Karson Vigeland enjoys ride as bench mate
Senior Karson Vigeland was a starter on the state-bound Awesome Blossom basketball team when his season ended in early February.
Vigeland suffered a torn ACL when going up for a rebound against the Hayfield Vikings.
Vigeland was ready to face the Vikings again last Thursday, March 12, only this time leaning on a pair of crutches that have become his best friend. Because of his athleticism, Vigeland is able to navigate to any destination.
Even though he was not in the starting lineup as the Blossoms faced Hayfield for the section 1A championship, Vigeland was hyped for the game. He sat on the bench with his teammates.
"I'm ready to send them home," Vigeland said with a determined look. His teammates did just that, defeating the Vikings, 59-51 and thus claiming the Section 1A championship.
That win earned the Blossoms a trip to state. With disappointment, Vigeland and his teammates learned Friday morning that the state tournament was cancelled due to the coronavirus.
Before last Thursday's game, Vigeland talked about his injury. Vigeland said, "It was really disappointing but now I have entered a new chapter helping the guys in practice and working toward a trip to state."
Vigeland was definitely treated as a contributing team member and went to center court on crutches after the game to accept the 1A championship trophy.
Vigeland underwent knee surgery on Thursday, March 5. He said the surgery went well and he now is in rehabilitation at Sports Therapy in Owatonna, working on leg strength.
"I'm slowly working my ACL back into shape," he says.
Since his injury, Vigeland still reported to all practices. He said he took junior Drew Kittelson under his wing, helping him to become the next level player. "I've been giving him tips that I learned playing against other players," Vigeland said.
"Everyone is pumped and ready to move on," Vigeland said before last Thursday's Section 1A championship game.
Vigeland sees his high school career end by being part of another championship team. Vigeland was a key member of the 2019 1A championship football team.
Vigeland now points toward a college football career at Concordia of St. Paul. He said he will be a medical red shirt next season. This will allow him to strengthen the leg play as a freshman the following year.
Looking back on his career, Vigeland was most satisfied with helping bring two championships to the Blooming Prairie community. "We made Blooming Prairie proud," he smiled.