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2012 Minnesota State High School Tournament Brackets Set

2012 October 22
by Brian Quarstad

The 2012 Minnesota State High School Tournament will get underway this week at 4 locations across the State. Quarterfinal games will be played starting Wednesday, October 24th and go through Friday the 28th with semifinals in the Metrodome on October 29th and 30th. The four championship games will be also be played at the Metrodome on November 1st. The MSHSL will again live stream the four final games on November 1st.

Here is the state tournament schedule and teams:


43 Responses
  1. tomASS permalink
    October 22, 2012

    Would like to see the Mpls South v Jefferson boys game – that one has my interest

  2. October 22, 2012

    Was thinking the same thing, tomASS.

  3. David L. permalink
    October 22, 2012

    BQ: Should you hear anything about the outcome of the brawl between Prairie Seeds and Benilde, can you let us know? Thanks.

  4. tomASS permalink
    October 22, 2012

    I don’t think I can get back in time unless I’m able to get an earlier flight…and now days easier said than done. If you go let me know and I might have to sign up to follow my very first twitter.

    Yes I am a Twitter & Facebook virgin. My wife keeps me up to date on the kids….gives us something to talk about. :-)

  5. tomASS permalink
    October 22, 2012

    agree with DaveL – don’t know how open Prairie Seeds will be with sharing info and I would think the MSHSL would typically keep these things low profile since students are involved. Wise to keep the comments portion closed as with the first article. I would have too much fun

  6. October 22, 2012

    Yes, I will keep an eye out for information. tomASS, what is your Twitter handle? Also, you may want to follow @MSHSLjohn as he may/may not bring us any updates.

  7. tomASS permalink
    October 22, 2012

    @BQ – don’t have one yet….like I said I am still a twitter virgin so be gentle ;-)

  8. October 22, 2012

    The real question becomes how many PS players won’t be suspended for the games.

  9. mosoccer permalink
    October 22, 2012

    I was at the game and was disappointed in how it ended. The ref and whoever was the time keeper made a big mistake that led to an ugly ending. PSA kicked the ball out for a throw in with 5 seconds left. TG player decided to take a free kick instead and played the ball into the box. No time left but somehow the clock was stopped for a throw in. It is clear the PSA #10 and TG#2 had some issues and they both started fighting. I commend the TG coach for his reaction but you can also see clearly that PSA #10 is slammed to the ground by 2 TG players. The goalie is clearly out of line. Punishments will come down but lets make sure that all TG players involved in the scuffle are also included. Watch the game tape.

  10. Joe permalink
    October 22, 2012

    Where did Carlo Boquin go this year after everything that PSA did last year to clear him for play? Now he’s not even rostered for PSA?

  11. Ryan M permalink
    October 22, 2012

    might I suggest that TomASS go with the obvious for his twitter handle: @tomass

  12. October 22, 2012

    Yeah, I was at the brawl game as well, and I agree with mosoccer’s assessment. It was a tense game, and with the recent history between the two sides being what it is, the mess at the end wasn’t particularly surprising. Unfortunate, but unsurprising.

    My take: Both #10 and the goalie for PSA should be suspended from the state tourney for their roles in the melee. It’s disappointing, really; for my money, #10 was the best player on the pitch, and one of the bright spots in an unusually-stagnant PSA offense. He played a key role in the build-up to the eventual game winner, too. But you just can’t have a kid throwing haymakers like that.

  13. Joe permalink
    October 22, 2012

    The obvious question will be since PSA has earned a spot in the tournament- Are they punished the same as if it were TG or a BSM or Blake moving on? If refs are speaking about sportsmanship before every match and they don’t caution but go straight red for swearing, I think punching and a blatent kick should be at least suspension for the toournament. Similar to a red card in a match, I would hope the students involved are banned from the match venue as well. Can the MSHSL carry suspensions or sanctions over into next season?

  14. tomASS permalink
    October 22, 2012

    @Joe – if the student still has eligibility the suspensions or sanctions are carried forward unless the player plays another sport to serve the penalties. That is why receiving penalties during the summer (like minor consumption) prevent players from using this loophole for soccer or football. …..Of course unless the MSHSL changed that policy

    @ Ryan – very creative….you better not take it now. Actually I have tomASS copyrights and trademark rights.

  15. Gitty permalink
    October 22, 2012

    Any word on Mr/Ms Soccer for 2012? Coach of the year, etc.?

  16. George permalink
    October 22, 2012

    I was at the game and there was definately tension on and off the field. Players were playing hard as they would in any game of this magnitude. A few observations I saw in how this event happened.

    Fans-TG fans outnumbered PSA fans considerably. TG fans were more vocal and on the foul leading to the first PSA goal, TG fans shouted for the PSA players to quit whining and to quit faking and injury when he was down. On the restart, PSA would send a long-ball behind the TG backline and score the opening goal. After the game-winning goal, PSA fans ran towards the TG fans and taunted them. After the fight, TG fans began chanting U-S-A, U-S-A. Why?
    Players-There were many fouls and confrontations in this game. TG #18, 11, 8, 2, PSA #11, 10, GK and 4 were involved in majority of the fouls or received cards in the game. TG#2 bumped into and initiated the punch with a push/punch to the back of #10.
    Referees-Inconsistency in calls. Why did you stop the clock to allow the throw-in?

    Overall-The game was competitive, but the incident involved more than just TG#2 and PSA #10. Fans from both sides were to blame; Chanting USA by TG was classless and shameful, PSA fans running to taunt TG fans was pathetic. The players played hard and nothing was out of the ordinary for this type of game, during the game. I ask myself why a player on a winning team would punch the opposing player when the game is over and you won? I can only assume trashtalking/racial slurs. TG has 100% caucasian players/fans, PSA has 100% minority players/fans. I was most disturbed to see PSA fans rush the field during the fight and TG fans chant U-S-A after the fight. Sportsmanship and Gamesmanship by players and fans were aweful and I would be sad if I were on either side. PSA GK needs to get banned from HS sports. Both schools need to get punished for this display.

  17. tomASS permalink
    October 22, 2012

    I have no comment regarding the Fridley Grace and Prairie Seed Academy display of poor sportsmanship during this game. I am missing my NHL hockey though. If I go to PSA’s next game in Roseville on Friday do you think a hockey game might break out? ;-)

    Sorry BQ, I couldn’t help myself.

  18. tomASS permalink
    October 22, 2012

    From Kare11 TV
    “The Minnesota State High School League says additional information has been requested from the schools involved in a fight after the Totino Grace and Prairie Seeds Academy soccer game on Thursday.

    The final moments of the game, which Prairie Seeds won 2-1, were being reviewed by both schools, the Minnesota State High School League, and Maple Grove Police after several fights took place on the field and in the bench area.

    MSHSL officials said they plan to conclude the investigation on Tuesday. They said at that point, it will be announced if any action will be taken”

    Might they wait until game time like last year to make a decision?

  19. MarcoT permalink
    October 22, 2012

    My guess is MSHSL will not suspend ant players for the incident as they will be concerned about lawsuits coming from the players and families.

  20. Gitty permalink
    October 23, 2012

    Funny how the Strib’s boys player of the Year (one of the Olivers) doesn’t even make the first team at the Pioneer Press.

  21. Gitty permalink
    October 23, 2012

    If you recall last year’s ID fiasco, PSA isn’t afraid to get lawyered up. They’re ready to defend the one thing they do there.

  22. Charm permalink
    October 23, 2012

    I heard at least 4 players received red cards during the melee. Does anyone know which PSA players received cards and how many games they could sit out? The goalie #1 should be expelled from the PSA team altogether, in my opinion.

  23. David L. permalink
    October 24, 2012

    Every year the MSHSL seems to find itself in way over its head, Donnie. This year it seems to be have been unable to get the all state single A nominations solicited from a couple of schools and unable to manage the TG-PSA mess. How complicated could these things really be to get done properly and in a timely way?

  24. October 24, 2012

    Actually David, this mess with the Class A Boys All-State selections had nothing to do with the MSHSL. It was a bureaucratic screw up with the Minnesota State High School Soccer Coaches Association (MSHSSCA) which is a volunteer organization.

    As to the hearing for the MSHSL league on the melee, I would prefer they do it right and make a correct decision then rush it through and make a mistake on who they call out and discipline.

  25. David L. permalink
    October 24, 2012

    BQ: They should absolutely do it right; but I still don’t see why it is taking so long. They have the TV and the refs. It should have been taken care of when it took place. As far as the all-state selections, whether or not the MSHSSCA is a volunteer unit or paid, the process takes place year after year. Why should mistakes suddenly creep it and disrupt things?

  26. October 24, 2012

    I don’t disagree with the later. I was just trying to delineate the organizations, who were involved and how they are run. Even though I think it was extremely unfair that certain kids were eliminated from the process, one can still point fingers but also must understand that people are doing this of their own time and not getting paid. I think the MSHSSCA is run pretty much by the minimal fees that are collected from each coach who participate.

    Last year there were no PSA kids selected because Youssef didn’t pay his fees which is one of the requirements of a school being eligible for their players to be selected. Youssef will tell you differently, however.

  27. tomASS permalink
    October 24, 2012

    MSHSL – is using the Obama Libya approach …….you know the facts are all still coming in and are being analyzed. However this time the MSHSL could actually and factually make reference to a video :-)

  28. Chuckp permalink
    October 24, 2012

    All PSA players disqualified! Whole team………..

  29. Chuckp permalink
    October 24, 2012

    Found an ineligible player due to research done during melee……that’s what cheaters get in the end……

  30. David L. permalink
    October 24, 2012

    It is hard to imagine that PSA tried deliberately to use an ineligible player all season and thereby jeopardize its team. I don’t like this outcome at all. Moreover, I don’t like anti-immigrant undertones some messages have expressed.

  31. tomASS permalink
    October 24, 2012

    @David L – Obama wasn’t an immigrant from my understanding

  32. tomASS permalink
    October 24, 2012

    @DavidL – Youssef Darbaki also serves as the athletic director for PSA- he should have known the proper rules regarding transfers. If he did not he was derelict in his duties as a High School Athletic Director. Compliance of the rules and regulations of the MSHSL ( as insane as they sometimes appear to be) is a key job duty of an Athletic Director. He alone can and should take responsibility for the penalty his whole team now must serve because of his intentional or unintentional lack of follow-through on a very simple and easy process.

    Those that know me, know this MN native lost his MN nice a long time ago so I fail to adhere to the politically correct ways of many. I, respectfully and in my personal and humble opinion, believe Youssef does not think he or PSA have to follow the same rules that everyone else has to because they are a charter school that does serve a minority student base. He has done some great advocacy to promote and mentor his players and students. However, I always seem to get a sense of entitlement from him through his actions rather than by the words he speaks.

    Other that know him better may disagree. Me? I’m just giving you a personal opinion

  33. George permalink
    October 24, 2012

    Youssef should be fired. As the AD/Coach and still alow this, he needs to be let go by the school or quit himself. He is hurting the kids more than anything. Agree with tomASS about thoughts on Youssef. He knows the game and has helped many, but he doesn’t follow rules.

    If I was the MSHSL, I’d investigate PSA’s boys basketball team as well. They went from a no-name team to state-participant in one season. Just sayin’

    My pick now to win Class A is Rochester Lourdes over SPA 3-2.

  34. tomASS permalink
    October 24, 2012

    I would like to see Waconia or St. Paul Como do something special this year

  35. Gidty permalink
    October 25, 2012

    I wonder if the ineligible player issue was raised earlier. Too bad for Totino.

  36. Chuckp permalink
    October 25, 2012

    So now the decision is made to try and sue after you get caught cheating! This is just incredible….Now the lesson we are teaching the “kids” is to not take responsibility for your actions and blame it on someone else? tomass’s assessment must be 100% correct.

  37. tomASS permalink
    October 25, 2012

    @Chuckp …….well it was an ASSessment, but can you tell my wife that?

    ;-)

  38. Gitdy permalink
    October 25, 2012

    Who were mr and ms soccer? I can’t find them anywhere

  39. October 26, 2012

    @Gitdy, It was finally posted on the MSHSSCA site who is responsible for the awards. A lot of people thing the State High School League hands them out but they don’t. It’s the soccer coaches organization who puts the banquet and awards together.

    Normally I get them up on the site and still plan to do so but have a lot of things going on this year that has prevented me from doing so yet.

    Ms. Soccer 2A Jenna Roering – Centenial

    Mr. Soccer 2A Elliot Cassutt – Mpls. South

    Ms. Soccer A Laurel Ramer Kasson-Mantorville

    Mr. Soccer A Ismaila Jome Prairie Seeds Academy

    And here is the link: http://www.mshssca.org/pdf/2012%20Soccer%20MSHSSCA%20Awards.pdf

  40. Gidty permalink
    October 26, 2012

    Follow up…what was up with Cassutt last night? Strib said he didn’t start and only played a few minutes.

  41. Gidty permalink
    October 26, 2012

    Turn the bus around. We’re heading back to Duluth.

  42. xavi permalink
    October 26, 2012

    Is anyone going to investigate the really disturbing statements from the PSA lawyer in the Strib article about what players and fans were saying to PSA players? Is that part of the police investigation?

  43. syd the kid permalink
    October 30, 2012

    Blaine high school is dominating. And will continue to dominate until the win the state championships. And both the boys and girls team too! Go Blaine!

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