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Prep Report: Grand Rapids freshman no-hits Cloquet

Allison Helmer of Hermantown hits out of a sand trap during the 10-team Ridgeview Invitational on Friday at Ridgeview Country Club.# Duluth East and Hermantown finished seventh and eighth, respectively, to first-place Edina. For more prep results, see Page B3. Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com1 / 2
Duluth East’s Greta Johnson putts during the Ridgeview Invitational at Ridgeview Country Club on Friday. Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com2 / 2

Jack Bowman flirted with a perfect game Friday in Cloquet before settling for a mere no-hitter in a 4-0 Thunderhawks victory over the Lumberjacks.

The freshman struck out three in seven innings and allowed just one baserunner — Cloquet’s Brandon Conklin, who walked with two outs in the fourth inning — in pushing Grand Rapids to its seventh consecutive win.

Bowman helped his cause with an RBI.

Ely 14, Cherry 4

The host Timberwolves remained undefeated with a five-inning victory over the Tigers.

Elliot Omerza led the way with three hits and three RBIs as Ely, which scored eight runs in the fifth inning, improved to 13-0.


Duluth Denfeld 3, Cloquet 1

Ashley Taipale’s two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning snapped a 1-1 tie and gave the Hunters at least a share of the Lake Superior     Conference title.

Taipale also earned the pitching win for Denfeld (13-4), which loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth but couldn’t score.

Superior 1, Proctor 0

Brandie Goldberg struck out 13 and allowed just four hits in pitching the Spartans to the home win

Prep summaries


Barnum 20, Wrenshall 0, 5 innings At Barnum. WP: Tory Slater 4IP, 3H, 5K, BB. B (5-2): Nathan Duesler 2x3, 6RBIs; Zach Carlson 3x5 (2B), 2RBIs; Slater 2x3, 2RBIs.

Ely 14, Cherry 4, 5 innings At Ely. WP: Max Gantt 5IP, 6H, 0ER, 5K. LP: Tim Bukovich. E (13-0): scored 8 runs in bottom of 5th; Elliot Omerza 3x4, 3RBI; Pat Huisman 2H, 2RBI; Gantt 2H, 3R; Bobby Shusta 2H.

Floodwood 10, Hill City 0, 5 innings At Floodwood. WP: Ricky Baker 5IP, 2H, 5K, 3BB. LP: Lane Gerber. F: Riley Bernsdorf 2x2 (3B), 3RBI; Dylan Hendrickson 1x3 (2B), 2RBI. HC: Gerber 1x3.

Grand Rapids 4, Cloquet 0 At Cloquet. WP: Jack Bowman 7IP, 0H, 3K, BB. GR (8-9): Bowman, a freshman, 1x2, RBI; John Baker 2B, R; Gunnar Harris 2B, R, RBI; Jackson Gessell 2B, R, RBI; Thunderhawks have won seven straight. C: Brandon Conklin spoiled the perfect game with a walk with two outs in the fourth inning.

Mountain Iron-Buhl 6, South Ridge 2 8 innings At South Ridge. WP: Noah Erickson 7IP, 5H, 2R, 3K, 4BB. LP: Matthew Wood 7.1IP, 2H, 5R, 9K, 8BB. MIB: Billy Gellerstedt 1x5 (2B), 2RBI. SR: Kody Karppinen 1x3, R.

Two Harbors 9, Silver Bay 6 At Two Harbors. WP: Kyle Omtvedt 7IP, 6ER, 4K. LP: Zack Duresky. TH: Mark Pearson 4x4 (HR), 2RBI; Omtvedt 2x3 (2 2B). SB: Luke Small 3x4 (HR), 2RBI; Jonah Koehler 2x4 (HR), 2RBI.

Hermantown 3, Greenway 1 Greenway 6, Hermantown 3


BOYS Virginia Invitational At Virginia Golf Course Teams 1. Virginia, 289; 2. Duluth East, 313; 3. Eveleth-Gilbert, 316; 4. Hermantown, 322; 5. Duluth Marshall, 323; 6. International Falls, 325; 7. Dryden, 328; 8. North Woods 329; 9. Greenway, 334; 10. (tie) Proctor and Superior, 347; 12. Grand Rapids, 354; 13. Duluth Denfeld, 362; 14. Deer River, 363; 15. Mesabi East, 381; 16. Cloquet, 394; 17. Hibbing, 402.

Individuals 1. Andy Sederlund, V, 68; 2. (tie) Alex Lackner, V, and Louie Judnick, V, 72; 4. Brady Walls, IF, 74; 5. (tie) Kirk Markowski, Dry, Liam Butche, DE, Nick Moe, EG, and Scott Rutar, NW, 75; 9. (tie) Ryan Peterson, DE, and Daniel Burger, Sup, 76.

GIRLS Ridgeview Invitational At Ridgeview Country Club Teams 1. Edina, 325; 2. Woodbury, 351; 3. East Ridge, 353; 4. Prior Lake, 374; 5. Elk River, 379; 6. Stillwater, 383; 7. Duluth East, 398; 8. Hermantown, 479.

Individuals 1. (tie) Emily Romanow, Edina, and Hannah Hankinson, Edina, 77; 3. (tie) Grace Kellar, Edina, and Annemarie Fisher, Wood, 80; 5. Kenzie Sexe, PL, 81.

Lake Superior Conference Team Standings (After Two Events) Boys 1. Duluth Marshall, 682; 2. Hermantown, 685; 3. Superior, 696; 4. Cloquet, 703; 5. Duluth Denfeld, 757; 6. Proctor, 763; 7. Ashland, 807.

Girls 1. Cloquet, 874; 2. Hermantown, 969.


Barnum 8, Nashwauk-Keewatin 4 At Nashwauk-Keewatin. WP: Lauren Hultgren 7IP, 3H, 2ER, 10K, 2BB. LP: Kelsey Kennedy 7IP, 10H, 5ER, 10K, BB. B: Hultgren 2x4 (2B, 3B), RBI, R; Mary Jane Anderson 2x3 (2B), RBI, R; Fallon Bowen 2x4 (3B), SB, R.

Cherry 5, South Ridge 0 At Culver. WP: Kacey Herring 7IP, 3H, 9K, 2BB. LP: Mallory Thibault 7IP, 9H, 13K, BB. C: Heidi Olson 3x4 (3B), R; Rayanna Peterson 2x4 (2B), R.

Duluth Denfeld 3, Cloquet 1 At Duluth Denfeld. WP: Ashley Taipale 8IP, 6H, 10K, 2BB. LP: Kaylee McMillen 7.1IP, 3R, 5H, 5K, 3BB. DD: Taipale 2x3 (HR), 2RBI; Crystal McClarey 1x2 (HR), RBI. C: Breanne Baker 2x4 (2B), RBI.

Silver Bay 6, Two Harbors 4 At Silver Bay. WP: Emma Bemlott 7IP, 6H, 2ER, 5K, 2BB. LP: Ayla Lemke 4IP, 3H, 3ER, 2K, 2BB, 2HBP. SB: Erika Ernest 2x3, 3RBI; Everly Bauck 1x3 (3B). TH: Brianna McGrath 2x4.

Superior 1, Proctor 0 At Superior. WP: Brandie Goldberg 7IP, 4H, 13K, 2BB. LP: Heidi Shelton 6IP, 3H, R, 5K, 5BB. S: Gabby Gidley 1x1; Tailor Schuster 1x2. P: Reilly Fawcett 2x2.

Thursday’s Late Result Silver Bay 18, Cook County 3, 5 innings At Cook County. WP: Phoenix Lillis 5IP, 5H, 3ER, 6K, BB. SB: Brooke McMillen 2x4, 4RBI; Lillis 2x5, 2RBI; Emma Bemlott 3x4. CC: Jami Sjogren 2x3.

Prep playoff schedule


MINNESOTA SECTION 7AA Home sites: Grand Rapids, St. Francis and Princeton Teams Monday, Tuesday and May 26-27

Individuals May 22, 27-29 SECTION 7A Teams Thursday’s Result Hibbing 6, Eveleth-Gilbert 1

Second Round Today at Hibbing

Individuals May 22-23, at Duluth