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Multiple Teams · Day 1 of the Minnesota AA State Meet


St. Francis’s Amanda Anderson is the Minnesota AA State champion in the discus throw for a second year in a row. Anderson won with a distance of 154′ 07″, a staggering 23 feet ahead of second place. Anderson will compete in shot put tomorrow beginning at 9:00 AM.

Senior Tommy Schwieger also earned hardware today, finishing 6th in triple jump with a distance of 44′ 1.75″. Schwieger will compete in long jump tomorrow beginning at 9:00 AM. Senior Genuine Matthews qualified for finals in the 100m dash and 400m dash; Matthews ran 11:00 in the 100m prelims, finishing 2nd overall, and he ran 48:05 in the 400m prelims, finishing 1st overall. Matthews will compete in the 100m finals at 10:18 AM and the 400m finals at 11:27 AM tomorrow. Sophomore Eli Hylen will compete in high jump beginning at 9:00 AM tomorrow; Hylen is seeded 3rd in high jump at 6′ 7″.

Meet Program

Day 1 Results


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Saints News · Should High School Basketball Players Be Able to Declare for the NBA Draft? – Presented by VNN


lebron-dunkAs Americans, we tend to fall in love with our rising stars who are breaking out on the national stage at a young age.  At 18, all eyes were on Patrick Kane as he started his professional hockey career with the Chicago Blackhawks. Nobody blinked twice when MLB’s Bryce Harper was selected to the National League All-Star team at 19.  Likewise, there were no calls for the U.S. Men’s National Team to pump the brakes on budding soccer star Christian Pulisic when he scored his first goal for the Stars & Stripes at the young age of 17.

Yet, in basketball, most of the top high school talent is required to follow the controversial “one & done” trend. As the rule goes, an athlete needs to be at least 19 years old to be eligible for the NBA Draft, forcing all hopeful pros into at least one year in college or a European League. The policy, instituted in the NBA CBA in 2005, was aimed at yielding more developed and matured players as draft options, instead of seeing teams draft solely on raw talent and potential, and stashing those prospects away on their bench.

 

Over the last decade, this rule has been a nonstop point of discussion and debate. Many appreciate the importance this rule places on attending higher education, and further developing professional skills. In addition, many college programs can benefit from knowing that the prospects they are recruiting will indeed commit to a school, rather than decide to forgo college altogether. Conversely, however, many have questioned whether forcing the likes of Andrew Wiggins, Ben Simmons and Anthony Davis to go to college for a year is really thmaxresdefaulte right path for top-level talent. The careers of Tracy McGrady, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James might say no. In addition, the one-and-done phenomenon sees many top players in and out of a college faster than you can say “Karl-Anthony Towns,” rendering a college game that is often focused more on individual showcases and annual ‘big names,’ rather than cheering for programs that see players develop over 3 or 4 years. This controversy is especially relevant, as current NBA Commissioner Adam Silver recently stated at the beginning of this year’s NBA Finals that “We all agreed we need to make a change . . . It’s one of those issues we need to come together and study. … My sense is, It’s not working for anyone.” (read more on Silver’s statement) Such a change could be to do away with the rule altogether, or amend it to have caveats, such as requiring those who choose to go to college to stay at least 2 years or those who choose to turn professional out of high school to spend a year in the G-League.

So, what do you think? Should the NBA change their age requirement and allow basketball players to turn professional fresh out of high school?

Should the NBA Allow High School Athletes to Declare for the Draft?

Yes! High Schoolers should be able to be drafted.
No. High Schoolers should be required to go to college first before playing in the NBA

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Saints News · 2017 Marching Saints Performance Season Begins!


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The Saint Francis High School “Marching Saints” begin their competitive season on Wednesday, June 7th at the Paynesville Parade at 7:00 PM and at the Princeton Parade on Thursday, June 8th at 6:00 PM

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The 2017 “Marching Saints” will perform at a total of 12 parade competitions and festivals throughout the state of Minnesota.  The 70 member ensemble will be performing a production entitled “Aggressivo” as part of their full parade presentation.  The SFHS Marching Band is part of a comprehensive band program offered at St. Francis High School.  For more information and a complete list of summer parade performances visit www.stfrancisbands.com.


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Multiple Teams · Breaking records on the way to state


The Fighting Saints competed in Day 2 of the 7AA Section meet on Saturday, June 3. The following athletes will advance to the Minnesota AA State meet on June 9-10:

  • Amanda Anderson in discus and shot put (Anderson won discus in the 2016 state meet; Anderson is currently ranked 10th in the nation for discus)
  • Tommy Schwieger in long jump and triple jump (Schwieger placed 9th in triple jump at the 2016 state meet)
  • Genuine Matthews in the 100m dash and 400m dash (Matthews placed 2nd in the 2016 state meet)
  • Eli Hylen in high jump (Eli was the only freshman to qualify for high jump at the 2016 state meet.)

Not only did these athletes qualify for the state meet, but they also set new St. Francis High School records: Eli Hylen previously broke the high jump school record early this season, and he improved his record with an impressive jump of 6′ 7″. Tommy Schwieger, who broke the triple jump record earlier in the season, also broke the long jump record with a distance of 22′ 7″. Genuine Matthews broke his previous school record in the 400m with a new personal best of 47.42.

In addition to the state qualifiers, the Fighting Saints had many other athletes qualify for the award podium by earning points in their event:

  • Taylor Karasch placed 4th in the 100m dash and 8th in the 200m dash
  • Maria Lundenbach placed 7th in the 1600m run
  • Girls’ 4x200m relay placed 5th (Alexis Lusthoff, Justyne Schake, Emma Street, and Taylor Karasch)
  • Abbie Rockstad placed 7th in pole vault
  • Sara Zoccheddu placed 8th in triple jump
  • Nadia Sanford placed 7th in shot put

Full Results:

2017 7AA Results

Minnesota State Meet Program:

2017 TRACK Saturday Time Schedule

2017 TRACK Friday Time Schedule

 


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Saints News · All Teams Schedule: Week of June 5 – June 11


Here’s a preview of this week’s events for Saint Francis High School, June 5 – June 11

MONDAY

June 05, 2017

No events happening

TUESDAY

June 06, 2017

TBA Boys Varsity Tennis
State Tournament @ TBD
SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY

June 07, 2017

No events happening

THURSDAY

June 08, 2017

TBA Girls Varsity Softball
@ Tbd
SCHEDULE

FRIDAY

June 09, 2017

No events happening

SATURDAY

June 10, 2017

No events happening

SUNDAY

June 11, 2017

No events happening

Notes

Nothing more to add at this time. Make it the best week ever!


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Saints News · Event Recap: Week of May 27 – June 2


Saturday, May 27th

Girls Varsity Softball
@ Anoka High School
L 12 – 0 SUMMARY
Girls Varsity Softball
vs. Cambridge Isanti High School
W 16 – 6 SUMMARY

Sunday, May 28th

No event results

Monday, May 29th

No event results

Tuesday, May 30th

Boys Varsity Tennis
Team Semis & Finals @ TBD
N/A

Wednesday, May 31st

Boys Varsity Baseball
@ High Seed
N/A
Girls Varsity Softball
@ Blaine High School
L 9 – 1 SUMMARY
Boys Varsity Baseball
@ Forest Lake High School
N/A

Thursday, Jun 1st

Boys Varsity Golf
Section Prelims @ Grand National Golf Club
N/A
Girls Varsity Golf
Section Prelims @ Grand National Golf Club
N/A
Girls Varsity Softball
@ Tbd
N/A
Boys Varsity Baseball
@ High Seed
N/A

Friday, Jun 2nd

No event results

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Multiple Teams · Brent Swaggert named New Head Football Coach


Coach Brent Swaggert was a 3 sport athlete (football, basketball & baseball) and graduated from Buffalo High School is 1999.  After High school, he attended Montana State University on a football scholarship and graduated with a degree in Secondary Education-Social Studies.  Coach Swaggert was a 4 year starter and 3 time all-conference offensive lineman and was part of Big Sky Conference Championship teams in 2002 & 2003.  Swaggert was an undrafted free agent in 2004 with the San Francisco 49ers and spent time with both the 49ers and Tennessee Titans in the 2004 & 2005 season including in NFL Europe in 2005 with the Cologne Centurions as a member of the Tennessee Titans.  Coach Swaggert has been teaching and coaching social studies classes at St. Francis High School since 2006.  Swaggert is currently in his 6th year as the head girls golf coach and has been on the football coaching staff for 11 years, serving as the offensive coordinator/offensive line coach the past 8 seasons.
Coach Swaggert is married to his wife Angie for the past 7 years and they have two daughters Reese (4) and Tora (3).

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Multiple Teams · Day 1: State Qualifiers and a New School Record


The Fighting Saints finished Day 1 of the 7AA Section meet on Wednesday, May 31. Seniors Tommy Schwieger and Amanda Anderson both qualified for the Minnesota AA State meet, which will take place at Hamline University on June 9 and 10.  Schwieger broke the SFHS record in triple jump. The previous record of 45′ 1.75″ was set in 1992 by D. Carlson; Schwieger placed second in the section meet with a record jump of 45′ 5.0″. Anderson took first place in discus with a throw of 158′ 6.0″, a staggering 34 feet farther than second place; Anderson placed first in discus in the 2016 State meet.

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Anderson will advance to the MN State Meet on June 9-10

Day 1 also included prelims for many athletes who were aiming to qualify for finals on Saturday; senior Genuine Matthews qualified in the 100m dash and 400m dash, and senior Taylor Karasch qualified in the 100m dash and 200m dash. Freshman and newcomer Maria Lundenbach earned a spot on the podium, placing 7th in the 3200m run. Be sure to checkout the full results below, which include many other impressive performances and personal records.

Day 2 of the section meet includes finals for the 100, 200, 400, 800, and 1600, as well as field events and relay races. Here is a link to Saturday’s meet program: MeetProg

Full results: Results


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Multiple Teams · Saint Francis High School Varsity Softball falls to Blaine High School 9-1


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

3:30 PM

Saint Francis High School
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Blaine High School
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Game Recap

Today the Fighting Saints traveled to Central Park in Ramsey for a Final Four match up against Blaine.
The Saints got one runner on in the first inning but were unable to push the run through to score. Blaine was able to score first in the bottom of the first inning on a base hit ground ball out to the outfield that was juggled on the ground, but the Saints only gave up that one run in the first inning.
The second inning remained scoreless for both teams, although both teams put runners on base in in the top and bottom of the inning.
The Saints were held scoreless again in the top of the third inning and in the bottom of that inning Blaine’s center fielder, crushed a home run to put the Bengals up 2-0.
Again, both teams were held scoreless in the fourth inning. But finally in the top of the fifth inning the Saints pushed a run through from a lead-off single for Ella Leipzig, followed by a sacrifice bunt from Kylie Bergman, and then a hard hit infield ground out from Hailey Heckenlaible scored Leipzig for the Saints first and only run of the contest.
The Bengals added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to go up 4-1, but were able to push 5 more runs through in the sixth inning off of three errors and a couple blupper hits in front of the outfielders.
The Saints were led tonight offensively by Kiley Murschel, who went 2 for 2 with 2 singles and was hit by a pitch. As well as three Saints, Emily Sarell, Brenna McMahon, and Ella Leipzig all went 1 for 3 tonight. The Saints were led on the mound by senior, Alex Marron, who pitch an amazing final game giving up only 4 earned runs of the 9 scored in the contest.
The coaching staff would like to wish all the best to the class of 2017 and our four amazing senior leaders/captains from this year: Sydney Boelter, Emma Lero, Alex Marron, and Ally Mathwig-thanks for all your years into our high school softball program.

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Saints News · From the Gym to the Street: Conor McGregor – Presented by Finish Line


Beyond being members of a team as athletes, we’re all individuals. And with that in mind, we’ve partnered with our friends at Finish Line to present a series of videos that show how decorated athletes in sports express their individuality through the clothes they wear.

From the Gym to the Street 2 of 2: Conor McGregor