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Esko and Annandale combined to shoot 16-for-41 from 3-point range in a high school boys basketball game during the Martin Luther King Classic on Monday at Romano Gym. Comparatively speaking, it was a masterpiece. The comparison, of course, stems from March 9, 2016, when these same teams apparently took umbrage at the Williams Arena rims while imperiling them with a barrage of bricks. The Eskomos and Cardinals made 4 of 33 shots from beyond the arc that night in a Class AA state tournament quarterfinal won by Annandale.
PREP BOYS HOCKEY — DULUTH EAST 5, GRAND RAPIDS 0 To hear Mike Randolph tell it, maybe, just maybe — with a little bit of luck and a few breaks — his Duluth East hockey team can sneak into Section 7AA contention. This from a guy whose Greyhounds are in the driver's seat for a top-two seed come February thanks to Thursday's statement-sending 5-0 dousing of fourth-ranked Grand Rapids at Heritage Center. As Randolph spoke following his 587th career victory, you could almost sense the chip on his shoulder. The "underrated" card was due for an appearance.
PREP NEWSMAKER — GIRLS BASKETBALL A six-year run as the starting point guard for Mountain Iron-Buhl's girls basketball team, which wins with Harlem Globetrotter-like consistency, has yielded jarring numbers for Mya Buffetta.
Trent Klatt naturally would have preferred a flip-flopped final score, but the Grand Rapids boys hockey coach couldn't complain about the entertainment value produced by his team's game Tuesday night in Hermantown. "You always want to come out on top, but I'll tell ya what — I'd take 25 of those in a year," Klatt said following the Thunderhawks' 4-3 loss in a crisp contest befitting two of the state's top dogs.
Joey Anderson was standing outside the Minnesota Duluth men's hockey locker room at Amsoil Arena prior to Friday's game against Colorado College when a passerby offered the freshman wing a firm handshake and a "congratulations." He then joked to Anderson: "I see you lost the battle, eh?" It was a reference to Anderson being held out of the top-ranked Bulldogs' lineup for the opener of the NCHC series, which ended in an official 2-2 tie before UMD scored 18 seconds into a 3-on-3 second overtime.
Prep Newsmaker: Dylan Johnson Prep status: Cloquet senior Age: 18 Sports: Hockey, soccer and track and field GPA: 3.6 Family: Father, Bryan; mother, Eva; sister, Ashton; brother, Dalton Pets: Beagle named Bella College plans: Undecided, but hopes to play hockey and is interested in studying physical therapy PREP NEWSMAKER — BOYS HOCKEY Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey coach Dave Esse was asked Wednesday afternoon where to find Dylan Johnson.
“Colorful language” was how Andy Fenske playfully described Rhett McDonald’s response to the news last June that Fenske was leaving the Duluth East boys basketball coaching staff to take over at Hermantown. McDonald, the East coach, was only giving Fenske a hard time. Mostly. Oh, sure, he was giddy for his assistant. “But I knew we’d have to replace him,” McDonald, in his fifth season on the Greyhounds’ bench, said Tuesday. “It was our loss, their gain, that’s for sure.”
When it was suggested to Hermantown boys hockey coach Bruce Plante that little love was lost between his Hawks and Duluth Marshall in Thursday’s championship game of the Hilltopper Holiday Classic, he played coy and deadpanned, “I don’t know why that would be.” Maybe, Plante surmised, animosity has festered between the programs because “we have a little winning streak going against them.” That streak is “little” the same way Northland winters are short.
Deep into the third period Wednesday at Mars Lakeview Arena, the Hermantown boys hockey team appeared ripe for its first regular-season loss to a Class A team since Jan. 11, 2013. High-powered and top-ranked Delano-Rockford, despite spending the majority of the evening sputtering in its defensive zone, led the Hawks until nearly 13 minutes had eclipsed from the third.
Entering the Hilltopper Holiday Classic, much of the intrigue centers around a potential No. 1 vs. No. 2 high school boys hockey showdown between Hermantown and Delano/Rockford in the semifinals Wednesday evening. “Everyone’s anticipating that, but they have to get through Cloquet and Bemidji first,” Brendan Flaherty, coach of tournament host Duluth Marshall, said last week.