“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.
Although the 5-foot-11 righty connected often in the contest, her team — which also included the Cardinals’ Teana Hakamaki and Chelsea Swatek — couldn’t keep pace, as the Polar League Blue bested the White 65-59.
“The community has supported us all the way through,” added Bailey Gronner. “This has been the best year I’ve had in any single sport. This whole season has just been amazing.”
The Cardinals girls team may have fallen, but they set a program record in victories and returned the school of 76 students to state for the first time since 2004.
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