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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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Panthers stymied: Wrenshall defensive players Dakota Spry, Luke Vine and Chase Morneau converge on South Ridge ball carrier Austin Miller to knock him out of bounds.
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Mercuries close on high note

Panthers are Polar League Champions!

Panthers are Polar League Champs!

Panthers secure win #4

Cardinals run wild in Floodwood

'Bears discover identity

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Polar Bears edge Mercs in 5

McGregor to rebuild, Panthers join Polar League

Wrens, Cardinals in FINAL

High school football teams around the region enjoyed perfect playing conditions and fans were treated to some excellent football games. After a first round that included no surprises, four teams remained looking to play in that Section 5, 9-man championship game.

The South Ridge Panthers (#2 seed) hosted the Wrenshall Wrens (#3 seed) in the afternoon. Wrenshall displayed an excellent defense, allowing South Ridge just 138 yards, and walked away with a 28-8 victory.

Later in the evening, rivals the Cromwell Cardinals (#1 seed) and the defending champion Floodwood Polar Bears (#4 seed) enjoyed a tremendous battle. Cromwell outlasted Floodwood, 28-20, in a very tense competition.

Prior to the game, head coach Jeff Gronner shared that the Polar Bears were extremely talented and dangerous despite their #4 seed.

“They are a good team,” he shared. “That is a great quarterback (Riley Bernsdorf), they have talented receivers and (Jonah) Schnortz is a tough runner.”

Coach Gronner admitted that he was reluctant to extend ...

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

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Phenomenal game: McGregor senior quarterback Auston Anderson follows the lead block of Cordell versus Hill City. Auston had a phenomenal game. He rushed for 113 yards and scored four touchdowns and completed 5-of-7 passes for 106 yards and another touchdown.
Recent Features

Panthers are Polar League Champions!

Panthers are Polar League Champs!

Panthers secure win #4

Cardinals run wild in Floodwood

'Bears discover identity

Panthers rebound with win over Rebels

Polar Bears edge Mercs in 5

McGregor to rebuild, Panthers join Polar League

9-Man Power Region

Mercuries close on high note

The conclusion of the regular season for area high school football teams came to a close on Wednesday, October 15. For the McGregor Mercuries it was a nice finish to what has been a disappointing regular season with an exciting 44-42 victory over the Hill City Hornets.

Mercury head coach Bob Staska shared that the team had not had many good breaks all season. That all changed late in the fourth quarter when Mercury defensive lineman Trevor Heagle picked off a pass and ran 19 yards for a touchdown.

“We were up 38-34 in the game and Hill City was deep in their own end when Auston Anderson hit the quarterback as he was throwing the ball,” said Coach Staska. “Trevor grabbed the ball out of the air and ran 19 yards for the score. After Trevor’s TD, the emotion on the sideline was awesome.”

Coach Staska was pleased with the way his team responded each time Hill City fought back. “We were up 24-18 going into the 4th quarter and six touchdowns were scored in that quarter,” the coach noted. “We talked this past week about keeping the pressure on when we have a lead and we did that.”

The Mercuries also converted 4-of-6 two point conversions ... “and stopped Hill City ...

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

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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.
Recent Features

Panthers are Polar League Champs!

Panthers secure win #4

Cardinals run wild in Floodwood

'Bears discover identity

Panthers rebound with win over Rebels

Polar Bears edge Mercs in 5

McGregor to rebuild, Panthers join Polar League

9-Man Power Region

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

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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