For starters, the team’s football team made its first ever trip to a state championship game. And now the Monarchs volleyball team is competing in the State B Tournament once again.
Right in the middle of all the planning and hoopla has been Stew Bohle, athletic director and dean of students.
“It is a great problem to have,” Bohle said. “I’m sure a lot of athletic directors around the state would love to have the same problem.”
Bohle said the biggest challenge was preparing for last week’s Class 9A championship football game, mainly because everything that happened was a first-time experience.
“For football that was a biggee, because it was our first time there. Everyone was wondering how to kind of do things,” Bohle said.
The volleyball planning went smoother according to Bohle, because Warner coach Kari Jung is accustomed to the routine.
“She’s one of the most organized ladies I’ve ever been around,” Bohle said.
Once the events are done, Bohle then gets involved in Welcome Home celebrations, plus the head girls’ basketball coach is trying to get himself ready for the upcoming season. Practice starts on Monday.
He said there is no way that he could do it all by himself. Bohle praised everyone from administration to staff to people in the community for pitching in.
“It has been a complete team effort,” he said.
During the state volleyball tourney, Bohle’s main responsibility will be crowd control. He does not anticipate any issues with a student body that has become known for its nightly chant of the song, Little Red Wagon.
“If we get to that championship game, you might even see me involved in that Little Red Wagon,” Bohle joked. “That dang thing has become such a tradition.”
While Bohle has been incredibly busy, he would not have it any other way. Besides, he understands that competing for state titles is the ultimate goal of any squad.
“The big thing was getting there and both teams did that. That was the hard part,” Bohle said. “I did have the easy work compared to what the athletes did.”
Sports writer Dave Vilhauer
Fun new role
So far, so good for John Krogstrand.
The Aberdeen Central graduate is in his first year as one of the assistant executive director for the South Dakota High School Activities Association. He is representing the SDHSAA at this year's State A volleyball tournament in Watertown.