Two area players had a big impact on Saturday's Division II national championship football game in Florence, Ala.
Rosemount graduate Chase Vogler was an offensive hero at quarterback and Farmington alum Cody Eich made the defensive play of the game as the University of Minnesota-Duluth rallied to complete an undefeated 15-0 season with a 20-17 victory over Delta State.
As a perennial top team in the Cannon Valley League, the Rosemount Black Sox are used to sending several players to the annual all-star game.
Coach Matt Tschida is used to making the trip for the game between the Cannon Valley league and the Classic Cannon Valley league, having been selected each of the last four years.
Joe Lucas, a sophomore on the Dakota County Technical College baseball team, was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the Major League Baseball amateur draft in June. Lucas played two seasons for the Blue Knights as a shortstop and pitcher.
It hasn’t taken Rosemount coach Matt Tschida long to identify what will determine his team’s success this season.
Tschida expects to get good pitching. He also figures the Black Sox defense will hold up.
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