The 2013-14 season for the Minnesota Wilderness will go down as an unqualified success no matter how the rest of the season plays out.
Alex DeRocher’s senior alpine skiing campaign ended on a high note, as he finished seventh overall at the state alpine ski meet. It marked the third time he’d skied at state, and his best finish by far.
Freshmen girls Erika Fox of Carlton and Anja Maijala of Cloquet punched their tickets to state with fifth- and seventh-place finishes at the Section 7 meet Feb. 6. The two are competing at the Nordic ski racing state meet at Giants Ridge in Biwabik today (Thursday, Feb. 13). UPDATED RESULTS: Fox placed 27th and Maijala placed 39th overall out of the best in the state!
Esko Senior Alex DeRocher had a plan for state according to today's Pine Journal story, and it worked! DeRocher was the highest placing Northland boys alpine skier at Wednesday's state alpine meet at Giant's Ridge. (Read to the end of the story to how Alex did.)
Norman Rockwell, who enjoyed painting more than a few scenes on ice, would have found plenty of inspiration in the Wilderness’ 3-0 victory at Northwoods Credit Union Arena.
Alex DeRocher earned a place at Wednesday’s state meet at Giants Ridge. DeRocher finished ninth overall after two runs, making the state grade for placing among the top 12.
It’s evident right away when you watch the Jamie-Langenbrunner-coached Peewee AA team that everybody on the team has a shot. Maybe not a shot at the NHL, like Langenbrunner himself capitalized on, but a shot as in a wicked hard shot.
The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls won another Lake Superior Conference title last Friday. The meet was embedded in the Duluth East Invitational at Snowflake Ski Center.
If the Minnesota Wilderness has a face of the franchise other than the mug of hometown hero coach Corey Millen, it’s Kasimir Kaskisuo. The 6-foot-3, 20-year-old from Finland owns a Josh Harnett face (to borrow from another Minnesotan visage). In other words, he’s clean cut and square jawed to go with his dark features.
In the midst of a downer of a stretch, the Minnesota Wilderness were looking for a pick-me-up Saturday at Northwoods Credit Union Arena. They got one in the form of a shutout from backup goaltender Frank Oplinger.