“We don’t have players on this team that aren’t capable of playing at a Division I or Division III level,” he said. “The level of play will continue to be very good.” The team has already played one of its two scheduled pre-season games, losing 4-1 in Richfield against the Minnesota Magicians after holding out its top line and top defense pair. The teams will meet again Thursday night.
“That will be a tough match,” she said. “But we have a good group of teammates on our team who support each other. We are one unit and a family. We’re going to communicate and root for each other.”
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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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Coaching stops at St. Scholastica, Carlton, Duluth Central and Duluth East were sandwiched around a semi-pro championship as coach of the Superior Stampede and a stint with the Duluth-Superior Shoremen. The 25-year coach knows what he’s doing.
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.”