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Baseball returns to Wrenshall

Doug Frank loves baseball so much, he wanted it in Wrenshall. For years, the small-town community went without the spring sport, as the interest wasn't high and the numbers were, to be honest, dismal. So what did Frank do? He went to the kids. Ac...

Doug Frank loves baseball so much, he wanted it in Wrenshall.

For years, the small-town community went without the spring sport, as the interest wasn't high and the numbers were, to be honest, dismal.

So what did Frank do? He went to the kids.

According to the Wrenshall special education teacher, this winter he started a sign-up sheet for students who were interested. It took some time, but eventually Frank got enough names and went to the school board.

Two school board meetings later and a signature from third-year Superintendent Rick Herman, and baseball is back in Wrenshall.

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"We haven't practiced yet," said Frank, "but I'm excited."

He should be. Herman thinks it's been a good five years since the baseball gear has been used.

"It's been quite a few years," Herman said. "We've talked about it for a couple years now, but never quite had enough

interest."

A majority of the boys at Wrenshall participate in the growing track and field program in the spring, but for the first time in recent memory, enough kids signed up to field a baseball team.

"I think we got 15 kids," said Frank, who has both his sophomore son Mitch and eighth-grade son Andrew on the squad. "You never know who is going to show up, so we're hoping for more."

For years, Frank has been involved in the Wrenshall summer baseball program in the youth ranks, especially in Little League.

"I've always helped out in the summer," he said. "The kids like to play. I started this haul because I wanted to bring it back."

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The next step is

practice.

"We'll start up next Monday," Frank said. "Hopefully everyone shows up."

Herman said the team will practice at their old diamond next to the school in town. And although it needs a little refurnishing, Wrenshall's field will be called home for practice, but all games will be on the road.

"We're looking at all road games," Herman added, "and we'll be going with a junior varsity-only schedule."

"Our athletic director put out [an e-mail] to all the Polar League schools to see who's interested to play," added Frank. "We'll see."

Sports are rising in

Wrenshall.

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Last spring, Herman put together the first-ever boys golf team, while this past fall, the Wrens pieced together a stellar junior varsity football program.

Now it's time for baseball. And to both Herman and

Frank, bringing the boys back to the diamond is great for the

community.

"We haven't had it in my time here," said Herman. "But we hired a coach and got a number of kids on the list."

A list that all started with the new coach.

"I'm excited for things," Frank said. "I'm looking forward to it."

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