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John’s Journal: The Battle For The Paddle In Detroit Lakes

In the midst of their wild stompin’ hootin’ and hollerin’ and grabbin’ at the Paddle, the Detroit Lakes Lakers broke the thing into two pieces. No problem, because now they had TWO trophies to raise into the night sky.

John's Journal: Sibling Soccer Coaches Honor Their Dad

Saturday morning will be special when the girls and boys soccer teams from St. Peter and Jordan meet for a doubleheader in Jordan. The focus is on raising funds and awareness in the fight against cystic fibrosis.

John’s Journal: Bloomington Kennedy Celebrates Title IX

During this 50th anniversary of Title IX leveling the playing field for female athletes, the halftime ceremony was a splendid celebration as four females were inducted into the Bloomington Kennedy Athletic Hall of Fame.

John’s Journal: Volleyball Is Back With A Bang

“When you play in the South Suburban every night's a battle, it doesn't matter who's on the other side of the net. We all know the high level of competition and this is a great atmosphere.”

John’s Journal: Coach’s Heart Is Back On The Sideline

“He’s normally very stoic, very subdued, but this time he was very upbeat, very positive about my situation. He said, ‘You can’t just sit around and wait for bad things to happen. If you’re a coach, go coach. If you’re a teacher, go teach.’ ”

John’s Journal: A Game To Remember … And Forget

This was Week 1 of a season in which the LeRoy-Ostrander Cardinals are the defending Minnesota state champions of Nine-Man football. Their season opener was not finished on Friday, but their quarterback's season was.

John’s Journal: Volleyball Coaches, Friends, Hall of Famers

Forgive Minnesota high school volleyball coaches who take a quick glance at the Marshall Tigers this season and mutter to themselves, “Uh-oh.” What they will see is one of the top volleyball programs in the state, led this season by a pair of Hall of Fame coaches who combine for 12 state titles and more than 1,000 victories.

John’s Journal: Zero To One Hundred On The Football Field

The simple act of playing the first game was a big positive. Zero Week means starting practice a week earlier than normal and having a bye week during the regular season. Without Zero Week, some teams would only be able to play seven regular-season games rather than the usual eight.

John’s Journal: Playing For The Coach Who Can’t Be There

This is no normal football season in Royalton. Normalcy went out the window when assistant coach and Royals alum Nick Lanners was critically injured in a traffic accident. He suffered a spinal fracture and is facing a long road of recovery and rehabilitation.