APPLE VALLEY, Minn. (WCCO) — On Saturday night, Eastview meets Bloomington Kennedy for the class 4A title.
Eastview is ranked number one in the state, and they have an interesting combination: head coach Melissa Geubert and point guard Madison Geubert are mother and daughter.
Melissa tries not to focus on it at the expense of the team.
“All the girls out there, it’s just nice to see them battle through it. I think they all do a great job of just staying strong, even when you have some up-and-down moments,” Melissa said. “I think they can kind of count on [Madison] at times to be that steady kind of person. She pulls everybody together, but for me it’s an honor to coach her.”
Madison Geubert has turned into some kind of player, and the two have learned over the years how to set basketball boundaries.
“I think it’s brought us a lot closer, even though sometimes it’s hard,” Madison said. “But when we go home, she’s not my coach anymore, and when I’m on the court she’s not my Mom, she’s my coach. So we balance it out really well I think.”
Melissa’s been coaching Madison and most of her current team since they were in fifth grade.
“Just to really get to see them develop, not just physically but just mentally, and still just love the game and love being around each other – that to me is probably one of the most exciting parts about coaching,” she said.
What Melissa and Madison will take out of it all is that they have grown in basketball and beyond.
“It’s definitely an experience that a lot of kids don’t get to have, so it’s something that’s really very special to the both of us,” Madison said. “The fact that we get to share all the ups and downs on the court with her is something that’s really unforgettable.”