Sioux Falls, SD
The O'Gorman Knights brought home not one, but two state championships over the weekend, a feat that hasn't been done in almost two decades.
"I put up three words on the board: Why not us?," head girls basketball coach Kent Kolsrud said.
It was the night of Knights in Rapid City as O'Gorman captured not only the girls state championship, but brought home the boys title as well.
For head coach Kent Kolsrud and company it was a bumpy year, finishing the regular season just 9-11.
"We won some games down the stretch. I think they started to get some confidence. They started to believe that they could do it and that just kind of snowballed and it felt like we were playing our best basketball going into the state tournament," Kolsrud said.
The Knights tallied two tournament wins before taking top-ranked Harrisburg to overtime and ultimately capturing the girls "AA" crown.
"They just seized the opportunity, seized the moment and I'm just so proud of the job that they did," Kolsrud said.
It was that win that put the O'Gorman boys team on notice.
"You're the number one ranked team all year, you come into the tournament number one, your girls go out and win the state championship right ahead of you. It don't get any worse than that guys," O'Gorman Athletic Director Steve Kueter said to the team.
The Knights overcame all of that pressure as they took down Aberdeen Central in the boys title tilt.
"You know we just had things fall into our place. It was just one of those years," head boys basketball coach Derek Robey said.
For head coach Derek Robey, this title is a little different than the previous five championship runs.
"I think what I'm going to remember most about this one is obviously it's alongside the girls championship," Robey said.
It was a special night for Kolsrud as well, winning his 300th career game and his first state championship at O'Gorman.
"That was one of the most emotional times, watching him, raise his hands in celebration for the championship. I was so happy for him, so happy for the girls," Robey said.
"It's been amazing, just a great experience, just so proud of these kids. ," Kolsrud said.
It's a night, no Knight will soon forget.
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