Six of the seven Carlton County school districts beat at least one of the state averages in math, reading and science, while two — Barnum and Esko — beat all three. Esko's performance was especially impressive, beating the state average by 14 points or better in all three categories and improving scores among students district-wide in all three areas.
Zoie Johnson of Esko hit four home runs on five swings to win the U-14 contest, while Cloquet's Dana Jones won the U-12 event. Jones also won the U-12 base-running competition.
After a 14-year professional career, Millen moved to Alaska to get away from the game — getting the itch to come back and get into coaching after about 10 years. "I'm going to a beautiful part of the world (Colorado Springs)," Millen said, "but I have some catching up to do in terms of hockey and Frank is helping me do that."
p>"When I'm doing a long bike ride, he tries to do a short run so we can be around home at the same time, or work out together when we can," Sheila said. "Sometimes the laundry piles up or the dishes overflow but we find a way to do it all."
Buying the Duluth-Superior Dukes baseball team in 1994 nearly cost owner Ted Cushmore his personal fortune acquired through a long and successful career at Pillsbury. Of course, fielding a team that went 19-60 in his only year as owner didn't help. He sold the team to clothing store millionaire Jim Wadley, who sold it to Harry Stavrenos, who sold it to John Ehlert, who moved it to Kansas City after the 2002 season.
Open tryout camps concluded two weeks ago, but as importantly, the team's agreement to play at Northwoods Credit Union Arena expires after the 2017-18 season.
"I sure don't race for the money," he said. "Money is nice when you win it, and that helps, but it isn't the reason I race."
But in 1990, Metso was left paralyzed after a swimming accident. That didn't stop him from either enjoying life or rooting for his schools, until he passed away from heart failure at age 54 in July 2012. In his will, Metso left Barnum High School $50,000, to establish an annual scholarship for a Barnum student.
The U-12 team reached the Gold division championship game with the high point of the day being a 7-6, extra-inning win against the Twin Ports Rampage select team. Katie Metzer-Korpela stole home in that game for the eventual winning run and also recorded the last out at second base on defense.
The spring tournaments are over, summer leagues are getting ready for playoffs, and the months of July and August are a time when students can relax with their families. At least, that's the way it used to be. Now, it seems like the high school off-season has become a glorified training session for the coming year.