Support Basketball Hall of Fame as committee considers second class

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BILL BENTSON
Wheein' With Web

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Glad to hear you enjoyed what I said about Lindsey Whalen in last week’s WEB. I’m really looking forward to getting to some Gopher-gals ballgames this coming winter. I’ve been a fan of hers for a long time. I’m also a Kelly Roysland backer and enjoyed seeing her coach at Macalester College the past four years. Over the past few years I’ve talked to the athletic director and the sports information director at Macalester and they really liked the work Roysland did at their school. I’m sure they are really going to miss her, but are also wishing her nothing but the best in her new job at the U.

Speaking of Whalen, she was in our first class for the Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame (HOF). I’m really proud of the fact that I was part of the committee that helped put her in our HOF. I’m still on the committee and we are about to elect our second class. I would like to pass this message along from Marc Hugunin. Marc is one of our committee members and one of the instigators of our Hall of Fame.

He wrote, “Hi, just wanted to be sure everyone remembers that we have a Go Fund Me page. It is at www.GoFundMe.com/mnhsbasketballhall. I want to ask everyone to share information about the Hall of Fame and the Go Fund Me page on Facebook, twitter, anywhere that you have a presence. Tell people what the Hall of Fame is and what we do, tell them we are raising money for our 2019 induction, tell them whatever you personally find relevant, and tell them that they can very easily donate some amount to us at Go Fund Me.”

We are in the need for funds, so if you like high school basketball and would like to contribute, now is your chance. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Use my yahoo email address: webentson22@yahoo.com. Thanks!

I’ve already seen four high school football games this year. I saw one during “zero” week and one before that over in North Dakota. And last week I saw games on Thursday and Friday before the Labor Day break. Mahnomen/Waubun is really good. Both of them were good when they were by themselves, now they are co-sponsoring and are even better.

Well, we got Roberta, our daughter, moved down to Grove City. The boys are enrolled in Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (ACGC) and seem to be making the move just fine. ACGC has a relatively new school. It looks real nice from the outside and I’ve heard the same can be said for the inside. The school has a 250 to 300 seat auditorium and a really nice arts area. It’s great to see a nice balance of the arts and athletics! And I’m sure the academics hold their own, too.

Volleyball

All of the area teams are into their 2018 schedules. I’ll have the standings for the Southeast and Three Rivers conferences each week. A big thanks to Lee Epps for the information on the SEC. I’ll also be asking the coaches for any stats they have of their teams, and/or some of their players.

Mabel-Canton has been hosting a volleyball tournament during the Labor Day weekend for years now. Congratulations to the Spring Grove team on their championship win over Mabel-Canton. The Cougars beat the Lions during pool play, but in the championship match Spring Grove came out on top, 2-0 (25-20, 25-19).

I also got this from Lee Epps, “Last Saturday at the Mabel-Canton tournament, Spring Grove lost to Mabel-Canton for the 59th straight time (in pool play), but in the championship game the Lions won, 2-0, breaking the 59-match losing streak.” Congratulations to Spring Grove for its first win over Mabel-Canton since 1996.

Both Spring Grove and Mabel-Canton finished the tournament with 6-1 records. Grand Meadow (5-2) downed Rushford-Peterson (3-4) in the third-place match and Kingsland (2-5) beat Lanesboro (1-6) in the fifth-place match.

In the 1A state rankings by the volleyball coaches, Caledonia moved up one spot to fourth place. Mabel-Canton remained in eighth place and Bethlehem Academy is still at number nine. Both Fillmore Central and Spring Grove received some votes this week. Waterville-Elysian-Morristown remains in the number-one spot. Minneota is number two and New Life Academy is at number three.

In the AA rankings, Stewartville moved into number two, up one spot. Kasson-Mantorville dropped from second to fourth. North Branch was the pre-season pick for number one and is still there this week. In the AAA class Lakeville North is at number one, Champlin Park is number two and Eagan is number three.

The Three Rivers Conference got into action this past Thursday, with most everybody playing a conference match.

Football

I’m a “section guy” so you won’t see any “district” standings in my column. I have all the section standings for our Section One teams. Some are a bit out of our weekly Reader coverage area, but think the football fans are interested.

In the state rankings, Spring Grove is at the top spot in nine-man football. Grand Meadow gets the number-five ranking and Houston comes in at number ten. All three, of course, were in the old Southeast conference for football. Stephen-Argyle is in the number-two spot and Verndale is number three. I’m not too far from Stephen-Argyle, so maybe I’ll get up to see them play. Cleveland and Lanesboro also got some votes and are in the “honorable mention” section of the rankings.

Section One is well represented in the Class A poll. Goodhue is at number six, Blooming Prairie is number eight and Rushford-Peterson is at the nine spot. Mahnomen/Waubun is at number five (they are really good and have an excellent quarterback). Minneota is ranked number one in Class A, BOLD is number two and Wabasso is number three. Ada-Borup/Norman County West comes in at number seven with a 1-1 record. I saw them against Mahnomen/Waubun (tied 14-14 at half time).

Caledonia is number two in AA. Minneapolis North is number one, Pipestone is number three and Barnesville is at number four. Chatfield is ranked number seven. Lewiston-Altura received some votes and is in the honorable mention section.

Lourdes is number two in Class AAA. There is nobody else from our area in the top ten. Stewartville and Zumbrota-Mazeppa are in the honorable mention rankings. Owatonna is number one in AAAAA and Eden Prairie is number one in the 6A class.

That’s going to do it for me this week. Sorry I didn’t get into the cross-country. Perham is still number one in both boys and girls for Class A. The Cotter girls are number two in Class A, with the Ping girls at number two and number three.

It was 33 degrees in “Burr-midji” last night! That’s too cold, too soon. I think it’s going to warm up this weekend again. Hey to the Great 8, my wife Carol, Cori, Jim, Jacquie and Roberta Jo…you are the greatest. Thanks, Melissa, for another great job. Hasta luego, to all my friends. Get out and watch your favorite activity. Support your schools and get active in them! WEB

 

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