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St. Scholastica pitcher Joe Gonrowski had a stint in the Northwoods League late last summer with the Eau Claire Express, but when the Duluth Huskies approached him about joining them this season, he couldn't believe it. "I was ecstatic," Gonrowski said. "It means a lot to me, representing my school and the city of Duluth. It was something that was in the back of my mind that I was really hoping for, because it's a great community, and they really support their local players."
Longtime Wisconsin-Superior coach Roger Plachta never did find out the reasons he was suspended, but ultimately, it doesn’t matter. Plachta is just happy to have his job back. Plachta was reinstated as the Yellowjackets’ softball and golf coach today, just over six weeks from when he was first informed of the suspension May 8 during which time the university investigated complaints against him.
MINNEAPOLIS — A ballfield substituted for a ball — and cleats for slippers — as Hibbing's run at the state baseball tournament had all the makings of a Disney fairytale prior to the Bluejackets' Class AAA title game Monday at Target Field. Unfortunately for Hibbing, top-seeded Waconia spoiled the Hollywood ending as the Wildcats used great pitching, clutch hitting and timely fielding to bounce the Bluejackets 6-1 for their first high school baseball state title.
Dr. Fahd Arafat of Rainy River Medical Center understands the power of positive thinking, lessons he applied in his conversation with Father Ben Hadrich on Aug. 8, 2015. “The doctor came in with a picture of my brain and said I was having a stroke,” Hadrich said. “I remember just asking, ‘Am I going to die?’ And he said, ‘No, you’ll be just fine.’ I was kind of peaceful at that point.”
Hellen Jepkurgat of Kenya held off Askale Merachi of Ethiopia down the Canal Park straightaway to win the Grandma’s Marathon women’s race this morning. Jepkurgat, 36, who won the Los Angeles Marathon earlier this year, was timed in an unofficial 2 hours, 32 minutes and 6 seconds to win her first Grandma’s Marathon. The winning time was about minute slower than Jepkurgat’s personal record set in the Rennes (France) Marathon in 2016.
Dustin Franta described how he was struggling about two miles into the William A. Irvin 5K on a muggy Friday in Duluth "when things started falling apart." Declan Dahlberg overheard the conversation and was like, "It fell apart for you? What about me?" Franta kept it together a lot better than Dahlberg, and the result was a Franta victory by 45 seconds in the 24th annual running of the event that begins and ends at the William A. Irvin ore boat in Canal Park.
Proctor Speedway will host "Fender Friday at 7 p.m. today in a rare Friday night of racing at the track. "Absolutely rare, and I'll take every one I can get," Proctor Speedway president Dennis McCauley said, laughing. Tonight's racing includes Late Models, Super Stocks, the six cylinders common to ABC Raceway in Ashland, which made one appearance at Proctor Speedway last year, and the $1,000-to-win Rob Monahan Memorial Pure Stock Special, named after the veteran dirt track driver who died in September 2016 at age 48 after complications from an anoxic brain injury.
ST. PAUL — Dawsen Cossalter knew this could be a special year when the senior broke Esko’s 200-meter record at one of the Eskomos’ first track and field meets in early April. Cossalter kept refining his sprinting from there, culminating with a victory in the Minnesota Class A boys 200 at the state track and field championships on a hot and windy Saturday at Hamline University.
Ely junior Gage Merhar started on the mound in the Timberwolves’ season opener on April 7, only to start feeling pain in the third inning and pulling himself out in the fourth. “I just couldn’t go anymore,” Merhar said.
Laura MacArthur Elementary School students were told they couldn't bring any extras on their field trip to Wade Stadium on Tuesday as part of Education Day. Big mistake.