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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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Converging defense: Floodwood senior, Willow Christenson drew a crowd where ever he went versus the Barnum Bombers. Despite being pinned in several times, Willow managed to score a team-high 13 points.
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BARNUM, Minn. — The much anticipated showdown between a pair of Polar League teams finally arrived Friday night in Barnum. The Floodwood Polar Bears and the Barnum Bombers entered the contest undefeated and ranked in the state polls.

The Bombers demonstrated why they are the #2-ranked team in the state. Barnum used a stifling defense to hold the Polar Bears to just 37 points after averaging 75 coming in.

In the end, Barnum ran away with a 63-37 victory.

Floodwood head coach Chris Tommila shared with his boys that Barnum’s defense would be the best they would see all year. “Nobody in Section 7 (Class A) plays like that,” the coach explained. “With that being said, I still wasn’t expecting what happened to happen. “

Barnum played very well and the Polar Bears came out and struggled. “A lot of that was due to them, of course,” added Coach Tommila. “It certainly didn’t help Damien (Autio) wasn’t there, specifically on the defensive side against Fetters.”

Despite the loss, the Polar Bears are still the front-runners to win the Polar League Small School Division and are still hopeful for a ...

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

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Collision: South Ridge point guard, Krystel Karppinen collides with Mercury defender Shelby Kelley in a game played Thursday. Danelle DeMenge (Mercury #30) and RyAnna Anvid (Panther) look on.
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GIRLS BASKETBALL REPORT— The South Ridge Panthers and the McGregor Mercuries engaged in a competitive game this past Thursday. In the end, the Panthers used home court advantage and a pressure defense to out last the Mercuries, 53-42.

“Last night’s game was very physical,” said South Ridge head coach Lisa Johnson. “We definitely had to battle inside and attack the basket on the drive.”

The Panthers were led offensively by Mikayla Olesiak and Krystal Karppinen with 20 and 16 points, respectively.

“The girls play well together, and work hard,” noted Coach Johnson. “They are a great bunch of girls to coach, in which there is never a dull moment.”

With the win, the Panthers improved to 9-3 on the season. McGregor dropped to 6-6 after losing their third game in a row.

Cardinals win one, lose one – record now 10-2

According to Cromwell coach Jeff Gronner, his team came out very flat against the McGregor Mercuries, but managed to hold them ...

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New Coach: The Floodwood Polar Bears began the new year with a new coach. Adam Schminski takes over for Tim Myles, who had a career change that prevented him from finishing out the 2014-15 season. Coach Schminski earned his first career victory over McGregor, 60-39.
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Schminski earns first career win; 60-39 over rival Mercuries

FLOODWOOD, Minn.—The Floodwood Polar Bears started the new year with a new coach. Adam Schminski takes over for Tim Myles, who is unable to coach due to a career change. Adam steps up from his assistant position and he will be assisted by Amanda Fjeld.

Coach Schminski earned his first career victory over the McGregor Mercuries, 60-39, at home on Thursday. “It is nice to have the first victory out of the way after a challenging couple of weeks,” said Schminski. “The girls played well, but I know we are a better team than the performance we had on Thursday.

The game favored Floodwood early on. Alyssa White and Marissa Johnson got the team started with five threes in the first half. “They are shooting the ball well,” noted the coach. “In the first half we jumped to a nice lead at 36-17.”

The Polar Bears never looked back and cruised to the Polar League conference victory.

With the victory, Floodwood improved their record to 4-7 with three games next week versus Carlton, Hill City and Silver Bay.

“With the upcoming schedule there is an opportunity to bring our record above .500 and continue to improve as a team moving forward this season,” concluded ...

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