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Duluth East tennis players picked up snow shovels as often as tennis rackets this spring, helping to clear an estimated 100,000 cubic feet of snow off the Longview courts. "We put in a lot of work and effort to clear away our snow so (Twin) Cities teams don't get a two-week jump on us," junior Nolan Humphreys said recently.
The Esko boys basketball team that took the Romano Gym court Thursday for the Section 7AA championship game was quite different from the one that played in the same game a year ago. Gone were 7-foot-3 center Adam Trapp, News Tribune All-Area Player of the Year Quinn Fischer and 500-win head coach Mike Devney.
BOYS BASKETBALL MINNESOTA SECTION 7AAAA Saturday’s Results Semifinals At Forest Lake Blaine 64, Coon Rapids 44
Dave LaCoe is no stranger to the McDonald family. He's no stranger to the state basketball tournament, either. The Hibbing girls basketball coach played his high school ball in Chisholm under the tutelage of legendary coach Bob McDonald. For three of those five years on the Bluestreaks varsity, then-all-time scoring leader Joel McDonald, Bob's youngest son, was his teammate, including 1991 when they won a Class A state title together. Joel McDonald has coached the Hibbing boys for nearly two decades and his daughter, Abbey, is the senior linchpin on LaCoe's team.
My life changed, innocently enough, when I answered the phone during a visit to my parents' suburban Twin Cities home in the spring of 1993. The voice on the other end of the line identified herself as working for Lutheran Social Service and asked if I wanted to have contact with my birth mother. Thinking it a case of mistaken identity, I kindly responded that she was in the other room and I could talk to her anytime I wanted.
Carl Fish finally scored in the 15th round of a shootout to lift the Bismarck Bobcats to a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wilderness in a North American Hockey League game late Saturday at Northwoods Arena in Cloquet. Goals by Brandon McNamara and Jack Johnson gave the Wilderness a 2-1 lead with 4:17 to play in regulation. But the Bobcats’ Adam Stacho netted a power-play goal to send the game to overtime.
Fifth-ranked Minnesota Duluth scored three goals off three St. Cloud State turnovers to beat the top-ranked and NCHC-leading Huskies 3-1 on Friday night at Amsoil Arena, spoiling the return of Brett Larson to his hometown and alma mater. Larson is in his rookie season as head coach of the Huskies, having played and served as a UMD assistant coach.
About the only consolation Seth Hoffman had after the Duluth East boys soccer team lost in the first minute of overtime in the Class AA state championship game last month was that at least he didn’t close his career with an eight-overtime defeat. That was the case for Seth’s father, Doug Hoffman, a left back on the Duke squad which lost 2-1 to Indiana in eight OTs in the 1982 NCAA Division I men’s final.
When Cloquet-Carlton girls soccer coach Dustin Randall tabulated Kendra Kelley's statistics near the end of her junior season, he couldn't help but shake his head. "When she hit 40-some goals last season, I don't know how many times I went back and recounted, thinking that couldn't even been possible," Randall recalled. "It was kind of unreal." Kelley followed up her astounding 47-goal year in 2017 with a state-leading 43 more this season en route to repeating as the News Tribune All-Area Player of the Year.
Minneapolis Last Monday night's Los Angeles-Kansas City track meet likely will transform the NFL for generations to come. Teams that are able to adapt to and prosper in a deep-passing, risk-taking offense will have the advantage over those who don't, both on the field and in obtaining the best offensive talent during the offseason.