Pine Journal sports writer Jeff Papas previews this volleyball season for Cloquet, Esko and Moose Lake-Willow River.
The way for the players to learn is through practice, which has been hard to come by given the recent weather. One practice and a scheduled scrimmage last Saturday were lost to rain.
“We also have a lot of swimmers from Esko and a lot of the kids have been swimming through the summer in the swim camps run through Cloquet Community Education,” Cresap said, “so we have a lot to be excited about.” There is also added interest in the program this year thanks to the Summer Olympics, at which American swimmers did extremely well.
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He grew up on a farm — “everyone had 40 acres in those days,” he said — on Marks Road north of Harney, born to hard-working Finnish parents in a household where no English was spoken. Ikola’s father emigrated from Vaasa, Finland (“on the right side of the demarcation line with Sweden,” he joked), and married a local woman whose parents had emigrated from the old country.
“They do 50-60 miles per hour on the track and if they were in an accident on the road they would hold three times their weight on the roof. They are very safe vehicles and if you look at the abuse they take, it’s amazing.”
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“We feel like we have a good draw,” Kelley said. “We beat teams that beat the West Metro Blast this season so we think we can do pretty well. We’re bringing two different communities together and that is a tough age for girls, so we are happy with where we’re at.”
“I wasn’t worried,” he said. “I thought I was freewheeling but others said I was two-wheeling. I just kept my focus, kept the throttle and I guess I did it a couple more times later on in the race but made it through.” Reynolds is running with a new car this year which adds to his excitement. “It was just built,” he said. “I had a very good car the night I won the race but it (the win) was a long time coming.”