Jaelin Beachy validated a tough decision.
The Staples-Motley Cardinals senior is a two-time Class 1A state meet 100-yard breaststroker. She's finished in the championship heat both times. But something happened this year.
Simply put, Jude Severson was just feeling it.
The Crosby-Ironton Rangers senior cross country runner said he was full of energy before the Class 1A state cross country meet Nov. 2 at St. Olaf College in Northfield.
ST. CLOUD - Mac Gruber hesitated when asked if he thought his Pierz Pioneers could do what they did Friday.
And who could blame him. With losses to Holdingford and Howard Lake-Waverly, Pierz was struggling.
C.J. Borleis earned it.
First, he earned the right to be the starting quarterback for the Pequot Lakes Patriots football team.
Most recently, the sophomore earned the right - along with his team - to play in the Section 8-3A championship game.
Tiara Hopkins saw the light at the end of the tunnel.
The tunnel for the Pierz Pioneers' senior was the volleyball season and the light was the end of her prep career.
Hopkins wanted to make sure it was memorable.
Two contrasting offenses will battle for the Section 5-3A championship.
The No. 3-seeded St. Cloud Cathedral Crusaders may never run the ball and if the fourth-seeded Pierz Pioneers have their way, they may never throw the ball during their 5:45 p.m.