With championships and good programs comes notoriety. On Monday John Millea of the Minnesota State High School League came to Minneota to get a better handle on the Vikings. Millea, a former Minneapolis Star sports reporter, indicated he will be attending the season-opening Viking game at Adrian. The Vikings broke huddle under quarterback Beau Buysse (left) as Brandon Anderson (behind Buysse) and Walker Hennen headed for their positions.
ON THE BENCH
By Byron Higgin, Mascot Sports Editor
“ESPN RISE” magazine, a product of ESPN, and published nine times per year, concentrates on high school sports and is dedicated to all high school sports.
The Minnesota Edition recently hit the news stands and not without giving a healthy nod to the Minneota Vikings.
The local gridiron squad got a couple of mentions in the magazine.
The POWERADE FAB 50 teams are listed, with the top eight teams all Twin Cities schools: 1. Eden Prairie; 2. Wayzata; 3. Osseo; 4. Minnetonka; 5. Cretin-Derham Hall; 6. St. Thomas Academy and 8. Mahtomedi. No. 9 is outstate Glencoe-Silver Lake, a yearly power and state champ New London-Spicer in 10th.
Among those noted as “Teams to Watch”, is where the Vikings name first comes up.
Minneota is listed along with Benilde-St. Margaret’s. DeLasalle, Kasson-Mantorville, Lakeville North, Mounds View, Owatonna, Sartell-St. Stephen and Totino-Grace.
Now that’s some pretty select company.
The Minneota Vikings are also listed in the portion of the magazine called, “Rewind Digits.”
Minneota’s claim to fame was scoring 50.6 points per game last year during its 14-0 state championship season.
The article says, “The Vikings scored 70 points three times en route to a Class A State title.”
They also note to, “Look for Brandon Anderson to lead the offense this year.”
Not bad for a little school in southwestern Minnesota, heh?!
Most of us took last season in stride, and sometimes the greatness of that season was lost on us. But when the statistics start coming out, reporters start putting Minneota on it’s pre-season coverage schedule and decide to cover their first game, well, now that’s creating quite a stir. (See photo and cutline at right).
It’s also not lost on reporters like John Millea that Minneota opens at Adrian Sept. 2 against the same arch-rival team they defeated for the state championship at the end of the exciting undefeated season.
John Millea can tell a good matchup when he sees one.