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Watching Minnesota Duluth wide receiver Johnny McCormick haul in a 35-yard pass on Friday night during the Bulldogs' 43rd annual Maroon-White Spring Game appeared somewhat odd. The defenders were wearing white jerseys, and so was McCormick, but he was making a catch for the Maroon team. Before you get confused, remember, that's just spring football. "We got a little short in the second half at receiver, so I got reps for both teams," McCormick said. "I considered it a win-win."
The recent spate of gloomy weather might remind some of late fall, but the Minnesota Duluth football team is thrilled today’s forecast calls for sunny skies and temperatures in the 50s. That’s because the Bulldogs will host their 43rd annual Maroon-White Spring Game at 6 p.m. at Malosky Stadium. “It’ll be good,” UMD coach Curt Wiese assured.
There aren’t many Northeastern Minnesota athletes who can say they’ve petted kangaroos, held koala bears and ate vegemite sandwiches for a pregame meal, but fostering that exchange is one of the goals of Down Under Sports. Virginia track coach Justin Bakkethun is serving as a track coach for the Down Under event July 2-14, with nine days in Brisbane, Australia, followed by three days of sightseeing in Hawaii.
Cloquet senior thrower Evan Erickson joked with teammate Dylan Lauer in practice last week when Lauer proposed a bet. "If you can throw (a shot put) over 53 feet, I'll take my shirt off and run around the track,'" Lauer said. Erickson promptly launched one 55 feet. "We never shook on it," Lauer said. Lame excuse, but perhaps saved the world the sight of a weightman cruising shirtless around the track.
St. Scholastica baseball coach Corey Kemp approached shortstop Steven Neutzling early in fall practice with an idea that didn't come out of left field. The Saints' coaching staff had been mulling it over for a while, then finally decided it would be better if Neutzling moved from his customary shortstop position to right field, where he could concentrate more on hitting and less on fielding. The results have been hard to argue with.
Minnesota Duluth introduced its senior athletes at its annual Dinner with Champions on Monday night at the DECC’s Lake Superior Ballroom. When it came time for softball, there wasn’t a lot to introduce. Try just one. While pitcher Sam Hartmann might be the Bulldogs’ lone senior, she’s one really good senior.
CHICAGO — The Denver Pioneers came out on the attack on Saturday in the NCAA Division I men's hockey championship against the University of Minnesota Duluth, shooting a couple pucks off the post in the early going. Longtime UMD hockey fan Jeremy Beck saw those missed shots as a great sign for the Bulldogs, but they fell 3-2 before a capacity crowd at United Center. "I'm proud to be a Bulldogs fan because of the way they fought," Beck said.
CHICAGO — Nobody knows whose idea it was to play the drinking game “flippy cup,” but one thing led to another, and a handful of University of Minnesota Duluth hockey fans had a brush with fame on Friday night after the video of them having a good time at a baseball game got picked up by ESPN. Matt Ward and his buddies were in town for the Frozen Four. After UMD dispatched Harvard 2-1 on Thursday night, they were looking for something to do on Friday, an off day. Score!
CHICAGO — Minnesota Duluth men's hockey coach Scott Sandelin talked about the Bulldogs' uncanny run leading up to the NCAA Division I hockey championship. UMD seemingly could do no wrong as of late, having gone 14-4 in one-goal games this season, including four straight playoff victories. That ended Saturday night as NCHC rival Denver held on for a 3-2 victory over the Bulldogs on Saturday before a capacity crowd at United Center. "Maybe we just ran out of puck luck," Sandelin said.
CHICAGO — ESPN hockey analyst Barry Melrose attended the Mike Richter Award college hockey ceremony Friday night at the Hilton Chicago, but he politely obliged for whatever was thrown his way, albeit in a Barry Melrose way. "I could draw that picture faster than she's taking it," Melrose quipped to one picture taker who was a little slow to click the shutter.