The weekend also marked the Wilderness debut for Moose Lake’s Bryceton Butkiewicz, who picked up two assists against Bismarck. Butkiewicz passed up his senior hockey season in Moose Lake to play for the Wilderness.
“It’s good to be home over Thanksgiving weekend,” Madsen said. “It’s good for the guys to spend the holidays with their billet families and for the local kids to be at home. Family time is important, to spend time with the people who take care of you.”
“You win, you get more people in the stands and maybe a home playoff game, which is so important,” Esse said. “It snowballs.”
“I thought I was going to cry,” she said. “I was just so happy for her. The reaction on her face was worth it.”
“We all want to be in the state tournament, but we hope to be about a .500 team and be competitive in our section,” Olin said. “We were a fifth-seed last year but we would like to be a fourth seed and get a home playoff game this year. We’re in a tough section with good teams with bigger numbers than we have and that’s a challenge for us.”
“They think they can do anything, they have that in their mind set,” she said. “They can do it and they will, that is what we talk about every day at practice. Going into (the state meet), the main thing is having a good mind set and not being so wrapped up in everything going on around you. They can do that.”
The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls swim team is ready — and raring to go — for this weekend’s section meet. “The girls have been working very hard, the goals are set in place, and we have swimmers wanting to get to state or get back to state,” coach Kayla Cresap said. “Some have been there twice and want to get that third year in a row. We’re ready to go all-out at the prelims and finals.”
The Cardinals held a 34-0 halftime advantage over South Ridge Friday. Cromwell-Wright cruised in the second half, winning 54-0 and setting up a state quarterfinal matchup with Ely at Public Schools Stadium in Duluth Friday night, Nov. 11.
“We need to figure out a way to score quickly and stop their early momentum,” he said. “I read someplace that their first team defense hasn’t been scored on so we have to figure out how to make that happen.”
“They beat us last year,” Gronner said. “If we don’t come ready, any team can beat us. We pounded them in the regular season (42-0 in a Sept. 30 game in Floodwood), but they are a different team and so are we from last year. It’s still that type of scenario.”