Match No. 254 is why Jordan Chouanard stays after practice.
Medford's Curt Maas is why he trained tirelessly last offseason.
A Class 1A state wrestling championship is what drives the Aitkin Gobblers' senior.
Soft-spoken Teresa Moenkedick said she was just getting open and her shots were going down.
That's a simple way to explain how the junior point guard posted 40 points in the Verndale Pirates' 71-57 Park Region Conference victory over New York Mills Jan.
Josh McKeag is not one to back down from a challenge.
In the 100-yard butterfly in the Bronze Division at the University of Minnesota Invite last weekend, the Brainerd junior was matched in the finals against Joe Kitzman of Fergus Falls, among others.
It wasn't much of a holiday vacation for Joey Hanowski.
But it wasn't all work for the Little Falls senior.
Hanowski tallied five goals and four assists, helping him reach 100 career points, during the Little Falls boys hockey tournament Dec. 27-29.
Rachelle LeBlanc was selling herself short.
The Little Falls gymnast set a goal to earn an all-around score of 37 points by the end of the season.
Less than a month into the season LeBlanc reached her goal during a dual meet victory against Bemidji.
For all of Peter Harrison's success, a couple of things have been missing.
The Pequot Lakes senior scratched off one of those things Dec. 10 when he finally broke through to win his first Paul Bunyan Invite championship at Brainerd High School.