Minneota champs show lots of class

The headline on the front of Monday’s Independent sports section said it all: “Top of its class.”

Those four words in large print referred to the Minneota girls basketball team defeating Goodhue Saturday to take the Class A state championship. The win in Minneapolis capped off an almost perfect season. At 30-1, the lone loss was suffered in a game against Brandon, South Dakota, on Feb. 5.

What makes the title so amazing is the amount of pressure that comes with maintaining such a successful season. Minneota coach Chad Johnson told the Independent he’s proud of how his players maintained the course and trusted each other.

Independent sports columnist Jake Przytarski also pointed out another amazing accomplishment by the Minneota sports program. His Monday column reminded readers that many of the girls on the basketball squad also played on a volleyball team that also won a state title this school year. Minneota became only the fifth school to record such a feat in Minnesota State High School League’s four-decade history.

The community of Minneota needs to be commended too. They followed the girls throughout the season and welcomed them home Saturday with a large turnout of fans for a celebration at the school. This community and everybody in southwest Minnesota are proud. Not only because of historical accomplishment, but the class in which they carried themselves throughout their championship journey.