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Freshman Jarod Wilken came off the bench to score 27 points and lead St. Scholastica over North Central 99-63 in UMAC play Wednesday at Reif Gymnasium. Wilken, who played 19 minutes, was 11-for-15 shooting from the field, hitting 3 of 6 from 3-point range.
Coming off a season in which she led the state of Minnesota with 47 goals, one might think Kendra Kelley would be on the radar of a number of college soccer programs. But when you are so dominant in one sport, as the Cloquet junior is in track, it tends to scare off recruiters in other sports. Yet Kelley, who owns school records in the 100 and 200 meters and the long jump, isn’t totally writing off soccer.
Those who look at Nolan Friday’s long locks of hair and deem him a prima donna couldn’t be more off-base. If anyone had doubts, they were erased in the first 30 seconds of Duluth East’s Class AA boys soccer state tournament semifinal against Stillwater Area.
MLWR (7-5) VS. PIPESTONE AREA (11-1) What: Class AA state tournament semifinal When: 11:30 a.m. today Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis
PREP FOOTBALL / CLASS AA STATE SEMIFINAL PREVIEW During his formative years, Dilon Louzek tagged around the Moose Lake-Willow River football team as the Rebels were in the midst of a 10-year state tournament run. But the youngest son of Rebels coach Dave Louzek didn't think football was in his future, even disliking the sport in the beginning. "That first year he didn't really enjoy it," Dave Louzek said Thursday. "He liked being around the boys and messing around with them, but he really had no interest in football.
Gene Kotlarek's death last week caused many former Northland ski jumpers to take pause once they heard the news and remember one of Duluth's first international jumping stars. "Growing up in Chester Bowl, Gene was the Mickey Mantle of our generation," Duluthian Jeff Denney, who went on to ski in the 1978 World Championships, said Thursday by phone from Bloomington, Minn. "You knew his name, you knew his picture. Even as little kids, you knew Gene Kotlarek. We were all inspired to be Gene Kotlarek one day."
Soon after finishing third in the 100-yard freestyle at last year's Class A high school girls swimming state meet, Makayla Suominen set her sights on adding the 100 title to the one she won in the 50 as a sophomore. "She really wanted that 100, too. Right afterward she said, 'I'm going to get that 100 next year,' " Cloquet-Esko-Carlton swim coach Kayla Cresap said. "That's something she started this season, saying that she wanted the top spot in the 50 and the 100." So far, so good.
On a crazy weekend of college football that nearly saw the top three teams in Division I lose and cause upheaval for the upcoming playoffs, Minnesota Duluth wasn't immune to off-the-field controversy. After winning their eighth straight game to close the regular season Saturday and seeing three Super Region Four rivals also vying for a Division II playoff berth lose, the Bulldogs must have felt good about their chances heading into Sunday's selection show.
MINNEAPOLIS — Similar to those Halloween horror movies where the unwitting protagonist walks into an unlit room of a haunted house and the audience can see the slasher peering at him menacingly from behind, the Duluth East boys soccer team walked into a trap set by Stillwater Area, Monday's opponent in the Class AA state tournament semifinals. After a dream start that saw Seth Hoffman convert a penalty kick in the opening half-minute, the second half turned into the Greyhounds' own Nightmare on Fourth Street.