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ad blog: mshsl 2013 listening to students survey highlights

I recently attended a MSHSL athletic directors meeting where I learned what high school student-athletes from around the state think about their high school athletics experience. All student-athletes, including Marshall Hilltoppers, were invited to take part in this survey from December 2013 into early January 2014. In all, 3500 students completed the listening survey which is administered statewide every five (5) years. Some of the questions remain the same from year-to-year, while others change based on current issues or trends. Although schools were not required to participate, a wide variety of schools participated: large and small, metro and outstate, well known schools in state tournament play and less frequent tournament visitors, etc.

It's probably no surprise to learn that 98% of the respondents believe school activities/athletics instill a sense of school pride. Noteworthy: more than half opted for "strongly agree". And that 94% of the respondents tend to be school leaders.

The three most selected positive outcomes student-athletes experienced through activity/athletics participation were: teamwork; self discipline, commitment, responsibility; and fun. While the three most selected best qualities of their coach(es) were: gives a lot of his/her time; inspires and motivates students to perform at their best; and cares about students as individuals.

Interesting that the three most selected things they appreciate most about their parents' attitudes toward their participation in activities/athletics were: they attend my games/events; they encourage me even when I lose; and they let me choose the sports/activities that I want to participate in.

Finally, the three most selected critical sortsmanship issues in high school sports cited by the student-athletes were: loss of respect for officials; loss of respect for players on the other team; and win at all costs (attitudes).

From what I read, it looks like the kids got it right - great job!


Kevin C. Snyder
Athletic Director 


putting the winter sports season on ice

One-half point separated the Marshall DIVAS Dance Team from winning their sixth state title at the 2014 MSHSL State Class A Dance Tournament held at the Target Center in Minneapolis on February 14th. This year marked the 12th consecutive appearance at State for the DIVAS. Seniors Jenna Laskowski and Toni Scrignoli were named to the State Jazz All-Tournament Team. Earlier in the year, the DIVAS repeated as Lake Superior Conference champions taking first in both High Kick and Jazz Funk, and first overall. Juniors Morgan Erickson and Jordyn Spry, along with Jenna Laskowski and Toni Scrignoli earned all-conference first team recognition, while Jocelyn Kreager and Camryn Towle, both sophomores took home second-team all-conference honors.

The first-year varsity boys’ swim team qualified their first swimmer to represent Marshall at State in the 2014 MSHSL Swimming & Diving Championships held at the Aquatics Center on the University of Minnesota Campus March 7th. Junior David Kamper, qualified for state by taking 3rd place in the 200 Freestyle and was the Section 6A champion in the 500 Freestyle. David performed well at State, swimming personal bests in both events. Congratulations to David and to the entire team for setting the bar high for next year.

The boys and girls’ Alpine Skiing Teams qualified three skiers to represent Marshall at the 2014 MSHSL State Alpine Skiing Championships held at Giants Ridge on February 12th. Senior Cara Hanson skied to a 26th place finish and Kristen Johnson (sophomore) finished 46th out of 89 skiers, while junior Jonathan Thickens finished 53rd out of 88 skiers in the boys’ championship. First Team Lake Superior Conference All-Conference honors went to Senior JB Stender, junior Jonathan Thickens and 8th grader Will Hanson, while 7th grader Bryce Mlynarczyk took second team all-conference honors. Cara Hanson and sophomore Sam Voigt were named second team all-conference.  

A young Marshall boys and girls’ Nordic Ski Team competed well this season and look to improve heading into next year. Coach Dave “DJ” Johnson is optimistic about the teams’ future.

The boys’ hockey team brought home the Section 7A second place trophy this season completing an 18-9-1 season. Senior Luke Pavelich earned first team All Lake Superior Conference honors, while Jordan Fralich (junior) was selected to the second team. Kyle Jones (senior) and Alex Murray (junior) earned LSC Honorable Mention.

The boys’ basketball team improved greatly this season finishing 7-20 overall. Seniors Adam Kneepkens and Levi Staine earned Honorable Mention honors in the Lake Superior Conference all-conference voting, and laid the foundation for future success on the hardwood in the years to come.

The girls’ basketball team finished the season 9-18, in what has been described as their best season in 14 years. Leading the way were senior co-captains Mary Baumgartner (13PPG) and Maddie Eyer (11PPG and 11RPG). Maddie had 11 double-doubles including a 21PPG/21RPG performance in the first round of Section 7AA playoffs. Maddie earned Honorable Mention honors in Lake Superior Conference voting, and both Maddie and Mary will be competing in the 10th Annual North Central Girls’ Basketball All Star Game on Saturday, March 29th in Bemidji, and the 2014 “Pride of the Northeast” Girls’ Basketball Senior All-Star Game to be played on April 3rd at Mesabi Range Community and Technical College in Virginia. Congratulations and good luck girls!

Marshall School nominated Clara Espe and Tony Perrella to be Minnesota State High School League’s Triple “A” award recipients honoring high school seniors who have excelled in the classroom, on the athletic field, and in fine arts. We also nominated Ann Kleinschmidt and Pentti Hanlon to the MSHSL’s ExCEL (Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership) recognition program designed exclusively for Minnesota high school juniors who are active in school activities, who show leadership qualities, and who volunteer in their communities.  

Many of the all conference recipients from the fall and winter sports seasons were recognized at a ceremony between periods during the boys’ hockey team’s final regular season home game. Congratulations to all of our outstanding student-athletes on their many accomplishments.

For the 216 students-athletes competing on 16 teams (10 sports) this winter, it was another great season for Marshall School. Two student-athletes earned all-state honors, 20 earned all-conference, four were nominated from Marshall to be selected for statewide awards in community service, academics, arts and athletics, and one team narrowly missed out on a state championship, earning second place at their state competition. Congratulations to all the Hilltoppers who competed this winter – we’re very proud of you!

Posted by Kevin Snyder on Thursday May 1, 2014
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2013 Fall Sports Season, A Great Success


When Pentti Hanlon crossed the finish line at the Minnesota State High School League Cross Country Running Championship on Saturday, November 2nd, on the campus of St. Olaf College, the fall sports season officially came to an end for Marshall School. Pentti finished 61st overall with a time of 17:24 to the delight of friends and family in attendance.  Pentti qualified for the second consecutive year coming in ninth this year at the Section 7A meet held at the Cloquet Country Club on October 24th, and last week Pentti was named to the Lake Superior Conference All Conference 1st Team for 2013. 

The girls’ cross country running team was led by captain Ann Kleinschmidt (junior) and 7th grader Ashlee Siegel. The team continued to improve throughout the season as evidenced by Ashlee narrowly missing qualifying for State at the Section 7A meet held at the Cloquet Country Club. 

Both the Marshall boys and girls’ cross country teams earned MSHSL Section 7A team academic honors. The “gold standard” is the highest team academic honor in which the top five grade point averages for each team are averaged to earn a team GPA. To earn “gold”, a team must achieve a minimum 3.50 GPA on a 4.00 scale. Our girls have a 3.95 team GPA, while our boys have a 3.89 GPA. TOPPER SMART! 

The football team finished another exciting season at 7-3 (14-7 over the past two seasons) under second year head coach, Jim Hogan. Four players were named to the 2013 All-Conference team including, seniors Tony Perrella, Jake Serre and Charlie Kratz, and junior Jeremy Stephan. Seniors Alex Davis, Eric DeWitte and Seamus Mackinaw were named Honorable Mention. Coach Hogan was named 2013 Great Polar Football Alliance Coach of the Year by his coaching peers. 

Led by all-conference #1 singles player Morgan Flaherty and the #1 doubles team of Mary Baumgartner and Clara Espe, the Hilltoppers went undefeated in conference play en route to their second consecutive Lake Superior Conference title.  Freshman Azalea Ginete also received all-conference honors as #4 singles. 

Volleyball said goodbye to senior captains Briana Anderson, Gabby Igboko and Maddie Schenk. Gabby and Maddie were named to this year’s Lake Superior Conference Honorable Mention team.  The team played well and finished strong heading into next season.

The Marshall boys’ soccer team finished another successful season under 10th year head coach, Mike Sengbush. Juniors John McKenna and Cole Brashaw were named to the 2013 Lake Superior Conference All-Conference first team, and sophomore Lane Krenzen earned second team honors.  John McKenna was also selected to the Minnesota State High School Soccer Coaches Association All-State Honorable Mention team. 

The Hilltoppers girls’ soccer team enjoyed one of their finest seasons with four girls earning all-conference honors. Junior Megan Coughlan was named to the 2013 Lake Superior Conference First Team, while sophomore Kelly Alworth and senior Ellie Peters earned second team honors. Senior Maddie Eyer was named to the Honorable Mention team. The girls started the season winning the Sandbur Cup at the Zimmerman Tournament for the second consecutive year, and hosted a Section 7A quarterfinal match, winning 5-4 in OT.

Congratulations Hilltoppers!

Posted by Kevin Snyder on Sunday November 24, 2013 at 10:11PM
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1923 Minnesota Catholic High School Champions

While cleaning out one of our classrooms this spring, a student approached me with an old basketball trophy he had found and asked if I thought he should throw it away, or would I want to keep it.  You could hardly read the inscription it was so black with tarnish build-up, but it was clear this was a very precious trophy awarded many, many years ago.

After spending several hours at home removing the tarnish and applying silver pollish, the inscription revealed, "Minnesota Catholic High School Champions, College of St. Thomas Tournament, 1923."


I can only surmise that 90 years ago our Duluth Cathedral boys won the Minnesota Catholic high school basketball championship, and now through a small miracle this beautiful trophy found its way back to the Hilltoppers' athletic department.  

I'm hoping that our alumni will read this blog and help solve the mystery of who played on and coached that championship team.  Perhaps someone has in an old scrapbook, a roster, game program, old photos, or simply recalls a time when their father, grandfather or maybe even their great-grandfather played on that winning team.  

If you have any information, please contact me at kevin.snyder@marshallschool.org.

Thank you in advance for your help.

Kevin C. Snyder
Athletic Director 

Posted by Kevin Snyder on Tuesday July 2, 2013 at 04:47PM
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Marshall Student-Athletes Honored

Congratulations to the 2012 girls' tennis team and the 2012-13 boys' nordic ski team for earning "Team Academic Excellence" honors awarded by the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association.  A plaque in recognition of their accomplishments can be found in the trophy case outside the gym entrance.  

Kevin C. Snyder
Athletic Director 

Posted by Kevin Snyder on Monday July 1, 2013 at 03:06PM
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2012-13 Was a Fun Year for the Hilltoppers

Here are some fun statistics from this year:

17 new head coaches and 25 new assistant coaches joined the Marshall staff

We added one new sports program (Boys' Swimming)

We had 79 weather-related postponements/cancellations this spring

596 students in grades 5-12 participated in Marshall athletics

89% of Marshall students participate in athletics - up from 87 percent last year

Nine (9) students participated in four sports, 59 were three-sport athletes, and 120 competed in two sports

Five (5) seniors joined the Black & Gold Club for having earned 11 or more varsity letters during their athletic career at Marshall

61 seniors, 109 juniors, 108 sophomores, 122 freshmen, 81 eighth graders, and 91 seventh graders wore Marshall uniforms this year

56 girls played Marshall basketball

The girls' tennis team finished with a 6-0 conference record, and won the Lake Superior Conference championship

Two (2) section champions in boys' soccer and boys' hockey

Four (4) teams made it to "State" (boys' soccer, boys' hockey, girls' dance in jazz/funk and high kick)

37 Hilltoppers earned all-conference honors

Four (4) teams won conference championships (girls' tennis and boys' tennis, dance jazz/funk & high kick)

7-4 - the record of the 2012 Marshall football team





Posted by Kevin Snyder on Friday June 21, 2013 at 04:37PM
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The 21st Annual Marshall Golf Outing

The 21st Annual Marshall Golf Outing was a great success because of the overwhelming support of our entire Marshall community. 80 golfers played under cool, but dry conditions at the beautiful Ridgeview Country Club on June 21st.

The team of Jack Connolly, Chris Connolly, Mark Connolly and Ian Kidd won this year's event shooting a 13 under par 57. J.D. Feriancek took Closest in 2 on #1, Jack Connolly had the Longest Putt on #2, and Lucas Anderson (Marshall's Upper School art teacher) was Closest in 2 on #13. Lance Snow won three proximity contests including Closest to Line on #6, Closest to Line on #11, and Longest Drive on #16.  Nobody won the $7,500 Pebble Beach Golf Vacation, so we'll have to see what we can do about bringing that contest back next year.

Thank you to our many corporate hole sponsors, to those who donated gifts for our raffle, and the many staff and faculty who volunteered the day of the event to make it such a great success.    

Jack and LouAnn Farrell, and Jim and Barb Woodhull hold the distinction of having played in all 21 Marshall Golf Outings. 

Mark your calendars for Monday, June 16, 2014, at Ridgeview Country Club for the 22nd Annual Marshall Golf Outing.  We hope to see you there!

On behalf of our student-athletes and their coaches, thank you for your support of the Hilltopper athletics program.


Kevin C. Snyder

Athletic Director  

Posted by Kevin Snyder on Thursday June 20, 2013 at 04:06PM
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Hey, what's with the pink socks?

For those of you who have attended Marshall boys and girls’ basketball games this season, you may have noticed the teams sporting pink socks.  This season breast cancer has touched some of our families in the Hilltopper basketball program, so the players elected to wear pink socks with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Breast Cancer Awareness logo on them to show their love and support for not only those families in our basketball program, but for all Marshall families affected by breast cancer.     

It was estimated that in 2012, over 225,000 women in the United States would be diagnosed with breast cancer.  And although the month of October is traditionally designated as Breast Cancer Awareness month, the players hope to raise awareness throughout the season.  



Kevin C. Snyder

Athletic Director    

Posted by Kevin Snyder on Thursday January 17, 2013 at 02:48PM
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Putting the Wraps on the Fall Sports Season


                   Sophomore Pentti Hanlon of Marshall School


When Marshall sophomore, Pentti Hanlon crossed the finish line in 17:14:9 at the Minnesota State High School League Boys’ State Class A Cross Country Meet on Saturday morning, a highly successful Hilltoppers’ fall sports season came to an end.  Pentti finished 80th in a field of 175 on a cool overcast morning on the St. Olaf College campus in Northfield, Minnesota.   It was a wonderful moment as friends and family cheered him on as he crossed the finish line.


An unbelievably exciting football season came to an end Thursday night at Public Schools Stadium as the #2 seeded and 21st ranked Marshall Hilltoppers (7-4) lost in the Section 7AA championship game to top-ranked Moose-Lake/Willow River (11-0).  It was a remarkable turnaround season for the Hilltoppers.


A young (one senior) Marshall volleyball team closed out their season with a hard fought (3-2) Sub-Section 1, Section 7A first round victory over Mesabi East.  A few nights later the Hilltoppers would lose in the second round to #1 seed Carlton on their campus.  The Marshall girls look to build on their accomplishments from this season heading into next year.  


The girls’ tennis team went undefeated in conference play winning the 2012 Lake Superior Conference Championship.  The team placed several players on the LSC all-conference team, as voted on by the conference tennis coaches, including #1 singles Maya Callaway (7th grade), #3 singles Morgan Flaherty (junior), and #1 doubles team of Maddie Auvinen (senior) and Tiffany Wong (sophomore). 


The Hilltopper girls’ soccer team completed a successful 2012 season with both the varsity and JV teams winning early season tournaments.  The varsity went on to win their first playoff match under head coach Matt Whittaker, defeating Grand Rapids 3-1 in a first round Section 7A match on the Marshall campus.     


And finally the Marshall boys’ soccer team (12-6-4) took home the MSHSL Class A third place trophy with a heart stopping 2-1 win over St. Cloud Cathedral.  What a roller coaster ride it was for the school in the two weeks leading up to the state tournament, as we all waited for the league’s ruling on whether or not the Hilltoppers’ state quarterfinal opponent would be eligible to compete.  Marshall would eventually receive a state quarterfinal bye on their way to competing at Mall of America Field (the Metrodome) for the state title.   


Congratulations to all the students who competed in fall sports this season.  I want to thank the coaching staff, our medical team, the many event management personnel, and of course our loyal Hilltopper fans.  It was truly a fall season to remember!


Please join me in recognizing the fall sports teams’ senior class


Sydney Adams (volleyball)

Maddie Auvinen (tennis)

Aaron Burgess (soccer)

Abby Bushey (cross country)

Brandon Channell (cross country)

Emily Couture (soccer)

Matthew Cutshall (football)

Michael Damberg (soccer)

Joe Fairbanks (soccer)

Caden Flaherty (football)

Connor Flaherty (football)

Joe Gall (soccer)

Joe Hodge (cross country)

Christopher Jarocki (cross country)

Matthew Klassen (soccer)

Claire Kleinschmidt (cross country)

Molly Matthews (soccer)

Killian McKee (soccer)

Gabby Olker (cross country)

Than Serre (football)

Sylvie Weintraub (soccer)

Thomas Welinski (soccer) 

Posted by Kevin Snyder on Monday November 5, 2012 at 10:39AM
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Sports Participation

In a recent High School Today article, high school sports participation across the country increased for the 23rd consecutive year in 2011-12, according to the annual High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).  

Last year set an all-time record of 7,692,520 high school students participating in sports – an increase of 24,565 from the previous year.

In the 2011-12 school year 84 percent of our HILLTOPPERS in grades 7-12 participated on our 22 teams (the national average is 55 percent).  So far this year 100 boys and 140 girls are participating on the nine teams being sponsored in the fall. 

MARSHALL               BOYS                          MARSHALL               GIRLS   

Cross Country               27                            Cross Country                 10                                                                            

                                                                   Dance Team                   12

Football                        34                           

                                                                   Hockey                           19

Soccer                         39                            Soccer                            42

                                                                   Tennis                            25

                                                                   Volleyball                       32

TOTAL                     *100                            TOTAL                       *140  

 *As reported to the Minnesota State High School League at the start of the season.                                              

Nationally, girls’ participation is seeing the largest growth numbers.  An additional 33,984 girls participated in high school sports last year, making the all-time record total 3,207,533.  Outdoor track and field, basketball and volleyball are the top three participatory sports for girls, followed by soccer and fast-pitch softball.  

While girls’ participation continued to climb, boys’ participation dipped for the first time since the 1992-93 school year, down nearly 9,500 participants.  Seven of the top 10 boys sports registered drops in participation including football, basketball, tennis, golf and swimming all down from last year.   

Minnesota ranks 10th nationally in sports participation with 238,363 participants, Texas and California rank #1 and #2 respectively.  


SOURCES: High School Today, October 12, 2012

Posted by Kevin Snyder on Sunday October 21, 2012 at 10:24AM
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100 Days


100 days and counting…

Counting down from 162 days since being named as Marshall’s new athletic director, parents and fans alike had to listen to me over the summer excitedly pronounce how many days remained until my official start day of July 1st.  Now just 100 days into my new position, it really doesn’t seem like 262 days ago when I was blessed with such a wonderful opportunity.   

 So much has taken place in that time I thought it would be worthwhile to reflect on some of our shared accomplishments.

 July 1st – day one.  It’s a Sunday, but I’m up early working on short and long-term goals, and looking forward to moving into our temporary office space.

 July 2nd – Monday morning.  An opportunity to get in early before Jackie arrives in hopes of preparing her office for our first official workday.  For those of you who haven’t met Mrs. Flint, Jackie earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in physical education and health education from Eastern Michigan University, and graduated from Northern Arizona University with her Masters in Education degree in Educational Leadership.  She has served as an athletic director, coach and physical education instructor at a small private school in Arizona.  Jackie teaches one PE class this fall in our middle school.

 8:00 A.M. – Mr. D. J. stops in to welcome Jackie and me, but also informs us that water damage from the June rainstorm may have damaged a great many football uniforms and equipment.  Assessing the damage takes time, and ultimately we decide to have the uniforms professionally cleaned.  How much did she say that would cost?  What a start…  

 11:00 A.M. – Sensing we’re now four hours behind schedule, it’s time to set in motion our first major initiative – the implementation of our concussion management protocol for all student-athletes.  ImPACT testing is a computerized neurological assessment tool that is used by our medical team to assist in determining an athlete’s ability to return to play after suffering a concussion.  Through a grant from Essentia Health, we would administer tests to all our fall athletes during the first two weeks of practice, and will do the same prior to the start of the winter and spring sports’ seasons. 

 July 9th – First thing Monday morning our second big initiative gets traction.  With the support of Mr. Tony Lockhart, Marshall purchases rSchoolToday Activity Scheduler software designed to improve communication between the athletic department and our fans. Now our Hilltopper fans can go to either the Marshall School website or our conference site (lakesuperiorconference.org), and with only a few clicks know when and where their favorite team will be playing today, tomorrow, this week, or throughout the season.  Don’t know where the Cloquet soccer field is? Click on the school’s name, and rSchool will provide a map and driving directions.  And when schedule changes occur, our fans can signup up for an instant notification sent to their mobile device or desktop computer.  Marshall teachers too can know when to dismiss their students early because we have posted early dismissal times and bus departure times.

 July 10th – Tuesday morning coffee with with Susan Brashaw and Deb Couture to layout “A New Way Forward” in support of the Hilltopper athletics program.  We couldn’t be more fortunate to have Deb and Susan co-chair the Marshall Athletic Booster Club.  We share a common vision and our enthusiasm is infectious.

 Looking ahead to the Marshall School Rummage Sale, the Booster Club has scheduled official drop-off days for donations.  Please check the athletics pages on Marshall School website for exact days and times. 

Parents interested in joining the Booster Club should contact Deb or Susan.

 July 12th – Finalists for the head boys’ basketball coach position begin arriving on campus.  With the help of our team captains, Adam Kneepkens and Will Heyer, and starter Cole Brashaw, the hiring process goes into overdrive in search of the coach that will be the right fit for Marshall School and the boys’ basketball program.

 July 18th – The unbelievably successful Marshall Dance Team is concluding it’s week at the Just For Kicks dance camp in Brainerd.  Today they will perform, along with 500 other girls from around the region, in one final competition before the start of the school year.  It’s my intent to surprise them, so I drive down under the cover of rain and fog so as not to be spotted.  Of course they performed wonderfully, and it was my pleasure to see them at the end of the camp simply to support them.

 July 23rd – Noon Monday, Jackie and I walk the Marshall ski and running trail with Mr. D.J. to assess the damage left by the June rainstorm.  A plan is devised, and with the help of our facilities staff, student volunteers, Mr. K-J, and some of our former parents, the trail will be revived in time for the start of the cross country running season.

Late Wednesday night, Mr. Nathan Winesett accepts the boy’s basketball coaching position from his family home in Florida.  He will lead the Hilltoppers into the 2012-13 season starting November 19th.  Coach Winesett earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Zoology from the University of Florida, his Master of Arts degree in Chemistry from the University of Arizona, and holds a law degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law.  Prior to joining the Hilltoppers, Coach Winesett was an assistant boys’ coach with Lakeview Christian Academy.    

 July 28th – Saturday afternoon Ms. Allison Strey is named head coach of the Marshall Dance Team.  Allison, and her sister Erin, coached the Divas during the 2011-12 season. 

 July 29th – Sunday night the Marshall girls’ basketball team concluded a very successful summer workout season with their first annual summer alumni game.  22 players participated, and the varsity came from 10 points down in the second half to win by five.

 August 6th – One week before the start of fall practice, the 2012-13 Marshall coaching staff meets at Skyline Lanes for bowling, pizza and an opportunity to get to know one another.  Afterward, we meet for three hours to discuss the new season and to layout my vision for the program as their new athletic director. 

 August 10th – Three days before the start of girls’ tennis practice and we’re still without a coach.   It’s time to ask a favor of an old friend.  Mr. Greg Mirau agrees to take the team on an interim basis.  Mr. Mirau connects me with Marshall alum, Willie Paul, and the two of them guide the team through the first couple weeks of practice and competition.

 August 13th – Ready or not, fall practices begin. 

 7:00 P.M. – Our fall sports parent meeting is hastily moved from the Chapel to the gym to accommodate the number of parents arriving.  175 parents from Holy Rosary, Lakeview Christian Academy, and, of course, Marshall School listen as I lay out our vision for the athletics program, introduce our coaching staff and medical team, announce our concussion management protocol, and describe our new athletic scheduling software.  Following our large group meeting, parents are invited to attend breakout sessions with our fall sports coaches.

 August 19th – Ms. Megan Seipel and Ms. Aly Brandell are named co-head girls’ tennis coaches.  They are introduced to the team the next day.  Thank you to Mr. Mirau and Willie Paul for stepping up when the Hilltoppers needed them most.

 August 25th – Both the girls’ varsity and JV soccer teams win the Zimmerman Thunder “2012 Sand Burr Cup” going undefeated (6-0).  GREAT WAY TO START THE SEASON!

 August 29th – It’s the first day of school, and for the first time the Bigger, Faster, Stronger program is available for our upper school students during the school year. Headed up by Marshall alum, Ms. Sara Behning, the fitness center is open to all upper school students on Mondays from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Previously, the strength and conditioning program was only available during the summer. 

 September 9th and 10th – Attend the new athletic director workshop in the Cities.  What a great opportunity to learn about the Minnesota State High School League and hear from peers about their schools’ athletic programs.

 September 20th – Thursday morning we hosted our first meeting of the Marshall Athletic Booster Club.  I was very pleased with the turnout and the great ideas brought to the table.   The parents suggested we open the Topper Shop next to the press box during the Homecoming football game.  With the help of our facilities staff and our parent volunteers, we made over $1200 in one afternoon of football. 

 7:30 P.M. – The girls’ tennis team clinches the Lake Superior Conference title on a cold rainy night at the Marshall tennis courts.  AWESOME!

 September 24th – Host the first Lake Superior Conference AD’s meeting of the year.  What a great group to be associated with.  Thanks to Dean Korach and his staff, the lunch was great. 

 September 26th – Attend the MSHSL regional meeting in Chisholm.  Of all the good information Jackie and I learned today what stands out is the fact that 50 percent of the transfer cases handled by the MSHSL are the result of bullying in schools.  It’s a good reminder for all of us about how we need to treat our peers.

 September 27th – Finalized the Marshall School Fan Code-of-Conduct message signed by the co-chairs of the Marshall Athletic Booster Club and myself.  It is posted on the athletic pages of the Marshall School website and is printed on our game programs.

 October 5, 2012 – What a great opportunity this afternoon for me to meet with our Board of Trustees and report on the state of the program.   

  • 236 of our 391 (60 percent) 7-12 graders are participating in fall sports.   
  • Our overall Lake Superior Conference winning percentage stands at .556
  • My #1 goal in the first six months is to surround myself with outstanding people.  I believe I have done this in hiring Jim Hogan (football) and his staff, Megan Seipel & Aly Brandell (girls’ tennis), Nathan Winesett (boys’ basketball), Allison Strey (Dance Team), Kaylyn Webb (fall Dance Team), and Jackie Flint, Athletic Coordinator.
  • The football team is 4-2, the girls’ JV soccer team has won five matches this season, the boys seeded #1 and girls’ soccer team #8 qualified for sectionals, and the girls’ tennis team went undefeated winning the Lake Superior Conference championship.

Congratulations to the Marshall Hilltoppers on a great start to the 2012-13 season!

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your success.

Kevin C. Snyder
Athletic Director

Posted by Kevin Snyder on Thursday October 11, 2012 at 09:39AM
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