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The league asked state health officials to not require spring sports athletes to wear masks while competing. Plus new section assignments, spring tournament dates and updates about girls' wrestling and boys' volleyball.
Sophomore center Ella Boerger scored twice in the first period as the Huskies moved to the semifinals with a 4-0 victory.
Believed to be the first Minnesota female hockey coach with 200 victories, Tracy Cassano reached the mark two games sooner than her husband (also an assistant coach) thought she had.
The three players, who later tested positive for the virus, showed ''complete disregard'' for school policy, a letter to hockey families said.
The Minnesota State High School League also plans to hold a two-day Nordic skiing state meet instead of combining boys' and girls' races on one day.
The St. Paul private school had long competed with the state's largest programs, including since Class 6A was created in 2012.
David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen offer up the best boys' and girls' teams in the hunt and discuss a surprise player from the nationally televised boys' basketball game between Minnehaha Academy and Stewartville.
Winter sports tournaments will resume March 10 and conclude with hockey and basketball championship games played in April. Expect changes in all of them.
The family of Ashby senior Deklin Goeden had sought to restore his eligibility to play sports after he repeated seventh grade.
As Minnesota high school winter sports return there is an important new meaning being brought to the court, rink and mats that doesn't show up in the box scores.
The Star Tribune's Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque wondering if the Royals, with a 64-game winning streak, will lose a game this year.
A plan discussed by Minnesota State High School League leaders would hold hockey title games on April 3 and basketball finals the following weekend.
During an MSHSL meeting with school officials, executive director Erich Martens said the high school league "did not ask for masks to be worn during competition time periods."
When she wasn't involved in hockey training, Avery Cheeseman made earrings, wrote short stories and dabbled in poetry.
Deklin Goeden repeated seventh grade for academic reasons and was out of eligibility as a senior before taking legal action.
The league's winter sports guidelines published Wednesday include flexibility for wrestling.
Dawn Gillman has advocated for permitting games even while wrestling with the issues.
The latest Minnesota Department of Health guidelines require masks for some sports when practices begin Jan. 4.
A metro-area region representing 67 schools, hinting that members would resist paying big increases in fees sought by the league, will meet Friday with MSHSL executives.
Winter sports for high school and youth teams can hold practice on Jan. 4 with the hope, but no assurance yet, of playing games again by the middle of January.
Deklin Goeden of Ashby repeated seventh grade for academic reasons, a move that cost him two semesters of high school sports eligibility.
Vargas won all six of Stillwater's meets, defeating highly ranked runners in five of them, and won a year-end meet of top runners from across the state.
The Stillwater senior set a new state record for girls in a 5K high school race and won a showcase of top runners at the end of the season.
The plan puts a priority on games over season length, though there would be as many as 30% fewer games than in a normal season.
The league's board of directors is expected to vote Thursday on a recommendation to approve starting the winter sports season three days after Gov. Tim Walz's four-week pause is scheduled to end.
Some still believe the league didn't go far enough, and a legislator is calling for additional belt-tightening. Without state tournaments budgeted for this year, schools are being asked to fund more than half of the Minnesota State High School League's budget.
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Gov. Tim Walz's shutdown of youth and high school sports until mid-December delays the start of winter sports as part of new restrictions to curb rapidly increasing COVID-19 cases.
Caldedonia High School's 71-game winning streak, tops among current streaks in the nation and second longest in state history, is on pause.
While the director of the MSHSL is urging long-term vision for the return of state tournaments, one board member said some people see opportunities for athletes elsewhere that Minnesota has rejected.
Three conferences and a group of Catholic schools say the Minnesota State High School League's plan to collect $3 million puts a disproportionate burden on its smallest schools.
Football gets back on track, but with a noticeably smaller officiating pool.
Indoor events will go from no crowds to two people per participant.
Hockey, basketball and most other Minnesota high school winter sports will start from one to five weeks later than usual in an effort to minimize overlap with fall seasons.
Only 11 players showed up for the first practice at Humboldt. And with the district in distance learning because of COVID-19, team information isn't as easily shared and transportation isn't readily available.
The highly anticipated outcome drew more than 400 listeners to the league's virtual board meeting, where they heard impassioned dialogue about the risks involved.
Passing leagues normally held during the summer have sprouted up along with club volleyball leagues in the absence of traditional high school seasons.
The Minnesota State High School League called a special meeting for Monday that could reverse its decision six weeks ago to postpone both sports until March.
The Minnesota State High School League is poised to schedule a highly unusual meeting to take up whether to reverse itself and start the football and volleyball seasons this fall.
With the pandemic curbing major gatherings for sports, the league has no plans for traditional state tournaments, instead planning on smaller, still-to-be-determined "culminating events."
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Stillwater runner's illness over the summer was a cautionary tale, dressed up as perspective.
The $9 million league set up one task force to prepare for three scenarios of fall sports and another to revamp its funding approach in a move to put more of the cost on schools.
The high school league's plan is expected in two weeks, after Gov. Tim Walz and state officials announce their decision on how Minnesota schools will start the school year.
Pandemic may drive the switch, even while tradition -- and school coffers -- absorb a big hit.
Isabella and Reese McCauley, who play golf at Simley High School, entered the final day tied atop the leaderboard after spending entire days together practicing.
Rosemount's Jake Ratzlaff committed to Gophers hockey early, but he is also considering football. "He enjoys both and he's pretty good at both," said Chris McAlpine, a family adviser through Octagon Hockey
For bringing home a championship in the program's first title-game appearance, the Huskies are the Star Tribune All-Metro Girls' Team of the Year.
Senior Ben Zheng tried to support his classmates outside of school.
Star Tribune Boys' Team Coach of the Year Lambert Brown led the Trojans to a Prep Bowl championship in his third year of running the team.
The first day of summer workouts used social distancing guidelines, with athletes showing up "in good faith,'' coach Andy Hill said, that their sport of choice will be allowed this fall.
Jaycee Rhodes missed the past two high school seasons because of a transfer and a virus.
The Minnesota State High School League will allow coaches to start working with athletes on June 15, the first concrete step toward possibly resuming competition later this year.
The Minnesota State High School League is exploring revisions of two contentious league bylaws that help determine student-athlete eligibility.
Billy Buttermore and Colin Hagstrom captured a state championship in their final Mahtomedi athletic season.
Minneapolis Southwest vs. Edina was a fierce local rivalry at a time when 11 city schools had hockey teams, and the intersection of 50th and France was known as 'state title crossroad.'
All teams in contention for basketball state titles when the COVID-19 pandemic ended play will be known as "finalists'' and receive trophies and medals.
The Minnesota State High School League made the announcement shortly after Gov. Tim Walz said that Minnesota schools will remain closed for the rest of the academic year.
A winless season, a last place finish at state and a senior's season ending injury didn't keep these high school athletes from finding strength during the high school season.
Rare sweep of sprints by North St. Paul track star Shaliciah Jones in jeopardy but she keeps leading
North St. Paul senior Shaliciah Jones hoped to sweep 100, 200 and 400.
"We recognize that working with unknowns and a great level of uncertainty is very difficult and can be very frustrating for everyone," MSHSL executive director Erich Martens said.
Edina's Maddie Dahlien and Lakeville North's Bayliss Flynn are finding creative ways to develop their skills in multiple sports, but crave the normalcy of a spring sports season.
Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday gave a strong signal to suggest students would not return to their school buildings before the current academic year ends, which almost certainly would mean no spring sports season.
The private school, one of the metro area's prominent athletic powers, is believed to be the first in the state to extend its sports program cancellations through April.
The star of Hill-Murray's hockey state tournament title run brings a blue-collar mentality to his game, inspired by a brother whose life he helped save in 2015.
The meeting stemmed from what MSHSL executive director Erich Martens called the ''unbelievable and unpredictable'' disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 restrictions challenge prep teams to train in creative ways but the spring sports seasons have not been called off outright.
The girls' basketball state tournament, which still had two days left of tournament play, was called off. No state champions will be determined.
Mahtomedi was outshot 42-12. The previous low for a title-winning team in a championship game came in 1977 Rochester John Marshall had 14 shots on goal vs. Edina.
Two 10-minute misconducts were among the 11 penalties called at the end of the first period — six on Cathedral and five on Hermantown.
Junior defenseman Joey Pierce was dominant in stopping St. Cloud Cathedral.
The Blake School opted up to Class 2A before the 2017-18 season and plays among the largest schools. It was curious timing, since the Bears had not made a Class 1A tournament in the previous 10 years.
Since their Jan. 3 meeting that ended in a 5-5 tie, St. Cloud Cathedral and Hermantown hoped for a state tournament rematch. They got it, in an 11 a.m. Friday semifinal showdown
On the heels of the suburban Anoka County school's girls' team winning its first hockey state title, the No. 1-seeded boys' team has its sights set on the same.