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John’s Journal: New DeLaSalle Coach Meets High Expectations

When DeLaSalle High School was looking for a new head boys basketball coach before this season began, Islanders senior Nasir Whitlock knew whom he wanted to see get the job. He hoped longtime assistant coach Todd Anderson would be promoted.

John's Journal: Three Generations Of Gymnastics Coaches

A family photo is affixed to the front of a refrigerator inside the Roseville High School gymnastics center. The family, three generations strong, is also the coaching staff for the Raiders. They may be the only three-generation varsity coaching staff in the state.

John’s Journal: Morris Area’s Manska Named Heart Of The Arts Winner

Lakia Manska, a 2022 graduate of Morris Area High School, has been selected by the Minnesota State High School League as this year’s recipient of the Heart of the Arts award. The award recognizes individuals who exemplify the ideals of the positive heart of the arts and represent the core mission of education-based activities.

John’s Journal: National Honor For Becker’s Lundeen

At the American Football Coaches Association convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, Lundeen received the highest honor the group confers when he was named the national winner of the Power of Influence Award.

John's Journal: No Surprises For Cherry Boys Basketball

One thing is certain about the boys basketball team from Cherry High School: The Tigers aren’t going to sneak up on anyone this season. Last year, Cherry made headlines by advancing to the Class A state tournament for the first time in a quarter century.

John's Journal: Paying Tribute At The Prep Bowl

“It's everything. It’s just so emotional. I'm just so happy. I run the weight room and I wake up with these guys every day and I wouldn't have it any other way. It's been a journey and they finally got here.”

John’s Journal: The Year Springfield Didn’t Play A “Home” Game

Watching the football team from Springfield High School play in the Class A state semifinals, as well as this weekend’s Prep Bowl, brought back memories. I have attended one Springfield home football game, but it was not played on the Tigers’ home field, which had been the victim of severe flooring.

John’s Journal: The Sky’s The Limit For Tackle Cancer

Tackle Cancer began 10 years ago, and by the time all the participating high schools and colleges in Minnesota send in the funds they have collected this fall, the 2022 total will exceed $400,000. In the decade that Tackle Cancer has existed, nearly $3 million has been raised to fight cancer.