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Prep report: Chastey hat trick lifts Hunters

In volleyball, Northwestern outlasted Rice Lake in five sets.

Denfeld plays Hermantown at Public Schols Stadium
Hermantown's Andrew Schmitz competes for the ball with Duluth Denfeld's Matt Eklund, 11, during a game Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022. Eklund scored a goal late in the first half.
Jamey Malcomb / Duluth News Tribune
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DULUTH — Duluth Denfeld senior Parker Chastey picked up a hat trick and two assists to lift the Hunters to a 5-3 win over Hermantown Tuesday at Public Schools Stadium.

Chastey’s first goal came about 10 minutes into the game when he headed the ball toward Hawks’ goal. The ball came back to Chastey and he punched it past Hermantown goalie Sterling Trok.

Chastey struck again about 10 minutes later and Matt Eklund made it 3-0 with a goal just before halftime, leading Hermantown coach Dave Thompson to challenge his team in the locker room.

“I said ‘You guys need to confront yourselves to figure out what’s going to inspire you to compete better with these guys, because we didn’t’” Thompson said. “We showed no inspiration in the first half. I gave them a few minutes to talk amongst themselves and left them along and, you know, they played better in the second half.”

The Hawks came out of the locker room and quickly got a goal from Wylee Arro two minutes into the second half.

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Vincent Trok and Nathan Hill also scored in the second half for Hermantown, but with a goal from Brayden Rock and another from Chastey late in the match, the Hawks couldn’t overcome the first half deficit.

Denfeld coach Scott Anderson said Chastey is a “special player” who can change a game at any time.

“In American, you’re born with a baseball or football,” Anderson said. “Parker was born with a soccer ball at his feet and he’s spent his whole life playing. He’s a smart kid and a great captain to lead the team.

Denfeld plays Hermantown at Public Schols Stadium
Duluth Denfeld's Parker Chastey heads the ball past Hermantown's Rolan Kuznetsov during a game Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022, at Public Schools Stadium in Duluth. Chastey scored two first-half goals for the Hunters.
Jamey Malcomb / Duluth News Tribune

Duluth East 4, Grand Rapids 3

After the teams went to the halftime break tied at 2, Ian Andersen put the Thunderhawks ahead in the 57th minute, but the Greyhounds, who had already rallied from 2-0 down in the first half, had a response.

Freshman forward William Smith and senior midfielder Grady Downs both found the net to put East ahead and raise their record to 5-2 ahead of a run of eight consecutive road games.

GIRLS TENNIS

Duluth East 4, Grand Rapids 3

The Greyhounds and Thunderhawks dueled closely, each side taking two of four singles matches.

In the doubles, Molly Pierce and Mercury Bischoff of Grand Rapids edged Ella McCarthy and CiCi Stender 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 at No. 2, but East's No. 1 (Lillian Kimber/Norah Powell) and No. 3 (Sylvie Markham/Christina Duncan) duos won in straight sets.

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Northwestern’s Kayla Paulsen (18) hits the ball past the Rice Lake block
Northwestern’s Kayla Paulsen (18) hits the ball past the Rice Lake block in the first game of the match in Maple on Tuesday evening, Sept. 13, 2022.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

PREP VOLLEYBALL

Northwestern 3, Rice Lake 2

The Tigers outlasted the Warriors in a five-set marathon, 20-25, 25-23, 25-18, 20-25, 15-12.

Brynn Hessel recorded 20 kills, seven in the first set as the Tigers, who had gone two weeks since their last match, threw everything they had at elite Rice Lake hitter Eliana Sheplee.

With the fifth set tied at 12, Brinley Tonn's aggressive serving set the table for the Hessel sisters (Brynn and Shelby) to finish the match off with three straight kills.

"I am extremely proud of these girls. They have worked very hard for a long time to get to play consistently at a high level," Northwestern coach Charles Hessel said.

Shelby Hessel finished with seven kills and 13 digs, while Kayla Paulsen had seven kills and a team-best 18 digs. Tonn dished out 40 assists for Northwestern (7-3), which begins Heart O'North Conference play on Thursday vs. Hayward.

Northwestern’s Shelby Hessel (8) attacks the ball during the Tigers match with Rice Lake
Northwestern’s Shelby Hessel (8) attacks the ball during the Tigers match with Rice Lake in Maple on Tuesday evening, Sept. 13, 2022.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

Hermantown 3, Greenway 0

Double-doubles from both Elle Jokinen (16 kills, 10 digs) and Emilie Rush (11 kills, 16 digs) helped the Hawks sweep to victory on the road.

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Hannah Hyjek (18 assists) and Amari Nunez (16) shared the passing responsibilities.

For Greenway, Kyra Williams had team highs in digs (23) and kills (eight).

Cloquet 3, Moose Lake/Willow River 0

With the return of junior middle hitter Blythe Proulx to the starting lineup, Cloquet was at full strength for the first time this season in its match against Moose Lake/Willow River on Tuesday.

The additional depth on the front row proved too much for the visiting Rebels to handle in the three-set match, as the Lumberjacks rattled off set wins of 25-14, 25-16 and 25-10 for the sweep in front of the home crowd at Cloquet Middle School.

Proulx trailed only Aili Buytaert (11) and Ava Carlson (11) in kills with four for the match.

North Woods 3, South Ridge 1

A combined 30 kills from Skyler Yerknatic and Lauren Burnett helped the Grizzlies to victory despite 18 kills from South Ridge's Svea Snickers and 43 digs from Adella Olesiak.

CROSS COUNTRY

Rice Lake Invitational

Superior's Tayler McMeekin was the top Douglas County runner at Tuesday's Rice Lake Invitational.

The sophomore finished the 5-kilometer course in 19 minutes, 57.01 seconds, good enough for fourth place, about 16 1/2 seconds behind winner Molly Heidorn of Colfax.

Northwestern junior Jenna Hursh was seventh in 20:48.51.

On the boys' side, Solon Springs' Dylan Taggart returned from injury for a 10th-place finish in 17:17.80, about 44 seconds behind winner J.J. Williams of Glenwood City.

Emmett Johnson and Mark Jarman of Northwestern finished 17th and 18th.

In a field of 27 boys teams, Northwestern took fifth, Solon Springs took 11th and Superior 14th. The Northwestern girls were sixth in that field, with Superior 12th.

PREP SCOREBOARD
BOYS SOCCER
Duluth Denfeld 5, Hermantown 3
Duluth East 3, Grand Rapids 2
Duluth Marshall 10, Mesabi East 0
Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 3, Hibbing/Chisholm 0
GIRLS SOCCER
Duluth Denfeld 4, Hermantown 0
Esko 2, Grand Rapids 0
GIRLS SWIMMING
Grand Rapids 109, Duluth East 77
Mesabi East 90, Two Harbors/Silver Bay 77
GIRLS TENNIS
Duluth East 4, Grand Rapids 3
VOLLEYBALL
Northwestern def. Rice Lake 3-2 (20-25, 25-23, 25-18, 20-25, 15-12)
North Woods def. South Ridge 3-1 (17-25, 27-25, 25-20, 25-21)
Floodwood def. Cherry 3-0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-14)
Grand Rapids def. Hibbing 3-0 (25-11, 25-14, 25-7)
Hermantown def. Greenway 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-16)
Cloquet def. Moose Lake/Willow River 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-10)
Silver Bay def. McGregor 3-0

Northwestern’s Brinley Tonn (4) and Sophie Korn (15) try to block an attack by Rice Lake’s Eliana Sheplee (4)
Northwestern’s Brinley Tonn (4) and Sophie Korn (15) try to block an attack by Rice Lake’s Eliana Sheplee (4) in the first set of the match in Maple on Tuesday evening, Sept. 13, 2022.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
Northwestern’s Kayla Paulsen (18) celebrates a kill during the Tigers match with Rice Lake
Northwestern’s Kayla Paulsen (18) celebrates a kill during the Tigers' match with Rice Lake in Maple on Tuesday evening, Sept. 13, 2022.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
Northwestern’s Shelby Hessel (8) passes the ball in front of her sister Brynn Hessel (9) in the first game of the Tigers match with Rice Lake
Northwestern’s Shelby Hessel (8) passes the ball in front of her sister Brynn Hessel (9) in the first set of the Tigers' match with Rice Lake in Maple on Tuesday evening, Sept. 13, 2022.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
Denfeld plays Hermantown at Public Schols Stadium
Duluth Denfeld's Brayden Rock, 12, works to keep the ball away from Hermantown's Rolan Kuznetsov, 17, during a game Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022, at Public Schools Stadium.
Jamey Malcomb / Duluth News Tribune
Denfeld plays Hermantown at Public Schols Stadium
Hermantown's Vincent Trok pushes the ball upfield during the Hawks game Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022, at Public Schools Stadium.
Jamey Malcomb / Duluth News Tribune

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