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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 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 ...

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

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Turn of events: Panther defender Zach Johnson goes up high to knock down a pass attempt from MI-B quarterback Archie Winans to Jared Schultz. The defensive play led to a turnover on down.
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Talls & Smalls

Panthers secure win #4

The South Ridge Panthers improved their record to 4-1 with a 42-28 victory over the Mountain Iron-Buhl Rangers. A minor switch in the backfield this week produced a nice, balanced scoring attack.

The Panthers scored in a variety of ways this week—on the ground, through the air, a fumble return and a kick-off return. Zach Johnson had a big day after being moved to the quarterback position. The sophomore completed three touchdown passes and returned a kick-off 83 yards for a score.

“We decided to make a few minor adjustments in the backfield,” said Panther head coach Brent Johnson. “We moved Zack to quarterback, Reid Clark to fullback and Austin Miller to the four back.”

Coach Johnson noted that the line is doing a great job opening up holes and he feels his team has a much more balanced attack.

The balanced attack by the Panthers produced 317 total yards of offense, including 223 rushing and 94 passing.

Reid Clark had another 100-plus ...

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