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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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DETERMINED DRIVE: McGregor sophomore Carson Passer completes a determined drive for two points during the team’s 57-53 victory at Floodwood. Carson had a game-high 18 points for the Mercuries.
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Mercuries get tough in Floodwood

It was just a little over two weeks ago, that the Floodwood Polar Bears went into McGregor and physically handled the home team with a 58-39 victory. The Mercuries hadn’t forgotten.

This past week, McGregor went to Floodwood for the rematch and not only matched intensity, but matched the physical play as well. As a result, they held on to a 57-53 win.

The game was close the entire way with both teams making great shots as well as great stops. With under three minutes to play, it appeared as if the Mercuries might let a lead slip away. Floodwood hit a couple shots in a row, followed by an Anthony Chiles steal and layin that pulled the Polar Bears to within one, 54-53, with 2:18 remaining in the game.

Noah Thompson blocked a shot on the other end and Floodwood had the chance to take the lead and missed a good opportunity.

The Mercuries called a timeout and set up a stall. They ran the clock down to :22 before Carson ...

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1,000 points: Chelsea Swatek celebrates reaching the 1,000-point milestone with her team after a win over Wrenshall. Front — Bailey Gronner, Chelsea, Amanda Hamakaki. Back – Shailey Hakamaki, Olivia Cahoon, Elizabeth Risacher, Taylor Lehti, Johanna Johnson, Teana Hakamaki, Kiiera Anderson, Taylor Lehti, and Taya Hakamaki.
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Mercury gamble comes up short

New head coaches at Floodwood and South Ridge; Cards, Mercuries in Section 5

Swatek scores 1,000, Cardinals now 14-1

GIRLS BASKETBALL REPORT— Cromwell-Wright junior Chelsea Swatek had a big day this past week. Not only did she score 39 points in a game, but hit 1,000 points for her career.

The 39 points was Chelsea’s biggest game in her career. She also knocked down six 3-pointers in the game. “Chelsea had a 29-point game early in season against Barnum as well,” added Cromwell-Wright head coach Jeff Gronner. “Besides shooting the ball well, Chelsea has great work ethic, hustle, and competitiveness. She plays the game very hard all the time.”

It is Chelsea’s out-of-season work ethic that impressed Coach Gronner the most. “She is a gym rat that has made herself a great shooter,” he shared. “She is not a naturally good shooter, but has put the time in over the past four years to make herself great at that skill.”

Chelsea had 307 points this season after the Wrenshall game. She scored 436 as a sophomore, 216 as a freshman and 41 as an ...

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Takin’ it to the rim: McGregor’s Cole Gelhar had a tremendous game, driving to the basket with some acrobatic shots. The junior scored 22 points.
Recent Features

Cardinals suffer first loss at MI-B

Year in Review in Sports

Mercuries nip Bluestreaks, 87-84; Cardinals upset at home by Vikings

Panthers upend Mercuries

POLAR BEARS outhustle Cardinals in 89-75 victory

Mercury gamble comes up short

New head coaches at Floodwood and South Ridge; Cards, Mercuries in Section 5

Janke, Gronner earn First Team honors

Cardinals, Mercuries battle in double OT

BOYS BASKETBALL REPORT— They don’t get much better than this one—clutch plays, defensive stops, bank 3s—too many to mention in this short article. Anyway, the Cromwell Cardinals escaped McGregor with a 65-59 victory in double overtime after being down three with nine seconds left in the first overtime.

“Zion (Smith) hadn’t hit many shots all game,” said Cromwell head coach Bill Pocernich about the bank 3-point shot from straight on that tied the game in the first overtime. “I guess he was due.”

The shot sent the two teams into a second overtime that Cromwell dominated. Marcus Pocernich started the extra period with a 3-pointer, followed by a Zion Smith shot off the glass (at the appropriate angle) and then Sam Kemper scored the next four points. Marcus added a pair of free throws and Sam added one more, and it was too much for the Mercuries to overcome.

McGregor had their chances in this game. After coming back from being seven points down in the second half, the team actually took a four-point lead with two minutes to go.

Cole Gelhar was unstoppable. The junior hit shots in the lane, pulled down offensive rebounds and put them back in and made back-to-back driving baskets to tie the game at 47-47 in regulation.

Cromwell had a chance to score in ...

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