"The play is at a higher level than most people anticipate. Most of the guys have experience beyond high school so the level of play is higher than what a lot of fans remember."
"I think both teams focused on getting our post players involved in the offense early and to get each of them a lot of touches," Esko coach Scott Antonutti said. "It was a somewhat typical first game, I think. Both teams missed some shots that they would like to 'do over' and there was a substantial number of unforced turnovers."
p>"It was a roller coaster ride, with momentum switching every game," Esko coach Desiree DeLeon said. "In the final game, it went point for point, and it was obvious both teams left everything they had on the floor. Both coaches had to use our timeouts and the girls just had to battle it out. It could have gone either way."
>The third touchdown of the quarter was a Pokornowski 35-yard run, pushing the score to 28-0 after Eli Benson notched all three extra-point kicks. "We controlled the line of scrimmage and had success with just about everything we did," Lenarz said. "Our physical play wore them down early and we were able to gain big chunks of yardage, both running and passing." <
He was buoyed by a roster brimming with speed and athleticism. So even during the ragged showing at Two Harbors, a penalty- and turnover-infested contest between section contenders, and again the following week in the rain and fog against GNK, Arntson remained optimistic. Sure enough, the offense began to gel.
"I never thought I would have a chance," Nelson said after returning home from the Twin Cities. "I never believed I would have gotten that far, let alone winning the whole thing."
Aiden had the benefit of learning from some older kids for a couple of years, and this year, he's able to use that to become a good and strategic racer." Not only was Ripp impressive for the Lumberjacks, but Cloquet placed all five of its point scorers in the top nine.
> "Chisago is a great team and they played really well," said Lumberjack coach Dustin Randall. "The game obviously could have gone either way by the time we got to the shootout." <
"This team is made up of a great group of women," said head coach Laura Sylvester. "It's a joy to be around each and every one of them."
That is a huge confidence builder for our team." Not only did the Bulldogs win the match, but they did so on the road against a Hermantown team that is 11-6 and has played a tough schedule.