Pine Journal sports writer Tyler Korby previews the volleyball season for the smaller county schools and the FDLTCC Thunder, with a special focus on Barnum and Wrenshall, who played a back-and-forth season-opener Tuesday.
With guys like Cossalter and Co., the Eskomos will have the ability to stretch the field. Arntson admitted Cloquet will have a distinct size advantage on his crew, while he knows neither team will be near full-throttle by next Friday. As far as the matchup itself, Arntson is, too, a fan.
That didn't happen last year when the Cardinals were upset by rival Floodwood 22-14 in the Section 5 semifinals, one year removed from a state appearance in 2014. Finishing last fall 8-2 was nice on paper, but being eliminated by mid-October isn't Cromwell-Wright tradition and has only fueled the fire for this time around.
Talking about speed, Butkiewicz has plenty of it to go along with his pounding frame. Riihiluoma is even quicker, making the 1-2 punch one to key on this fall. But Butkiewicz said there are plenty more plays in the book to assist their well-known double-wing backfield attack.
Playing the game of baseball with just the minimum of nine players is difficult. Competing with only eight seems simply insurmountable. The Cloquet VFW team did just that, playing with...
Niemi's VFW gang just ended southern sub-district play this past week, earning the fourth seed, and will take part in next week's District 8 tournament beginning Sunday and going through Wednesday in Grand Rapids and Cohasset.
CLOQUET—Growing up at the Cloquet Country Club, a young and aspiring Aaron Young remembers following the final groups of the Cloquet Invitational every summer, editing the cart-ridden leaderboard with all...
The Blast aren't the only county team within the league, as South Ridge, too, has a squad of a dozen girls, coached by Dick Williams and his wife, Katie. Dick noted this is his 26th season involved with youth baseball or softball and Katie has been there by his side every step of the way. Dick said their daughter, Bethany, is also on the team as the squad's catcher, while their youngest son helps coach and their oldest is an umpire. It's safe to say softball is the topic of choice at the Williams' dinner table.
Severe weather emptied that coaches’ box at Ed Mettner Field last Sunday in Cloquet, as radars littered with red led to severe tornado and thunderstorm warnings and the postponement of Esko and Cloquet's 0-0 game during the fourth inning.
“It’s almost like you have to be there to get it,” continued Wilson about the atmosphere, constantly buzzing with 32 teams within four classes on six fields. “We reached our goal. We went as far as we could have. There was nothing to be disappointed about. We may not have ended it the way we wanted to, but I mean the state tournament — it doesn’t get much better than that.”