Louie St. George
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Former Duluth-Superior Dukes owner Jim Wadley remembers watching his team bumble its way to another loss, a 15-1 mishap, early in the 1997 season when then-Northern League commissioner Miles Wolff turned to him and said, "You got a lot of work to do." No kidding. The now-defunct Dukes started that year, Wadley's third as owner, 4-17. Attendance at Wade Stadium sagged. Apathy surged. The boys of summer had become the boys of bummer.
Still in disbelief not long after one of his best friends, Andrew Kerr, broke a bone in his neck jumping into Island Lake last July, Alex Trapp said then that he couldn't believe it was real, that Kerr is "going to get over it within a year and he'll be back to normal."
Kyle Robillard recalls with striking clarity the ATV accident that changed his life last July. On July 8, about two months before his senior year at Duluth East was to commence, Robillard and his girlfriend, Hailey Pitoscia, were riding on a loose-gravel road in Beaver Bay, up the North Shore. They were among a group of six who were spending time at a friend's cabin on Lax Lake. The plan was a short spin, then back to fish.
After an attention-grabbing summer left Ryder Donovan with a glut of college hockey options, the Duluth East junior-to-be wasted little time choosing his future team. A slick-skating center with enticing size, Donovan made official recruiting visits to North Dakota, Minnesota and Minnesota Duluth earlier this month. The first trip all but sealed the deal. "As soon as I stepped into the Ralph with my family, it was like, 'This is where I want to play my college hockey,' " Donovan said.
Not long after the NFL draft concluded in April, way-too-early forecasting kicked off for 2018. Among the names that keep popping up as a potential early round sleeper is that of Deion Harris, the 2014 Hibbing graduate who is approaching his senior season at North Dakota. On April 29, the Sporting News compiled a list of the top 18 prospects for the 2018 draft. And there was Harris, the ex-Bluejacket, checking in at No. 18. Here is what the publication had to say about the playmaking cornerback:
Deion Harris won't be the only Northlander making key contributions to the North Dakota football team this fall. In fact, former Moose Lake-Willow River star Jake Disterhaupt was voted one of two defensive captains for the Fighting Hawks. The senior linebacker and two-time News Tribune All-Area Player of the Year will lead a club that should open the fall campaign ranked in Football Championship Subdivision top 10.
A loss to Cloquet in its regular-season finale dropped Hibbing's baseball team from a likely second seed to No. 5 in the Section 7AAA playoff bracket. What followed was a road-tripping run to the Class AAA state tournament, with stops in Princeton, Lindstrom, Grand Rapids, south again to Forest Lake and, finally, a triumphant return to Grand Rapids. Their middle-of-the-pack seed spurred the Bluejackets.
The Grand Rapids boys hockey team is swapping a prolific ex-NHLer for a former Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner. Less than a month after Trent Klatt announced his resignation as Thunderhawks coach, the school tabbed Chris Marinucci today to take the reins. The 45-year-old Marinucci, who won the Hobey Baker as a Minnesota Duluth senior in 1994, was an assistant during Klatt's two-year coaching stint. He doesn't foresee sweeping changes, not for a program coming off its first state championship since 1980, which followed a third-place Class AA finish in 2016.
Hermantown softball coach Tom Bang still was searching for a No. 3 hitter midway through the spring of 2013 when he summoned his eighth-grade backup catcher to the plate for a few whacks against Wayzata at the Becker Invitational. That was the end of Jordyn Thomas' time as a part-time player. "She hit a ball out of the ballpark that day," Bang said. "It didn't take too much of a brain to figure out that this kid should be in the lineup."
KIANA BENDER Cloquet Freshman infielder • Precocious youngster batted .455 as the Lumberjacks' table-setting leadoff hitter, with 30 hits, 14 RBIs and 18 runs • Shortstop was named first-team All-Lake Superior Conference ALLY BODE Moose Lake-Willow River Senior outfielder • Coaches association All-State second-teamer posted .531 batting average, with 17 extra-base hits, 33 RBIs and 34 runs, and pitched Rebels past eventual Class AA state champ Zumbrota-Mazeppa