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With only six wide receivers suiting up for Minnesota Duluth's 44th annual Maroon-White Game on Friday, Johnny McCormick and the rest of the Bulldogs' receivers played for both teams. While that made it a little harder for fans to follow, it made it way easier for McCormick to know which team he was on. "The winning team," he said. McCormick caught four passes for 84 yards and a touchdown for the Maroon, but unfortunately, it wasn't enough as the White held on for a 13-10 victory on a sunny 55-degree day at Malosky Stadium.
Minnesota Duluth defensive back Mitchell Johnson-Martin was asked if this is the best team he has been on, but he wasn't ready to crown the Bulldogs just yet. "Every team is different," he said. "Going into my last year, I want to make sure this is the best team I've ever been on, but I can't say that it is now because we haven't gone through a full season, but I truly hope and aspire that it will be." A lot of things have to go right for that to happen, and the first steps start with UMD's 44th annual Maroon-White Game at 6 p.m. Friday at Malosky Stadium.
COLLEGE SOFTBALL Minnesota Duluth softball coach Jen Walter knew the Bulldogs' hitting would be good this year, but she didn't know it was going to be this good. This good is a .338 team batting average, 46 home runs, 64 doubles and 270 RBIs. With plenty of season left, the Bulldogs (29-8 overall, 11-3 NSIC) should finish near the top of the program record book in all those categories. "The key with good hitters — let them swing," Walter said.
PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL / ALL-AREA PLAYER OF THE YEAR The Grand Rapids girls basketball team had just lost at home to Robbinsdale Cooper on Dec. 15, and the regular routine was to shower and go home. Not for Heaven Hamling. Hamling, a 5-foot-8 guard, wasn't happy about her game so she enlisted her mom, Thunderhawks coach Kris Hamling, to rebound the basketball while she worked on her shot. They were there till nearly 11:30 p.m. as janitors cleaned the bleachers and swept and mopped the floor. "We had to go around them," Kris said.
Amber Tilander was maybe 5-foot-3, 115 pounds — perhaps while wearing dripping wet hockey equipment — so International Falls girls hockey coach Gerald Bolstad encouraged the seventh-grader to stick with her peers on the U-12 team. "But she wanted to play, and I can't say 'no.' It's their choice," Bolstad said. "Then once she got up with us, I think she had like six or eight goals in seventh grade." It didn't take Bolstad long to realize Tilander (pronounced Tee-lander) was something special.
MINNEAPOLIS — The tears had dried up but the pain was still real for North Woods senior Brendan Parson after the Grizzlies lost the Class A high school boys basketball state title game Saturday in heartbreaking fashion. Parson didn’t mince words. “It hurts,” Parson said. “We wanted to come in and win. That was our goal, to win the state championship, but things didn’t go our way. We didn’t capitalize when we needed to.” That’s because Russell-Tyler-Ruthton had other ideas in rallying from an 11-point deficit with less than 8 minutes remaining to win 59-55 at Target Center.
MINNEAPOLIS — Junior guard Cade Goggleye had 23 points to lead North Woods to a 67-47 win over Cass Lake-Bena in the Class A state semifinals this afternoon at Target Center.
MINNEAPOLIS — North Woods boys basketball players looked around at each other on Thursday, almost dumbfounded when asked the last time one of their games didn’t end in running time. It had been so long, nobody knew. That running time streak continued as junior guard Cade Goggleye scored 23 points and the Grizzlies steamrolled to a 74-36 victory over Heritage Christian Academy in the Class A high school state tournament quarterfinals at Williams Arena.
MINNEAPOLIS — St. Cloud Cathedral forward Mitchell Plombon mistimed his jump on Wednesday at the end of the second overtime of a Class AA state quarterfinal, so all he could do was watch helplessly as the ball went over his outstretched hands and into those of 7-foot-3 Esko senior center Adam Trapp.
NORTH WOODS (29-1) VS. HERITAGE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (13-17) What: Class A state tournament quarterfinal When: 3 p.m. Where: Williams Arena, Minneapolis