OLIVIA — BOLD High School has been selected by the Minnesota Vikings as the Football Community of the Year.
The announcement was made Tuesday afternoon at a pep fest before BOLD’s playoff game with MACCRAY.
BOLD was one of three finalists for the award, which includes a $10,000 grant from the Minnesota Vikings Community Fund.
“The financial award is pretty amazing for us,” said Derek Flann, BOLD activities director and head football coach. “To be able to be recognized as a community is pretty special.”
The Vikings seek applications from across the state, working through the Minnesota State Football Coaches Association. Flann said that’s where his email about the award originated. He credited numerous volunteers and staff for their efforts.
“It’s a great award,” Flann said. “We have so many people who do all the work to get us ready on Fridays who don’t get rewarded for what they do or are recognized for it.
“They volunteer as trainers or working in the press box or the radio guys. Some of them are paid, but not at the value of what their time is worth. To get them recognized is great.”
Flann said that it hasn’t been determined what to do with the $10,000. He talked about possible weight room improvements or minor upgrades to facilities.
“For a small-school athletic program there are a number of needs,” he said. “Ten thousand dollars is a lot of money. But once you start looking at it, it’s not a lot.
“We’ll find a good use for it.”
BOLD is the top seed in Section 5A and went into Tuesday’s game with an 8-0 record. MACCRAY is 1-7 and the eighth seed. BOLD took second in the state last year with a 13-1 record, losing to Mahnomen/Waubun, 22-21.
Two Willmar athletes honored
Willmar cross-country runners Faud Bashir have been named Central Lakes Conference performers of the week.
Bashri, a junior, helped lead the Cardinals to the conference title, taking first at the CLC championships.
Hogan, a junior, ran a season personal-record at the CLC meet.
Other winners are: Rocori football player Jack Steil; St. Cloud Tech boys soccer player Ethan Miller and volleyball player Karissa Lintgen; St. Cloud Apollo boys soccer player Abdul Hassan; and Sartell girls swimmer Liberty Johnson and volleyball player Elizabeth Dille.
West Central performers named
Morris/Chokio-Alberta’s Anna Backman has been named the West Central Conference girls cross-country performer of the week.
Also honored by the conference were Sauk Centre’s Ethnee Nelson (girls swimming and diving) and Maddie Nelson (volleyball).