For any team in any sport that’s ever been down in the dumps with seemingly little reason to be hopeful, take a look at the 2023 Kingsland High School football team. The Knights are having a dream season and will take a perfect record of 13-0 into the Nine-Player Prep Bowl championship game.
“Knowing that we're in the championship and how we finished last year we were like, ‘OK, no messing around. ‘This is it. We want this, let's get it done. No more five-set matches. We know how it's going to end so let's just make it quick."
“These are like all my best friends on the team. I knew a lot of the (soccer) returners who were coming back and just wanted to have fun with all my best friends. You can kind of see how big of a family it is.”
Grant Steine is a longtime club soccer coach who has known many of the Orono varsity players since they were 12 years old. He joined the high school coaching staff two years ago, when the Spartans won the state title.
“We had a lot of people who worked hard for us to get to this point. It was a lot of people who bleed purple and made sure something like this got done for us and for our kids and for our future, too.”
Noah Bjerke-Wieser, the La Crescent-Hokah athlete who made headlines last year with a social media post asking fans to respect officials, will receive a Musial Award in a Dec. 24 ceremony in St. Louis broadcast on CBS.