Against South Ridge last week, junior Sam Fisher and eighth-grader Taya Hakamaki had the Cardinals' only hits. Thus far, winless Cromwell-Wright (0-3) has been outscored 59-3 and has struck out 26 times. Nonetheless, that doesn't faze Sawdey, who was upbeat about his group earlier this week.
"The key for us was putting the bat on the ball," said interim Barnum coach Mike Kylve, stepping in for Tony Bender, who is undergoing health issues but hopes to return next season. "Carlton made some mistakes, but you have to put the ball in play for them to make those mistakes. When you get the bat on the ball and put the ball in play, good things happen."
There are so many boys, in fact, that fourth-year boys coach Jon Horbacz will have to do cuts at the end of this week in order to make a more manageable squad this spring.
“I’ve seen her play short, second, she can hit, pitch, I’ve seen her in the outfield a couple of times — just all around,” said junior teammate Sam Macor. “She can play quite a bit.”
“Baseball has been in my family my whole life, so it’s a dream to play in college,” Emanuel said. “But we have some unfinished business here. We want to go as far as we can.”
CARLTON—A talented enough player to crack a softball over the fence and fearless enough to run through it the next inning from her spot in centerfield, Melissa Clark started her prep varsity career as an eighth-grader in Carlton. So it is only fitting that the now 24-year-old, in her first-ever season coaching at her alma mater, is bringing the Bulldogs into this spring with plenty of youth.
“I’ll definitely be pushing through pain,” said Prachar, pointing at her wobbly tendons between Monday afternoon’s practice in the Willow River School gymnasium. “[Last year] broke my heart, I went home crying. This time I refuse to get to that state. Being down catching gives me as much a rush as somebody climbing Mount Everest and reaching the top.”
"She's just very passionate, driven and puts her whole self into everything she does," added former Esko teammate and now collegiate competitor, Marisa Shady, currently a junior running at fellow Division-I South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D. "She's been through a lot and to see her where she's at now is just awesome. She's just one of those people who is a game-changer."
Also a very bright individual, Hakala has fun snowboarding when not on the ice. And where better than the Swiss Alps — the beautiful mountain range that dominates a country roughly the size of Iowa. "They definitely look like the eighth wonder of the world," described Hakala. "They are jagged, snowcapped and always looming in the distance."
The 6-foot-3 Carlson crammed in a thunderous jam — soaring over Floodwood’s 5-foot-7 Tanner Heggedahl — to win the boys’ dunk competition as a portion of the Polar League All-Star high school basketball series Monday night in Esko.