BASEBALL MINNESOTA SECTION 7AAAA Double Elimination Wednesday's Quarterfinals No. 5 Grand Rapids at No. 4 Duluth East, 4:30 p.m. No. 8 Cambridge-Isanti at Blaine, 4:30 p.m. No. 7 St. Francis at No. 2 Forest Lake, 7 p.m. No. 6 Andover at No. 3 Anoka, 7 p.m. WISCONSIN DIVISION 1 Sectional 1 Tuesday's First Round No. 11 Superior at No. 6 Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln, 5 p.m. DIVISION 2 Sectional 1 Thursday's Results First Round Northwestern 2, Barron 1 Rice Lake 9, Spooner 3
Deer River likely locked up the No. 1 seed in its subsection for the upcoming Section 7A high school baseball playoffs by outlasting Ely 7-6 in eight innings Friday in Deer River. Jeffrey Moore earned the pitching win in relief as the Warriors (18-2) won their fifth straight. Chad Benham's eighth-inning double highlighted the winning surge for Deer River, ranked sixth in Class A. Gage Merhar had a pair of hits and Tyler Housey doubled and drove in two runs for the Timberwolves (13-7). Two Harbors 12, Mesabi East 2
BASEBALL Deer River 7, Ely 6, 8 innings At Deer River. WP: Jeffrey Moore 3.2IP, 3R (1ER), 5H, 2K, 1BB. LP: Joey Pierce 2.2IP, 3R, 5H, 3K, 3BB. DR (18-2): Chad Benham 2x3 (2B), RBI, 2R; Moore 2x3 (2B), 2R; Robert Moore 2x3 (2B), R. E: Gage Merhar 2x3, R; Tyler Housey 2B, 2RBIs, R. Mora 6, Esko 2 At Esko. WP: Chase Oslin 5.1IP, 2R, 6H, 5K, 1BB. LP: Ben Fischer 5IP, 6R, 8H, 3K, 1BB. E: Reid Davidson 2x4; Brody Kaldahl RBI; Dane Stoyanoff RBI. M: Logan Graves 4x4 (2B); Noah Foster 2x4, RBI; Logan Parker-Sjoberg 2x3, RBI.
Several local golfers earned alternate positions Friday during qualifying for Minnesota Golf Association summer events. Shane Johnson and Mike Weinkauf, both of Northland Country Club, finished second and third, respectively, in qualifying for the MGA Players' Championship at Black Bear Golf Course in Carlton. Johnson shot a 76 to earn first alternate status behind medalist Jamie Quesnel of Deer River Golf Club. Johnson (76) and Kyle Ernst of Ridgeview Country Club (80) were the top two alternates behind Quesnel in qualifying for the Mid-Players' Championship.
Minnesota Duluth senior Breanna Colbenson narrowly missed a national championship in the 3,000-meter steeplechase Friday at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships in Bradenton, Fla. Colbenson finished second in 10 minutes, 2.12 seconds, behind only Western State sophomore Alicja Konieczek, who came through in 9:55.39. It was an impressive showing from the Elmwood, Wis., native, considering Colbenson was third in her heat Thursday after producing a 10:26.37, and entered the finals slotted seventh of 12 qualifying runners.
LEARNING NOTES • Colin Willemsen, a student at Ordean East Middle School in Duluth, placed in the top 100 at the Minnesota Geographic Bee in Mankato (Minn.) State University. Willemsen competed against thousands of students statewide. • Three destination imagination teams from Duluth Public Schools earned a spot at the Destination Imagination Global Competition in Knoxville, Tenn., from May 24-27. Representing teams include Duluth East High School's Mission Improvable, Ordean East Middle School's Ham United and Congdon Park Elementary School's Dominating Doritos.
Rookie ballers end season as champs Rookie Basketball Association announced the following teams won the Three-on-three League Championship Tournament. Northwestern red shirts won the third and fourth-grade boys division, while the Superior blue shirts topped the girls. Ordean East Middle School grey shirts conquered the fifth- and sixth-grade girls division, and the Congdon Park Elementary-Marshall School-Ordean black shirts championed the boys. Encompass baseball conquers the Irish
HIRES AND PROMOTIONS • Aprille Beyer of Hibbing joined Duluth law firm Gerlach Beaumier and Trogdon as a paralegal. Beyer has a bachelor's degree in paralegal studies and is a member of the Minnesota Paralegal Association. • Bonnie J. Perkins Insurance Agency hired Michael Timm as a sales associate. Timm has a bachelor's degree in German and history from University of Minnesota Duluth.
Name: Duluth Balloon Co. Owner: Mariah McKechnie Why is this a thing? Balloons play vital roles in celebrating life's greatest moments and milestones. As a division of Northland Special Events, we have guided customers through the balloon ordering process and delivered orders affordably and with ease for more than 20 years.
EVENTS • Memorial Blood Centers will offer the following blood drives across the Northland. Call (888) GIVE-BLD (448-3253) or go to mbc.org for eligibility guidelines and to schedule an appointment.