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MINNEAPOLIS — When Jordan Sagedahl got the final out of the Class A state championship, the BOLD junior's eyes went right to first base. After all, his well-being was on the line. Coming Sagedahl's way was Riley Weis, the burly 300-pound first baseman who Warriors' fans affectionately nicknamed "Gorilla." "(Weis) told me right away, 'Jay, after you get these last outs, I'm jumping on you right away,' " Sagedahl said. "And I looked at him right away after that strikeout."
MINNEAPOLIS — Though he's counted on as one of the most important gloves in the field, BOLD center fielder Luke Ryan would have someone do the catching for him during warmups. That's because throughout the Warriors' postseason run, Ryan had been playing with a broken left hand. "Against Sauk Centre (on May 16), I got the first hit of the game," Ryan said. "Stole second and jammed (the hand) on the base and broke a bone in my middle finger. It starts at my knuckle and goes down to my wrist."
BOLD is still waiting to play its best baseball at state. The Warriors trailed unseeded Sebeka through five innings in the opening round before a three-run homer by Riley Weis saved the day. A day later, top-seeded BOLD needed three runs in the final inning to beat fifth-seeded Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg in extras. Despite all that drama, the Warriors managed to advance. And they'll have one more chance to play their best game: in the Class A state championship.
JORDAN — Tim Peppel's moment of glory almost became a blooper. The BOLD sophomore was 90 feet away on third base representing the game-winning run with the Warriors and KMS tied 6-6 with one out and the bases loaded in the eighth inning of a Class A state semifinal. When a wild pitch by Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg went past the catcher, Peppel was off. And almost into the dirt. "I stumbled halfway," Peppel admitted. "He nearly gave me a heart attack," Warriors head coach Brian Kingery said in the background.
JORDAN — Riley Weis needed to shut some of his teammates up. At Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City in the regular season, Weis hit a shot off the top of the fence that bounced back in play. Since then, the hard-hitting Weis has taken some light-hearted ribbing. "A lot of it, actually," Weis said. "Blake (Flann) kept telling me I didn't have any power." In the opening round of the Class A state baseball tournament on Thursday, Weis had another ball hit the top of the wall. This time, it went over the wall and sent BOLD to the state semifinals.
JORDAN — Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg's first-ever win at state was textbook dominance. At state for the third time in school history and for the first time since 2000, the fourth-seeded Fighting Saints used an eight-run third inning to bowl over fourth-seeded Randolph for a 10-0, five-inning victory Thursday at the Mini Met.
BECKER — The math for state golf was as tense as any test at school. With the final group waiting to come in, Community Christian School of Willmar was waiting to see if they were able to overcome a five-stroke lead from Springfield after Day 1 of the Class A state golf championship. "On the back nine, we knew we had a good chance," said Eagles sophomore Brett Reid, who won the state individual title. "The last few holes, we especially felt good." Still, until the numbers got on the board, CCS was sweating a little bit.
BECKER — Makayla Snow was not happy with her back nine. Hoping to finish her round strong and keep the BOLD girls' golf team at the front of the Class A pack at the state championship meet Wednesday, she shot bogey or worse on holes 10-through-17. "I had no clue how close we were," Snow said. "I didn't have any pars on the back nine until the last hole." It turns out, that final hole was the difference in putting BOLD back on top of the podium.
In recent years, BOLD has seen its baseball team peak at the wrong time. "In the past, we'd peak on May 1 and then we stumble in the playoffs," said Warriors head coach Brian Kingery. "This year, we've had our stumbles in the regular season." But in the playoffs, BOLD has been on top of its game, going undefeated in Section 2A with some of the best squads in the state in Springfield, New Ulm Cathedral and Mankato Loyola.
ST. PAUL — Excitement was building for Peyton Johnsrud with each inch on the crossbar. Coming in as one of the top seeds of the Class A boys' high jump, the Minnewaska sophomore found himself dueling with fellow top seed Yahya Madar of Mounds Park Academy. Johnsrud cleared 6 foot, 7 inches on his first attempt while Madar hit the bar. But Johnsrud wasn't ready to be done. "I kind of wanted him to get it so we could keep going," Johnsrud said.