“Everyone thinks we don’t have a lot of depth, but I think we have exactly who we want,” said Sylvester. “This is a group of women who show up every day and want to play. They’re a tough group that is very interchangeable. They all can produce, they all work hard and they are all valuable.”
CLOQUET—Conner Denman smiled and answered politely when he was asked how many times he beats his father (Cloquet-Esko wrestling coach Al Denman) when they grapple, admitting he wins seven out...
“We’re young in certain areas, with two freshmen handling most of the point guard duties (Kendra and Vanna Kelley),” Ojanen said. “We will get better at that as the season goes on and I’m happy with the progress so far.”
Wrenshall cancelled its football season this fall, but that didn’t happen in basketball, despite the Wrens graduating likely a state-high 14 seniors last year. They now have zero seniors on the team.
“Every game we’ve played, we’ve battled,” said Stoyanoff, ice bag resting on her knee. “We know if we keep doing the right things, it’ll happen for us.”
Advancing to last year’s final for the first time in close to a decade, Cromwell-Wright was one of the fastest, quickest and most entertaining teams around.
While Gonsorowski and Kulas were on Esko’s state-qualifying 1,600-meter relay team last track season, Dincau is a springtime sprinter. Shifting now to do-it-all point guard is Gonsorowski and sharp-shooting outside threats are Kulas and Dincau, as the Eskomos will likely control pace.
“Once a student plays a sport at a school, that becomes their school for that sport for the rest of their high school career,” Lenarz said, explaining that the 2015-16 school year will establish the baseline for current students. “If they switch after that, they will have to sit out.”
“Being tall has its ups and downs, but it’s definitely a gift I embrace,” Trapp said with a smile. “You have to live with it. I’m glad that I’m tall. I wouldn’t want it any other way.”
“Over the years, this has become my second family,” said Belich, who will play volleyball at either St. Scholastica or Wisconsin-River Falls next fall. “It’s hard to grasp I won’t get to put my No. 7 jersey and shoes back on again for Carlton.”