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Photo of Sam Thiel Minneota’s Natalee Rolbiecki (left) speaks to the crowd as Jeren Rost (middle) and McKenna Yost (right) look on during the team’s welcoming ceremony at Minneota High School after their second place finish at the Class A tournament on Saturday.

MINNEOTA – With the blaring sirens of local fire engines and police cars leading the way, Minneota’s women’s basketball team rode back to town in style hours after winning a second-place finish in the Class A tournament on Saturday . The Vikings were then welcomed with open arms by a group of family and friends with a short ceremony.

The Minneota players showed their appreciation to the crowd, saying they’re proud of what they’ve been able to accomplish as a group and how far they’ve come despite not being ranked in tournament.

“We are so proud of this team and all that we have accomplished this year. We found ourselves in a place where most people never expected us to be and through it all, we never gave up. said Natalee Rolbiecki. “We kept fighting even when it wasn’t going our way. This season has been a great run and we are grateful for how it ended.

“We want to sincerely thank all the support that our community has given us throughout this season. We couldn’t have done it without you.” Added Jeren Rost. “It means so much to know that the community is going to support us no matter what happens in every game.”

Minneota coach Chad Johnston said they’ve been extremely lucky to be in the position they’ve been in and to have the success they’ve had over the years and pointed to the banner of girls basketball in the gymnasium, offering a little perspective on how special it is not just to reach the state tournament, but also to make it to the championship game.

“When you think about this journey we’ve been on, obviously it didn’t end the way we hoped, but I’m extremely proud of these young girls and what we’ve achieved this season. is always a big deal; we’ve been very lucky to be on as many trips to the state tournament as we have and for some of these girls, not just basketball but volleyball,” Johnson said. “I was talking about how many teams would love to be in their shoes, would love to be in their shoes. I’m going to put that in a bit more perspective; if you look at this banner [girls basketball state tournament appearances banner]11 times our program has represented our school and community in 17 years and five of the 11 teams have been able to play in the game we played [Saturday]. I think there was a bit of a disappointment from the girls’ perspective that they had to start the state tournament unseeded, but I think that was their determination and that’s what we kind of talked about . If you feel like you’re a better team you have to go out and prove it and I think they did an amazing job representing our school, our community and our families and they gave their 100% and that’s it what I could ask.

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