“We have a different team from last year and so do they,” Arntson said. “We were senior-heavy last year, but they (Proctor) are big and good. They are the No. 1 seed for a reason. (Coach Derek) Parendo has them well prepared and they’ll be tough to beat.”
“We were excited to get home and we obviously showed it on Friday night with a passion to compete,” said Madsen, who replaced Corey Millen as coach earlier this year. “But Saturday was really, really disappointing — and you can quote me on that.”
Each team scored on three of five attempts in the first round of penalty kicks, setting up a sudden-death session, where Lucia Wyland won the match for Grand Rapids. The win was the Thunderhawks first post-season triumph since 2006.
No Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls tennis players reached the final four in their brackets at the Section 7A individual tournament, ending the team’s season on Thursday at Duluth’s Arrowhead Tennis Center. After...
Cromwell-Wright has an elite-level team, without doubt. The Cardinal starters haven’t played a down in the fourth quarter all season, which has given Gronner a chance to test his vaunted sophomore class. And they’ve done well.
“At the beginning of the year we were rusty but our games got stronger physically and mentally. We didn’t win as much as we liked but some of our matches were 5-2, 4-3, and a lot of three-set matches where we came up short.
What made the victory even more remarkable was that Cloquet played without three starting offensive linemen and tight end Evan Erickson out due to injury. Sophomore Brady Doran started at center — in his first varsity game and in his first season playing the position.
“For us to be successful we have to come out and capitalize on good play early on,” Clark added. “That is the psyche this team has. If we get a goal or two or whatever in the first 20 or 30 minutes, we can cruise from there. But we struggle when we don’t finish.”
Couture retired as a sergeant and headed home in 1953 to finally get his diploma from Denfeld, which he got through taking a series of exams. A hockey player and later a much beloved coach, Couture stayed with snow and cold for the rest of his working life.
“Almost the exact same thing happened to us in 2011 when we went to state for the first time,” he said. “We got drubbed at Hermantown with a big, tough senior class. We fell into that same trap and got pushed around. They came to our place and it was a different story. It took them down a peg and propelled us forward. But we can’t be afraid of a shoulder charge or two — we need to be more emotional.”