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John's Journal: No Track, No Problem For Fastest Female In Minnesota

Brynn Bakken is a marvel. She’s a sprinter, a speed merchant, a stick of dynamite, a four-sport farm kid from a small town. And during this 2024 track and field season, she’s the fastest female in Minnesota.
Brynn is not old enough to drive but man oh man does she speed.

John's Journal: Like Magic, Monticello Girls Track Is Back For More

They don’t talk about it. They don’t want to brag and they also don’t want to jinx it. But here’s the real deal: The girls track team from Monticello High School has won the last two Class 2A state championships and could make it three in a row this spring.

John’s Journal: It Was A ‘Where Were You When’ Game In Class A

There’s no “might” and there’s no “probably.” This was one of those epic ballgames that will be mentioned any time future discussions focus on the best games. Period. The screeching crowd, the hustling athletes, the pressure of playing on TV inside The Barn. C’mon.

John's Journal: Thousands Of Reasons To Celebrate For Goodhue

When Goodhue's Elisabeth Gadient scored in the second half of the state semifinals, the Wildcats fans were ready. It seemed like almost everyone in the crowd immediately held up identical signs with a simple message: “2000”

John's Journal: The Legendary Carlie Wagner Is Back In The Game

Carlie Wagner was back at the girls state basketball tournament on Wednesday and she walked around with the biggest smile in town. Anybody who saw her play at state a decade ago remembers the small-town superstar from New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva for her smile as well as her tremendous basketball skills.

John’s Journal: The Biggest Statement At The State Hockey Tournament

Among the great traditions at the Minnesota state high school hockey tournaments are the televised pregame introductions. One by one, players skate from the end line to the blue line as a TV camera documents their arrival. It’s very common to hear those kids look into the lens and say things like “Hi Mom” or “Hi Grandma.”