"The team joke is that I'm the backup — maybe if we were up six to zero," Wold said with a laugh earlier this week. "There's just no way that I could do Macy's job out there." "Goalkeeper fits me well," added Sunnarborg, who admitted her field skills aren't anything like Wold's. "She definitely has more running skill. She's just always all over the place."
p> Competing among hundreds of schools statewide and thousands of runners Saturday, Sept. 22, the Cloquet boys placed third in the 47th annual Milaca Mega Meet — one of the largest cross-country meets in the country. "There's 6,600 kids out there," said Mike Bushey, now in his 31st season coaching the sport and his 19th year with Cloquet.
"They're special backs," first-year North Branch coach Justin Voss said. "They're hard-nosed runners and our offensive line set it up." Cloquet coach Tom Lenarz, now in his 16th year, agreed. "They're solid athletes," Lenarz said of the Vikings' three-headed running monster. "It was really just them being more physical than us. We got beat at the point of attack." <
On Thursday, Sept. 13, Gregg helped pace the Eskomos to a 25-19, 25-15, 25-19 win over rival Moose Lake-Willow River in a packed Rebels gym. Gregg, who had a match-high 14 kills, along with seven digs and three blocks, was perhaps energized by the Rebels' host student section, which collectively sang country songs all evening anytime there was a stoppage in play on the court. "Big Green Tractor," Gregg said with laugh, admitting that was her favorite tune of the night, besides listening to her teammates cheers during the Eskomos' Polar League sweep.
During an Aug. 28 three-set sweep over Lakeview Christian Academy, Johnson, the small school's setter for the past five seasons, eclipsed her 1,000th career set assist. For the last half-decade, the Wrens have often seen No. 5's hands on the volleyball, so this time, it was time for Johnson to get a hand.
p>"Watching them improve and develop each year is what you want as a coach," Klyve said. "To be able to have watched this class has been a privilege. They have risen to the occasion." "We just want to have fun, and we have fun winning," Tyler Nynas said.
Janke rushed for a career-high 334 yards and scored four touchdowns in leading the Panthers past the Huskies 39-18 at a soggy field in Culver, which was saturated from the severe storms the night before, but held up for the run-wild Janke.
"Kayla set a foundation here that is pretty incredible," Peterson said. "She's given them all great work ethic, enjoyment and it's grown from there. It gives us a head start." Suominen, just one of two seniors along with Johnson, is the head of the program. A 5-foot-8 speedster who is pursuing Division I or II swimming next fall, Suominen has placed third in the 100 freestyle the past two seasons at state, while a year after her 50 freestyle crown, she was runner-up in 2017. As humble as they come, Suominen said while titles in both events are enticing, she's working on lowering her times.
Barb Soukkala is now in her 25th season at Carlton, and despite having zero seniors on her roster, the longtime coach has nothing but experience in do-it-all juniors Alaina Bennett, Taylor Nelson, Nicole Nilsen, Bella Anderson and twins Brynne and Abby Mickle. All six have seen significant time. In fact, all six played on the Bulldogs' back-to-back state tournament softball teams in 2017 and 2018. That big-game familiarity should pay dividends for Carlton, who is seeking a state run since consecutive trips in 2013 and 2014.
It may take less than an hour to zip around Kendahl Miniature Golf course, but just chat with owner Bill Erickson and you'll hear that the memories made last forever.