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Eric Peterson, Published March 02 2011

Peterson: Rahman family kept busy as multiple members of family are in postseason

Jessica Rahman could have filled a family scrapbook after Saturday.

The Concordia head women’s basketball coach led her team to a league tournament title.

Her youngest son, Cody Rahman, scored the game-winning goal in the Moorhead Spuds 3-2 win against Roseau to advance to the Minnesota Class 2A, Section 8 boys hockey final.

Braden Rahman, her oldest son, is a Concordia freshman who helped the men’s hockey team earn a 4-2 win against St. Thomas to make the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference final.

Cassidy Rahman, her daughter, saw time on varsity for the Spuds girls basketball team. Cassidy is a freshman who started dressing varsity near the end of the season.

“It was a pretty eventful day,” Jessica Rahman said with a laugh.

The day didn’t exactly start smoothly for Jessica. The Cobbers’ bus got stuck in a snow bank, forcing the team to take taxis to the 3 p.m. game vs. St. Thomas in St Paul. That hiccup didn’t prevent her team from rolling to a 71-61 victory for the MIAC title to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.

Jessica stayed for the postgame celebration and watched her team cut down the nets.

She then got a quick bite to eat, and with husband, Brian Rahman, headed to Mendota Heights to watch Braden’s game, which started at 7 p.m. Brian had started Saturday in Moorhead before driving to the Twin Cities.

“I was thankful that I was at least able to catch Braden’s game,” Jessica said. “Brian, bless his heart. He has pretty much been at everything. So he’s running all over the place getting to as much as he can.”

A slew of text messages kept Jessica and Brian updated on Cody’s and Cassidy’s games in Moorhead as the couple transitioned to Braden’s game in the Twin Cities area.

“That is the one thing that we try to keep in the back of our minds,” Jessica said. “Live in the moment and enjoy it right now because it’s a pretty special time.”

Because Jessica couldn’t be at Cody’s or Cassidy’s games Saturday, she put together “good luck” care packages for both kids and left them on the kitchen counter Friday.

“She’s torn as a mother,” said Brian, who works for Sanford Health. “She has a job. It’s a job that she enjoys, but she wants to see her kids play, too.”

Saturday’s success is leading to another hectic week for the Rahmans.

Cody, a junior, and the Spuds play Bemidji at 7 p.m. today in Thief River Falls for the Section 8 title and a trip to the Class 2A state tournament. Jessica won’t be able to be at that game because her team will be headed to Stevens Point, Wis.

“I’m trying to figure out if I can get it on the bus as we travel,” Jessica said.

Jessica’s team plays Simpson (Iowa) College in the first round of the NCAA tournament, a game that is slated for 5 p.m. Friday.

Braden also has a chance to make the D-III national tournament. Concordia men’s hockey plays at 7 p.m. Saturday at Hamline for the MIAC title and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

“It almost doesn’t seem real in a way,” Jessica said. “It doesn’t happen that often, especially coinciding with each other. … You just have to kind of be flexible and play things by ear.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513.

Peterson’s blog can be found at peterson.areavoices.com