tournament appearance. The Titans face St. Thomas Academy in the quarterfinals. Spring Lake Park, the runner-up to Elk River in 2016, returns as well.

Class AAAAAA
• Eden Prairie returns as the defending champion. In 2017, the Eagles won its state-best 11th MSHSL championship. The Eagles’ lone loss this season was to Lakeville North, 14-0, in Week 2. Eden Prairie’s quarterfinal matchup is with Minnetonka. Eden Prairie defeated Minnetonka 38-17 in last season’s Prep Bowl Championship game, and then 23-16 in Week 7 this season. Lakeville North averages nearly 380 yards of offense per game. Leading the way is senior running back Brian Curtis, Jr., who has nearly 1,700 rushing yards. The Panthers’ defense is allowing fewer than 200 yards per game. St. Michael-Albertville is also making a return from last season’s tournament.