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.
Tim Pokornowski pitched seven strong innings and kept the East Duluthians off balance most of the night. "He pitched well," coach Bruce Baker said. "He had only one strikeout but he got a lot of ground balls and pop-ups and we made plays behind him." However, Lakeview reached Cloquet's bullpen for four runs in the 10th inning and held on to win.
> "I think all the responsibility made me a better player," he said. "I've learned how to handle pressure situations better and I handle things off the ice better. Being captain is such a great opportunity." Kuhlman should have no trouble helping motivate his teammates after last season's title loss.
"When I tell people I play football they assume it's the LFL (Lingerie Football League)," Donahue said. "Nothing could be further from that. We play in pads, we hit and we tackle."
Now Bender will play on a UMD team that features another early departure from CEC — team captain Karson Kuhlman
The Cloquet track teams were well represented at last weekend's Minnesota State Class AA Track and Field meet at Hamline University in St. Paul. Sophomore Kendra Kelley earned a pair of third-place finishes in sprint events and two Cloquet boys finished sparkling prep careers by earning points for their team.