Once again the headlines are a school shooting, this time it’s in Florida. It is a scene that is occurring way too often, one that has happened for the 18th time, just this year, and 2018 is only 46 days old.

Something needs to happen and I think schools and communities need to start talking about it. Can it happen in our towns, in our schools? Absolutely. Dialogue needs to start with school personnel, law enforcement, social workers, mental health personnel, legal personnel, county officials, city officials, parents, lay people and anyone else that is interested.

We don’t need to point fingers and start blaming people. We need to start talking and start getting the right organizations and people together so we can come up with answers and solutions. The people who are committing these senseless acts of violence are sick, and need help. Mental health is a serious problem and we need to recognize that and start doing something about it. Five seconds, or less, of insanity is all it takes sometimes for someone to get hurt. Let’s get together and start talking, finding out what we can, and cannot do, to bring an end to these senseless acts.

Donkey basketball

On a lighter note, I noticed Lewiston-Altura (L-A) had a donkey basketball game back on Jan. 29. I believe it was a fundraiser for the FFA group at L-A. It sounded like a good time was had by all.

That reminds me, a few years back, I believe out in Graceville, we had a similar game and got coaches, teachers, community members, students, and others to play, similar to what Lewiston-Altura did.

Prior to the game, the organizers (donkey people) asked if anyone had any horse riding experience. Well, my wife, Carol, who was going to play in the game, answered in the affirmative. She got a donkey with a real attitude, as I’m sure someone in L-A did too. She got dumped off about three times and found out that all the riding skills in the world weren’t going to help her in this situation.

It was a fun game though and we had a great turnout, as did L-A.


In a recent meet, Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa (PI/ZM) defeated Stewartville/Chatfield, 144.15-120.65. PI/ZM is ranked fifth in the state. Kim Greiner of Chatfield was third in the all-around. The section meet was this past Saturday, Feb. 17, at John Marshall.

Down our way, in addition to the Stewartville/Chatfield team, Caledonia/Houston/Spring Grove has a team. There are nine teams in the section. PI/ZM is the favorite, with Austin being the number-two-ranked team.

There have been a couple great articles in the Post Bulletin over the past couple of weeks about gymnastics. Do you remember when the boys’ individual state place-finishers used to be the halftime entertainment at the state boys basketball tournament?

The state meet is coming up on Feb. 23 and 24 at the University of Minnesota. Will have to see if any of our local gals qualify for the state meet. Detroit Lakes (151.092) is the top team in Class A, and has a better average than the top team in Class AA, Stillwater (148.350).


After this weekend, we’ll know who’s representing Section 1 at the state tournament. Here are the top three seeds in the sections around the state for Class A.

Section 1: Zumbrota-Mazeppa, Goodhue, Chatfield. Z-M is the defending state champion and ranked number one in the state. Section 2: Kenyon-Wanamingo, Maple River, Blue Earth Area. Section 3: Minneota, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove, Canby. Section 4: Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, Sibley East, Kimball Area. Section 5: Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg. Section 6: West Central Area, Ottertail Central, New York Mills. Section 7: Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena, Aitkin, Royalton. Section 8: Frazee, Badger/Greenbush-Middle River, Fosston/Bagley. Frazee is ranked number two, TMB/WWG is number three, Goodhue is number four and LPGE/Browerville is number five.

In Section 2, K-W is the number-one seed, but in the rankings, Maple River is ahead of them. Also in Section 3, Minneota got the top seed, but TMB/WWG is ranked ahead of them on Guillotine. ACGC got the number-one seed in Section 4, but isn’t even ranked in the top 12 (Sibley East is at number 12). The coaches (seeding) and ranker (Guillotine) seem to be on the same page for Sections 1, 5, 6, 7 and 8. We’ll see who’s right!

In Class AA, Section 1: Kasson-Mantorville, Simley, Plainview-Elgin-Millville. K-M and Simley are ranked number one and number two in the state. The state championship got moved to the Rochester Civic Center this year, based on all the wrestling prognosticators.

In Section 2: Scott West, Delano, Waconia. Section 3: Marshall and Dawson-Boyd/Lac Que Parle Valley/Montevideo United in the North and Fairmont/Martin County West and Worthington in the South. Section 4: South St. Paul, Mahtomedi, St. Paul Washington Technology Magnet. Section 5: Totino-Grace, Fridley, Orono. Section 6: Foley, Litchfield, Big Lake. Section 7: Grand Rapids and Hibbing in the North and Mora and Princeton in the South. Section 8: Perham, Detroit Lakes and Pierz.

In Class AAA, I’ll give you the top two in each section. Section 1: Owatonna and Albert Lea. Section 2: Shakopee and Apple Valley. Section 3: Hastings and Eagan. Section 4: Stillwater and Mounds View. Section 5: St. Michael-Albertville and Maple Grove. Section 6: Minnetonka and Eden Prairie. Section 7: Anoka and Forest Lake. Section 8: Willmar and Bemidji.

Next, I’ll name the individuals from our Reader area who are ranked in the top 10. Class A: Ross Herber (LARP, No. 4, 106), Chris Romero (GMLOS, Nl. 10, 113), Taylor DeFrang (DE, No. 5, 120), Jackson Hale (GMLOS, No. 7, 120), Mark Buringa (St. Charles, No. 1, 132), Kyle Cavanaugh (Caledonia/Houston, No. 4, 138), Jake Mandt (Chatfield, No. 1, 145), Zach Schneider (Cal/H, No. 8, 160), and Mike Nelson (DE, No. 3, 182). In Class AA: Carter Marx (Plainview-Elgin-Millville, No. 5, 152) and Riley Winger (PEM, No. 10, 220).

The Section Individual tournament will be held on Feb. 23, 24. The State Meet is March 1, 2 and 3.

Girls basketball

The seeding for the girls tournament was this past Saturday for Class A and Sunday for AA. Pigtail games for the Class A will be on Tuesday, Feb. 20. The round of 16 games will be played on Thursday, Feb. 22, in both Class A and AA. It’s one big tournament this year. No sub-sections this year, although you may see sub-section used, it will be in reference to the top half of the bracket and the bottom half of the bracket. The regular season will end for all Class A and AA teams on Friday or Saturday, Feb. 16 or 17.

 The top five QRF teams in Section 1A, through Tuesday, Feb. 13, are Hayfield (21-4), Lyle/Pacelli (24-1), Goodhue (19-6), Grand Meadow (21-4) and Randolph (17-7). In the Minnesota Basketball News rankings, Lyle/Pacelli is number one, Mt. Iron-Buhl (22-2) is at number two, Hayfield is number three, Goodhue is number four and Menahga (22-0) is at number five. Grand Meadow, 21-4, moved into the number-ten spot in the latest rankings.

Top five QRF in Class AA for Section 1 are Stewartville (20-5), Rochester Lourdes (17-8), Byron (13-10), Zumbrota-Mazeppa (18-6) and Caledonia (19-5). MBBN’s top five in the state are Sauk Centre (22-0), Roseau (19-4), Minnehaha Academy (15-6), Maranatha Christian Academy (17-4) and Rush City (18-1). Stewartville is at number eight and Lourdes is ranked 14th.

Boys basketball

The boys have one more week of their regular season and they’ll be starting their playoffs. This is always an interesting time of the year, with everybody jockeying around for playoff spots.

Here are the top QRF teams in Section 1A: Rushford-Peterson, Spring Grove, Bethlehem Academy, Randolph and Schaeffer Academy. In AA, they are Caledonia, Lake City, Byron, St. Charles and Plainview-Elgin-Millville.

MBBN state rankings has Rushford-Peterson moving back into the top 20 (15th). They are the only Section 1A team in the rankings. In QRF, R-P and Spring Grove are number six and number eight, respectively. Basketball News has Caledonia at number four, Lake City at number seven, St. Charles at number nine and Byron at number 13. QRF has Caledonia is number seven, Lake City at number eight, Byron at number nine and St. Charles at number 12.

The Top 10 Mr. Basketball finalists are Sy Chatman (Cretin-Derham Hall), Michael Jones (Woodbury), Tre Jones (Apple Valley), Gabe Kalscheur (DeLaSalle), Owen King (Caledonia), Jarvis Omersa (Orono), Daniel Oturu (CDH), Matt Todd (Monticello), Odell Wilson IV (Mpls. North) and Calvin Wishart (Delano).

This has been another fast week. Hope everybody is enjoying the weather. Have a great week, one day at a time. Hey to the Great 8 and my wife, Carol, you are the greatest. Hasta luego everyone. Syiags. WEB