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In a stunning proposal that surprised the crowd before the Willmar-Rocori girls basketball game, Bruce Just, who appeared disguised as the Cardinal mascot, asked assistant coach Sally Wilson for her hand in marriage at midcourt moments after the introduction of the five seniors. She (tearfully) accepted the engagement ring. Wilson is leaving soon after 12 years as a teacher/coach to join Just in Omaha. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Cardinal mascot boyfriend makes proposal to girls basketball assistant coach in Willmar, Minn.

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Willmar High School girls basketball assistant coach Sally Wilson received a surprise engagement proposal Thursday night from the school's Cardinal mascot.


Her boyfriend, Bruce Just of Omaha, took the floor in the Big Red Gym at Willmar High School dressed as the school's Cardinal mascot prior to the girls basketball game against Rocori High School. Then at mid court, the Cardinal mascot removed his mascot head, bent down on his Cardinal knee with a ring in hand and asked Wilson for her hand in marriage.

Wilson tearfully accepted the engagement ring.

Wilson will be leaving her teaching and coaching position at Willmar at the end of the school year and moving to Omaha. She plans to join Just in Omaha.