"So far we've played well, but there is always room for improvement," said Bombers coach Mike Klyve. "I have been very pleased with how some of our younger guys have stepped up to fill the roles vacated by a very talented senior class last year."
"It was nice to see our kids bounce back after falling behind," said Coach Schmidt (who is also Peyton's dad). "This game was a good measuring stick for us against a good team."
Despite being young the Bombers expect to be solid on defense and a pretty good hitting team this season. According to their coach, they want to make sure they can compete in each and every game to the best of their abilities.
"That first hit set the tone for the game," Emanuel said. "While we hit the ball, Emilee (Wilson) our pitcher was throwing heat. She faced the minimum number of batters and only one of their players touched the ball and that was on a foul ball."
Quinn Fischer and Camden Berger — as the Eskomos entered their Section 7AA semifinal game against Proctor Thursday. The duo played a strong role in helping the Eskomos secure a win and a berth in Saturday's championship game against Crosby-Ironton, but less than 24 hours later the Eskomos suffered a couple of crushing blows that ultimately played a big part in their 52-46 loss in the championship against the Rangers.
Entering the Section 7AA girls high school basketball playoffs, Esko came in as the No. 1 seed with a record of 21-6. After easily dispatching Aitkin 71-37 in the first round on Saturday and defeating International Falls 73-47 in the second round on Tuesday night, the Eskomos will play for the championship against Crosby-Ironton at 7 p.m. Friday at UMD's Romano Gym.
The 'Jacks were led by senior heavyweight Devin Reynolds who shocked the state by finishing second and Conner Denman, who finished fourth in the 152-pound weight class. Daniel Stevens also represented CEC at the state meet for the first time in the 170-pound weight class and lost his only match of the tournament.
The Thunder completed their season on Saturday with a tough loss at the hands of Rainy River Community College by the score of 107-90. The loss eliminated the Thunder from the state Minnesota College Athletic Conference (MCAC) tournament.
"Making it through a true-second match is usually very hard to accomplish because you are a lower-seeded wrestler in the bracket and you have to take third and then hope the guy that beat you — in this case Firsby — wins so you can then challenge the guy that he had beaten for true-second place," explained Coach Denman. "Firsby's victory opened the door for Daniel to challenge Lange. Daniel and the Pine City wrestler had split matches in the two previous meets and then Daniel punched his ticket to the state tournament with a smartly wrestled 5-1 victory." The honor of wrestling in the state tournament to represent CEC is not lost on Coach Denman, who was ecstatic over the accomplishments of all three of his state tournament entrants
“The first half was really back and forth and it was a good battle with both teams playing about the same offensively,” said Cloquet coach Heather Young. “However, second half came, and we struggled to finish at the rim and free-throw line while they finished.