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Kuemmel's Corner: March madness my favorite time of the year

March Madness is probably my favorite time of the year.

It starts with the Minnesota State High School League’s state tournaments. I think it is great that so many of the high school games can be seen on television. Fans who normally do not get a chance to attend these games in person can see what talent we have in this state. Those from our community watching these games on TV might have noticed two Park students that were recognized as state ExCEL recipients on Channel 45.

Minnesota is the state of hockey, and the girls and boys state tournaments prove just how excited the people here can get about the sport. I am amazed that the boys sell out for hockey every year.

The Xcel Energy Center continues to be the place to be with the wrestling tournament. Every year I make an effort to attend this event, and I am astounded by how exciting it is with all of the mats they have going. It was great seeing Park’s David Giadyu, Cody Linssen, and Colin LaBrosse competing this year.

Even back in high school, I enjoyed going to the basketball state tournaments or watching them on TV. I love seeing the amount of fans who fill up these arenas (especially from the small towns) and show their schools spirit.

A shoutout goes to the Lakeville North Panthers, who made it to the state tournament in four out of these five sports (I can’t imagine how busy their AD was this month).

Of course, probably the biggest reason for the madness at this time of year comes from the NCAA basketball tournament. Every day people want to know who you picked and if your teams won the night before. I have entered a couple of different pools (none involving money, of course), but I make a point to pick the same teams in every pool. It is always hard for me to pick my favorite teams to lose, and this year I thought about picking the Wisconsin Badgers or Duke Blue Devils to win it all. Instead I have Florida, Arizona, Michigan, and Michigan State going to the Final Four, with the Spartans winning it all. This year every member of my family filled out a bracket with the winner getting a Concrete Mixer from Culver’s (last year my eleven year old son beat me, so my biggest hope is that I can at least beat him this year).

Regardless of your favorite sport or team, March Madness can be a fun time for everyone.

-Phil Kuemmel, Park High School Activities Director

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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