WILLMAR, Minn. (AP) — A man posing as a Minnesota high school sports mascot has asked his girlfriend to M-A-R-R-Y him.

It happened Thursday night in the gym at Willmar High School. Bruce Just of Omaha, Neb., took the floor dressed as Willmar’s Cardinal mascot before the girls’ basketball game against Rocori High School.

At midcourt, Just removed his mascot’s head, bent down on his knee with a ring in hand and asked his girlfriend — Willmar assistant coach Sally Wilson — to marry him.

Tearfully, Wilson accepted the engagement ring.

The West Central Tribune reports Wilson plans to leave her teaching and coaching job in Willmar at the end of the school year to join Just in Omaha.

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