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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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Season opener: McGregor Mercury head coach, Jen Wahlin encourages her team during the season opener versus the Floodwood Polar Bears on Tuesday, August 26. Floodwood defeated the Mercuries in five very close sets.
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Polar Bears edge Mercs in 5

The Floodwood Polar Bears are getting the most out of their matches—they have completed the maximum 10 sets in two matches. After a tough, 2-3 loss to Nashwauk-Kewatin, the Polar Bears bounced back with an exciting (20-25, 25-15, 25-23, 23-25, 15-8) win over last year’s Section 7A runner-up McGregor Mercuries.

Head coach Derek Hart ....

McGregor head coach Jen Wahlin agreed. “It was a very exciting match. Game one we started off with a bang!” she said. “The girls were scrappy and played really aggressively.

Despite the loss, Coach Wahlin felt there were plenty of positives. “The girls never got frustrated and were able to pull themselves together,” added the coach. “Our seniors did step up and tried to take the pressure off the younger ones—whether it meant making a serve, having a good pass on serve, receive, or having a solid hit.”

Panthers defeat Grizzlies

The South Ridge Panthers defeated the North Woods Grizzlies this past week. South Ridge came away with the 3-0 ...

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

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Polar League action
Recent Features

9-Man Power Region

Jason Line wins back-to-back races heading into Brainerd

Northern Lights 10th Grade finishes 5th at National Championships

Talls & Smalls

Stay tuned Cook wins, Cotton takes 2nd in Cherry

Wuori champs, Cotton takes third

Pee Wee tournament starts this week

Lion's golf scramble

Polar Bear, Riley Bernsdorf earns all-state

McGregor to rebuild, Panthers join Polar League

Area volleyball teams were quite competitive last season. Last year, the story of the year was the incredible run by the McGregor Mercuries (20-8) who advanced all the way to the Section Final before losing to the Carlton Bulldogs.

The Section 7A Tournament run included victories over Barnum (3-0), South Ridge (3-2), and Northeast Range (3-0).

The turning point in the tournament was the improbable 3-2 (15-25, 15-25, 25-20, 25-23, 20-18) comeback win over South Ridge, who had beaten the Mercuries 3-0 earlier in the season.

McGregor came away with a season high 56 kills and served at 95.6% clip. They then proceeded to destroy the number-one seeded Northeast Range Eagles in a 3-0 sweep.

The first ever Section Final for the Mercuries will be a tall task to duplicate this year. The team lost five starting seniors to graduation.

The Mercuries will start the season with just three seniors, Amy Gelhar (OH), Sophia Jacobs (DS) and Elle Baker (OH), and no ...

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

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Section final: Floodwood all-purpose player, Willow Christiansen sweeps around the right side of the South Ridge Panther defense during the Section 5, 9-man final last year. Floodwood defeated the Panthers, 37-20, and advanced to their first-ever state tournament.
Recent Features

Jason Line wins back-to-back races heading into Brainerd

Northern Lights 10th Grade finishes 5th at National Championships

Talls & Smalls

Stay tuned Cook wins, Cotton takes 2nd in Cherry

Wuori champs, Cotton takes third

Pee Wee tournament starts this week

Lion's golf scramble

Polar Bear, Riley Bernsdorf earns all-state

Seniors finish strong at Minnesota State Track & Field Championships

9-MAN POWER REGION

Based in history, one of the four local schools—Floodwood, South Ridge, Cromwell or McGregor—will have a great chance of representing the region at the Minnesota State 9-man football championships in November. The Floodwood Polar Bears are coming off their first-ever trip to the state tournament in 2013. The Polar Bears defeated the defending champion South Ridge Panthers, 37-20, on Friday, November 1 at Esko to win the Section 5 title.

Like most years, the Section 5, 9-man title is up in the air, but will most likely go to one of the four teams in this powerful region.

The Polar Bears will be the team to beat again in 2014. Returning this season will be a strong nucleus of seniors—Willow Christenson (RB), Gage Ruzynski (RB), Kyle Tamminen (OL), Riley Bernsdorf (QB), Jonah Schnortz (OL), Damien Autio (OL) and Johnny Ruzynski (TE).

Floodwood head coach, Larry Heggedahl shared that the team is very solid in the skill positions and will be looking to shore up the line. The hope is to continue where the team left off last year. “We just want to come out like we did last year, compete and see what happens,” said Coach ...

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

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