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Sports & Recreation

The Sports & Recreation section covers athletics for the Mercuries of McGregor High School and the Cardinals of Cromwell High School, along with other area sporting and recreation events. Christi Williams provides bowling league happenings throughout the winter season. The Greater Savanna Area Youth Baseball League is covered in the summer.

 

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Phenomenal game: McGregor senior quarterback Auston Anderson follows the lead block of Cordell versus Hill City. Auston had a phenomenal game. He rushed for 113 yards and scored four touchdowns and completed 5-of-7 passes for 106 yards and another touchdown.
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Mercuries close on high note

The conclusion of the regular season for area high school football teams came to a close on Wednesday, October 15. For the McGregor Mercuries it was a nice finish to what has been a disappointing regular season with an exciting 44-42 victory over the Hill City Hornets.

Mercury head coach Bob Staska shared that the team had not had many good breaks all season. That all changed late in the fourth quarter when Mercury defensive lineman Trevor Heagle picked off a pass and ran 19 yards for a touchdown.

“We were up 38-34 in the game and Hill City was deep in their own end when Auston Anderson hit the quarterback as he was throwing the ball,” said Coach Staska. “Trevor grabbed the ball out of the air and ran 19 yards for the score. After Trevor’s TD, the emotion on the sideline was awesome.”

Coach Staska was pleased with the way his team responded each time Hill City fought back. “We were up 24-18 going into the 4th quarter and six touchdowns were scored in that quarter,” the coach noted. “We talked this past week about keeping the pressure on when we have a lead and we did that.”

The Mercuries also converted 4-of-6 two point conversions ... “and stopped Hill City ...

For the rest of this story, scores, schedules and more, pick up this week's Voyageur Press.

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Polar League Girls Cross Country Champions: Rachel Land, Lily Hall, Darionna Campbell, Hannah Simek, Gracelynn Otis, Anna Hall, and Elizabeth Poskie claimed the Polar League Conference title in Grand Marais.
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Panthers are Polar League Champions!

The South Ridge Panthers celebrated their first year as a Polar League member with a team championship. The Panthers completed the championship with an excellent team score of 30 points.

Panther junior, Gracelynn Otis led the team with a 2nd place finish and all-conference honors. She crossed the finish line 28 seconds behind Polar League champion, Kailee Kiminski, in a time of 15:38.8.

Head coach, Jeremy Polson shared that his team is made up of “milers” and a rugged course like Pin Cushion Trail in Grand Marais doesn’t favor them like other courses. “The girls knew what was expected of each and everyone of them and they went out and executed the plan perfectly,” he explained. “Our strength is in our depth and each week our coaching staff never knows who is going to step up and bring the team to a new level.”

In addition to team-leader Gracelynn, three more Panther runners also earned all-conference honors. Anna Hall placed 4th (16:20.6); Hannah Simek placed 5th (16:41.2) and Darionna Campbell placed 7th (16:47.1).

Lily Hall just missed all-conference honors with a 12th-place finish ...

For the rest of this story, scores, schedules and more, pick up this week's Voyageur Press.

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South Ridge kill: South Ridge senior Justice Janke finishes off one of her 12 kills versus Cherry this past week.
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Panthers are Polar League Champs!

GRAND MARAIS, Minn.­—The South Ridge Panthers made quite a statement in this, their first year in the Polar League Conference. With a 3-1 victory over the Cook County Vikings in Grand Marais on Thursday, the team claimed the 2014 conference title (large school division) with a 5-0 record.

The Panthers defeated Moose Lake/Willow River (3-0) way back in early September and a week later defeated defending Polar League Champion Esko (3-2). Wins over Two Harbors, Barnum, and Cook County completed the conference sweep.

Panther head coach Brad Olesiak credits his team’s success with being able to rebound after losing a set, which was the case in Grand Marais.

“We got off to a great start in the first set versus Cook County,” said Coach Olesiak. “Then, in the second set Krystal (Karppinen) rolled her ankle and we struggled.”

The Panthers fell 25-23.

South Ridge rebounded to win 25-17, 25-17 in the next two sets. “Ryanna (Anvid) played front roll ...

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