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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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Polar League Champions: Cromwell Cardinal Johanna Johnson tosses the discus 104 feet at the Polar League conference meet and earns first place and all-conference honors.
Recent Features

VanderVeer hits game- winner in eighth

Polar Bears take two in McGregor

Cardinals, Polar Bears split in Cromwell

McGregor/Cromwell picks up first win

Panther patience produces a few wins

Bernsdorf named Player of the Week; Wood wins #4

New head coaches in McGregor, Floodwood

Cardinals, Mercuries back in Section 5

Records, Memories and Polar League title

Cardinals are Polar League Champs!

Despite being down 24 points to Esko to start the Polar League conference meet (Esko is the only team that participates in Pole Vault) the Cromwell Cardinal track team had a tremendous day and came away with the team title scoring 156 points. Esko came in second with 136 points and South Ridge placed 3rd with 93.

The last time a Cromwell Cardinal girls track team won a Polar League Championship was in 2001. A year later, Carlton and Wrenshall combined sports programs and won in 2002. Since then Esko has been the clear-cut winner and a state contender.

Cromwell head coach Dave Foster shared that the times for all running events were a bit slow because of the cool air and the wind. “But this was truly a day where we talked a lot about racing for places and not times,” he told his team. “It was a true team effort. We were able to score in all 17 events (with the exception of that 18th “Esko Event,” the Pole Vault).

Coach Foster also noted that he had 16 different girls score points on the day. “Andrea Hakamaki was part of three 1st place finishes and the girl throwers (Johanna Johnson and Kaylee Besch) were able to score 24 points in their two events.”

“It was one of the most rewarding and enjoyable days I have ...

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

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SAFE AT THIRD: Carlton third baseman Josh Dallman attempts to put a tag on Floodwood’s Riley Bernsdorf early in the game. Riley was safe and later scored. Riley would also score the game-winning run on an eighth inning single by Marcus VanderVeer.
Recent Features

Polar Bears take two in McGregor

Cardinals, Polar Bears split in Cromwell

McGregor/Cromwell picks up first win

Panther patience produces a few wins

Bernsdorf named Player of the Week; Wood wins #4

New head coaches in McGregor, Floodwood

Cardinals, Mercuries back in Section 5

Records, Memories and Polar League title

Second time is not the charm

VanderVeer hits game-winner in eighth

The Floodwood Polar Bears completed an amazing rally at home versus the Carlton Bulldogs. After tieing the game with two outs and nobody on in the bottom of the 7th inning, Riley Bernsdorf scored the winning run on an RBI single by Marcus VanderVeer in the bottom of the eighth for the 8-7 Polar League win.

Polar Bear head coach Adam Johnson felt there were plenty of positives in this game. “We had some very clutch and focused at bats late in the game,” said the coach. “It was great to see these guys pull out a close game as we have lost our fair share of those this year.”

The very key bottom of the seventh inning rally started with two outs. Johnny Ruzynski coaxed a walk. Willow Christenson and Kaleb Chiles followed with singles to load the bases and Ruzynski scored the tieing run on a wild pitch.

“Kaleb had his first two hits at the varsity level,” noted Coach Johnson. “His single he laced to center in the 7th put us in a position to keep the game alive.”

Kyle Tamminen went the distance ...

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

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Caught stealing: South Ridge shortstop Krystal Karppinen tags out Two Harbors base runner Kaitlyn Underdale.
Recent Features

Cardinals, Polar Bears split in Cromwell

McGregor/Cromwell picks up first win

Panther patience produces a few wins

Bernsdorf named Player of the Week; Wood wins #4

New head coaches in McGregor, Floodwood

Cardinals, Mercuries back in Section 5

Records, Memories and Polar League title

Second time is not the charm

Polar Bears escape with quarterfinal victory

Polar Bears take two in McGregor

The Floodwood girls softball team had quite a week, winning three games, including a double-header sweep of McGregor, 12-2 and 13-7.

A pitching change was the most noticeable difference. “We decided we needed her glove at shortstop and the younger girls have been doing awesome!” said Polar Bear head coach Brea Vance. “Megan (Aho) did awesome at shortstop. Both she and Alexis (Stokke) got a double play.”

Floodwood eighth graders Miranda Young and Ryann Koivisto picked up the two wins over McGregor. Miranda walked just two batters and struck out four in the 12-2 win. Ryann walked five, struck out one and had a great day at the plate (3-4) in the 13-7 win.

South Ridge bounced back from a 6-3 loss to Two Harbors with a 9-1 win over Barnum this week. s Zimmerman had a big week at the plate going 2-for3 versus Two Harbors and 2-for-2 versus Barnum.

McGregor — 001 10 — 2
Floodwood — 410 16 — 12

FLOODWOOD — WP: Miranda Young 2BB, 4K; Amanda Baker 2-2. McGREGOR — LP: L. Baker 5IP, 10BB and 3 hit batters ...

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

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