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Local athletes to play on inaugural football team at College of St. Scholastica

The College of St. Scholastica's new Division III football team will compete in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) - and local athletes are among the players on the squad.

The College of St. Scholastica's new Division III football team will compete in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) - and local athletes are among the players on the squad.

Tyler Leroux, son of Kathy and Jim Leroux of Esko, is a graduate of Esko High School. The 6-foot-1, 155-pounder will play wide receiver on the team.

Fellow Esko graduate Jake Olson, at 180 pounds and 6-foot-4, will play at quarterback. He is the son of Honna and Rick Olson.

Alex Bakken, son of Mary and Scott Bakken, is a graduate of Cloquet High School. He is 6-foot-3, weighs 215 pounds and will play tight end on the team. He plans to major in physical therapy at St. Scholastica.

Christopher Henagin of Cloquet is the son of Sheri Henagin and is a graduate of Cloquet High School. The 5-foot-10, 195-pounder will play running back on the team.

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Cyrus Beckwith of Saginaw is the son of Ruth and Doug Beckwith and a graduate of Proctor High School. He is 5-foot-7, weighs 170 pounds, and will play running back on the team.

Some 92 players turned out for the team's first practice Aug. 25.

The team will play its first home game Saturday, Oct. 4, against the Crown College Storm from St. Bonifacius, Minn. The game begins at 5:30 p.m. at the University of Minnesota-Duluth's (UMD) Griggs Field. The game is part of a weekend of homecoming activities at the college. For a complete schedule see www.csssaints.com .

The team practices on a new artificially turfed field on campus and will play its 2008 home games at UMD and Public Schools Stadium in Duluth.

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