“We did show that we can play with them and can stand up to them,” he said. “We didn’t get the results but we do know we can play well.”
“We figured we would get some pushback from them (Janesville) because this was a game they had to have,” Millen said. “But we were really hoping they wouldn’t score in the first minute.”
“These girls are going to make a statement as far as Barnum track and field goes,” LaFave added. “It’s really fun watching them now, but it’s going to be even more fun watching some of these kids grow into their competition.”
“We couldn’t get out of the inning,” Esko coach Jeff Emanuel said. “We definitely gift-wrapped some runs for them, which we need to clean up. We talked before the game that we can’t give good teams extra outs and that’s what we did, period.”
Meanwhile the boys team will attempt to regain the Polar League championship it won in 2014 but lost last year, with a deep and talented roster. Junior Sam Coil was fifth in the state in the shot put last spring, throwing 50 feet 10 inches, and is already just three inches short of his state throw in early meets. “He’s off to a great start,” Andres said. “He is in mid-season form and he’s throwing the discus about 140 feet already too and looking to add about 20 feet to that as the year progresses.
Janis Jaks opened the scoring midway through the first period for the Wilderness. After Dawson DiPietro tied the game for the Jets midway through the second, Casey Gilling’s goal at 14:54 of the second period closed out the scoring. Kania stopped 17 of 18 shots in the Wilderness goal and the series headed to Cloquet tied at a game apiece.
“We did send people to state and we had people who did fairly well there,” Peterson said. “We are excited for the season ahead, even though for the most part we will be very young.”
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