Louie St. George
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Fresh off winning his NorthShore Inline Marathon debut, Sebastian Guzman underscored the importance of teamwork. In July, at the World Games in Wroclaw, Poland — think Olympics for non-Olympic sports — Guzman captured a pair of speedskating medals. One was silver, the other bronze, and Guzman’s MPC Wheels teammates still were smarting over the absence of gold Saturday morning in soupy Canal Park, nearly two months later. They didn’t compete in Poland, and thus weren’t able to escort Guzman to victory.
Liberated from a relentless fear that the breast cancer she had beat back once would return, Debbie Wappula finally gave in to her friend's insistence that she try inline skating. The 43-year-old Wappula, who lives in Thief River Falls, Minn., hadn't donned inline skates in 30 years. But her friend, Katie Stavos, persisted, finally winning out on June 20, when the two rolled 3.44 miles together. That first outing didn't go well. Wappula says every bone in her body hurt. She heaved near the end.
GRAND RAPIDS (1-1) AT PROCTOR (1-1) What: Northeast District game When: 7 p.m.
TWO HARBORS — Despite throwing a pair of interceptions while directing a sputtering offense, Brendan Durand's Esko teammates never lost faith in their quarterback Friday night. "Guys kept coming up to me and saying they had confidence," Durand said. "We knew that eventually our offense was going to work if we stuck to our game plan, and it did."
Just before he arrived back in the United States last week from the IAAF World Challenge in Zagreb, Croatia, Ben Blankenship's grandmother passed away. "She was having a little bit of trouble, and I was really hoping to get home before it happened," Blankenship said. Barbara Feyereisen died Aug. 30. She was 84.
As an assistant coach on Brendan Flaherty's boys hockey staff at Duluth Marshall, Dale Jago knew he one day wanted to run his own team. "Obviously, I wanted to move into a head coaching position, and this is the program I've always had my eyes on," Jago, 49, said Thursday after being named Kevin Smalley's successor at Duluth Denfeld.
PROCTOR (1-0) AT DULUTH EAST (0-1) What: Northeast District game When: 6 p.m.
The natural grass at Proctor's Terry Egerdahl Memorial Field was functional, sure. But level? Not quite. "Gently sloping" would have been a more suitable description. "I remember one time I was coming along the sideline and all of a sudden I started to run downhill," Proctor quarterback John Pioro said Friday night after the Rails christened their new $1.3 million artificial turf with a 33-22 win over International Falls.
HERMANTOWN AT MOOSE LAKE-WILLOW RIVER What: Northeast District game When: 7 p.m.
At their first game-week practice of a fresh new football season, Cloquet’s skill guys sounded like they had just come from a public relations seminar. Experienced and accomplished, they will be vying for the same football on Friday nights this fall. They’re fine with that, especially if the end result mirrors last year’s trip to the Class AAAA state tournament. In other words, there won’t be any needless lobbying of Lumberjacks coach Tom Lenarz for carries.