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Too often this spring, the Duluth East baseball team has been victimized by big innings. It's one of the leading contributors to the Greyhounds' 2-13 record, which doesn't accurately reflect their competitiveness against a relentless schedule featuring some of the state's best big schools. Tuesday, for example, East trailed Stillwater 3-2 before yielding an eight-run third to the Ponies in an eventual 14-4 loss. The Greyhounds enjoyed a role reversal Wednesday at Ordean Field, where they used a marathon 10-run third inning to down Duluth Denfeld 13-3 in six innings.
After winning twice Saturday at the NCAA Division II Central 1 Regional in Winona, Minn., the Minnesota Duluth softball team was a confident bunch entering Sunday's finale against Emporia (Kan.) State. "It was going to be pretty tough to beat us the way we were playing," senior center fielder Hannah Schmoll of Grand Rapids said. The Hornets, who had dumped the Bulldogs into the loser's bracket via a 1-0 victory Friday, can attest to that.
MAPLE — Sitting in a nondescript conference room at Northwestern High School on Wednesday afternoon, Donny Pooler joked that, "You could write a book about the last two years and probably still leave some stuff out." Those words didn't bode well for the reporter with 50 column inches at his disposal.
ESKO — When Esko's James LeGarde strode to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday evening with two outs, two on and the game tied, Hermantown coach Mike Zagelmeyer could have thickened the plot by summoning another LeGarde — Gavin — to pitch for the Hawks. Alas, the brothers were spared a sibling showdown, leaving James to end a well-played and windy high school baseball game via a line-drive single to left-center field that sent the Eskomos to a 4-3 win, their seventh in a row.
Even as a freshman, Mady Stariha's talent on the softball diamond was evident. Superior coach Mike Sather, though, couldn't bring himself to insert Stariha into the starting lineup. At least not for the season opener. Instead, he beckoned the youngster for a pinch-hitting opportunity in the first game of 2016. "She got a hit and that was it," Sather said. She's been a starter ever since. And a dual threat.
Minnesota Duluth women's track and field and cross country coach Joanna Warmington, who hasn't been with her team this spring, is on a leave of absence, the school confirmed Wednesday. A statement from university spokeswoman Lynne Williams says men's track coach "Paul Nisius is filling in in (Warmington's) absence" and that "rules requiring employee privacy in employment matters preclude us from providing further details."
Talk to just about anyone affiliated with the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League, and you're likely to hear something along the lines of, "anybody can do it." Fitting, considering it feels like everybody is doing it. From three teams and 30 students in 2008, this still-young sport is up to almost 12,000 participants spread across 349 clubs. All in a decade's work.
Deion Harris will be in Grand Forks, N.D., this weekend, where he's pushing hard toward the end of another semester at the University of North Dakota. About 1,200 miles south, at the Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the NFL draft will be taking place. Harris could have been there. Before suffering a complete tear of his left Achilles tendon last July, the 2014 Hibbing graduate was widely pegged as an early round pick. ESPN's slick-haired Mel Kiper Jr. ranked Harris the fifth-best senior cornerback. Sporting News had him as a first-round sleeper.
Teammates going all the way back to tee-ball, Davriana Horvath did her best to avoid catching for Emilee Wilson. "She threw too fast," Horvath said last week. Finally, during what both Esko seniors believe was their U-10 season, Horvath couldn't hide any longer. The team needed a backstop. She was pressed into duty and, nearly a decade later, hasn't left. Likewise, Wilson has become entrenched in the pitcher's circle for the Eskomos, who come into this season as the two-time defending Section 7AA champs.
Just before his team took the Wade Stadium turf for warmups ahead of its season opener last week, Duluth Marshall baseball coach Joe Wicklund tried to get the attention of standout senior Derrick Winn. Alas, Winn was that night's starting pitcher, and he was more dialed in than a rotary phone. Wicklund quickly gave up the pursuit. It could serve as an apt metaphor for the 2018 Hilltoppers, who are focused on picking up where they left off in 2017. They started the season emphatically with a 21-1, five-inning win over Aitkin in a rematch of last spring's Section 7AA final.