Triple A award one of high school league’s best honors

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One of my favorite awards for students is the “Triple A” Award. The Academics, Arts and Athletics Award, referred to as the “Triple A” Award, is sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League and was established in 1988. The award goes to a high school senior boy and senior girl who have a 3.00, or better, grade point average and who excel in league-sponsored athletic and fine arts activities.

The Chatfield AAA winners are Larissa Martin and Jack Tuohy. Larissa is the daughter of Tiffany Strande and Jack is the son of Dan and Terry Tuohy.

Larissa has been involved in dance (captain for two years), band (large and small group), choir (large and small group), and speech (state participant two years). Other school activities include directing plays, Rube Goldberg team and Minnesota Honor Society. She has taken several college level courses and has a 3.788 GPA. She plans to further her education at the University of Minnesota and major in linguistics and secondary education.

Jack has also taken college level courses and “sports” a 4.00 GPA. He’s been involved in band (large and small group), football, basketball and track. Jack has also been a member of the Minnesota Honor Society and on the National Award Winning Rube Goldberg team. Jack plans on pursuing an engineering physics degree at Stanford.

A more in-depth article on their accomplishments was in the Dec. 12 issue of the Chatfield News. Congratulations to Jack and Larissa and good luck on the upcoming sub-section and section Triple A competition.

I reached out to Scott McCready, athletic director at St. Charles, who happened to have all of the winners from our Section One A and AA schools. He’s also probably on the committee that determines the Section One winners.

Maddison Michels of Mabel-Canton and Ryan Hansen of Alden-Conger were selected by the Region 1A committee as the 2019 Triple A winners. They will be honored and recognized at the Section Boys Basketball Championships at Rochester’s Mayo Civic Center Arena on March 14.

Here are some more individual school winners from our Reader-area schools: Caledonia (Abby Ashbacher, Riley Augedahl), Fillmore Central (Madison Scheevel, Daniel Erickson), Houston (Lillian Carlson, Ben Beckman), Lanesboro (Emily Snyder, Connor Ruen), Mabel-Canton (Maddison Michels, Drew Wyffels), Rushford-Peterson (Lauren Lawston), Spring Grove (Alyssa Johnson, Cameron Sylling), Grand Meadow (Alexandra Lubahn, Maxwell Jech), Kingsland (Renee Lechner), LeRoy-Ostrander (Nicholas Kasel), Southland (Erin Hanson, Lee Wilson), Dover-Eyota (Caitlin Higgins, Tyler Aeschlimann), Lewiston-Altura (Madelyn Neldner), Plainview-Elgin-Millville (Kayla Augustine, Lafe Aarsvold), and St. Charles (Paige Schiebel, Mark Buringa).

Congratulations to all of the Triple A winners. This is a great honor for all of you.

Scott also sent me a list of all of the previous Section One winners. There were many familiar names from our local schools. Thanks, Scott, for your help.

Here’s another note about Mr. McCready: When Scott is involved with the programs at the sub-section/section tournaments, you will see the teams that are playing each other next to each other in the program. Take a look at the program in the upcoming tournaments. When it gets down to eight teams, or four teams, the two teams that are going head-to-head will be next to each other in a Scott McCready-generated program. Great job!

A word problem

I got this from my wife. She said, “Bill Bentson, this is you.” Probably because it deals with numbers!

Quote of the Month

IF A-B-C-D-E-F-G-H-I-J-K-L-M-N-O-P-Q-R-S-T-U-V-W-X-Y-Z’ EQUALS 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15-16-17-18-19-20-21-22-23-24-25-26 (percent), then

K-N-O-W-L-E-D-G-E (11-14-15-23-12-5-4-7-5) = 96 percent.

H-A-R-D-W-O-R-K (8-1-18-4-23-15-18-11) = 98 percent.

Both are important, but fall short of 100 percent.

But, A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E (1-20-20-9-20-21-4-5) = 100 percent.

When I was principal out at Graceville, our business teacher, Mrs. Fran Marks, had a quote posted on her bulletin board that read, “Your aptitude will get you your job, your attitude will keep it.”


For some reason it is always difficult to get accurate team records for the teams. I know these aren’t all complete, but this is the best I could get off the league website. It’s not a high school league problem, because the schools, and most specific, the coach, is responsible for getting scores on the league website.

Anyway, here’s what I got.


(Insert Wrestling box)


Matches against teams in the other division don’t count in the Three River Conference standings (unless they changed things this year).

The top three state rankings from The Guillotine in Class A are Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville (20-1), Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove (25-4) and Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (22-2). Here are some numbers. ACGC has lost to both LPGE/B (by 3) and TMB/WWG (by 9). TMB/WWG has lost to LPGE/B by 24. Interesting?

Zumbrota-Mazeppa (No. 4) and Goodhue (No. 9) are the only Section 1A teams in the top 12. GMLOS and Chatfield are listed in the Lean and Mean.

Here’s a trivia question for you. Going through the individual rankings I saw a wrestler from Quad County listed. What counties are involved? What schools are involved? And, what towns/communities are involved? I’ve got a can of Coke for the winner!

Here are individuals ranked in the latest Class A poll: Ross Herber (No. 6, LARP, 113), Carter Jonsgaard (No. 4, 120, LARP), Seth Goetzinger (No. 4, 126, Chatfield), Jackson Hale (No. 1, 132, GMLOS), Mark Buringa (No. 1, 138, St. Charles), Kyle Cavanaugh (No. 1, 145, Caledonia/Houston), Nathan Goldsmith (No. 6, 145, Chatfield), Dominic Jenkins (No. 7, 145, LARP), Marcus Otomo (No. 7, 160, Dover-Eyota), Logan Wendt (No. 5, 182, St. Charles), Noah Herber (No. 6, 182, LARP), Michael Nelson (No. 1, 195, D-E) and Clayton Luthe (No. 9, 285, GMLOS). Goodhue also has several wrestlers ranked which is going to make a very interesting Section tournament.

In Class AA, Kasson-Mantorville and Simley are one-two in the state. They are also both in Section 1AA. Wow! Plainview-Elgin-Millville is listed in the Lean and Mean (honorable mention) category.

Plainview-Elgin-Millville has three wrestlers ranked: Carter Marx (No. 6, 152), Dustin Dittrich (No. 3, 182) and Logan Wingert (No. 8, 285).

Section/sub-section tournaments are coming up real soon. Here are the dates for the events: one-act play, Feb. 2; dance, Feb. 9; team wrestling, Feb. 14 and 16; gymnastics, Feb. 16; girls basketball, A and AA, Feb. 19, 21, 25, 26 and March 2, 7; individual wrestling, Feb. 22, 23; and boys basketball, Feb. 26/just A, 28, March 4, 5, 9 and 14.

Here I am, about at the end of my word limit, and I didn’t even mention the weather. Wow, is it cold. Saw a social media post comparing temperatures: Minneapolis -24, Antarctica -23.

That’s it for this week. Thanks, Lee, for the SEC conference standings. Hey to the Great 8, my super wife, Carol, and my Fab 4, you are the greatest! Hasta luego, my friends. Have a great week, one day at a time. Stay warm! WEB