Football State Champs: Open Thursday aginst team they beat for state title PDF Print E-mail

cheadle  football in airJacob Cheadle went out for a pass in the scrimmage at Tracy last weekend.

By Byron Higgin
Mascot Sports Editor

Is there a target on Minneota’s back after winning the state tournament?
“Most definitely!
“This year it’s about having a state championship. But we’ve had that target on our chest every year — it says, ‘Minneota’.  Dawson-Boyd might have been the best team we saw last year and they were one touchdown from being in the state tournament and possibly being state champions — and they’ll be motivated,” the coach said.

Off & Runnin': Girls take second PDF Print E-mail

Minneota cross country runners are: (left to right) Megminneota cc kidshan Travis, Sariah Cheadle, Sofia Rabaey, Jenna Anundson and Jack Anundson.

By Byron Higgin

Mascot Sports Editor

Back in the track season Coach Beth Jessen was watching Minneota seventh grader Sariah Cheadle run for the Canby-Minneota squad.

Reflections on a championship season PDF Print E-mail

coach chad johnstonBy Byron Higgin

Mascot Sports Editor

“Last year was something special.”
It’s not always easy to digest something as huge as winning a state title, but Minneota Coach Chad Johnston had a year to think about it as he heads into a new season.
“It took me awhile to sit back and think about it,” he said.
Johnston, who also coaches the girls’ basketball team said, “Football is my love, it’s what I played in college and when I got out of college and thought about being a head coach, football is what I thought about.”
He laughed, “I used to joke and say, who would ever think that girls’ basketball would take me to the state tournament before football.” But it did.
“I’ve had the opportunity to work with kids in both programs,” he added.
As for last year, “You put on a little pressure because this is your pride, but also because people still talk about the late 80’s and 90’s and I wasn’t here and had nothing to do with that. So to get one (state championship) and get it back with this coaching staff, it meant a lot to me,” Johnston said.

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