Monday, March 12, 2007

Coach Wins Championship, Still Mourning Nephew

A bitter sweet night on the ice at the Xcel Center. The Roseau Rams celebrated a state title Saturday. But the team's head coach is mourning the loss of his nephew who died in a bomb explosion in Iraq. It couldn't have been easy for the coach to go from a funeral to a championship game. But for the Rams' head coach, Saturday morning was all about honoring a fallen marine.
Marine Sergeant, Chad M. Allen
Coach Scott Oliver's nephew, Maple Lake Marine Sgt. Chad Allen, 25, was killed during his second combat tour in Iraq on Feb. 28. On Saturday, Oliver was among hundreds attending Allen's funeral. Oliver and his family honored Sgt. Allen at Maple Lake High School. The family says they are relying on support from the community and the military. Despite their grief they are in the crowd cheering on their team.