Carlton senior Holly Grondahl recorded 15 kills as the Bulldogs swept rival Wrenshall 3-0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-16) Thursday in Carlton.

The Bulldogs fell behind early in the first set 9-2, but recovered to win the game and never looked back with Grondahl making the final kill of the game.

“I feel like the game went great,” Grondahl said. “We spent the last week working on our serve receives, because that was one thing we struggled with. We came out tonight and our passes were close to perfect. Hits, sets, everything could not have been better and the game could not have ended on a better note.”

Carlton coach Barb Soukkala said the game was the best the Bulldogs have played so far this year and Grondahl played particularly well.

“She stepped it up tonight, she had a really good night,” Soukkala said. “She hit the ball hard tonight and played pretty smart.”

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Wrenshall junior Janae Sjodin led the Wrens with 24 digs in the game. Sjodin leads Wrenshall in both kills and digs, coach John Peterson said.

Wrenshall also missed senior Jenna Johnson, who was out with an injury.

“She’s my captain as well as probably my best passer,” Peterson said. “She’s the core of the team and our best communicator out there, — we fall apart a lot faster without her.”

Peterson said Johnson should return in a couple weeks.

Hermantown 3, Hibbing 1

Elle Jokinen had 21 set assists, 15 digs and nine kills as Hermantown bounced back from a slow start to down Hibbing 16-25, 25-19, 25-16, 25-23 Thursday night in Hermantown.

Bailee Hess added 14 kills and Darian Sams had 18 set assists for the Hawks. Grace Marchand was tough up front with six blocks and Nicole Nelson paced the defense with 16 digs.

Hibbing’s Zoe Kriske paced the offense with 20 set assists, Bailey Broken led the attack with nine kills and six blocks and Bella Scaia paced the defense with 17 digs.


Duluth Denfeld 3, Superior 0

Parker Chastey, Skyler Fossum and Simon Davidson scored goals to lead the Hunters to the Lake Superior Conference victory at Public Schools Stadium.

Conrad Lazzaro had two saves to earn the shutout for Denfeld while Tanner Swanson had six saves for Superior.

The game was called with 8:39 left in the second half due to lightning but is still considered complete.


Hunters sweep Eveleth meet

Senior Cora Nephew won the Class AA girls individual race and junior Oliver Miatke finished as the Class AA boys runner-up as Duluth East swept the large-school boys team titles at Eveleth Lions Cross Country Invitational Meet at Eveleth Golf Course.

Nephew covered the five kilometers in 21 minutes, 27 seconds, just ahead of freshman teammate Anna-Britta Helmer (21:36) and sophomore Rowan Bixler (21:45), while Miatke clocked a 17:42, 10 seconds off the pace of Rock Ridge senior Aaron Nelson.

Mountain Iron-Buhl sophomore Kate Nelson won the Class A girls team title in 21:18 while South Ridge held off Carlton-Wrenshall for the team title.

Cromwell/Floodwood junior Noah Foster won the Class A boys team race in 17:42 while Ely took the team title.


Thursday’s Results

Eveleth Lions Cross Country Invitational Meet

Boys Class AA: 1. Duluth East, 41; 2. Rock Ridge, 49; 3. Cloquet, 87.

Boys Class A: 1. Ely, 41; 2. South Ridge, 57; 3. Mountain Iron-Buhl, 102.

Girls Class AA: 1. Duluth East, 18; 2. North Shore, 65; 3. Proctor, 69.

Girls Class A: 1. South Ridge, 50; 2. Carlton/Wrenshall, 60; 3. Duluth Marshall, 77.

Boys Soccer

Duluth Denfeld 3, Superior 0

Grand Rapids 1, Two Harbors 0


Hermantown 5, Duluth Denfeld 2


Mesabi East 99, Rock Ridge 81


Barnum 3, Cook County 0

Cromwell-Wright 3, Silver Bay 1

Floodwood 3, McGregor 0

Hermantown 3, Hibbing 1

Ladysmith 3, Northwestern 1

Mesabi East 3, Ely 0

Moose Lake-Willow River 3, Two Harbors 0

Northeast Range 3, Cherry 2