A late-season position switch paid off nicely for Nathan Brinker and Holdingford. Lined up as a running back, Brinker connected with quarterback Austin Gerads for an 8-yard touchdown in double overtime, giving Holdingford a 20-18 edge over BOLD to win the Class 2A state title Friday at the Prep Bowl.
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All three champions from last year have returned to the Minnesota state high school baseball tournament to defend their titles. BOLD in Class 1A, Kasson-Mantorville in Class 2A and Mounds View in Class 3A each qualified again this season. The tournament begins Thursday, with Class 1A games in Chaska and Jordan, Class 2A games in St. Cloud and Class 3A games in St. Paul and Minneapolis.
With the school year winding down, the spring sports season is also coming to a close. But that means there’s plenty of playoff action. On Friday night, David McCoy went to Mankato, where he watched Maple Grove and Lakeville South battle for the Class 3-A softball title.
Sometimes you don’t always need to be the best team to win a state championship, you just need to get hot at the right time to get there. That was never more evident than at this year’s state baseball tournament, where three state champions were crowned at Target Field on Monday.
When John Johnston started coaching boys golf at Olivia High School, Lyndon B. Johnson was President. After 50 years, he just retired this week as the head coach of BOLD High School. “Not in any stretch of my imagination did I think I’d be doing this for that long,” Johnston said.