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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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PUNT RETURN: Cardinal senior Dillon Hoff returns a punt during his team’s 48-8 victory over the South Ridge Panthers. Dillon accumulated 170 all-purpose yards including a 75-yard kick-off return for a touchdown.

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CROMWELL, Minn. — It was a slow start for two District 9 White 9-man football teams. The Cromwell-Wright Cardinals, hosting the South Ridge Panthers, failed to score in the first quarter but eventually settled in and cruised to a 48-8 victory. The Cardinals moved their record to 4-0 in front of several alumni that played on the first state championship teams. The back-to-back state championship teams from 1995 and 1996, along with their coach, Keith Bergstedt, were recognized at half-time.

Cardinal head coach Jeff Gronner felt his defense came with some big plays in the second quarter that sparked his team. “We had some key sacks and interceptions,” said the coach. “From then on, our offense really controlled the line of scrimmage.”

The Cardinals piled up 377 yards rushing. They were led by Cameron Cahoon with 85 yards on nine carries. Dillon Hoff added 72 yards on seven carries, and Zion Smith pitched in 69 yards on 10 carries. Eli Warpula and Drew Libbon each rushed for 55 and 53 yards respectively.

Dillon and Nic Johnson both had big days with 170 and 88 all-purpose yards. Dillon took a kick-off and returned it 75 yards for ...

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ABOVE THE NET: Cromwell-Wright’s Shaily Hakamaki and Floodwood’s
Adriana Palmer converting on offense above the net during a Polar League Conference match this past week.

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GIRLS VOLLEYBALL REPORT— The Cromwell-Wright Cardinals and Floodwood Polar Bears met for their Polar League rivalry match this past week. In what were three competitive matches, the Cardinals prevailed 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-21).

Cardinal head coach Amy Granholm shared that Floodwood was no easy match. “We had some really good moments that allowed us to stay ahead,” said the coach. “We were able to read their offense and dig the ball up to get the set ups that were needed at the right times.”

Looking back on the match, Coach Granholm felt her team’s serving is in need of some improvement. “We need to become better at serving consistently,” concluded Granholm, “however, our team fights very well to the end!”

In the match, Cromwell-Wright got strong offensive performances by Bailey Gronner, who recorded 12 kills and 15 digs. Taya Hakamaki and Samantha Fisher contributed 10 set assists each.

Floodwood middle hitter Mikayla ...

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CARDINAL DEFENSE: Cardinal defenders Ryan Juntunen, Kannon Korpela, Wyatt Susa and Zion Smith surround Ogilvie quarterback Jake DeBoer. The defense contained Ogilvie’s offense for the most part all game long.

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It was another solid week for local high school football teams. The Cromwell-Wright Cardinals and Floodwood Polar Bears remained undefeated. The Cardinals defeated Ogilvie 50-16 and the Polar Bears defeated Hill City/Northland 38-6.

McGregor defeated Onamia 45-20 to even their record at 1-1. South Ridge dropped to 1-1 with a 38-12 loss to North Woods.

In Cromwell, the Cardinals jumped to a 29-0 lead after one quarter and never looked back. Cardinal head coach Jeff Gronner shared that is was a dominating performance in all three phases of the game.

Zion Smith led the Cardinals on offense by completing 5 of 9 passes for 115 yards and threw three touchdowns passes. He also rushed for 45 yards including two scores.

Nic Johnson had a nice game with two catches for 64 yards and a touchdown. Sawyer Stelnieks also caught a touchdown pass and had a 2-point conversion reception. He also contributed with his foot by converting all four extra-point kicks.

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