So many of our young people are doing such wonderful things

Daniel McGonigle

General Manager/Managing Editor

If you didn’t get the chance to check out “Week Zero” at the Caledonia MS/HS this past weekend, you missed quite a show.

Mentors James Larson, Will Hoskins and others, deserve kudos for a job well done of hosting 18 area schools and their dozens of robotics competitors and their hundreds of fans.

The sports emphasizes “coopertition” and the students’ and their families’ support of one another was very evident as teams prepped their robots for final competition.

A fully wired and functional “field” made by volunteers to meet the specs of the actual robotics game dubbed “Steamworks” came down in short order thanks to all the help.

But it had to have taken hours upon hours to build and set up and all of the teams from the Seven Rivers Robotics Coalition deserve a thumbs up for putting together such an exciting weekend.

Our team has grown in numbers since last year, when they were named as an “All Rookie Team” and were given the chance to travel to St. Louis to compete on a national stage.

This year, that added brain power and braun will certainly come in handy as the robotics team looks to once again earn a trip to nationals.

The students and their families who helped make this weekend special, deserve a round of applause.

It is something to see the competition in action and it is even more enlightening to see the competitors helping one another out while still trying to win.

If you didn’t get the chance to see the Week Zero event this past weekend, mark your calendars for April 14, 15 and 16 when the robotics teams will compete for real at the La Crosse Center.

Go Warrior-bots!

FFA week

Many of the students who are in the robotics program are also heavily involved in FFA.

This week we honor and salute those students with our FFA week coverage.

A special ‘thank you’ to FFA advisor Brad Harguth for all he does for our students and the program.

He makes this coverage possible as do the many generous business owners who understand that these students truly deserve our salute for their dedication and hard work in FFA.

None of this could be possible without the support of those businesses and I know the students appreciate it.

We do so much to recognize our student athletes and their accomplishments on the field of play, but it is nice to recognize the many wonderful things happening at our school across all disciplines.

Owen

You’ve heard me say it before but Owen King is a wonderful kid and I couldn’t be happier to honor his achievement of being named as Caledonia’s all-time leading scorer.

Here is a player who has done so much for this program and yet always remains humble and gives back to the other students who are part of the program.

I suspect his record might not stand for long as brothers Noah and Eli might have something to say about it when all is said and done but during his “reign” atop the all-time leading scoring list at Caledonia, it couldn’t have happened to a nicer young man.

I’m looking forward to cheering on the Jack Rabbits of SDSU in future years as King leads them to March Madness glory.

But first things first. This year, I’m looking forward to a deep and successful tournament run on the shooting arm of a nice young man.

Finally

And finally, thanks to the wrestling and gymnastics teams for a successful season.

Head coach Jess Wiese said “this year was about the two ‘h’s’, being happy and healthy.”

I think the girls had a good time and never seemed to be hung up on the team record.

Wiese did a great job as a first year head coach here in Caledonia and I look forward to seeing where she will take the program.

And I know the wrestling team, who finished up their team portion of the season didn’t quite have the success as a team that they’d hoped for.

There is still a chance for individuals to earn a berth to state and I know we’ll have a few.

Injuries and bug-a-boos snuck up on our Warrior grapplers this year and the season didn’t turn out as they had wished, but we’re still proud of how well the team represented us.

Each match that I attended, the crowds were insane and the action on the match was even more crazy.

I know the community fully supports this program and, like me, appreciates what our wrestlers did for us this season.