From state championships to state firsts, from lending a helping hand to the weather getting out of hand, the sports scene of 2014 had plenty to offer and much to remember.
While there will be plenty of present-opening in the coming days, maybe the best gift for local sports lovers is the abundant amount of holiday action available in our county.
As Barnum’s Brandon Newman dribbled out the final seconds of last Friday’s boys basketball game against rival Esko, Bomber fans stood proudly in applause.
With 14 seniors listed on their high school boys basketball roster, Wrenshall likely averages as the oldest high school team in the state, but senior Andrew Frank laughed when jokingly asked if they enter the gymnasium with walkers and canes each day.
Although the influenza virus is infecting many school districts statewide, perhaps none have been harder hit than Moose Lake-Willow River and its girls basketball team.
The weather has not been a friend to local Nordic and alpine ski teams, but the combined Cloquet-Esko-Carlton teams are looking forward to a good season. The Nordic team, in particular, returns a number of strong skiers and will field more skiers than in recent years.
Coaching mastermind Bob McDonald recently released a 184-page book “Travels and Tribulations: A Coach’s Journey” and will be a guest on 96.5 FM WKLK’s Coaches Corner show from 9-11 a.m. Saturday morning, signing copies of books after the program.
Watching Coach Kami Diver’s Fond du Lac (FDL) Ojibwe girls basketball team, it’s obvious the Ogichidaa operate much like their coach did when she was a player.
Coach Rich Newman’s son, Brandon, is nearing 2,000 points in his high school basketball career, but it’s his unselfishness that is his greatest strength.
ESKO—In his 17 seasons at Esko, Mike Devney has coached plenty of important boys basketball games, but perhaps last Thursday was one of his most meaningful games yet. Like many...