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On Cloquet's first 15 offensive plays Wednesday night at Corey Veech Field, Tim Pokornowski threw the ball 11 times and ran it three more. Included in the heavy workload was a swing pass to Mitchell Gerlach, who zig-zagged 88 yards to the end zone on the Lumberjacks' first snap. And yet, the senior quarterback wasn't even responsible for the biggest firework by a Pokornowski. That distinction belonged to his younger brother, Markus, who jumpstarted Cloquet's 42-6 romp over rival Hermantown by returning the game's opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown.
Minus a rough patch at 10,000-plus feet Saturday night, Michael Koppy of Hermantown got through the Moab 240 relatively unscathed. Relatively. "My feet look like the canyonlands," the 67-year-old said by phone Tuesday from Moab, Utah, where he was relaxing a day after finishing the 238.3-mile trail race in just over 82 hours. Koppy hoped to come in under 80 hours, and likely would have done so if not for a taxing climb up Shay Mountain on Saturday night that sapped him. He says he was "up there for 12 hours," twice as long as he anticipated.
CROMWELL-WRIGHT (7-0) AT WRENSHALL (6-1) What: District 9 White game When: 7 p.m.
Reached by phone Thursday afternoon en route to International Falls, Shayla Zaverl likely spoke for the entire Northeast Range/Ely girls swim team when she said, "I am very tired of being on a bus." During a season that has felt like one prolonged road trip, Zaverl's bus blues were rational. The Nighthawks' home pool is located in Babbitt. Following a summer of construction at the school, it was inaccessible when practice opened in mid-August, and remained that way until Oct. 2.
Two years ago, after Hermantown dismantled his club 68-0 for a fifth consecutive win in the Hammer series, Proctor football coach Derek Parendo acknowledged that the Hawks were starting to pull away from their rivals. The Rails have reeled them back in, and Parendo was in a much better mood Friday night than the last time these teams met at Terry Egerdahl Memorial Field — in 2015, when overpowering Hermantown evened the all-time grudge match at 32-32-1.
Physically, Michael Koppy believes he's ready to run 238.3 rugged miles over gnarly terrain in and around Moab, Utah. A veteran of eight 100-milers, Koppy also is confident in his ability to navigate the mental hurdles that will litter his path like jagged red rock. What the 67-year-old isn't quite sure of is how he will manage the inevitable sleep-deprivation that is sure to fester during the Moab 240, a footrace with a 112-hour cutoff that begins at 7 a.m. mountain time Friday (the 13th).
When it was suggested to Aidan Ripp that his victory among Class AA boys at Saturday’s Swain Invitational was by a comfortable margin, the Cloquet junior appeared unimpressed. If golf is a good walk spoiled, you get the sense Ripp considers racing to be a good run spoiled. He doesn’t pay much attention to clock or competition, nor does he look at results afterward.
CLOQUET — Just when Northlanders started to get comfortable following upwards of 24 consecutive hours without rain, the skies opened Friday evening and doused the region before a spate of high school football games kicked off. Cloquet quarterback Tim Pokornowski observed the slop and knew passing the ball was likely to be an adventure. Talk about a buzz kill. The senior came in having completed 44 of 65 passes for 621 yards and nine touchdowns. It's a vital component of the Lumberjacks' point-a-minute offense.
PROCTOR (4-1) AT CLOQUET (5-0) What: Northeast District Reg game When: 7 p.m.
Asked Tuesday evening after Wrenshall's football practice if they were anxious to get home and watch the Twins' wild-card game against the New York Yankees, brothers Tyler and Jared Kelley scoffed. Not at all, they agreed. Despite playing the sport, they are not baseball fans. "We only play so our cousin, Brennan (Kelley), will come out for football," Tyler said.