Mikayla Michaletz suffered through the bad.
As have her Aitkin Gobblers volleyball teammates.
During Michaletz's first two varsity seasons, Aitkin owned a combined 8-33 record with two first-round playoff losses.
A disappointing finish at the 2012 Class 2A state track meet has served as motivation for Allison Kosobud's senior cross country season.
The Brainerd Warrior distance runner finished 14th in the state 800-meter run in June at Hamline University in St.
Conor Gessell is not only a running back and the leading rusher and top scorer for the Brainerd Warriors. He's also a capable receiver, occasionally plays defense and leads the team in kickoff returns.
It's rare for a sophomore to start at quarterback for the Verndale Pirates.
Even more rare is that sophomore already has a year of starting experience.
But Dillon Card is a rare athlete. The sophomore stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 200 pounds.
People in the prep volleyball world know Abby Palmer.
And, after Palmer pounds a jump serve over the net for an ace, those that don't know her soon learn.
Palmer's jump serve has taken hours of practice to pull off in a game.
Travis Richards would have none of it.
When asked how he was able to gain 210 yards on 22 carries and score five touchdowns and a two-point conversion during the Pillager Huskies' 37-14 win over Bagley Sept.
Mikayla Wing was confident.
And why shouldn't she have been?
The Staples-Motley Cardinals junior was the defending Mid-State Conference champion at No. 1 singles. She had already beaten everyone in her bracket. Plus, her game has seen improvement.
Emily Miron is headed west, but not before she takes care of business at home.
The senior middle hitter will take her volleyball talents to North Dakota State University next season as she committed to the Division I University in Fargo.