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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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ALL Conference: Cromwell~Floodwood cross country runners, Wyatt Rauvala and Cameron Dickey, battle for top honors during the Polar League All Conference meet. Both earned all conference honors. Cameron placed 6th and Wyatt placed 9th.

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GRAND MARAIS, Minn.—It was a successful day for area cross country teams at the Polar Conference Championship on Pincushion Trails near Grand Marais this past week. Highlighting the meet were all-conference performances by Cromwell~Floodwood boys runners Cameron Dickey (6th place) and Wyatt Rauvala (9th place).

South Ridge girls Taina Koivisto (6th place) and Onna Campbell (10th place) also earned all-conference.

Other top Cromwell~Floodwood performances included a first place finish by sixth-grader, Noah Foster in the junior high (2.6 Kilometer) race with a time of 9:27.6. Trent Bagne (7th grade) earned a 7th place finish with a time of 10:22.8 and Tate Blomquist (6th grade) was 10th with a time of 10:34.9.

They were followed by Nathan Eliason (15th place, Cromwell~Floodwood), Kory Zallar (24th place, South Ridge), Owen Land (26th place, South Ridge, Aiden Lehti (27th place, Cromwell-Floodwood), Pierce Johnson (36th place, South Ridge).

In the 5 Kilometer junior varsity boys race, junior, Aaron Bode (Moose Lk/WR/Barnum) was the winner with a time of ...

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SHAKING A TACKLE: Junior quarterback Ricky Baker shakes a tackle during his team’s 24-point come-from-behind victory over the Wrenshall Wrens on Friday. Ricky completed 6-of-14 passes for 102 yards and rushed for another 42.

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FLOODWOOD, Minn. — The Floodwood Polar Bear high school football team pulled a rabbit out of their hat this week and defeated the Wrenshall Wrens 30-26 in a come-from-behind victory. It would be a fumble recovery in the end zone by sophomore Gavin Clark that would cap off an amazing rally after being down 20 points in the fourth quarter.

Floodwood head coach Larry Heggedahl shared that his team was very fortunate to come away with the home victory. “We struggled for three quarters,” said the coach, “and continue to have too many turnovers.”

Homecoming King and senior, Dylan Graff, had another solid game running the ball. Dylan carried the ball 23 times for 120 yards and scored two touchdowns during the fourth quarter rally. He would also convert all three two-point conversion runs in the quarter.

Coach Heggedahl credited his team with doing a much better job of blocking than the previous week. He also commented on the play of Ethan Dehn who overcame a small stumble during the starting lineups to have an excellent all-around game. Ethan caught a couple passes ...

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CUT BACK RUN: Cardinal senior Eli Warpula cuts back against the Floodwood Polar Bear defense and converts a 29-yard pass reception from Zion Smith into a touchdown. Cromwell-Wright scored 30 points in the first half and cruised to a 42-0 victory over their close rivals.

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FLOODWOOD, Minn. — Floodwood head high school football coach Larry Heggedahl was speechless after his team lost to Minnesota Highway 73 rival Cromwell-Wright this past Friday 42-0. “All I can say is that we were not ready,” said the coach. “I thought we were prepared for them, but evidence points the other way.”

Floodwood only had 87 yards of offense (47 yards rushing and 40 passing), while the Cardinals put up 380 (292 yards rushing and 88 yards passing).

Cardinal head coach Jeff Gronner was pleased with his team’s offensive execution despite a few changes in the Floodwood defense. “It caught us off guard a few times, but for the most part we really got our pads on a man and blocked well,” said coach Gronner. “Our blocking on the perimeter was great again. Sawyer (Strelnieks) especially did well at that.”

That blocking opened up holes for Dillon Hoff and Eli Warpula who had 114 and 85 yards respectively. Eli scored a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown. Zion Smith was 7-of-9 passing for 87 yards and two touchdowns.

Not wanting to jinx his team, coach Gronner noted that they haven’t had a turnover all year.
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