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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
Out of six previous trips to the state tournament, Hibbing's baseball team has collected three runner-up finishes. The red-hot Bluejackets (19-8) will try to avoid another second-place trophy when they meet undefeated Waconia (25-0) at 4 p.m. today at Target Field. The Class AAA crown is on the line. "We might as well collect a No. 1 since we're here," Hibbing coach Jay Wetzel said by phone Sunday night.
Runners will do just about anything to get across the finish line. Tim Cernohous took that determination to the extreme Saturday morning. Effectively dead for a brief period of time after collapsing on Canal Park Drive, the 33-year-old Duluthian revived, recovered and completed his seventh consecutive Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon.
Compared to last year, when 369 people visited the Grandma’s Marathon medical tent, Saturday was a relative breeze — minus the breeze. Dr. Ben Nelson, Grandma’s medical director, said the number Saturday was 281. Nelson, then, was able to kick up his feet and relax, right? Not quite. “It didn’t feel like that,” he said. “The medical crew stayed busy enough. They weren’t bored.”
Elisha Barno of Kenya won an unprecedented third consecutive Grandma’s Marathon men’s race this morning, crossing the finish line in Canal Park by himself. The 31-year-old Barno, who won the past two years, was timed in an unofficial 2 hours, 12 minutes and 6 seconds to win going away today.
The Edmund Fitzgerald Hall at the DECC was full Friday afternoon as Kara Goucher took a leisurely stroll down memory lane, hitting the highlights — plus the lows — of her fairytale running career that gets a restart at this morning's Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon. Those in the standing- and sitting-room-only crowd no doubt were thinking something along the lines of: Forget conservative — go for the win.
Mike Palmquist was just out of high school when Scott Keenan recruited him to run from Two Harbors to Duluth. Keenan had an idea for a race along this swath of Lake Superior-hugging terrain. He wanted feedback first, and enlisted his fellow North Shore Striders.
Sign, sign, everywhere a sign. But they don't block out the scenery — they augment it. At least along marathon courses. Grandma's is no different. You'll see all kinds of placards Saturday between Two Harbors and Duluth, cheery little billboards of wit. And while motivational messages remain, humor is the new go-to. "You can do it" has been replaced by "you are the slowest runner so far" or "you are beating all the people behind you."
David Forster Jr. loved running. He may have loved helping his friends run even more. Which is why Forster attended the 2015 Portland Marathon. He wasn’t there to top his personal record — 2 hours, 37 minutes and 8 seconds, set at Grandma’s Marathon in 2015 — but rather to assist three buddies attempting 26.2 miles for the first time. When two of them approached the finish, Forster doubled back on the course to get the third, Andy Clasen, and help him across.