Nate Triplett plays both sides of the field and helped lead the Tigers to a 10-4 mark and the Class AAA championship game last year, where they lost to Glencoe-Silver Lake 21-0 in the Metrodome. The Tigers are 7-2 after defeating Blake 55-0 in the first round of the playoffs on Tuesday. They will face #6 seed Watertown-Mayer Saturday. Watertown-Mayer advanced by upsetting Concordia Academy 21-13.
Triplett entered the playoffs with 142 carries for 1,107 yards (7.8 yards per carry) and 12 rushing touchdowns. He has caught eight passes for 156 yards (19.5 yards per catch) and two more scores.
Triplett has 29 tackles and 30 assists on the defensive side.
Triplett also had an outstanding season on the baseball field as a catcher and pitcher for the Tigers, who won the consolation championship. He was named All-State by the Coaches' Association and All-State honorable mention by the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Triplett was named All-Tournament.
He was one of the metro area's leaders in batting (.422 batting average), on-base percentage (.625) home runs (four) and RBIs (26). He had 14 stolen bases.
Triplett was 6-2 as a pitcher with 48 strikeouts in 56 innings and a 3.00 ERA.
Delano baseball coach Dan Paulson said that Triplett could wind up as a two-sport athlete for the Gophers.
"I'd like him to, but I'm not sure if it possible, due to his schedule.
Paulson said that Triplett has talked to Gopher baseball assistant head coach Rob Fornasiere about trying to play both sports.
Triplett also played basketball for the Tigers, who finished 14-10 and lost to Breck 60-59 in the Section 4AA semifinals. Triplett averaged 13.4 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. The Tigers will return four of five starters from last year.
Triplett is a versatile player who could play as a defensive end, linebacker or tight end for the Gophers. However, he is expected to start his college career at linebacker