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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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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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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 ...

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

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Cromwell senior Tyler Hakamaki rushed 21 times for 192 yards and scored five touchdowns to help lead his team to a 44-16 victory over the Floodwood Polar Bears.
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Cardinals run wild in Floodwood

FLOODWOOD, Minn.—The Cromwell Cardinals obviously got over the 49-7 thrashing they took from the Section 5A Champion Floodwood Polar Bears a year ago.

They responded this year with an impressive 44-16 win on the road and improved their record to 4-0 on the season. The Polar Bears dropped to 2-2 and are reeling with injuries.

Cromwell head coach Jeff Gronner felt his team really responded well after Riley Bernsdorf hooked up with Willow Christenson for a pass completion in the endzone as time expired in the first half.

“Everyone was quite discouraged at the half, but we said we are still up eight and will be receiving the ball,” said the coach. “So how are we going to respond.”

The Cardinals responded by pounding the ball right at the Polar Bears and scoring a touchdown. Tyler Hakamaki scored his fourth touchdown of the game and would add another ...

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

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Pair of Ruzynskis: Cousins Johnny and Gage Ruzynski tackle Wrenshall running back Hunter Pauly.
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‘Bears discover identity

Floodwood Polar Bear head football coach Larry Heggedahl felt that Friday’s 41-40 loss to the Wrenshall Wrens is what his team needed. “We really found out who we are in that game,” said the coach. “I don’t think the kids took Wrenshall seriously until the fourth quarter and know we know who we are.”

The Polar Bears found themselves down by three touchdowns (34-12) after three quarters and had some work to do if they were to have any chance at a victory.

“We blocked a field goal and that got us going,” said Coach Heggedahl.

Kyle Tamminen returned the blocked kick back to the 50-yard line and Floodwood proceeded to drive right in for a score.

A Tanner Heggedahl interception would help set up another score and Floodwood ...

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

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