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John’s Journal: After Gym Collapse, Browerville Looks To The Future

When the Tigers return to their school in Browerville, a long-term, hometown reality for their students, teams and communities is striking. On April 1, a heavy load of snow and ice caused the roof on the Browerville gymnasium to start sagging, and the gym was demolished.
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John's Journal: The New Kid On The Block Vs. The Seasoned Veterans

It would be easy to forgive New Life Academy boys basketball coach Robbie Whitney if he felt just a little bit intimidated when he looked at the coaching staff from Spring Grove before Friday’s Class 1A state semifinals at Target Center.

John's Journal: 102 Years Later, Border West Makes Basketball History

Border West is a cooperative team that draws students from three schools near the South Dakota border: Wheaton, Herman-Norcross and Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley. The only appearances at state for any of those schools was Wheaton in 1919, 1920 and 1921.

John’s Journal: The Curse Is Gone As MIB Wins Class 1A Championship

Maybe the 13th consecutive trip to state was the magic number for Mountain Iron-Buhl. Because they climbed the last mountain on Saturday, defeating BOLD 52-21 at Williams Arena to finally, finally, finally have gold medals on blue ribbons placed around their championship necks.

John's Journal: The Toughest Player In The State Tournament

Harley Roering suffered a torn ACL more than a month ago and didn't play until Friday's state semifinals. “She’s one of the toughest kids I've ever coached," said her coach. "Did you see that today? It was pretty cool.”

John’s Journal: Mountain Iron-Buhl Hoping To Make More History

This school year has already been historic at Mountain Iron-Buhl, with the Rangers winning their first football state championship by taking the Nine-Man title last December at U.S. Bank Stadium. Two miles away, at the University of Minnesota, the MIB girls basketball team is hoping to bring home another state championship, which would be their first in that sport.