Age obviously isn’t a factor in winning for the Blast, which beat the Duluth Whitecaps 5-1 before taking an early lead in an eventual 9-3 loss to the much-older, area-selected Minnesota Silver Bullets as part of Lake Superior Fastpitch League play Tuesday night at the Wade Fields in Duluth.
Perhaps the best way to illustrate the immense competition level at this year’s Class A state track and field meet was to watch the Esko boys 800-meter relay team.
Instead of scoring like they had in four consecutive elimination games — out-running their opponents 44-17 — South Ridge’s rally ran short in a 2-0 shutout loss to the Timberwolves last week at Al Nyberg Field in Hibbing.
The Lumberjacks’ season ended last Thursday when Cloquet came up short in a pair of 7-2 and 6-4 losses to Aitkin in the Section 7AA baseball championship, finishing at nearly 11 p.m. at a 40-degree Wade Stadium in Duluth.
Moose Lake junior Lindsey Loehlein qualified for her first-ever state girls golf meet last week.
Like a seventh-seed would only do, LFBF took advantage of ensuing Barnum miscues and rallied past the top-seeded Bombers 6-5 in a wild Section 7A winner's bracket game last Tuesday at Terry Egerdahl Memorial Field in Proctor.
Surviving a 6-5 scare in an 11-inning marathon in Cloquet just two weeks earlier, the Lumberjacks again slipped past the Hilltoppers 7-6 in a Section 7AA winner's bracket final game that took eight innings and well over three hours to play Tuesday evening at Fichner Field in Hermantown
Chandler Beaupre and Andrea Youngberg are two of 72 seniors selected statewide from 6,000-plus high school softball players in Minnesota to play on six teams this weekend.
The Carlton Bulldogs ended their season on a 3-0 loss to Nashwauk-Keewatin in a Section 7A softball contest that lasted eight innings at Portage Park in Cohasset.
If there were one phrase to describe Cloquet’s exit from the Section 7AA softball tournament on Tuesday at Braun Park, it would be “died for lack of a timely hit.”