Sean Deuth is part of the Red Bull 34th Infantry Division and is deployed to Kuwait for a year. His son Colby ran in the state cross country meet for LQPV/DB at St. Olaf in Northfield on Saturday. Sean was able to listen online to our radio broadcast from half way around the world. Sean was very appreciative to be able to listen to Ed Hegland and Shelly Schirm broadcast the state cross country meet, and the interview Ed did with Colby after the boys run. As a parent I feel for Sean, knowing you aren’t able to be there to watch your child participate in such a huge event, like a state meet has to be difficult. Thank you Sean and also to his family for your service to our country. Being able to help Sean in a small way is very rewarding. That is just one story I have of what I call Super Saturday!
Super Saturday happens every year on the first Saturday of November. State cross country in Northfield and Section volleyball championship matches at SMSU in Marshall. I have made the hurried drive from Northfield to Marshall many times over the years. This year was different, with the Class A boys and girls running in the afternoon at St. Olaf and the Section 3A volleyball championship match between Minneota and Adrian getting the early start at 6pm in Marshall. I wasn’t able to do both this year, so a big thanks to Ed and Shelly for doing such a great job broadcasting the state cross country meet for Q92.
As I blogged last week, it is my busiest week of the year. Interviewing all the local cross country runners that are running at state, plus broadcasting section volleyball matches and a football game during the week. I got r done! I enjoy visiting with the kids and coaches, getting to know each of them better. This week I was so happy for LQPV/D/B’s senior Grace Hegland. Grace ran in her 6th state cross country meet, which is amazing. I interviewed senior Jared Josephson of Canby/Minneota, it was Jared’s first time running at state. Jared couldn’t stop smiling when I was interviewing him. Ortonville’s Carissa Vanderwal and coach Lynn Keller were so kind and appreciated Q92 covering them. Grace Drietz C/M finished 6th out of 175 runners. I was surprised to see Grace and McKenzie Ruether on KARE 11 television Saturday night.
My favorite story of the week came while I was interviewing the LQPV/D/B’s girl’s cross country team. I asked each girl to tell me a highlight of the season, well senior Isabel Schirm said she would rather share a low light. With a big smile on her face, Isabel told me it is when Anika Fernholz and Taylor Shelstad argue about stuff that doesn’t matter! Everyone laughed including me. I asked her what she meant by that? Isabel went on to explain that its junior high girls being junior high girls, arguing about things like what milk is better, or your shoe is untied! Fun stuff, I could tell from 7th graders to seniors these girls were a close knit group.
Super Saturday ended with the Minneota Vikings winning the Section 3A volleyball championship! Broadcasting with Molly Hennen and her sister Kelsey is always fun. They both are so knowledgeable about volleyball and do a fantastic job commentating. The other night their dad Steve came to the RA Facility wearing a pink pig cap! I laughed outload when I saw him. Steve is a great guy. Steve and I could talk high school sports all day long. Doing the postgame show after winning a section championship is the best. Haley Fruin the Vikings coach is always so gracious to come visit with me, she does a super job coaching. The pure joy and excitement of a team going to state is a fun atmosphere to be around.
Super Saturday is over for another year. I am thinking of renaming it Super Fun Saturday!