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Spring Grove quarterback Alex Folz was named a finalist for Minnesota’s Mr. Football award on Wednesday night. This afternoon at U.S. Bank Stadium, the senior showed off all the tools that landed him on the 11-player list, passing, rushing and kicking the Lions to a 48-12 win over Cromwell-Wright in a Nine-Man state tournament semifinal.
ST. PAUL — Northland volleyball teams haven't experienced much success at the state tournament. In fact, you have to go all the way back to 2009 to find the last local club to win its first-round match (Hibbing). And not since Carlton in 2014 has the region won so much as a single game in the opener.
HIBBING – Rather than set their clocks back an hour in the middle of the night, Deer River volleyball players would have preferred to recognize the end of Daylight Saving Time at about 5 p.m. Saturday.
Hermantown's football team limped to an uncharacteristic 3-7 record in 2017.
ESKO — Fall in the Northland brings with it a few certainties. One of them is Dave Louzek coaching his Moose Lake-Willow River football team deep into the postseason, and doing so while wearing his preferred cargo shorts, regardless of temperature. And while some things change — like a sophomore quarterback throwing passes out of the shotgun for the Rebels — others remain all but a foregone conclusion. MLWR is headed back to the state tournament.
Growing up, Markus Pokornowski did his best to hang with older brothers Tim and Evan, both of whom were terrific athletes at Cloquet, especially on the football field. Tim Pokornowski, who dazzled at quarterback before moving full-time to safety once he arrived at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, was the Duluth News Tribune's All-Area Player of the Year in 2017 after leading the Lumberjacks to a runner-up showing at the Class AAAA state tournament, while Evan Pokornowski made the All-Area team as a linebacker in 2016.
Kevin Smalley, who on July 18 stepped down as Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys hockey coach after one season, has rescinded his resignation and hopes to remain with the Lumberjacks. The Cloquet school board will hold a special meeting Monday morning “to consider Mr. Smalley’s status” as coach, according to Cloquet superintendent Michael Cary.
Entering the Section 7AA baseball final against Esko on Thursday at Wade Stadium, Duluth Marshall had scored three runs over its previous three games.
Such is life at one of the Northland's smallest schools. If the Kelley brothers had to bide their time on the diamond in exchange for one more body on the gridiron, well, why not? In 2015, a year removed from going 8-3 and reaching the Section 5 Nine-Man final, the Wrens were unable to field a varsity team. Not enough players.
Smalley, a 1980 Denfeld graduate who went on to play at Minnesota Duluth, has coached the Hunters since 2004. "It's something new for me," Smalley, 55, said.